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Take Care
by Steven McAfee (stevenomcafee@yahoo.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review:
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An account of life for a few high school students over two days.


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.



INT. THE WEED HOUSE - MORNING
                                                            
BEGIN TITLE CREDITS

We open to THE WEED HOUSE, a dim candle-lit abandoned store.
In it reside

1. ERIC (16), a stoner
2. JERRELL (16), another stoner
3. ANTOINE (17), an athlete
4. PETER (15), a slim sophomore
5. MARCUS (30), a drug dealer

Eric lies on the ground with a bong mask attached to his
face. He lights up and cashes the bowl in one hit. He then
removes the bong mask and places it on the ground.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Has anyone here ever been inside a
ladies bathroom?
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Yeah.
                                                            
                       ERIC
What's it like?
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
What?
                                                            
                       ERIC
A ladies bathroom.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Ladies bathroom, the fuck are you
talking about?
                                                            
                       MARCUS
You said you been in a woman's
bathroom a hot second ago, what
was it like?
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Oh yeah, it was clean.
                                                            

2.

                       JERRELL
That one time I was off acid I
think I woke up in a girls
bathroom. There wasn't no urinals
anyways.
                                                            
                       PETER
I got it in in a girls bathroom.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Shut the fuck up.
                                                            
                       ERIC
How was it?
                                                            
                       PETER
Just like any other bathroom.
                                                            
                       ERIC
No, the sex, not the bathroom.
                                                            
                       PETER
Oh, it was spectacular. Really
pretty girl, perfect neck.
                                                            
They all shoot him a glance and Jerrell erupts into
laughter.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
She had a perfect neck?
                                                            
                       PETER
Yeah.
                                                            
                       ERIC
How would one make that judgement?
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Who ever had a sexy old neck?
                                                            
                       PETER
I don't know, I guess it's just
something I can feel.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Peter, that's straight retarded.
                                                            

3.

Eric receives a call. He answers the phone.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hey.
                                                            
 
EXT. SIDEWALK - MORNING
                                                            
We now follow the teen Eric is speaking to: JACK (16), who
is walking down a sidewalk on a beautiful sunny morning en
route to the first day of school. Jack has the look of a
future military recruit. Along with being tall and athletic
his hair is cut very short. He sports a confident grin on
his face as he speaks to Eric on the phone.
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm gonna do it.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hang on, hang on a second.
                                                            
Eric puts his phone on speaker.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Everyone say hi to Jack.
                                                            
                       EVERYONE
Hi Jack!
                                                            
                       JACK
God damn it, Eric are you serious?
                                                            
There is no answer.
                                                            
                       JACK
Eric?
                                                            
Giggling can be heard.
                                                            
                       JACK
Eric!
                                                            
The whole group on the other end burst into boisterous
laughter. Jack is now impatient. The laughter dies down
eventually.
                                                            

4.

                       ERIC
Who the fuck is on the phone?
                                                            
Jack hangs up and dials another number.
                                                            
 
INT. SHANE'S LIVING ROOM - MORNING
                                                            
SHANE (16), a slim individual, is enjoying a bowl of cereal
while on his computer. He gets Jack's call and answers the
phone.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Hey Jack, what's up?
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm gonna do it.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Do what?
                                                            
                       JACK
With her, Kathy.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Oh. You mean, like, it?
                                                            
Shane realizes that Jack wants to go all the way with his
girlfriend. This strikes him in a way that causes him to
worry. He puts down his bowl and closes the computer.
                                                            
                       JACK
Yep.
                                                            
                       SHANE
With Kathy. Wow Jack, that's
pretty big.
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm gonna have the house to myself
the whole weekend. It couldn't be
more perfect.
                                                            
                       SHANE
That sounds awesome, Jack. We'll
talk about it in Bio, alright?
                                                            

5.

                       JACK
That sounds cool, man. I'll see
you there.
                                                            
Jack hangs up the phone, leaving Shane to ponder over the
conversation. He stares off into space for a moment and
dials Eric's number on the phone.
                                                            
 
INT. THE WEED HOUSE - MORNING
                                                            
Eric sees that Shane is calling and picks up the phone.
                                                            
                       ERIC
How goes it?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Hey, Eric. Jack just called me.
                                                            
                       ERIC
That little bitch, haven't seen
him in a minute. I think he was
here a couple seconds ago. What's
up with him?
                                                            
                       SHANE
I highly doubt he was with you,
but he just told me that he wants
to have sex with Kathy.
                                                            
                       ERIC
What? He hasn't had sex with her?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Well, give him some credit for
waiting.
                                                            
                       ERIC
No shit, they've been together
seven years. I'm honestly just
bullshitting, that's cool that
he's doing that with her.
                                                            
                       SHANE
I'm worried about him.
                                                            

6.

                       ERIC
Why? He can take care of himself,
probably.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Very reassuring.
                                                            
                       ERIC
That was a really big word, Shane.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Did you just wake up, man?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Nah, man. I've been up for how
ever many hours it's been since I
screwed your sister.
                                                            
                       SHANE
What the fuck are you talking
about?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I didn't say anything.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Dude, where are you?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hang on.
                                                            
Eric puts the phone on speaker.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Everyone say hi to Shane.
                                                            
                       EVERYONE
Hi Shane!
                                                            
                       SHANE
God damn it Eric, you're at the
house. I'm not gonna see you
before school, am I?
                                                            
There is a long pause of silence as Eric takes a joint hit.
                                                            

7.

                       SHANE
Eric?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Did you hear that, bro? Bro, that
was a joint hit, bro.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Christ's sake, dude. School starts
in an hour. Am I gonna see you
before then?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I would rule me out.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Make sure you don't smell like
weed when you get here or they'll
bust you.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Trust me, not an issue.
                                                            
                       SHANE
I can smell the stuff through the
phone.
                                                            
Eric laughs for an extended amount of time. Eventually, he
calms down.
                                                            
                       ERIC
That was quite amusing.
                                                            
                       SHANE
So was that. Listen, I'll talk to
you at school. You ready for this
year, man?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Just another 180 days of rape. How
hard can it be?
                                                            
 

8.

INT. SHANE'S LIVING ROOM - MORNING
                                                            
Shane hangs up his phone and stares off into space for a
moment, thinking about something bothersome. He then grabs
his backpack, stands up and exits his house.
                                                            
 
INT. THE WEED HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
Eric has just hung up the phone and turns around. Antoine
hands him a bubbler. He takes an incredibly big hit. He sits
motionless for a second, and then falls over.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Eric?
                                                            
 
INT. TOM'S HOUSE - MORNING
                                                            
We come to a hallway with three doors, one at the end, one
on the left, and one on the right. TOM (14) creeps slowly
out of one of them with his backpack. Tom is a small guy who
could easily be mistaken for someone in middle school,
rather than a freshman in high school. He pays close
attention to the door on the end of the hall, the door to
his dad's room, which is open slightly. He is trying to
avoid his dad as if his life depended on it. He creeps down
the hallway and scampers down the stairs. He grabs his
lunch, which he puts in his bag and an apple, which he takes
a bite out of. He turns around and sees his father, MALCOLM
(40), who is sitting in an easy chair. Malcolm is a guy who
clearly hasn't made the most of his life. He is in a
bathrobe and holding a beer. On top of everything, he is
very hard to look at. There is a long standoff before
Malcolm finally speaks.
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Hello son.
                                                            
Tom is beyond frightened.
                                                            
                       TOM
Hi dad.
                                                            
There is a pause as the two continue to stare each other
down. Malcolm takes a drink of his beer.
                                                            

9.

                       MALCOLM
Well you just look fucking
excellent.
                                                            
There is another intense silence. Tom is too frightened to
speak.
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Well, go on.
                                                            
Hesitant to take his eyes off of him, Tom edges away from
his dad and sprints out of the house.
                                                            
 
EXT. SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD - MORNING
                                                            
Tom walks out of his front yard and down a suburban street
until he reaches a bus stop. He takes out his phone and
dials a number. He reaches a voicemail greeting from a
woman.
                                                            
                       JENNIFER
Hi, you've reached Jennifer, I
can't come to the phone right now,
but if you leave a message with
your name and number, I'll get
back to you as soon as I can.
                                                            
His eyes begin to well up with tears. He closes his phone as
the bus comes up.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - MORNING
                                                            
He gets on and is greeted by NATHAN (14), who is just as
small as Tom and wears glasses.
                                                            
                       NATHAN
Hey Tom, what's going on?
                                                            
                       TOM
Hey.
                                                            
The bus drives off. Nathan notices that Tom isn't feeling
too good.
                                                            

10.

                       NATHAN
Yo, are you ok?
                                                            
                       TOM
I'm fine.
                                                            
                       NATHAN
Are you sure?
                                                            
                       TOM
I said I'm fine, Nathan.
                                                            
Nathan takes a step back and although worried about his
friend says no more.
                                                            
 
INT. CLYDE'S LIVING ROOM - MORNING
                                                            
A slim kid, CLYDE (15) enters from descends his second floor
steps into his living room with a bookbag around his back.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Eric?
                                                            
There is no answer. He moves into the kitchen.
                                                            
 
INT. CLYDE'S KITCHEN - MORNING
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Dad? You home?
                                                            
Silence. He sets his bag down and begins to make a bowl of
cereal.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE WEED HOUSE - MORNING
                                                            
Eric and his friends exit the weed house and get into their
van. The van drives off down a busy street on the way to
school.

END TITLE CREDITS
                                                            
 

11.

INT. A BUSY HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
The school is abundant with students on the first day.

SEVERAL SHOTS

A) Students socializing
B) A rap battle
C) A fight
                                                            
Eric, Antoine, Peter and Jerrell enter through the front
door and halt once they're inside.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Gentlemen, welcome back to the
crack house.
                                                            
There is an awkward pause that lasts until Antoine walks
past.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
You just had to come up with the
dumbest thing you could possibly
say.
                                                            
 
INT. COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Jack is speaking to his counselor, MS. WOODS (30), about his
classes. They are not getting along well.
                                                            
                       JACK
Look, I've heard 5 people tell me
that this teacher is bad news. Why
can't you put me in a different
class? It'll take six seconds.
                                                            
                       MS. WOODS
I'll say it again. I can't just
take you out of a class and mess
up a teacher's roster.
                                                            

12.

                       JACK
Actually, you can. It says in the
handbook that you have 3 weeks to
mess with your schedule. It's the
first day of school.
                                                            
                       MS. WOODS
Alright smart ass, we'll go about
it like this. I'm not doing it.
I'm not having teachers yelling at
me again this year, and that's
final. So, I don't think we have
anything further to discuss.
                                                            
She turns her attention to her computer.
                                                            
                       JACK
I guess you're right.
                                                            
Jack stands up and walks out. We stay with Ms. Woods on her
computer for a few moments until a loud firecracker
explosion sounds.
                                                            
                       MS. WOODS
What in the hell...
                                                            
Ms. Woods stands up without closing out of anything on her
computer. She hurriedly exits her office. After a short
while, Jack re-enters the room and sits down at the
computer. He proceeds to make his desired changes himself.
                                                            
                       JACK
Let's see. Switch from Statistics
to Calculus, drop African American
Studies, and make Gym pass/fail.
Thank you Jack. You're welcome
Jack.
                                                            
 
INT. CROWDED HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Tom is walking to his first period class holding a notebook
when DRAKE and his two followers, LEE and GRAHAM, stand in
front of him to his despair. They will be known as THE TRIO
from now on when all are being mentioned at once. The trio

13.

is composed of three sophomores that all beat Tom in size by
far.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
Well look who it is. Man, we
haven't seen this guy in a minute.
                                                            
                       LEE
In one year I don't think he
changed at all.
                                                            
                       GRAHAM
Yeah, I legitimately think that he
shrunk 2 inches since we last saw
him.
                                                            
The gang erupts in laughter as Tom starts to walk away.
Drake stops him.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
Hold up, Tom. I need a notebook.
                                                            
Drake takes Tom's notebook.
                                                            
                       TOM
Hey, give it back!
                                                            
Tom reaches for it, but is shoved to the ground. The POV
goes to Tom's perspective from the ground looking up at the
gang and the crowd that has assimilated that is looking back
down at him.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
Thanks for coming, Tom. Life was
so empty without you. Oh, and
thanks for the notebook.
                                                            
As Drake holds up the notebook Shane arrives on the scene,
grabs the notebook and whacks Drake in the face with it.
Shane proceeds to menacingly glare at them. Drake is
absolutely stunned as well as his gang. After a long,
intense pause the gang turn and leave. The crowd goes back
to its every day routine as if nothing happened. Shane turns
to Tom who is still on the ground. He pulls him up and gives
him his notebook back.
                                                            

14.

                       SHANE
Hang in there, ok?
                                                            
                       TOM
I will. Thanks.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Don't mention it. I'm Shane.
                                                            
                       TOM
Tom.
                                                            
They both turn and walk in the same direction towards the a
classroom.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You first.
                                                            
 
INT. CALCULUS CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
Tom walks in and takes a seat and Shane takes the seat right
behind him. The bell rings and the teacher, MR. BRODY,
begins his lecture.
                                                            
                       MR. BRODY
Good morning, my children. For
those who don't know me my name is
Mr. Brody. I saw a bunch of you
over the summer and it's great to
see you again. The rest of you I
will make sure to hastily get to
know.
                                                            
He begins to pass out sheets to the students.
                                                            
                       MR. BRODY (cont'd)
You're gonna need to pick up a
notebook, pencils, a folder to
keep materials in, and a graphing
calculator. You have the weekend
to do so. For now, I'll let you
guys see what you can do with this
problem.
                                                            
The class gets to work as we focus on Shane and Tom.
                                                            

15.

                       SHANE
Wow, he actually just began that
with "good morning my children".
Anyways, why are you in this
class?
                                                            
                       TOM
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Based on how you just were getting
your ass handed to you by those
dickheads, I'm gonna assume that
you're a freshman?
                                                            
                       TOM
Yeah.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You must be one of those geniuses
if you're in Calculus already.
                                                            
                       TOM
Yeah, I took a test in 4th grade
that shot me years ahead. Math's
always been my favorite subject.
Do you like math?
                                                            
                       SHANE
It's alright. Not my favorite
subject, but I'm alright at it. I
haven't had the best teachers to
be honest.
                                                            
                       TOM
What do you like best?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Alcohol. Well, drugs in general I
guess, not so much alcohol itself
anymore.
                                                            
Mr. Brody approaches them.
                                                            
                       MR. BRODY
How's this problem looking?
                                                            

16.

                       SHANE
We're almost there, just figuring
out these angles.
                                                            
                       MR. BRODY
Good, we'll talk about it in a
second.
                                                            
Mr. Brody walks off. Shane is visibly upset.
                                                            
                       SHANE
God damn it.
                                                            
                       TOM
What's up?
                                                            
                       SHANE
There are no angles in this
problem.
                                                            
Tom reads the problem himself.
                                                            
                       TOM
Wow.
                                                            
                       SHANE
He probably thinks he's teaching
geometry right now. I honestly
can't deal with another shitty
math teacher.
                                                            
Mr. Brody has made his way back to the front of the room.
                                                            
                       MR. BRODY
So, did anyone figure it out?
                                                            
There are mixed responses of "yes" and "no" from the class.
                                                            
                       MR. BRODY
Good, let's do another.
                                                            
                       SHANE
      (To Tom)
Awesome, so we're not gonna talk
about the problem.
                                                            
 

17.

INT. BUSY HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Skipping forward to the end of class, we hear a ringing
bell. Shane and Tom walk out of the room.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Man, I've fought. I've clawed my
way through two years in this
shithole only to get that guy as
my Calculus teacher. Where's your
next class?
                                                            
                       TOM
E116
                                                            
                       SHANE
Cool, we're headed to the same
area. I hate this place. You're in
a school with a bunch of airheads
and future serial killers
populating the student body.
Speaking of, who were those three
guys before school?
                                                            
                       TOM
Oh. That was Drake, Lee and
Graham. They're sophomores. We
kinda go back a while.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Yeah? How long?
                                                            
                       TOM
Ever since I was in sixth grade. I
don't know why, but they've always
really enjoyed pointing out that
they're bigger than me. It's not
just me, either. They walk around
town on weekends and look for
little kids to beat up.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Wow, that's about as low as you
can get. You know, I've always
thought it would be fun to
slaughter people. At least those
that deserved it. Maybe I should
            (MORE)

18.

                       SHANE (cont'd)
try it out on them.
                                                            
Tom doesn't reply. Shane eyes Eric walking across the
hallway.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Hey, I gotta go talk to this guy.
I'll see you around, all right?
                                                            
                       TOM
Cool. See ya.
                                                            
                       SHANE
I was bullshitting earlier.
                                                            
                       TOM
When?
                                                            
                       SHANE
I said you were getting beat up
and that made it obvious you were
a freshman. It's not just
freshmen, people of all ages get
beat up and pushed around. They
all have one thing in common.
                                                            
                       TOM
What's that?
                                                            
                       SHANE
They allow it to happen.
                                                            
They turn away from each other. Before he can get far, The
Trio stop Tom in the middle of the hall.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
Well, what do we have here?
                                                            
                       TOM
Please just go away, Drake.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
I don't think so.
                                                            

19.

As The Trio slowly close in on Tom, we shift to the
conversation between Eric and Shane.
                                                            
                       SHANE
I just, I can't really believe it.
He was in fourth grade when he
called me to tell me about the
first time he held hands with her
and I will never forget the time
he snuck into my house in the
sixth grade at night after he
kissed her the first time.
                                                            
FLASHBACK
                                                            
 
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
YOUNG SHANE (12) is in bed asleep. The camera zooms in on
his face, like someone is looking down at him. His eyes
suddenly open and focus on whatever's looking at him. The
POV switches to Young Shane's perspective. We see YOUNG JACK
(12) looking down at him with one of the most haunting
smiles you'll ever see.
                                                            
                       YOUNG JACK
Hi.
                                                            
Young Shane goes crazy. Young Jack covers his mouth so that
the screams are muffled.
                                                            
END FLASHBACK
                                                            
 
INT. BUSY HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
                       SHANE
Christ, I thought he was gonna
rape me. Anyways, I'm honestly
worried about him.
                                                            
Eric says nothing back. Shane realizes he has been staring
into space, not hearing a word.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Hey, asshole.
                                                            

20.

                       ERIC
Why would you say that to me?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Come on man, do you have anything
to say about this?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Jack? Not really. Since when do
you care?
                                                            
                       SHANE
About my friend? It seems like
something I'm supposed to do.
                                                            
                       ERIC
In my book a relationship is not
supposed to last from 4th grade
through high school. The fact that
they've lasted this long without
getting it in is what worries me.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Eric, I know how you are but there
are couples who wait more than six
hours to have sex, sometimes until
marriage.
                                                            
Eric is staring off into space again.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Hey. Eric. Are you here?
                                                            
Eric comes to a conclusion in his mind.
                                                            
                       ERIC
What if he's gay?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Eric, shut the fuck up. Anyways,
how'd your first period go?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Wouldn't that be absolutely
hysterical?
                                                            

21.

                       SHANE
I'm not hearing anything about
first period.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Just History.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Who's the teacher?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I don't remember. I'm going to
English right now.
                                                            
                       SHANE
How'd you do on the summer
assignment?
                                                            
                       ERIC
What summer assignment?
                                                            
They stare at each other for a moment. Shane's stare says
"you're a complete moron".
                                                            
                       ERIC
I'm just kidding!
                                                            
                       SHANE
I was gonna smack you. I really
was.
                                                            
                       ERIC
That would suck because I'm still
incredibly high and I don't
respond well to pain when I'm
high. Anyways, how about you?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Well, my Calc teacher is an issue
so I'm probably gonna drop. Is
your brother in the building?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I think Clyde has first period
free. He's probably on his way
right now.
                                                            
 

22.

INT. DINING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Clyde, Eric's younger brother and still at the breakfast
table, notices that he is behind schedule. He hurriedly
closes his computer, shoves a bunch of books and notebooks
into his bag and stands up. Clyde has long, disheveled hair
and looks as if he doesn't get enough sleep. He picks up a
bunch of pens and pencils and throws them into the side
pocket of his bag. He then leaves out his front door.
                                                            
 
EXT. DRIVEWAY - DAY
                                                            
Clyde gets on his bike and rides off, illegally crossing the
street causing two cars to almost hit each other and a
fellow bicyclist to fall off his bike. He continues on his
way without even looking back.
                                                            
 
INT. BUSY HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
                       SHANE
Lucky bastard, I haven't seen him
at all this summer. Anyways, this
whole thing with Jack seriously
worries me because-
                                                            
Shane has turned his head towards Tom.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Oh shit.
                                                            
Shane has officially seen the trio once again tormenting
Tom. Eric turns his head towards the scene as well.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Who are they?
                                                            
                       SHANE
The little guy in the middle is
Tom. He's a freshman genius and in
my Calculus class.
                                                            
                       ERIC
No shit. The other three?
                                                            

23.

                       SHANE
Scum of the Earth. I might as well
go save him. Come with me.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hah! Get the fuck out of here.
                                                            
Eric walks away.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You're a motherfucking prick.
                                                            
We shift back to Tom, who is surrounded by The Trio, his
head down.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
Unfortunate that your boyfriend
isn't here to save you. Now we
just have to decide what we do
with you. With 2 minutes to get to
class, the possibilities are
limitless.
                                                            
Shane appears next to them like a ghost.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You don't think that a gang of
three picking on the little guy is
a little cowardly?
                                                            
The Trio is left startled. While Shane speaks, they are
silent. They don't show it on their face, but they are as
scared of Shane as Tom is scared of them.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Yes? No? One thing's for sure, I
don't like it. So, you can just
walk away from all of this or we
can start something. Just make
your move.
                                                            
Yet another silence. It holds until OLIVIA walks by. Shane
speaks with a uplifting tone towards her.
                                                            
                       OLIVIA
Hi Shane!
                                                            

24.

                       SHANE
Hi Olivia!
                                                            
His tone quickly changes back to condescending.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Just make your move, guys, and see
what happens. Now, I think we
should all get to class.
                                                            
One final intense silence until Drake signals his group to
leave. Tom, left standing with Shane, takes a deep breath.
                                                            
                       TOM
I don't know what I'd do without
you.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Get to class, man. I'll see you
around.
                                                            
Shane walks off. Tom walks into his room.
                                                            
 
INT. HISTORY CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
Tom walks into the room and takes a seat. Sitting next to
him is RUBY (14). Ruby looks like your average high school
freshman, though a bit short. She has blonde hair and is the
slightest bit taller than Tom. The bell rings, but no
teacher is to be found. Ruby notices Tom and seems to like
him the moment she lays eyes on him.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Are you in the right school?
                                                            
This makes Tom upset. He turns away in disgust. Ruby goes
after him apologetically.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Hey! Hey! I'm sorry, that was
really mean. I'm sorry. I'm sure
you get that too much.
                                                            
Tom is still angry.
                                                            

25.

                       TOM
Yeah. I do.
                                                            
                       RUBY
I'm really sorry. I'm Ruby.
                                                            
Tom's anger slowly vanishes as he looks Ruby straight in the
eyes for the first time. It is love at first sight. He
stutters when he speaks to her, taking forever to get his
name out.
                                                            
                       TOM
I-I-I-I-I'm T-T-Tom. H-H-Hi.
                                                            
                       RUBY
You ok?
                                                            
 
INT. TESTING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Clyde is sitting in his chair, staring blankly into space
while a PROCTOR reads him the directions for the test he
will be taking. As the Proctor speaks, CLYDE'S MIND responds
while Clyde remains silent.
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
Today you will be taking an exam
that will determine whether or not
you are qualified to take Advanced
Placement Physics at this high
school.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Yeah, ok. I know why I'm fucking
here, can we move along?
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
This test consists of 100 multiple
choice questions written by the
Physics teachers at this school
that must be completed without a
calculator with subjects including
Projectile Mechanics, Energy,
Gravity, Newton's Laws, Momentum,
Work, Vectors & Scalars, Friction,
Rotational Motion, Simple Harmonic
Motion, Waves & Optics, Magnetism,
            (MORE)

26.

                       PROCTOR (cont'd)
Electric Potential,
Electrostatics, Electromagnetic
Induction, Circuits, Capacitors,
Thermodynamics, Heat, Kinetic
Theory, Astrophysics, Quantum
Physics, Biophysics, Motion
Graphs, & Gauss's Law.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Well shit, you definitely had to
read that all to me.
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
To qualify to take this course you
must correctly answer 90 out of
the 100 questions in 2 hours.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Yeah, I read the letter you sent
me, would you please fucking talk
faster!
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
Are you prepared?
                                                            
Clyde responds with a happier tone than the way he has been
speaking in his head.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Let's have it.
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
Excellent. You will begin in 30
seconds.
                                                            
The proctor hands him his exam.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Alright. Thank god that's over.
Michael! Where you at?
                                                            
A voice responds, who will be known as MICHAEL. Michael
literally is a voice inside Clyde's head that he uses on
tests. He yawns, as if he's just woken up. They begin a
conversation taking place entirely in Clyde's head.
                                                            

27.

                       MICHAEL
Jesus, Clyde. How the hell have
you been?
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Enjoying my summer away from you.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Asshole. What's the subject?
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Physics.
                                                            
There is a pause.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What kind of Physics?
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Pretty much every kind, to keep it
brief.
                                                            
There is another pause.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Shit.
                                                            
 
INT. ENGLISH CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
Eric is sitting next to Peter in English class which is run
by the teacher: MS. PUZO. The room contains a total of
around 15 people. The students are working on a written
assignment while Ms. Puzo grades an opener assignment. Ms.
Puzo is a white woman in her mid-forties with a noticeable
multi-colored afro. She finishes and stands up to speak to
the class.
                                                            
                       MS. PUZO
Guys, your opener was well done on
most accounts, good job. I'll give
you ten more minutes on this
assignment. Eric, may I see you?
                                                            
Eric doesn't respond.
                                                            

28.

                       MS. PUZO
Which one of you is Eric?
                                                            
Peter nudges Eric and points in Ms. Puzo's direction.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Oh, my bad.
                                                            
He gets up and walks to the front of the room as the
students keep working. He has trouble walking in a straight
line. When he gets there, Ms. Puzo is holding his opener
assignment.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hi.
                                                            
                       MS. PUZO
Can you tell me what's wrong with
this?
                                                            
She hands him the paper and he looks it over. As he does,
the assignment looks fine and well done. He looks back up at
her.
                                                            
                       ERIC
What's the problem?
                                                            
                       MS. PUZO
Read me the note at the bottom.
                                                            
                       ERIC
All assignments in this classroom
must be done in pen. Ok, so I did
it in pencil. Now what?
                                                            
                       MS. PUZO
You have to go over it in pen.
                                                            
                       ERIC
That seems a bit unnecessary.
                                                            
                       MS. PUZO
It's a rule.
                                                            

29.

                       ERIC
Come on Ms. Puzo, just this once.
I mean, wasn't it well written?
                                                            
                       MS. PUZO
I don't know, I don't read
anything not written in ink. Get
it to me by the end of the period.
Otherwise it's a zero.
                                                            
They stare at each other for a few seconds. Eric has a
frustrated gaze while Ms. Puzo is triumphant. Defeated, Eric
goes back to his seat while Ms. Puzo smiles and begins to
speak to the class.
                                                            
                       MS. PUZO
Let it be known that pencils are,
at all times, forbidden in this
class. Jackson, will you come with
me to the copy room and carry some
papers?
                                                            
JACKSON, a ripped athlete, stands up and walks out with the
smiling Ms. Puzo. She is clearly happy to be close to him.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Bitch.
                                                            
Peter laughs.
                                                            
 
INT. BUSY HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
A bell rings. Ruby and Tom exit their classroom. They stand
socializing in the hallway. Tom stares at her with desire in
his eyes and is nervous when he speaks.
                                                            
                       RUBY
So, what's next?
                                                            
Tom continues to study Ruby, not hearing her for a moment.
                                                            
                       TOM
Oh, I'm going this way.
                                                            
He nods to his left.
                                                            

30.

                       RUBY
That's so unfortunate, I gotta go
that way.
                                                            
She nods towards the other direction.
                                                            
                       TOM
I guess I'll see you around?
                                                            
                       RUBY
Yeah, I guess so.
                                                            
She puts her hand out to fist bump. Tom, a bit hesitant,
takes her fist and shakes it. He then finds it difficult to
let go.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Tom?
                                                            
                       TOM
Oh, I'm sorry.
                                                            
He quickly lets her hand go.
                                                            
                       RUBY
See ya.
                                                            
                       TOM
Bye.
                                                            
They turn in separate directions. We follow Tom who is in a
daze.
                                                            
                       TOM
Oh my god.
                                                            
Shane runs up behind him and grabs him.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Who was that?
                                                            
                       TOM
Oh, her name's Ruby.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Oh yeah?
                                                            

31.

                       TOM
Yeah.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Is she cool?
                                                            
                       TOM
Yeah. Really, really, really cool.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Cool.
                                                            
They both nod their heads. Shane is amused while Tom is a
bit embarrassed.
                                                            
                       TOM
Anyways, I gotta go see my
counselor.
                                                            
                       SHANE
No way, me too. I'm gonna drop out
of Calculus. Walk with me.
                                                            
Shane begins speaking about his class, and Tom turns one
last time to get a glance of Ruby walking away. Just as he
turns his attention back towards Shane, Ruby turns her head
back towards Tom down the hallway.
                                                            
 
INT. TESTING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Clyde has made it through the first bit of the test. He and
Michael are arguing over the answer to a question.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Clyde, I'm telling you right now.
You want to go back to number 12.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Can you just lay off?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
It's fucking wrong!
                                                            

32.

                       CLYDE'S MIND
Look, let's focus on this next
one. It's a projectile problem.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
That'll be a piece of cake. Go
back to number 2.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
No! Fuck off!
                                                            
A BUZZ sound is played. Clyde gets wide-eyed.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Do you have a god damn buzzer on
you?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You bet your ass.
                                                            
He presses the buzzer several times in quick secession.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
That doesn't even make sense!
Would you kindly knock it off?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Go back to number 12 or I'll start
playing porn.
                                                            
 
INT. COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Tom is in his counselor meeting with his counselor, MS.
HINKLE. She is in her mid to late 40's with long hair. She
also is slightly obese and wears glasses. She goes over
Tom's report from his middle school and is very pleased.
                                                            
                       MS. HINKLE
Wow, this is excellent. You're off
the charts in math and science.
Not to mention you're taking 2 AP
classes and you tested into junior
level French. You are looking good
coming in. How are you feeling so
far?
                                                            

33.

                       TOM
Good. I haven't seen all my
teachers yet but for the most part
I'm fine.
                                                            
                       MS. HINKLE
How's everything at home? What do
your parents do?
                                                            
Tom immediately gets a morose look on his face.
                                                            
                       TOM
Oh... my dad's a writer. I don't
see him a lot.
                                                            
There's a short silence as Ms. Hinkle takes a look at Tom,
realizes that something is wrong, but doesn't say anything.
She goes back to her computer.
                                                            
                       MS. HINKLE
Well, you're on the right track.
Keep it up Tom.
                                                            
                       TOM
Thank you. I'll do my best. See
you around.
                                                            
He gets up and walks out.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL, EMPTY HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Tom walks down the hallway and is in deep thought. Tom hears
something behind him, turns and sees nothing. He then turns
back around to see that Drake has appeared, towering over
him. Tom bumps into him.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
Stupid, dumb freshman walking
through the north wing where there
aren't any security guards.
                                                            
Drake pulls out a switchblade.
                                                            

34.

                       DRAKE
People get hurt when there aren't
any security guards. Grab him.
                                                            
The two other members of The Trio, who have appeared behind
Tom like ghosts, grab him and get him on the ground,
covering Tom's mouth as they do so. As Tom writhes around on
the ground, Drake speaks.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
You know, a lot of things make me
angry, and that faggot you were
with earlier is one of them.
Here's the deal: you're gonna get
cut right now. Then, you're going
in this locker.
                                                            
Drake opens the locker next to him.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
If you're found before you bleed
out, understand these two things.
1, if we ever see you near that
guy again we'll just have to cut
you even deeper. 2, if you rat us
out for doing this you're gonna
lose your tongue. Now, how about
we get on with it.
                                                            
Eric walks into the scene, still a bit high.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hey! What the hell are you doing?
                                                            
Drake showcases his switchblade.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
You want some?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Not exactly, but would you let the
poor guy go? He's like half your
size.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
I'm thinking no.
                                                            

35.

                       ERIC
Listen man. Humans were made to
love, not to stab.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
That's true. However, stabbing
happens to be incredibly amusing.
So, checkmate. Now, back to the
fun stuff.
                                                            
Shane runs up behind Drake and throws him against a locker.
The other two let go of Tom and sprint down the hallway with
Shane chasing after them with the knife that Drake dropped
until they round the corner out of sight. Shane turns around
and walks over to Drake who is completely disoriented. Shane
grabs him and throws him in the locker, shuts the door and
locks it. He looks at Tom, still on the ground, who looks
right back at him.
                                                            
                       SHANE
So. How was your meeting?
                                                            
After about a moment Tom completely breaks down, still on
the ground.
                                                            
                       ERIC
My time to shine.
                                                            
Eric sits next to Tom and throws his arms around him as he
cries. Soon enough, Eric starts crying as well.
                                                            
                       ERIC
It's ok brother. The world is an
evil place, but you just have to
get up every time you fall down.
You'll be alright man. You're
strong and you're beautiful. Don't
ever let anyone tell you
otherwise.
                                                            
Eric begins to sob. Tom, who has stopped crying, looks up at
Shane with slight bewilderment. Shane rolls his eyes.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Tom, this is Eric. We go back a
long way.
                                                            

36.

                       TOM
Nice to meet you.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Always remember that you are
loved.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You ok?
                                                            
                       TOM
Yeah. I'll be alright.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Thank god. Eric, for fucks sake
would you please give him some
room to breathe?
                                                            
They both get up.
                                                            
                       DRAKE
God damn it man, my head hurts
like a bitch!
                                                            
Shane rapidly punches the locker 6 times. He turns away and
walks down the hallway with Tom and Eric.
                                                            
 
INT. HISTORY CLASROOM - DAY
                                                            
Eric walks back into his classroom and sits down next to
Jack and Jerrell, who doing a worksheet. Eric looks up at
MR. BARRY, who is on his laptop.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Mr. Barry, it's the 17th or the
18th of January?
                                                            
As if it were a normal question, he gives a straight-up
answer.
                                                            
                       MR. BARRY
It is the 30th of August.
                                                            
Eric stares off into space, perplexed with himself. Jack is
staring at him, dumbfounded while Jerrell just chuckles.
                                                            

37.

                       JACK
What are you on?
                                                            
                       ERIC
You know very well what I'm on.
                                                            
He gets back to work.
                                                            
 
INT. TESTING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Clyde and Michael have almost completed the test.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if
Physics was not a subject many
lives would be made much easier.
Is that a valid statement?
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Blatantly wrong. Without Physics
the human race would never be
where it is today and could never
possibly advance. It's pretty
interesting and fun to be honest.
Also, I think an easy life is
synonymous with having a voice
inside your head that gets you
good scores on tests so it doesn't
matter to me.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You just stated that Physics was
fun. I have no choice but to
reward you with sex noises.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Don't you dare.
                                                            
Sex noises ring in Clyde's head.
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
15 minutes remain.
                                                            
Clyde responds with his real voice.
                                                            

38.

                       CLYDE
Shut the fuck up!
                                                            
The Proctor looks at Clyde, shocked.
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
Excuse me?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
I'm so sorry, I was thinking about
something else.
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
Are you ok?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Yes, I'm fine. Thank you, sorry
again.
                                                            
He goes back into his head. Michael is essentially dying of
laughter.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
I hate you.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You are fucking dumb, you are a
fucking dumb person. You've never
done that before, that was
amazing!
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
We have 15 minutes, 12 problems
left. Can we just do this?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
He probably thinks you have
tourettes!
                                                            
 
INT. CAFETERIA - DAY
                                                            
Tom is sitting at a lunch table with his sack lunch and a
book on the table. Nathan walks up and sits down.
                                                            

39.

                       NATHAN
I don't know how you got in here
so quickly.
                                                            
                       TOM
My class is right upstairs.
                                                            
                       NATHAN
I swear that line is going out the
front door of the school.
                                                            
He pauses, pulls out his lunch and a beer. When Tom notices
the beer, he begins frantically looking around to make sure
nobody sees it.
                                                            
                       NATHAN
      (Mimicking the
       guard at the door)
ID's out, ID's out, take that hat
off, stop fighting, release the
woman.
                                                            
                       TOM
Dude! What the hell are you doing!
                                                            
                       NATHAN
Whoa, chill out, what are you
talking about?
                                                            
                       TOM
You just pulled out a beer in the
middle of a lunchroom! Put it
away!
                                                            
                       NATHAN
It's non-alcoholic. It's legal,
chill out!
                                                            
                       TOM
Are you stupid? You're 14 and
drinking a beer in the middle of a
school lunchroom with at least 5
security guards. If you get caught
with that you're parents will go
to jail or something!
                                                            

40.

Ruby steps in.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Fancy meeting you here. Who's
this?
                                                            
She notices the beer.
                                                            
                       RUBY
I like your style, but you have
about ten seconds until one of
those guards see you and I
guarantee you they will find a
reason to taze you.
                                                            
Nathan finally puts the beer away and throws his hands up.
                                                            
                       NATHAN
Whatever. I'm gonna go get
something at the vending machine,
I'll be right back.
                                                            
As he walks away, Ruby sits down.
                                                            
                       RUBY
He seems nice.
                                                            
                       TOM
Yeah, he's really dumb.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Well, what can you do?
                                                            
She pulls out her lunch.
                                                            
                       RUBY
So, how did 3rd period go for you?
                                                            
There are SEVERAL SHOTS from the previous scene involving
Tom, Shane, Eric and The Trio. As Tom is thinking about
this, Ruby tries to get through to him.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Tom? You still here?
                                                            
He snaps out of it.
                                                            

41.

                       TOM
Yeah, sorry. I blanked out a
second.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Well, do tell.
                                                            
                       TOM
It was fine, just a short excerpt
of my English class, after my
counselor meeting. I liked my
English teacher the best so far.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Yeah?
                                                            
                       TOM
She talked a little about The
Great Gatsby being her favorite
book. That was my mom's favorite
book.
                                                            
Tom's face gets dark. He looks down. Ruby can tell what's
wrong.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Yeah? I hear it's great.
                                                            
                       TOM
She died.
                                                            
                       RUBY
I gathered. I'm sorry Tom.
                                                            
                       TOM
A month ago.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Oh, Tom.
                                                            
Tom's eyes have welled up.
                                                            

42.

                       TOM
I'm sorry, my Aunt told me that
talking about it made it easier
for her but I just can't right
now.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Of course, Tom. Anytime you want
to, I'll listen. You talked to
your counselor?
                                                            
                       TOM
Yeah.
                                                            
                       RUBY
How was that?
                                                            
                       TOM
She basically called me a genius
and I left.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Wow. You know, I like geniuses.
                                                            
                       TOM
Well, I like you.
                                                            
There's a short pause as Ruby looks at Tom, flattered over
what he just said.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Really.
                                                            
Another pause as Tom thinks over what to say. He meets her
gaze.
                                                            
                       TOM
Yeah, I do.
                                                            
They stare at each other, both forming a smile. Nathan comes
back, sees this and backs away. Another group of people call
him over. He waves at them and walks towards them. We follow
him but eventually break off and focus on a new table, this
one with Clyde and his girlfriend JESSIE (15), who sit
across from Shane. They have just listened to Shane say
something frightening about Jack.
                                                            

43.

                       CLYDE
Wow. That's unsettling. That's one
of the most horrible things I've
ever heard in my life.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
It sounds like he should see
someone. There might be something
going on in his life right now.
                                                            
                       SHANE
If there is, he's not telling me.
There isn't much he would keep
from me. I've been thinking a lot
about it lately and I'm getting
more and more worried about him.
What gets me most worried about
him is the way...
                                                            
Shane eyes his girlfriend HANNAH (16) walking towards him.
He stands up.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARADISE - DAY
                                                            
Shane, now wearing entirely white clothing, walks towards
Hannah, also in white clothing, in a beautiful meadow.
Animals of all kinds frolic, and a pool of freshwater exists
in the distance complete with a small waterfall. They reach
each other, stare into each others eyes and begin to
passionately kiss each other.
                                                            
 
INT. CAFETERIA - DAY
                                                            
We are now back in the cafeteria, with Shane and Hannah
making out in the middle of the room. Clyde and Hannah stare
at them awkwardly along with numerous others.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Are we supposed to be like that?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
I really hope not.
                                                            
 

44.

INT. CALCULUS CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
As the bell rings the Calculus teacher, MR. WILLIAMS, stands
at the front of his classroom. He quiets everyone and begins
to give his introductions.
                                                            
                       MR. WILLIAMS
Welcome to Calculus. My name is
Mr. Williams, and if you took the
intro class over the summer then
you've already gotten to know me.
As this year goes on, you will be
taught...
                                                            
As he continues to talk, the group to the left of the room,
which contains Eric, Peter, and Antoine, starts to get
rowdy. They get to a high volume and Mr. Williams takes
notice.
                                                            
                       MR. WILLIAMS
Uh, guys?
                                                            
After a short silence the group erupts with laughter,
causing Eric to propel back in his seat and fall to the
floor.
                                                            
 
INT. ORCHESTRA ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jack sits in the Viola section of the orchestra room. The
room slowly fills up, and eventually Tom takes the seat next
to him.
                                                            
                       JACK
How's it going?
                                                            
                       TOM
Good. I'm Tom.
                                                            
                       JACK
Jack. Good first day?
                                                            
                       TOM
It's ok, I guess. How about you?
                                                            

45.

                       JACK
I'm just letting time go by. I'm
gonna have sex with my girlfriend
tomorrow so that's all that I'm
really thinking about right now.
                                                            
A moment of silence.
                                                            
                       TOM
You must be excited.
                                                            
                       JACK
Yeah. Very.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
Clyde and Michael are wrapping up the test.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Alright, less than a minute to go
with one problem left. Shall we go
for it?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Just mark it B. We've done all we
can.
                                                            
                       CLYDE'S MIND
Alright, I'll do it but if I get
this one wrong and I get an 89 I
promise I'll find a way to cut
your dick off.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I'll keep that in mind.
                                                            
Time runs out.
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
Please put your pencil down and
bring me your scantron.
                                                            
Clyde walks over to the Proctor with the scantron.
                                                            

46.

                       CLYDE'S MIND
Thanks a bunch Michael, always a
pleasure working with you. Even if
you are a prick.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Good bye for now, fucker.
                                                            
Clyde now speaks to the Proctor.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Here you go. Thanks a bunch.
                                                            
He turns to leave.
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
Hold on, don't you want to know if
you passed?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
I can find that out now?
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
Yeah, I'll just run it through the
machine. It'll take 2 seconds. If
you pass, you can actually go to
the class next period so you end
up not missing any time at all.
                                                            
He takes the scantron and slides it through a machine. He
picks it up and looks at it.
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
Wow.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
What is it?
                                                            
                       PROCTOR
90.
                                                            
Clyde is euphoric.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Fuck yeah!
                                                            

47.

The two exchange glances, and Clyde hurriedly leaves.
                                                            
 
INT. AP PHYSICS CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
Tom is the first to enter the classroom. He sits down in the
front row, alone in the room. He hears noises come from the
office to his left. The Physics teacher, MR. EDWARDS, steps
out looking over a few papers. Mr. Edwards is a british
black man. He stands 6'2 and wears an entirely black suit.
He looks up and sees Tom looking at him. As the two speak,
other students enter and Mr. Edwards greets them
accordingly.
                                                            
                       MR. EDWARDS
Good afternoon! I'm Mr. Edwards.
I'll be your Physics teacher this
year.
                                                            
                       TOM
I'm Tom. I guess I'll be your
student.
                                                            
                       MR. EDWARDS
Oh yes, you're the freshman taking
this course. I noticed you on my
attendance list. You must have
some serious gifts.
                                                            
Tom shrugs, and Eric enters the room laughing hard. He bids
farewell to an unseen figure outside and walks over to the
desk next to Tom and sits down.
                                                            
                       MR. EDWARDS
Oh, shit. I've got to run next
door, I'll be right back.
                                                            
The camera focuses on Tom and Eric. Tom looks over at Eric,
who pays Tom no attention. Eventually, Eric slowly turns his
head in Tom's direction. He has no recollection of his
previous encounter with Tom.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hi there.
                                                            

48.

                       TOM
Hey Eric.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Interesting. Have we met?
                                                            
                       TOM
Yeah, earlier today. Remember,
with Shane?
                                                            
Eric takes a moment to think, and is able to recall.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Oh hey!
                                                            
At this point, Clyde enters the room and eyes Eric. He takes
the seat next to him. Eric sees him, reacting indifferently,
never making full eye contact.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hey, Clyde. I didn't know you were
in this class.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Guess who passed the test.
                                                            
                       ERIC
That's awesome. Congrats.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
So, can we talk about Jack for a
hot second?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I haven't seen him. What about
him?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
You haven't heard about him and
Kathy?
                                                            
                       ERIC
What, that they're gonna fuck?
Yeah, I heard from Shane. I don't
get why it's big news.
                                                            

49.

                       CLYDE
It's not, really, but that's not
all. Shane's worried about him.
Let me tell you what he told me at
lunch.
                                                            
Jack has entered the room.
                                                            
                       JACK
Shane's worried about who?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Since when are you in this class?
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm not, I took this class last
year. I'm right next door in US
History, though.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Then come with me to the water
fountain, we have to discuss
things regarding you and a female.
Eric, come with?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I'll pass.
                                                            
                       JACK
Alright. Eric, I'll call you
later. Say hi to Edwards for me.
Hi Tom!
                                                            
Clyde and Jack leave the room. Eric turns toward Tom swiftly
after Jack says his name, realizing that Jack knows Tom.
                                                            
                       ERIC
How do I know you, again?
                                                            
 
INT. AP BIOLOGY CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
A classroom of students is being lectured by a female
teacher, MS. RUOCCO, giving introductions. While she speaks,
Shane fantasizes Hannah walking up behind him, fondling and
kissing him all over.
                                                            

50.

                       MS. RUOCCO
I know for some of you this is
your first AP science course, and
I'll try my best to make it a good
experience. Anyways, there's
around ten minutes left and I want
you to work on that sheet for the
rest of class. You can work alone,
in partners, groups, whatever. Go,
see how far you get.
                                                            
The whole class starts moving. Some desks move, some don't.
People get out pencils and pens and start conversing. The
camera focuses on Shane and Jack, who have shifted their
desks to face each other.
                                                            
                       JACK
Well, I have to say she was pretty
legit.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Are you kidding me? She just used
almost the entire period telling
us about a one night stand she had
in college which incomprehensibly
led to her switching into a
Biology major.
                                                            
                       JACK
She is definitely a MILF, though.
You can't deny me that.
                                                            
                       SHANE
I'm doing my best to stay faithful
to my girlfriend so I'm gonna not
answer that. Speaking of which,
how about Kathy?
                                                            
                       JACK
I don't know, what about her?
                                                            
                       SHANE
It's a pretty fucking huge
decision. What does she think of
it?
                                                            

51.

                       JACK
She doesn't have a clue... well
she probably knows that the
subject's gonna come up soon
enough.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You haven't told her? How can you
know she feels the same way?
                                                            
                       JACK
How could she not? We've been
together since the first day of
middle school and I've known her
since kindergarten. I hope you're
not offended, but she's my best
friend.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You've never even talked to her
about it?
                                                            
                       JACK
No, I guess not.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Jack, you can't tell me this is a
good idea. Look, I haven't told
you yet but I'm gonna have sex
with Hannah this weekend too.
We've been planning it for months.
                                                            
                       JACK
No fucking way. You've been
planning it for months, how could
you not tell me?
                                                            
                       SHANE
I'm sorry, it was something
special that I didn't want to
share with anyone else. Everything
with her is special. She's
enslaved me. I assume you know the
feeling.
                                                            

52.

                       JACK
Yeah, I do. I'd do anything for
Kathy, and she'd do anything for
me. Trust me, we're both ready for
it.
                                                            
                       SHANE
How do you know?
                                                            
                       JACK
I just know.
                                                            
                       SHANE
But you've never even brought it
up with her. Hannah and I have
been talking about this for over 2
months.
                                                            
                       JACK
Then have a good time with her.
Honestly, you guys have barely
been together a year, I've been
with Kathy for six. I'll deal with
her, you have fun with Hannah.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Fine. Honestly, it's gonna be
great. She got on birth control so
I don't have to use a condom. It's
gonna be euphoric, dude.
                                                            
                       JACK
Shane. You're saying I have a bad
plan and then you're gonna sit
there and tell me you're not gonna
use a condom?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Dude, I said she's on the pill.
She can't get pregnant.
                                                            
                       JACK
Alright, what if you get HIV or
something?
                                                            

53.

                       SHANE
Come on, neither of us have an
STI.
                                                            
                       JACK
How can you know that?
                                                            
                       SHANE
I just know.
                                                            
They stare at each other for a brief moment in silence.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Listen, will you just be careful
please?
                                                            
                       JACK
I will if you will.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Deal.
                                                            
                       JACK
Alright, wanna take off early?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Yeah, she's not coming back.
                                                            
They stand up and put their stuff in their bags.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Maybe neither of us should have
sex.
                                                            
They stand for a moment, pondering over this statement.
                                                            
                       JACK
That's a terrible idea.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Yeah, fuck that.
                                                            
They walk out of the room.
                                                            
 

54.

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS - DAY
                                                            
Shane and Jack walk across the field in front of the school.
There are students everywhere on their way home. They talk
as they walk and reach the sidewalk, where they run into
Eric.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Yo, what are we on?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Friday Night Lights later tonight.
                                                            
                       ERIC
I'm down, I love that show.
                                                            
                       SHANE
No, the football game tonight.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Ah, my bad. Yeah, I'll be there.
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm gonna stay home tonight.
                                                            
                       SHANE
The hell you are, come to the
game.
                                                            
                       JACK
Nah, I've always been a basketball
guy anyways.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Just for the first half?
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm all for it. I'd better take
off. I'll see you around.
                                                            
                       JACK
Nah, I've always been a basketball
guy.
                                                            

55.

                       SHANE
Are you serious? Everyone's gonna
be there, it's gonna be a
showdown.
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm not interested in a brawl, and
I know there's gonna be one.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Yeah, no doubt. Just come for the
first half.
                                                            
                       JACK
No.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You're such a nerd. Alright, I'll
snapchat you or something. See you
around.
                                                            
                       JACK
Later.
                                                            
Both turn around and walk in separate directions. However,
Shane runs right into TOM, almost knocking him over.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Oh, shit. My bad, man. Oh hey Tom!
                                                            
                       TOM
Hey Shane, sorry for running into
you.
                                                            
Tom continues in the direction he was walking, and after a
little while Ruby runs up behind him and hugs him.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Attack hug!
                                                            
                       TOM
Hey, Ruby.
                                                            
                       RUBY
How'd the second half of your day
go?
                                                            

56.

                       TOM
Well, I'm more or less affiliated
with juniors now.
                                                            
                       RUBY
No shit. How'd that happen?
                                                            
                       TOM
I'm just in their classes with
them, I don't know if it's good or
not.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Are they sketchy?
                                                            
                       TOM
You could say that.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Are you coming to the game
tonight?
                                                            
As she finishes speaking, her friend HAYLEY walks up and
starts talking to her. As they talk, Tom says goodbye but
Kathy doesn't hear him. Looking disappointed, Tom walks off.
After a short while longer, Kathy stops to introduce Tom.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Anyways, have you met Tom?
                                                            
She looks over to where Tom was standing but sees that he's
gone.
                                                            
                       HAYLEY
The shorty? He took off a little
while ago.
                                                            
                       RUBY
Damn. Alright, let's head.
                                                            
 
EXT. A SIDEWALK IN A SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY
                                                            
Shane and Eric walk down a tranquil sidewalk.
                                                            

57.

                       ERIC
So, I take it Biology wasn't a
huge disaster?
                                                            
                       SHANE
It was alright. Teacher's a bit of
an airhead.
                                                            
                       ERIC
You talked to Jack?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Yeah. He's making a bad move,
talking about being spontaneous
with her about it.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Why is that a bad move?
                                                            
                       SHANE
If I said "let's have sex" to you
right now, how would you respond?
                                                            
                       ERIC
We haven't been in a relationship
for 6 years.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Well, I guess that's true. But I
don't know man, isn't she a big
Catholic?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Don't talk down to catholics, you
know I was raised a catholic.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Oh yeah? How's being an
abomination going for you?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Fine. What the hell does Kathy
being catholic have to do with
anything, and please think about
what you're saying before you say
it.
                                                            

58.

                       SHANE
All catholics value purity before
marriage, am I wrong?
                                                            
                       ERIC
God Shane, you are such a fucking
atheist it actually hurts. Listen,
Jack is going to be fine. Forget
about him.
                                                            
They stop talking for a brief moment. Suddenly, Shane's eyes
well up with tears and Eric takes notice.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Oh my god. Holy shit! I'm sorry,
are you crying?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Fuck off.
                                                            
                       ERIC
I'm really sorry but I haven't
seen you cry in years. This is
amazing, you're so vulnerable!
                                                            
                       SHANE
I'm gonna hurt you, I swear.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Fine. Seriously, what's wrong?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Jack.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Shane, Jack is going to be fine.
                                                            
                       SHANE
No he's not! You don't understand,
he didn't tell you.
                                                            
Eric and Shane stop in their tracks.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Tell me what? Sit down.
                                                            

59.

They sit down underneath a tree.
                                                            
                       SHANE
He's been having dreams. For over
a month now, he's been having
absolutely horrible dreams. It's
every night, no exceptions. I
don't know how he can manage. He
told me about some of them, and it
was really hard to listen to. The
things he does in them are just
awful.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Tell me.
                                                            
Shane takes a moment to organize his thoughts.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Alright, it goes like this.
                                                            
 
EXT. FRONT OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Jack opens the front door of his car and exits. Wearing
sunglasses and a trench coat, he walks up to the front door
of an elementary school and opens the door.
                                                            
 
INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
He walks up to the secretary.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
How may I help you?
                                                            
He removes his sunglasses so the Secretary can see his eyes.
She gets a facial expression that is horrified. Putting his
sunglasses back on, Jack continues on his way, walking up a
flight of stairs. He rounds a few corners before arriving at
a classroom door. He takes out a fully loaded machine gun
from his trench coat. He opens the door and enters.
                                                            
 

60.

INT. CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
He takes a brief moment to see the class in progress. He
then opens fire on the classroom until the clip is empty and
everyone in the room is dead, except for one kid who writhes
on the ground in extreme pain. Jack walks over to the kid
and sits down, taking off his sunglasses. We now see that he
has no eyes, just two black holes. He pulls out a grenade
from his coat and pulls the pin. He then tussles the kid's
hair for a few seconds before we

CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
We get a WIDE SHOT of the school for a few seconds. We then
hear an explosion from inside the building.
                                                            
 
EXT. SIDEWALK - DAY
                                                            
Eric is processing what he has just been told. He eventually
finds the words.
                                                            
                       ERIC
That's severely fucked up.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You see where I'm coming from?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I definitely see why you're
worried about him, but I still
don't see what that has to do with
Jack and Kathy having sex.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Hear me out. Maybe there's a slim
possibility, but what if she says
no. I know it's been six years,
but what if she wants to wait
longer or just doesn't want the
experience yet? Just, what if it
goes wrong? What if she leaves
him?
                                                            

61.

                       ERIC
Ok, let's say that happens. What
next?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Well, I think we can assume that
he would be overwhelmingly
devastated, and what gets me about
these dreams is not just the
horrible things that he does in
the dreams. What gets me worried
the most is how they all end. I
only gave you one example, but
every dream that he's had for the
past month has ended with him
killing himself.
                                                            
The two sit underneath the tree in silence. Eric stares off
into space, pondering with Shane.
                                                            
 
INT. CLYDE/ERIC'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Clyde enters his house, throwing his school stuff on the
couch. Sitting down at his dining room table, he takes out
his cell phone and dials a number. Eventually TIMMY, an
8-year-old boy, answers the phone. Clyde was expecting it to
be one of Timmy's parents.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Hello.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Hey! Is that Timmy?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Yes. Who's this?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
It's Clyde!
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Whoa, you sound different on the
phone.
                                                            

62.

                       CLYDE
I know, kiddo. Listen, I'm gonna
be over at 6. Tell your mom and
dad that, alright?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
I'll let them know. Can we get
pizza tonight?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Whatever you want, man.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Awesome! Alright, I'll see you
soon.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Alright buddy, I'll see you at 6.
                                                            
He hangs up the phone. The smile he had on his face
immediately is wiped off as he stares into space, pondering
over something that is bothering him.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD - NIGHT
                                                            
Shane and Eric stand in crowded bleachers watching the game
in progress.
                                                            
                       SHANE
So, our opening drive which you
said would result in a touchdown
ended up being a punt from the 35
yard line.
                                                            
                       ERIC
What's your lady friend up to
tonight?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Probably out slamming a few down
with her BFF's.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Since when can you have more than
one BFF? Having more than one best
friend forever, sound kind of
            (MORE)

63.

                       ERIC (cont'd)
Mormon doesn't it?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Eric, shut the fuck up.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Alright.
                                                            
Eric reaches into his pocket and pulls out 2 joints, putting
one behind his ear, and a lighter.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Eric, if you're just doing what
you're doing to get my attention,
it worked. Put them away.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Why can't I light up? What's the
problem?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Because there's a security officer
right over there. He'll see you
and you'll get thrown out. Did you
actually think that was ok or are
you just naturally dumb?
                                                            
Eric ponders over this for a moment.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Yes.
                                                            
 
INT. TIMMY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Clyde sits on the sofa next to Timmy. He reads a book while
Timmy alternates his attention between an iPad and the
television. Clyde takes a look at the clock to his left
which reads 9:30.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Hey, kiddo. Time for bed.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Just a little longer?
                                                            

64.

                       CLYDE
You were supposed to be in bed a
half hour ago. You need sleep man,
this is my bedtime most nights and
I'm twice your age.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Alright.
                                                            
Timmy stands up.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Hey, I'll tell you what. Get your
pajamas on, come back downstairs
and we'll have ice cream.
                                                            
A beaming smile forms on Timmy's face. He gives Clyde a big
hug which Clyde hesitantly returns.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
You're the best, Clyde.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
I don't know about that, but it's
nice to hear.
                                                            
They break off the hug.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Will you come up with me?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Actually, I'm on a roll with this
book today and I'm gonna see if I
can get to the end of this chapter
before you get back down.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Alright, I'll be right back.
                                                            
Timmy walks off. Clyde waits until he is out of earshot,
watching the child intently as he leaves, and takes a deep
breath. He then turns his head to the right and looks out
the window. He is startled to see Jessie staring back at
him.
                                                            

65.

                       CLYDE
Shit!
                                                            
Jessie erupts with laughter. She points towards the back
door. Clyde, annoyed, stands up and walks to the door and
opens it. She walks in.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
What the hell is wrong with you?
                                                            
                       JESSIE
I'm sorry. That was hilarious, but
I'm really sorry.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
No, you're not.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
No, I'm not.
                                                            
They lean in and kiss. As they talk, they make their way
over to the couch and sit down.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Is the squirt in bed?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
He'll be back down in about a
minute. I promised him late night
ice cream after I already let him
stay up till now. He just went
upstairs to put on his pajamas.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Lucky kid. Should I dip out of
here?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
He'll keep quiet. He always does.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
All I need to hear.
                                                            
She leans in again.
                                                            

66.

                       CLYDE
Hey, he's gonna be back down like
now.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
And what, he'll see us smooching?
It's not like he hasn't seen it
from his parents before.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
C'mon Jessie.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
C'mon Clyde.
                                                            
She leans in and Clyde gives in. They passionately kiss,
throwing their arms around each other. After a few seconds
Timmy returns, wearing only boxers.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Clyde, my mom left-
                                                            
The couple break off quickly and turn their attention to the
boy. Clyde appears enthralled, unable to take his eyes off
of him. Jessie stands and moves over to Timmy, kneeling down
beside him to get on his eye level. The two clearly have met
many times before.
                                                            
                       TIMMY (cont'd)
Oh, sorry. Hi Jessie.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Hey, cutie. Don't worry about it,
it was my fault. Did you forget
your clothes?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
I forgot, mommy washed my pajamas
earlier but never took them out of
the dryer.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
The dryer's in the basement,
right?
                                                            

67.

                       TIMMY
Yeah, but, will you come with me
to get them? It's scary down
there.
                                                            
Jessica smiles.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Let's go. Clyde, you coming?
                                                            
Clyde, still staring at Timmy, doesn't respond.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Hey, Clyde.
                                                            
He snaps out of it.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Sorry. You take him, I'll make the
ice cream.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
      (To Timmy)
I think Clyde is more scared of
the basement than you.
      (To Clyde)
Time for some exposure therapy.
                                                            
She gets up and pulls Clyde off the couch.
                                                            
 
INT. TIMMY'S HOUSE - BASEMENT - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
The three stand at the opened basement door, in front of
them are steps that lead into a dark abyss. Clyde seems a
bit uneasy, while Jessie and Timmy converse normally while
holding hands.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
No light switch?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
It's at the bottom of the stairs.
See what I mean?
                                                            

68.

                       JESSIE
Definitely. Well, I doubt anything
can get us if we go down together.
Let's go for it.
                                                            
They descend the steps into the dark. About 3/4 down, they
stop.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Hold on, did you hear that?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
No, what?
                                                            
They wait a couple seconds, before Timmy looks up at Jessica
who smiles.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Stop!
                                                            
                       JESSIE
I'm so sorry, I just had to. It's
in my nature.
                                                            
They reach the bottom of the stairs and turn on the lights.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
This is creepy even with the
lights on. Where's the dryer at?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Right over here.
                                                            
They walk over to where the washer and dryer are.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Alright, let's see what we got
here. Clyde, sit him on the washer
will ya?
                                                            
Hesitantly, Clyde picks up Timmy and puts him on the washer
while Jessica opens the dryer door. She quickly produces
some pajamas and brings them up to Timmy.
                                                            

69.

                       JESSIE
These look like pajamas to me.
Stick your legs out for me.
                                                            
He complies and she puts the pants on him.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Arms up.
                                                            
She puts the shirt on him.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
You good with that?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Yeah.
                                                            
She tussles his hair.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Alright. How about that ice cream?
                                                            
 
INT. TIMMY'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Timmy, holding a stuffed animal, is being tucked in by
Jessica while Clyde stands in the doorway.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Now, did that bowl hit the spot or
what?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Totally.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Glad to hear it. Alright, Timmy.
I'll see you again soon ok?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Ok. Good night Jessie.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Sweet dreams.
                                                            

70.

They give each other a hug. They let go, she pecks him on
the cheek and she stands up.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
I'm not sure how I feel about this
affection you're showing him but I
don't think I like it.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
How about you step up your game
some, boy?
                                                            
He brings his mouth to her ear and WHISPERS.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Wait downstairs and I'll show you
my A-game.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
He's 5 feet away, he can hear your
words you moron.
                                                            
She exits and Clyde sits next to Timmy.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
You all good?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Yeah.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Alright. Hey, none of this
happened. Got it?
                                                            
                       TIMMY
Got it.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Awesome. Sleep tight, little man.
                                                            
Timmy lunges up and gives Clyde another BIG HUG, taking him
by surprise. Eventually he returns the hug.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
I love you.
                                                            

71.

This makes Clyde's eyes start to well up. He is bothered by
Timmy's words. He is hesitant to reply, but he gives in.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
I love you too.
                                                            
He sets Timmy back down, kisses him on the forehead, and
stands up. He walks out of the door, leaving the door open a
bit.
                                                            
 
INT. TIMMY'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
Jessica has discarded her shirt and waits on the couch for
Clyde. He arrives, still a bit emotional.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Take me, baby.
                                                            
She notices his eyes.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Hey, you alright?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Yeah. The kid just told me he
loved me.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Oh my god, that's so sweet! Did
you say it back?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Of course I did.
                                                            
He sits down.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
You must be babysitter of the
year. Kind of a turn on.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Is it?
                                                            

72.

They start to kiss again. They pull each other close. After
a few moments, Jessica brings Clyde's hands to her breasts.
She reaches down and puts her hand on his leg, rubbing him.
                                                            
                       TIMMY
How does that feel?
                                                            
Clyde's eyes shoot open. He gets face to face with Jessica
and instead sees Timmy, once again in just his underwear.
This makes Clyde shout.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
What the fuck!
                                                            
                       TIMMY
What? Clyde, what's the matter?
                                                            
He shakes his head and sees Jessica again.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Clyde?
                                                            
He stands up.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
I'm really sorry, Jessie. I'm not
feeling myself right now. I don't
know what it is.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Will you be ok?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Yeah, I just need to be alone
right now.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Ok. I'll head home.
                                                            
She redresses.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
Gimme a call tomorrow, ok?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
You got it. Be safe, alright?
                                                            

73.

They kiss, and she walks out the back door. Clyde stands by
the door for a moment and then moves toward the
                                                            
 
INT. TIMMY'S HOUSE - BATHROOM - DAY
                                                            
Clyde shuts the door behind him and takes his pants off. He
begins to MASTURBATE. There are SEVERAL SHOTS from the
previous scene of Jessica as he fantasizes about her. After
a moment, these thoughts are interrupted by thoughts of
Timmy in his underwear. The thoughts battle, he tries to
force the thoughts of Timmy out but it is no good. Soon
enough his thoughts are only of Timmy which leads to his
EJACULATION. Breathing heavily, he sinks to the floor
SOBBING.
                                                            
 
INT. JACK'S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jack is playing his violin. He finishes an exercise and sits
on the couch and opens up his phone. His desktop photo is of
Kathy. He closes his phone and opens a coke.
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Shane enters his house through the front door.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Mom?
                                                            
He looks upstairs, and then shouts towards the downstairs
basement.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Mom, you home?
                                                            
Hearing nothing, he scurries over to his fridge and pulls
out two beers. He's walking into the living room before ERIC
busts through the front door. Shane, thinking it's his mom,
hides the beers behind him. He slams it shut and leans
against it.
                                                            
                       ERIC
They're pretty damn angry.
                                                            

74.

                       SHANE
God damn it, who's out there?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Somebody named Wayne and 5 other
motherfuckers. I was way ahead of
them, I doubt they saw me come in
here.
                                                            
                       SHANE
Well then, pull up a chair. Let's
cut these lights off.
                                                            
Shane tosses him a beer. They walk into the living room
where they both sit down and light a couple candles.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Your mom's not home?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Probably either on her way or in a
surgery. She didn't text me.
                                                            
                       ERIC
She gonna care that these beers
are gone?
                                                            
                       SHANE
Nah, she's chill.
                                                            
They have a slight awkward silence where ERIC is embarrassed
and SHANE is touched.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Well, they've probably gone. I'm
gonna head out. Thanks for the
booze.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You got it. Take care of yourself.
                                                            
He nods and sees his way out.
                                                            
 

75.

INT. HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
We hear violin music being played. The music stops and we
hear the violin being set down. The camera pans downward
until we see TOM marking something on his sheet music. He
picks up his violin again and is interrupted by his father
MALCOLM.
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Don't even think about it.
                                                            
Tom turns and sees his father watching him.
                                                            
                       TOM
Wh-What?
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Don't play that piece of shit
thing again.
                                                            
                       TOM
Dad. Please.
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Put it down or I'll snap it in
two.
                                                            
Tom reluctantly complies. When he looks back up, Malcolm is
staring at him with an ugly expression of pure anger.
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Who the hell do you think you are?
                                                            
                       TOM
I-
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Where were you all afternoon?
                                                            
                       TOM
I came home right after school,
I've been here the whole time.
                                                            
MALCOLM points a finger at him.
                                                            

76.

                       MALCOLM
Don't you dare get smart with me.
                                                            
Another stare that lasts a few seconds.
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
You might as well get this now.
These 4 years are gonna be a
living hell for you.
                                                            
MALCOLM turns away and walks upstairs. TOM turns around and
sits at the table before burying his face into his hands and
crying.
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
We get another WIDE SHOT of CLYDE's living room. CLYDE is at
his computer, doing his usual thing. There are Coke cans
everywhere the eye can see. ERIC walks in, still beat up and
bruised from the fight. CLYDE looks up at him and gives him
a look that says "what the hell?" and ERIC can only shrug
and walk away. He walks back to where he was.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Brother, what the fuck happened to
your head?
                                                            
Eric rolls his eyes and starts toward his room.
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Dad's upstairs.
                                                            
This stops Eric in his tracks.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Is he conscious?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
He's on the floor in his room. I
couldn't get him into his bed.
                                                            
                       ERIC
All good. He can sleep on the
floor. He'll be gone tomorrow
morning anyways.
                                                            

77.

                       CLYDE
Hey, Eric?
                                                            
                       ERIC
What's up?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
How's it going?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Pretty good. How about you?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
I'm doing good. I just was
thinking and, well... I love you.
                                                            
                       ERIC
I- I love you too. You good?
                                                            
                       CLYDE
Yeah, I'm good. I'll see you
tomorrow.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Ok. Good night.
                                                            
A sudden realization comes over Eric. He walks a few steps,
but again stops and turns his head towards
                                                            
                       ERIC
By the way, I don't know what you
did but somebody named Wayne wants
to break you. Just so you know.
                                                            
He walks away. CLYDE rolls his eyes and closes his computer.
He picks up his Coke and walks off.
                                                            
FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. THE WEED HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
The regulars of the weed house are present with 5 new
members, a JAZZ QUINTET:

1. Trumpet

78.

2. Tenor Saxophone
3. Piano
4. Upright Bass
5. Drum Kit

The quintet plays "A Night in Tunisia".
                                                            
 
EXT. SIDEWALK ALONG A SUBURBAN ROAD - NIGHT
                                                            
FADE IN
                                                            
We get a shot of a sidewalk that's pretty close up, so that
only a few tiles are seen. It is the very late evening, with
a bit of light still existing. After a very long shot of
nothing but the sidewalk and the bushes rustling next to it,
Eric and Jerrell sprint across the screen, with Eric in
front. We get a frontal shot of Eric with Jerrell right
behind him. They both periodically look back while running.
They come to the corner of the sidewalk, where they stop to
catch their breath.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Did we lose them?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Maybe for now, but we're not safe
yet.
                                                            
Eric looks around, planning his tactics.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Alright, listen, we gotta split
this guy. You're gonna head that
way and wrap around the library.
I'm going the other way. On your
way, call Marcus and tell him to
pick us up. We meet at the front
corner of the school in 10
minutes. Got it?
                                                            
                       JERRELL
I didn't hear any of that, but
let's go!
                                                            

79.

On that queue, they run right into each other. They quickly
get up and Eric screams in his face. A police car then
speeds into view about 50 yards from their position, and
they take off. We follow Eric, who runs with his head turned
behind him. He sees the car come speeding into view and turn
in his direction. He quickens his pace, and runs full speed
ahead without looking behind him. After making it down the
block he turns the corner and turns his head, seeing that
the cop car is right behind him. He dives into an alleyway
and the car overshoots him, going offscreen. We hear the
brakes skid on the street and a crash as Eric continues down
the alleyway. He stops to catch his breath. Leaning on a
wall, his phone rings. He picks it up.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hello?
                                                            
                       PETER
      (Over the phone
       line)
Dude!
                                                            
 
EXT. THE WEED HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
We see Peter walking away from a burning building that is,
in fact, the Weed House. There are firemen working to put
out the fire and police everywhere.
                                                            
                       PETER
What the hell did you do?!
                                                            
 
EXT. ALLEYWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Eric can say nothing. He stares off into space, pondering
the past events of the day.

FADE TO WHITE
                                                            
FADE IN
                                                            
 

80.

EXT. MEADOW, SOUTHERN UNITED STATES, 1850'S - DAY
                                                            
We open to a SLAVE PLANTATION during the period of
ANTEBELLUM SOUTH. It is mid-day, with the hot fully exposed
on a cloudless summer day. Slaves are working in cotton
fields while masters ride on horses. We follow MADAME, a
young slave woman working in the field. She is approached
from behind by a slave master, who roughly spins her around
to face him. He hands her a bucket and points toward a barn
with opened front doors. She nods and begins walking towards
the barn. As she nears her destination, she notices a
teenaged boy smoking a cigar by the front of the barn.
Leaning against the wall with his head down, he wears a hat
that makes his face impossible to see. Madame walks past him
and into the barn.
                                                            
 
INT. BARN - DAY
                                                            
Once she is inside, she walks over to a container of water
and fills the bucket. She turns around and sees the boy
standing in the threshold of the barn, his face still tilted
downwards so his face is unseen. He then brings his face up
so we are able to ascertain the boy's identity: Jack. He
stares at Madame blankly for a moment before slowly walking
towards her. Madame has become fearful to the millionth
degree. She knows what is about to happen and she knows
there's nothing she can do about it. As he approaches her,
she drops the bucket of water. Jack then reaches her and
gently puts his hands on her and places her on the ground.
He begins to undress and molest Madame, who seemingly is
powerless to do anything. Jack, keeping an expressionless
face, now lies on top of Madame and begins to thrust inside
of her. He finishes after a short time and rolls off of her.
Madame redresses and stands. She picks up the bucket and
walks off without looking back. Jack, now sitting, sheds a
SINGLE TEAR. He then produces a razor from his pocket, takes
a moment to look at it, and swiftly brings it to his neck.
                                                            
 
INT. JACK'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jack awakens from his nightmare covered in SWEAT. He is
lying on his couch in his living room. He breathes HEAVILY
with WIDE EYES. After a moment, he looks to his left and
sees Eric standing 5 feet from him, causing him to SCREAM.
                                                            

81.

                       JACK
What the fuck, dude!
                                                            
                       ERIC
Calm down.
                                                            
                       JACK
How'd you get in here?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I've known you for all my life,
bro. I can break into your house
if I want to.
                                                            
                       JACK
That's frightening.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Did you have a bad dream?
                                                            
                       JACK
Yeah, really bad.
                                                            
                       ERIC
How've your dreams been lately?
                                                            
Jack shoots him a glare.
                                                            
                       JACK
Shane told you, didn't he.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Shane? No. What would he tell me?
                                                            
Jack raises his eyebrows, demanding Eric speak the truth.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Fine. He told me yesterday.
                                                            
                       JACK
God damn it.
                                                            
                       ERIC
He's worried about you man. Give
him a break, he cares about you,
and I do too.
                                                            

82.

                       JACK
You aren't worried about me like
him, are you?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I mean, bad dreams happen.
                                                            
                       JACK
I mean about me having sex.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Oh. No man, not at all. I think
he's being a tad unreasonable.
                                                            
                       JACK
You're telling me, especially when
he's gonna tell me he's not gonna
use a condom.
                                                            
                       ERIC
What did you say?
                                                            
                       JACK
He's not gonna use a condom when
they fuck today.
                                                            
                       ERIC
They're having sex? He didn't say
shit to me!
                                                            
                       JACK
He told me yesterday in Bio.
                                                            
                       ERIC
That prick doesn't tell me
anything.
                                                            
                       JACK
For all we know they're on it
right now.
                                                            
 
INT. SHANE'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
We see Shane's empty living room. Soon, we hear the faint
sounds of sexual intercourse. The volume increases

83.

consistently until we

CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. SHANE'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Shane lies on his couch, staring at his ceiling,
anticipating the arrival of Hannah. He wears a T-shirt and
baggy shorts. The door bell RINGS, and a smile forms on his
face. He walks over to the door and opens it. Hannah stands
staring back at him before a smile forms on her face. She
wears a T-shirt and jeans. Shane reaches his hand out and
brings Hannah into his house. He shuts the door and puts his
hands around her waist, embracing her from behind. They
remain this way for a few seconds before he plants a kiss on
her cheek. She turns around and throws her arms around him.
They embrace for a little while, with Shane tussling
Hannah's hair. They break off and kiss each other. When they
finally stop, they walk upstairs into
                                                            
 
INT. SHANE'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The couple sit on Shane's bed and proceed to passionately
kiss each other for an extended period of time. They break
off and Shane breaks the silence.
                                                            
                       SHANE
You sure?
                                                            
Hannah nods.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Yes.
                                                            
They bring their foreheads together, and Shane gives Hannah
an eyelash kiss. She giggles and proceeds to passionately
kiss Shane again. They finally break off and Hannah this
time breaks the silence.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
You ready?
                                                            
                       SHANE
You bet.
                                                            

84.

The two begin to undress each other, kissing each other with
each free moment. Hannah lifts Shane's shirt over his head,
before Shane does the same for Hannah. Shane then reaches
around and unhooks Hannah's bra. Hannah's breasts now
exposed, the 2 pull each other even closer together. Hannah
pulls Shane's shorts off while Shane kisses Hannah's chest.
Shane then pulls Hannah's jeans off and places her on the
bed lying down. He gets on top of her, places both of his
hands on her breasts and continues to passionately kiss his
love. After a while, Hannah sits up and takes off Shane's
underwear. Shane, now naked, is placed on his back by Hannah
who puts his penis in her mouth. Shane is loving every
minute, but must stop her after a short while to avoid
erupting. He spins her around and feels her breasts, kissing
her cheek and neck. He pulls her last item of clothing off
and throws it away. Shane takes a brief moment to look at
the now naked Hannah from behind. He reaches around and
places his hand on Hannah's vagina while kissing her neck.
Hannah is euphoric. Shane continues to fondle Hannah and
starts to stimulate her clitoris with his finger. They both
begin to breathe more heavily and rapidly. She stops him and
spins around. They kiss again, and break off. Shane lies
Hannah down and spreads her legs apart. He brings his mouth
down to her vagina and proceeds to stimulate her clitoris
with his tongue for an extended period of time. He breaks
off and gets on top of her. He looks at her for one last
confirmation, to which she responds with a nod. He smiles
and kisses her again. He then very, very slowly slides his
penis into her vagina. When it is all the way in, he kisses
her again and then proceeds to move inside her very slowly.
It is passionate love making at its finest. During this, the
couple lock eyes and smile at each other. As they continue
to make love, they near climax. They speed up their
movements only slightly and moan with pleasure. Eventually,
they simultaneously ejaculate and scream with pleasure and
ecstasy. They stare at each other with wonder, tears in both
of their eyes. Shane then brings his face to her ear and
whispers in.
                                                            
                       SHANE
I love you.
                                                            
Hannah smiles with pure joy while Shane gives her ear a
quick nibble.
                                                            

85.

                       HANNAH
I love you too. I love you so
much.
                                                            
They passionately kiss again, Shane still on top of Hannah.
They eventually break off and spoon. They close their eyes
and Shane kisses Hannah on her cheek. She then places his
hand on her breast while Shane tussles her hair with the
other hand.
                                                            
 
INT. JACK'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
                       JACK
Well, let's hope it goes well.
Anyways, what exactly are you
doing here?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I just came to say hi. These are
your last moments as a virgin.
It's pretty cool.
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm a bit nervous. I've been
meaning to ask you. how would you
describe sex in one word?
                                                            
                       ERIC
That's just a silly question.
Also, you might not want to ask a
guy that's been taking it up the
ass for a year.
                                                            
                       JACK
So Jerrell's the giver.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Yeah.
                                                            
                       JACK
Interesting. How's your brother's
sex life by the way?
                                                            

86.

                       ERIC
He's still with Jessie. It's going
good, for all I know.
                                                            
                       JACK
For all you know. You guys never
really went together, did you?
                                                            
                       ERIC
It's my fault. I never hang out
with him, and we always fought
when we were little. That was his
fault though, he was a little
fucker. We get along now, but we
don't talk a lot. It makes me feel
bad, really. I feel like I'm
missing out on being a big
brother.
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm not an expert on sibling
relations for obvious reasons, so
I can't give you any good advice.
However, I can tell you that
nothing will change if you just
talk about it.
                                                            
                       ERIC
What's it like, being the only kid
in the house?
                                                            
                       JACK
Well, when my parents are gone,
which is a lot, it's nice to be
able to masturbate anywhere. I
consider that a huge plus. I
really like smoking a lot when
they're not around. I don't really
have anyone my age in the house to
talk to when my parents get crazy,
though. I've never really thought
about it until now.
                                                            

87.

                       ERIC
I think I envy you in a way. It's
not that he did anything but
sometimes I wish it was just me.
                                                            
                       JACK
Really? Come on, Eric, that's
ridiculous. You have a brother,
you have a bond with him. You just
haven't used it yet. Take him to
the house or something.
                                                            
                       ERIC
I don't want to pressure him into
anything, and I don't know how he
feels about stuff like that. I
don't even know how he feels about
me being gay.
                                                            
                       JACK
He goes to the LGBT group at
school three times a week.
                                                            
                       ERIC
He does?
                                                            
                       JACK
God, Eric. This is disgraceful.
You want to know how he feels
about things, ask him. You share a
house with him.
                                                            
Jack receives a text.
                                                            
                       JACK
Speak of the devil. He just texted
me he's that he's babysitting
tonight. When he gets home you
guys should talk.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Since when does he babysit?
                                                            
                       JACK
Leave my house.
                                                            

88.

They both stand up and walk over to the front door. Eric
opens it and walks out.
                                                            
                       JACK
Hey, Eric?
                                                            
Eric turns around.
                                                            
                       JACK
How do I look?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Manly. Have fun, ok?
                                                            
                       JACK
See you later.
                                                            
He shuts the door and Eric walks off.
                                                            
 
INT. TOM'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Tom and Nathan are socializing about their lives.
                                                            
                       NATHAN
How come I don't see your dad
anymore? I haven't seen him for
like a month.
                                                            
                       TOM
He's started writing. So he spends
a lot of his time upstairs by
himself.
                                                            
Nathan's phone rings and he answers it. While he's talking
Tom looks at the stairs to the second floor. We ZOOM IN on
the staircase and we hear a faint yell and bang from one of
the upstairs rooms. This frightens Tom before being tapped
on the shoulder by Nathan, causing him to scream.
                                                            
                       NATHAN
Jesus, man. Are you ok?
                                                            
                       TOM
Yeah, I'm fine. You just caught me
off guard is all.
                                                            

89.

                       NATHAN
Ok. Well, anyways I have some bad
news. My Grandma just fell down,
and they put her in the hospital.
                                                            
                       TOM
Oh, I'm sorry man.
                                                            
He stands up.
                                                            
                       NATHAN (cont'd)
And unfortunately my brother says
I have to go now, I guess
everyone's going to see her. So, I
guess I'll see you around.
                                                            
Tom grows worried.
                                                            
                       TOM
You have to go right now?
                                                            
                       NATHAN
Yeah, I'm sorry man. I'll text you
later.
                                                            
                       TOM
Alright, see you soon.
                                                            
                       NATHAN
Tom, is everything ok?
                                                            
                       TOM
Yes. Everything's good.
                                                            
                       NATHAN
Ok.
                                                            
Nathan sees himself out. Tom sighs. His phone rings and he
picks it up.
                                                            
                       TOM
Hello?
                                                            

90.

                       JESSIE
      (over the phone
       line)
Hey Tom, it's your aunt.
                                                            
                       TOM
Hey, what's up.
                                                            
                       JESSIE
I'm just checking in.
                                                            
 
INT. JACK'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
We get a shot of Jack's front door. We hear the doorbell
ring and Jack swiftly walks to the door and opens it. There
stands Kathy. Kathy is Jack's height, has long brown hair
and wears a brown skirt with a red top.
                                                            
                       KATHY
Have I passed my trials of
initiation?
                                                            
                       JACK
You may enter.
                                                            
They laugh, and she almost jumps on him. They start to make
out. Jack kicks the door shut and they stumble over to their
couch, not stopping to look where they're going. They fall
over the arm of the couch and continue kissing.
                                                            
 
EXT. SUBURBAN SIDEWALK - EVENING
                                                            
Eric walks down a sidewalk while dialing a number on his
phone. When he pushes the call button, the screen splits
down the middle, with Eric on the left and Antoine on the
right. Antoine picks up his cell. He speaks with a very laid
back tone, as the Cannabis effects have kicked in.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Bro, where the hell are you?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I'm on my way. I had to talk to
Jack real quick.
                                                            

91.

                       ANTOINE
Get here on the double, aight?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I'm less than ten minutes away.
See you then. Peter texted me and
said he'll be here a bit later.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Aight, I'll see you soon.
                                                            
The right side of the screen collapses as they hang up.
However, Eric remains on the left side while the right side
stays dark as Eric dials another number. When he hits the
call button, Marcus appears on the right side, driving his
van. He picks up the phone.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Yo.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Hey man, you on your way?
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Ima be there in an hour, I gotta
attend to my wife real quick.
                                                            
After he says this, a hand comes from behind Marcus in the
back seat, which he quickly shoos away.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Alright. Peter's gonna show up
around the same time as you.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Aight. See you when I see you.
                                                            
He hangs up, and Eric once again dominates the whole screen.
He sends one more text before putting his phone in his
pocket.
                                                            
 
INT. TOM'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - EVENING
                                                            
Tom is in his living room sitting in the same place as
before. The TV is on, but TOM pays no attention, in deep

92.

thought. He stares off for a couple seconds before we hear
footsteps. We now get an EXTREME CLOSE UP of Malcolm's feet,
in flip flops, as he walks down his stairs. When he reaches
the bottom, they enter a staring contest. After a few very
long seconds, Malcolm breaks the silence, speaking slowly
and with rage.
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
I don't ever want that little
faggot here again. Why is it that
you feel the need to push me over
the edge?
                                                            
                       TOM
Dad, what happened?
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
What the hell are you bitching
about?
                                                            
                       TOM
What happened to you? You weren't
ever like this when mom was...
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Your mother. How can you possibly
even mention her?
                                                            
Tears are in Tom's eyes now.
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Why can't you get it through your
head that she abandoned us? She
left us all alone. She's never
coming back, and you think that
listening to that damn voicemail
will change that.
                                                            
Tom buries his face into his hands.
                                                            
                       MALCOLM
Well, guess what! We're never
going to see her again, and to top
it off she left me to look after a
piece of trash!
                                                            

93.

This sets off Tom. He stands up and moves toward his father
as if he's about to strike him.
                                                            
                       TOM
Fuck you!
                                                            
Malcolm responds by punching his son, who falls to the
ground. He then picks him up, and throws him across the
kitchen table. He hits the floor with a thud, and his father
escorts himself back upstairs after grabbing a couple beers
from the fridge. After he is out of sight, Tom picks himself
back up and sits in his chair. He now has a black eye. He
cries in silence before taking his cell phone out. He dials
a number and puts the phone up to his ear.
                                                            
                       JENNIFER
      (Over the phone
       line)
Hi, you've reached Jennifer, I
can't come to the phone right now,
but if you leave a message with
your name and number, I'll get
back to you as soon as I can.
                                                            
He dials the number again and listens to the message one
more time. By now, he is crying almost hysterically.
                                                            
                       JENNIFER
Hi, you've reached Jennifer, I
can't come to the phone right now,
but if you leave a message with
your name and number, I'll get
back to you as soon as I can.
                                                            
He lets it run and leaves a message after the beep.
                                                            
                       TOM
Hi mom. I haven't talked to you in
so long. Dad went crazy and it all
fell apart. Why did you have to
go? You can't be gone. You have to
come back. I miss you so much. I
just want you to come back.
                                                            
He hangs up the phone and slowly walks out of the house.
                                                            
 

94.

INT. KITCHEN - EVENING
                                                            
Jack and Kathy are in the kitchen finding edible foods and
drinks. After they make their selections, they escort
themselves towards a flight of stairs. Jack stops and looks
out the window.
                                                            
                       JACK
Wow, it's getting dark kinda
early.
                                                            
                       KATHY
How romantic.
                                                            
She grabs his shirt and pulls him along with her.
                                                            
 
INT. THE WEED HOUSE - EVENING
                                                            
JERRELL and ANTOINE are smoking Cannabis as ERIC walks in.
They give him a warm welcome.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Come on in.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Gladly. It's gonna be a good
night. Gimme one of those, will
you?
                                                            
Eric pulls out a lighter.
                                                            
 
INT. BASEMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
Jack and Kathy sit cuddled together watching their movie on
a sofabed in a very affluent looking basement.
                                                            
 
INT. THE WEED HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Eric, Jerrell and Antoine continue to converse in the dimly
lit room as the night goes on. They are all high, but can
still hold a conversation.
                                                            

95.

                       ERIC
I feel like I should be his hero,
you know? I mean, our parents
don't give a shit about us. I
should be there for him more.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Yeah man, I feel you.
                                                            
                       ERIC
And I'm thinking, what if it's
weed that's getting in the way? I
spend so much time here that I
could be spending with him.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
How about you stop for a while?
                                                            
                       ERIC
That's what I'm thinking man.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
That's mature, man. You serious
about it?
                                                            
                       ERIC
I'll do it man. I love my brother,
I'll do it for him.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
I'll do it with you. Let's stop
until Thanksgiving break. We can
do it. Antoine, you with us?
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Nigga, I'm a senior so I'm gonna
go ahead and say fuck that.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Alright. We stop until the first
day of Thanksgiving break. Deal?
                                                            
All of a sudden, LIGHTS flood the room from outside, where
police cars are located. A POLICEMAN'S VOICE BOOMS through a
MEGAPHONE.
                                                            

96.

                       POLICEMAN
Put anything in your hands on the
ground, stand up and put your
hands where we can see them.
                                                            
ERIC and JERRELL look at each other.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Don't let them see your face.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
What's the plan?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Stand up.
                                                            
They slowly stand up.
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
Put your hands where we can see
them!
                                                            
                       ERIC
Fuck me.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Bro, what's that smell?
                                                            
They look down to see gasoline streaming onto all the
cannabis plants. They look over and see Antoine signing to
them. He points to the zippo lighter in Eric's right hand.
He then points to the gasoline and pantomimes an explosion.
He then points to them and then points to the door to the
right of them and runs in place. He gives them a thumbs up,
to which they nod. He waves good bye and ditches out the
door on his side of the room.
                                                            
                       ERIC
You ready for this?
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Shit, man. I love you man.
                                                            
                       ERIC
I love you too man.
                                                            

97.

They smile at each other.
                                                            
                       ERIC
On three. One.
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
Final warning.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Two.
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
Put your hands in the air.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Three!
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
I will not tell you again.
                                                            
ERIC quickly starts the lighter and drops it. The room
quickly catches fire. ERIC and JERRELL rush out their door
and down the street.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE WEED HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
The Weed House is ablaze. Fire trucks arrive, policemen are
abundant. We get a shot of PETER walking into view of the
scene and observing the situation before quickly turning
around and dialing ERIC's number. We then get a shot of
MARCUS inside his car looking at his beloved weed house from
inside his car. His face says "I'm going to butcher someone
tonight".
                                                            
 
INT. BASEMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
Jack and Kathy are watching their movie cuddled up together.
She gets up.
                                                            
                       KATHY
You have no idea how hot it is in
your house, do you?
                                                            

98.

She takes her top off, leaving her in a bra and jeans. She
again sits next to a visibly happy Jack.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE WEED HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
We get the same shot of PETER outside the blazing weed house
as before.
                                                            
                       PETER
Dude! What the hell did you do!
                                                            
 
EXT. ALLEYWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
ERIC is at a loss for words, staring off into space.
                                                            
                       PETER
Talk to me, man. What's going on?
Where are you?
                                                            
ERIC snaps out of it as the police car in pursuit of him
comes speeding down the alleyway after him.
                                                            
                       ERIC
I'll call you back.
                                                            
                       PETER
Wha-
                                                            
He hangs up, stands up, and begins to run down the alleyway.
Before too long, another cop car comes speeding down the
other side of the alleyway. ERIC, seemingly with nowhere to
go, comes to a halt. As the cars close in on him, not
slowing down, he turns around and sees an open garage. He
jumps out of the way at the last possible second. The cars
destroy each other on impact. ERIC wastes no time in getting
up and running down the alley. A short time after, he hears
the tires of the cars move again. The cars, wedged together,
are moving towards him. He sprints down the alleyway and
immediately when he reaches the end he dives out of the way,
making the cars miss and continue into a brick wall. ERIC
runs off down the street.
                                                            
 

99.

EXT. SIDEWALK - NIGHT
                                                            
JERRELL is running down a sidewalk, he is on the phone
talking to MARCUS.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Yeah, we split up! Marcus, I told
you, he's gonna meet us there.
Yes, at the corner of the school!
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
MARCUS is driving in his car. He has picked up ANTOINE, who
is sitting in the passenger seat.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Alright, I picked up Antoine.
We're about to run right into you.
Where the fuck is Eric?
                                                            
 
EXT. ROAD ACROSS FROM HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT
                                                            
JERRELL has reached the road adjacent to the front of the
high school.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
I see him, he's sprinting.
                                                            
We see ERIC running down the sidewalk not 20 yards in front
of JERRELL. He puts down the phone.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Eric! Wait up!
                                                            
Eric stops and turns to see Jerrell. Jerrell charges across
the street to meet him. Before he can, he is hit by the car
Marcus is driving. Jerrell goes flying and lands behind the
car.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Marcus and Antoine look behind them to see what they hit.
                                                            

100.

                       MARCUS
Who the fuck was that?
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
I think you just killed Jerrell.
                                                            
We get a shot from their point of view looking out of the
back window of their car. After a few moments we see JERRELL
stumble to his feet.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Come on, man! What the fuck!
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Get in the fucking car!
                                                            
Jerrell limps into the car and is followed closely by Eric
who jumps in right after him. They close the door and drive
off, with everyone catching their breath, in disbelief that
they've made it away.
                                                            
 
INT. BASEMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
JACK and KATHY have finished their movie and are making out
on their sofabad. Jack has removed his shirt by this point.
KATHY breaks the moment.
                                                            
                       KATHY
Do you want to go somewhere?
                                                            
                       JACK
Let's do it.
                                                            
They quickly redress and escort themselves upstairs.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
The four in the car are going crazy arguing over what
happened while MARCUS drives. MARCUS quiets everyone.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
What I need to know right now is
did they see you?
                                                            

101.

                       ANTOINE
They didn't see me. I don't know
about them.
                                                            
                       ERIC
They definitely saw us but not our
faces.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Not your faces? You're sure?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Positive.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Jerrell? Did they?
                                                            
                       JERRELL
What?
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Damn it! Don't be doped up on me
right now Jerrell. Did they see
your faces?
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Naw, man.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Good. Now, someone needs to tell
me why my weed house is ashes
right now.
                                                            
They all attempt to speak at once.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
ONE PERSON! Eric, you got there
late so you must be the least
baked. What the hell happened?
                                                            
                       ERIC
We were just doing our usual thing
and then there were lights
everywhere! Then Antoine pushed
the gas over and I lit it up.
                                                            

102.

                       MARCUS
So you're saying it's Antoine's
fault?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Not at all. I'm saying that it was
his good idea that's gonna keep
you and all of us out of fucking
jail tonight!
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Fuck, man. It's coming up now.
Let's check the damage report.
                                                            
They're coming up towards the burned down weed house while
entering a line of cars that's moving every few seconds and
then stopping. The BURNED DOWN WEED HOUSE comes into view,
and MARCUS turns toward his friends.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Eric, you're a retard. Jerrell,
you're a dumb-ass. Antoine, you a
god damn nigger. That's what y'all
are.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Damn, man. Where are we smoking
now?
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
I'm done. I swear I'm done with
it. I'm done with weed forever
after today.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Oh my god, Antoine shut the fuck
up right now. What is with this
line of cars?
                                                            
MARCUS looks up ahead.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Oh shit. You two in the back stand
up right now.
                                                            

103.

                       ERIC
What's the deal?
                                                            
                       MARCUS
They're checking cars.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Shit, man!
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Don't lose it right now! Lift up
the seat.
                                                            
ERIC and JERRELL lift up their seats to reveal completely
empty space underneath it.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Get in.
                                                            
They both jump in.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Do not make a sound.
                                                            
ANTOINE shuts them in.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
You ready?
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Yep. We're up next after theses
guys in front of us. It doesn't
look like they're going inside the
cars, they're just looking in
through the windows. We should be
safe. Just try not to look doped
up.
                                                            
They drive up to the two officers, who hold out their hands
to halt. MARCUS complies and acts as casual as he can. He
opens his window.
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
My partner here is going to search
your car. I'm gonna ask you to put
all your windows down and unlock
your car so that he may open the
            (MORE)

104.

                       POLICEMAN (cont'd)
back of your car.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Sure thing. What's going on here?
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
Some kids were smoking in what
used to be this building. They
responded to our arrival by
setting the building on fire.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
How did they manage that?
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
We believe they used gasoline. We
don't know anything though.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Why don't you ask them?
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
Well, they ran off and we lost
them.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
No kidding. That's unfortunate.
Kids are going crazy these days.
                                                            
ANTOINE looks at MARCUS with hatred after that statement.
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
We think they might be trying to
get away in a car, that's why
we're searching the cars.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Did you see what they looked like?
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
Well, one was black, wearing a
black shirt and jeans. The other
was white, with a red hoody and
long, baggy shorts on. We didn't
see their faces, however. To be
honest, they got away with this
            (MORE)

105.

                       POLICEMAN (cont'd)
one. We're not gonna get them.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
Can't win them all.
                                                            
He looks over at his partner, who has finished checking the
vehicle.
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
Good?
                                                            
His partner nods.
                                                            
                       POLICEMAN
You're free to go. Have a good
one.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Thank you, officer. Good luck.
                                                            
He drives off. He and ANTOINE sit in silence for a little
bit.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Do you think that cop was on to
me?
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Nah man.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Should I get both of them out now?
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Shit, I forgot about them. Yeah.
                                                            
ANTOINE leans back and pulls the seat up. ERIC and JERRELL
pop out quickly.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Jerrell, we're never speaking of
what went on in there.
                                                            

106.

                       MARCUS
Shut up right now. You can do
whatever you want with yourselves
but not in my damn BMW. I'm
stopping by my house and getting a
beer before I take you all home.
                                                            
ERIC's phone rings. He answers it and puts it on speaker.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Pete, do you know how much shit I
would've been in if you called me
like 30 seconds ago?
                                                            
                       PETER
      (Over the phone)
I don't really care. What the hell
happened? You guys are all alive
right?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Say hi, everyone.
                                                            
They all say hi in unision.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Go home, man. Enjoy your weekend.
I'll tell you on monday.
                                                            
He hangs up.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Victory, baby!
                                                            
They all cheer victoriously as they drive down the street.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
The 4 fugitives are conversing as they ride by the football
field, lighting up joints.
                                                            
 

107.

EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD - NIGHT
                                                            
The camera pans away from the car and focuses on JACK and
KATHY who walk into the football field and sit down on the
bleachers.
                                                            
                       JACK
The aftermath of the bloodbath.
                                                            
                       KATHY
Many people died on this
battlefield yesterday. Kind of a
turn on.
                                                            
                       JACK
That's weird, but I feel as if we
should honor them by making out.
                                                            
                       KATHY
I concur.
                                                            
They attack each other with their mouths.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
MARCUS pulls into his driveway. Everyone is still arguing
about what happened. MARCUS quiets them down.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Shut up, all of you. Each of you
is an equal dumbass and don't
think you don't owe me for the
weed you lost.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
Bro, it's because of us that you
aren't in prison. If anything you
owe us.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Naw, because if you got caught you
wouldn't have turned me in.
                                                            

108.

                       JERRELL
G, we would've given your ass to
the cops so quick.
                                                            
                       MARCUS
Good to know. I'm getting a drink,
I'll be back in 5.
                                                            
                       ANTOINE
I'm going with you. I need to get
out of this car.
                                                            
They both exit, leaving ERIC and JERRELL in the backseat.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Man, when I get home I'm gonna
kiss my mom. I swear.
                                                            
                       ERIC
I'm straight up gonna masturbate
the second I get to my room.
                                                            
Jerrell looks over at him.
                                                            
                       JERRELL
Why wait till then?
                                                            
                       ERIC
Shut up. Not a good time, and an
even worse place.
                                                            
Jerrell leans in for a kiss.
                                                            
                       ERIC
Well, alright then.
                                                            
They proceed to make out and begin undressing each other.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD - NIGHT
                                                            
JACK and KATHY continue to make out on the bleachers. JACK
speaks while making out.
                                                            

109.

                       JACK
Kathy... I love you... more than
anything... in the world.
                                                            
                       KATHY
Shut up. Not right now.
                                                            
He pulls off of her and says what he needs to say.
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm ready.