"In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Don't ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story." - Ben Bova [ more quotes ]

"BOY WHO NEVER SLEPT"

Written by
Solomon D. Rothman






SHOOTING DRAFT

Script Release Date
July 14, 2006






Creative Commons Attribution 2.5
http://www.solomonrothman.com/boywhoneverslept



FADE IN:

INT. BASEMENT - HANDHELD SHOT - DANIEL'S POV - NIGHT

A dingy floor, a beer bottle, a notebook of scribbles. A
feeling of uneasiness.

SLURP CHUG SPLASH

A shaky hand sets down a beer bottle.

THUD THUD THUD

Someone is walking heavily down a stair case nearby.

PAN TO - CASEY SMITH

A regular looking guy with a soccer ball in hand and a
slightly exasperated expression approaches.

CASEY
Dude what's going on, I've been
looking for you for like the last
ten minutes. You're not in your
room

DANIEL
(interrupting)
Melissa's pregnant. Fuck man, what
the fuck am I going to do?
(pacing back and forth
nervously)

CASEY
Man, are you sure she's pregnant

FADE TO BLACK.

SUPER: ONE YEAR EARLIER

BEGIN CREDITS FADE IN:

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - NIGHT

Stuff is strewn about and a small untidy room. The walls
are bare except for a few decorations and blue bottles on
the window sill.

DANIEL WESTON

23 years old, slightly unshaven, attractive, sitting on a
bed in his room. His left hand grasps a notebook with blank
pages. His right hand firmly clutches a plain ballpoint pen.

PEN TIP

touches the paper. He pauses. He writes "the" and lets out
a barley audible sigh. He stares at the blank pages and starts
to write again.

INSERT - NOTEBOOK

Written in barley readable handwriting. "The moonlight shone
wildly in the man's eyes on this lonely night."

BACK TO SCENE

DANIEL

Stands up and takes his over shirt off, revealing a strong,
lean physique.

He picks up the notebook, puts the pen in his mouth and paces
back and forth in his cramped room.

TAP TAP TAP

fingers beat against the notebook. He's eyes look up at the
ceiling, he's lost in thought.

Daniel drops to the ground, look up, grunts. Daniel's body
furiously moves up and down. He's doing pushups.

He continues, he strains, the veins in his arms bulge. His
face is serious and his pace slows to a... stop. His hands
shake.

DANIEL RISES

END CREDITS

FADE TO:

INT. COMMON AREA - NIGHT

A dark rundown room with a big screen TV and worn out couch.
Casey relaxes on the couch with a beer in his hand. His eyes
are glued to the television screen.

The flickering glow of the television set interrupts the
darkness of the room.

Daniel enters the room wearing the same clothing as in the
previous scene.

CASEY
(looking up at Daniel)
Hey-what are you up to?

Comedian on Television set (O.S.) is in the middle of a
satirical stand up routine. His jokes and laugh track
interrupt the dialogue between Daniel and Casey.

DANIEL
Not much.

CASEY
Want a beer?

DANIEL
Hell yeah.

CASEY
You got it.

Casey throws Daniel a beer from a half empty case sitting at
foot of the couch.

Daniel opens it, sits down, and drinks heavily.

CUT TO:

INT. COMMON AREAS - COUCH - DANIEL AND CASEY - NIGHT

Casey laughs crazily. Daniel drinks more beer.

CUT TO:

INT. COMMON AREAS - COUCH - DANIEL AND CASEY - NIGHT

Daniel is on the couch. Multiple beer cans are sloppily
near him.

CASEY
Holy shit you sucked those fuckers
down!

DANIEL
Hell yeah, looking for some
inspiration.

CASEY
From cheap beer?

DANIEL
(sarcastically)
From the inner part of my psyche.

CASEY
(Grinning)
What do you write about anyways?

DANIEL WESTON
Tonight, Sci-fi garbage

Casey laughs and turns his attention to the TV,. Daniel
joins him.

CUT:

Casey is asleep on the couch. TV is still on. Daniel puts
away a few beer cans and then turns the TV off.

DANIEL (V.O.)
The end of yet another day in dreary
Eugene. 10 beers, bad TV, no ideas.
With Casey asleep I'll have only the
phosphorus glow of my monitor, the
click of the keyboard, and the
voiceless online chatter to keep me
company

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - NIGHT

His eyes are a hazy and mildly blood shot. He gets on his
COMPUTER. He stares at an older laptop. His fingers pound
the keys.

DANIEL WESTON (V.O.)
OK
(a few mouse clicks)
regional chat rooms...
(reading off the screen)
What do you look like? What kind of
a question is that to start things
off?

INSERT COMPUTER MONITOR

Daniel's words appear on the screen as he types them.

And cut between Daniel his computer monitor.

DANIEL (V.O.)
I'm a 250 lb. Steroid pumping black
sex machine.

FADE TO:

DANIEL (V.O.)
I'm a hypochondriac nurse who's afraid
of blood.

FADE TO:

DANIEL (V.O.)
I am a child prodigy.

FADE TO:

DANIEL (V.O.)
I am an 83 year old swinger.

BACK TO SCENE

Daniel smirks.

DANIEL (V.O.)
I am Batman.

FADE TO:

DANIEL (V.O.)
Everybody here have insomnia like
me?

INT. MELISSA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Melissa's tossing back and forth. She sits up quickly and
opens her eyes, awakened from a NIGHTMARE.

CLOSEUP - MELISSA'S FACE

She turns on the light, rubs her eyes and reaches for her
computer, yawning.

MELISSA'S POV

She presses the button on her computer and it comes on.

BACK TO SCENE

Melissa fixes her hair with a headband and stares intently
at the computer screen.

And cut between Melissa and her computer monitor.

FADE TO:

MELISSA (V.O.)
(Smiling and typing)
Just a fellow insomniac.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - SAME TIME

He's at the computer typing.

And cut between Daniel and the computer monitor.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Sucks huh?

INTERCUT instant messaging conversation.

MELISSA (V.O.)
Yeah, it does.

She smiles knowingly.

DANIEL (V.O.)
I don't sleep well normally...

MELISSA (V.O.)
I'm a little shaky at the moment
'cause I just woke up.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Shaky...shaky? Why Shaky from waking
up?

MELISSA (V.O.)
I had a crazy nightmare.

She rubs her eyes as she reads Daniel's words.

DANIEL (V.O.)
I'm sorry. What was it about?

MELISSA (V.O.)
It's sort of fuzzy, but what I
remember is that it was pitch black,
and...
(voice trails off)
...I think it was chasing me...

FADE TO:

CLOSEUP - DANIEL'S FACE

He's intrigued.

BACK TO SCENE

MELISSA (V.O.)
(continuing story)
I kept trying to run away but it
came closer and closer...

FADE TO:

DANIEL (V.O.)
You like William Blake?

MELISSA (V.O.)
(Smiling a little)
Sometimes.

FADE TO:

MELISSA (V.O.)
I'm not much for modern poetry, but
give me Yeats and I'm pretty happy.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Yeah, modern poetry kind of sucks.
Its either way to sappy or way too
abstract

MELISSA (V.O.)
Tell me about something you've
written.

FADE TO:

DANIEL (V.O.)
OK...

FADE TO:

DANIEL (V.O.)
...then he's doing a seminar at a
high school and he's shot and killed
by the woman he hurt in his past. He
dies in his wife's arms, but he isn't
sad he's happy and says that he
finally found Harmony in his life.
Which is also her name and the name
of book he wrote.

MELISSA (V.O.)
That's awesome. Can you send me the
draft? I'd love to read it. You've
got me all interested.

CLOSEUP - DANIEL'S FACE

Looks like he's thinking about something really hard.

DANIEL WESTON
What's your E-mail address?

FADE TO:

MELISSA (V.O.)
(hesitantly)
16/F/ Portland does that matter?

DANIEL (V.O.)
(beat)
Of course not; we're just talking.
I like talking to you.

She smiles sweetly to herself, as if pleased.

MELISSA (V.O.)
Thanks, I like talking to you too.

FADE TO:

DANIEL (V.O.)
It's six. We stayed up all night.

MELISSA (V.O.)
Oh my God, are you joking?

She smiles ruefully.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Don't you have classes soon?

MELISSA (V.O.)
Yes! At seven! And a student council
meeting! I'm going to be a wreck!

Melissa sits back, smiling.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Well, I would say good night, but
that would be pointless.

She shuts her computer, looking up thoughtfully at the
ceiling.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - DAY

Daniel closes his laptop. Melissa's goodbye lingers in his
head.

MELISSA (V.O.)
Good day, then?

He leaps onto his bed and laughs.

CLOSEUP - DANIEL

He's gazing at the ceiling, smiling contentedly.

INT. HALLWAY - DAY

Daniel walks down a long dismal hallway lined with doors on
each side. Feeling of dreamyness.

INT. COMMON AREAS - CONTINUOUS - DAY

A low lit game room with a pool table and dying plants as
decorations.

CRACK

Casey blasts his cue on a group of pool balls sending them
bouncing off the railing.

Daniel enters.

CASEY
(noticing Daniel)
Look who's back from the dead?

Daniel looks tired and slightly anxious, but still happy.

DANIEL
Yeaaaaaaaaaah

Daniel picks up a nearby pool cue.

DANIEL
You're up early.

CASEY
Yeah, got work in an hour.

DANIEL
That sucks

CASEY
Yeah... You going to Lauren's party
this week.

DANIEL
Um.. Is it going to be a sausage
fest?

CASEY
Oh probably, No dude she's bringing
the entire volley ball team. Yeah,
You know Amy the blonde with the big
rack... I'm going

DANIEL
(interrupting)
Is it going to be a kegger what kinda
party is it?

CASEY
No! it's social class. You get to
be part of the aristocracy.

DANIEL
Oh, is there going to be like classy
chicks all dressed up in dresses and
stuff

CASEY
Dude, that's what I'm talking about.

Casey bring the pool stick to his crotch and motions with
his hips.

CASEY
(humorous voice)
Maybe get some poontang.

Daniel laughs and continues to play pool.

DANIEL
You're a freak man.

FADE TO:

CASEY
So how's that literary masterpiece
coming along?

DANIEL
How do you think? It's not. I've
been going through some writer's
block.

CASEY
Writer's block? So what do you do at
night when you can't sleep.

Casey motions with his hand like his jacking off.

DANIEL
I.. Uh.. work out

CASEY
Oh, right on. Work out. That's why
your right arm is better then your
left I take it. Casey motions again
with his hand.

DANIEL
Hey, That's a

CASEY
Hey, someone brought it to my
attention it wasn't me.

DANIEL
(jokingly again)
That's a conq.

Daniel looks at the pool table and then at Casey again. He
turns slightly more serious.

DANIEL
So anyways I've been talking to some
chick, dude, online. She's hot.

CASEY
What?

DANIEL
Some chick dude, she's hot

CASEY
(seriously)
Where did you meet her?

DANIEL
Online

Daniel hits a ball in slowly. He looks up and smiles in
anticipation of the joke.

CASEY
Dude, she's fat.

DANIEL
How do you know?

CASEY
All online chicks are heffers, Shalom!

DANIEL
She's hot

CASEY
(prying)
Oh, so you've seen her?

DANIEL
I will.

CASEY
Have you seen her

DANIEL
I will.

CASEY
Oh so I see you haven't, you're going
whalin budy. That's right.

Casey hold the pool stick up like a javelin.

CASEY
Man the harpoon.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - NIGHT

Daniel sits in front of his bed. Tape recorder in hand.

CLICK

he hits the record button.

DANIEL
(speaking into the
recorder)
Hello, this is Daniel Weston's stream
of consciousness. Yet another attempt
at writing something that doesn't
lick balls

Daniel gets up and walks over to his desk. He turns on a
STEREO and some UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYS.

DANIEL
There is an endless array of grass.
Bright green, lush and calming. The
sun is high, the sky a perfect shade
of blue oblivion. A group of people
are in a herd, all banded together
wearing tattered clothing. Their
eyes are wide open, gazes held at
fixed at points in the distance.
Their hair is torn by wind that's no
longer present. There is a path of
pure granite cutting through the
endless grass. These people are
together walking. Slowly, staggering,
but always walking, they are searching
for the end. The end is what they
seek...
(pause)
crap, pure crap.

CLICK

He presses stop on the recorder, puts it down

EXT. COLLEGE TOWN STREETS - LATER ON - NIGHT

Typical university housing street, with low cost houses,
apartments, and signs of young people. Daniel is standing
outside his apartment building wearing headphones.

SLOW ZOOM ON DANIEL

He walks in a direction-less wonder gazing randomly at the
empty streets and buildings. He looks lost.

Daniel crosses an empty street, he's lit by the glow of the
many street lights.

He pauses and stares into the night's sky.

CLOSEUP - DANIEL

He looks up and stares hard at a full moon

Daniel walks away and disappears into the darkness of a empty
street.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. DANIEL'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Daniel takes a swing off an a energy drink. His eyes are
fixed on his computer.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Hi, how have you been?

INT. MELISSA'S BEDROOM - SAME TIME

MELISSA (V.O.)
Good. A little tired in school,
though.

INTERCUT instant messaging conversation.

DANIEL (V.O.)
So what part of the high school caste
system are you in? I bet you're
popular...

MELISSA (V.O.)
Um... kinda. I mean, I know a lot of
people.

DANIEL (V.O.)
That's awesome. I was a bit of a
longer in high school, unfortunately.

MELISSA (V.O.)
Why's that? You seem really nice.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Please don't say that

MELISSA (V.O.)
Why not?

DANIEL (V.O.)
Because girls don't like nice guys.

MELISSA (V.O.)
I do.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Really? Well, who are you dating?
A big football jock?

MELISSA (V.O.)
No... I'm not dating anybody. What
about you?

DANIEL (V.O.)
No, I'm still waiting for someone to
blow me away.

MELISSA (V.O.)
Do you have a picture of yourself?

DANIEL (V.O.)
I have a digital camera. I could
take one right now.

MELISSA (V.O.)
Cool

DANIEL (V.O.)
Do you have a pic?

MELISSA (V.O.)
Yes, and I'll send it after I get
yours.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Okay... give me a sec.
(muttering to himself)
Picture picture picture...

He pulls out his digital camera and turns it on.

He makes funny faces taking pictures and trying to be sexy,
pulling his sleeve up. Daniel takes a few pictures. Chooses
one.

DANIEL (V.O.)
OK... Here it is.

Daniel nervously presses the send button and waits.

MELISSA (V.O.)
(surprised)
Oh My God, you look so young!

DANIEL (V.O.)
Greeaat!

MELISSA (V.O.)
No you're cute, really cute. And so
buff. Do you work out a lot?

DANIEL (V.O.)
Thanks. I do a lot of of pushups,
sit-ups and handstand presses. At
night when I can't sleep. I also do
martial arts.

MELISSA (V.O.)
You're so cute.

DANIEL WESTON (V.O.)
I prefer sexy.

MELISSA JONES (V.O.)
Very sexy.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Now send me your pic
(typing, muttering to
himself)
Please don't be a heifer... please
don't be a heifer.

A picture pops up on the screen. Daniel just stares. He is
so taken in he doesn't speak right away.

MELISSA (V.O.)
That bad huh?

DANIEL (V.O.)
No.. You're beautiful, completely
beautiful. You have the most
beautiful intense eyes I've ever
seen.

MELISSA (V.O.)
You're just saying that.

DANIEL (V.O.)
I don't do that. I'm serious...

FADE TO:

DANIEL (V.O.)
Melissa, do you like chest hair?

MELISSA (V.O.)
What kind of a question is that? I
swear you're the king of random.

DANIEL (V.O.)
I don't know... I have some and was
wondering what you thought.

MELISSA (V.O.)
Um, I don't particularly like it,
but it's OK.

DANIEL (V.O.)
OK

Daniel smiles.

Melissa closes her computer and looks up. She's happy.

CUT TO:

INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT

A shared kitchen area with two large microwaves.

Daniel takes a container of wax and puts it in one of the
microwaves.

CUT TO:

INT. APARTMENT SHARED BATHROOMS - NIGHT

CLOSEUP - DANIEL'S HANDS

Daniel uses a small stick to mix a container of thick gooey
wax.

Daniel takes off his shirt, revealing a thin muscular body
with thick black chest hair.

He takes a strip of paper and applies the wax mixture to it.

He presses some paper strips up against his chest and they
stick to it.

He puts them on until they cover up his entire chest. He
grabs one corner of the first strip with his fingers. He
breathes in and out deeply.

DANIEL
Okay one... two...

Daniel rips off the strip taking all the hair on his chest
with it.

DANIEL WESTON
Aaarrrggghhhhhhhh!

CASEY enters nonchalantly to use the bathroom.

CASEY
What the fuck?

DANIEL
(embarrassed)
Don't ask man.

CASEY
You're crazy man

Daniel RIPS another strip off his chest. He SCREAMS in pain
and then LAUGHS as if he can't believe what he's doing.

RIP Daniel slowly pulls off another strip. His irritated
chest is spotted with hairy and non hairy regions.

Daniel looks at Casey and breaks into LAUGHTER.

DANIEL
(Turning to look at
Casey)
Things you do for chicks, huh?

CASEY
(Using the urinal)
Ah that's great... that's classic,
props to you; I couldn't do it.

DANIEL
I'm bleeding. Check it out.

Daniel points to a red spot on his chest

CASEY
I'd just shave it

DANIEL
(relieved laughter)
Ok. Oh god...

INSERT - WAX STRIP

Wax strip with clumps of hair from Daniel's chest.

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL - DAY

Melissa, wearing a backpack and regular school clothes, walks
home from high school.

ZOOM ON - MELISSA

She walks across a bridge and messes with her hair.

INT. MELISSA JONE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

The bedroom is light and feminine.

Melissa is talking to a friend. She's wearing sexy and cute
school clothes. She is on her cell phone.

She takes down a hanging mirror and is attempting to see how
her new jeans look.

MELISSA
Uh huh... I hope so... no, I missed
practice today 'cause I wasn't feeling
well... Yeah... I don't know though.
Should I wear those new jeans I got?

She looks around for a place to set the mirror. She holds
the mirror behind her again to try and see her butt. She's
obviously distracted.

MELISSA
I think they make my ass look totally
hot... uh huh... trying to see it.

She sets the mirror down on the chair, still attempting to
get a good view.

MELISSA
So anyway, are you going to the
football game this Saturday? Is Jason
is going to be there? Yeah, I love
them. Oh yeah, I'm totally going to
wear them... yes, you should
definitely wear the skirt... no, the
skirt looks totally cute... yeah.

Turns yet again to try and see her rear. She is still
distracted.

MELISSA
Hmm... no... forget it... but just
take my word on it... mhmm.

She struggles a bit with the mirror. Her parents are arguing
in the other room. MR. JONES is shouting something at MRS.
JONES. Their words are muffled.

MELISSA
(Sighing)
Oh god, I can hear my parents going
at it yet again. They never stop.
Yeah, I've gotta go... k, bye.

Melissa walks to the wall to replace the mirror. She has
problems getting it straight.

She walks to her bed, puts her hair up and sits on the bed
to do her homework. She looks bored and goes to the book
shelf; she grabs a book, lays down, and begins to read.

CLOSEUP - BOOK

The picture of a dragon hints at a Fantasy book.

INT. COMMONS - DANIEL'S BEDROOM - DAY

The room is encased in darkness.

Suddenly an ALARM BEEPS.

Daniel MOANS and SLAPS the alarm clock. It BEEPS faster and
LOUDER.

Daniel grunts, SMACKS it again, and the lights comes on to
reveal Daniel's back. He is in boxers. He puts on a Gadget
City uniform and tries opening his eyes really wide, but
they continue to shut.

INT - COMMONS - TRACKING SHOT - HALLWAY

Daniel steps into the hallway and pauses to smack himself on
the cheek. He walks down the hall.

INT. COMMONS - STAIRWELL

Daniel clomps down the stairs to the exit door.

DANIEL
(in a mocking voice)
Welcome to Gadget City. Sir, may I
show you our projection TV's. This
TV is the best. You should get this
one. Absolutely.

CUT TO:

EXT. PARKING LOT

Daniel walks toward his car.

INT. CAR - DRIVING TO WORK

DANIEL
(In a mocking voice)
What are you going to do when this
breaks? I think you should really
go with our extended warranty. Yes
you definitely should. Are you sure?
Nope, I'm sorry I can't just ring
this up for you until I fully present
the warranty. I really think you
need it. Sir, come back. Please…
(laughing at himself) I fucking
hate selling extended warranties.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. MELISSA'S BEDROOM - DAY

Melissa is dressed in normal school clothes. Her friend
CLARISSA, a slightly preppy teenage girl, is sitting next to
her. They're doing homework.

MELISSA
What are you wearing for Jason's
Halloween party?

CLARISSA
I don't know. I'm thinking of going
as Catwoman. Do you think I could
pull it off?

MELISSA
Absolutely, it would be awesome. We
could get soem black hair dye, maybe
some leather pants...

CLARISSA
I don't know, Amy might copy me.
She's been being such a bitch lately.

MELISSA
God, I know! She's really a nice
girl, but she's just so selfish. I
don't know what it is, but she has
some weird kind of competition thing
with you.

CLARISSA
Me neither...

MELISSA
But so what if she copies you; you'll
look better in it anyway.

They giggle and continue with their homework.

FADE TO:

The girls playing on the bed and tickling each other. They
are laughing as Melissa hugs Clarissa. Its obvious they're
best friends.

MELISSA
(Calming down)
Um... ok. I have a question... do
you think 23 is too old?

CLARISSA
Too old for what?

MELISSA
Don't freak out on me, OK?

Clarissa nods with a curious expression on her face.

MELISSA
Well, I met this guy online, his
name is Daniel and he's really
awesome. He's sweet, and wonderful,
and he's just so amazing.

Clarissa listens patiently.

MELISSA
(Taking a deep breath)
The only problem is that he's twenty-
three.

CLARISSA
You met him online? I don't know...
that's kind of risky. I mean, what
if he's some kind of psycho or
deranged lunatic?

MELISSA
(Eagerly)
No, he's not, he's not, he's totally
not!

CLARISSA
How do you know?

MELISSA
I can just tell; we connect. When
I'm talking to him I just feel so
comfortable. He's sweet, and nice,
and romantic... he feels like my
soulmate or something.

CLARISSA
That's cool I guess. It's still weird
though. What does he look like? Is
he hot?

MELISSA
Very...

CLARISSA
Let me see... oho, you're right.
(Teasingly)
Age might not matter.

MELISSA
(giggling)
You really think so?

FADE TO BLACK.

SUPER: A COUPLE MOTHS LATER

FADE IN:

INT. MELISSA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

SLOW ZOOM ON MELISSA

She's sitting in a chair typing. She's wearing a blouse and
underwear. She has a blanket wrapped around her and is intent
on the computer screen.

And cut between Melissa and Daniel.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - SAME TIME

Daniel is sitting at his computer typing. He's smiling and
looks like he recently finished working out.

And cut between Daniel and the computer screen

INTERCUT instant message conversation between Daniel and
Melissa.

DANIEL (V.O.)
Hey, I missed you. How's your mom?

MELISSA (V.O.)
Doing better. She's been fighting a
lot less with my dad.

DANIEL (V.O.)
That's good. Hopefully it will last.
My parents used to fight like crazy
and they are always at each other's
throats. I never want to be like
that... I wrote you something.

MELISSA (V.O.)
No one's ever done anything like
that for me before.

DANIEL (V.O.)
You're worth it. Okay, here it is.
Ode to Melissa

MATCH CUT:

CLOSEUP - MELISSA'S FACE

MELISSA (V.O.)
(Wonderingly)
Ode to Melissa I greet the fly that
lands on my bed I try to find words
worthy of your presence.

She's very moved as she reads the poem.

MELISSA (V.O.)
Outside, you lurk with nervous feline
eyes. Day yawns to night, Trees
become dark bodies -- Giant shadow
puppets of street lamp Halos.

She grabs her webcam and begins to hook it up to her computer.

Daniel looks more and more surprised as he watches his
computer screen. Melissa's voice continues to read the poem.

DANIEL
(Reading off screen)
Accept webcam... YES!

MELISSA (CONT. V.O.)
Eyes close to the warmth of dreams
Green dreams of happy tomorrows, And
you busy, calm, watchful night You
are the cool darkness between Days.
The molecules of time sleep, Their
quiet undulations Across your starry
hands

DANIEL'S POV

He's watching Melissa steady a green webcam.

MELISSA
As I lie and watch your naked skin
Bathed by moonlight. Oh... wow.

The webcam stops shaking.

MELISSA (V.O.)
I have a surprise for you.

DANIEL (V.O.)
(Reading the screen)
Accept webcam request
(beat)
Yes.

Daniel leans forward. Melissa rises and slowly begins to
unbutton her shirt. Daniel's eyes open wider as she continues
to unbutton her shirt slowly.

DANIEL LEANS BACK IN HIS CHAIR

DANIEL (V.O.)
Ahhh...

Melissa opens the shirt completely. She looks into the camera
as if looking directly at Daniel.

She slowly undoes her bra and lets it open slightly. Her
perfect, perky breasts are exposed for a few seconds.

Daniel is typing rapidly.

DANIEL (V.O.)
I want to call you.

Daniel is flushed with emotion. He calls her and her PHONE
RINGS.

Melissa pulls her shirt closed again and grabs her RINGING
CELL PHONE. She puts it to her ear.

INTERCUT phone call between Melissa and Daniel.

MELISSA
Hi.
(beat)

DANIEL
How are you doing?

MELISSA
Great.

FADE TO:

DANIEL
You should tell your dad how you
feel.

MELISSA
You think he'll actually understand?

DANIEL
No, but at least it's a good start.

FADE TO:

MELISSA
The beginning of your script Harmony
is based off you huh?

DANIEL
How did you know that?

MELISSA
I could just tell.

FADE TO:

DANIEL WESTON
So what happened at school?

FADE TO:

DANIEL WESTON
If you could do anything right now,
what would it be?

MELISSA
I don't know, something with you.

DANIEL
I'd want to feel a cool breeze on a
high mountain lake sitting near a
bonfire, looking at the stars...
that's where I'd like to be.

MELISSA
Oho... that sounds nice... but I
would want some marshmallows.

DANIEL
(Smiling)
Definitely. It's all about the
marshmallows.

CLOSEUP - CLOCK - TIME PASSING

DANIEL
Good night Melissa

MELISSA
Good night Daniel

DANIEL
Good luck on your test tomorrow; I
hope you're not too tired.

MELISSA
I'll be alright. Thanks though. And
bye!

DANIEL
Bye.

Daniel picks up a notebook and begins to write feverishly.

FADE TO BLACK:

INT. COMMONS - HALLWAY - DAY

CASEY exits his room with happy expression and two beer
bottles in hand.

He walks a few doors down to Daniel's room.

CLOSEUP - CASEY

LOUDLY KNOCKS on the door. He takes a large swig from one
of the beers he's holding. No answer. He knocks again.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - DAY

Daniel, looking very tired, stumbles to the door and opens
it. He sees Casey standing there grinning.

CASEY
Just get up?

DANIEL WESTON
(very sleepy)
Um.. Yeah.

CASEY
(Handing Daniel a
beer)
Time for some pre-party beer action.

DANIEL
Oh yeah?

Daniel takes the beer and sluggishly takes a drink.

Casey takes a seat on Daniel's bed and looks around. He
picks up a shirt lying somewhere.

CASEY
(throwing the shirt
at Daniel)
It's Friday night, it's going to be
rockin,' lets go.
(Jokingly)
Come on twinkletoes -- come on

INT. CASEY'S ROOM - DAY

Daniel and Casey both have beers in their hands and are
sitting across from each other with a chess set between them.
They are both in a very happy mood.

DANIEL
I can't believe you got me to drink
Steel Piss Tap

CASEY
Aw, it's good for you dude.

Daniel and Casey clink their beers as they share a cheer.

CASEY
It puts the lead in your pencil.

Daniel laughs and takes another swig.

CASEY
So how's that Melissa thing going?

DANIEL
I don't know... well, Melissa's great,
beautiful, sweet, nice...

CASEY
Then what's the problem?

Daniel picks up a chess piece and moves it.

DANIEL
She's sixteen... check!

CASEY
(negative sigh)
Oh.

DANIEL
Don't tell me you haven't thought
about being with a younger chick
dude. I know you. Casey, Casey
Smith on the prowl.

CASEY
(laughing)
That's something, ah... sixteen?
That's pretty young. That's something
that, you know, you think about and
you talk about, but you don't actually
do. Like banging your step mom.

Casey moves a chess piece confidently.

DANIEL
(surprised)
You banged your step mom?

CASEY
(rolling his eyes)
Nevermind, dude.

DANIEL
Oh man.

CASEY
Dude, I was joking. Snarfer.

Daniel moves a piece and puts CASEY'S king in check.

DANIEL
Check.

CASEY
Ahhhhhh, shit.

DANIEL
(quietly)
Sarah's going to be back in town
this month.

CASEY
Yeah? You two still talk?

DANIEL
Yeah, we managed to stay friends.

CASEY
Are you still in love with her?

DANIEL
No.

CASEY
That's good at least.

Daniel moves another piece and puts CASEY in check again.

DANIEL
Check.

CASEY
Damn... Shit ... I'm never playing
this game again. Why do I suck so
bad? It's the beer.

DANIEL
Is this party going to be any good?
What's the back up plan? Walking up
and down University Street, smashed,
causing havoc?.

CASEY
(grinning)
Actually, that is the backup plan.

INT. RANDOM PARTY - NIGHT

Daniel sits on a couch, looking dazed and drunk. His eyes
move slowly back and forth, and he looks totally out of it.
He's holding a cell phone to his ear and wears and expectant
expression.

INT. MELISSA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Melissa is sleeping. RING RING. She wakes up, dazed, fumbling
for her cell phone. She looks at the caller ID. She answers
in a SLEEPY VOICE.

MELISSA
Hello?

DANIEL
(Slurring)
Hey Melissaaa... this is Daniel...
I'm bleeding inside... I wanted to
tell you... I need you.

MELISSA
(Concerned)
Are you okay? Where are you at?

DANIEL
Melissa... I love you. I want to
hold you... and fuck you... and tell
you I love you...

MELISSA
(Annoyed)
You're drunk. You need to get home
and go to sleep.

DANIEL
No I wanted to tell you... and I
want to be with you... you're perfect.
I want to see you...

MELISSA
(A little desperately)
Please, just try and get home safe.
We can talk tomorrow when you're
sober.

DANIEL
I'm serious... I love you, I want to
be with you... will you marry me?

MELISSA
(Now angry)
Daniel, its 4:30 am. Call me when
you're sober.

DANIEL
I'm serious... will you marry me?

MELISSA
(Angry and annoyed)
Good bye, Daniel.
(hangs up)

Melissa hangs up and curls in a ball with her hands over her
face.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - MORNING

Daniel is still wearing his clothes. He rolls back and forth.
He opens his eyes, looking dazed and extremely hung over.

There is vomit on his chin, cheeks, and the front of his
shirt. He looks nauseous.

Daniel slowly stands up. He looks as if he could collapse
at any minute. He walks out of his room.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. COMMON AREA - MORNING

Daniel sits down on the couch. COLLEGE STUDENT #1 is watching
TV.

COLLEGE STUDENT #1
Hey. Are you alright?

DANIEL
Yeah. I drank way too much last
night.

COLLEGE STUDENT #2 enters. She gives Daniel a funny look.

COLLEGE STUDENT #2
Man. You don't look so good.

CASEY enters and looks at Daniel.

CASEY
Dude... you look like shit.

DANIEL
Thanks.

FADE OUT:

INT. BATHROOM - MORNING

Daniel is showering. IT is hot and steam starts to fill the
room. A person uses the stall next to the shower and flushes.

DANIEL
Ow! Hot hot hot... damn it.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - AFTERNOON

Daniel is lying on his bed again.

He is holding his phone and looking through the calls to see
who he called while in his drunken stupor.

INSERT cell phone screen showing "Melissa."

He groans and puts his head in his hands.

EXT. COMMONS - SIDEWALK - DAY

MELISSA
Hello?

DANIEL
Hi... this is Daniel. How are you?

MELISSA
I'm OK.

DANIEL
I'm sorry about last night. I was
really drunk. I spent all day lying
in bed dry heaving.

MELISSA
Why did you do that to yourself? Do
you even remember all the stuff you
told me on the phone last night?

DANIEL
Not really. I was feeling lonely.
I'm sorry for waking you up last
night to talk to a drunken idiot.

MELISSA
It's not OK, but I'm fine.

DANIEL
I still want to meet you though.

MELISSA
I don't know...

FADE OUT.

SUPER: TWO WEEKS LATER

EXT. PARK - DANIEL AND GIRL WALKING - DAY

Girl is SARAH. Daniel and Sarah are walking together, but
not too close.

DANIEL (V.O.)
It's been two weeks since my drunken
exuberance. Sarah my ex finance is
back to walk over me yet again. When
asked about my love life I mentioned
Melissa. Of course I changed her
age to 19. I feel like the proverbial
loner, mentioning a girl I've never
met.

INT. RESTAURANT - DANIEL AND SARAH - DAY

SARAH
Why are you still here? You graduated
two years ago. Shouldn't you be
moving on?

DANIEL
I don't know. I guess I'm just
waiting for some inspiration. To
come out and be like... Here I am
world Daniel Weston. I'm waiting to
write my masterpiece.

SARAH
Don't wait too long. So how was
your weekend? Did you go out?

DANIEL
Yeah and I got hit on by some older
chicks.

SARAH
Is that good?

DANIEL
It's not good or bad, they just drank
a little too much and couldn't help
themselves.

SARAH
Ahh. Okay.

DANIEL
Probably thought that if I got drunk
enough I'd take them home... kinda
sad actually.

SARAH
I'm sure. So nothing came of that?

DANIEL
Um...not exactly my type. Yeah, there
were no girls for me; no one that
was interesting at least.

SARAH
Interesting enough to what?

DANIEL
To date. I want to be blown away,
but I haven't met a girl yet who's
done that to me. Maybe it's not
even possible. I mean, I've loved
girls, but I haven't been blown away
by them.

SARAH
Um... thanks.

DANIEL
I didn't mean it like that.

SARAH
Yes you did. But that's okay. You
can care about someone, even love
them, and not be 'in' love with them
or 'blown away.'

DANIEL
I could be in love with Melissa like
that, but I'd have to see her in
person to really know. Ah fuck it...
I'll just stick to working a lot,
and going out by myself.

SARAH
Right. Anyway, it would be hard to
know what your feelings really are
without spending time in the flesh.

DANIEL
(teasingly)
It's all about the flesh

SARAH
Mmmm. Apparently it's not, because
as you say, you have no problem with
that area.

DANIEL
I was kidding. Sex is easy, but sex
with passion and meaning... yeah...
that's the good stuff. Anyway... at
least part of you still has to find
some strange, unexplainable attraction
to the directionless writer still
searching for that special thought.

SARAH
Maybe, but only a little part.

DANIEL
(awkward silence)
I know. So how are you and your
husband doing?

SARAH
We're fine.

DANIEL
You look really happy together.

SARAH
Thanks, we are. Stop trying to change
the subject. Why haven't you met
Melissa yet?

DANIEL
She says she's not ready to meet me
yet and that she feels pressured.

SARAH
That's odd... don't you guys talk
all the time?

DANIEL
Yeah, but remember she's only si-,
ah, 19, and I kinda called her drunk
awhile ago and said some things.

SARAH
What things?

DANIEL
It's embarrassing. I asked her to
marry me, told her I loved her, and,
well, you know...

SARAH
No wonder she doesn't want to meet
you right away.

DANIEL
Maybe I should stop talking to her,
tell her I don't want to do the wrong
thing and mess her life up.

SARAH
Right. Then you'll start drinking
and call her and all this shit will
come out and you won't even remember
what you said to her.

DANIEL
I don't do that anymore.

SARAH
Yeah. Famous last words, Daniel.

DANIEL
I promised I'd stop...

SARAH
Promised who? You even used to call
me drunk.

DANIEL
What?!

SARAH
You used call me and beg me to live
with you, kiss you..., all that stuff.

DANIEL
(embarrassed)
Ahhh, you never told me all that
before. I'm sorry about that...

SARAH
If I had a boyfriend who was doing
that. You have a habit of doing this
and not just in isolated incidents.

DANIEL
So what would you recommend?

SARAH
No more whacked out phone calls,
obviously. And honestly, I would
want to meet her in person, to try
and see if your feelings are real
and if she feels the same. You'll
gain a much clearer and accurate
idea of the situation and the type
of relationship that may exist between
the two of you, in the real world,
not virtual land. Now, there is a
huge risk in that, because what if
they are real and she still doesn't
feel the same for you? It will hurt
like a bitch, but at least you'll
know, and you can stop putting
yourself out there. Even though
that's a worst case scenario, there
is a positive side to it, because
you will definitely get closure either
way.

DANIEL
Well she doesn't want to meet me
yet. She's all fucked up.

SARAH
I think she does; she's just nervous.
Just explain it to her the way I've
explained it to you. If she really
cares about you as a true friend,
and not some trophy who is infatuated
with her, then she'll want to do
whatever she can to help salvage the
friendship while still respecting
your honest feelings for her.

DANIEL
Okay, I guess I'll do what I
originally wanted and take her out.

SARAH
Okay, let's get your terminology
right first. You won't be "taking
her out" you'll be "meeting" her.
It's the difference between sounding
sleazy and sounding decent. Those
are the little things that freak
girls out.

DANIEL
All right, we'll see what happens.
Thank you, though, I appreciate you
your advice on this.

CUT TO:

Daniel and Sarah are getting ready ready to leave.

SARAH
My husband's waiting for me, but
it's been fun catching up with you,
and I'm sure we'll see each other
around.
(teasingly)
Since you're here.

DANIEL
(ruefully)
Thank you for that.

SARAH
(smiling)
No problem.

Daniel sets some money on the table.

DANIEL
There it is. Anyways, it's been fun
hanging out with you.

SARAH
You too.

They hug.

DANIEL
Have a good night

SARAH
Yeah, you too, good bye.

Sarah walks away and Daniel sits there alone for awhile,
thinking. He looks a little pathetic.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

SUPER: THREE MONTHS LATER

INT. COMMONS - DANIEL'S ROOM - DAY

Daniel rummages through the clothes in his closet. He throws
a bunch of selections on his bed. He's trying on outfits in
his mirror.

DANIEL
Too old. Fuck it.

He changes to a plain shirt.

DANIEL
Too boring.

He changes to a sleek black shirt.

DANIEL
Too smooth.

He changes to a wife beater.

DANIEL
Right.

He changes to another nondescript shirt.

DANIEL
Too bland.

He takes his shirt off and puts on a backwards baseball cap,
smiling.

DANIEL
Too young.

He pitches his voice higher.

DANIEL
I'm Daniel Weston. How you doin.'

He laughs at himself and throws the cap off. He puts on a
bright yellow shirt.

DANIEL
No.

Changes into a blue button-up shirt.

DANIEL
Closer, but not quite right.

He changes to a casual white button-up shirt.

DANIEL
Perfect.

EXT. PARKING LOT - DAY

Daniel is running to his car. In his excitement he trips
and almost falls to the ground.

EXT. PARK - TRACKING SHOT - MELISSA WALKING - DAY

It's a beautiful day. Melissa walks along a park path, She's
in a white sweatshirt and jeans, carrying her school bag.

CUT TO:

Daniel walking towards Melissa. She is sitting on a park
bench, watching him approach.

DANIEL
Melissa?

MELISSA
(shyly)
Hey.

DANIEL
I'm Daniel... well, ah --

MELISSA
Nice to meet you.

DANIEL
Um, how are you doing?

MELISSA
Good, how are you?

She fiddles with her purse. Its obvious she's a little
nervous.

DANIEL
Cool. Did you have a good day at
school?

MELISSA
It was good; I only had three classes,
so...

DANIEL
It's so nice to finally see you.

MELISSA
(smiling shyly)
You too.

Daniel tries to cover up an awkward silence.

DANIEL
It's a nice day.

MELISSA
(smiling and nodding)
Yeah it is.

More silence, less awkward this time. Daniel looks at Melissa
and they giggle a little.

DANIEL
Do you want to take a walk?

MELISSA
Sure.

They start to walk.

CUT TO:

Daniel and Melissa running up a hill towards a picnic table.

CUT TO:

Daniel and Melissa sitting on a picnic table. They are sitting
very close.

DANIEL
So what do you want to do?

MELISSA
I don't know. What do you normally
do on a first date?

DANIEL
(teasingly)
I thought this wasn't supposed to be
a date.

MELISSA
That was before...

DANIEL
Well... I want to do something
special. Something you've never done
before.

MELISSA
Well name something and I'll tell
you if I've done it or not.

DANIEL
Skydiving. You ever been skydiving?

MELISSA
(laughing)
Skydiving?

DANIEL
Yeah, jump out of a plane, have some
fun.

MELISSA
Yes, I know, but why would I want to
jump out of a plane?

DANIEL
It would be fun. I'm serious, we
should go skydiving.

Melissa shakes her head, amused.

DANIEL
The only thing is that I heard the
first time you jump you have to go
strapped to someone's crotch.

MELISSA
(shaking her head
vehemently)
No.

DANIEL
Yeah!

MELISSA
I'm not doing it.

DANIEL
(laughing)
Wha... why?

MELISSA
Hello, jumping out of a plane however
far up that is, and being strapped
to someone, and maybe having my
parachute not come out...

DANIEL
(flirtatiously)
You can go strapped to me if you
want.

MELISSA
Have you ever skydived before?

DANIEL
(laughing)
Of course, I do it all the time.

Melissa is looking at him suspiciously. She suspects he's
just teasing her.

MELISSA
Are you just kidding?

Daniel is laughing again.

DANIEL
Anyways, um, actually the reason you
have to go strapped to someone is
because 1 out of 100 people have
faulty parachutes.

MELISSA
Exactly!

Daniel nudges her a little, smiling.

DANIEL
(teasingly)
Just kidding. You're scared.

MELISSA
I am!

Daniel leans a little closer, nudging her with his shoulder.
It's obvious she likes the attention, but still feels a little
nervous around him.

DANIEL
Maybe we should go see a scary
movie...

MELISSA
I told you how I feel about scary
movies.

DANIEL
Yet you watch them by yourself in
the dark when you're bored?

MELISSA
(smiling sheepishly
and giggling)
Yeah, I like them but they scare the
hell out of me; I'm a freak.

DANIEL
But you like it

MELISSA
(Teasing voice)
Do you?

DANIEL
Let's see...

Daniel moves closer to Melissa and looks straight in her
eyes.

MELISSA
What are you looking at?

DANIEL
Your eyes...

MELISSA
What about them?

DANIEL
Well, they're beautiful, but they're
also dilating.

MELISSA
What does that mean?

DANIEL
That you like what you're looking
at.

MELISSA
Is that really what it means?

DANIEL
Actually, yeah. In magazines they
dim the lights before taking the
shots so the models look excited and
like they enjoy staring at the
intended audience... so what do you
want to do?

Again, he leans into her a little, trying to be seductive.
She's shy.

MELISSA
I don't know.

DANIEL
Ah, lets go see a movie.

MELISSA
What kind?

DANIEL
Zombie killers four.

Melissa gives him a "come on" look.

DANIEL
(laughing)
I'm just kidding..

MELISSA
(ruefully)
Well, nothing can be as bad as Death
Stalkers 3.

DANIEL
Zombie Killers 4. But the zombie
genre's been coming back. There have
been like four new zombie movies;
there's even a comedy, Shane of the
Dead.

MELISSA
I saw that one.

DANIEL
Really? You saw Shane of the Dead?

Daniel is laughing, surprised.

MELISSA
I did; it was funny.

DANIEL
(agreeing))
It was hilarious.

MELISSA
I was still freaked out though.
Please don't laugh at me. Maybe
I'll see it, but you have to promise
to stay with me for awhile afterwards.

DANIEL
Why's that?

MELISSA
Cause I get scared. I know it's
stupid, but I can't help it. It's
so bad. I get scared by anything.

DANIEL
Oh, zombie killers isn't really going
to be that scary.

MELISSA
I got freaked out by the Jaberwokki
from Alice in Wonderland.

DANIEL
Oh my god... that is bad.

He smiles and takes her hand.

DANIEL
Come on, let's go on a walk.

MELISSA
Where do you want to go?

He points in a random direction. They appear more relaxed
around each other.

DANIEL
Well, first let's go this way.

MELISSA
(not really paying
attention)
Okay.

DANIEL
Then when we're done going that way,
let's go over there. Then lets go
talk to some runners.

He laughs and Melissa shakes her head.

MELISSA
What?

She realizes he's teasing and laughs with him.

CUT TO:

EXT. PARKING LOT - MELISSA'S CAR - DAY

Daniel is standing next to Melissa. There is a slight
awkwardness and they are both staring at each other. It is
quiet for a few seconds. They hug.

MELISSA
I had a really good time.

DANIEL
Yeah, I'm so glad I finally got to
meet you. This is great. When can
I see you again?

MELISSA
Tomorrow.

DANIEL
Really?

Melissa smiles sweetly and seductively at him and then slowly
turns and starts to walk away. Daniel reaches for her before
she goes a couple steps.

He pulls her to him and puts his arms around her and gives
her a hug. They kiss on the lips. She's shy and a little
awkward. More silence, but this time filled with sexual
tension as opposed to awkwardness.

DANIEL
(Smiling)
Good bye Melissa.

MELISSA
(Smiling back)
Bye.

MELISSA gets in her car and drives away.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. COMMONS - COMMON AREAS - COUCH

Daniel is hanging out with CASEY again. They are both
drinking beer.

CASEY
Hey I'm going to try and get some
'shrooms this weekend. Do you want
to trip with me.

DANIEL
I don't think so. I've never done
that before.

CASEY
Have you tried any psychedelics
before?

DANIEL
No.

CASEY
That's like dying and having never
had sex.

DANIEL
I don't know about that, I've seen
them do some bad things to my friends.
Nightmares, flashbacks, etc.

CASEY
Oh that only happens if you way over
do it. It's not something you're
suppose to do all the time, just
every once in a great while.

DANIEL
Yeah, but what's the point?

CASEY
It gives you a new perspective and
takes you completely out of your
element. It's a little hard too
explain to someone who has never
experienced it before.

DANIEL
Doesn't it make you stupid?

CASEY
Do I seem stupid to you? Wait...
don't answer that. Anyway, it changes
you, but for the better. It improves
your creativity. It could give you
that inspiration you're always looking
for.

DANIEL
Yeah, but I don't think it's worth
the bad things It can do.

CASEY
Well I believe in the 50 times rule.
After 50 times you have permanent
psychosis, cause there is only so
much your mind can take before it
completely detaches from reality.
Well, heave you've ever read or heard
about the LSD experiments the
government did? They experimented
on some their top scientists without
their knowledge. They were dosed
with an insanely high amount and
tripped for like a week. Afterwards
they returned to their normal jobs
and continued working for the
government, except for one guy, who
went completely insane and then tried
to sue the government for causing
his mental illness. He tried to
kill everyone that turned completely
homicidal. My mother works as a
nurse at Precious Heart Hospital and
the third floor is completely devoted
to mental patients that can't come
back into society and most of them
are former drug addicts. People
that abuse meth really bad can go
into a homicidal psychosis
permanently, where they are always
trying to kill random people and
have delusions of persecution.

DANIEL
Crazy, you definitely don't make it
sound very appealing.

CASEY
Well that's only in the extremes. A
little bit completely changes you,
but for the better. You should try
it sometime.

DANIEL
No thanks. I've talked to too many
hippy fucks who try to tell me
everything they've learned from
tripping. It usually consists of
seeing how it's all energy that comes
up from the ground and flows through
everything, cause everything is
connected and that they've learned
so much, but can't describe it. I'm
like OK, you've learned nonsense...
great.

CASEY
How was your date with Melissa?

DANIEL
It was great actually. She's a really
cool girl.

CASEY
Have you hit it yet?

DANIEL
No... and I don't want to right away.
I really like this girl.

CASEY
Oh come on, Mr. Insomniac. Why would
you want to wait? Don't you get
tired of jacking off to internet
porn?

DANIEL
Haha...

CASEY
The Donkey show is a lot less
interesting the 18th time.

DANIEL
(Laughing)
You're a fucking pervert.

Casey begins making humping noises and moving his hips back
and forth. He continues and gets really into it.

A COLLEGE GIRL

enters the common area and stares at Casey. He doesn't notice
her at first. Then he stops and looks, embarrassed. He tries
to play it cool.

CASEY
Hi. What are you up to?

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - DAY

Daniel sits on his bed, writing rapidly.

CLOSEUP - NOTEBOOK

DANIEL (V.O.)
Slowly running my hand over her face,
the tips pressing ever so softly
against her skin, from her lips, to
her neck, to her chest... over her
belly and down to her...
(sigh)
Gazing into her eyes, enveloped in
utter stillness, thrust against her
skin, stillness...kisses, lips parted
slightly as my tongue caresses the
soft warmth of her tender neck. The
small quivers of skin, eruptions
spilling gently against my fingers
as I run them across her naked back,
hands exploring the intricacies of
her soul. Long kisses... hot, as I
press my lower lip against her skin,
moving slowly, building into fast,
deep kisses that touch every inch of
her body. Moaning, clenched in my
arms... hot... sweaty... hard, then
soft... the shock and vibration of
her body as I stroke her to
distraction, continuing the rhythm,
with every thrust slowly increasing,
harder... faster... eyes locked...
building... skin inflamed... hot,
scorching, no release... then...
ahhhhhhhh, ecstasy, sweet, hot and
intense. When you're lying in post-
coital sweat, every fiber of your
body screaming with exquisite
sensitivity , drained, the muscles
relaxed, poured onto the bed as the
breath steadies, lying next to
perfection... then, my friend, you've
found heaven.

Daniel smiles. He looks down at his writing again.

DANIEL'S POV

The scrawled, jumbled writing on the page.

BACK TO SCENE

DANIEL
(Softly, smiling to
himself)
Well it's quite obvious I'm a horny
bastard.

EXT. FIELD SOMEWHERE - DANIEL AND MELISSA ARE PLAYING

Daniel and MELISSA are running around having fun and being
goofy.

DANIEL
Have you seen Dirty Dancing?

MELISSA
Who hasn't? That's the best movie
ever.

They continue to play around. They are laughing and having
fun. Melissa runs and jumps on Daniel he isn't ready and
almost falls over and they are unsuccessful. They both laugh.

DANIEL
Wait, you have to warn me first OK?
Let's try it slowly this time.

MELISSA
Okay. Don't drop me.

They try again. She doesn't balance right and again they
fall over, laughing.

They go over to a tree. Daniel helps Melissa climb; she has
trouble.

DANIEL
Ok, put your foot here. Now pull.
Good.

MELISSA
I can't...

DANIEL
Yes you can. I've got you. Push.
Higher. Come on. I've got you. Use
some upper body strength.

Melissa is laughing. He boosts her up and steps back, leaving
her halfway up the tree. Her legs are dangling. They are
both laughing.

MELISSA
I need to get up more. Daniel!
Daniel!

She continues to dangle. Daniel laughs, watching, and smacks
her bottom. They laugh again. It's obvious they're having
fun.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - NIGHT

Daniel and Melissa are hanging out. They are sitting on
Daniel's bed. Melissa is holding the script for Harmony.

MELISSA
Harmony is really good; I like the
how the demon whose haunting him is
really himself.

DANIEL
That was supposed to be the most
powerful part. The realization that
all his problems, all his hate, and
everything that was combined and
traced out towards the world is really
a reflection of his own cruelty rather
than the cruelty of the world. The
metaphor of the demon being a young
version of himself.

MELISSA
I love the symbolism; it's great.

DANIEL
You should help me write something.

MELISSA
Help you how?

DANIEL
UM... help me with some ideas.

MELISSA
I read...

DANIEL
(teasingly)
Give me some crazy ideas. I know
you're a literature nut.

MELISSA
I read books. I like looking at them
and analyzing them, but as for
writing, that's all you. I can help
you edit, help you submit it to
publishers, but that's about it.

DANIEL
That would be cool... how do you
know so much about publishing and
editing and stuff?

MELISSA
My parents have a small publishing
business. Its actually pretty
successful, so I've been immersed in
the publishing world all my life.
It's probably why I love books, though
I should be sick of them at this
point.

Daniel is surprised.

DANIEL
Crazy. How come you never mentioned
that before?

MELISSA
I don't know. I didn't really think
about it, I guess.

DANIEL
Hmm. I need to write something
bigger; better than Harmony.

MELISSA
Why bigger? Why not start off little?

DANIEL
I want something... I'm a
perfectionist. I hate reading my own
work.

He points to Harmony.

DANIEL
When I read something like that, I
think 'ah, this is horrible' which
is normal, I guess. I know its okay,
but its not what I want.

MELISSA
So, another random question. What's
the first thing you look at in someone
when you're trying to figure out
what's going on in their head? What's
going on in their mind?

DANIEL
Where did that come from?

MELISSA
I don't know. Nowhere, I guess.
Just thoughts.

DANIEL
Just thoughts, huh? There are a lot
of things I look at. How they're
body moves, how they move their
hands... but mostly their eyes. Their
eyes show if they're in pain happy,
or sad; if they're anxious or they
want something. Get an in depth look
at their personality.

MELISSA
You can tell all that from someone's
eyes?

DANIEL
Yes, and a lot more.

MELISSA
What do you see in my eyes?

DANIEL
I see beauty, and innocence, and a
die-hard romantic... but you are
kind of hard to read.

MELISSA
Why's that?

DANIEL
You just are. I don't make the rules.
Why are you laughing?

MELISSA
I don't know... it's hard when
someone's talking about you and what
you're like. And I am a hopeless
romantic... you got that right.

DANIEL
And much more... what's your biggest
fear Melissa?

MELISSA
That I'll never fall in love

DANIEL
I guarantee that won't happen...

MELISSA
How do you know? I haven't fallen
in love yet.

DANIEL
Well for one thing, hormones and
nature will make you fall in love
sometime no matter what...

MELISSA
I hate that you think like that.

DANIEL
If you put two people on an island
with no one else they'll fall in
love. Nature has a part in love too
you know. But it's not a bad thing..
nature is beautiful, love is
beautiful. I just understand how it
works. Nature is a catalyst... for
your feelings... it doesn't create
your feelings... but it can help you
realize them. Does that makes sense?

MELISSA
Kinda, but I don't know... I believe
in soul mates... That there is one
person you are destined to be with

Daniel smiles.

MELISSA
What? I really do! I know it's silly,
but I can't help it.

DANIEL
It's not silly, it's cute. You're
cute.

MELISSA
(smiles sweetly up at
him)
So what's your biggest fear?

DANIEL
Being alone... like ending up alone.

MELISSA
I thought you said nature would make
sure you fell in love.

DANIEL
Yeah, but being in love doesn't mean
you won't be alone... the only thing
that really exists is the moment
right now... that's my biggest fear...
being trapped in fleeting moments
where all I can think about is how
much I love someone and not being
able to express it... being forever
alone...no one to care about or share
myself with... I hate being alone.

MELISSA
I'm sure you'll never be alone for
any real length of time.

DANIEL
Why's that?

MELISSA
Because you're too nice a guy.

DANIEL
Oh god, please don't say that.

MELISSA
Say what?

DANIEL
You just called me a nice guy.

MELISSA
So?

DANIEL
Girls don't like nice guys

MELISSA
I do.

Melissa leans over and kisses Daniel softly on the cheek.

MELISSA
Have you ever been in love before?

DANIEL
Once.

MELISSA
Really?

DANIEL
Yeah.

MELISSA
Why didn't it work out?

DANIEL
She was very career oriented, which
is cool, but I was still an undergrad
and she graduated and was going to
leave for grad school. I had to stay
and finish my degree. I don't do
long distance relationships, so it
was goodbye. I don't want someone
without ambition, but I do want
someone who will support me and will
make decisions in our best interest.
And at the time I didn't plan on
being suck in this same city.

MELISSA
Why are you still here?

DANIEL
Still waiting for my inspiration. I
am going to write something incredible
someday.

MELISSA
What happened to her?

DANIEL
She moved, met someone else, and got
married.

MELISSA
Wow... that was quick.

DANIEL
Well, she's a little older than me,
so it was probably her "time."

MELISSA
What's a little older?

DANIEL
Two years.

MELISSA
What's name?

DANIEL
Sarah.

MELISSA
Do you still love her?

DANIEL
I'll always love her. I think if you
really love someone that your feelings
will never go away.

MELISSA
Oh... I guess I sort of understand...
Daniel, do you care that I'm only
16?

DANIEL
Of course not. I think it's hot.
What's sexier then a beautiful young
girl.

MELISSA
Is that the only reason you like me?
I mean, why do you like me so much;
what makes me so different?

DANIEL
Oh, come on now... I love how you
look at me, how you talk, the
excitement in your eyes when we talk
about playing tag on moon... why
would you ask me that?

MELISSA
(shyly, looking down)
I don't know...

DANIEL
(softly)
Melissa...

MELISSA
(looks up)
Yeah?

DANIEL
Can I kiss you?

Melissa looks into Daniel's eyes. He slowly moves his finger
to the side of her face. He runs them down her neck and
slowly on to her chest.

Melissa closes her eyes, then opens them and looks excited,
but slightly nervous.

Daniel leans forward and kisses her. They pull apart,
smiling.

MELISSA
I like you.

DANIEL
I like you too.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. COMMONS - COMMON AREA - DANIEL AND CASEY - DAY

CASEY
Hey, hold on a second, something's
different.

Casey moves a little closer to Daniel and looks at him.
Daniel smiles and has a funny grin.

DANIEL
What do you mean?

CASEY
You're glowing.

DANIEL
Glowing? What?

CASEY
You got laid didn't you? You had sex
with Melissa?

DANIEL
No. Well, not yet anyway.

CASEY
Not yet, when are you planning it?

DANIEL
I'm not, I really like this girl.

CASEY
What do you guys do together?

DANIEL
We talk about everything and nothing
at the same time.

CASEY
Uh huh... everything and nothing...
weirdo. Dude, I know what you should
write about!

DANIEL
What?

CASEY
Write about what you know. Write
about Melissa, that's what's
interesting to me. Tell me about
her.

DANIEL
What about her?

CASEY
How she breathes, how she feels,
what that does to you. I think it
would be interesting.

DANIEL
That's a great idea!

A cat wanders into the room. Casey picks it up and cradles
it like a baby.

CASEY
You're a stupid cat aren't you? You're
just stoopid, huh? Yeah, you're just
a big baby.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - DAY

He is again trying to write something. He looks relatively
happy and is messing around, typing on the computer.

FADE OUT:

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - NIGHT

DANIEL
So what do you want to listen to?

MELISSA
Something sexy.

DANIEL
Something sexy?

MELISSA
Yeah

DANIEL
Why's that?

Melissa smiles. They begin to dance. Daniel picks her up
like you would carry a baby and takes her to the bed. They
fall onto it and start making out.

FADE TO:

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - DAY

Daniel and Melissa are lying in bed together. The sheets
are messed up and Daniel has his arm around her.

DANIEL
How do you feel?

Melissa smiles and snuggles into Daniel, burying her head a
little in the crook of his arm.

MELISSA
Good... how do you feel?

DANIEL
Alive.

MELISSA
Alive? What do you mean?

DANIEL
I feel energized, full of life, ready
to take on the world. What do you
want to today? Let's go for a walk,
or even better, go hiking? Wait.
What about a road trip? San Francisco
would be fun.

MELISSA
Um, no, hello. I have to go to school
and then back home so my parents
won't suspect anything.

DANIEL
What would happen if your parents
found out about me?

MELISSA
Well... that's not going to happen.

DANIEL
But what would happen if they did?

MELISSA
They would freak and probably try to
prosecute you. My mom would be more
likely to be okay with it, but my
dad would absolutely freak.

FADE TO BLACK.

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL - MELISSA WALKING HOME - AFTERNOON

Melissa hurries out of the school and begins her walk home.

WIDE SHOT - BRIDGE AND PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF SCHOOL

CLOSEUP - MELISSA WALKING

FADE TO:

EXT. RANDOM PARK - BENCH - DANIEL WRITING

Daniel is drinking an energy drink and staring into a note
book. He is attacking it with the pen and writing very
rapidly. He stops, looks around, smiles and continues to
write.

FADE TO BLACK.

EXT. HIGHSCHOOL - BLEACHERS - DAY

Clarissa and Melissa are hanging out after school.

CLARISSA
You know Justin likes you right?
He's totally cute. I bet he asks
you to Homecoming.

MELISSA
(smiles)
Maybe, but I probably won't go with
anybody.

CLARISSA
Why's that?

MELISSA
You know why; I think I'm in love
with Daniel.

CLARISSA
(in a teasing voice)
I can't believe you had sex with
him, you're such a slut.

MELISSA
Clarissa!

CLARISSA
Just kidding! Well, you should at
least bring him sometime when we all
hang out.

MELISSA
Don't you think that would be weird?

CLARISSA
Yeah, but I want to meet him.

MELISSA
But what if my parents find out?

CLARISSA
Do you really think you can hide it
from them forever?

FADE OUT:

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - NIGHT - ONE MONTH LATER

Daniel is drinking another caffeine drink and writing. He
is typing on his laptop once again.

CELL PHONE RINGS.

Daniel answers it.

INT. MELISSA'S BEDROOM - SAME TIME

MELISSA
Daniel, I'm pregnant.
(beat)

INTERCUT telephone conversation.

Daniel is shocked. He fumbles a bit and rubs his face.

DANIEL
(fast and nervously)
Oh my god... shit... are you okay?
Are you alright? Where are you?
I'll come pick you up.

MELISSA
You can't right now. My parents are
home.

DANIEL
I don't care about that. I need to
see you.

MELISSA
I'm sorry. I-I just can't. I'll be
okay, honestly.

DANIEL
No, you won't, you're pregnant.
What are we going to do... oh my god
my life could be over... let me come
get you... go away with me.

MELISSA
Stop talking crazy, Daniel.

DANIEL
What do you think about an abortion?

MELISSA
What-!? Damn, my mom is calling me,
I'll call you back.

MELISSA hangs up.

DANIEL
Wait...

PHONE is DEAD. Melissa is no longer on the line. Daniel is
still holding the phone in shock.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. BASEMENT - HANDHELD SHOT - DANIEL'S POV - NIGHT

A dingy floor, a beer bottle, a notebook of scribbles. A
feeling of uneasiness.

SLURP CHUG SPLASH

A shaky hand sets down a beer bottle.

THUD THUD THUD

Someone is walking heavily down a stair case nearby.

PAN TO - CASEY

He has a soccer ball in hand and a slightly exasperated
expression as he approaches.

CASEY
Dude what's going on, I've been
looking for you for like the last
ten minutes. You're not in your
room

DANIEL
(interrupting)
Melissa's pregnant. Fuck man, what
the fuck am I going to do?
(pacing back and forth
nervously)

CASEY
Man, are you sure she's pregnant

DANIEL
That's what she told me... my life's
over. She's mad at me, her parents
are going to find out... I'm going
to jail... I'm a fucking idiot.

CASEY
(in a more serious,
calming voice)
Calm down Daniel. Make sure its for
real and that she takes a pregnancy
test.

DANIEL
Why do you keep saying that?

CASEY
'Cause girls are wrong about that
sometimes or they tell you that to
get a rise out of you. It's happened
to me a few times and they never
ended up being pregnant.

DANIEL
Well, Melissa isn't like that.

CASEY
Trust me, ask her to take a pregnancy
test at Planned Parenthood.

DANIEL
Won't her parents find out for sure
then?

CASEY
It's anonymous.

Daniel continues to drink.

CASEY
Trust me, you'll be alright.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - NIGHT

Daniel is stumbling around drunk. He calls MELISSA'S PHONE...
it RINGS five times, then her VOICE MAIL comes on.

DANIEL
(In a drunken slur)
Melissa I'll take care of you. Don't
worry about anything. I have money.
We'll be happy. Run away with me...
(more drunken,
incoherent slur)

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. PARK - DAY

Daniel walks up to Melissa on a park bench and immediately
gives her a passionate hug. She hugs him back and they pause
in each other's arms.

DANIEL
Hi.

MELISSA
Hi.

DANIEL
I missed you

MELISSA
I missed you, too.

They talk for several minutes in hushed voices, but they are
agitated.

CLOSEUP - DANIEL AND MELISSA'S FACES

DANIEL
You're not pregnant? What the fuck!
Why did you lie to me?

MELISSA
I didn't lie! I wasn't sure... I
thought I was because my period was
a week and a half late...

FADE TO:

DANIEL
You want a fantasy, this is real.
The guy you want doesn't exist.
This isn't a fucking movie. This is
real; I'm real.

MELISSA
I know what I want...

DANIEL
Yeah, and what is that?

MELISSA
God, I don't know, but not this.

DANIEL
Well... at least this way life is
interesting.

MELISSA
You're a mess, Daniel.

INT. - DANIEL'S ROOM - DAY - TWO WEEKS LATER

Daniel is again drinking beer. He's pacing back and forth,
looking very nervous. He's looking at a small black jewelry
box.

FADE TO BLACK.

FADE IN:

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - DAY

He is drinking more beer and looking over some text. He is
rough-shaven and looks depressed. He is editing something on
the computer for awhile. He presses print.

INSERT - COMPUTER SCREEN

Printing page 1 of 550.

BACK TO SCENE

It finishes printing and Daniel sighs and puts the pages
together in order. He continues drinking more of his beer.
He makes a large stack and then assembles them.

He pulls out the black jewelry box and reveals a beautiful
ring. He puts both the manuscript and the ring in a packet.

EXT. SIDEWALK - DAY

Daniel walks to a post office drop off box and drops the
package in.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. MELISSA'S ROOM - NIGHT

She is looking through her mail and sees a big package. She
opens it and takes out both the jewelry box and the ring.

She begins to read.

CLOSEUP - MELISSA READING

She reads the whole thing. There are tears in her eyes. She
looks at the ring and puts it on her finger. MELISSA CALLS
Daniel. His PHONE RINGS six times before the ANSWERING
MACHINE PICKS UP. She doesn't leave a message. She gets
dressed and leaves.

EXT. JONES' HOUSE - GARAGE - MELISSA'S CAR

Melissa gets in her car and drives to Daniel's place.

INT. COMMONS - HALLWAY - OUTSIDE DANIEL'S ROOM - NIGHT

She walks down the hallway and knocks on his door. Daniel
answers, he is holding another beer.

DANIEL
Hello.

MELISSA
Hi. You're still awake.

DANIEL
(soft and slowly)
I've been going through a little
insomnia again lately. Did you get
my package?

MELISSA
(emotionally)
Daniel, it is beautiful. That's the
most beautiful thing anyone has ever
given me.

DANIEL
I'm glad you liked it.

MELISSA
I loved it... whats that?

She points to the beer in his hand.

DANIEL
Why do you care?

MELISSA
Why do I-you know what, whatever.
Bye --

DANIEL
(reaching out and
grabbing her hand)
Melissa, wait... I'm sorry
(hugs her)

MELISSA
You're an alcoholic. And I do care,
because I love you.

DANIEL
I prefer drunk... but yes I know.
And I'm working on that.

MELISSA
How? By drinking yourself to death.
You know what Daniel? I think you do
get scared.

DANIEL
Of what?

MELISSA
Not amounting to anything.

DANIEL
Yeah...

MELISSA
Alcohol is your escape. It allows
you to avoid doing anything useful.

DANIEL
Maybe.

She looks hopeless. He touches her arm, but she shakes him
off and walks quickly down the hall. She's sobbing now. He
watches her go.

FADE TO:

INT. MELISSA'S BEDROOM - DAY

Melissa is in her bedroom and puts Daniel's manuscript in a
large manila envelop. She puts a bunch of stamps on it.

FADE TO:

INT. JONES' HOUSE - KITCHEN

MR. JONES comes home holding a heavily stamped envelope
containing the manuscript. He goes to the kitchen and begins
to make himself something to eat.

He sets it down on the counter. After making his food, he
looks at it again. He's a little bewildered and opens the
envelope. It contains the manuscript and a small note. He
picks up the note.

INSERT - NOTE

It is a note, ostensibly from Daniel WESTON.

"DEAR EDITOR: I HAVE WRITTEN WHAT I HOPE TO BE AN ENGAGING
AND PROVOCATIVE PIECE ON THE BEAUTY OF A WOMAN. IF YOU WOULD
TAKE THE TIME JUST TO READ IT OVER, I'M SURE YOU WOULD ENJOY
IT. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO
TALKING TO YOU SOON. SINCERELY YOURS, DANIEL WESTON."

BACK TO SCENE

MR. JONES frowns a little, shrugs and sits down on the couch,
manuscript in hand.

FADE TO:

MR. JONES in the middle of reading the paper. While he's
reading we hear Daniel'S VOICE OVER.

DANIEL (V.O.)
She was an angel, about to get her
first taste of mortality, the
realization that it wouldn't last
forever. That incredible feeling...
that you're free. You want to feel
every tiny fiber of your limited
existence... to dwell in an emotional
sandstorm, to be so flushed with the
human experience that if even if
death came in the preceding seconds,
you would smile, for you knew you
were really, truly alive once. Mr.
Jones picks up the phone and dials.
He speaks to someone on the other
end.

MR. JONES
Hi Rob - I've just received a very
interesting manuscript. I'm going
to send it to you to read. I know we
don't normally look at anonymous
submissions, but you have to read
this; it's great.

FADE TO:

INT. DANIEL'S ROOM - DAY

PHONE RINGS

It's an executive from Mr. Jones' publishing company.

DANIEL
Hello?

EXECUTIVE
Hi, is this Daniel Weston?

DANIEL
Yes.

RANDOM EXECUTIVE
This is the Senior Vice President
for Aldor Publishing and we've
received your submission...

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. JONES' HOUSE - HALLWAY OUTSIDE MELISSA'S ROOM - DAY

Mr. Jones is excited. He knocks on Melissa's door.

INT. MELISSA'S BEDROOM - DAY

MELISSA opens the door and MR. JONES enters.

MR. JONES
Hey honey, how was your day?

MELISSA
Pretty good actually.

She runs her hand through her hair and Mr. Jones sees the
ring.

CLOSEUP - RING

CUT TO:

CLOSEUP - MR. JONES

His face looks pinched, as if he's just realizing something.
He remembers Daniel describing the ring to his lover in the
manuscript, and the description of the lover.

MR. JONES
(calmly, but you can
tell something's
wrong)
Where did you get that ring Melissa?

MELISSA
(looking uncomfortable)
Um... I just got it at the mall.

Mr. Jones looks at her for a moment, turns and walks away.
He stops at her door and turns to her again.

MR. JONES
Give Daniel my regards, won't you?

CUT TO:

Melissa looks shocked.

MELISSA
Daddy --

Mr. Jones interrupts her.

MR. JONES
How did this happen?

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. MELISSA'S ROOM - NIGHT

Melissa is in her room lying on the bed with the pillow over
her head. We hear the VOICES of her Mr. Jones and Mrs. Jones
YELLING at each other in the back ground.

MRS. JONES
I can't believe this happened. That
we were so god-damned blind. We
have to do something.

MR. JONES
We were so stupid... I was stupid...
You were stupid. Clarissa's house
my ass.

Melissa calls Daniel.

FADE TO:

EXT. JONES' HOUSE - PORCH

Daniel knocking at the door, well-groomed and nicely dressed.

CUT TO:

INT. JONES' HOUSE - FRONT DOOR

MRS. JONES POV

Reaches the front door and opens it. Sees Daniel.

BACK TO SCENE

MRS. JONES
Hello? Can I help you?

DANIEL
Hi, I'm Daniel Weston. I need to
speak with you.

MRS. JONES
(barely controlling
her anger)
Honey that man's here.

Mr. Jones walks to the door.

MR. JONES
Who?

MRS. JONES
Daniel Weston.

Mr. Jones looks at Daniel and doesn't say anything for a
minute.

MR. JONES
Why are you here?

DANIEL
Can I please just speak with you?

Mr. Jones and Mrs. Jones look at each other. Mr. Jones looks
extremely angry.

MR. JONES
So speak.

DANIEL
Please, can I come in?

Mrs. Jones knows her husband will probably yell. She looks
outside nervously.

MRS. JONES
Homey, please, I don't want the
neighbors to see or hear what's going
on.

MR. JONES
Fine. You've got five minutes.

FADE TO:

INT. JONES' HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - COUCH

Daniel sits facing Mr. and Mrs. Jones, trying to explain.

DANIEL
If you're going to prosecute me,
then do it, but know that I do love
your daughter. I never intended
this. I just met her and couldn't
help falling in love with her.

FATHER
She's only 16.

DANIEL
I know, but that didn't change my
heart.

FADE TO:

DANIEL
You like my work. Just because I
was inspired by your daughter doesn't
mean it's any less valid.

FADE TO:

EXT. JONES' HOUSE - PORCH

Daniel is leaving. You hear Melissa calling his name and
her parents yelling.

INT. JONES' HOUSE - TRACKING SHOT

Melissa rushes through the house and out the door, still
calling his name. Daniel looks into her eyes and smiles.

MELISSA
Don't worry, they won't prosecute.
And we can still see each other...
well at least talk...

DANIEL
(smiling sadly)
We'll see. I love you Melissa. And
thank you.

MELISSA
For what?

DANIEL
(touches her face,
kisses her, and pulls
away)
Everything.

Daniel lets her go and squeezes her hand. He turns and walks
away.

FADE TO BLACK.

SUPER: ONE YEAR LATER

INT. NEW YORK - HOUSE - NICE OFFICE - DAY

Daniel is looking good and dressed very maturely, sitting at
a desk. He's online and typing to Melissa.

INT. JONES' HOUSE - MELISSA'S ROOM - DAY

Melissa is smiling, and replying to Daniel.

INTERCUT chat conversation.

MELISSA (V.O.)
How's New York?

DANIEL (V.O.)
Very cold, but good...

FADE TO BLACK.

THE END

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