JEN: The focus of the script. Jen is a shy, friendly girl with shoulder-length black hair and olive skin. Jen is around fourteen. She doesn't fit in with a lot of the other girls and students at school, and is generally an outsider.
MANDY: Mandy is Jen's mother. She is a caring woman but isn't completely aware of her daughter's feelings throughout the script. Mandy is a thin woman with an olive complexion and wispy blonde hair. Mandy is around forty-two.
KAYLA: Kayla is one of Jen's 'friends'. She is slightly conceited and is one of the 'popular girls'. Kayla is extremely thin and has tanned skin and long strawberry-blonde hair. She is fourteen-and-a-half.
ALICE: Alice is the 'queen bee' of the popular girls group. She is seen as very beautiful, and popular, but she is very snarky and judgemental, as well as vain. Alice is a brunette with a slight tan, and prefers to wear revealing shirts and short skirts and high heels to accentuate her shapely legs. Alice has just turned fifteen.
MARCIE: Marcie is one of Alice's friends. She is an African-American but has made her rank among the 'popular girls' because her father is famous. Marcie is the 'second-in-command' to Alice. She loves to wear harlot-red lipstick and fake eyelashes to draw attention to her hazel eyes.
Scene One - Clothes Store
KAYLA: This is too big. Get me a size four.
JEN: But it looks fine!
KAYLA: No, it doesn't. But you wouldn't know - you're fat.
JEN: I'm not fat.
KAYLA: Honestly, Jen, eight IS fat. But, I mean, no hard feelings, right? Friends gotta be honest with each other - no secrets, hey?
JEN: (to herself) Yeah, no hard feelings.
KAYLA: Jen? Jen! Je -
Ah, well. And where is my size four?!
Scene Two - Jen's Bedroom
Jen stands in front of the mirror.
JEN: I'm not fat, am I? I mean, eight is normal, isn't it?
MANDY: Honey, dinner's ready. Chicken soup - your favourite!
JEN: Mum, I'm not…fat, right?
MANDY: Fat? Honey, you're perfect.
JEN: Thanks Mum…I guess.
MANDY: Okay, Jen. Well…you'd better come down before it gets cold.
JEN: I'll be out soon.
JEN: Maybe I AM fat. All the girls at school at way prettier and slimmer than me; Kayla's right.
How can I lose weight?
Jen opens her laptop and researches on the Internet.
JEN: Anorexia. Mmm… 'losing weight through lesser eating'. That might work.
MANDY: (shouts through the floor) Jen!
Scene 3 - Dining Room
MANDY: Honey, you gonna eat that?
JEN: (mumbles) I'm not hungry.
MANDY: But it's your favourite! I spent a long time making it!
JEN: I'll eat it later.
MANDY: Jen, please sit down. Have a few sips. You've hardly eaten.
JEN: (more forcefully) I'm not hungry.
MANDY: Jen, that's unreasonable. You usually eat - especially when it's chicken soup!
JEN: Well, maybe I eat too much!
MANDY: Jen, if you are implying that you're fat, then that's incorrect!
JEN: Bull, Mum! I'm fat, and you know it - everyone knows it! So just shut up, because I've had enough of white lies!
Scene 4 - School Classroom
Alice leans over to Marcie.
ALICE: (whisper loudly) Doesn't Jen look so fat in that shirt. You can see her gut hanging out.
MARCIE: (snickers) Eww!
Jen spins around.
JEN: Shut up.
ALICE: Don't talk to me, fatty. I can't believe they let SOWS join this school.
MARCIE: Yeah, piggy.
JEN: If I'm a pig, then you're a scarecrow.
ALICE: I'm so hurt. Marcie, see me crying?
Wow, girl, they must throw you in sad places if your comebacks are like THAT.
JEN: And you must BE a sad place.
MARCIE: You live in one. Size eight, pft. Do you EVER exercise?
JEN: Do you EVER eat food? Gosh people, try some sustenance!
Jen spins back around.
ALICE: 'Gosh people, try some sustenance.' What a freaky fatty.
Scene 5 - School Girls Bathroom
Jen sobs in a cubicle.
JEN: I'm f-f-fat. Everyone thinks it - they must be right. I'm a freak, and a fat, and I'll never fit in.
Enter Alice and her group.
ALICE: Did you see Jen in class? Megosh, she's like a frickin' elephant seal.
MARCIE: With twice the ugliness.
KAYLA: And, I can't believe she said that a SIX looked fine on me! That's, like, obese.
ALICE: Yup, girls. Beware of the freaks, and the fatties. They tarnish this school.
Anyway, that's my makeup. Back to class - ugh.
ONE OF ALICE'S FRIENDS: (whisper loudly) So she can flirt with Justin.
Exit Alice and her group.
JEN: Seal…ELEPHANT SEAL?