Samus' World

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An original six episode script which follows an openly Gay Entertainment writer that pitches an idea for his own Dating column writing about his experiences on first dates with men he meets online. He is given a trial run of five weeks by his boss. While each date is awkward than the next, on the fifth week something happens that could end OR change his life forever!

An LGBTQ themed show with everyday issues Gay men face like Masculinity VS Femininity, Self esteem issues, body issues, monogamy and trying to find love.
I originally wanted to make this a webseries but the funds aren't really there, so I figured I'd build an audience. If you want to follow me on Twitter I can be found here @EddyBee26. Thank you for reading! Please, leave a comment or let me know if you like it.

Submitted: January 11, 2017

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Episode 1- "Pilot"

Fade In:

INT-Samus’ Apartment Building- Mid Day

[We approach the apartment door of SAMUS ORTIZ and footsteps are heard on the other side. After a few seconds the door swings open and someone rushes out of the apartment. Their face is not visible and the door closes behind them.]

 

Cuts To:

EXT- A movie theatre in NYC- Mid Day

[People are walking about chatting and laughing and we see DYLAN BREGAR, late 20’s, nervously looking at his watch and looking around his surroundings waiting impatiently for someone.]

 

Dissolves To:

[We see SAMUS ORTIZ, mid 20’s, with curly hair, he is walking fast through the NYC Streets bypassing people. During this scene the V.O (Voice Over) plays.]

 

Samus (VO)

Time, is something we never have too much of. Especially here in New York City. We try to make it through the crowds of people. Carefully navigating through business men on their lunch breaks dreading to get back to work, adults who are trying to text and walk at the same time to no avail, wannabe supermodels thinking the sidewalk is their red carpet and of course the tourists taking pictures of everything they come across. We try to do this daily while maintaining our sanity and in this crazy city; our sanity is something that is very vital to keep.

 

Oh! My apologies, where are my manners? My name is Samus Ortiz and I am currently making my way to a date. Something I haven’t been on in a very long time, with a guy I really, really like...Did I mention I was Gay? ...Well, now ya know!

 

[SAMUS makes it to the theater and sees DYLAN from a few feet away. SAMUS straightens his posture and smiles as he starts to walk toward DYLAN.]

 

Samus VO (CONT'D)

Isn’t he cute? His name is Dylan Bregar. We matched a month ago on Tinderdate and we’ve been chatting nonstop ever since. We both have been too busy to meet in person until today. I’m nervous...Oh gosh I’m about to throw up!

 

[DYLAN sees SAMUS and smiles as he approaches him and hugs him tightly.]

 

Samus

(pulls away from the hug) I am so sorry I’m late. The 5 train ran express skipping my stop, so I had to take it Uptown then transfer to the Downtown train, for the stop I missed. (sighs trying to catch his breath) I expect nothing less from the MTA always robbing us but never improving their services

 

Dylan

(smiles) It’s fine. You’re not actually that late. (Jokes) Just a mere three minutes and twenty eight seconds, but who’s counting?

 

[We see that both men are still standing in front of the theatre speaking to each other.]

 

Samus

So how did the interview go?

 

Dylan

Eh, it went great, but the paper isn’t too interested in my pictures. Apparently, they’re looking for something more ‘grim’ and ‘punk’.

 

Samus

Are you serious? They do know they’re a Gardening Magazine and not Hot Topic right?

 

Dylan

(chuckles) Apparently not.

 

Samus

Well, it’s clearly their loss. (Beat) I told you like eighty times, L&G is hiring for a photographer. I can talk to Belky to set you up for an interview.

 

Dylan

And as I have told you numerous times, I don’t want to be under contract with anyone. I enjoy freelancing. Seeing the world through different angles with no restraints.  

 

Samus

(puts hands up in defeat) Well excuse me, Peter Parker.

 

Dylan

(Chuckles and shakes head) Hey, nothing wrong with trying to expand my portfolio to be a Professional photographer.

 

Samus

Nothing wrong at all. (smiles) Ready to see this new Uma Lohan film?

 

Dylan

Sure! Um, why are we seeing this film again?

 

Samus

Belky assigned me to write a review. It’s Uma’s first film since she ran over her ex boyfriend, then shaved her head and stabbed her assistant’s cat. So Belky wanted to make sure, I was the first one to review this film before Hesh’e Magazine does.

 

Dylan

Ah okay. So in other words, we’re going to enjoy a free movie?

 

Samus

Damn right!

 

[We watch as both men walk into the theatre.]

 

Dissolves to:  

{‘Two Hours Later’ appears on the screen}

[Both men walk out of the theatre with a look of disgust and horror on their faces.]

 

Dylan

Well, that was dreadful. (Looks at Samus and changes his demeanor) Unless you liked it, then it was…great!

 

Samus

(smiles shaking his head) No, no it was awful. There’s no way I can pretend it was anything but.

 

Dylan

And you have to write a review based on that? What are you going to say?

 

Samus

That’s the thing I don’t know. This film is kind of a conflict of interest for L&G Daily.

 

Dylan

If I was you, I’d be as honest as possible. I don’t mean brutally honest like your last few articles I read.

 

Samus

Oh? (smiles impressed) So behind all that New Jersey façade, you do read papers?

 

Dylan

(shrugs) Eh, only the good ones.

 

[DYLAN lets out a chuckle and they walk down the street together. He secretly glances at SAMUS and stops walking, causing SAMUS to do the same.]

 

Samus

(turning to him in concern) Is everything okay?

 

Dylan

Yeah, it is…I just wanted to tell you, that aside from the horrible movie, I really had a great time. It feels amazing to finally get to be in the same space as you after we’ve been doing nothing but talking, texting and messaging each other, for the past month.

 

 

Samus

(in a cutesie voice)

Don’t forget sharing all those cute kitten videos. Especially the one where the black kitty was dancing to that Taylor Swift song.

 

[DYLAN smiles and slowly leans in toward SAMUS to kiss him. During this scene the VO plays.]

 

Samus (VO)

Most stories begin with ‘Once Upon a Time’ or ‘In a Galaxy Far, Far Away’. Dates are quite similar to the beginning of stories. You get to start a new adventure with someone. But how?

Well you have to establish chemistry and after you have successfully done that, the entire night depends on a kiss. A kiss so magical, so strong and so amazing that it isn’t until your lips press against the other person’s, that you feel the electricity coursing through your body. Awakening your heart, causing it to beat again..

 

[The kiss was supposed to be a romantic one but instead DYLAN kisses SAMUS in a disgusting yet comical way. SAMUS looks at him in confusion.]

 

Samus (VO Cont’d)

Sadly, I didn’t experience that at all with this kiss. Instead, all I got was saliva...teeth and what I hope to Goddess wasn’t broccoli. Will I ever experience a magical kiss again? Or was that my first and only?

I don’t want to sound like a cynic, but maybe I’ll never—

 

CUTS TO:

INT- THE OFFICE OF BELKY ALLEN ‘EDITOR OF L&G DAILY’-Morning

{“The Next Day”~ Appears on the screen}

[BELKY ALLEN early 40’s-late 50’s is seen sitting in his office. He’s reading an article on his computer screen. We see SAMUS seated in front of him nervously listening to his boss read the article he spent the entire night typing. Next to SAMUS is GUSTIN ALLEN late 20s’-early 30’s]

 

Belky

(reading the screen)

-find that magical kiss again. Maybe I’m not meant to ever find love. Either that, or the Magic isn’t meant for me. (Stops reading and looks at Samus without showing any emotions.

(to Samus) I have re-read this article eight times this morning. I thought it was my lack of caffeine so I got my large coffee, then drank it and re-read the article. I still cannot find any…any hint of the movie I told you to review.

Can you remind me of your position here at L&G Daily, again?

 

Samus

(slowly)

I’m a contributing writer for the Entertainment section.

 

Belky

(claps his hands together)

That’s right! How could I forget? You’ve been writing for this site for exactly three years now. So why on Earth is there no mention of Drowning Love in this post? Do you have an explanation for this weird-and I’m sure accidental- absence of that film?

 

Samus

(nods) Yes I do. You see- (pause) The movie sucked. And I don’t mean suck as in ‘Oh maybe it’s bearable the second time’, I mean suck as in, ‘Shoot my eyes out ASAP!’

 

Belky

(Gives Samus an understanding nod, although it is quite visible how well he was getting frustrated at the reporter.)

(calmly) You see? You just gave me an amazing ten second review right now. So why couldn’t you type all that out in one thousand and six hundred words?

 

Samus

Well there is the obvious factor that Pablo Ellen is the head of FireRat Studios, and he is also married to the man who finances and sponsors L&G Daily aka your business partner. He sent me an email yesterday morning for me to write an amazing and- I quote (uses his fingers as air quotes)”riveting review”. As you know, I may lie about being sick when I call out, but I would never lie to my readers about a movie review.

 

Gustin

(shakes his head) He’s right dad. I was CC’ed in that email as well. It’s a conflict of interest to review his films. The readers will think we’re bias.

 

Belky

(lets out a sigh of frustration and speaks less like a boss and more like a father figure.)

Remind me to send a very stern email to Pablo. When it comes to personal matters we leave all that crap at the door.

 

[GUSTIN nods]

 

Belky (cont’d)

(to Samus)

Most people who submit something like this would be fired, Samus.

 

Samus

And if that’s what you intend on doing then I totally understand.-

 

[SAMUS gets up from the chair and slowly makes his way toward the door as BELKY and GUSTIN watches him. GUSTIN is seen smiling shaking his head admiring SAMUS’ theatrical performance.]

 

Samus (cont’d)

(over dramatically) I had a fantastic run here Belky and I have no doubt that you will miss me. But I must go forth and ride into the sunset, where the stars are now my friends, the wind is my blanket and the night guides me to my untimely death of starvation and dehydration.

(touches the doorknob and turns around as if he was addressing a large audience in a theatre.)

Farewell L&G Daily! How I loved thee, now I must venture into the cold, cruel world! Farewell Gustin! Farewell Dahlings!(whispers) Farewell.

 

Belky

Would you sit down?! You aren’t fired.

 

Samus

(Straightens his posture and closes the door) I’m not?

 

[BELKY shakes his head and points to the seat signaling for SAMUS to return back to it. SAMUS reads the nonverbal gesture and sits back down on the chair.]

 

Samus (cont’d)

(Innocently) Okay then. You may proceed.

 

Belky

(Smiles shaking his head at the craziness that just took place. He folds his hands together on the desk.)

Thank you. Well, at first I was upset you didn’t review the film. But then I read the numbers. You posted this article at midnight and right now, it has six hundred thousand Shares, thirty eight thousand Likes, more than half a million retweets and the numbers are increasing as we speak. This is freaking gold!

 

[SAMUS’ eyes widen in shock at the words. BELKY nods informing him it was true.]

 

Gustin

It literally caused our servers to crash. Nothing like that ever happened to us before. You clearly have talent kid as well as an amazing way with words. What exactly is this article about?

 

Samus

A date I had yesterday.

 

Belky

Wait, wait! (laughs) You wrote about a date you had?

 

Samus

Yes! But in my defense, I needed somewhere to vent and Ursula wasn’t available. So I did what anyone who had three cups of wine, with a keyboard and anger in his heart would do.

 

Gustin

Holy crap! I thought you made this up! The guy really kissed like a dog?

 

Samus

Um-

 

Cuts To Flashback:

[We return to the scene where DYLAN and SAMUS were standing still talking to each other.]

 

Samus

(in a cutesie voice)

Don’t forget sharing all those cute kitten videos. Especially the one where the Black kitty was dancing to that Taylor Swift song.

 

[DYLAN pulls in and kisses SAMUS. The kiss was passionate and magical, after a few seconds SAMUS gently pulls back and smiles.]

 

Samus

W-wow that was amazing. Do you always kiss like that or am I special?

 

Dylan

(Smirks) Ooh you are definitely special.

 

END OF FLASHBACK.

 

[We return to the office where BELKY and GUSTIN waits for SAMUS to answer the question.]

 

Samus (Cont’d)

-Yes it did. (smiles innocently)

 

 Frame Freezes

Samus (VO)

Okay fine! So he didn’t really kiss me like a dog. It was an amazing kiss and I felt the magic, I really did...unfortunately that night I went to call him and I found out...he blocked me! Not only my calls but my texts, then I found out he blocked me on Facebook, Tinderdate, Instagram, Twitter, etc! I really thought we hit it off...I guess I was wrong. A month of speaking and I guess my kiss was where he didn’t feel the magic. He could’ve at least told me. I guess you live and you learn.

 Frame Resumes.

 

Gustin

(shaking his head in disbelief) That is insane!

 

Belky

(angrily) You took a respectable news outlet that is L&G Daily, an outlet that hit various store shelves in the form of print in the 70’s; then it was banned in certain stores and neighborhoods for being too Gay.

It wasn’t until I created the site in 1999, that it flourished.(beat) I worked my ass off to create this as the damn best LGBTQ News outlet out there in NYC today! Then you come and turn in something that sounds like a-a..blog found on Tumblr! I created this site to educate the younger generation of this community.

 

Samus

But that’s the thing! Are we really educating the readers with lousy film reviews? Lousy celebrity Twitter wars? Crowning wannabe Instagram models because they have the best abs? I mean where are the voices of the real LGBTQ individuals? We’re freaking based in New York City and yet we have nothing to represent that! Where's the Dating columns about finding true love instead of safe hookups?

 

Belky

(leans back on the chair crossing his arms across his chest)

And your answer to that dilemma is a Dating column?

 

Samus

  Hear me out, okay? (He inhales deeply and begins to talk fast)

 Our articles cover everything from Celebrities, Celebrity bulges, which politician used a gay slur, porn stars who all of a sudden want to start writing articles to be taken seriously in the world and even to the perfect place to spend a weekend here in the Big Apple without getting arrested. (Takes a breath) But where is the column for Gay men who just want to date? I can write that!

 

Belky

(To Gustin) Gay men date?

(GUSTIN shrugs)

 

Samus

Exactly! When people hear ‘Gay Men’ they instantly think Hookups or back alley blowjobs, but that is far from the truth! There are Gay men-like myself- who want to date, want to experience the hand holding romance, kissing in the rain and whatever corny crap you see in a Nicholas Sparks movie.

 

Gustin

Sounds reasonable. What will you be writing about if you get this column?

 

Samus

For starters, I want to write about my experience as a Gay Latino from the Bronx currently living in the city, trying to find love in a sea of men who only want hookups. In a community, where I’m seen as an outsider. (takes a breath trying to calm down from his excitement)

I’m signed on to various dating apps and my best friend Ursula’s girlfriend owns a club that holds speed dating events monthly.

I’d also write about do’s and don’ts on the first date, giving tips on where to go for the first date, interviewing couples already in a monogamous and committed relationship and I’ll also write about the dates that I go on.

 

Belky

(nods thinking about the words that Samus was talking about. He pauses for a few seconds)

These dates you write about…will they include the names of the actual guys?

 

Samus

Of course not! It’s just like- (points to the screen)- that article. I named the guy Dimmer and his real name was Dylan.

 

Belky

(Sighs and tiredly nods) Fine!-

 

Samus

(claps happily) Yeah!!

 

Belky

-It is just a trial run! I am giving you five weeks. If the numbers increase weekly with each article you upload, then on the fifth week I will gladly give you, your own column.

 

Samus

Oh I promise you Belky you will not regret this! (Gets up from the chair)

 

Gustin

One quick question..what do you plan on calling this column?

 

Samus

Hmm..How about ‘The Adventures of a Boy With A Broken Heart’? We’ll have the techies create an avatar for me so no one will know I’m the one behind it. Oooh! Like Synergy and the Jem hologram.

 

Gustin

Sounds smart. (smiles sincerely) Alright. I’m expecting your next article to be ten times better than this one.

 

Samus

Oh it’ll be even better. Trust me.

 

Belky

It better be.

 

[SAMUS waves at both men and he leaves the office. BELKY shakes his head rereading the article again.]

 

Gustin

That one is a character.

 

Belky

(still looking at the screen) That one is going to send me to my early grave with all this stress.

 

[GUSTIN laughs shaking his head and he takes out his phone to check his emails as the VO plays.]

 

Samus (VO)

Well, there you have it. The beginning of my new story.

A story where there will be many interesting characters, a climax, secrets, lies and many twists and turns along the way. But that’s just like life. Isn’t it?

Now the questions I have are: Will this unique idea actually make me an amazing writer and launch my career as an openly Gay Journalist? And will I actually find love on this weird journey? Or, will I die trying? Either way buckle up -

 

CUTS TO:

{“Five Weeks Later” ~ Appears on the screen}

[We approach the apartment door as seen in the beginning of this episode. The door swings open and someone runs out. We enter the apartment to find everything was neat and clean. We enter the living room and find a bloody knife on the floor. We pass the bloody knife and only a few feet away we find SAMUS lying face up in a pool of blood with a puncture wound in his stomach. His eyes are closed.]

 

Samus (VO Contd’)

-Because it's going to be one hell of a ride.

 

 

Black

The End

 

Episode 2- “Exes and Oh Nos!”

FADE IN:

INt-Samus’Apartment-Present Day

[We re-enter SAMUS’ apartment rediscovering his body on the floor as the VO plays.]

SAMUS (VO)

Why is it so hard to find the right partner? I mean, we can find the right song to match our mood, the right hairstyle, the right apartment and the right selfie to post online; yet when it comes to finding someone that makes us laugh, smile and feel amazing, we are all lucked out. Life is funny and a mystery.

 

[We pan over to SAMUS’ right hand and a few inches away we see a picture of SAMUS. In the picture he has on a purple hoody and is seemed to be walking down the street holding grocery bags. Indicating that someone has been watching him.]

 

CUTS TO:

{“Four Weeks Earlier”- Appears on screen}

EXT- A NYC NEIGHBORHOOD- MIDDAY

[SAMUS is walking with URSULA, late 20’s- early 30’s. We see them casually walking as if they were in no rush to get to wherever they were going.]

 

Ursula

It’s a mystery that not many people have the courage to solve. I mean, Dahling, it’s pretty obvious how to navigate through life.

Live, breathe, bathe, eat, work, have sex drink, find love and die.

 

Samus

It’s a sick circle of life, if ya ask me.

 

URSULA

(Shrugs) Eh, you just have to keep the faith Dahling, and the universe will put the pieces together for you.

 

Samus

I’m impatient. You know that, Ursula. (Beat) How’s Tara?

 

Ursula

(rolls her eyes) Her dreadful mother is coming into town next month. Apparently, she wants to see if my Brownstone is appropriate for us to live in when we get married.

 

Samus

(confusingly looks at her) You guys are getting married?

 

Ursula

That’s the thing! We aren’t, nor have we discussed it. I mean we’ve been dating for merely three months and we aren’t even living in the same facility. Not to mention-(beat) Kyle is back in town.

 

Samus

Kyle? As in your ex-boyfriend Kyle? The one that you dumped for Tara? The one who’s heart you broke into a kabillion pieces to jump into the pond where you are now dating women? That Kyle?

 

Ursula

(giggles nodding her head waiting for him to finish) Yes! And for the record, he wasn’t that heartbroken. He survived and we still chat every night on Facebook.

 

Samus

I don’t know how you can do it. I can’t be friends with my ex, especially since that bastard cheated on me. I mean, can exes even be friends?

 

Ursula

Not all exes hold grudges Sam-Sam. Many can actually be friends with each other. Like Ben Affleck with Jennifer Lopez and Garner, Taylor Swift with Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Harry Styles, John Mayer and Loki!

 

Samus

I don’t know, it seems weird to me. Exes are like damaged shoes. Once you have worn them out throw it away! Don’t put it back on and walk through Central Park wearing them!

 

Ursula

I guess it really depends just how you ended things. All I know is that Kyle and I are great friends and Tara doesn’t mind.

 

Samus

Props to Tara. She’s a good one. Ugh! (Beat) Why are Lesbians so sweet, kind, humble and romantic?

 

Ursula

(shrugs smiling) I guess we’re just amazing people. Goddess made us in her image. (She nudges Samus and laughs as they continue walking)

 

Samus

 (mimics her)

Blah blah blah!

 

[URSULA laughs and Man #1 stops in front of them. URSULA and SAMUS stop walking and they look at him.]

 

Man #1

I’m sorry to interrupt, I’m heading to a party for a friend and...-I’m lost.(looks at a cellphone in his right hand) He texted me this address and I have no idea where I’m going. (To Samus) Can you help me?

[MAN#1 hands his cellphone to SAMUS but he looks down at his feet, so URSULA takes it smiling.]

 

Ursula

(reads the screen) Oh Dahling, you are waaay off. You need to take the 4 train downtown. You’re going to get off on 149 street Grand Concourse.

 

[URSULA hands the phone back to MAN#1 and he smiles thanking her. He looks at SAMUS and gives him a smile but SAMUS looks away avoiding eye contact.]

 

Man #1

(turns to Ursula smiling and taking back his phone) Thank you so much!

 

Ursula

Of course! Have fun at the party, don’t drink too much.

 

[MAN#1 nods and waves at URSULA and tries to make eye contact with SAMUS but he was still looking away. MAN#1 leaves and SAMUS clears his throat.]

 

Samus

Okey dokey. So where were we? (pauses) Ah yes, you shouldn’t be friends with your ex.

 

Ursula

(looks at Samus smirking) Um Dahling... What was that?

 

Samus

(Completely lost) What was what?

 

Ursula

That guy was totally checking you out and you were ignoring him as if he was a Republican in a Gay club.

 

Samus

(In denial) Pfft! No he wasn’t! He was just lost and looking for directions.

 

Ursula

Oh Bloody Hell! Are all you Americans so dense? (shakes her head) He was hoping to speak to you. It’s very romantic yet a cliché...but a Bloody good ice breaker.

 

Samus

First off, you were born and raised in Detroit. I have no idea where the hell you picked up that English accent, but stop it!

Secondly, he was probably into the idea of being with me. Once he hears my voice, he’s going to do what every guy does and run away. Like Hollywood running away from originality.

 

Ursula

Whether you like it or not Sam-Sam, this is your voice. There is no changing it and I don’t think you should ever feel bad about it. I love how your voice sounds and you should too.

 

Samus

Of course I do. It’s just most men don’t. You know how it is. (Lowers his voice to mimic a man) ‘I’m a Masc looking for another Masc brah and if I wanted to date a girl I would. Ya heard?’

 

Ursula

(Giggles) Ewww, those men are gross! Which is why I’m dating a girl now.

 

Samus

Yeah I can’t do that.

 

[URSULA and SAMUS continue walking through the NYC neighborhood together still at a casual pace.]

 

Ursula

So any plans for tonight?

 

Samus

Yep. I have a date with a guy I matched with on Grindate.

 

Ursula

Isn’t that the app married men on the Downlow use to hook up?

 

Samus

Oh no, that’s Grindr you’re thinking about. No, Grindate is an app for strictly monogamous men to find a soul mate.

 

Ursula

Ooh I see now. (nods her head) Dahling, let’s go get some sushi I’m completely famished.

 

Samus

How can you eat so much? We just had a hotdog ten minutes ago.

 

Ursula

(shrugs and flips her hair back mimicking a high school popular girl)

Guess I was born that way.

 

Samus

(aside) Minus the accent.

 

[URSULA playfully gasps and nudges SAMUS and they continue walking down the street laughing and chatting inaudibly.]

Act II

Cuts To:

INT-WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK-EVENING

“DATE #2: PHILLIP ELLIS”- Appears on the screen

[SAMUS walks into the park looking around for his date. He doesn’t see him as we look around at the random faces in the crowd. He decides to sit down on an empty bench and wait.

We watch as PHILLIP ELLIS, mid 20’s-early 30’s, enters from the opposite entrance of the park. He spots SAMUS and decides to creep over to him making it obvious that he was going to scare SAMUS. He waits for a few seconds and jumps in front of him letting out a ‘Roar!’ scaring SAMUS]

 

Samus

(flinches and holds his chest) You scared the crap out of me!

 

Phillip

(laughs clapping his hands together) I’m sorry man! I just couldn’t resist.

 

[PHILLIP sits down next to SAMUS on the bench and hugs him. After a few seconds PHILLIP lets go of SAMUS and leans back on the bench looking at him.]

 

Phillip (Cont’d)

It’s great to finally meet you.

 

Samus

Likewise! You got here pretty fast you live nearby?

 

Phillip

(nodding) Yessir! I live a few blocks from here and strangely I work in Brooklyn. But thankfully I called in sick and tomorrow I’m off, so I’m beyond thrilled.

 

Samus

That sounds like a relaxing time. I wish I can just call in sick like that. But my boss lives in the same building as me and he would have a fit if I stood home. I like to think they can’t function without me. (smiles)

 

Phillip

A man of authority? Could you be any hotter?

 

Samus

(laughs) I could but then I would melt the world.

 

Phillip

That is true and the last time I checked I enjoy the world for what it i— (pauses)

 

[PHILLIP looks over to his right and sees a man walking towards them. He quickly grabs SAMUS and kisses his lips passionately, this action causes SAMUS to flare his hands in the air as if he was drowning in a pool. As this happens, the VO plays.]

 

SAMUS (VO)

Yep another kiss...and no magic. (beat)Oh God, did Dylan break me?!

 

[PHILLIP opens his eyes during the kiss and watches as the young man he was trying to make jealous, passes them by. SAMUS gently pushes PHILLIP off of him.]

 

Samus

Phillip, I...um, I think you are very cute, I do. But I’m just not interested in going straight into making out, before I get to know you.

 

Phillip

(stands up and watches the man) Dammit! He was supposed to get jealous!

 

Samus

(looks at Phillip and then at the man who was long gone. He rises to his feet, angry and in shock) You kissed me to make some guy jealous?

 

Phillip

Well clearly it didn’t work. If it did I would be heading home for some good make up sex.

 

Samus

(Gasps) You tall and gorgeous Jerkwad! You were using me this whole time to get back at your ex!

 

Phillip

(Turns to Samus) Yes I was alright!? I needed to be seen so that Eric-my ex- could find me with you and then get super jealous. His jealous rage, would cause us to argue but then he would realize that he still loves me and BLAMMO! He would be back at my place, legs up in the air, screaming my name out.

 

Samus

That is oddly, specific as well as insulting. (Beat) I am not some guy you could just use to get your ex back! I am a human being, not some ‘Flavor of the Hour’! If you want to get your ex back, then I advise you to do what any decent person would do, and go talk to him.

 

Phillip

I can’t! I screwed up pretty bad. (sits back down on the bench and buries his face in his hands) I’m a loser! A stupid, handsome, stupid loser!

 

Samus

(aside)Oh there’s no fighting you on that. (He sighs and sits next to Phillip) What could you have possibly done to make him dump you?

 

Phillip

(looks at Samus)I…I had sex with his roommate without him there.

 

Samus

(stares at Phillip for a mere 30 seconds) I’m sorry you did what now?

 

Phillip

Eric and I are-were in an open relationship. We would only hookup with someone when he and I were present. We never played alone. It’s against our rules.

 

Samus

So you hooked up with Eric’s roommate, while Eric wasn’t there? Eric found you, dumped you and now he hates you?

 

Phillip

Yes!(cries into his hands comically) I’m an idiot!

 

Samus

(gently rubs Phillip’s back trying to console him as he looks at everyone watching them.) There, There. It’s going to be okay. He will totally forgive you in time. I just think, right now he needs some space. Once he realizes you are the best thing to um...ever happen to him. He’ll come around and call you.

 

Phillip

(lifts his head and his cheeks were covered with tears) Y-you think so?

 

Samus

(Nods)Sure yeah…(pauses)yeah sure.

 

Phillip

You’re right…But I’m impatient. I need Eric. (He jumps up to his feet and runs through the crowd) ERIC! ERIC! ERIIIIIIIIICCCC!!!!!!!

 

[SAMUS watches as PHILLIP runs away and he sighs to himself looking around embarrassed.]

 

Samus

MMkay...that’s normal.

 

 

[SAMUS gets up from the bench and walks out of the park shaking his head in disbelief. We watch as he walks out and the VO plays.]

 

SAMUS (VO)

Another date down and I’m pretty sure a second date wasn’t going to happen. I mean knowing Phillip, he might call me for a visit once he and Eric get back together, but I don’t do threesomes...and I certainly don’t hookup with men in open relationships.

I’m not judging at all, trust me. I just don’t like to share. Call me selfish or any other name you’d like but it’s the truth. Well, one date down and a few more to go, so what is my objective since this date was a bust?

I’m soo going to eat a slice of cheesecake and watch some Charmed reruns.

There’s no harm in doing that, right?

 

Cuts To:

“Present Day”- Appears on the screen

INT-THE HALLWAY OF SAMUS’ APARTMENT BUILDING-MIDDAY

[BELKY ALLEN walks up the stairs speaking on his cellphone.]

Belky

(speaking on the phone) I know what you mean!...I do but you need to understand that we already gave the okay for the article to be published online…No I don’t care how he feels about it...Again I don’t care! He was interviewed by one of my best reporters, anything that he didn’t want included in the article should have been off the record…That’s not true…Emmanuel, said everything was on the record. (He approaches Samus’ door and knocks on it.) I have to go Anne, like I said, the article is going up and that’s it. Next time, make sure your client is prepped on what he should share. (He hangs up the phone and places it in his pocket. He knocks on the door again)

Samus it’s Belky, we need to talk!

 

[BELKY continues to knock on the door.]

 

CUTS TO:

[The inside of SAMUS’ apartment where we look down at SAMUS’ body. We pan over to SAMUS’ right hand and watch as SAMUS’ fingers begin to move a little, signaling he is still alive.]

 

BLACK

The End

 

 

Episode 3- “Porky”

Fade In:

INT- SAMUS’ APARTMENT- MORNING

[SAMUS opens his eyes and we find out he is on his bed. He stretches and sits up on the bed, wanting to get the day started but at the same time, he just wanted to sleep for the rest of his Saturday. We watch as he gets off the bed and walks into the bathroom, while the VO plays.]

 

Samus (VO)

Every day we wake up in hopes of having a beautiful day. That the worries of yesterday all disappear and we tell ourselves that, ‘Today will be different’ when we all know that is a complete lie.

It’s a lie because sure the day might be new, but those same worries and problems are always there. That’s how life works, we lie to ourselves to make our day go by smoothly. Our own little Self Fulfilling Prophecy.

 

[SAMUS walks out of the bathroom-after washing his hands ofcourse- and he walks into the kitchen eager to make a fresh cup of coffee, when there is a KNOCK on the door. This causes SAMUS to let out a frustrated sigh. He walks over to the door slowly.]

 

Samus

(Aside) I do not have any coffee in my system to deal with whomever this is.

[He opens the door and we see CARLITO REYES early 20’s, standing in the doorway with a smirk on his face.]

 

Samus

(Sighs clearly not happy to see this person) What are you doing here? Garbage pick-up isn’t until Wednesday.

 

Carlito

(He smirks trying not to let the insult get to him.) Funny Ortiz, if you were truly this hilarious maybe you would’ve made it far as a reporter, rather than a sad little blogger.

 

Samus

What are you doing here? I don’t have any coffee in my blood and I believe that is an argument that can get me acquitted for murder.

 

Carlito

That threat again? Geez, I thought for sure you would already have done it, since you know. Your ex-boyfriend dumped you for me. (beat) Oh by the way, Ethan says ‘Hi’!

 

FRAME FREEZES

Samus (VO)

Meet Carlito Reyes. He believes he’s my arch rival because he works over at Hesh’e Magazine which is L&G Daily’s competitor; but we both know, he could never reach my level. And, as funny as it is, he is also the one trick pony, Ethan cheated on me with. Yes, he truly did trade down.

FRAME RESUMES

 

Samus

I’m going to ask again, why are you here?

 

Carlito

(Clears his throat as if he had something of great importance to say) I’ve been reading your little-(he puts his fingers up making air quotes)- “column” and I must say it is very evident that you stole my idea.

 

Samus

(Chuckles at the mere thought) That has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard! And I know dumb, I’ve interviewed Stacey Dash.

 

Carlito

(angrily crosses his arms across his chest) I am not kidding! I have been trying to pitch to my editor the idea of me giving out advice to other fags. Then you come from under me and steal it! Now I plan on suing you for everything you have!

 

Samus

Suing me? For an idea? Wow, that is a new low for you. And you know how to get low, you’re always on your knees. (Beat) If you want to sue me for an idea then go ahead! The last time I checked, anything that had your name on it was tossed out ever since you fabricated that story about Lance Glass dating Evan Andrews. And how did that work out for you? Oh yeah! You were fired from ‘BubblePop Online!’, sued for 20k by Lance and Evan’s legal team and then you were kicked out of your luxurious Upper East Side Penthouse, like the garbage you are.

Now you want to come here and what? Hmm? Threaten to sue me for an idea you had? An idea, which you so conveniently and ironically had. Who the hell were you going to give advice to? Future home wreckers?

 

Carlito

(Opens his mouth to speak but Samus interjects quickly)

 

Samus

I don’t even care what you have to say. The thought of hearing your voice again makes me want to jump out of the window and hope to Goddess a truck runs me over! What you can do is go back to whatever box you’re currently living in and have a nice life!

 

[SAMUS slams the door shut leaving CARLITO dumbfounded and shocked. He takes out his cellphone and dials a number as he slowly walks over to the stairs]

 

ACT II

DISSOLVES TO:

“Date #3: Parker Myers”- Appears on the screen

INT-ON A NYC SIDEWALK-MID DAY

[We find SAMUS sitting on a bench texting on his phone checking his emails. PARKER MYERS, mid 30’s-early 40s crosses the street and notices SAMUS. PARKER’s face lights up and he smiles wide as he approaches SAMUS.]

 

Parker

Your profile picture clearly neglected to capture your true beauty.

 

Samus

(Looking up from his phone he smiles and stands up) Aww thank you so much, Parker. Someone is being too sweet. Any sweeter then I might get cavities.

 

Parker

(Hugs Samus) Just being honest.

 

Samus

An honest man? They still make those?

 

Parker

(Releases Samus and smiles at his words) Oh no, I assure you. I am one of kind.

 

Samus

I can see that.

 

[PARKER and SAMUS begin to walk together slowly as they still continue to talk to each other.]

 

Parker

I have to admit, I was very nervous to ask you out. Not because you’re not attractive, because you are very cute, it’s just that..I’m a bit older than you.

 

Samus

(jokingly) You are? I hadn’t noticed.

 

Parker

(smirks and nudges Samus playfully as they continue walking down the sidewalk.) Yeah whatever. (Pauses) I just know, how some guys are when it comes to dating older men.

 

Samus

Yeah that is true, but I assure you; I definitely take the cake when it comes to being different.

 

Parker

I like that. Different is definitely good.

 

[SAMUS nods agreeing with PARKER and to the surprise of both men, MARY PARKER jumps in front of them holding a basket in her right hand and a camera phone in her left. Both men stop walking and look at her.]

 

Mary

(Takes a picture with her camera phone smiling) Aww look how cute you two look. It warms my heart to see two men in love.

 

[SAMUS and PARKER look at MARY in shock. PARKER is embarrassed and SAMUS is confused.]

 

SAMUS

Um, excuse me Miss..can we help you with something?

 

Mary

(Places her hand on her chest gasping) Miss? Oh no honey, please call me..Mom.

 

Samus

 Mom?

 

Parker

(embarrassed) Mom!

 

Samus

(To Parker) Mom?!

 

Parker

(rubs his forehead in frustration) Meet Mary..(sighs) My mother.

 

[SAMUS doesn’t know what to say or think, he smiles at MARY and she waves at him.]

 

Mary

(Has a wide smile on her face) I didn’t mean to intrude on your date. But once I saw that Porky-that’s his nickname- was going on a date I couldn’t believe it. It has been way too long since he ever went on one. So I logged on to his laptop and found the conversation you two had and I must say, you are very cute.

 

Parker

(stunned and angry. He shakes his leg as if he was a child throwing a temper tantrum) You did what? (whines) Mom! Why are you touching my stuff?

 

Mary

(To Parker) Don’t you ‘mom’ me, young man. I pay the rent as well as your electricity, phone and Netflix bills. If you didn’t want me to snoop through your various social media accounts, then maybe you shouldn’t make your password ‘PorkyLovesFries’.

 

Parker

(Crosses his arms across his chest as if he was child that didn’t get his way.)

 

Samus

I’m sorry to interrupt this erm..love fest? But what exactly is happening here?

 

Parker

(shakes his head feeling embarrassed) I am so sorry Samus.

 

Mary

(claps her hands together happily) Your name is Samus? That is such a beautiful name! Did you know it’s also the same name as the Third Macedonian poet? It’s also the female variant of Sheamus, so I can tell, you’re going to be the Bottom.

 

Parker

(shocked) Mom!

 

Samus

(Aside) I need a drink.

 

Mary

Oh hush Porky! I know what you guys do in the bedroom. I’ve watched ‘OZ’ and ‘Queer As Folk’. (To Samus) I used to watch ‘Looking’ but that homophobic fellah with the big ears wasn’t a real good looker.

 

Samus

(nods smiling nervously) Mhmm!

 

Parker

Mom I am begging you to just stop.

 

Mary

(lifts her hands up in defeat) Okay, Okay. (Remembers the basket she had in her hand) Oh I totally forgot, I prepared a basket for you boys.

 

Samus

That’s so sweet of Mary-

 

Mary

Call me mom.

 

Samus

(aside) Not gonna happen. (Smiles) Again that was so sweet of you, it was, but we were just going to check out this new Vegan restaurant down the street.

 

Mary

Oh. (surprised) You’re a Vegan?

 

Samus

(shakes his head) Not at all. I just like to try new foods.

 

Mary

I was about to say. (smiles) With a juicy booty like that you are far from Vegan.

 

[SAMUS bites his bottom lip trying to hold onto his thoughts and he gave the woman a smile]

 

Parker

Okay mom! You need to go home now. You are being crude and disrespectful.

 

Mary

Fine I’ll go. But not without giving you boys this basket first.

 

Parker

Just like Samus said, we’re going to get something to eat.

 

Mary

This isn’t food silly. (Holds the basket up to them) It’s filled with condoms, lube, edible lube, the first two seasons of ‘Glee’ which were the only seasons worth watching and a CD of me singing showtunes. I know how you gays love your showtunes.

 

Samus

(aside) Hello Stereotypes.

 

[MARY hands SAMUS the basket and he takes it. His eyes widen and he looks at it.]

 

Samus

Why is it vibrating?

 

Mary

(winks) Oh you know why. And I’ve included extra Double A batteries. They’re Duracell so you know what that means.

 

[PARKER snatches the basket away from SAMUS and looks at his mother. We focus on the conversation PARKER and MARY are about to have.]

 

Parker

(Faces his mother) You have embarrassed me for the last time! You are going to take this basket and go home! No ‘ands, ifs or buts’!

 

Mary

I’m sorry if I got super stoked to see you finally getting back out there after all these months of you whining and complaining that no one likes you.

 

Parker

And how are you making that better now? You’re sabotaging what would be an amazing date with your shenanigans. You’re scaring Samus away! Now apologize to him and go home.

 

 

Mary

(Nodding) You’re right Porky. I’m truly sorry that wasn’t my intention. And Samus I-

 

[Mary and PARKER turn to face SAMUS and they realize he is no longer there. He snuck away while they were arguing. They are both upset and shocked to see he was gone.]

 

Parker

Dammit, Mom! I really liked that one!

 

CUTS TO:

[SAMUS is speed walking down the NYC street, not wanting to look behind him as the VO plays.]

 

Samus (VO)

Well that was definitely interesting. It’s crazy what you find online and even crazier whom you find online. But the journey makes it all worthwhile in the end. After all, what is a story without twists and turns along the way?

 

 

Cuts To:

“Three Weeks Later”- Appears on the screen

 

INT- SAMUS’ APARTMENT HALLWAY-MID DAY

[BELKY knocks on the door one last time before he grows upset and decides to go upstairs angrily mumbling to himself. As he goes upstairs stomping, URSULA walks up the stairs talking on her cellphone.]

 

Ursula

(On the phone)I know Dahling…Exactly why I’m going to ask Samus if he can catsit Ariel..Oh please, she loves him..I believe he is allergic to cats but he’ll be fine..(giggles) Exactly! I want this weekend to be amazing and none of us having to worry about the cat…Okay well I’m here now. I’ll talk to you later. (hangs up the phone and knocks on the door) Dahling, it’s Ursula!

[URSULA knocks on the door again and decides to turn the doorknob. She realizes the door is open and she shakes her head opening the door wider.]

 

Ursula

Dahling, I’ve told you plenty of times that you cannot leave your door open. You may live in Manhattan but the psychos are still out there.

[URSULA enters the apartment closing the door behind her. We watch the door close and hear URSULA walk further in the apartment. Within thirty seconds we hear URSULA scream]

 

Ursula

Oh my goddess! SAMUS! SAMUS! SOMEONE HELLLP!!!!!

 

BLACK

The End

 

 

 

Episode 4- “Next!”

FADE IN

INT- HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM- Evening

[URSULA is pacing back and forth nervously. She looked as if she was crying for more than an hour and her hands were covered with dried blood.

TARA, mid 20’s- Early 30’s, turns the corner and spots URSULA and walks over to her.]

 

Tara

Babe! I came as fast as I could. How is he?

 

Ursula

(sighs in relief and hugs Tara tightly, fighting back tears) I-I don’t know. The doctors took him and they won’t tell me anything.(Pulls back from the hug and looks at her hands tearing up) B-But there was blood…so much blood everywhere.

 

Tara

(Holds Ursula’s wrists trying to console her) It’s going to be alright babe. Samus is a fighter. He will get through this.

 

[Doctor #1, 30’s-50s walks around the corner and approaches both women. URSULA spots him and lets out a nervous sigh]

 

Doctor#1

Are you family members of Samus’?

 

Ursula

Yes, he’s my brother. How is he, doctor? Is he going to be okay?

 

Doctor#1

(With a solemn look on his face) I-I’m sorry…He’s-

CUTS TO:

“Two Weeks Earlier”- Appears on the screen

INT- A NYC CAFÉ- EARLY EVENING

“Date #4- Thomas”- Appears on the screen

 

Thomas

-Dead! He’s dead! The writers just killed off the main character half way through the show! Can you freaking believe that?! Those are some brave writers if you ask me.

 

[We see SAMUS and THOMAS, mid 20’s, in a café and seated across from each other at a small table. SAMUS is smiling as THOMAS continues to speak but it was pretty clear, SAMUS didn’t want to be on this date anymore.]

 

Samus

(dryly) Wow, that must’ve been a huge twist for you.

 

Thomas

Oh not really. I read the comics so I knew he was going to die before the show even aired. But I was still shocked they killed him considering he’s a fan favorite.

 

Samus

(Nods slowly) Ah I see. (Beat) So Thomas, how long have you been single?

 

Thomas

(Ponders) Very good question...Hmm...What year did Veluck invade Allensvilla and then impregnate his sister?

 

[THOMAS pauses awaiting for SAMUS to laugh at the poorly told joke but instead SAMUS just stares at him blankly.]

 

Thomas (cont’d)

(clears his throat realizing Samus didn’t get the joke) Um, a little over three years now. I divulge all my free time to keeping my community safe from bullies and crime.

 

Samus

(Sits up straight on the chair finally intrigued) That is amazing! What district are you in? I think I saw a news segment about vigilantes who have devoted their time to protecting their neighborhoods. I mean sure they’re not bulletproof, but it has brought the crime rate in Brooklyn significantly lower than what it was a year ago.

 

Thomas

(laughs realizing what he said was misunderstood by Samus and he shook his head) Oh no! I didn’t mean my actual neighborhood. I meant, my online community, in the game WorldOfMagic! I brought eight houses and married two gnomes, an elf and this huge Troll. Normally I’m not into Interspecies relationships-(whispers)- Or interracial relationships. But this dude is Level 989 and he is equipped with the Sword of Validation, how could you say no to that?

 

Samus

(aside)I wish I said No to this.

 

Thomas

Crap! I gotta take a whiz! (He gets up from the chair)

 

[We watch as THOMAS walks over to the bathroom and SAMUS softly bangs his head on the table. He stops as his cellphone vibrates and he takes it out of his pocket. He looks at the screen and reads it to himself.

“Hey Sam-Sam! I dnt kno what u up to, but dnt 4get 2nite is the Speed Dating Extravaganza! So U betta get ya big booty to the club ASAP! See ya then! Xoxoxox-Ursula”- appears on the screen.

SAMUS texts back: “Sure thing! I’ll see you later tonight. Make sure Andrew Garfield is there early.”- Appears on the screen.

The phone vibrates again: “Dahling, Andrew Garfield is NOT Gay!”- Appears on the screen.

SAMUS texts back: “Not yet ;)” – Appears on the screen.

THOMAS walks over to SAMUS and extends his right hand]

 

Thomas (cont’d)

Does my hands smell like Pineapple or Pepper?

 

Samus

(looks at Thomas’ hand) Oh they have new soap in the bathroom?

 

Thomas

(lowers his eyebrows) I didn’t wash my hands.

 

Samus

(claps his hands together) And with that I am calling this date officially over. (gets up from the chair grabbing his jacket)

 

Thomas

(confused) Why? Was it something I said?

 

Samus

Something you said? This date was over the moment you opened your mouth to discuss the different ways Games of Thrones could be turned into a Gay Porn parody. Then when you started babbling on and on about that damn movie based off of a video game. Newsflash buddy! Movies based on videogames are never really that good anyways! And not to mention-

 

Thomas

Ah I see, you’re one of those Gays.

 

Samus

Excuse me?

 

Thomas

(calmly yet disappointed) You’re one of those Gays who think they’re better than us Gay Nerds, because they’re all about Fashion, Make-up and theatre.

 

Samus

(chuckles) Are you serious?! You’re basically stereotyping me based on what? If you haven’t noticed, you spent the entire date talking about bullcrap! You were so boring I was actually counting how many cockroaches I’ve seen crawl under the counter, which by the way is more than enough reasons to never return back to this place again!

 

Thomas

You remind me so much of the Dark Lord Garinstone in my favorite anime, ‘DarkLoverHeart’.

 

Samus

Yeah, I don’t know if that’s a compliment or an insult.

 

Thomas

He was the main villain who was shallow, rude and cold. He pissed off the protagonist Seriko and in the season three finale, Seriko stabbed Garinstone in the stomach ripping his intestines out and draining him of his powers and killing him instantly.

 

Samus

(pauses and nods) Yeah…okay.

 

[We watch as SAMUS walks out of the café and THOMAS keeps an eye on him. We look at THOMAS’ fist as he clenches them angrily.]

 

 

Cuts to:

EXT-A NYC GAY CLUB- EVENING

[Inside TARA is setting up the chairs in the empty club. She is overwhelmed and hoping everything runs smoothly during the event. SAMUS enters the club and sees TARA.]

 

Samus

(sings) I’m here!!

 

Tara

(sighs in relief) Oh thank Goddess!(she walks over to Samus and hugs him tightly) Ursula was hoping you’d show up.

 

Samus

(hugging her) Well at first I really wasn’t, but then the date I was on crashed into CrazyLand and blam I’m free! So I thought why not?

 

Tara

(lets go of Samus smiling) Thank Goddess that date for you was horrible!

 

Samus

Geez thanks. (smiles and looks around) Where is the sea witch?

 

Tara

She had an emergency at work and had to head out. But don’t worry you’re in safe hands. (pauses) Besides we were down one Red. 

 

Samus

(looks at Tara) Is that a new homophobic slur?

 

Tara

(smiles) No! There are two colors we use which makes the Speed Dating process a lot easier. Reds are the ones who will remain seated and Blues are the ones that will rotate. And you are a Red. (Hands Samus a red sticker)

You will have two minutes to converse. If you have any issues with the guy you are talking to, you will shout out ‘Next’. When that happens, the Blue will get up from the table and walk over to the bar, where they will remain there until the two minutes are up.

 

Samus

Sounds easy. Are there limits on how many ‘Nexts’ I get?

 

Tara

(smiles shaking her head realizing what he was implying) There are no limits, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to ‘Next’ everyone for no reason either. Whether you like it or not, Ursula and I want to see you happy with someone, and because I know you like the back of my hand; everything that happens here tonight is off the Record.

 

Samus

(gasps) What? But this would be amazing to write about for the column!

 

Tara

You will write about the Speed Dating Extravaganza as well as the club and nothing about the dates. If you write about one of these dates, I will gladly threaten your boss with a lawsuit unless a retraction is made.

 

Samus

(smiling admiring how tough Tara was) Ursula sure knows how to pick ‘em.

 

Tara

Okay! (she points to a chair) Now you sit there. The doors are about to open. Are you ready to find love?

 

 

(sitting down) Yes, if Andrew Garfield manages to walk through that door.

 

[TARA nods and she looks around at the empty space making sure everything was neatly organized. She lets out a nervous sigh and walks over to the main entrance of the club.

SAMUS nods to himself nervously]

 

ACT II

CUTS TO:

SPEED DATING MONTAGE

[“Date #5: Greg”]- Appears on the screen

[GREG mid 20’s, is seated in front of SAMUS wearing a blue sticker]

 

Greg

-and I told him, are you crazy or just…shmazy?

[Both men laugh at the joke and GREG softly bites his own bottom lip as he stops laughing and looks at SAMUS]

Greg (CONT’D)

So is your hot dog skinless or is it wearing a turtleneck?

 

Samus

(confused) I’m sorry...what are we talking about?

 

Greg

(smiling) I’m uncut and packing an eleven incher. And just a side note-(he leans in as if he was going to disclose a secret to Samus)-it only takes eight licks to get to the cream filling of this lollipop.

 

Samus

(quickly) NEXT!

 

Dissolves To:

[“DATE #6: Matty”]- Appears on the screen

[MATTY 20-30’s is already sitting in front of SAMUS]

 

Matty

Wow you’re cute.

 

Samus

Aww thank you.

 

Matty

You’re a Top or a Bottom?

 

Samus

(innocently) I’m an Aries.

 

Matty

I didn’t ask that-

 

Samus

NEXT!

 

DISSOLVES TO:

[“DATE #7: Will”]- Appears on the screen

[WILL late 20’s-mid 30’s, walks over to SAMUS extending his hand and SAMUS shakes it smiling.]

 

WILL

Name’s Will. (jokingly) Hope the other guys were bad, this way I can shatter your expectations.

 

Samus

Oh Gosh, I assure you-

[WILL hears SAMUS speak and he lowers his eyebrows hearing SAMUS’ voice for the first time and he takes back his hand softly as SAMUS releases it.]

 

Samus (cont’d)

-based on those Jerkwads, you can’t do any worst.

 

Will

I-is that your real voice or are you impersonating a Flamer?

 

Samus

Um...no this is my real voice.

 

Will

(nods his head and waits for ten seconds to pass) Next! (Walks away)

 

Samus

(Lets out a loud gasp and jumps up to his feet) Oh yeah?! Well…you’re…you’re Next! How you like that buddy?! (He sits back down on the seat and rubs his forehead and shouts to the bartender)I need a drink! Make it a Long Island Iced Tea!

 

CUTS TO:

[“DATE #8: Daniel]- Appears on screen

[DANIEL late 20’s,and muscular is seated in front of SAMUS and in mid conversation as SAMUS nods taking a small sip of his Long Island Iced Tea.]

 

Daniel

So you work out?

 

Samus

(swallows a bit of the drink and shakes his head) No. But I walk literally everywhere. Does that count?

 

Daniel

(shakes his head) Nah that don’t count. You gotta lift, run, drink protein shakes, run again, lift some more, bench press and do squats. I don’t date fatties.

 

Samus

Fatties? That’s a strong word coming from someone who smells like wet dog.

 

Daniel

Hey bro, it’s all in good fun. I’m not picky as to whom I bone. Everyone wants a piece of Daniel.

 

Samus

(takes a sip of his drink and looks at Daniel blankly) Wait, who’s Daniel?

 

Daniel

 (He unbuttons his shirt and flexes his chest) I am!

 

Samus

Ah…Okay…(takes another sip of his drink and swallows it enjoying the taste. He looks at Daniel and smiles) Next!

 

Daniel

(Gets up from the chair) Pffft! Whatever man! You just missed out on the best sex you’ll ever would’ve had!(walks away)

 

Samus

Mhmmm okay. Buh bye Bobby! (Waves at the bartender) Need another one! (He smiles and starts humming and dancing by himself in his seat)

 

Cuts To:

[“DATE #9: Doug”]- Appears on the screen.

[DOUG, late 30’s sits down and looks very uncomfortable shifting in his seat]

 

Samus

(Takes another sip of his second drink) So, what are your views on various LGBTQ topics?

 

Doug

(looks at Samus) Oh I’m not Gay.

 

Samus

Oh! So you’re bisexual? I’ve never met a bisexual person before. I think my best friend Ursula is bisexual, I’m not too sure because she’s a hoe. I’m not opposed to dating a man who is Bisexual though. They get such a bad rep from the Gay community. Can you imagine? (chuckles) Gay men judging Bisexual men? HA!

 

Doug

No I’m not bisexual either. (he leans closer to Samus) I’m looking for some Aunt Nora? Batman? Big Rush? Bernie’s Goldust?

 

[SAMUS looks at him in a confused manner as he continues to sip some more of the drink. DOUG realizes he was getting nowhere.]

 

Doug (cont’d)

(lowers his voice) I’m looking for some Cocaine.

 

Samus

(nods finally understanding what he was hinting at) Oooh! Why didn’t you just say that then? Okay so what you want to do is head North on Fifty-sixth street and then you will approach a huge neon sign that says: NEXT!

 

Cuts To:

[DATE #87: Hector]- Appears on the screen

[HECTOR, early 30’s sits down and SAMUS smiles clearly drunk.]

Hector

(leaning back on the chair smirking) I’ve been waiting to see you all night. I saw that cake when you stood up earlier and I gots to have a bite.

 

Samus

(smiles nodding) I gotta pee. (He stands up wobbling and walks away from the table.)

[HECTOR shakes his head as he watches SAMUS walk away. As SAMUS drunkenly makes his way toward the bathroom the VO plays]

 

Samus (VO)

Okay so maybe speed dating wasn’t an ideal way to meet guys. I honestly believed these Upper West Side men were better and saner than the others...I guess I was wrong. Ugh! That’s what I get for dancing in the dark...usually my metaphors are more artful but my bladder is about to burst and I’m very, very, very drunk!

I guess if I have to say something, I would say that when one door closes another one opens. It’s a fancy way of saying opportunity is always knocking. But the scary thing is, you never know what’s on the other side of the door. Is it opportunity? -

 

[SAMUS approaches the bathroom door and opens it gasping as he sees someone standing by the door in the bathroom.]

 

Samus

(in disbelief) Dylan?

[We see DYLAN standing in front of SAMUS with a look of shock and regret on his face.]

 

Samus (VO)

-Or just fate being cruel?

 

CUTS TO:

“PRESENT DAY”-Appears on the screen

INT-HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM

[We re-enter the scene between URSULA, TARA and DOCTOR#1]

Doctor#1

I-I’m sorry..He’s right now resting. It was touch and go for quite some time. He lost a lot of blood. But thankfully the knife didn’t rupture any important organs. Aside from the loss of blood, we were able to give him a blood transfusion and suture the wound.

 

Ursula

(Frantic) So he’s going to be alright?

 

Doctor#1

Yes he is.

 

[URSULA and TARA both sigh in relief]

 

Tara

When can we see him?

 

Doctor#1

Well visiting hours already ended. Your best bet is to come back tomorrow, this way he can get the rest he needs.

 

Ursula

(interjects) I’m not going anywhere! I’ll stay here until the morning.

 

Tara

(to Ursula) Babe, we can’t do that-

 

Doctor#1

No it’s fine. I’ll tell the nurse to bring you some pillows and blankets. Also, there will be detectives arriving in the morning as well to speak to him.

 

Ursula

(smiles) Thank you so much.

 

[DOCTOR#1 nods and walks away leaving both women to smile in relief that their friend is alive and well.]

 

Tara

(sitting down on a chair) Who would do this to him?

 

Ursula

(sits down next to Tara) I don’t know! People can be so cruel.

 

[We pan out as URSULA lays her head down on TARA’S right shoulder]

 

 

 

BLACK

The End

 

Episode 5- “The Truth Revealed”

FADE IN

INT-A NYC GAY CLUB-SPEED DATING EXTRAVAGANZA-EVENING

[We re-enter the Speed Dating event and look around at all the candidates laughing and speaking amongst each other as the VO plays.]

Samus (VO)

Have you ever had a moment where your emotions suddenly become split in half like a chainsaw splitting through a log? Where one side of you feels anger and the other side feels forgiveness. Well, this was my moment.

 

Cuts To:

[We watch SAMUS and DYLAN standing in front of the bathroom. SAMUS is still drunk but somehow he is able to stand up straight.]

 

Samus

W-what are you doing here?

 

Dylan

(rubs the back of his neck trying hard to hide his nervous state) I...um my friends brought me here.

 

Samus

(nods) Oh? Are you gonna find someone to take out on a date to watch a horrible movie, then when everything is going great, you’ll lean in and give him an amazing kiss. But for reasons unknown you decide to go home and block him from every social media account? (hiccups) Are those your intentions on whatever poor sap you meet or was that just with me? (Looks at Dylan’s chest noticing the Blue sticker) Oh you’re Blue! I’m Red. Should you Next me or maybe I should Next myself?

 

Dylan

(sighs) I’m not doing this here. (walks past Samus)

 

Samus

Of course you aren’t. Why would you? You’re a coward. A scared little boy who is afraid to be a man!

 

Dylan

(quickly turns around to Samus in anger) And you’re drunk!

 

Samus

(Pauses) Probably…(shrugs) At least I own up to who I am, unlike you! (Beat) So tell me. Did you block me because of the kiss? Or were you just too embarrassed to be seen with me?

 

Dylan

(shakes his head) I knew it was a mistake to come here.

 

Samus

Why would you block me? Was I too Ugly? Fat? A bad kisser? Or did my breath smell? I mean yes, I ate a tuna sandwich with onions and garlic a few hours prior, but I brushed my teeth and gargled…(ponders) I think.

 

Dylan

Look, Samus...It’s none of those things. I promise you were amazing...It’s just I wasn’t in the right state of mind to be there with you.

 

Samus

Oooooh! So now you’re playing the ‘Crazy Card’? I play that card during Jury Duty and when my neighbor’s kid tries to sell me Candy for her school.

 

Dylan

I’m not-…Look Samus please I don’t want to talk about this here.

 

Samus

Okay, do you want to Facebook me? Or text it to me? (pauses) Oh wait! Ya can’t do that!

 

Dylan

(angrily shouts) You need to get coffee!

 

Samus

And you need to eat m-(he pauses and holds his mouth feeling himself to vomit) Oh crap!

 

[SAMUS turns around and runs into the bathroom leaving DYLAN to rub his forehead trying to piece together everything that happened. It was clear that DYLAN had something to hide.

We hear SAMUS in the bathroom, exaggerating comically as he “vomits” off screen and DYLAN turns away from the bathroom door. He was debating whether he should leave the club while SAMUS was occupied and never look back, or maybe go in the bathroom to check on him.

After a few seconds of debating DYLAN lets out a sigh to calm his nerves and he walks into the bathroom.]

 

CUTS TO:

INT-SAMUS’ APARTMENT- TEN MINUTES LATER

 

[TARA and DYLAN lay SAMUS face down on his bed. DYLAN places the blanket over him and they both exit the room quietly.]

 

Tara

Thank you so much for helping me get him here. I apologize, he isn’t much of a drinker. I guess I pushed him too hard to come to this event.

 

Dylan

I assure you, this wasn’t your fault. I’m partially to blame.

 

Tara

(confused) You two know each other? Dang it! I’ve been trying to set you two up now for months.

 

Dylan

(nods) It’s a small world.

 

Tara

It really is. Which is-(she feels her phone vibrate and takes it out of her pocket where she reads the text she just received.) Crap! I have to get back to the club.

 

Dylan

I can stay here and watch Samus...in a non-creepy way.

 

Tara

(smiles) I trust you D-Dawg! You’re the brother I neva had.

 

Dylan

(flinches at the nickname) Please stop calling me that. I’ve always hated that nickname in Junior High school.

 

Tara

(playfully punches his right arm) Which is why I say it! There’s extra blankets and pillows in the walk in closet. Oh and if you need to shower, there is an extra towel located in the bathroom under the sink.

 

Dylan

So specific. Does he have OCD or something?

 

Tara

(snorts) Or something. Call me if anything happens.

 

[TARA waves at DYLAN and walks toward the door where she opens it and closes it behind her. DYLAN looks around the living room unsure of what to do with himself. He felt uncomfortable being in someone else’s apartment.]

 

DISSOLVES TO:

[A few minutes later, DYLAN walks out of the bathroom wearing a shirt and his boxer briefs holding a pillow and two blankets. He places the pillow on the floor and shakes the blanket folding it, he accidentally hits a stack of papers off it off the coffee table.]

 

Dylan

Shit!

 

[He bends down and picks up the stack of papers where he reads the title of the first page.]

 

Dylan

(reads it) ‘A Magical Kiss’?

 

[He looks over at SAMUS’ bedroom and sits down on the sofa reading the article to himself as the VO plays informing us what is on the paper.]

 

Samus (VO)

‘Kisses are little drops of chocolate’ handcrafted by the hands of God, Goddess or whatever Deity you believe in.

Now take all that pleasure you get from one piece of candy and apply it to the actual kiss. As in two strangers, placing their lips against each other, creating this beautiful spark of electricity.

My first kiss was with my ex, but I just had a kiss with an amazing guy...a Free-lance photographer named Dylan. The kiss we shared wasn’t electrifying. It was Magical!

 

[DYLAN stops reading and he smiles to himself at the thought of the kiss. He looks at the next sheet of paper, and we see that it’s titled: “Retraction/Failed Draft”. DYLAN read it to himself as the VO once again plays.]

 

Samus (VO)

‘So I went to text Dylan a few minutes ago and found out that he blocked me. He blocked my calls, texts, he even blocked me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Four weeks chatting and he just manages to block me in less than an hour of meeting me in person. Did I do something wrong? Was I too embarrassing?...It’s just my luck. I find a great guy and he manages to run for the hills. I hate myself so much.’

 

[DYLAN places the papers back on the desk and he continues to make the sofa into his own personal bed by putting the sheet on it. We watch as he places the pillow on the sofa and turns off the light.]

 

DISSOLVES TO:

INT-SAMUS’BEDROOM-THE NEXT MORNING

[We are in SAMUS’ bedroom as he is sleeping soundly. The sound of pots falling off screen causes him to open his eyes. Completely hung over from the previous night, he holds his forehead as another pot falls. He slowly gets out of bed and walks toward the door of his bedroom.]

 

Samus

If you’re here to rob me, take what you want just do it quietly.

 

[SAMUS walks out of the bedroom and freezes as he sees DYLAN standing in his kitchen holding a few pots in his hands.]

 

Samus (cont’d)

(surprised) What are you doing here? Did we- (whispers)-Hook up?

 

Dylan

(Shakes his head smiling) Not at all. You were completely wasted last night and Tara had to tend the club, so I decided to stay with you to make sure; you know. You weren’t going to fall out of bed and bang your head against anything. Instead you just jumped out of bed at 3am and started reenacting the entire first act of the Terminator.

 

Samus

(completely embarrassed) Oh Gosh! I am so sorry. Most people get drunk and just act a fool. When I get drunk I just…act.

 

Dylan

Oh yeah definitely Academy Award worthy. (He places the pots gently on the stove and points to a drink on the counter) I made you my world famous ‘Anti Hangover Potion’. Drink it slowly.

 

Samus

(approaches the cup on the counter and looks at it. He exhales deeply and looks at Dylan.) Dylan...we need to talk about what I said yesterday-

 

Dylan

(Interjects) No please...let me explain. (He turns to face Samus and leans against the counter) Look, I didn’t block you because you did anything wrong. The date was amazing, the movie, not so much. And while that movie was dreadful, I had a great time because I was with you. I really, really, really like you Samus.

 

Samus

Then why did you get all Joe Jonas on me?

 

Dylan

(He inhales and deeply exhales again, clearly he had something important to say) When we first started speaking online, I knew you were different. You weren’t interested in exchanging nude pictures, you always and somehow, found a Mean Girls meme to respond back to whatever I said. (smiles)I...really enjoyed our conversations and knew you were special.

 

Samus

(rubs his head) You’re losing me very quickly and I could feel a year’s worth of food about to come up.

 

Dylan

(Walks to the counter and hands Samus the cup of ‘Anti Hangover’) If you drink this you wouldn’t be feeling those symptoms.

 

Samus

(takes the cup from his and looks at the liquid) I am not going to drink until you tell me what the hell is going on.

 

Dylan

If you drink it I will-

 

Samus

-Stop changing the damn subject!-

 

Dylan

(angrily) I’m HIV Positive!

 

[SAMUS’ eyes widen and for a few seconds there is a silence between them. He takes the drink and downs it with one quick gulp. DYLAN nods to himself and he walks over to the living room.]

 

Dylan (cont’d)

(grabs his pants off of a chair and starts to put them on one leg at a time)  I know what that silence means and I’ll leave. But this is why I blocked you...I didn’t want you to stop liking me.

 

Samus

(places the empty cup on the counter) You..Are..An Idiot.

 

Dylan

(insulted) Excuse me?

 

Samus

(walks out of the kitchen and into the living room) You honestly believed if you had told me from the start I would’ve called a Priest to exorcise you or something? (chuckles) Or maybe I would’ve packed up all my things and move to Canada to get away from you?

 

Dylan

This isn’t funny!

 

Samus

It actually is! You had all these fears in the back of your mind about how I would’ve reacted, yet you never had the balls to just tell me.

 

Dylan

You would’ve reacted differently!

 

Samus

You never gave me a chance to!

 

[There is a beat. DYLAN puts his pants on and sits on the sofa burying his face in his hands. SAMUS looks at him in concern yet with some anger on his face.]

 

Dylan

It’s hard for me to let people in, Samus. I get scared that I start liking someone and just as we get close...I tell him the truth and he gets so scared that he leaves and never comes back.

 

Samus

(sits down next to Dylan) You can’t spend your life on the worst case scenarios. If you do, you end up protecting your heart when in reality, you’re the one hurting it. (pauses) I understand how you feel about getting hurt...I was with a guy named Ethan for five years. He was my first everything. Kiss, cuddle buddy...you name it. On September of 2010, my mother committed suicide and I was completely...helpless. I needed him there, instead of him coming to give me emotional support like a boyfriend would...He ends up cheating on me with my former best friend. Then he ends up blaming me for his infidelity. Saying I was too much of a ‘Faggot’ to love..too fat for him to be seen with me.

Ever since then, I hated everything about me. My voice..my face..my body..everything.

(beat) You were the first guy that saw past my flaws, then after we had that amazing kiss; you just vanished.

 

Dylan

(turns to Samus) That was never my intention Samus. I would rather live with you hating me than with you fearing me.

 

Samus

That’s the thing. I don’t fear you. I still like you. I mean, yeah after I saw you blocked me, I wished your penis would have fallen off while you walked down the street and a crowd of tourists would come and stomp on it, turning it into nothing more than a flat pancake. (pauses) But I got over it.

 

Dylan

(grabs his crotch imagining it) That was painfully specific.

 

Samus

The point is. I like you Dylan and I like you even more now that you were honest with me. And yeah, if we start going out it’s going to be something different for me and it’d be something new.

 

Dylan

(nods slowly) Because I’m Positive.

 

Samus

(smiles shaking head) No, because you’re honest.

 

Dylan

(softly spoken)I don’t want you to worry about us and me and-and this disease.

 

Samus

(same tone as Dylan) And I won’t worry, because you’re going to educate me.

 

 

[DYLAN smiles and he leans in, he grabs the back of SAMUS’ neck softly and kisses him passionately. After twenty seconds DYLAN pulls away slowly and smiles]

 

Dylan

Now, was that amazing or magical like the first?

 

[SAMUS blushes realizing what DYLAN meant and he looks over at the coffee table where he spots the copy of his older articles.]

 

Samus

(embarrassed) Oh my Gosh did you read everything?

 

Dylan

(shakes his head smirking) Nope just the first two. Then I was going to go to sleep, until the ‘Terminator Samus’ started to perform for me.

 

Samus

(sits back on the sofa fake crying) This is soooo embarrassing!

 

Dylan

No it was cute.(laughs) Unexpected as well. You nailed down the accent that’s for sure.

 

[SAMUS grabs the pillow off the sofa and puts it on his face still embarrassed. DYLAN laughs and gets up from the sofa.]

 

 

Dylan

(claps his hands together) Alrighty. Because I was an idiot the last time we went out, I have decided to just forget all about that and to take you out again. This time it will be our real first date.

 

Samus

(pulls the pillow slowly down and looks at Dylan) A redo? How many do we get?

 

Dylan

(Smiles) This is the last one Sammi.

 

Samus

(smirks at the nickname) Sammi? I like that.

 

Dylan

I’m glad you do. Now I gotta take a quick shower before we get going.

 

Samus

There are extra towels-

 

Dylan

(walking towards the bathroom)-Under the sink I know. Tara told me.

 

Samus

(aside) Tara is soooo dead.

 

[We watch as SAMUS lays his head back on the sofa rubbing his temples.]

 

Cuts To:

 “ONE WEEK LATER”- Appears on the screen

INT-THE HALLWAY OF SAMUS’ APARTMENT- MID DAY

[We follow as someone slowly walks up the stairs leading toward SAMUS’ door. The person is holding a manila envelope in their right hand. They approach SAMUS’ door and knocks on it twice. Footsteps are heard from the other side and after a few seconds SAMUS opens the door. SAMUS smiles at the person.]

 

Samus

 Hey you.

 

[We discover that the person standing in his doorway is GUSTIN ALLEN and he smiles back. He shows SAMUS the envelope he is holding.]

 

Gustin

Hey kid! May I come in? We have something to discuss.

 

Samus

Sure! I was just cutting up some celery for a Tuna sandwich. (jokingly) So you better stay hungry because I’m not sharing. (He turns around and walks toward the kitchen)

 

[GUSTIN enters the apartment still smiling to himself.]

 

Gustin

Oh no that’s okay, I’m not really hungry anyways.

 

[GUSTIN turns around and grabs the doorknob slowly closing the door. We watch as his smile changes into a stern look and he finally closes the door. We stand in the hallway and stare at SAMUS’ apartment door once again.]

 

BLACK

 

 

The End

 

Episode 6- “The Last?” {Season Finale}

FADE IN

INT-HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM-MORNING

[We revisit the hospital waiting room and see TARA seated on a chair and talking into her cellphone.]

 

Tara

(on the phone) Dylan I promise you he is fine!..Yes I am certain..He would kill you and me if you miss that deadline. Look, I’m sure he’ll understand why you’re not here…….Which is why you’re going—

 

[We watch as URSULA turns the corner walking over to TARA. She looked flustered as if she just received news she didn’t want to hear.]

 

Tara (cont’d)

(still on the phone) Ursula just got in, I’ll call you later. (she hangs up the cellphone and stands up. She walks over toward Ursula) Where have you been? I’ve been calling your phone.

 

Ursula

I’m sorry Dahling. I had to go out and get some air. I hate hospitals. (looks around and sighs) Any news?

 

Tara

Samus is awake. (she smiles as Ursula lets out a small gasp) He was just speaking to Detectives earlier. I was going to go inside to see him but I wanted to wait for you.

 

Ursula

Then let’s go. Lead the way!

 

[TARA nods and she begins to walk down the hall as URSULA follows close behind.]

 

“FOURTEEN HOURS EARLIER”- APPEARS ON THE SCREEN

Cut To:

INT-SAMUS’ APARTMENT- MID DAY- FOURTEEN HOURS AGO

[GUSTIN closes the apartment door as SAMUS walks in and sits on the sofa.]

Samus

So what brings you to my neck of the woods?

 

Gustin

Something huge that I’m hoping you’d be a part of.

 

Samus

(jokingly) No offense Gustin but you aren’t my type.

 

Gustin

Ouch! (smiles and joins Samus on the sofa) No..um. Do you know who Ralphael Ooga is?

 

Samus

I feel like I should, but I don’t.

 

Gustin

He’s the founder of ‘Hung OUT Studios’. They are the largest Gay Pornographic studio today. They even beat out ‘Milky Lips’ and ‘Stallion Road’-no pun intended.

 

Samus

(nods as if he was paying close attention to every word, but he just didn’t care about the information being given to him) And..what does this have to do with my articles?

 

Gustin

My father invested money into the wrong companies. I found out that he gave more than thirty six thousand dollars to some company named Aries. Which by the way isn’t a real company at all. (beat) Anyway, he sold half of L&G Daily in order to maintain the print versions.

 

Samus

(shocked) What?! When did this happen?

 

Gustin

Three days ago. I just found out this morning. He has an entire presentation set up for Monday where he’s going to lay off half of the contributing writers..which includes you.

 

Samus

I’m being fired? (pauses) This time for real?

 

Gustin

(nods apologetically) Afraid so, Kid. Raphael wants to bring in his writers and well he wants to take control over ‘Boy With A Broken Heart’. He actually wants to write it himself.

 

Samus

He can’t do that!! (beat) Can he?

 

Gustin

(nods) He can. Your column is trademarked and the legal property of L&G Daily. Plus you never really put your face on it, so as far as the readers can tell-

 

Samus

(looking away slowly)--I’m nothing more than a Ghostwriter.

 

Gustin

But hope is not lost my young Padawan.

 

Samus

(snaps out of his moping stare and looks at Gustin) What the hell did you just call me?

 

Gustin

(places the manila envelope on his lap and smiles widely) Inside this envelope is a contract for ‘The Misfits of NYC’.

 

Samus

You started a punk Rock band?

 

Gustin

(chuckles shaking his head) Nope, something even better. It’s my very own website that I’ve been working hard on for about six years now. I created every section, layout, picture, whatever you see on this site was done by me. (beat)

This site is everything L&G lacked. My father created that news company to focus on Gay and Lesbian news and throughout the years, it went from that to just being about Gay half naked men and non-essential news.

 

Samus

Isn’t this a conflict of interest for you?

 

Gustin

(shakes his head smiling) I turned in my resignation to his assistant. When he sees it he’s going to be pissed. But this site is important for so many reasons!

I rethought the idea you had about educating the LGBTQ Community and decided what would be better at educating them?

 

[SAMUS shrugs his shoulders not able to come up with an answer and GUSTIN smiles and continues on, sitting up on the sofa in excitement]

 

Gustin (cont’d)

I’m partnering with a local high school for a ‘Writers Of Tomorrow’ section, where students can submit their articles about any topics of their choosing. This would highlight not only the proper representation of LGBTQ writers in this medium, but also how united the community can be with the younger generation.

 

Samus

(smiles) Wow you really did think this through didn’t you?

 

Gustin

I did! But I have you to thank. You really opened my eyes on how amazing Journalism can be when it can also be inspirational. (hands Samus the envelope) I’m not expecting you to sign this as soon as possible, but please at least think it over.

 

Samus

(takes the envelope nodding) Honestly? I would love to be a part of this! But what will I write about now that I’ll no longer be able to write as ‘Boy With A Broken Heart’?

 

Gustin

Make it less whimsical and more real to an extent. The last article you wrote you said you were seeing someone, correct?-

[SAMUS nods his head as GUSTIN gets up from the sofa.]

 

Gustin (Cont’d)

-Then write about how the Boy with the ‘Broken Heart’ is getting a second chance at happiness. Many people-not just within the LGBTQ Community- are scared of finding love again after a heartbreak. It will do wonders. Trust me. And we will call this column (excitedly)-are you ready for it?...Samus’ World!

 

[SAMUS gets up and nods placing the envelope on the sofa.]

 

Samus

Do you really think I have what it takes to be able to do something this big?

 

Gustin

(pulls away from the hug) Do I think you have what it takes? No. Do I believe you have what it takes? Then Yes I do. It’s time you start believing in yourself too.

 

[GUSTIN walks over to the door and opens it.]

 

Samus

Oh don’t worry about closing it, I have to take the garbage out.

 

Gustin

Okay no problem. Remember Kid, you are special. Don’t forget that. (he exits.)

 

[SAMUS smiles to himself as he walks into the kitchen and pulls the garbage bag out of the garbage bin. He ties the bag and heads back toward the door and freezes as he spots PARKER MYERS standing by the door. PARKER held a piece of paper in his right hand and a sinister look in his eyes.]

 

Samus

(shocked) What the hell are you doing here? How the hell do you know where I live?

 

Parker

I work at the DMVs. All I had to do was just enter your name in the database.

 

Samus

(aside) Glad no laws were broken there.

 

Parker

(smirking and in a creepy way) I was waiting by the stairs for you to come out and surprise you…but apparently you were too busy entertaining others. (His face gets serious and his tone is stern) So who is he?

 

[PARKER enters the apartment slowly and closes the door behind him. He smirks and shows SAMUS the sheet of paper, which was actually a picture of SAMUS walking down the street]

 

Samus

(gasps) You were following me?!

 

Parker

(warns) Don’t change the subject! (approaches Samus) Ever since I first laid eyes on you. I knew you were the one. But you- (waves his finger at Samus)- you were bad and you ditched me.

 

Samus

No, I ditched you and your crazy mother!

 

Parker

(rubs his head chuckling in a crazy and unstable manner) That-That isn’t a nice word. You shouldn’t call someone that. (he smiles returning back to his professional demeanor) Okay, so as I was saying. You ditched me and I was mad at first. So mad that I wanted to teach you a lesson, but then I figured seeing you again was a gift in itself.

 

Samus

You need to get the hell out of my house! NOW!

 

Parker

(smirking and he throws the picture of Samus ground) I know all about you and Dylan Luca Bregar. But tell me something Sam-Sam Baby--Can I call you that?

 

Samus

(quickly) No!

 

Parker

Too late. (smirks) Tell me, do you know everything about Dylan? Like where he lived? His family history? What he does for a living?

 

Samus

That isn’t any of your damn business.

 

Parker

I know it isn’t. (takes out an envelope from the inside of his jacket)

 

[We see the front of the envelope had DYLAN LUCA BREGAR written on it. PARKER hands it to SAMUS, but instead of grabbing it SAMUS glares at him. He slowly walks past SAMUS not taking his eyes off of him. PARKER places the envelope on the kitchen table and smirks]

 

Parker (Cont’d)

I sure hope you aren’t scared. I’m not here to hurt you. I just want you to know, that I love you and I know you love me.

 

Samus

(glares at him) The only person who will ever love you-as much as you clearly love yourself- is your own mother!

 

Parker

(nods and turns away from Samus and heads for the door) One thing. (stops walking with his back facing Samus) If my mother never showed up to interrupt our date, would you be looking at me the same way you were looking at Dylan last week?

 

Samus

Probably not. If this is the crazy side of you that was buried deep inside, we were going to crash land into Splitsville long before then.

 

[PARKER nods and he turns around with tears in his eyes]

 

Parker

I am so sorry. I didn’t mean to come here and harass you. (he runs over to Samus and gets down on his knees in front of him) Please say you forgive me. I cannot live without you forgiving me! If you hate me, then my life isn’t important anymore.

 

Samus

(in disgust) Please just get up and get out and be happy I don’t call the cops either.

 

[PARKER nods and slowly gets up on his feet. As he does this he takes out a knife from the inside of his jacket pocket and stabs SAMUS in the stomach)

 

Samus

(in shock and pain)  GAH!

 

Parker

(smiling as he whispers in Samus’ right ear) If I can’t have you.. no one else will.

 

[PARKER pulls the knife out of SAMUS’ stomach and watches as he falls to the ground. He looks at the blood on the knife and drops it gasping in regret. He bends down and kisses SAMUS’ head apologizing and turns around running out of the apartment and shutting the door behind him, leaving SAMUS to die slowly.]

 

 

 

CUTS TO:

“PRESENT DAY”- Appears on the screen

EXT-A BLOCK OUTSIDE OF SAMUS’ APARTMENT BUILDING- PRESENT DAY

[We watch as TARA and URSULA walk down the street. URSULA is holding a ‘Get Well Soon’ balloon and TARA is holding a box of cake in her hands.]

 

Ursula

I can’t believe those bloody Doctors kept Sam-Sam in the hospital for four whole days!

 

Tara

Well it was for his safety. That sicko attacked Samus in his own home. I don’t blame the Police and Hospital for wanting to keep him for longer. And it worked too, they caught him last night.

 

Ursula

Caught him? The bloody wanker shot himself in the head! That’s not catching him, that’s him getting off way too easily if you ask me. He should’ve had the balls to get arrested and do his time, so I can be there in the front row watching as he gets fried on the chair.

 

Tara

Look babe, no matter what happened to him, let’s just be grateful Samus is alive and well.

 

Ursula

Are you mad? That poor kid is upstairs by himself with a bloody hole in his stomach! I don’t necessarily see how that is him doing “well”!

 

Tara

And that...wound will heal in time. So like I said babe, be grateful he’s alive.

 

[We watch as they continue walking down the street.]

 

Ursula

(rolling her eyes) Ugh! Fine!

 

Tara

Thank you. (pauses) Besides he’s not alone. I left him with Dylan.

 

Ursula

(stops walking in shock) You did WHAT!?

 

CUTS TO:

INT-SAMUS’ APARTMENT

[We enter SAMUS’ apartment and we look down at the spot where SAMUS was lying days before. There was no blood and no sign of an attack. Giggles could be heard from the sofa and we look to find DYLAN and SAMUS kissing each other.]

 

Samus

(winces a bit in pain)

 

Dylan

(quickly releases Samus and sits up) Oh my Gosh, did I hurt you?

 

Samus

(shaking his head smiling) No, I keep forgetting how much pain I’m in once the painkillers wear off.

 

Dylan

(smiles) Yeah that will do it to ya. (caresses Samus’ face) Listen Sammi, I really am happy you’re alive. You scared the shit out of me back there.

 

Samus

(gazes back at Dylan) I’m glad I’m alive as well…in a strange way, I saw you while I laid in the hospital…The morning of the attack, you asked me something. Do you remember what it was?

 

Dylan

(nods slowly) Yeah I do.

 

Samus

Ask it again. Please…So I can answer.

 

Dylan

(he sits up on the sofa and softly speaks) Samus...will you be my boyfriend?

 

Samus

(nods excitedly) Yes! Yes I will!

 

[SAMUS leans in and kisses DYLAN softly. The buzzard rings a few times and DYLAN sighs slowly backing away from the kiss.]

 

Dylan

(gets up from the sofa and walks over toward the buzzard and presses it) That must be your friend Ursula, aka ‘The One That Hates Me’.

 

Samus

She doesn’t hate you. She is just scared for me. You can’t blame her for caring.

 

Dylan

Well as I have told her numerous times before, I am not like your ex.

 

Samus

(shrugs) You still can’t blame her. But if it helps I’ll speak to her and maybe you two can get mani pedis together.

 

Dylan

(looking at Samus with a blank look) Please tell me you’re joking.

 

[SAMUS shrugs his shoulders and the doorbell rings and a few knocks are heard. DYLAN opens the door and standing in the doorway was URSULA and TARA.]

 

Ursula

(To Dylan) Took you long enough. What were you doing Dahling, trying to find the door?

 

Dylan

(smirks shaking his head slowly) No, I found it very easily...I was just debating whether or not I should open the door for you.

 

Ursula

(sticks her tongue out at him and enters the apartment. To Samus) Oh Dahling! How are you? Have you been changing your bandages?

 

Samus

Yes I have! I may never have been stabbed before, but I do listen when Doctors speak.

 

[DYLAN looks over at TARA and she smiles at him apologetically. She hands him the box of cake.]

 

Tara

Please forgive her, she’s been cranky since she saw the news about..you know.

 

Dylan

(lowly to Tara) Trust me she’s not alone. If I had it my way I would’ve snapped that piece of scum’s head off.

 

[TARA enters and closes the door behind her. We watch as DYLAN goes into the kitchen. He places the box on the table and notices the envelope with his name on it. He lowers his eyebrows unsure of why his name was on it. He looks out of the kitchen and quickly places the envelope inside of his pants.]

 

Cuts To:

Living room

 

Ursula

(sitting down on the sofa) Dahling, how are you doing?

 

Samus

Well it sucks to be bandaged up, sucks even harder when I laugh. So I’m trying this thing where I just see episodes of that new Kevin James’ show, and since it’s not funny I don’t laugh.

 

Tara

(nods sitting next to Ursula) And how are you feeling?

 

Samus

(to Tara) I want to say better now that Parker’s gone, but I don’t know. I mean I’m happy to be alive and even eternally grateful for all of you guys being here.

 

[URSULA and TARA smile and they look at each other. TARA remembers something.]

 

Tara

Crap! I totally forgot to buy the drinks for the toast.

 

Ursula

(turns to Tara) Are you seriously going to have a bloody toast after something like this happened?

 

Samus

(smiling softly) No silly. It’s to toast to the fact that I have accepted an amazing offer to have my own column called-are you ready? It will be called Samus’ World.

 

Ursula

(gasps in excitement) Oh Dahling, that’s amazing! Congratulations! (she leans in and hugs Samus carefully. Pulls away and glares at him) Why wasn’t I the first one to know?

 

Samus

You were supposed to be the first, trust me. But it seems Dylan has a big mouth.

 

 

Dylan

(entering the living room) That ain’t the only thing big on me.

 

Samus

(shocked) Babe!

 

Ursula

 Ugh!

 

Tara

(covers her ears) Penis Joke. (sings) La, La, La, La, La!

 

Ursula

(To Dylan)  Dahling, why don’t you go with Tara to pick up some wine? She could use the extra help.

 

Tara

(Puts her hands down) Oh that would be awesome D-Dawg!

 

Dylan

(smiles nodding) Sure thing T-Bah! Let me just pee first. (He kisses Samus’ forehead and walks into the bathroom)

 

[DYLAN enters the bathroom and closes the door behind him. The voices of SAMUS, URSULA and TARA can be heard on the other side. We watch as DYLAN turns the bathroom sink on and takes the envelope out of his pants. He opens it and we watch as he reads it shaking his head.]

 

Dylan

Son of a bitch! (Frantically places everything back inside of the envelope and stuffs it back in his pants.)

 

[We watch as DYLAN flushes the toilet and splashes some water on his face. He dries it off with a hand towel and glares at his reflection. The secrets he thought he buried were now in the envelope he held. He worried more people knew about this but it didn’t matter, because he knew he had to deal with this, his way. He turns off the water and practices putting a smile on his face. He walks out the door.]

 

Dylan

(reentering the living room) Ya ready to go T-Bah?

 

Tara

(gets up from the sofa nodding) Yessir!

 

Dylan

(to Samus) I’m getting you water, a fruit basket and pudding. No changing my mind.

 

Samus

Ugh! You know me so well. (smiles and kisses his lips.)

 

[DYLAN smiles and waves at URSULA and they both walk over toward the door. They leave closing the door behind them and URSULA smiles looking at SAMUS]

 

Samus

(lowers his eyebrows) What? DO I have something on my face?

 

Ursula

No..I am just so happy you’re alive, Dahling.(she hugs him softly)

 

[We watch as SAMUS and URSULA hug and the VO plays]:

 

Samus (VO)

It’s during tragedies that you find out who your true friends really are. And it isn’t until you know who they are, that you start to see them more as family. The family that will see you and accept you at your worst and still love you.-

 

[Cuts to GUSTIN in a local cafe typing happily on his laptop]:

 

Samus (VO)

-The friends that have more faith in you than you do in yourself. -

 

[Cuts to TARA and DYLAN walking down the street chatting and laughing. We see as TARA takes out her cellphone and speaks into it and DYLAN takes the envelope out and rips it into pieces. He throws it into a nearby garbage can]:

Samus (vo)

-And sometimes you have to hope and pray that the people you let inside of your inner circle, are really trustworthy and have no intentions on hurting you.-

 

[Cuts to MARY MYERS laying on the floor in her apartment crying loudly]:

 

Samus (vo)

-But we always have to remember that keeping these friends in our lives is important because, we are never promised tomorrow. We are only given today and one life to live.

 

[We return back to GUSTIN typing away on his laptop.

 

Samus (VO)

-That’s why we need real friends and family in our lives. To make us smile and forget all of the negativity. True friendships are hard to find, like love. But you know in due time when the right people have entered your life. When that happens, you know more than anything that you can all face life together.-

 

[A man enters the café and looks around for GUSTIN he spots him and walks over to him. He approaches GUSTIN smiling]

 

Man

Gustin Allen?

 

Gustin

(looks up at the man and smiles) Hey man! Sorry I was zoned out. Please take a seat.

 

Man

No it’s fine. I get that way too when I’m writing. (sits down across from Gustin)

 

Gustin

I read your resume and the writing samples you sent me earlier and I am completely amazed at your writing skills. There is no doubt in my mind that I want you to join Misfits In NYC. What do you say?

Man

(smirks) I would be deeply honored.

 

Gustin

Great! Welcome to the team- (shakes the man’s hand smiling) Ethan Lanzer.

[We watch as they shake hands smiling and ETHAN has an evil smirk on his face.]

 

Samus (VO)

No matter what life throws your way.

 

Black

The End

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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