I Won’t Ever Say Never
Alyssa del Rosario
Alarm goes off at 6:00 AM, JESSICA PAIGE (16), wakes up frumpy like, eyes half open, rolls off of bed, and crawls into bathroom; she moans like a dead whale and hops in the view of a square mirror. Her hair is auburn and frizzy.
(Thinking to herself)
I’ve been quite fascinated with myself lately.
I always told myself ever since I was at the early age of ten,
that I wasn’t going to turn into the thing I hated most.
But not just any emotional, messed up teenager. The most complex of all.
The Female Teenager.
JESSICA then proceeds to take off her nightwear (off screen), and slips on a cozy sweater, light pink, and some blue skinny jeans. She skips over to her cat, CORNELIUS, and pets the top of his head.
Cornelius, why can’t I be normal?
JESSICA then runs down to her kitchen popping in two plain bagels. As she waits, she checks her IPhone, logging on to her tumblr app, her dashboard pleases her. She takes the bagels out before they’re done. Butters her bagel, and grabs her bag. She starts walking down the street and waits patiently at a stop sign. She locks her phone, and she sighs lightly, waiting in the morning mist. Time is now 7:36.
Then left enters a boy the same height as JESSICA and stands next to JESSICA. New character, DAVID MILLER (16), has light brown hair that is cut short, wearing a sleeveless Nirvana shirt, ripped jeans, and combat boots.
What’s up chicken butt?
Uh, y’know, just wondering why the grass is always in blades. Have you ever wondered that?
Actually, I haven’t.
Well, you should’ve.
Bus is here.
I can see that, thanks.
Are we getting on or what?
Yeah, sorry I zoned out.
(As they enter the bus)
I hate the bus.
There’s a reason we’re best friends, we hate similar things.
DAVID cringes at the thought of being “best friends,” because he secretly has feelings for JESSICA.
Besties for life.
Um, you can’t come over after school.
I have to do something.
Scene ends with DAVID looking out one window, JESSICA looks out the opposite.
School is out, DAVID checks his backpack.
Finds JESSICA’S favorite beanie.
Just another excuse for me to see her.
DAVID proceeds to bike over to JESSICA’S house.
DAVID knocks on the door, no one’s home. DAVID walks in slowly.
DAVID (walking through the house)
Hello? Jessica, are you home? You left your beanie in my backpack and I thought I would just bring it to you. I need to tell you something. Jessica? Hello?
DAVID then drops everything in his hand when he enters the kitchen. DAVID runs over to a limp and cold JESSICA sitting in a pool of blood. JESSICA leans against the cupboard, one leg bent, the other straight. Wrists faced outward, bleeding profusely.
DAVID calls 911
911, what’s your emergency?
Hello, my best friend cut her wrists. She’s bleeding out. Please come soon!
Okay sir, where are you located?
900 Johnson Street. Please hurry.
An ambulance is on its way. Please put pressure on the wounds.
DAVID hangs up and throws the phone. DAVID grabs towels from the counter. DAVID ties one around the right wrist first, then one around the second wrist. DAVID holds JESSICA, rocking her gently.
Why?! Jessica, I can’t live without you. Don’t leave! You can’t go!
JESSICA (wearily speaks)
No, it’s the best thing for me… No one likes me… Everyone thinks I’m different, but- I laugh now- because it’s true. I’m just taking up space… This is good- This is needed.
I can’t let you leave me! You can’t. It’s too soon. You have so much to live for!
Remember when I said I needed to tell you something?
JESSICA (fuzzily speaks)
Yeah. What… about?
I’ve wanted to tell you, for years now, ever since I saw you, I fell- in love with you. I love you Jessica, I really do.
DAVID kisses JESSICA on the forehead. Then, DAVID kisses JESSICA softly on the lips.
Stay strong Jessica, no one will hurt you anymore. I won’t let them.
Ambulance pulls up, paramedics come inside the house.
JESSICA being loaded into the ambulance.
DAVID in hospital room. Sleeping next to JESSICA’S bed.
DAVID jerks awake.
Yeah. What? Huh?
About what you said at my house. Did you mean it?
Of course. Do you- feel the same?
JESSICA and DAVID both smile.
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