Episode 2 – Now You See Me…
Modern tech high – lunch period in the cafeteria – Students are sitting in booths or tables eating breakfast – In the middle of the cafeteria Keith White, Brian Danvers, Gregz Mitchell and Alex are sitting in the table
Keith: Alright guys, first thing first. I know that it’s bothering us but I have to say it
Brian: I know what you’re talking about
Keith: You do?
Brian: Absolutely! The school really needs to appoint a hallway monitor. I don’t feel protected when I take my bathroom breaks when class is in session
Gregz: (upset, staring Brian coldly) why don’t you just die?
Keith: Um, that was a good point Bri, but not what I wanted to talk about. I’m worried that there hasn’t been any gigs open for us. Like come on we are so ready, we have the instruments…
Alex: We have the skills
Gregz: We have the members
Alex: And the looks (smiles)
Brian: I’ve always seemed to forget to ask, what is the name of our group?
Alex: Ummmm (trying to answer the question) its’ uh..ummmm
Keith: …ummmm (Vicky Green and two of her friends; Shelly and Debby. Who are carbon copies of Vicky. Shelly has orange hair and Debby has black hair. The girls pass by the table where the boys are sitting)
Vicky: (waves at Keith) Hiiiii handsome (the other girls giggle)
Keith: Oh hey Vicky!
Alex: (stares at Vicky) hi Vicky! (Vicky ignores him, the girls walk on by to their table)
Gregz: That was pathetic, Keith
Keith: What was pathetic?
Brian: What Gregz is referring to is how Vicky is madly in love with you and you don’t seem to be picking up the obvious signals
Keith: In love with me? No way you guys are crazy. Vicky Green is not a girl who falls in love
Alex: (defensive) you don’t know that!
Brian: Keith, half the school knows her admiration of you. But you don’t give her the time of day
Keith: (chuckles) Well look what we have here, never knew you’re such a little gossip queen there, Bri
Brian: Oh please! I have no time for any gossips, Alex told me that!
Alex: I know how to smolder that fire you guys, I’m going to ask Vicky out (everyone in the table gasps)
Keith: You’re kidding right?
Gregz: Get ready for the rejection
Keith: And not just any rejection, we’re talking about the “Vicky Green rejection” a rejection that will leave a stamp on your heart! Remember Peter the senior?
Brian: Ah, yes that poor soul
Alex: I don’t care you guys I’m going for it, she’s a human being like every one of us and she has a heart, she has feelings. And of course she’s the hottest girl in school
Brian: I object to that
Keith: (looks over at Vicky’s table) look you guys! It’s Ned Smansky!
(The boys look where Keith is pointing, witnessing the scene. Ned; who is an average teen with a big thick eye glasses is talking to Vicky while she’s sitting down and texting, the girls around her are doing the same. Ignoring him)
Keith: Ned has waited weeks to ask Vicky out, got prepared for this moment. Alex, in 3 seconds you’re going to see what’ll happen if you ask her out. Bri, start the countdown!
Brian: (looks at his wrist watch) Three…two…one (Ned passes by the table where the boys are sitting, heartbroken and close to tears)
Ned: (mutters) there’s no point in living!
Gregz: (yells out) welcome to my world!
Modern tech high – hallways- Brian and Keith are walking down - Lisa Small catches up to them
Lisa: (exhausted from running) oh thank god I found you guys!
Keith: Whoa! You alright Lisa?
Lisa: No! I was looking for you guys everywhere; I need your help Brian
Brian: (stutters) m-m-my help?
Lisa: Yeah! Mr. Tex is giving my class a test this Friday; I totally forgot to study this week
Brian: Hm. It’s in two days, what do you want me to do?
Lisa: I was hoping you could tutor me after school in the library
Keith: (leans over to Brian and whispers) dude, this is your chance
Brian: (elbows Keith) Um, s-s-sure Lisa, I’ll be glad to help out
Lisa: (excited) Yay! Meet me in the library 3:30! Don’t be late! (leaves)
Brian: (to himself) I wouldn’t miss it for the world my love
Keith: Well, well look who’s moving up in Lisa’s ladder?
Brian: I am a little concerned if her athletic boyfriend will be a thorn
Keith: Oh don’t worry about it you’re just helping Lisa out with her history. It’s not like a date or anything
Brian: Yes, you’re right
Keith: Well if he did find out that something is going on he will destroy your face
Brian: (sarcastically) thank you, for the optimistic reassuring news
Hallways – the other side – Vicky and her friends; Shelly and Debby are talking while Alex and Gregz are standing in a distance; observing them
Gregz: Look at them, a pack of wild animals ready to be unleashed in this school
Alex: (looks at Gregz, confused) dude, what are you talking about?
Gregz: You’re willing to risk your life to ask her out?
Alex: It’s not a big deal! How can she me turn me down? I could sing, I have the looks (thinking) Ummm and I have ummm
Gregz: Obviously not the brains
Vicky: (texting on her phone while talking to Shelly and Debby) Marsha’s party was so boring!
Vicky: She just texted me that she’s going to have another party this Saturday, she obviously doesn’t know how it feels to be blocked (clicks a button on her phone) Blocked!
Shelly: Totally! (both Shelly and Debby click buttons at the same time)
Debby: Oh no, don’t look now Vicky, here comes Randy Groover
Vicky: (shaking her head) oh no
Randy: (A lean and tall teen with a skin problem. Very shaky .Walks over to Vicky) so Vicky, I have no plans this Saturday so I was wondering if you…
Vicky: (while Randy is talking, Vicky is texting on her phone. A second later Debby gets a text message)
Debby: (reading the text out loud) Vicky says get out of her face Randy, you’re sucking all of her air
Randy: (defeated) alright fine! (storms off upset, the girls are laughing)
Gregz: A pack of wild beasts! Killing any pure soul that passes their circle!
Alex: I have to work on my pick up line tonight
Mr. Jay’s math class – Keith, Brian, Alex and Gregz are sitting in the same table talking quietly while Mr. Jay is teaching. Brian is trying to do his work and pay attention
Alex: Wow, so Brian has a date with Lisa later? (smiling)
Brian: (still looking at his notebook) it’s not a date
Keith: But what are you going to do Bri? What’s going to be your “move”?
Brian: “Move” what move?
Alex: You know “moves”, how are you going to get her to kiss you?
Brian: (stops working and faces Alex) I am not going to do that, I promised her that I would her help with her history and that is all. I am not going to use education and knowledge to seduce Lisa, I’ll have you know she really needs my help and I’m not about to fail her
Keith: Alright take it easy
Mr. Jay: (hears Keith’s voice; annoyed) for the love of god! Mr. White will you ever be quite in my class!?
Keith: What!? What did I do? I didn’t say anything!
Mr. Jay: Tell me Mr. White, what is your motivation in this class? What are you gaining in life by disrupting this class? Just tell me?
Keith: (chuckles) man, I know you haven’t gotten any “action” at home (the whole class laughs) what’s going on? The wife is making you sleep at the couch?
Mr. Jay: (furious) alright, that’s it! To the principals office! NOW!
Keith: (getting up from his chair, whispering to the guys in the table) oh thank god I wouldn’t survive in here for another minute!
After school – outside the library room – Brian and Lisa step in the hallways
Lisa: Wow that was fun!
Brian: We covered a lot of grounds, like I’ve told you before we read the passages; we have to view global history as if we’re viewing the news. Dissect every detail for detail
Lisa: I just know I can ace that test on Friday
Brian: I’ve never doubted you
Lisa: Aww thanks buddy (hugs Brian; Brian closes his eye with enjoyment) I have to go, continue tomorrow same time same place?
Lisa: Bye (exits)
Brian: (sighs, packs up his book bag and starts walking. Takes a corner and runs into Brandon. Who looks upset) oh! (scared)
Brandon: What were you doing with my girl? Uh?
Brian: (starts walking backward, stuttering) w-w-w-we were studying!
Brandon: What you think I am? Stupid? I know you like her. Every time she’s around you, you light up like a Christmas tree. You sweat bullets every time she calls your name. I know the signs, and I know what you were doing just now! Trying to make time with her (cracks his knuckles)
Brian: (scared to death) n-n-no you got it all wrong! You don’t understand…
Brandon: (yells) WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND!?
Brian: (thinking) I, I don’t like Lisa, I Uh… I don’t like girls!
Brandon: (confused) what? What you mean?
Brian: I, I never did like Lisa or any girl in the school
Brandon: Wait hold on (regains his composure) you’re telling me that you don’t like girls? That means (pauses then face lights up with astonishment) you’re gay?
Brian: (playing along) yeeeah, sure. That’s right! I’m gay!
Brandon: (chuckles) dude! Wow I feel so bad now for attacking you like that. I’m so sorry. Man I never knew! That explains everything!
Brian: It does?
Brandon: Oh yeah!
Brian: Yes, however I am still in the closet. This whole conversation just stays between us, okay?
Brandon: Yeah, sure, sure! WOW what a day! Brian Danvers: gay guy! That has a ring to it! Right?
Brian: Um, yes (regretting) so can you keep the secret?
Brandon: Sure bro! Or should I call you sis? What you prefer?
Brian: (sighs) “Bro”
Brandon: Secrets saved with me, see ya later (exits)
Brian: (covers his face) what in Darwin’s name have I done?
Modern tech high – cafeteria – Keith, Brian, Alex and Gregz are sitting in their table eating breakfast
Keith: You’re gay!?
Brian: Apparently so
Alex: (dying of laughter) oh man! Did he fall for it?
Brian: Yes, it was the only excuse I can come up with at the moment
Keith: I guess we have a gay member in our band (looks at Alex laughing, starts to smile)
Brian: This is humiliating! Why did I have to be involved in the spoils of romance? If only I had the finesse to stand up to Brandon!
Alex: (laughing) stand up and kiss him, right? (laughs out loud)
Gregz: Your “little lie” is not going to work
Brian: Excuse me?
Gregz: What makes you think he’s going to believe that? You can never pull it off!
Brian: (gets upset) I beg to differ!
Gregz: Sooner or later; Brandon is going to find out. You’re too much of a nerd to even hold on to this lie!
Brian: Now you listen to me…
Keith: (interrupts) Okay, that’s enough. It was the right thing to do Bri, now you can stare and drool over Lisa all you want without having Brandon going berserker mode
Brian: Yes, unfortunately I am not proud of my deceit
Gregz: (everyone continues eating normally) gay nerd
Alex: (burst out laughing) oh god! (Brian gets upset)
Modern tech high – hallways – Keith, Alex and Gregz walk out of class after the bell rings and spots Vicky with Debby and Shelly
Keith: Oh, there’s Vicky
Gregz: Are you ready, Alex?
Alex: I’ve spent the whole night practicing my pick up line. And I know for sure it has to work!
Keith: How sure are you?
Alex: Like very, very sure
Keith: You do know if it fails, Vicky will destroy your reputation so fast your head will spin
Alex: (thinking) Hmmm, I know I’m ready
Gregz: Forget approaching her, here she comes now
Vicky: (walks up to the boys) Hiiii handsome
Keith: Hey Vicky, what’s up?
Vicky: There’s this lame party this Saturday in Marsha’s place, you can save me from boring death if you go with me
Keith: Sorry Vicky, I have rehearsal
Alex: I could go!
Vicky: (ignoring Alex) you sure you can’t come?
Keith: Very sure, need to keep practicing if any gigs come up
Alex: I could go!
Vicky: (ignoring Alex) come on, it’s going to be real quick. I have no one else to go with
Alex: I could go!
Keith: Sorry can’t do it
Alex: I could go!
Vicky: (ignoring Alex) fine, talk to you later handsome (exits)
Gregz: (looking at Alex) nice going Alex
Alex: (frustrated) I was just, you know, melting the ice
Keith: “Melting the ice”? It looked to me she was setting you up in flames
Alex: Oh yeah sure, you saw that but she was really digging me. Guys you really need to pick up the signals! I don’t know why I hang out with you losers (walks away)
The library – Brian and Lisa are studying, quietly
Brian: …and remember each river was a major contribution to these early Egyptian civilizations
Lisa: (writing down notes) cool. Brian you are so smart
Brian: Thank you (flattered)
Lisa: I’m sorry but I have to ask. Why did you join Keith’s band? You don’t look like the person who plays rock music
Brian: (startled by the question) Um, well. Uh
Lisa: It’s just out of nowhere you play the bass and join this band. It’s really unexpected, coming from you
Brian: Well, I ah. I’m in love with (pauses) music. I’m madly in love with music. Ever since I was a child, my uncle taught me how to play the instrument and from then on I’ve never looked back
Lisa: Oh wow, I never knew
Brian: Yeah. Can I ask you something? I hope you won’t get offended by the content of the question
Lisa: (smiles) ask away
Brian: Why are you in a relationship with Brandon?
Lisa: (startled by the question) wow, what a question
Brian: My apologies
Lisa: Its ok, Um, Brandon makes me feel safe. It’s always reassuring to know that he’s there to protect me. And I just feel that he needs me in his life, before he met me he was considering joining a gang. If it wasn’t for me he would have been in prison or worse
Brian: (sarcastically) and we wouldn’t have that wont we?
Lisa: I just think that it was fate that placed us together, and we’ve been happy ever since. Plus do I have to say it? His body…
Brian: (interrupts) Yes, yes I understand
Lisa: (chuckles) sorry it was uncalled for. Wow look at us, we’re bonding
Brian: It seems so (Mrs. Gray; the old Liberian that has a reputation for being cranky walks over to them)
Mrs. Gray: (angry whisper) GET OUT
Mrs. Gray: Both of you are too loud! Everyone here has been complaining because of you two! This is a library not a cafeteria! GET OUT!
Mrs. Gray: OUT!!!!
Outside the library – hallways – Lisa and Brian are laughing
Brian: That was humiliating
Lisa: Never thought I would be kicked out of a library
Brian: There’s always a first
Lisa: I hope that was the last (Brandon enters)
Brandon: (kisses Lisa on the cheek) hey babe, ready to go?
Brandon: (gives Brian a fist pump) hey sis-I mean Bro! What’s up?
Brian: (fake smile) everything is great
Lisa: See you tomorrow Brian and thank you for everything
Brandon: Yeah bro take it easy (wraps his arms around Lisa and walk away)
Brian: (alone and depressed) yeah, I’ll “take it easy” without the girl I love and without a library
Modern tech high – hallways – Keith and Gregz are walking until they see Alex talking to Vicky
Keith: Oh my god! This is it!
Gregz: It’s too late to save him now
Alex: Hey Vicky, can I ask you something?
Alex: (pauses for a second) Um, where did you get that phone? (Pointing to her pink blackberry phone)
Vicky: My dad got it, it’s a limited customized edition, and only 30 have been made
Alex: Oh that’s cool
Vicky: That’s it?
Alex: Yep, that’s all (walks away towards Keith and Gregz)
Keith: That’s it? I thought you were going to ask her out?
Alex: Why should I? (smug face) there’s more fishes in the sea
Gregz: You have got to be kidding me
Alex: You “losers” should really learn from me (walks away with a strut)