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Stoic
by Dwhyte Star (damionwhite777@gmail.com)

Rated: PG   Genre: Drama   User Review: ***
Short script concerning love and pain. A young man goes out drinking with his friends hoping to forget a bad relationship and ends up having a night that changes his life forever.


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FADE IN:

INT. CLUB VERTIGO - NIGHT
                                                            
PARIS, a 25 year old male moves through the congestion on
the dance floor while trying to keep his drink from
spilling. The music is loud and the lights are flashing as
sweaty people grind into one another.
                                                            
                       PARIS
      (Yo! Fernando!)
                                                            
FERNANDO; an italian looking young (pretty boy) male holds a
girl close to his groin. He turns to acknowledge his friend
Paris.
                                                            
                       PARIS
Fernando!
                                                            
                       FERNANDO
      (Thick spanish
       accent)
Yeah man?
                                                            
                       PARIS
      (taps watch)
Its almost time to go man! Time to
call it a night!
                                                            
                       FERNANDO
What?!?
                                                            
                       PARIS
It's time to go! I got a test
tomorrow!
                                                            
                       FERNANDO
      (shakes head)
What man!?!
                                                            
The girl Fernando is dancing with looks back and smiles at
Paris, who returns the nicety. She is not attractive.
                                                            
                       PARIS
      (To Fernando)
I said I think she might be a man!
                                                            
Fernando looks at the girl and then back at Paris.
                                                            

2.

                       FERNANDO
I think we should get going!
                                                            
Fernando and Paris Make thier way through the people.
                                                            
                       FERNANDO
      (To Paris)
Where's G-man?
                                                            
                       PARIS
I thought he told you to stop
calling him that.
      (Looks back at a
       girls butt)
He hates that shit.
                                                            
                       FERNANDO
That's why I call him that.
                                                            
Fernando and Paris reach the exit.
                                                            
                       PARIS
      (hands drink to a
       pretty girl)
He's outside, waiting for us.
                                                            
                       FERNANDO
Fucks he doing outside already?
                                                            
                       PARIS
Because he takes his tests even
more serious then I do.
                                                            
Fernando and Paris make thier way through the exit and it
takes them -
                                                            
 
EXT. CLUB VERTIGO - NIGHT
                                                            
Fernando and Paris exit the club and make thier way through
another crowd of people, laughing and everyone is having a
good time.
                                                            
GERALD; a twenty something chubby guy runs up to Fernando
and Paris.
                                                            
                       GERALD
      (Frantic)
One hour!
      (To Paris)
You said you were going back in to
get Fernando and that was one hour
ago!
                                                            

3.

                       FERNANDO
      (Laughs)
Take it easy G-Man, Paris and me
bumped into some easy sex, you
don't expect us to pass that up?
                                                            
                       GERALD
      (To Fernando)
You had sex in there?
                                                            
                       PARIS
No Gerald, he means...
      (Puts an arm
       around Gerald)
Forget it man. We're sorry.
                                                            
The three friends make thier way back to thier car.
                                                            
                       GERALD
You know how important that test
is tomorrow Paris. 20 percent of
our whole grade!
                                                            
                       FERNANDO
      (Lights cigarette)
So if I fuck it up I still get an
80 right?
                                                            
                       GERALD
      (smirks)
Yeah, assuming that you've aced
everything else up to now!
                                                            
                       PARIS
It's only about two, two thirty
Gerald. We got plenty of time to
rest up for the test.
                                                            
                       FERNANDO
Yeah, loosen up man. Be cool.
                                                            
The three friends enter thier Honda Civic and pull away from
the curb, starting up some loud music from thier speakers.
                                                            
 
INT. HONDA CIVIC - NIGHT
                                                            
A rap song booms from the stereo and the three friends nod
their heads along with the beat.
                                                            
Paris and Fernando begin to sing along with the words while
Gerald smiles and enjoys the show.
                                                            

4.

                       PARIS
      (To Gerald)
Gerald. I got Danielle's number.
                                                            
                       GERALD
Bull.
      (Hits Paris)
Bullshit!
                                                            
                       PARIS
She gave it to me last week.
                                                            
                       GERALD
Did you call her?
                                                            
                       FERNANDO
He's scared. He can't handle no
chick like that.
                                                            
                       PARIS
I'm scared she won't be able to
handle me.
      (To Gerald)
You know every chick I touch falls
in love.
                                                            
                       GERALD
I need to learn how to be like you
Paris. I haven't had any in
months, here you go just leaving
Ivory and now you got -
                                                            
There is a loud smash and the screech of tires as Fernando
goes flying through the windshield of the car. Paris and
Gerald cover up as they go through the motions of a car out
of control.
                                                            
 
EXT. HONDA CIVIC - NIGHT
                                                            
The car hits a railing and flips several times, smashing
into other cars before coming to a skidding halt on its
back.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
The music continues to boom from the speakers of the car as
other car slow down or stop to view the accident.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
One car stops and a woman runs out, she yells into her cell
phone but her words are inaudible.
                                                            

5.

BLURRY EYE P.O.V
                                                            
Paris's eyes open and IVORY is staring down at him, half
smiling, tears in her eyes.
                                                            
                       IVORY
      (Almost inaudible)
You're gonna be okay.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT
                                                            
Paramedics bust through the emergency room doors with Paris
on a stretcher, he is bloody and looks dead.
                                                            
TWO DAY'S LATER
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
SCREEN BLACK
                                                            
The noises of a hospital rooms; moniters beeping, nurses
wheeling things by and talking to one another in the
hallway. A basketball game on T.V.
                                                            
FADE IN
                                                            
Paris slowly opens his eyes, blinking several times - both
from the pain and from trying to focus his vision.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Paris slowly looks over to his right at the moniters.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Paris slowly looks over to his left, Ivory seems to be
sleeping in an uncomfortable chair - an open magazine
resting on her chest.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Paris tries to move but winces from the pain, he lets out a
low groan.
                                                            
                       IVORY
      (Eyes pop open)
Paris?
      (Closes magazine,
       sits up)
Paris, stay still.
                                                            

6.

Ivory gets to her feet and moves to Paris' side.
                                                            
                       IVORY
Stay still. There's no point in
moving, your going to be in here
for a while.
      (Offers weak smile)
You might as well milk all the
attention and pampering while it
lasts.
                                                            
                       PARIS
How long have I been here?
                                                            
                       IVORY
Three days.
      (Touches his cheek)
When we were together I thought
you were a baby face. I didn't
know you shaved... you have chest
hair too. You lied to me.
                                                            
Paris touches his face, a beard is forming.
                                                            
                       PARIS
      (smiles, winces.)
You lied first. Virgin my ass.
                                                            
                       IVORY
      (moves to exit)
I'm going to tell the nurse your
awake. We can get you off that
I.V. and get some solid food in
you.
                                                            
                       PARIS
      (Bolts upright)
What happened to me?
                                                            
                       IVORY
      (looks grim)
You don't remember?
                                                            
                       PARIS
Last thing I remember is saving
drunk ass Fernando from going home
with a dude.
                                                            
Ivory returns to Paris side and takes his hand.
                                                            
                       IVORY
You got in a car accident.
                                                            

7.

                       PARIS
      (Stares into space)
Shit. What's that? Three times?
      (To Ivory)
Fernando can't drive for shit.
                                                            
Paris stares at the basketball game playing on the moniter,
he watches it until one team scores.
                                                            
                       PARIS
Where do they got those idiots?
                                                            
Tears swell up in Ivory's eyes as she stares at Paris.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Paris finally locks eyes with Ivory.
                                                            
                       PARIS
Which room are they in?
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
                       PARIS
Ivory.
                                                            
                       IVORY
You were in a car accident
Paris...
      (sniffs away tears)
Fernando...
                                                            
Paris tries to pull his hand free from Ivory but she will
not let go.
                                                            
                       PARIS
      (Scared)
Where's Gerald and Fernando?
                                                            
                       IVORY
Fernando went through the
windshield... Gerald was worse
than you...
                                                            
                       PARIS
      (Disbelief)
Get the fuck out of here.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
                       IVORY
They didn't make it Paris...
                                                            

8.

Paris struggles with his wires.
                                                            
                       PARIS
Let go of me. Get me the fuck out
of here - your lying.
      (struggling)
NURSE!
      (Pulls hand free
       from Ivory)
NURSE! Get me the fuck out of here
Ivory.
                                                            
Ivory grabs Paris's hand with both of hers, this time with a
stronger grip.
                                                            
                       IVORY
      (Frantic)
Paris listen to me!
      (Sits down,
       strenghtens grip)
PARIS LISTEN TO ME!
                                                            
Paris sits upright and stares down at his legs.
                                                            
                       PARIS
What the fucks going on?!?
                                                            
                       IVORY
      (Shouting over
       Paris)
Paris. You were hurt really bad.
                                                            
                       PARIS
WHY THE FUCK CAN'T I MOVE?!?
                                                            
                       IVORY
YOU CAN'T WALK!
                                                            
FADE OUT:
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
FADE IN:
                                                            
Paris sits up in his bed, a tray full of food sits in front
of him uneaten. His beard is almost full and he has not
gotten any sleep.
                                                            
The television broadcasts the music news, trivial nonsense
about some rappers recent extravagent purchases.
                                                            

9.

Paris looks down at his hands, his palms open - it is as if
he is looking for something in them, an answer.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Ivory walks into the room carrying a duffle bag, she is faux
chipper with a weak smile on her face.
                                                            
                       IVORY
I thought I might have to wake you
up. It is only eleven in the
morning...
                                                            
Ivory sets the bag down on the visitor chair, the zipper is
a little broken and the sleeve of a shirt is visible.
                                                            
                       IVORY
I brought your clothes.
                                                            
Ivory pointedly notices the food, pushing some of it around
with the fork.
                                                            
                       IVORY
I see you were starving today,
save any for me?
                                                            
                       PARIS
Why do you have my clothes?
                                                            
                       IVORY
So that you can get dressed, they
cut you out of your clothes when
you got here Paris.
                                                            
                       PARIS
Who's coming to pick me up?
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Ivory pushes the food tray aside and gets closer to Paris,
he has yet to look at her.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Ivory places her hand into Paris', he does not grip hers.
                                                            
                       IVORY
I figured... that you could come
stay with me.
                                                            

10.

                       PARIS
      (smiles)
How would Thomas feel about that?
                                                            
                       IVORY
      (uncomfortable)
I'm trying to do you f... I want
to help you Paris, can we just
leave things like that?
                                                            
                       PARIS
I just thought I'd ask.
                                                            
Ivory breaks away from Paris, moves to the bag and begins to
remove it's contents.
                                                            
                       IVORY
If you don't want my help then...
                                                            
                       PARIS
You getting mad at me?
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
                       PARIS
I can stay with you, if everyone
is okay with that. Shit, I aint
got nowhere else to go...
                                                            
Paris turns off the television via remote control.
                                                            
                       PARIS
How am I supposed to get dressed?
                                                            
                       IVORY
I can help, or I can call in the
nurse... just slip them on over
your legs.
                                                            
                       PARIS
We can try that.
                                                            
 
INT. IVORY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
The front doorknob turns and opens, Ivory walks in.
                                                            
The living room. The television is on but it is on mute, a
plate of food sits uneaten on the coffee table.
                                                            
Ivory closes her door and enters the living room, turning
the television off.
                                                            

11.

                       IVORY
Paris.
                                                            
Ivory picks up the plate of food and heads for the kitchen.
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Ivory enters the kitchen and dumps the plate in the sink,
along with a pile of dirty dishes. The fridge door is open,
she closes it and looks disapprovingly at the tire marks
left behind by the wheelchair.
                                                            
                       IVORY
Paris?
                                                            
Music comes on in another room, Ivory looks back at the mess
before moving towards the sounds of Marvin Gaye.
                                                            
Ivory moves through the living room and enters the family
room, where the lights are low but Paris sits in his chair
holding a photo album.
                                                            
Ivory notices a bottle of liqour, half empty, sitting on the
floor next to Paris's chair.
                                                            
                       IVORY
Did you hear the front door open?
                                                            
                       PARIS
Yup.
                                                            
                       IVORY
This place is a mess.
                                                            
Paris stares at the pictures.
                                                            
                       IVORY
If you were going to stay up late,
you could have done some cleaning.
                                                            
                       PARIS
Meet anyone tonight?
                                                            
                       IVORY
We're not going out anymore Paris,
so I don't see how that's any of
your business.
                                                            

12.

                       PARIS
When we broke up we decided to be
friends. Is that how you respond
to all your friends when they ask
you personal questions?
                                                            
                       IVORY
What's wrong?
                                                            
                       PARIS
Are you serious?
                                                            
                       IVORY
Yes. What's wrong?
                                                            
                       PARIS
The same shit that was wrong when
you left. Or was it supposed to
get better all by itself?
                                                            
                       IVORY
First of all, don't curse at me.
Second, it looks like liqour
handled my part of the
conversation just fine.
                                                            
Paris spins around in his wheelchair to face Ivory.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Paris picks up the bottle and takes a drink; Ivory is
visibly annoyed by this.
                                                            
                       IVORY
Why are you drinking?
                                                            
                       PARIS
Because I'm trying to get drunk.
                                                            
                       IVORY
You are, so why are you still
drinking?
                                                            
                       PARIS
Becuase I'm trying to stay that
way. Why!?! Why does it matter to
you?
                                                            
                       IVORY
Because we went through this when
we were together, I don't like to
argue with you when your drunk.
                                                            

13.

                       PARIS
Right, and I stopped drinking to
make you happy.
                                                            
                       IVORY
Paris, if you -
                                                            
                       PARIS
And then when I was trying to make
you happy and did everything you
asked me to you fucked somebody
else!
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Ivory slowly moves towards the couch opposite Paris and has
a seat.
                                                            
                       IVORY
When I left, you asked me to stay
home. Why?
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
                       IVORY
If you hate me so much... you keep
bringing up the same thing over
and over and over... yes Paris.
Yes, I cheated on you. One time -
out of four long years of up's and
downs. I know I picked the wrong
time to do it, when we were trying
to work everything out and you
were trying your best to make me
happy... that's when I suddenly
decided to cheat. I wish I would
have told you instead of you
having to find out, but what
happened happened. I'm sorry that
it did, but it happened and there
is nothing that I can do to
change-
                                                            
                       PARIS
Did you love me?
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
                       IVORY
I love you.
                                                            

14.

                       PARIS
You hate it when I bring up things
from our past, you hate it when I
complain about things you did to
hurt me! You hate it, you want me
to just acknowledge what you did
to hurt me and then never "bother"
you with it again...
                                                            
                       IVORY
You won't let things go -
                                                            
                       PARIS
Your sorry.
                                                            
                       IVORY
What?
                                                            
                       PARIS
You said you were sorry.
                                                            
                       IVORY
Yes.
                                                            
                       PARIS
From the time I found out about
it, till now... that was the first
time you showed remorse for
hurting me. You said everything
else in the book, you threw it in
my face whenever we argued about
something... you ask me why I keep
bringing it up. That was the first
time you said you were sorry.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
                       IVORY
I didn't think I had to.
                                                            
                       PARIS
Why'd you leave me tonight?
                                                            
                       IVORY
I wanted to go out Paris. I needed
to... I don't mind taking care of
you. I just want to let you know
that; but sometimes I get tired. I
get tired and I want to do
something... for me.
                                                            

15.

                       PARIS
You wanted to be around real men
for awhile.
                                                            
                       IVORY
I didn't say that Paris.
                                                            
                       PARIS
You don't have to. You don't have
to say that, I know it.
                                                            
Paris takes a drink from the bottle and sets in on the
ground.
                                                            
                       PARIS
So let me ask you this. Would I
have a chance to be with you
again?
                                                            
                       IVORY
Tonight had nothing to do with men
Paris. I wanted to be with my
friends, females...
                                                            
                       PARIS
Can you answer my goddamn
question?
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
                       IVORY
Paris, I asked you if we could
work it out along time ago. You
said no, because you didn't know
if you could trust me again. Why
do you want to know if you have a
chance with me if you wouldn't
even give me a chance with you?
                                                            
                       PARIS
Do you still want that chance? You
say you still love me do you still
want that chance, with a fucking
cripple?
                                                            
                       IVORY
Paris I do still -
                                                            
                       PARIS
I can't carry you to bed and make
love to you like I used to. What
the hell would you want with me
right?!?
                                                            

16.

                       IVORY
You're putting words in my mouth
that I would never say...
                                                            
                       PARIS
I sit here... I sit here and
sometimes I can see it in your
eyes. You look at me like you used
to, when your only looking into my
eyes you look at me like you used
to... and then you remember that
my -
                                                            
Paris squeezes the handles of his chair like he wants to get
up.
                                                            
                       PARIS
You remember that my fucking
legs...
                                                            
Paris hits himself in the thigh extremly hard, Ivory jumps.
                                                            
                       PARIS
That I'm stuck in this goddamn
chair for the rest of my life. You
keep telling me that I'm not less
of a man. I'm just as much of a
man as any other man! Then why
can't I walk!?! Why the fuck can't
I just walk!?! I'm a man!?! I'm a
man!?! Then why can't I fucking
stand up!?!
                                                            
Paris pushes himself up to a standing position, pushing his
wheelchair away before his legs collapse underneath him and
he falls to the ground. He buries his face in his hands.
                                                            
                       PARIS
I can't even stand up...
                                                            
Ivory covers her face in her hands, sobbing.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Ivory slowly lowers herself to the floor and crawls over to
Paris very slowly.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Ivory pulls Paris up by his shoulders and turns him over
until he is on his back, she then lays next to him and rests
her head on his chest - pulling his arm around her.
                                                            

17.

BEAT
                                                            
Paris slowly reaches around with his other arm and holds
Ivory as she cries into his chest. He closes his wet eyes
listening to the beginning of another old love song.
                                                            
 
INT. COLLEGE - DAY
                                                            
Paris wheels himself to the front of the class, his term
paper resting on his lap.
                                                            
Paris stops and spins around to center himself, to face his
fellow students.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
                       PARIS
I um... when I started to write
this paper I had no idea that I
had no Idea what I was talking
about.
                                                            
Paris pauses to let the small chuckles pass.
                                                            
                       PARIS
I decided to write on a subject
that some people told me was dark,
uninviting... but that doesn't
make it a non-subject does it? The
title of my paper is "Stoic". I
trust we all know what that word
means but for those of you who
don't, you will by the time I'm
done.
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Paris looks down at his paper and shuffles it around.
                                                            
                       PARIS
At times we all wish that our
feeling would just go away, we
think that if we don't feel then
we cannot hurt. This is less of a
paper and more of a story about
what can happen when you get a
sample of what you wish for...
                                                            
BEAT
                                                            
Paris looks up and locks eyes with Ivory, she smiles.
                                                            

18.

BEAT
                                                            
                       PARIS
I was just getting out of a
relationship, and some of my
friends decided to take me out to
a club...
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Laila Date 4/26/2017 ***
Try to use more descriptive words. Ex: "she smiled" say she beamed or grinned. Otherwise this is really good


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