Loving Bella; Episode 1-Hank is Not What he Appears to Be

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Grayson finds out the truth about Bella's lying bad-boy boyfriend.

Submitted: July 22, 2012

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Submitted: July 22, 2012

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Loving Bella--

Lynn Ash Marie

Teaser

Start

Fade in:

EXT. SCHNEIDER DRIVEWAY- DAY

Setting: Outdoors. In a drive way of a medium sized house. The house is yellow with two floors. There is a basketball hoop. Two teenage boys (16 sophomores) are playing a game of basketball. They are GRAYSON and DUSTIN. GRAYSON is the one who is the stronger of the two boys. DUSTIN is strong but not as strong as GRAYSON. They are the same height. They are playing basketball until DUSTIN makes a basket then holds the ball in his hands.

DUSTIN

(Holding the basketball) Nice game, Grayson.

GRAYSON

(Joking) Except that I beat you.

DUSTIN

You got lucky, I say.

GRAYSON

I can’t wait for tryouts. (Looking at the house) Let’s go inside; I’m starving like a mad man.

DUSTIN

I know right.

DUSTIN and GRAYSON give each other a slap on the back and they head inside the house. They are in the living room. A girl and a boy are talking in the kitchen. The girl is BELLA. The boy is HANK.

INT. SCHNEIDER LIVING ROOM-SAME

BELLA

(Calling from the kitchen) Grayson, Dustin, are you hungry?

GRAYSON

Hungry? Of course not.

GRAYSON/DUSTIN

(In unison) We’re starving!!

GRAYSON and DUSTIN laugh together. DUSTIN throws the basketball on the couch. GRAYSON wraps his arm around DUSTIN’S neck and slumps his arm around DUSTIN’S shoulder. They walk into the kitchen.

INT. SCHNEIDER KITCHEN-SAME

HANK (16 freshman) has slicked down hair. HANK is a gentleman.

BELLA (15 freshman) is sitting on a stool near the counter. She is a red head. BELLA should be the only girl in the cast with red hair.

HANK

Take a sandwich, if you’re so hungry. Bella and I have made extras.

DUSTIN

Sure thing (lowers his voice) Hank.

HANK

I find that rude.

DUSTIN

It is, my man, it is.

HANK stands up to DUSTIN and gets close to him.

HANK

I don’t stand to rude people.

DUSTIN

Then why are you standing up to me?

DUSTIN and GRAYSON laugh. They laugh until HANK does a fake laugh to interrupt them.

HANK

Good one. Now eat a sandwich.

HANK sits back down in the chair. GRAYSON takes a sandwich off of a tray and takes another one off then hands it to DUSTIN. DUSTIN bites into his sandwich ferociously.

GRAYSON

Bella and Hank. How are you two?

BELLA smiles at HANK then at GRAYSON and DUSTIN.

BELLA

I asked Hank out.

GRAYSON

(Turning to HANK and shocked) What did you say? What did you say?

HANK

(Smiling) I said yes.

DUSTIN

Congratulations Bella. I take back the insults, dude. Because for once you got a hot chick.

GRAYSON

Dude, that’s my sister.

DUSTIN

I know! I have no shame in it.

GRAYSON belches loudly and HANK and BELLA wince.

BELLA

That’s gross.

DUSTIN belches louder than GRAYSON.

BELLA

You guys are so disgusting.

HANK

Glad I can show some decency and manners around a beautiful woman.

GRAYSON

I can too, when I want to.

GRAYSON messes up BELLA’S hair.

BELLA

(Shouting at GRAYSON) Grayson!! What is wrong with you?

GRAYSON

But she’s my sister.

BELLA slaps GRAYSON’S arm. GRAYSON elbows BELLA’S back. BELLA stomps on GRAYSON’S foot with her high heel. GRAYSON grabs his foot and hops away from BELLA while saying “ouch”.

GRAYSON

You’re trying to get me in the hospital. I think you put a hole in my foot.

BELLA

Boo- hoo! I wouldn’t put you in the hospital. Cause then I would have to wait in the boring hospital with you.

END OF TEASER

Cut:

SCENE 1 ACT 1

FADE IN:

INT. BELLA’S BEDROOM- DAY

Setting: There is one window in the entire room. The window has a window seat. The walls are decorated with posters and stickers. Some of the posters are puppies, hot boys, etc. Against the wall is a queen sized bed. The covers are pink. Against a different wall is a desk and a wooden chair. BELLA is sitting on the window seat. HANK is walking around the room. HANK stops in front of BELLA and smiles.

HANK

I think they bought it.

BELLA

I do too. You did an excellent job playing the role of a gentleman.

HANK

That was a great idea of yours. They’ll never know we’ve been dating for three whole months now.

BELLA

My family would have never let me date a bad boy.

HANK takes his jacket off. HANK tosses it to the bed. HANK is wearing a rock and roll t-shirt. HANK shakes out his hair and scruffs it up.

HANK

That’s better. I hate dressing up like a sissy. You are so worth the trouble though.

HANK walks over to BELLA and sits by her. He wraps his arm around her shoulder.

HANK

Together we can rule the world.

HANK kisses BELLA’S lips and they kiss. Footsteps are heard coming towards BELLA’S door. BELLA and HANK become urgent.

BELLA

Quick, hide!

BELLA leaps over to the bed and throws the coat to the side so it is hidden. HANK opens the window and slides out. HANK’S fingers are showing. A plump woman walks into BELLA’S room.

She is MRS. SCHNEIDER, BELLA and GRAYSON’S mom.

She enters with a laundry basket on her hip.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Do you have any white clothes you want me to wash?

MRS. SCHNEIDER walks into the room more. She puts the laundry basket next to BELLA on the bed.

BELLA

No, I don’t think so.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

How about any blankets or sheets?

BELLA

Pretty sure I don’t have anything.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

I heard the gossip from your brother. You are dating the mayor’s son. For once you have actually chosen a good guy with a future planned. Where is he?

BELLA

He left a while ago.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Okay so I will leave you alone.

MRS. SCHNEIDER leaves with the basket in her hand. She shuts the door behind her. HANK pulls himself up.

HANK

I don’t know what she is talking about when she says future. My future has no plan. It just happens. The only thing I plan to have in my future is partying.

BELLA

She thinks you’re going to run for mayor when your father passes away.

HANK

Your mom is bonkers in the head.

HANK sits on the window seat.

HANK

What do you think?

BELLA

(Hesitant) Yeah. She really is.

BELLA looks like she is regretting what she said. HANK looks out the window.

HANK

I’m going to get going. Give me a kiss goodbye.

BELLA

(Crossing the room to HANK) With pleasure.

BELLA kisses HANK. HANK stands after the kiss.

BELLA

See ya later, hot stuff.

HANK

You too, pretty thang.

HANK goes to the window and slides himself out. He jumps out the window and turns back to BELLA. HANK does a rock and roll sign with his hands. Then HANK runs left. A cameo is heard starting up and it rushes by the house.

HANK

(Shouting while driving by) See you later, Bella!!

BELLA sits on her bed and picks up a magazine from her side table. She opens the magazine and reads it. GRAYSON enters the room.

GRAYSON

Where’s Hank?

BELLA

Hank left a while ago.

GRAYSON

No he didn’t. I heard voices a minute back.

BELLA

Mom and I were talking, stupid.

GRAYSON

Before that. I heard something like… ‘Together we can rule the world’ and ‘I hate dressing like a sissy’ and ‘my family would never have let me date a bad boy’!

BELLA throws the magazine on the floor and stands up. She is angry and confused.

BELLA

You were spying on me and Hank!

GRAYSON

Bella I was in my room. The walls are paper-thin.

GRAYSON walks to a wall and punches a hole into the next room. He turns around and smiles at BELLA.

GRAYSON

Hmm, should I tell mom and dad about Hank?

BELLA

No, don’t!

GRAYSON

I think I should because it’s the right thing.

BELLA

Since when have you done the right thing?

BELLA runs to the door and blocks it.

BELLA

I won’t let you tell them. Mom and dad would kill me.

GRAYSON

Let’s make a deal.

GRAYSON sits on BELLA’S bed and pats a spot next to him.

GRAYSON

Come and sit, Bella. Let’s have a talk.

BELLA sits by GRAYSON and looks at him.

GRAYSON

You don’t want me to tell mom and dad, correct?

BELLA

Yes. Mom might go easy on me, but Dad wouldn’t.

GRAYSON

How about… if you want me to keep my mouth shut, you do all of my chores and be my personal slave?

BELLA

No, I don’t want to do that!!

GRAYSON

Ok then. (Shouting) Moooooooommmmmmm!

BELLA covers GRAYSON’S mouth and pushes him down on the bed. BELLA whispers to GRAYSON.

BELLA

Alright, I will do them. Only if you keep your mouth shut about this.

BELLA takes her hand off GRAYSON’S mouth. GRAYSON smiles. GRAYSON zips his mouth.

GRAYSON

My lips are sealed. (Shouting) Never mind, Mom!

BELLA

I hate you.

GRAYSON

It was a pleasure doing business with you. Therefore, I believe today you are taking out the trash and cleaning the bathroom!

BELLA

I don’t know where you got to be this evil but I don’t like it.

CUT:

END OF SCENE 1

SCENE 2 ACT 1

FADE IN:

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. BATHROOM- DAY

BELLA is scrubbing at the toilet. She is wearing a doctor’s mask and her face looks sick. She is kneeling by the toilet and scrubbing. GRAYSON is heard shouting from the hallway.

GRAYSON

Oh, Bella! I have another job for you.

BELLA

Oh, thank god.

BELLA stands up and drops her utensil on the floor. BELLA walks out of the bathroom and across the hallway into GRAYSON’S room.

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. GRAYSON’S ROOM- SAME

GRAYSON is lying on his bed with his hands behind his head.

BELLA

(Pulling her mask down) What now?

GRAYSON

My feet: They ache so much. Rub them for me.

BELLA

Ew. No. That’s disgusting.

GRAYSON

Then I will tell mom.

BELLA

(Angry) Fine!

GRAYSON pulls off his socks and wiggles his toes. BELLA scrunches up her nose. She pulls the mask over her face.

GRAYSON

Make sure you get in between the toes.

BELLA

(Mumbling) Oh, I will.

BELLA kneels by GRAYSON’S feet and squeezes GRAYSON’S foot hardly.

GRAYSON

(Crying out) Ow! Bella!! That hurt!

BELLA

(Evilly) Good.

BELLA digs her nails into GRAYSON’S foot. GRAYSON screams. GRAYSON tries and grabs BELLA but she jumps back. GRAYSON sits on the edge of his bed.

GRAYSON

Do it right!

BELLA stands up straight and pulls off her mask. BELLA chucks the mask at GRAYSON.

BELLA

(Talking quickly) Never! Ha! Ha! Haa!

BELLA runs out of GRAYSON’S room and GRAYSON chases BELLA out. BELLA runs down the hall and down the stairs. They are in the kitchen now. GRAYSON flies down the stairs and grabs BELLA in a head lock. MRS. SCHNEIDER is in the kitchen and starring at them. The TV is on, showing a mayor broadcast.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

What are you two doing? Grayson, let go of your sister.

GRAYSON releases BELLA.

GRAYSON

Bella is misbehaving. She is dating a rebel.

BELLA fakes a laugh.

BELLA

No, I’m not. Mom, you know I’m dating sweet, sweet Hank.

GRAYSON

(Pointing to the TV screen) That’s Hank. Right there.

The TV screen shows the mayor, MAYOR SMITH on the TV. In the background, HANK is slouching in a chair.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Really Grayson? That’s Hank’s brother, Howard.

GRAYSON

It’s Hank. The mayor has only one kid. Hank pretends to be a gentleman but he is really a punk. He pretends to slick his hair back but he really has wild hair!! That boy behind the mayor has to be Hank.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Sure, say what you want to say, sweetie.

MRS. SCHNEIDER walks out of the room twirling a finger around her head; saying that GRAYSON is cuckoo. BELLA sticks her tongue out at GRAYSON.

BELLA

(Bragging) Ha ha! Hank’s birth name is Howard. I win. I don’t have to work for you anymore.

GRAYSON

Believe me. I will get you exposed. I am going to get you!

END OF SCENE 2

CUT:

SCENE 3 ACT 1

FADE IN:

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. BELLA’S ROOM- MORNING

HANK and BELLA are in the room. HANK and BELLA are sitting back to back on the bed. HANK is facing the door in his “disguise”. BELLA is starring off into her own world. GRAYSON enters the room. GRAYSON stops dead in the room when he sees HANK.

GRAYSON

(Menacingly) Oh, hi, Hank.

BELLA whips around as soon as she hears GRAYSON’S voice.

GRAYSON

Sweet Hank.

BELLA

(Pointing to the door) Get out of my room!

GRAYSON

(Mocking BELLA terribly) Get out of my room! Boo-hoo!

HANK

Excuse me, but that’s not how you treat a woman.

GRAYSON

Hank, I already know about the real you. So, you can cut the whale blubber and act yourself. I know you don’t dress like this.

HANK

Bella, how does he know? Did you tell him?

BELLA

I, uh, he—

HANK interrupts BELLA by slapping her on the cheek with the back of his hand.

GRAYSON

(Shocked) You didn’t just do that.

GRAYSON charges at HANK and lifts him up by the collar.

GRAYSON

I’m the only one who can hit my sister.

HANK punches GRAYSON in the stomach. GRAYSON gets angry and throws HANK against BELLA’S dresser. Stuff falls off the dresser. BELLA shrieks. HANK kicks GRAYSON in the hip. BELLA is crying and screaming. GRAYSON tries to punch HANK in the face but HANK deflects it. HANK punches GRAYSON in the stomach.

BELLA

(Screaming and shouting) Stop!! Please stop this! You guys are scaring me.

BELLA puts her hands in her hair. HANK and GRAYSON stop fighting and look at BELLA.

BELLA

(Through sobs)This fighting is frightening me.

BELLA whips the tears away. HANK and GRAYSON give each other a dirty look. GRAYSON pushes HANK back from him. GRAYSON exits the room.

HANK

I’m sorry, Bella. I was defending myself.

BELLA curls up into a ball on the bed.

BELLA

Are you okay?

HANK

Of course. I know how to fight. I especially know how to fight b- people like your brother.

BELLA

(Angry and scared) Get out of my room now! I need some time to cool down.

HANK

Alright, babe. I will call you in about an hour to see how you are after you unwind.

BELLA

(Lifting head up) Don’t call me at all tonight. I don’t feel like talking to you after what you did.

HANK

(Clueless) You’re mad at me because I fought with your brother.

BELLA

Get out already.

HANK

Bye.

HANK walks out of the room after a few seconds of waiting. BELLA takes a deep breath. She looks at the stuff on the floor. BELLA uncurls from her ball. She sits on the edge of the bed for a moment and goes on her knees. She picks up the stuff on the floor. GRAYSON’S face is seen through the hole he punched. BELLA looks up and jumps when she sees GRAYSON.

GRAYSON

If I were you, I would break up with Howard.

BELLA

(Snappy) Well, you’re not me.

BELLA stands up and then puts the stuff on the dresser.

GRAYSON

Bella, he smacked you.

BELLA walks over to GRAYSON in the hole. She rips a poster off near the hole and puts it over GRAYSON’S face. A couple seconds later GRAYSON is seen in the doorway.

BELLA

Leave me alone.

BELLA slams the door in GRAYSON’S face and locks it.

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. HALLWAY- SAME

GRAYSON is knocking on BELLA’S door.

GRAYSON

Bella, open this door.

We hear loud music through BELLA’S door.

GRAYSON

So immature!

CUT:

END OF SCENE 3

END OF ACT 1

FADE IN:

SCENE 4 ACT 2

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. GRAYSON’S ROOM- MORNING

GRAYSON is sleeping in his bed. MRS. SCHNEIDER walks into the room.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Grayson, can you do you me a favor?

GRAYSON rolls over in his bed, facing away from MRS. SCHNEIDER.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Wake up!

GRAYSON’S arm shoots straight in the air and he points at MRS. SCHNEIDER. His eyes are still closed and he is in sleeping position while he talks.

GRAYSON

You don’t have a right to wake me up on a Saturday, this early in the morning.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

It’s ten! The time is not early anymore.

GRAYSON

This is my sleeping time.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

I can’t drive your sister to her dance practice today. I have a meeting.

GRAYSON

Well, then she is out of luck.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

I want you to drive her today.

GRAYSON

Let me think about that. No.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Grayson, please. (A beat) I’ll pay you.

GRAYSON

How much?

MRS. SCHNEIDER

(Thinking) Twenty bucks.

GRAYSON sits up in his bed and looks at MRS. SCHNEIDER. He puts his hand on his heart.

GRAYSON

Mom, you’ve tickled my heart. I’ll drive little Bella to her dance practice.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Ha. Ha. Now, you have to hurry up or you will have your payment cut in half. Beside taking your sister, you will see Mindy.

(MINDY is GRAYSON’S girlfriend) GRAYSON does a Looney Tunes Coyote howl.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

(Through a laugh) Get ready hound doggie.

MRS. SCHNEIDER walks out of GRAYSON’S room and into BELLA’S room.

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. BELLA’S ROOM- SAME

BELLA is in her room with ear buds in her ears. BELLA is in a tight dance uniform, which is pink and black. Her hair is in a bun. BELLA is dancing to the music. BELLA sees MRS. SCHNEIDER and stops dancing. She pulls her ear buds out.

BELLA

Are you ready?

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Your brother is taking you today.

BELLA

What?

MRS. SCHNEIDER

He is driving you because I have a meeting at work.

BELLA

Grayson giving me a ride is like you signing Death to come and visit me.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Grayson is a very fine driver.

BELLA

Oh, I know he is. I’m just saying Grayson, himself will kill me.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

I have to go now. You’ll be fine. I love you and behave.

BELLA

(Sad) Bye.

MRS. SCHNEIDER walks out of BELLA’S room. BELLA puts on a pair of shoes. After she puts her shoes on, she walks into GRAYSON’S room.

BELLA

Why do you have to be my older brother?

GRAYSON

Cause I was born first.

BELLA

Are you ready to go?

GRAYSON

(Walking past BELLA) Am I?

BELLA and GRAYSON walk down the hallway together in silence. They walk down the stairs, through the dining room, and out the door in the living room. GRAYSON takes out his keys and unlocks the car. BELLA goes around to the passenger seat.

GRAYSON

No. In the back.

BELLA

Why? No one else is coming with us.

GRAYSON

Correction. I’m going to pick up Mindy.

BELLA

Fine.

BELLA goes into the backseat behind the passenger seat. GRAYSON goes into the driver’s seat and turns the car on.

GRAYSON

Before we leave, I have to ask you a question. What are the chances of you breaking up with Hank?

BELLA

I won’t break up with him. That’s the choice I made.

GRAYSON

Break up with him this morning or we’re not leaving.

BELLA

We can’t play this game right now.

GRAYSON

Then we’re not leaving.

BELLA

I don’t have my phone with me.

GRAYSON

(Handing his phone over to BELLA) Use mine. I insist.

BELLA snatches the phone from GRAYSON and dials a phone number.

BELLA

I’ll even put it on speaker.

MRS. SCHNEIDER answers the phone.

BELLA

Mom, Grayson won’t drive me to my practice. He’s blackmailing me.

MRS. SCHNEIDER sounds like a chattering chipmunk on the phone. We cannot make out any words.

GRAYSON

(Shocked/Afraid) Yes, Mom. Right away, Mom. I promise I won’t do it again. Yes. Bye.

BELLA hangs up the phone and GRAYSON takes it.

GRAYSON

(Turning to BELLA) That was devious.

BELLA

You want to know how I like my revenge? With a drizzle of (Shouting) ‘In your face!’

END OF SCENE 4

CUT:

FADE IN:

SCENE 5 ACT 2

INT. RECREATION BUILDING. DANCE STUDIO- DAY

BELLA and 13 other girls are dancing in the middle of the room. GRAYSON and another girl are sitting off to the side. The girl next to GRAYSON is MINDY COPPER. They are having a conversation.

GRAYSON

(Lowering his voice) You know the mayor’s son, Howard?

MINDY

Yes he goes to our school. I think his nickname is Hank or something like that.

GRAYSON

It is.

MINDY

For being the mayor’s son and all, he sure does get a lot of detentions.

GRAYSON

Bella and him are dating.

MINDY

You’re kidding right?

GRAYSON

I only wish. My parents are going to have a bird once they find out about whom Hank really is. I’ve been trying to protect her from them. She won’t break up with him though. I need advice. Can you help me?

MINDY

I have multiple thought about this. One; you could let this play out. Two; you can ask her politely. Or three; get Hank to break up with Bella. (She sees GRAYSON’S smile) I don’t even have to ask to know what you’re thinking. You’re going with number three.

GRAYSON

You know me too well.

MINDY pats GRAYSON on the back and smile.

MINDY

I got to get back to practice. I will talk to you after.

MINDY stands up and ruffles up GRAYSON’S hair before leaving. BELLA jogs over to GRAYSON.

BELLA

What were you guys talking about?

GRAYSON

Hank: Your loving boyfriend.

BELLA

Are you serious? You told Mindy about who Hank really is.

GRAYSON

I didn’t have to. She already knew.

BELLA

What’s your plan this time? Tie me up and throw me in the basement until I agree to break up with him.

GRAYSON

No. Mindy convinced me to leave you alone. Love is love, am I right?

BELLA

Oh, Grayson! Thank you so much!

BELLA hugs GRAYSON.

GRAYSON

Get off me, you creep.

BELLA stops hugging GRAYSON. GRAYSON whips himself off like BELLA was some type of icky goo.

GRAYSON

Sister germs are the worst.

BELLA

You’re wrong. Brothers have more cooties than a sister.

GRAYSON

You wish.

One of the dance instructors notices BELLA talking to GRAYSON.

He is MR. RANDAL (24). MR. RANDAL is a cool dressed man.

MR. RANDAL

Bella! Come back here and dance!

END OF SCENE 5

CUT TO:

SCENE 6 ACT 2

INT. GRAYSON’S CAR- DAY

GRAYSON and MINDY are sitting in the car. GRAYSON is in the driver’s seat and MINDY is in the passenger seat.

GRAYSON

Ok so, how do I do this?

MINDY

You can get Hank alone and say a range of things to him. For example, Bella is cheating on you or Bella does not find you attractive.

GRAYSON

(Nodding his head) I think I know what to do now. How do I tell Hank if we are never alone?

A phone is ringing in the backseat. The ringtone is What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction. MINDY reaches into the backseat and grabs the phone. The caller ID says ‘Hank Smith’.

MINDY

Well, here you go. Answer the phone.

GRAYSON takes the phone from MINDY.

GRAYSON

Hi Hank, I just wanted to talk to you. (A beat) This is Grayson. (A beat) Because I had to tell you something. (A beat) This hurts me to say. Bella is having an affair. (A beat) Um… with Dustin. (A beat) Why don’t you believe me? (A beat) What do you mean you forgive her? (A beat) I am not. (To MINDY) He hung up.

MINDY

How did that conversation go? It sounded pretty bad.

GRAYSON

He called me a liar. And he didn’t believe the affair thing.

MINDY

You are a liar though.

GRAYSON

Not to you.

MINDY

I know you won’t.

GRAYSON

Hank is really getting under my skin lately.

MINDY

He would with me too. I just don’t have to deal with him.

GRAYSON

(Smiling) You lucky girl.

MINDY

I love it when you smile.

GRAYSON

(Smiling wider) Can I kiss you right now?

MINDY

You know you don’t have to ask me.

GRAYSON

You know I like to treat you well.

GRAYSON and MINDY are about to kiss but BELLA comes in the car. MINDY and GRAYSON don’t kiss.

BELLA

Sorry I’m late. I had to stay back with Mr. Randy.

GRAYSON

(Buckling his seatbelt) Thanks for ruining the moment.

BELLA

Don’t mind me. Go ahead and kiss. I don’t care.

GRAYSON and MINDY shake their heads at each other. BELLA buckles up her seatbelt. MINDY is already buckled up. GRAYSON puts his hands on the steering wheel. MINDY talks to BELLA suddenly.

MINDY

Bella, honey, you do realize who Hank is correct?

BELLA

Oh great. Here we go again.

MINDY

Hank is a bad influence on you. Once, I seen him behind the school smoking. Smoking, Bella!

BELLA

Smoking? Hank never told me he smoked.

MINDY

Yes, it’s true. You don’t smoke, Bella, because you are a good girl.

BELLA confused and scared, nods her head. MINDY nods her head in approval.

MINDY

Second-hand smoke is just as bad as smoking. Every time you kiss him or he kisses you, he is putting smoke into your mouth.

BELLA

(Nervous) Oh my gosh. We’ve kissed so much times.

BELLA CONT’D

[More]

I have to break up with him or he is going to kill me. Where’s my phone?

BELLA searches for her phone. MINDY takes the phone from GRAYSON’S hand and hands it to BELLA.

BELLA

Thank you. I’m going to step out for a moment to call him. Is that ok, Grayson?

GRAYSON

Go ahead, Bella. We will be here waiting for you.

BELLA

Thank you.

BELLA unbuckles her seatbelt and opens her door and steps outside. GRAYSON turns to MINDY slowly.

GRAYSON

I don’t know how you did that but you are amazing.

MINDY

I know my way around the human brain. I knew Bella was an anti-smoke fanatic. So I told her the truth about him.

GRAYSON

He really does smoke?

MINDY

Yes. You know I don’t lie.

GRAYSON

Thank god that I have you. I-

GRAYSON doesn’t finish his sentence. BELLA comes back in the car with tears in her eyes. She is upset.

BELLA

That was the hardest thing for me to do. He wouldn’t believe me. Thank you for telling me he was a smoker.

MINDY

Anytime, dearest Bella. I couldn’t let you date a guy you know nothing about.

BELLA buckles her seat belt. GRAYSON pulls out of the parking space. BELLA’S phone beeps saying she got a text. The text is from HANK. The message says…

Did they believe the act u threw on?

BELLA smiles and texts HANK back.

Yes they did. What a bunch of gullible freaks. They will never break us a part.

BELLA smiles devilishly at the camera. The tears on her face were fakes.

END OF SCENE 6

END OF ACT 2

CUT TO:

SCENE 7 ACT 3

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. BELLA’S HOUSE- NIGHT

BELLA is sitting on the window seat in her room. She is in a dress. BELLA looks at the time. She walks to her door and locks it. BELLA then goes to her stereo by her bed and turns the music on really loud. Rocks are being thrown at the window. BELLA goes to the window and looks out of it. HANK is on the ground. BELLA opens her window and leans over the edge.

BELLA

Hey, handsome.

HANK

Ready to sneak out?

BELLA

I was born ready.

HANK

Jump. I’ll catch you.

BELLA stand on the window seat and puts her hands on the window frame. BELLA jumps out the window. HANK catches her and falls to his bottom.

HANK

Are you ok?

BELLA

I’ve had more comfortable falls.

BELLA stands up and offers her hand to HANK. HANK just stands without taking BELLA’S hand.

BELLA

Who’s party are we going to tonight?

HANK

It doesn’t matter. A party.

BELLA

That sounds like fun.

HANK

It’s going to be a wild party. There’s going to be a lot of crazy things. Let’s go now. We don’t want to miss any fun.

BELLA

Let’s stop with the chit-chat and we’ll get there faster.

HANK

But then where’s the love?

HANK puts his arm around BELLA’S shoulders and leads her to his car.

END OF SCENE 7

CUT TO:

SCENE 8 ACT 3

INT. SOME RANDOM HOUSE- NIGHT

A couple minutes later from the last scene. In the house, there is loud music playing, people are dancing. There is a bunch of sounds going on. Like screaming, laughter, talking, etc. BELLA and HANK walk in. HANK’S lips move but we don’t hear any sound.

HANK

(Shouting) “Awesome party, right?”

The party is really wild. BELLA grabs HANK’S shoulder. She talks but we can’t hear her.

BELLA

(Mouthing)“I need to talk to you.”

HANK

(Shouting) I can’t hear you! Let’s go to a quieter place.

HANK leads BELLA to a bathroom. HANK shuts the door.

INT. SOME RANDOM HOUSE. BATHROOM- SAME

The music and other sounds are heard in the background.

BELLA

Hank, by a wild party, I thought you meant like spin the bottle, kind of wild.

HANK

Just relax. This is probably the best party you would ever go to. It’s the party of your life.

BELLA

I don’t know. Partying, like this, is not my thing.

HANK

Trust me. These parties are the best. I’ve gone to tons of them. You will love it if you try it out.

BELLA

Um, I’ll give it a try. But If I don’t like it, I want you to take me home. Okay?

HANK

Yeah. I will take you home the instant you want to.

HANK puts his hands on BELLA’S shoulders and stares into her eyes.

HANK

Try to have fun and don’t be such a downer.

HANK takes his hands off BELLA’S shoulders and opens the door and walks out. BELLA follows HANK out. Some people are playing volleyball with a balloon. The balloon floats over to BELLA and HANK. BELLA hits the balloon to the people. They continue with the game. HANK walks away from BELLA. BELLA joins in the game with balloon volleyball.

BELLA

(While smacking the balloon) Take that!

A girl is thrown in the air and is caught. The people who threw the girl come over to BELLA. They pick her up and she screams. They throw her in the air and catch her. They put her down.

END OF SCENE 8

CUT TO:

SCENE 9 ACT 3

FADE IN:

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. DINING ROOM- NIGHT

MRS. SCHNEIDER is sitting at the table alone, eating a bowl of ice cream. GRAYSON comes into the room.

GRAYSON

Hey mom, do you know where my headphones are?

MRS. SCHNEIDER

How am I supposed to know that?

GRAYSON

You have a tendency of knowing where things are.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

If you don’t know where yours are, go ask Bella if you can borrow hers.

GRAYSON

Ok then. Good idea.

GRAYSON goes up the stairs and knocks on BELLA’S door when he gets there. The music is heard through the door. GRAYSON knocks on the door again.

GRAYSON

Bella, can I borrow your headphones? (Shouting) Bella!

GRAYSON goes back downstairs.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Success?

GRAYSON

Her music is too loud. She can’t hear me. (A beat) Can I borrow one of your bobby pins?

MRS. SCHNEIDER

(Sighing) In the bathroom closet. I have some in a pack.

GRAYSON

Ok thanks, mom.

GRAYSON runs upstairs again and runs into the bathroom. He opens the closet in the bathroom. He rummages through some boxes. He finds the bobby pins box and the box falls to the floor. The bobby pins are scattered on the floor. GRAYSON picks up a bobby pin. GRAYSON closes the closet door. He picks the rest of the bobby pins up and puts them away. He walks over to BELLA’S room.

GRAYSON

I know you can’t hear me but I’m coming in.

GRAYSON picks BELLA’S lock on the door handle. He opens the door and steps inside her room. BELLA is not in the room.

GRAYSON

(Slowly) Oh, my gosh.

GRAYSON walks into the room and turns off BELLA’S music. GRAYSON looks on her side table and her phone is there. He picks BELLA’S phone up. GRAYSON runs out of BELLA’S room and down the stairs.

GRAYSON

Mom, we have a problem.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

What’s the matter? Is everyone okay?

GRAYSON

Bella has snuck out.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

(Surprised and scared) What?!

MRS. SCHNEIDER stands up quickly and knocks her bowl over the table. She picks the bowl up.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Where did Bella go?

GRAYSON

I don’t know. I went in her room and she wasn’t there.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

(Worried) We must go look for her.

GRAYSON

No! I’ll go look for her. You can stay here in case she comes back. I think I know where she might be.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

(Angry) Oh, that girl is going to be in so much trouble when she gets home!

GRAYSON

Don’t worry, Mom, I’ll find her.

GRAYSON kisses MRS. SCHNEIDER on the forehead and then he jogs out the front door. GRAYSON stops in the middle of the driveway and looks at BELLA’S phone. He looks through BELLA’S texts and becomes flustered.

GRAYSON

Bella, you stupid girl.

END OF SCENE 9

CUT TO:

SCENE 10 ACT 3

FADE IN:

INT. SOME RANDOM HOUSE. LIVING ROOM- NIGHT

BELLA is looking around for HANK but she can’t find him. BELLA sees HANK on the top of the stairs. He takes a serving tray and skates down the stairs. He stumbles on the last step and launches into BELLA. He pushes his hair back.

HANK

(Shouting) Hey, Bella! Having fun?

BELLA

(Shouting) I want to go home.

HANK

(Shouting) Why? This party is too fun!! We can’t leave now!

BELLA

(Shouting) But you said you would!

HANK

(Shouting) Well too bad. I saw you having fun with the balloon. Go and play that again!

BELLA

(Shouting) I’m lonely. I don’t have anyone to talk to but you.

HANK

(Shouting) Then-

HANK is interrupted by some people coming to HANK and hand him a full 2-liter soda bottle. The people gather around HANK and chant “Chug”.

HANK

(Shouting) Alright, I’ll chug!

HANK opens the bottle and begins to chug the soda. The people cheer as he chugs. BELLA shakes her head and walks away from them. She walks to the door and walks out. BELLA cuts through the grass and walks down the street while holding herself. GRAYSON’S car drives slowly by BELLA. He is going the same direction as BELLA.

GRAYSON

I hate to break it to ya, but you’re going the wrong way.

BELLA

(Looking up) How did you know I was going to be here?

GRAYSON waves BELLA’S phone in his hand. GRAYSON stops in the car.

GRAYSON

You are kind of a forgetful person. Get in and will take you home.

BELLA opens the passenger door and sits in the seat. She shuts the door and buckles her seatbelt. GRAYSON tosses her phone into her lap.

GRAYSON

Mom knows you snuck out.

BELLA

(Sarcastic) Oh, great. What do you think my punishment will be?

GRAYSON

I think you will lose your phone and not be able to hang out with friends for a long time.

BELLA

You wish.

GRAYSON

I do. Cause I want revenge for calling Mindy and I, gullible freaks. You can mess with me like that but not my girl.

BELLA

(Guilty) You read those texts?

GRAYSON

Oh, yes. I can’t believe you.

BELLA

Excuse me; I didn’t know when you became my parent.

GRAYSON

You are really giving me sass?

BELLA

Yea because you’re trying to act like my dad.

GRAYSON gasps and becomes angry at BELLA.

GRAYSON

You take that back.

BELLA

Make me.

GRAYSON and BELLA become mad enough at each other that they stop talking. GRAYSON drives the car after changing the gear shift.

END OF SCENE 10

CUT TO:

SCENE 11 ACT 2

FADE IN:

EXT. SCHNEIDER DRIVEWAY- NIGHT

GRAYSON pulls in the driveway and turns off the car. He turns to BELLA quickly.

GRAYSON

(Excitedly) Let the punishment begin.

BELLA

I hope my punishment is to smack you one thousand times.

GRAYSON

I doubt it.

BELLA shakes her head and gets out of the car. GRAYSON gets out of the car and walks to the house. BELLA and GRAYSON stop on the patio then they walk into the house. MRS. SCHNEIDER is standing in front of them with her arms crossed and her foot tapping.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

So, where was she?

GRAYSON

At a party. Well she was at a party.

BELLA

I know you’re angry. Let’s skip the lecture part and you give me the punishment.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

I was going to do that. But since you told me, I’m going to give you twice as long as a lecture. Sit down.

BELLA walks over to the couch and sits down. GRAYSON and MRS. SCHNEIDER walk over to BELLA.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Grayson, do you mind.

GRAYSON

No, I do not.

GRAYSON sits down on the other couch. MRS. SCHNEIDER shakes her head.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

(To herself) Whatever. (To BELLA) What made you sneak out?

BELLA

Hank told me too.

GRAYSON

Hank is Howard. His birth name is Howard.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

You are dating that Goth punk? This is going to be one big punishment.

BELLA

Since you’re already on the punishing stage, I might as well tell you that Hank also smoked.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

He did what?!? Bella Rose Schneider, you have been very naughty. I don’t know what I’m going to do with you.

GRAYSON

You can make her do my chores because she has none.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

(Choked up in words)Yes and I’m going to revoke your phone. And, and I’m going to tell your father. He will decide the rest of the punishment. You are-

GRAYSON

(Interrupting) Unreliable?

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Yes. And-

GRAYSON

(Interrupting) Immature.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Yes.

BELLA

(Hissing at GRAYSON) Stop it. You’re making things worse for me.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

Grayson is not needed to make things worse. They are at their worst on your own, Bella.

MRS. SCHNEIDER CONT’D

[More]

You have done the worst thing you could have done to me. I’m very upset because you’re supposed to be the good child.

GRAYSON

What? Hey!

A short man with pink hair and a angry face, stomps into the room angrily. He is MR. SCHNEIDER (47).

He points a finger at GRAYSON.

MR. SCHNEIDER

Grayson, you are grounded! You know better than to mess with my hair color.

GRAYSON snickers. MR. SCHNEIDER stops in the middle of the room. He turns from angry to confused.

MR. SCHNEIDER

What’s going on here?

MRS. SCHNEIDER

I’m grounding Bella.

MR. SCHNEIDER

What did Bella do? She’s a perfect angel. I bet Grayson framed her.

BELLA

I can tell you myself.

BELLA stands up with confidence.

BELLA

I have been bad for the past three months.

BELLA CONT’D

[More]

I started dating Howard, the mayor’s son. I lied about how long we’ve dated. I also snuck out tonight. When I snuck out I went to a wild party with him. I’m sorry.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

I didn’t know the full story. I was just going to ground her for sneaking out and dating the Goth punk.

BELLA sits back down.

GRAYSON

(While snickering) You get to pick part of her punishment.

MR. SCHNEIDER

What does she have?

MRS. SCHNEIDER

No phone and doing Grayson’s chores with him for a week.

MR. SCHNEIDER

That’s good enough for her.

GRAYSON

What! When I get punished I am treated like I am in jail.

MRS. SCHNEIDER

This is her first time being punished!

END OF SCENE 11

END OF ACT 3

CUT TO:

SCENE 12 ACT 4

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. BELLA’S ROOM- NIGHT

Later the night GRAYSON and BELLA get grounded. BELLA is lying on her bed, texting. HANK appears in the window. He knocks to get BELLA’S attention.

BELLA

(To herself stubbornly) Great.

BELLA walks over to the window and opens it. HANK hops into the room and soon as she opens it.

HANK

What’s up? Why did you leave?

BELLA

(With sass) Do you ever say hello? I told you I wanted to go home. So, here I came.

HANK

Why are you so sassy?

BELLA

Maybe because you didn’t take me home when I wanted. Maybe because I got grounded.

HANK

Well, it was a good thing you did leave. The cops came after you left.

BELLA

I’m pretty sure I would have been in more trouble then.

HANK

I managed to escape from the cops. I don’t think they recognized me.

BELLA

Hank, go home. I want to go to sleep. I just want to forget today and get this week over with.

HANK

I just came to check on you.

BELLA

You did. Now get out.

BELLA turns HANK around then pushes him to the window. HANK turns around and sits on the window seat.

HANK

I’m getting a bad vibe that you are mad at me.

BELLA

I’m angry at you and just everybody right now.

HANK sighs in defeat. He slaps his hand on his face.

HANK

Do you want to talk about it?

BELLA

Not with you. I’m talking to Maya. Now get out of my room so I can text her in peace.

HANK

Bella, stop. I’m not leaving.

BELLA

(Talking louder) Grayson, I need your help to remove a pest.

HANK

You’re insane. He can’t hear you.

GRAYSON opens BELLA’S door.

GRAYSON

Did you call me?

BELLA, angrily points at HANK.

BELLA

He won’t leave me alone!

GRAYSON

(To HANK) You again. I’m going to finish what I started, if you don’t leave.

HANK

You are so superficial.

GRAYSON walks to HANK stiffly. HANK becomes worried the closer GRAYSON gets. When GRAYSON is two feet away from him, HANK does a light scream and jumps out the window. GRAYSON smiles at BELLA.

GRAYSON

That was easy. What was he doing here?

BELLA

He said he was here to check on me. But I think he came here to get away from the police.

HANK, from outside, is heard shouting, descending away from the house.

HANK (OS)

There is evil in you, Grayson.

GRAYSON

I’m glad you got grounded.

BELLA

So am I. Everything is better when you have someone to do it with.

GRAYSON laughs and starts walking to the door.

GRAYSON

Good night.

BELLA

See you tomorrow.

GRAYSON walks out of BELLA’S room. BELLA sits on her bed.

END OF SCENE 12

CUT:

SCENE 13 ACT 4

FADE IN:

INT. SCHOOL. FRESHMEN HALLWAY- DAY

It is the end of the day and the hallway is filled with people. BELLA is walking out the door with her backpack on. She walks outside.

EXT. OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL- SAME

A skinny African girl runs out of the door, she is MAYA, 14.

MAYA catches up to BELLA and puts her arm around her. MAYA has a Nigerian accent.

MAYA

Hey, Belle. Want to hang out today?

BELLA

I can’t I got grounded last night. I told you that.

MAYA

Oo Ouchie… Let’s walk home then. You won’t be hanging out with me. I will be hanging out with you.

BELLA

I don’t know if that counts.

MAYA

Sure it does. Cause that way I’m annoying you.

BELLA

Alright let’s do this.

MAYA

I knew you would.

BELLA and MAYA walk together down the pathway. More people come out of the doors.

MAYA

Why are you so sad?

BELLA

No, I’m not.

MAYA

I’ve been your best friend since kindergarten. I know you.

BELLA

Well, I’m fighting against myself.

MAYA and BELLA turn right.

MAYA

Like what?

BELLA

I don’t know if I should break up with Hank.

MAYA

Do what you feel is right. If you want to let him go, let him go. If you want to stay with him, stay with him.

BELLA

I want both.

END OF SCENE 13

CUT:

SCENE 14 ACT 4

FADE IN:

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. DINING ROOM- DAY

Half an hour later. BELLA and MAYA are walking in the dining room.

BELLA

Come up to my room. I have to show you something.

MAYA

Ok. Let’s go.

BELLA hurries up the stairs and MAYA follows. BELLA and MAYA go into BELLA’S room.

INT. SCHNEIDER HOUSE. BELLA’S ROOM- SAME

MAYA shuts the door. BELLA walks over to a drawer and opens it. BELLA’S closet opens. BELLA and MAYA look at the closet door. HANK with a hockey mask on, comes out. HANK is holding a box of chocolates. MAYA and BELLA scream. BELLA runs over to MAYA and hugs her. BELLA and MAYA hold each other and scream. HANK walks closer to BELLA and MAYA. HANK takes off his mask.

HANK

What is your problems? All of this screaming is hurting my ears.

BELLA is crying now. She is angry and afraid.

BELLA

Hank! You scared me to death.

MAYA lets go of BELLA. MAYA walks up to HANK and hits him several times. She shouts at him in Nigerian.

MAYA

I don’t know the English translation for that. You’re lucky I don’t.

GRAYSON barges into BELLA’S room.

GRAYSON

Bella! What’s the matter? (Sees HANK) What are you doing here?

HANK

I came to give Bella a gift.

HANK holds up the box of chocolates. BELLA takes the chocolates from HANK and opens them.

GRAYSON

You need to get out of here, Hank. You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.

HANK

(Looking at MAYA) Why does she get to stay?

GRAYSON walks closer to HANK.

GRAYSON

Because I can stand Maya. She doesn’t get on my nerves… like you!

GRAYSON jabs HANK in the chest with his hand.

GRAYSON

Now leave my sister!

HANK

You can’t make me leave.

GRAYSON

Let’s get this on!

GRAYSON and HANK lunge at each other but BELLA goes in the middle of them. HANK moves BELLA aside.

HANK

Move, Bella. Let the men settle this.

GRAYSON

You can’t move my sister like that. Move over here, Bella.

GRAYSON moves BELLA to the other side.

MAYA

(Walking over to BELLA) Both of you stop it. Leave Bella alone. She and I don’t want to see you two quarrel over nothing. You two, I swear are ridiculous together.

GRAYSON

You’re right.

HANK

I shouldn’t have to sink myself to his level.

GRAYSON

Why I ought to-?

MAYA

(Interrupting GRAYSON) I don’t care how much you boys hate each other and neither does Bella. She loves you both. If you expect her to choose between you two, you’re crazy!

GRAYSON

I never realized what a complete jerk that I have been. I’m out.

GRAYSON walks out of BELLA’S room.

HANK

Finally, he’s gone. What do you say, Bella?

BELLA

I say Grayson is a man.

HANK

And what about me?

MAYA

You know what to say, Bella.

BELLA

I’m saying you need to leave too, Hank.

END OF SCENE 14

END OF ACT 4

CUT TO:

TAG

INT. DARK ROOM- NIGHT

HANK’S face slowly appears in the screen. His face is covered in shadows. HANK talks slowly and aggressively.

HANK

Grayson might of tried to break Bella and I up. Bella will forever be mine.

HANK CONT’D

[More]I will get revenge on that brother of hers. Even if it kills me.

HANK smiles. HANK laughs devilishly and very evil-like. HANK disappears into the darkness.

HANK

(Whispering) Nothing will break us apart.

END OF TAG


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