Accidental Pilot- Crazy for You

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This is a pilot for a potential new television show. I am looking for some feedback to see if I'm onto something.

Talented cellist, Seth Taylor debates about entering an accelerated program at the prestigious and cutthroat Midtown School of Fine Arts.

Submitted: September 02, 2015

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INT. CODY AND SETH'S DORM ROOM

Soon to be step-brothers, Cody Kennedy and Seth Taylor are
currently unpacking and setting up their dorm room. Seth is
much more particular about this task than Cody is. The faint
glimmer of sweat on Seth's brow and the way his t-shirt is
clinging to his wiry frame are evidence of this, as is the
fact that Cody is sprawled across his bed and actively not
really helping.

Cody is a tall, muscular young man with shaggy blonde hair,
a contagious grin and hazel eyes permanently sparkling in
good humor. Seth is shorter, leaner and with darker
coloring. Unlike the joyful nature of his companion, Seth's
manner is very in line with the phrase, 'still waters run
deep'.

Seth breaks apart another empty cardboard box, places it on
top of their little pile and shoots Cody a pointed, if good
natured, look. Cody grins at him and Seth rolls his eyes.

SETH TAYLOR
I'm not unpacking for you.

CODY KENNEDY
See, you SAY that but we both know
that you won't be able to handle
all the stuff that'll just be
hanging around, taking up space,
gathering dust-

SETH TAYLOR
You're overestimating my need for
neatness. Greatly.

CODY KENNEDY
Seth, you're underestimating my
contributions here.

SETH TAYLOR
What contributions exactly?

CODY KENNEDY
I'm planning things.

SETH TAYLOR
I'm going to regret this, but what?

Seth gives Cody a wary look. Cody's grin somehow manages to
grow larger.

CODY KENNEDY
We should bunk our beds.

SETH TAYLOR
(dryly)
For activities?

CODY KENNEDY
For nostalgia!

SETH TAYLOR
You're too tall.

Seth preemptively cuts Cody off with a wave of his hand.

SETH TAYLOR
For either bed. Now-

Seth slides a box to the side of Cody's bed.

SETH TAYLOR
Unpack the box.

CODY KENNEDY
You're a buzzkill.

SETH TAYLOR
And you're super annoying. Unpack
the box, man.

Seth starts putting his clothes into his dresser while Cody
opens the box. He sifts through the contents and finds
something that causes a brilliant smile to appear on his
face.

CODY KENNEDY
(in a singsong manner)
Oh, Seth . . .

SETH TAYLOR
(turns around and gives
Cody a dry look)
Planning on getting a head start on
the whole step brothers hating each
other thing?

CODY KENNEDY
Funny, but I'll have you know that
I plan on you and I being the
exception to that rule.

SETH TAYLOR
So why the masking tape?

A look of horror crosses Seth's features.

SETH TAYLOR
No, wait!

CODY KENNEDY
I'm so glad you asked!

SETH TAYLOR
Damn it.

CODY KENNEDY
(dramatically)
This tape is a symbol, Seth.

SETH TAYLOR
I only have myself to blame for
this.

Cody stops Seth from continuing to unpack by casually
leaning against the front of his dresser. As he speaks, he
gestures with the tape, making a point to do so very near
Seth's face.

CODY KENNEDY
Think of every pair of step
siblings you know, real or
fictional. Do you realize that all
of them hate each other? You and I
are the exception.

SETH TAYLOR
That's not true. There's-

CODY KENNEDY
(gestures even more
pointedly with the tape,
nearly hitting Seth's
face)
The only exception.

SETH TAYLOR
(sighs and relaxes to a
sitting position on the
floor)
Ugh. Fine. Three things.

CODY KENNEDY
Shoot, buddy.

SETH TAYLOR
One, you and I are not step
siblings yet.

CODY KENNEDY
Minor details.

SETH TAYLOR
Two, I'm not sure I'm not going to
want to use that tape. For your
mouth, of course.

CODY KENNEDY
Your words wound me.

SETH TAYLOR
And three, I need a slap to the
face or something because I know
better than to argue with you at
this point.

Seth pulls himself up and begins unpacking his clothes
again, ignoring Cody's presence pointedly. Cody grins but
does step aside, partially to avoid actually frustrating
Seth and because Seth is hitting him with the drawer.

CODY KENNEDY
You just can't resist it. The pull
is too strong for you, you poor,
weak mortal.

SETH TAYLOR
(without looking at him)
You are full of shit.

CODY KENNEDY
Sticks and stones, Taylor.

SETH TAYLOR
I need to call Brian. I might have
to kill his son.

CODY KENNEDY
(dramatically)
That would throw many a wrench into
the wedding plans.

Cody drops some of his dramatics, though a glimmer of
devious humor remains.

CODY KENNEDY
Besides, you're not allowed to be
annoyed about this conversation.

SETH TAYLOR
(mutters)
This ought to be good.

Seth looks at Cody wearily.

SETH TAYLOR
Why?

CODY KENNEDY
You started it.

SETH TAYLOR
(turns back to his task
with a laugh)
I did not.

CODY KENNEDY
You always do.

SETH TAYLOR
No, I don't. Ever. 

CODY KENNEDY
Do you think I like the fact that
you do this? Seth, each one of our
disagreements hurts me in my soul.

SETH TAYLOR
(blinks a few times,
maybe runs a hand over
his face)
God damn it.

CODY KENNEDY
(cheerfully)
Language!

SETH TAYLOR
Cody.

CODY KENNEDY
Seth.

There's a brief pause that Cody clearly knows Seth will
break.

SETH TAYLOR
Name one time I've ever started
anything.

CODY KENNEDY
Sure. Just now. You brought up step
siblings.

SETH TAYLOR
You pulled out the  masking tape!

CODY KENNEDY
Which wouldn't have happened if you
hadn't been such a buzzkill and
tried to make me unpack the box. 

Seth blinks slowly, lets out a breath, stands up and picks
up the box in question. He begins to unpack it slowly,
ignoring Cody's triumphant smile.

CODY KENNEDY
Don't feel too bad, buddy. You
never stood a chance.

When Seth says nothing in reply, Cody's eyes narrow
slightly.

CODY KENNEDY
Seth.

Seth ignores him and continues in his task.

CODY KENNEDY
You're doing that thing again.

Seth ignores him and continues in his task.

CODY KENNEDY
That thing where you stop being
fun.

Seth shoots him a look and collapses the box. He drops it on
the pile and begins to open another. He is only barely able
to restrain his amusement from coming onto his face.

CODY KENNEDY
Fine. Be that way. I won't stop
you. In fact-

Cody picks up the pile of boxes and moves to leave.

CODY KENNEDY
I'm going to throw these away and
maybe I won't come back, Seth. Did
you ever think of that? Maybe I'll
find a new future brother who IS
fun!

SETH TAYLOR
(turns around, taken a
little aback)
Brother?

All of Cody's over-the-top dramatics have disappeared and
the room becomes a little awkward. Cody's voice changes too.
There's less inflection and volume, and much of the
theatrical personality in it from before has vanished. 

CODY KENNEDY
(blinks a few times)
Are you going to get weird?

SETH TAYLOR
No.

CODY KENNEDY
Good.

Cody leaves and Seth smiles to himself before returning to
his task.

TITLE SEQUENCE: Theme song- One Angry Dwarf & 200 Solemn
Faces by Ben Folds Five. Screen flashes Crazy for You. After
a beat, words appear under the episode title: nice work if
you can get it and you can get it, if you try.

INT. ALLIE'S DORM ROOM

Allison Steele is in the middle of setting up her dorm room,
which she shares with the RA for the hall, Maria Delgado.
Maria's side is full of personal touches, decorated well and
feels very homey. Allie's side, though clean and organized,
is clinical and a little barren. 

Allie reasons that this is because Maria has been there
longer and has had more time to set up. In reality, it's
because Allie is bad at this sort of thing.

Allie has strawberry blonde hair, normally in a French
braid, green eyes and freckles that highlight her
cheekbones. She has lovely features and a toned physique due
to her dance background. However, she's terribly modest and
shy, and is never without a cardigan.

While Allie is hanging up some of her clothes, her roommate
bounces in. Despite the stress and laborious nature of move
in day, Maria's ponytail remains sleek and her makeup
flawless. 

MARIA DELGADO
Hey, it's coming along! I wish I
could help you but I have so many
things I have to do. I might be
able to help later tonight, if you
want?

ALLIE STEELE
It's not a problem. I promise.

MARIA DELGADO
You're so nice! Anyway, I just
wanted to remind you about the dorm
meeting tonight. We'll go over the
rules, which won't take long, don't
worry. After we're done with the
boring stuff, we're going to play
some games and get to know each
other. Community in the dorm is
essential and you'll be glad for it
really soon. I promise!

Allie does everything in her power to avoid letting her fear
and unease show in her face.

ALLIE STEELE
Sounds like it'll be fun.

MARIA DELGADO
For sure! It's at seven. If you're
not down there by 6:45, I'll be
coming up here to get you! Anyway,
I have to run. Some of the girls
need a few things and since I'm
done and you're all set, I figured
I'd go out to pick it all up. I'll
see you soon!

ALLIE STEELE
Oh, sure. Bye, Maria!

Allie is barely able to get her goodbye out before Maria has
left the room in a flurry. Blinking a few times, Allie
straightens the shirt on the hanger she was holding before
Maria came in. Wearily, she places it in the closet. 

Allie reaches down to pick up another shirt. She pauses, a
shirt in one hand and a hanger in the other, and lets her
head gently fall against the wall behind her. She lets out a
small sigh and continues putting her clothes away.

INT. CODY AND SETH'S DORM ROOM

Cody enters the hallway, on his way back to the dorm room
after throwing away some of the trash. He pokes his head
into his room and enters slowly. 

CODY KENNEDY
Are you still not being fun?

SETH TAYLOR
Are you still a pain in my ass?

Seth's sarcastic reply puts the personality and attitude
back into Cody's voice and demeanor.

CODY KENNEDY
Yes!

SETH TAYLOR
Then probably.

CODY KENNEDY
Eh, I'll work with it. What's left?

SETH TAYLOR
Your things.

CODY KENNEDY
You tried to restrain your
happiness when you said that. I
appreciate it.

Cody opens one of his suitcase, intent on actually doing
what he's told for once.

SETH TAYLOR
I appreciate your appreciation.

A knock at the door stops Cody from starting to unpack. Seth
lets out a huff of mild exasperation.

SETH TAYLOR
You have got to be kidding me.

CODY KENNEDY
The universe doesn't want me to do
this, Seth. You need to accept
that.

Seth shoots Cody a glare as the door opens and a thin, pale,
red haired man who clearly hasn't shaved in days enters
their room. He manages to look incredibly anxious yet also
terribly weary. He's carrying a clipboard and a ring of
keys, and there is a pen behind his ear.

JACK O'DONNELL
I'm Jack. I'm your R.A.

Jack glances at his clipboard.

JACK O'DONNELL
Cody Kennedy and Seth Taylor?

CODY KENNEDY
That's us.

Jack hands a sheet of paper to Cody.

JACK O'DONNELL
Good. Rules for the dorm. Read them
or don't. I don't care. Do whatever
you have to do to get by here. Just
don't let me know about it.

He tosses some keys to Seth.

JACK O'DONNELL
Keys to the building, your room and
your mailbox in the union. My cell,
email and room number are on that
paper. Let me know if you need
anything.

Jack goes to leave and Cody and Seth share a confused look.
Cody gestures to Jack with his eyes, clearly telling Seth to
stop him. Awkwardly, Seth speaks up, looking to want to be
anywhere else.

SETH TAYLOR
Uh Jack?

JACK O'DONNELL
(pauses at the door)
Yeah?

SETH TAYLOR
I was told to talk to you, well, my
R.A., about changes to my schedule.

JACK O'DONNELL
(turns around, looking
more than a little
annoyed)
What?

SETH TAYLOR
From my understanding, I'm being
placed in an accelerated program?
At least, that's what the letter
said.

Jack's features harden somewhat and his grip on his
clipboard tightens.

JACK O'DONNELL
I did not know about that.

SETH TAYLOR
Seriously?

JACK O'DONNELL
This is what happens when a bunch
of artists decide to run a school. 

Jack runs a tired hand over his face. 

JACK O'DONNELL
There isn't much I can tell you but
I can send you to someone who can
fill you in. Name's Spencer. 

Jack gestures for Cody to return the set of rules. Cody
hands them over and shoots Seth a confused look. Jack takes
a pen and draws a rudimentary map on the back.

JACK O'DONNELL
Go to Curtis Hall. If Houghton
isn't in the basement practicing,
I'll hand you $20. 

Jack hands Seth the paper. 

JACK O'DONNELL
Houghton'll be there until the
building closes around two, so no
rush on your end. Now, what I can
tell you-

A loud crash is heard and somehow, Jack manages to look even
more manic. Someone is calling Jack's name and it isn't long
before they appear in the doorway. 

LOGAN SAMSON
Jack! We tried to bunk our beds and
well, it didn't work.

JACK O'DONNELL
(mutters)
Jesus.

Jack runs a hand over his face.

JACK O'DONNELL
Be right there.

Logan runs out and Jack takes a deep breath before turning
his attention back to Cody and Seth.

JACK O'DONNELL
Let me know if you run into any
problems. You good?

CODY KENNEDY
(realizes Jack means him)
Oh yeah. I'm fine.

JACK O'DONNELL
Good. God, I hate move in day.

CODY KENNEDY
Stressful?

JACK O'DONNELL
I always think it's the worst until
classes start and I realize that
I'm wrong.

Jack leaves, shutting the door firmly behind him. Cody lets
out a breath and looks at Seth.

CODY KENNEDY
That guy could use a drink.

SETH TAYLOR
Or two or three.

CODY KENNEDY
I'm sure this Spencer guy knows
more than Jack did.

SETH TAYLOR
Probably.

There's a brief, tense pause.

SETH TAYLOR
That was weird, right?

CODY KENNEDY
Very. But I'm sure everything will
be fine.

SETH TAYLOR
Yeah . . .

Seth takes a few steps toward his closet.

SETH TAYLOR
Do I bring my cello?

CODY KENNEDY
(chuckles)
I don't know, man. Better safe than
sorry?

SETH TAYLOR
Yeah, okay.

Seth opens his closet and takes out his cello. He looks at
it thoughtfully and then checks his watch. 

SETH TAYLOR
(clearly very nervous)
Do want to get dinner and then I'll
go find this guy?

CODY KENNEDY
(for once, doesn't tease
him)
Sure, buddy. Anything to avoid
finishing this.

SETH TAYLOR
Will you have it done by the time I
get back?

CODY KENNEDY
You know, it isn't likely.

INT. ALLIE'S DORM ROOM

Allie is at her mirror, her limited supply of makeup spread
across the small counter. She adds a little blush and some
lipgloss before putting her things away and smoothing some
stray strands of hair. 

ALLIE STEELE
(to her reflection)
Maybe it won't be so bad.

Incapable of lying even to herself, Allie's face shows its
displeasure at the idea. She bites her lip and turns away to
grab her keys, phone and ID. She checks the time on her
phone and realizes that Maria will come get her in a few
minutes if she doesn't head down to the lobby, or figure out
a way to avoid what is sure to be her version of Hell.

Impulsively, Allie grabs her bag that holds her iPod, dance
shoes, dance clothes, etc and heads out of the room. For
once, she isn't going to do what she's told.

INT. LOBBY OF ALLIE'S DORM

There are a few girls bustling around, getting things ready
but they're all distracted enough that they don't pay any
attention to Allie. Small smile on her face, she makes her
way to the exit.

However, Maria's entrance with a male student (Cody Kennedy)
stops her in her tracks.

MARIA DELGADO
I'm really sorry I couldn't be more
of a help, Cody. And unfortunately,
I have to run and get ready for our
dorm bonding activities. But, it
was nice to meet you. Feel free to
use that number, okay? 

Panicked while Maria's talking, Allie acts impulsively and
ducks into a nearby closet. Unbeknownst to her, Cody watches
her actions and just barely manages to hide his amused
reaction to Maria.

CODY KENNEDY
Thanks anyway, Maria. I will.

Maria gives Cody a small wave and walks away. Amused grin
back in full force, he walks over to the closet and leans
against the side.

CODY KENNEDY
(quietly)
She's gone. It's safe. You can come
out of the closet now in all your
rainbow colored glory.

Blushing furiously, Allie walks out looking extremely
flustered.

CODY KENNEDY
(grins)
Hello, pretty lady. Now, normally,
I wouldn't comment on someone's
choice of actions, but I have to
here. You understand, of course.
This is not a normal situation and
there's only so much I can do about
my curiosity. And so, I have to
ask- 

Cody gestures to the closet grandly.

CODY KENNEDY
Why were you hiding in a closet?

ALLIE STEELE
(stammering)
Well, I-I, um, I was just, I was
just trying to- um-

Cody's amusement disappears from his face as he realizes
that he's actually embarrassed her. The more relaxed, calmer
voice he used on Seth earlier returns.

CODY KENNEDY
(relents and moves so
that he's mostly
blocking her from view)
You don't have to explain anything.
You might not believe me, but I
really wasn't trying to make you
uncomfortable. This one did get
away from me a little and that is
entirely my bad. 

Allie visibly relaxes a little at Cody's seriousness.

CODY KENNEDY
(smiles)
I'm Cody Kennedy.

ALLIE STEELE
Allie Steele.

Cody kisses her hand in a dramatic fashion that makes her
laugh.

CODY KENNEDY
Pleasure to meet you, Allie. Now,
let me guess. Dancer?

Allie nods, a small smile on her face.

CODY KENNEDY
Judging from your accent, I'm going
to say you're from the South.

ALLIE STEELE
You're right so far.

CODY KENNEDY
And you're trying to avoid this
dorm bonding session?

ALLIE STEELE
(sheepishly)
Well...yes. Yes, I am.

CODY KENNEDY
(laughs)
I don't blame you. Though, I have
to say, I'm not sure hiding in a
closet is the solution.

ALLIE STEELE
It was a short term one.

CODY KENNEDY
(grinning)
Until I left?

ALLIE STEELE
Sorry, but yes.

CODY KENNEDY
Understandable. So what's the long
term solution?

ALLIE STEELE
(gestures slightly with
her bag)
I'm going to attempt to find a
place to practice before classes
tomorrow.

CODY KENNEDY
Ah, a workhorse! I am familiar with
your kind.

Allie giggles.

CODY KENNEDY
Well, I won't stop you, miss Allie.
I am on a mission of my own and
must depart soon anyway.

ALLIE STEELE
What are you up to?

Cody drops some of his dramatics.

CODY KENNEDY
I'm finding out some information
for my brother. So far, I've been
coming up empty, but the night is
young and I'm not worried. Worst
case scenario; I wait until he gets
back and he fills me in. However,
as you may have already guessed, I
hate waiting. 

ALLIE STEELE
I'm confused. You're finding out
something now that you'll probably
find out in a few hours?

Allie realizes that they've started walking and she relaxes
when she sees that Cody is taking care to make sure that no
one gets a good look at her.

CODY KENNEDY
It's like this- my brother doesn't
talk very much and he'll leave
things out, things that he doesn't
think are all that important.
Except they totally are and it's
super annoying to find things out
months later that could have only
taken five seconds to tell me right
then. 

ALLIE STEELE
I can see how that would frustrate
someone, especially...

Allie trails off a little sheepishly.

CODY KENNEDY
(cheerfully)
Someone like me? You have no idea.
The subject comes up all the time.
Either way,

Cody shrugs and stops walking. He and Allie are about to
part ways.

CODY KENNEDY
Mostly, I want to know about his
situation now so that I have time
to think about it. He's going to
want my take and in this particular
case, I don't want to advise him
impulsively.

ALLIE STEELE
(smiles)
I have a feeling your brother is
lucky to have you.

CODY KENNEDY
Thank you, Allie. I may rub that in
his face later.

Allie laughs and looks briefly at the path to the dance
studio. She turns back to Cody and gives him a smile.

ALLIE STEELE
Thank you for bailing me out.

CODY KENNEDY
Consider me your very white knight.

ALLIE STEELE
(giggles)
Well, thank you for rescuing me,
white knight.

Allie sobers up though an amused smile remains on her face.

ALLIE STEELE
It was nice to meet you, Cody.

CODY KENNEDY
And it was a pleasure to meet you,
Allie.

ALLIE STEELE
Good luck!

CODY KENNEDY
To you as well.

ALLIE STEELE
Thank you and I hope everything
works out for your brother.

Allie walks off and Cody smiles to himself.

INT. TODD'S PRACTICE ROOM

Todd Street is standing in the middle of one of the practice
rooms available to the students. He's young, nearly sixteen
years old. He has dark skin, dark brown eyes and thick,
curly black hair that occasionally falls over rimless
glasses. 

The room is dark and doesn't have much natural light. It
does have one window, though its blinds are down and Todd is
not inclined to raise them. He has flipped the light switch,
but one or two bulbs are burned out. 

The room is small, not well maintained and has few contents.
There is a piano in the corner, a few chairs and a
blackboard. Due to its poor lighting and view of the parking
lot, it's unlikely that many of the students use the room.

Todd walks over the piano, plays a chord and finds that it
is slightly out of tune. He smiles a little to himself.

TODD STREET
Perfect.

INT. CURTIS HALL

Seth enters the lobby of Curtis Hall, one of the classroom
buildings. He looks around and realizes that he might very
well be the only person in the building. All of the
classrooms are dark and everything is quiet.

However, faint violin music wafts up the stairs. After a
moment, Seth finds himself moving toward it. He walks down
the stairs to the basement. While still not clear, the music
is louder. The source appears to be the only lit room he's
seen so far.

Seth looks into the window pane on the door and sees a
slender figure with short, messy dark hair in skinny jeans
and a baggy sweatshirt who is immersed in playing their
violin.

Seth debates internally for a moment before quietly opening
the door. He remains at the back of the room and just
listens to the music for a while. Spencer plays with grace,
movement and confidence, and Seth is momentarily hypnotized.
It isn't until the door clicks shut that Seth realizes that
he had been holding onto it and that he had let go.

At the sound of the door closing, the music stops and Seth
is surprised to see an Asian woman turn around to face him.
Slowly, her violin and bow drop to her side. The grace and
confidence she had before are gone, and she looks at Seth
cautiously and nervously.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
(softly)
Can I help you?

SETH TAYLOR
Uh...maybe. I'm uh looking for
Spencer Houghton?

SPENCER HOUGHTON
That's me.

SETH TAYLOR
I'm Seth Taylor. I was sent to you
by Jack...something.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
(curiously)
O'Donnell?

SETH TAYLOR
Maybe?

SPENCER HOUGHTON
Red hair, a little manic?

SETH TAYLOR
Yeah. He's my RA.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
Oh.

There's an awkward pause. Spencer shifts her weight a few
times and Seth scratches the back of his head.

SETH TAYLOR
(blurts out)
You play really well.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
(smiles a little)
Thank you.

There's another pause, even more uncomfortable than the
last. Finally, Seth lets out a breath.

SETH TAYLOR
You have no idea why I'm here, do
you?

SPENCER HOUGHTON
I'm sorry. I don't.

SETH TAYLOR
I got a call about a month ago from
Dr. Hart.

A look of realization, sadness and horror falls across
Spencer's face.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
They want to put you in an
accelerated program.

SETH TAYLOR
Yeah.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
Start in sophomore classes?

Seth nods wordlessly.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
Spend your senior year working
privately with the professors?

SETH TAYLOR
How did you know?

SPENCER HOUGHTON
They had me do the same thing. 

Spencer puts her violin and bow on a nearby desk and
awkwardly gestures for Seth to join her. 

SPENCER HOUGHTON
What do you know?

SETH TAYLOR
What?

SPENCER HOUGHTON
About what's going to happen?

SETH TAYLOR
Other than what you've just said?
Nothing. Dr. Hart didn't really go
into detail and Jack didn't say all
that much.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
(a little bitterly)
Not surprised to hear that.

She sighs and leans against the desk she placed her violin
and bow on.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
Well, let's start with the
positives. What do you do?

SETH TAYLOR
I play the cello.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
You're going to be one of the best
string musicians to graduate from
here, by an insane margin. You'll
be amazed how good you're going to
get. I'm sure Dr. Hart hinted at
all this, but she down played it.
Nearly every opportunity will be
open to you. Whatever you want to
do with your cello, you'll be able
to do it and more.

SETH TAYLOR
(leans against a nearby
desk)
Huh...the same applies to you, I
take it?

SPENCER HOUGHTON
Yeah, it does. I haven't decided
yet but all doors are open.

SETH TAYLOR
That must be a relief.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
What do you mean?

SETH TAYLOR
We're musicians. We're usually
destined for the cardboard box.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
(chuckles)
You and I won't have to worry about
that. At least, it's rather
unlikely.

SETH TAYLOR
(looks at his cello)
Midtown School of Fine Arts is
supposed to be Juliard on steroids.

SPENCER HOUGHTON
It is.

SETH TAYLOR
And they think I'd be bored in
freshmen classes?

Spencer nods, though her face remains neutral.

SETH TAYLOR
Huh...

SPENCER HOUGHTON
(smiles sadly)
Yeah.

Seth looks at her curiously, noticing the sadness in her
smile and bitterness in her eyes.

SETH TAYLOR
There are things people aren't
telling me?

SPENCER HOUGHTON
(laughs without humor)
You have no idea.

INT. BEYER ROOM

Allie fiddles with her iPod, attempting to connect it to the
sound system in the empty dance studio. It isn't a very
large room, clearly meant for solo or small group work. It
has mirrors on three of the four walls, and the flooring is
Marley, well maintained and touches all four walls. Street
shoes are meant to left outside.

Even though technology usually frustrates her quickly, Allie
can't help but maintain her e


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