Goodbye Internet

When I lost my ability to communicate with people, I turned to familiar sites on the internet.

 

Zoetrope and The Writer’s Building – links in the navbar.

 

It helped to talk to people who had no idea about my life, so I could talk about events and topics unrelated to me.

 

Just to show me that I still had some ability to communicate.

 

But only 7 % of communication is the words – the majority of communication is tone of voice, facial expression and body language.

 

There is also the contextual and relationship information.

 

It is hard for a person who was once a writer to not be able to communicate.

 

Having been a legal secretary doing dictatyping and all the typing I did for both fiction and non-fiction writing – being able to think and allow thoughts to flow through my fingers rather than my mouth allowed me to communicate online.

 

My next therapy challenge is being able to communicate in person.

 

Thanks Scott Adams, Dilbert creator, for sharing your tale of speaking recovery.

 

anyway, being in front of a computer is a major trigger for me and I have decided to leave the internet

 

because the white noise of the computer fan is disruptive and triggery

 

put out communication without response is triggery

 

and distraction and avoidance remain needful strategies to cope

 

raw recovery specialist

 

 

 

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Fiction Friday #7 – great $ 0.99 deals & freebies

Originally posted on Made by Meghan:

Note: Every Friday I’m going to (attempt to) list any great looking books or deals I’ve come across earlier in the week. Often, I won’t have read these books myself yet – seeing as I’m supposed to be writing one (!!) – but these are deals or books I thought looked good enough to share. All links – for ease of linking – are to Amazon.com but most, if not all, of these books are available on all platforms including paperback. Hint, if you are in Canada or the UK (etc) and want to buy just change the .com in your browser to .ca (etc).

Fellow Canadian author, Mona Ingram, has put her new adult romance, Full Circle, on sale until Feb 25. It’s $0.99 this week, and normally $3.99.  Hello, 4.3 stars out of 144 reviews! Nice!!

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Screenplay: A Gay In the Life Of

this is the backstory to the 3 day novel, Why Do Mannequins have Nipples

but I wrote it later… wait.. no all my scripts are inter-related

 

A Gay In the Life Of

 

the earlier logline was: Against a backdrop of a homophobic double murder, Nikky (out, butch) and Audrey (closet femme) re-evaluate their relationship

 

Right: I wrote the original in 6 hours for a National Film Board/Telefilm/BC Film threeway contest deadline to have a back up to Coffee, which I had entered a second time.

 

WGA # 873783
A Gay
In The Life Of….
A Screenplay
By Nina Tryggvason
Logline: Two Dykes. One Relationship. Two Choices. One Day.

EXT. BACKYARD GARDEN – DAY.
There is a low fence around the yard. GLORIA (35, gardening
gloves, T-shirt, stretch pants) is pulling weeds.
INT. KITCHEN – DAY.
MARY (38, casually dressed) watches Gloria garden for a few
minutes, then resumes cutting up lemons. She drops the lemon
slices into a pitcher of lemonade.
EXT. BACKYARD GARDEN – DAY.
Gloria pauses, wipes her brow and peeks over her shoulder at
Mary emerging from the house with a tray holding the lemonade
pitcher and two glasses of ice. Gloria resumes gardening,
pretending not to have noticed Mary. Mary stops behind
Gloria, kneels down, and quietly fishes an ice cube out of a
glass. She holds the ice cube just above Gloria’s neck, so
that the drips will go down her shirt. Gloria shrieks when
the cold water hits her. She drops her gardening tool and
spins around, knocking Mary flat. They begin to wrestle,
shrieking, laughing and kissing each other.
EXT. NEXT YARD OVER – DAY.
A MAN (40ish) throws his newspaper disgustedly on the ground
as he gets up out of his lawn chair. He enters his house.
EXT. BACKYARD GARDEN – DAY.
Mary and Gloria are lying together, kissing. Gloria leans
back.
GLORIA
How’s dinner coming? Bev and
Lindsay will be here in an hour.
MARY
There’s plenty of time for a
shower.
GLORIA
Together?
EXT. NEXT YARD OVER – DAY.
MAN emerges from house with a hunting rifle. His WIFE comes
running out on the porch.
WIFE
Gary! Don’t!
EXT. BACKYARD GARDEN – DAY.
Gloria and Mary stop kissing and look over to the next yard.
Terror registers on their faces. FREEZE FRAME over SCREAMS
and GUN SHOT sounds.
FADE to red.
Title Credits: A Gay In The Life Of…
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S BEDROOM – (NEXT DAY) MORNING.
There are night tables on both sides of the bed, each with
their own alarm clocks. The room is tidy. The alarm clock on
the left RINGS, NIKKY TAVES (25, brush cut hair, soft butch
dyke, university student) whacks the snooze button. Repeat
GUNSHOT SOUND as Nikky hits the snooze button. She rolls over
and puts her arm around AUDREY DEMPSEY (26, straight looking
lipstick lez, bank teller), kissing the back of her throat.
AUDREY
(into her pillow)
Mmmmm.
NIKKY
(still kissing her)
Happy First Anniversary, Audrey.
AUDREY
(turning to face Nikky)
How do you remember these things
when you first get up?
NIKKY
I checked the calendar last night.
Audrey sits up, leans over and kisses Nikky.
AUDREY
Well, I’ll make a special dinner
tonight. When are your classes over
today?
NIKKY
(freely groping Audrey)
How about I skip my first class
today and we celebrate right now?
Nikky ducks her head under the blankets and kisses Audrey’s
body. Audrey relaxes, a smile plays on her lips.
2.
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY (CONT’D)
(muffled by blankets &
kisses)
Besides, collective meeting
tonight, I’m meeting Lindsay for
coffee before.
Audrey reacts to Lindsay’s name. She squirms & smacks semigently
at Nikky’s covered shoulders. She throws the blanket
back just enough to expose Nikky. Nikky is startled and sits
upright.
AUDREY
What the hell does Lindsay want
now?
NIKKY
I don’t know, that’s why I’m
meeting her.
Nikky leans forward to continue, but Audrey moves firmly away
from Nikky. Annoyed, Nikky slides out of bed and dresses.
Audrey pulls the blankets around herself.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
I should be home by eleven. There’s
a heavy agenda tonight and I expect
that, as usual, Malcolm and Jess
will get into it big time.
AUDREY
When don’t they argue? I don’t know
why Jess even goes to a mixed
gender coalition. Isn’t it against
her separatist mandate to be in the
same room as men or something?
NIKKY
Ha-ha. Forget Jess. I want to
celebrate this morning. It’s your
day off, and I can cut class, so I
thought…
AUDREY
No, you can’t cut class, teachergirl.
I’ve got stuff to do today
and our anniversary is tonight, not
tomorrow and not the moreconvenient-
for-you weekend. Should
I make an anniversary dinner
tonight or not?
3.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
(twisting indide)
Can’t we celebrate tomorrow night
instead?
AUDREY
You know very well that my Queer
Parents-To-Be Support Group is
tomorrow. We’re covering
grandparents’ suing for custody
caselaw. You know my Mother is
going to freak when I have a baby
that we co-parent.
Nikky opens her mouth to make a caustic remark, but she looks
directly at the camera with a ‘Should-I-be-mean-or-let-itslide’
look, waits for an answer, then nods. She lets the
comment slide.
NIKKY
We’ll figure something out. I’m
late, can I borrow your car? I can
get home easier.
AUDREY
Sure, just put some gas in this
time, okay?
Nikky nods as she buttons her jacket. Nikky exits to living
room.
NIKKY (O.S.)
Um, can I borrow ten dollars for
gas?
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S LIVING ROOM – MORNING.
Decorated in “early university student” – brick and board
bookcases (overflowing with lesbian books), lesbian posters,
wimmin music CD’s, photos of wimmin and magazine pictures of
lesbian celebrities, and a computer in the corner covered
with loose papers. Nikky enters.
AUDREY (O.S.)
Whatever. My purse is in the living
room.
Nikky picks up Audrey’s purse from the couch, rifles it and
grimly takes a bill from Audrey’s wallet. The phone RINGS.
Nikky ignores it. She studies a snapshot of herself and
Audrey stuck in the frame of Audrey’s high school graduation
picture. She touches the picture briefly.
4.
CONTINUED: (2)
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S BEDROOM – MORNING.
Audrey (half-dressed) answers the phone.
AUDREY
Hello?
(pauses)
No, Lee, Nikky’s left for school,
she’ll see you on campus I’m sure.
(starts to hang up, but
pauses)
What? Who? Ohmigod. Lemme see if I
can catch Nikky.
(Yelling)
Nikky!
Audrey drops the phone on the bed and exits hurriedly.
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S LIVING ROOM – MORNING.
Audrey enters.
NIKKY
What? Who’s on the phone?
AUDREY
Lee, it’s bad news, I’m so sorry.
Nikky reluctantly picks up the phone.
NIKKY
Lee?
(pauses)
No, they can’t be, not Gloria and
Mary. No, Lee, please tell me this
is a sick joke.
(pauses, crying)
No, I’ll meet you,
(pauses)
No, not the pub, it’s too public,
I’ll meet you at the Queer
Association Office. An hour?
(pauses)
Okay, no, it’s better you called.
See ya, Lee.
Nikky hangs up. Audrey looks like she’s going to throw up.
Nikky cries. Audrey steps forward and holds her. Audrey sits
them down on the couch. Gently, Audrey rocks Nikky.
5.
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY (CONT’D)
Why? Why Gloria and Mary? Their
next-fucking-door neighbour. He
shot them over the fence. Lee said
<sob> that they didn’t even make it
to the hospital.
AUDREY
(Holding Nikky, trying not
to cry, soothing)
I don’t know, I don’t know what
makes people do that. Gloria, she
was that womyn who was going to be
your teacher-mentor, wasn’t she?
NIKKY
(crying, trying to stop)
Yeah, you met them at Lindsay’s
cook out last month. Gloria taught
high school history and drama and
Mary painted. I think she privately
tutored kids, too. I dunno. I just
can’t believe that someone would do
that.
AUDREY
Did Lee say why?
NIKKY
(angry)
Next-door neighbour apparently had
had enough of the suburban dykes
flaunting their lifestyle.
Nikky stands up and paces the room.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
(ranting with grief and
anger)
Huh, some lifestyle, like anyone
would pick being discriminated
against and murdered. Gloria and
Mary weren’t living a lifestyle,
they were living their lives, just
living their lives like anyone
else, dammit! – developing their
careers, buying and making a home,
paying taxes. Hell, either of them
could even have passed for straight
middle class suburban housewives.
6.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
Audrey recoils, suddenly worrying about the impression that
she and Nikky make on the general public. She looks at the
photo stuck in her graduation picture.
AUDREY
I don’t want you to go out there.
Stay home with me.
NIKKY
I can’t stay home. I’m meeting Lee.
I’ve got a meeting tonight. I’ve
got classes.
AUDREY
You said that you wanted to skip
class today and celebrate our
anniversary. So skip it. Just don’t
go out there, not today, not now.
NIKKY
If I stay in, then those murdering
straight bastards win. I can’t hide
in the woodwork. Gloria wouldn’t
have wanted anyone to stop doing
political work, she was in Gay and
Lesbian Educators. I think Mary did
some political work too.
AUDREY
No, she stayed home and painted. I
talked to her at that cook out,
while you and Gloria and Lindsay
talked shop.
NIKKY
Whatever. Don’t you see that if I
stay home, that they win?
AUDREY
I don’t know or care about this
“they”. All I know is that people
we knew were murdered and I’m
scared and you’re upset and I want
you to stay home. You don’t look
like a straight middle class
suburban housewife.
Nikky stops short. She looks hard at Audrey, who does.
NIKKY
I don’t want to fight anymore with
you.
7.
CONTINUED: (2)
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
I’m tired of always fighting over
really trivial things.
(she sits with Audrey)
I love you. I want to be with you
in twenty years. I want a house in
the ‘burbs. But I want to do
political work now so that when we
get to a point where we can have
that, we can have all that. The
baby you want, too.
AUDREY
Just stay with me today. We’ll do
my errands together.
NIKKY
What errands?
AUDREY
Like, haul your undies to the
Laundromat, a lunch appointment
with Mother, and I need to pick up
those theatre tickets you wanted to
the Sexpertease III Show.
NIKKY
I forgot about Sexpertease. Well, I
guess I better let you go and I
better get to school.
Nikky shimmies off of the couch. Audrey is disappointed.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
Say hello to your mother for me.
AUDREY
You know Mother and I don’t talk
about you.
NIKKY
Audrey, I’m just tired of her
thinking I’m your roommate and that
we can’t afford more than a one
bedroom place.
AUDREY
Well, we can’t afford a two
bedroom, so it’s a good thing we
are girlfriends and not roommates.
Besides, aren’t you going to be
late to see Lee?
8.
CONTINUED: (3)
NIKKY (cont’d)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
I’m too upset to drive, so I’ll
catch the bus. I’ll see you later.
Nikky leans down to kiss Audrey. Audrey kisses her desperate
for Nikky to stay. Nikky breaks off the kiss.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
I’ll be okay, I promise. I won’t
flaunt myself and get killed today.
INT. BUS – LATER. MORNING
Nikky is seated alone on a two person seat. She exudes a dark
menacing to OTHER PATRONS. She looks down at her notebook,
which has little hearts and “Audrey” scribbles all over it.
INT. TABLE AT JAQUE’S CAFÉ (FLASHBACK 1 YEAR) – NIGHT
Jaque’s Café is a funky collection of female music and
feminist/lesbian memorabilia. Nikky and Audrey are sitting at
a window table. They are on a first date.
AUDREY
Well, I live with Mother. Father
passed away four years ago, and I
didn’t see any point upsetting her
and moving out on my own. And I
hadn’t met anyone I want to live
with.
Audrey smiles shyly at Nikky
AUDREY (CONT’D)
Until now, at least.
NIKKY
(coughs)
Um, have you had a girlfriend
before?
AUDREY
Well, my answer depends.
NIKKY
On what?
AUDREY
Whether or not I have a girlfriend
now. I don’t discuss my past sex
life with just anyone.
9.
CONTINUED: (4)
(CONTINUED)
Nikky sips her coffee slowly. Her hand trembles as she places
the cup on the saucer.
NIKKY
(flushed)
You can tell me anything.
Audrey leans across the table and squeezes Nikky’s hand.
AUDREY
(beaming)
Well, then, it’s all set. I’ll tell
Mother tonight.
NIKKY
Tell her what?
Nikky shifts uncomfortably.
AUDREY
That I’m moving out, of course.
I’ll have to, Mother thinks I’m
straight.
NIKKY
And into?
AUDREY
(wondering if maybe she’s
rushing)
Well, it doesn’t make much sense
for me to get a place by myself.
Does it?
Audrey sips her coffee nervously. Nikky is somewhat
dumbfounded.
NIKKY
Why do you want to move in so
quickly?
Audrey pulls her hand away and sits straighter.
AUDREY
(as if to a small child)
Mother thinks I’m straight, and I’m
an only child, and Father left a
sizeable inheritance that is in a
Trust controlled by Mother. So, I
don’t see any reason to upset her.
10.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
But it’s too soon to move in
together! We don’t even know each
other’s middle names! You’re moving
too fast, Audrey. It’s our first
date, I mean, even U-Haul Dykes
wait until the second date.
(pauses to slow down)
Look, let’s date for a while, if
we’re together in six months, then
we’ll reassess this living together
idea. Okay?
AUDREY
No.
NIKKY
All right then. Wait. Whaddya mean
no? You want to rush in and start
living together when we haven’t
even kissed? What if we’re not, you
know, sexually compatible?
Audrey stands and leans forward, digs her fingers into
Nikky’s short hair and pulls her head back.
Audrey kisses her hard, softening only after Nikky responds
to the kiss. She loosens her grip and slides her hand up and
down Nikky’s back. When she feels Nikky’s lips part, she
thrusts her tongue exploring between them.
As abruptly as she began, Audrey ends the kiss. Nikky sits
and blinks blankly, her brain circuits overloaded by the
intensity.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
When did you say you could move in?
EXT. JAQUE’S CAFE (BACK TO PRESENT) – DAY.
CHRIS SCHROEDER (29, earth mom, vegetarian), JACQUELINE
‘JAQUE’ LEPREVOST (27, butch, walking wounded), BLAIR BISSELL
(24, feminist het, server at Jaque’s) and Audrey are sitting
outside, drinking coffees.
AUDREY
Nikky knew Gloria, and we met Mary
at a cookout last month. They were
such a nice couple. I just can’t
believe it.
11.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
JAQUE
Mary always had a peppermint herbal
tea plain and cream cheese with
cucumber on rye. Gloria, a
cappuccino with cinnamon and the
special of the day.
BLAIR
Every Thursday and Saturday. They
always tipped 40%.
CHRIS
I heard that they were together for
almost twenty years. I’ve never
even had a friend that long. I
can’t imagine being with the same
person for that long.
BLAIR
You and Teresa have been together
for two three years now?
Chris shrugs.
AUDREY
Here I sit, where Nikky and I began
our relationship a year ago,
sulking that she’s going to the
collective meeting, while Gloria
and Mary, who’ve been together for
almost twenty, are dead.
JAQUE
(shaking her head)
At least Gloria and Mary had a good
life together, they were well
matched, personality and interests.
You’re not very politically active,
Audrey, but that’s what you have to
expect when you marry an activist.
They’re always at rallies. You
deserve someone who’s more of a
homebody, more like you.
BLAIR
Like you, Jaque?
JAQUE
Hey, I was chasing Audrey back
then, too, I’ll have you know.
12.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
BLAIR
Yeah, but Jaque, I’ve noticed
you’re always chasing femmes,
especially those who have been
caught by others.
CHRIS
Yeah, you’re always here at the
café, so how would that be better
for Audrey than Nikky being at
rallies and collective meetings?
AUDREY
Besides, I thought you wanted to
convert Blair?
BLAIR
Hey yeah, I thought that it was me
you wanted to convert!
JAQUE
Any time, any where, any place, any
thing, baby. But, hot as you are,
Blair, I’m not foolish enough to
turn down a hot fem lesbian like
Audrey while I wait for you to say
yes.
BLAIR
Well, I think that your best pal,
the butch babe Nikky, might still
have something to say about it.
AUDREY
So might the hot fem lesbian
Audrey.
JAQUE
Well, I would hope you have
something to say, preferably “yes”.
AUDREY
Well, mostly, I have things to say
to Nikky. I’m sick of her never
being home and rushing off to
collective meetings.
JAQUE
Nikky’s just dedicated, was it not
her passion for all things
political that you were so
attracted to in the beginning?
13.
CONTINUED: (2)
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S LIVING ROOM (FLASHBACK 10 MONTHS) -
DAY.
Audrey (business clothes) is waiting in the living room.
Nikky ( a “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries” T-shirt,
political lapel pins, jeans) enters from the bedroom.
NIKKY & AUDREY
Why are you dressed like that?
They laugh.
NIKKY
Rally? This afternoon, ring any
bells?
AUDREY
Lunch with Mark and Judy? The
friends of mine you wanted to meet?
Ring any bells?
NIKKY
Oh shit. I forgot, what time’s
lunch?
AUDREY
Well, lunch, lunch-time, call me
crazy, but maybe noon?
The sarcasm goes over Nikky’s head.
NIKKY
Well, it’s perfect, the rally’s at
two, we can do both! Cool. But, um,
Audrey, one of us is not exactly
dressed for the day.
Nikky holds out a T-shirt emblazoned with “I’m not a lesbian,
but my girlfriend is” Audrey takes it, then laughs. She hugs
Nikky and kisses her.
AUDREY
You really crack me up.
NIKKY
I thought you could wear it to
lunch with Mark and Judy. If you’re
gonna tell them about us, we may as
well lay it on thick. If they’re
cool about the shirt. . .
14.
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
Hmmm, I hadn’t thought about how I
was gonna come out to my friends. I
guess I’ll go change.
NIKKY
Me too, I’m a little too out to
meet your straight pals for the
first time.
AUDREY
There isn’t a rally?
NIKKY
Yeah, at two, I’ll stuff this gear
in my knapsack. I did remember the
lunch.
AUDREY
You’re a nutbar, a certifiable
nutbar. C’mere.
Nikky moves innocently towards Audrey. Audrey kisses her.
INT. JAQUE’S CAFE (PRESENT DAY) LATER – DAY.
CHRIS
Well, Audrey? What do you think?
AUDREY
I’m sorry, I zoned out. Think about
what?
JAQUE
Coming out and losing your job.
AUDREY
Oh, how’d we get there?
CHRIS
You really did zone out. I was just
saying that if we taught the
tolerance in schools that children
are clearly not getting taught at
home, then Gloria and Mary would
probably still be alive.
BLAIR
Again, I say that that doesn’t help
people now. It doesn’t help people
get and keep their jobs or . . .
15.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
CHRIS
Blair, I understand that people
lose their jobs, believe me. I’m
just saying that if more
celebrities than just kd lang and
Melissa Etheridge came out, that it
would be easier to gain acceptance.
Especially sports figures or
politicians.
AUDREY
Do you think sports figures have a
greater impact than entertainment
Celebes, Chris?
JAQUE
Who’s coming out would affect the
homophobic jock types more – Jodie
Foster or Babe Ruth?
AUDREY
(shocked)
Babe Ruth was gay?
JAQUE
Not from any reliable source, but
it would make the jock strap set
think twice about yelling fag at
him, and, consequently, the
advisability of saying it to
others.
AUDREY
Nikky argues for visibility and all
that, but I kind of like keeping
our community to ourselves. It
makes me feel more special.
JAQUE
Well, I’m all for sharing, Audrey.
There’s more than a few female
actors that I’d like to see sucking
face with other women on screen.
BLAIR
Oh, spare us your Sigourney Weaver -
Jodie Foster fantasy, Jaque. But it
just shows that lesbian actresses
are better at acting when they kiss
men than straight actresses.
16.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
Besides, Blair’s right, it’s
acting, you don’t play yourself. I
didn’t know that Sigourney was gay.
CHRIS
It’s Jaque’s fantasy. And no one
can say that Jodie is either, she’s
never confirmed or denied the
rumours.
JAQUE
That many rumours must have some
basis.
CHRIS
Like the rumours that Elvis faked
his death?
AUDREY
Nikky says that what’s important
isn’t the roles they play, it’s the
visibility of being positive models
for young or newly out gays and
lesbians. Celebrities hiding just
reinforces everyone’s closet.
BLAIR
Do you have any of your own
opinions, Audrey?
JAQUE
But what about self protection,
Audrey? It seems to me that actors
have so little privacy already and
they’ve so much more to lose since
their outing is public.
CHRIS
What kind of message gets sent by
outing anyone, anyway? Forcing
celebrities out makes the closets
deeper. Besides, in my humble,
straight opinion, I don’t think
that celebrities hurt anyone by not
telling, it’s the closeted gay
politicians who sign anti-gay
legislation that hurt.
17.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
JAQUE
It seems to me that it’s more
important that everyday people are
out, that way, straight people,
present company excepted, Blair,
have contact with gays and lesbians
- the public expects Hollywood to
be taboo, but not accountants,
lawyers, mechanics and, Audrey,
your future schoolteacher
girlfriend. She’d be able, as a
teacher, to un-warp new minds, it’s
better than Jane Doe actor saying
she’s a dyke.
BLAIR
I don’t know if I would be out, if
I was gay. Look at Gloria and Mary,
they didn’t look particularly gay.
They died for what?
CHRIS
It’s why more people need to be
out, studies show that when people
know someone gay that they are more
tolerant of gays. That’s what the
coalition is working for.
AUDREY
Oh! Thanks for reminding me, Chris.
CHRIS
Of what?
Audrey finishes her coffee, and moves closer to the door.
AUDREY
I came down here to pick up an
anniversary present for Nikky.
Jaque moves slowly, seductively butch towards Audrey.
JAQUE
Well, Audrey, when you and Nikky do
hit that infamous lesbian no sex
second year slump…
AUDREY
(smiling)
Well, Jaque, if and when Nikky and
I ever hit a no sex slump, I’ll
call Blair.
18.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
Audrey leaves, amid catcalls to Jaque’s being turned down.
EXT. STREET IN GAY PART OF TOWN – DAY.
Audrey walks down Davie Street, past grubby STREET PEOPLE
waiting for change, SIGHT SEEING HETERO COUPLES, GAY COUPLES,
A GOTHIC CHICK WITH A SNAKE.
Audrey turns off of the street into the walkway leading to
the gay/lesbian bookstore. Audrey enters the store.
INT. GAY & LESBIAN ASSOC. OFFICE (PRESENT DAY) – DAY.
Nikky enters the Gay & Lesbian Centre. The walls have posters
for AIDS awareness, including the lesbian-targeted ‘Safe Sex
is Hot Sex’ posters, condoms, kd lang, and various marches
and/or rights issues. There are a few plants, a reception
desk, two couches, a low coffee table, a water cooler (no
paper cups, but several coffee mugs).
There is a dry erase monthly planning schedule with some
meeting times booked for different Lesbigay groups and dates
& places indicated for marches. A door leads to a boardroom.
A second door leads a unisex, wheelchair accessible bathroom.
The atmosphere is sombre, the three lesbians, ADELLE (25,
butch from her shaved head to her purple Doc Martens),
LIZBETH (27, Lipstick Lez), CORINE (19, Baby Dyke), and the
two gay men, PAUL (26, Castro Clone) and MARK (21, Cuban Homo
look), are very quiet, almost shell shocked.
Lizbeth and Corine are sitting together, holding hands.
Corine is the most distraught, and is quite pale. Adelle
brightens slightly when Nikky walks in, and gets up to greet
her.
ADELLE
Nikky! Have you heard?
Nikky nods and accepts a hug from Adelle. The hug lingers a
moment longer than a greeting or a comforting gesture.
Lizbeth gets up and gets a drink of water.
LIZBETH
How’s Audrey?
NIKKY
Fine. Any more news about Gloria
and Mary? Or why?
19.
CONTINUED: (4)
(CONTINUED)
PAUL
Not much, but at least the man is
in custody.
MARK
I’m surprised that there isn’t a
moral majority group protesting for
his release.
NIKKY
I’m sure even they wouldn’t condone
murder, Mark.
LIZBETH
They didn’t even temper their
rhetoric when that abortion doctor
was shot or when those clinics got
bombed. Isn’t it strange how these
anti-abortionists are so vocal
about unborn foetuses and so damn
quiet about the bombing and
shooting deaths of clinic workers.
Respect all life, unless you’re
queer or work at abortion clinics!
NIKKY
Lizbeth, that’s terrible.
PAUL
Terrible but true. And why are most
pro-lifers white?
ADELLE
Politics. C’mon and sit.
Adelle takes Nikky by the hand and sits on one of the
couches, as far from everyone else as she can get in the
small room.
ADDELLE
So how are you holding up?
NIKKY
I still can’t believe it. Audrey
wanted me to stay home, but I
couldn’t. I needed to be here. Is a
memorial being organised?
CORINE
(crying)
I got a call from my younger
sister.
20.
CONTINUED:
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
Some of the kids at the high school
are organizing something. Gloria
was a teacher of mine in high
school. She was gentle and kind.
She listened to me when no one else
would. How could anyone kill such a
giving person?
Nikky and Lizbeth immediately move to Corine’s couch and they
both hold her and make soothing sounds to her. Lizbeth
strokes Corine’s hair.
Adelle is annoyed at Nikky’s abandonment of her and sulks
near the door, torn between wanting to leave and being near
Nikky. Mark and Paul exchange looks then join the wimmin on
the couch.
MARK
Corine, I’m so sorry. Why didn’t
you say that you knew them?
CORINE
What could I say, Mark? I didn’t
want this to be about my loss, but
about the community’s loss.
(laughs bitterly)
Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it
tolls for thee.
PAUL
Don’t wax brave and poetic on us,
babe, you lost people you knew and
cared for and we’re your friends.
Corine reaches out and takes Paul’s hand.
CORINE
Thanks, Paul, Mark. Oh, Lizbeth…
Corine lets go of Paul’s hand and leans on Lizbeth. Nikky
sits up straight, but doesn’t get off the couch.
NIKKY
Paul, is it okay if I use the
phone? I need to touch base with
Audrey. We had a fight this
morning, and I’m starting to see
that maybe I should have stayed
home.
Nikky looks to see if Adelle heard her. She did.
21.
CONTINUED: (2)
CORINE (cont’d)
(CONTINUED)
PAUL
The one on the reception desk
works, dial nine to bypass the
university switchboard.
Nikky walks over to the phone and dials.
MARK
Do you and Audrey ever not fight?
Or do you just not come in here on
those days?
Nikky hangs up the receiver. Paul glares at Mark.
NIKKY
Lately, we mostly fight, Mark.
Sometimes it’s amazing we’re still
together at the end of the day.
MARK
Sorry, that was really bitchy of
me. This murder thing. . .
Corine kisses Lizbeth, not a passionate, but a ‘I-need-to-beclose-
to-you-right-now’ kiss. Nikky looks at them enviously.
Corine and Lizbeth never break their kiss, nor at any point
should the kiss become foreplay.
NIKKY
It’s okay. Sometimes I think me and
Audrey stay together because we’re
too scared to find out that the
other could get along fine alone.
MARK
Or better with someone else?
NIKKY
Oooh, yeah. That’s the worst, you
leave your partner and they win the
lottery, get a promotion and land a
total babe. But really, I can’t
stand the thought of Audrey in bed
with another womyn. Especially in
the arms of someone I know.
MARK
Yeah, I know what you mean, the
community sometimes feels so small,
I feel like I’m on my third
rotation.
22.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
Sometimes I feel like the community
is my extended family of ex’s and
forbidden to date the ex’s ex’s.
Maybe we need to move to another
town.
Lizbeth pulls Corine closer, the kiss is starting to be
passion driven. Nikky looks enviously at them.
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S BEDROOM (FLASHBACK 1 YEAR) – NIGHT
Nikky and Audrey sit on the bed facing each other. Both are
nervous and trying hard not be.
NIKKY
So, that relationship fizzled out
and Adelle and I are still friends.
She’s dating Cee Cee now, another
friend of mine. I think you met
them at Jaque’s Cafe.
Audrey nods and nervously sips her lemonade. Oblivious, Nikky
sips her own lemonade.
AUDREY
Wow. I’ve only had two previous
girlfriends and one of them was
only a one night stand.
NIKKY
Well, I didn’t actually list any of
those, but they were all safe
encounters. Okay, here goes.
(places her drink down)
(deep breath)
I had an HIV test three months ago
and I tested negative. I.. um ..
haven’t been with anyone since, or
within the three months prior to
the test.
Nikky waits for Audrey to run screaming from the room. Audrey
looks suddenly relieved.
AUDREY
That was really brave, to bring It
up, I wasn’t sure how to. I haven’t
ever had a test. I’ve only ever
slept with the two wimmin; and with
the one night stand, we never even
took our underwear off.
23.
CONTINUED: (4)
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
And with my ex-girlfriend, we were
each other’s firsts, so I guess
that means no risk there.
NIKKY
There is still blood product from
surgery or intravenous drug use.
And a whole host of other STD’s
besides AIDS.
AUDREY
Gee, and romantic to boot!
They laugh. Nikky softens.
NIKKY
Sorry, I’m nervous. I didn’t mean
to imply that you had, uh,
anything.
AUDREY
It’s okay. It’s scary being the one
to bring these things up, but you
gotta ask. It’s a wonder that
people ever have sex, there so much
risk. But I’ve never had so much as
a filling.
NIKKY
(self depreciating)
Sorry, it’s just that many lesbians
figure that low risk means no risk.
And, even if lesbians were immune
to AIDS, there’s still all kinds of
sexually transmittable diseases:
syphilis, vaginal warts, chlamydia
. . .
Audrey leans forward and kisses Nikky.
AUDREY
Gee, you really know how to turn a
girl on.
They laugh.
NIKKY
Sorry, I guess I’m still nervous.
Audrey takes Nikky’s hand.
24.
CONTINUED:
AUDREY (cont’d)
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
Relax, I’m sorry I rushed the
living together. How about we don’t
rush this part? We could just be
roommates for a while, y’know,
build up to more.
The tension drains from Nikky’s face and body. She leans back
against the pillows.
NIKKY
I didn’t even realize how stressed
I was about sleeping with you.
Ohmigod! I’m sorry, I didn’t mean
it that way, it’s just that I felt
a lot of pressure to be really good
and I… I don’t have a lot of
confidence in that department.
AUDREY
Even with all those girlfriends and
one-night stands?
NIKKY
You don’t usually ask one night
stands how it was, and I guess
since they never came back, I
assumed that they didn’t enjoy my
technique. And some of my past
girlfriends didn’t seem to like to
talk about sex outside of a
political context. Two of the
wimmin I dated were really cool and
I learned a lot, but everyone
enjoys different….
Audrey places a finger over Nikky’s lips.
AUDREY
Shhh. I learned a long time ago
that no one is as good as they say
or as bad as they think.
Audrey leans in and kisses Nikky. They embrace for a moment.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
Look, Nikky, I’m really attracted
to you and you touched something
really deep inside of me. I’m sorry
I pushed you.
25.
CONTINUED: (2)
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
Let’s take some time to get more
comfortable with each other. Maybe
we shouldn’t rush the sexual
aspect.
Nikky doesn’t let Audrey go. She holds her hard against her
body, feeling how wonderful it is to have someone this close.
Nikky’s hand traces the outline of Audrey’s breast, feeling
the nipple harden. They kiss, slowly at first, the passion
building. Nikky slides her hand under Audrey’s blouse. Nikky
bites Audrey’s neck.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
Of course, intimacy is such a
wonderful way of getting to know
one another, too.
Nikky kisses her on the mouth.
NIKKY
Shut up and kiss me.
INT. GAY & LESBIAN ASSOC. OFFICE (PRESENT DAY) LATER.- DAY
Paul and Mark sit on a couch away from Corine and Lizbeth,
and are flipping through the personal ads in the back of a
gay magazine. They make comments about the ads and speculate
about the ability of the advertisers to deliver the promised
goods.
Corine and Lizbeth’s kiss is now more passion driven, but is
mainly fuelled by the need to be close to each other. Nikky
turns away from everyone, especially Corine and Lizbeth.
Audrey doesn’t answer, so Nikky hangs up the phone. She is
suddenly very aware of Corine and Lizbeth necking on the
couch.
NIKKY
Well, I’m going to go. Corinne, I’m
really sorry. It shouldn’t have
happened.
Corine and Lizbeth stop kissing.
CORINE
Thank you Nikky. I always knew that
straight people hated us, but I
never really thought of what that
could mean. That could have been
any one of us.
Lizbeth holds her tightly.
26.
CONTINUED: (3)
AUDREY (CONT’D)
(CONTINUED)
MARK
We can’t live in fear, Corine.
CORINE
I thought it was bad enough being a
womyn in this society, for the
first time, I feel vulnerable as a
lesbian.
NIKKY
Society’s changing, all this racism
and homophobia is on the way out.
If I didn’t really believe that the
world is getting better, more
tolerant of differences, I wouldn’t
be able to get up in the morning.
CORINE
How can you think the world is
getting better after. . . after
Gloria and Mary?
NIKKY
Because of the Internet. We can
communicate directly with people in
countries that just a short time
ago was impossible to get any
information into and out of.
Countries stop being just a colour
blob on the map and they start to
be made up of people just like you
and me. It’s hard to go to a
personal web page and see pictures
of some one’s kids and pets and
still think of them as a faceless
impersonal mass.
PAUL
Don’t forget the hate groups’ web
sites. By putting their perspective
out there, it allows people not
exposed directly to them and see
them for what they really are.
CORINE
Dunno. Right now, I’d give just
about anything for a real sharp
knife and five minutes alone with
that bastard who thought nothing of
killing Gloria and Mary. Hothead
Paisan is right.
27.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
LIZBETH
Well, if I had to live in a comic
strip, it’d be Dykes to Watch Out
For, not Hothead.
NIKKY
Well, as much as I hate to go, I’ll
see you later, and don’t forget,
there’s a coalition meeting tonight
and you are all welcome to come.
MARK
I thought you were our
representative in the Collective.
NIKKY
Doesn’t mean other people can’t
come too. I’m outta here.
PAUL
Going to class?
NIKKY
No, I couldn’t stand to be cooped
up in a straight white male
patriarchal space today of all
days. I’m just going to study
outside, meet with Lindsay Furst,
then go home and make up with
Audrey before I have to go to the
meeting. See ya’ll later.
Nikky heads for the door. Adelle follows her. They speak in
low voices, but the group at the couch is no longer paying
attention to them.
ADELLE
Nikky, I… can I come with you?
NIKKY
I think that I’m going to go home,
I can’t focus on class stuff. I
just, can’t believe this is real.
What a fuck up.
Adelle is tearful.
ADELLE
Nikky, I’m scared. For the first
time in my life, I am actually
scared for my life. I don’t… know
what to do.
28.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
Adelle, we’re all scared, and angry
because we shouldn’t have to be.
Christ, Gloria and Mary were almost
in their fifties, they lived
through some tough times to be
lesbians, and I just, I just don’t
know what to do except go home and
tell Audrey…
ADELLE
That you love her.
Nikky and Adelle lock eyes, complex emotions that happen
between ex’s who still care for each other pass in the air.
NIKKY
I do, Adelle, more than I thought I
could love anyone.
Nikky puts her hand on Adelle’s wrist.
ADELLE
Don’t.
Adelle shakes off Nikky’s touch.
ADELLE (cont’d)
It just makes it worse for me. Just
go. I’m fine, I’ll be fine. Cee
Cee’s great, everything I wanted in
a girlfriend, political, hot in
bed.
(laughs bitterly)
But she’s not you.
NIKKY
Adelle…
Nikky is torn with her need to be with Audrey and her
friendship based concern for Adelle.
NIKKY (cont’d)
It was real, between us, at the
time, I thought, I thought we would
be with each other forever. And, we
can be, as friends.
29.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
ADELLE
Sure, friends. Nikky, go home. I’m
fine, it’s this murder, shaken me
up, made me feel, afraid to be
alone. Don’t feel guilty, you and
I, we’d finished before you met
Audrey. It was the women studies
class, that exhilaration of being
each other’s first. We’ll hook up
later, have a beer and laugh at old
time, you and Audrey, me and Cee
Cee, who knows?
Nikky smiles, needing to believe Adelle’s words.
NIKKY
Okay, I’m going to believe you mean
that.
INT. LITTLE SISTER’S BOOKSTORE (PRESENT DAY) – LATER DAY.
Audrey roams around the stacks of books. SYLVIA (middle aged,
friendly looking) watches Audrey for a while from behind the
counter. LESBIAN FOLK MUSIC is playing.
AUDREY
I’m trying to find something for
Nikky. It’s our anniversary.
SYLVIA
Already? How long have you too been
together?
AUDREY
A year.
SYLVIA
Dating or living together?
AUDREY
Both, actually. I literally moved
in the day after our first date.
SYLVIA
That must be some kind of landspeed
U-haul Dyke record, Audrey.
30.
CONTINUED: (4)
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
Yeah, I never believed in love at
first sight until I looked into her
eyes. I just hooked. I just knew
she was who I wanted to be with.
Although, lately, sometimes I feel
like I forced her into letting me
move in.
SYLVIA
Well, Nikky doesn’t strike me as
someone who can be forced to do
what she didn’t want to do already.
Besides, we all want to met someone
and just instantly fuse. My partner
and I have been together for
fifteen years, it hasn’t always
been easy, sometimes it looked like
we would break up, but we’ve
weathered through it all. Tough
times together make you stronger.
AUDREY
I just hoped it would be awhile
before we started fighting. I’m
gonna find her the perfect
anniversary present.
Audrey leaves the counter and walks down the rows of books,
CD’s, magazines and other wares. She pauses at the novelty
rack and gazes at the triangle toilet seat cover, the rainbow
flags and bandannas emblazoned with “Proud Gay Dog.”
EXT. FLASHBACK 8 MONTHS. CITY STREET – DAY.
Nikky and Audrey stroll down a busy street, lined with queer
friendly stores and coffee shops. They are holding hands.
NIKKY
I feel like singing.
AUDREY
What?
NIKKY
I’m happy, the sun is shining, and
I am walking down my favourite
street with my girlfriend. I know
it’s strange, but I just feel
lighted hearted, you know, I feel
like . . . like singing, you know,
like a musical.
31.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
You’re nuts!
NIKKY
Maybe, but I’m a happy nut.
Nikky stops and looks mischievously at Audrey. Audrey stops
and looks at her apprehensively.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
I think I’m going to be a singing
nut.
AUDREY
Not in public!
NIKKY
(singing)
When I’m calling you-ou-ou!
Audrey lunges at Nikky to cover her mouth to stop her from
singing. People are tying not to notice. A GAY MAN at a
sidewalk café laughs.
GAY MAN
Go girl!
Audrey and Nikky struggle playfully. Audrey kisses Nikky to
stop her from singing anymore.
NIKKY
Well, you kissed me, now I’m even
happier.
AUDREY
If you keep singing you won’t be
anymore, you goof, you’re
embarrassing me.
Nikky clutches at her chest as if shot or having a heart
attack. She kneels on the sidewalk at Audrey’s feet.
NIKKY
Plleeeee-aaaasssssse. Say it ain’t
so!
AUDREY
Okay, okay, you’re not
embarrassing, now stop it. Get up!
Nikky gets up. There is a SMALL CLUSTER OF ON-LOOKERS.
32.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
Kiss me again.
Audrey kisses Nikky, lightly at first and then without
holding back. The small crowd claps, laughs and then
disperses.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
See, life can be like a musical.
INT. LITTLE SISTER’S (BACK TO PRESENT)- LATER. DAY
A few LESBIAN & GAY CUSTOMERS wander through the shelves.
Audrey is staring at a book of the history of Hollywood
musicals. Sylvia walks over to Audrey.
SYLVIA
I was thinking, Audrey. As long as
the two of you are happy, why does
it matter that you moved too fast?
Sometimes you have to just go after
what you want. The way I figure it,
every day that a queer couple is
together is a victory. Especially
after yesterday.
AUDREY
Gloria and Mary?
SYLVIA
Gloria and Mary, nice couple. Lived
in that house for eighteen years. I
didn’t know them very well, but
they would come by the shop I think
they may have started in high
school, and look how long they
lasted.
AUDREY
It’s part of what has me worried.
You build your life together and
then it’s just taken away. What’s
left?
SYLVIA
Would it have made a difference if
they’d been killed in a car
accident? They wouldn’t be any less
dead.
33.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
Okay, they wouldn’t be less dead,
but at least it . . . it would have
been different. This was more
senseless. An accident is one
thing, but a murder? If the guy
hated them so much, he should have
moved.
SYLVIA
Wouldn’t it be nice if the world
could really work that way.
AUDREY
It will, there’s so much good work
being done by people. People are
working to make it better for all
of us.
(suddenly realising)
Like Nikky
SYLVIA
You’re very sweet, Audrey. Some
days, I just think it won’t be in
my lifetime. Proving that being
homosexuality is genetic and not a
choice won’t help, racism is just
as rampant now as it ever has been,
and no one chooses to be Black or
Asian or East Indian.
AUDREY
Things are getting easier, gays are
allowed in the military in Canada
and Australia, same-sex marriages
are legal in many Scandinavian
countries, Hawaii is till sorting
it out. . .
SYLVIA
Well, I guess it is a matter of
time, I just wish I was sure it
would be in my lifetime. The future
is so far away and doesn’t seem to
be in my hands anymore. We just
have to teach the children well.
EXT. UNIVERSITY CAMPUS (PRESENT DAY) – LATER. DAY.
Nikky is reading on a grassy area, surrounded by books. OTHER
STUDENTS pass by. Nikky puts her book down and stretches out
on the grass. She closes her eyes.
34.
CONTINUED:
EXT. PARK (FLASHBACK 11 MONTHS) – DAY.
Audrey and Nikky are picnicking in the park. HET FAMILIES are
in the background. DOGS BARK. RADIO BLARES in the distance.
They are sitting on a red checked picnic blanket. There are
half filled food containers, and English literature books
holding down the edges of the blanket. It is a little bit
windy.
NIKKY
I told you that lugging those books
was a good idea.
AUDREY
This chicken is fabulous, I had no
idea you cooked. You didn’t buy
this, did you?
NIKKY
No, I, well, okay, Jaque cooked it.
I burn water.
Audrey takes another bite of chicken.
AUDREY
Maybe I should have moved in with
Jaque. This is fabulous.
NIKKY
Well, it’s not too late. Jaque’s
got a bigger apartment than we do.
AUDREY
Hmmm. I don’t think great chicken
compares to great sex.
NIKKY
Well, I was wondering.
Nikky gets up on her knees and leans in to kiss Audrey.
Audrey kisses back, and then suddenly recoils.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
What? What’s the matter?
AUDREY
We don’t know who’s in the park,
someone I work with could be here.
Nikky moves back to her spot on the blanket.
35.
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY (CONT’D)
Look, I’m new to this being out
stuff. I’m sorry. I’m not ready for
people at work to know, I still
don’t think it’s any of their
business. Why don’t you read me
some of that poetry you promised
me.
Nikky is somewhat mollified. She picks up a book from the
corner of the blanket.
NIKKY
Okay. We’ll table the being out in
public. I just . . . I just had to
kiss you. I’ll try to curb those
impulses in the future.
AUDREY
Not all of them, just when it’s in
public. It’s something we’ll have
to deal with for you when you
become an elementary school
teacher, you won’t be able to out
then.
NIKKY
I know, I guess that’s why it’s
important for me to be out now.
AUDREY
Read me your poem, and we’ll
pretend that it’s you that has to
pass.
NIKKY
Okay, this one is by Natalie
Barney, possibly the greatest
lesbian that ever lived. . .
EXT. UNIVERSITY CAMPUS (PRESENT DAY) – LATER. DAY.
TWO WOMEN walk by. As they approach, they whisper and look
not so secretively at Nikky. Nikky stretches, breaking her
reverie. She sees the two women as they walk past.
WOMAN ONE
Dyke.
Woman Two giggles nervously. Nikky watches open mouthed in
shock as they walk away.
36.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
Lee (T-shirt reads upside down ‘If you can read this, I’m
sitting on your face.’) approaches and plunks down beside
Nikky, handing her a coffee.
LEE
What’s wrong?
NIKKY
That woman just called me a dyke!
LEE
Well, you are.
NIKKY
That’s not the point, and besides,
she meant it as an insult, like
it’s a bad thing to be.
LEE
We have bigger things to talk about
than small mindless people. How’re
you and Audrey?
NIKKY
Those were university students for
goddess’ sake! Supposedly educated
and enlightened!
LEE
It’s too hot to be bothered unless
you’re hot and bothered! Calm down,
you don’t have to preach to the
perverted. You and Audrey kiss and
make up or did you fight more?
NIKKY
Sometimes I wonder why I hang
around you.
LEE
Because I bring you coffee and
chocolate.
Lee hands Nikky a Caramilk bar. She takes it without
hesitation and rips it open, stuffing four squares into her
mouth.
LEE (CONT’D)
My, I guess you and Audrey had a
fight. Why is it that wimmin go
crazy for chocolate?
37.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
There’s a chemical in chocolate
that’s similar to the one your body
produces when you’re in love. So if
a person feels a lack of love and
affection in their life…
LEE
Are you trying to tell me that even
lesbians who have girlfriends don’t
have sex?
NIKKY
Lesbians have sex.
LEE
You’ve dated some wimmin for three
months before having sex.
NIKKY
We wanted to be sure.
LEE
Sure of what? You free yourselves
from the tyranny of a demanding
penis to have no sex?
NIKKY
Oh, and when was the last time you
had sex?
LEE
About thirty minutes ago, in the
men’s room by the study hall. I’ll
buy you lunch.
Lee stands up and holds his hand out to Nikky. She looks up
at him, blocking out the sun. Nikky takes his hand, but does
not start to pull herself up.
NIKKY
Lee, do you ever wish you weren’t
gay?
LEE
No. If I had to depend on wimmin
for sex, I’d probably never have
any, wimmin are too uptight and
attach too many strings. Besides,
no offence intended, but wimmin
just aren’t, I mean, I just can’t
see the attraction.
38.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
Have you ever slept with a womyn?
LEE
Have you with a man?
NIKKY
No, I’ve never met a man who was
interesting enough.
LEE
That’s exactly what I mean about
wimmin! What’s interesting got to
do with it? I’m a size queen!
NIKKY
Why would you want to share
yourself with someone you couldn’t
respect? That you couldn’t talk to
afterwards?
Nikky pulls herself up and gathers her books and knapsack.
LEE
Respect? Talk? This is sex. You
meet, you fuck, and you go on your
merry way.
Nikky is clearly dissatisfied with this response.
LEE (CONT’D)
Men and wimmin view sex
differently, for men, I think it’s
not so much sharing as taking. It’s
probably a penetration thang.
NIKKY
Penetration can be intimate and
sharing, it’s an opening of
yourself to another person. It’s
not taking or giving, it’s both at
the same time, really.
LEE
That’s what I mean, it’s fucking,
why do wimmin have to make
everything poetry? Besides, a dildo
or vibrator isn’t the same.
Nikky stands up and heads down the grassy hill to the
sidewalk.
39.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
A vibrator? I’m talking about
fisting.
Lee quickly catches up with Nikky.
LEE
EEEEEEEEE! Girlfriend! I didn’t
think lesbians really did that!
They walk through the campus to the student pub. The STUDENTS
they encounter have a tendency to avoid them along the path.
NIKKY
What do lesbians do in bed?
LEE
How should I know?
Nikky pats Lee on the cheek.
NIKKY
Everything we want to. Where’re you
buying me lunch?
LEE
The pub; you’re too tense. I’ve got
a better joke, What do two femme
lesbians do in bed?
NIKKY
I don’t know.
LEE
Each other’s make-up.
NIKKY
I’m going to pretend you didn’t say
that. Besides, I wasn’t joking. Are
you coming to the coalition meeting
tonight?
LEE
I guess, do you think Malcolm and
Jess will have another fight over
semantics?
NIKKY
When don’t they?
40.
CONTINUED: (4)
(CONTINUED)
LEE
Okay, good point. A question and an
observation, and then I buy you
lunch, okay? First, why did you
want to know whether I wish I
wasn’t gay?
Nikky walks around Lee and heads for the pub.
NIKKY
I’ll tell you over lunch.
Observation?
Lee re-considers for a moment. He takes a deep breath.
LEE
You want to be half of an old
lesbian couple and your fights with
Audrey combined with this murder
makes you think you’ll never get
that fantasy relationship. Maybe
you should consider that gays and
lesbians aren’t meant to cling to
heterosexual monogamous values, and
you should dump Audrey and get on
with your life.
NIKKY
What’s getting on with life if it
isn’t a career and a family?
LEE
That’s het-life, queers are above
that hackneyed bullshit. I mean,
the career is okay, you gotta pay
the rent, but sister, Audrey is
holding you back. You want to be a
school teacher? Then your legacy is
the minds you open, not that you
lived for forty years with the
wrong womyn. Family? Audrey’s
mother thinks you’re her roommate.
Where’s the family in that? Family
is the people who love you, like
me.
Nikky recoils. She looks at the camera for reassurance. She
turns back to Lee.
NIKKY
I never thought of it that way
before.
41.
CONTINUED: (5)
INT. AUDREY & NIKKY’S BEDROOM (PRESENT DAY) – DAY.
Audrey wraps a book, Warrior Women in History (or something
like that). She is softly humming to herself. There are fresh
lilies in a vase on Nikky’s side of the table. A framed photo
of the two together is on Nikky’s dresser. Audrey finishes
wrapping the book. She looks up and stares at the photo.
AUDREY
What am I gonna do with you, Nikky?
Audrey gets up and takes the photo back to the bed. She lies
down, holding it close to her breasts.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
You make it so hard to get close to
you, and I can’t live without you,
Nikky. But I can’t keep living with
you like this, either.
She lets the photo slip to the floor, and she starts to
undress. She picks up a pair of jeans and lays them on the
bed. Audrey lets her hand slide up and down her body. She
lies down.
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S APARTMENT (FLASHBACK) – NIGHT
Audrey and Nikky are necking on the couch.
NIKKY
Go run the bath while I make the
drinks
Audrey looks at Nikky uncomprehendingly.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
Go, you’ll like this, trust me.
Just don’t make the water too hot.
AUDREY
(smiling)
Bubbles?
NIKKY
Yeah, bubbles are okay.
Audrey exits obediently to the bathroom. Nikky sits for a
moment, smiling, and then exits to the kitchen.
Audrey runs the tub and sits back on her haunches,
considering the array of bath oils and bath bubbles.
42.
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY (CONT’D)
You’re still dressed.
Audrey gasps at Nikky, naked in the doorway. She composes
herself, trying to be blasé.
AUDREY
What’s that?
NIKKY
Cherry lemonade.
Nikky hands Audrey a glass. The ice cubes CLINK.
AUDREY
Well, I wasn’t sure what end of the
tub you wanted.
Nikky slides into the end away from the taps. Audrey leans in
and kisses her, while covertly fishing an ice cube from her
glass. Audrey circles Nikky’s nipple with the ice cube. Nikky
starts a bit, then relaxes into the sensation. Nikky slides
down into the tub a little bit.
NIKKY
That is so intense.
AUDREY
Whatever happens, don’t move,
agreed?
Nikky nods, closes her eyes and smiles in anticipation.
Audrey pours a small amount of lemonade into the hollow of
Nikky’s throat. Nikky struggles to not jump, and Audrey
drinks the lemonade. Nikky is overcome and pulls Audrey,
clothed, into the tub.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
Great, I’m still dressed!
NIKKY
Well, that’s not my fault.
AUDREY
Yeah, you pulled me into the tub.
Nikky kisses Audrey.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
Wait, there’s something in the tub
besides us.
43.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
Nikky fishes around and produces Audrey’s glass. Audrey takes
it and puts it beside the tub. She leans in and kisses Nikky
again.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
How about we work out bathtub
logistics later and adjourn to the
boudoir?
NIKKY
I love it when you talk dirty to
me.
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S BEDROOM (PRESENT DAY) – LATER DAY.
AUDREY
Why didn’t I let you make love to
me this morning? I wanted to.
Audrey slips under the covers, and masturbates.
INT. UNIVERSITY PUB (PRESENT DAY) – LATER DAY.
The pub is fairly crowded, but not packed, the lunch rush is
over. Nikky and Lee (T-shirt reads `Heterosexuality isn’t
normal, just common’) enter. They pick up their sandwiches
and order beer from the CLERK.
There are STUDENTS at intermittent tables. FOUR JOCKS are
sitting at one table. They whistle and make catcalls at Lee
when he & Nikky walk by.
Both Lee and Nikky ignore them and choose a table as far away
as possible from the jocks, but near a table of FOUR ARTSY
STUDENTS (two wimmin & two men, dressed in black, noses and
eyebrows pierced, all around 21) who are drinking iced
cappuccinos and lattés.
LEE
So, why don’t you want to be gay
anymore?
Not noticed by Lee and Nikky, the Jocks point at Nikky and
Lee and huddle together, plotting.
Nikky takes a long sip of coffee before answering. She places
the cup carefully down.
NIKKY
It’s not that I don’t want to be
gay, it’s that sometimes I think it
would be so much easier to not be.
44.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
Lee takes a huge bite of his sandwich.
LEE
Of course it would, but it’d also
be boring.
NIKKY
I wouldn’t have to refer to Audrey
as “he”. I wouldn’t have to hide
any part of myself in my future
career as a teacher. I could be
content with less.
The Jocks are goading each other.
LEE
Being het is being less. Following
a path laid out by society, be a
dyke, be a trailblazer, be all you
can be. You wanna change the world,
teachergirl? Be a dyke.
Nikky chews her sandwich solemnly. During her speech, one of
the Jocks approaches their table.
NIKKY
Maybe my need to change the world
stems from being a dyke. I want to
be included in the world, in order
for me to be included, either the
world or I have to change. If I
wasn’t gay…
JOCK ONE
So, faggot, how much for a blow
job?
LEE
Same as yesterday, you know I
haven’t raised my prices in months.
Lee looks at the other jocks, then at the nearer table of
arty students.
LEE (CONT’D)
(to the arty students)
Half of them are my regulars, and
they ask the price like I’d lower
it just for them.
45.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
Lee shrugs then, turns back to Nikky. The table of Jocks get
up as a group and come over to join Jock One at Lee and
Nikky’s table.
JOCK TWO
You better take that back faggot.
Lee takes a dainty, but deliberate bite of Nikky’s sandwich.
He swallows, then dabs his mouth with a napkin. He stands and
then turns very prissily towards the jocks.
LEE
(very swish)
Number one, you’re big boys now,
well, some of you are, but you are
old enough to know that words are
just words and, number two, if you
can’t take a fuck, then, joke you.
Jock Two makes a grab for Lee’s throat. Lee leans backwards
over the table while Nikky launches out of her chair and
grabs the Jock’s arm. Jock Two steps back.
NIKKY
(on the edge)
Why don’t you just leave us alone?
JOCK TWO
You don’t scare me dyke.
Nikky looks at the camera with a ‘if you believe that, I
gotta bridge in Brooklyn’ look. She moves close to him,
vaguely seductive and crazy.
NIKKY
(as if barely restraining
violence)
Really? You just keep thinking
that. Everyone here knows that
homophobes like you are just deeply
closeted fags who can’t cope with
having such strong, erotic desire
for other men and so you take your
self hatred out on others of your
own kind. So, I think you are
scared of me. And, I think you
should be, limp-dick, be afraid, be
ver-rry afraid.
The Arty Students laugh.
46.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
JOCK ONE
I ain’t a fag, and you better pray
we never catch you without your
Dyke-Bodyguard, faggot. Let’s get
away from these fruits and flakes.
The Jocks leave, Nikky clamps her hand over Lee’s mouth as
soon as all their backs are turned so that he doesn’t make
another smart alec remark. As soon as they’ve left the pub,
she lets him go.
LEE
(to the Arty Students)
Eew! All that man-flesh together in
the showers and all that butt
slapping when they score touch
downs!
(to Nikky)
And they call me a faggot.
NIKKY
Your mouth is going to get you
dead.
LEE
Not as long as you’re around to
talk us out of any scrape I talk us
into.
One of the male Arty Students walks over
MALE ARTY STUDENT
Those guys are assholes. Is it true
what you said about homophobes
being closeted gays?
NIKKY
Yeah, I read about a new study
where they got people to fill out
questionnaires on their tolerance
levels and then showed them gay
porn. The guys who rated themselves
highest on the homophobe scale got
the biggest erections.
MALE ARTY STUDENT
That’s interesting. Join us for a
drink?
Nikky hauls Lee to his feet.
47.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
No, we have to get to class.
P.O.V. of MALE ARTSY STUDENT:
Nikky drags Lee to the exit.
LEE
But I wasn’t finished my beer!
They exit.
EXT. UNIVERSITY CAMPUS – LATER. DAY
Nikky walks quickly, Lee (T-shirt reads: “I don’t mind
Straight People as long as they act Gay.”) almost jogs to
keep up with her.
LEE
What’s with you, he was cute!
NIKKY
He was a he, and if he’d been
hitting on you, I’da been fine, but
he was hitting on me. And even if
he was a she, I’m still in a
relationship.
LEE
A little full of ourselves, aren’t
we.
Nikky stops and turns around to face Lee. He back pedals to
avoid crashing into her.
NIKKY
No, he was talking to my tits.
Nikky turns and continues walking, but at a more reasonable
pace.
LEE
Just cause he stared at your tits
doesn’t mean he wanted to sleep
with you.
Nikky gives him a “What-planet-were-you-born-on,-anyway?”
look.
LEE (CONT’D)
All right, all right, straight men
are pigs.
48.
CONTINUED: (4)
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
Hey, maybe he was gay and just
didn’t think butch dykes had any.
NIKKY
Don’t you have a class to get to?
LEE
Don’t you?
NIKKY
I don’t feel like going to class.
LEE
And you want to be a schoolteacher?
NIKKY
All right! I’ll go to class. Tell
me, do you work for Audrey on the
side?
LEE
No. Never kid me about her. Wanna
meet for coffee before the
collective meeting?
NIKKY
Can’t, I’m meeting Lindsay before
the collective meeting. And, even
though you hate her, I want to find
some time to sneak Audrey into my
day, it’s our anniversary, after
all. I better pick up an
anniversary present or something.
Maybe lilies. Well, I gotta head
this way, pal.
Lee leans over and hugs her. Nikky hesitates, then returns
the hug. Paul and Mark walk over.
MARK
Breeders! Breeder Alert!
Nikky hastily and guiltily pulls away from Lee.
NIKKY
Oh, it’s you guys. Goddess, I was
worried for a minute.
LEE
She’s. . uh . . in a touchy mood
today.
Mark sashays closer to Lee.
49.
CONTINUED:
LEE (CONT’D)
(CONTINUED)
MARK
Are you?
Lee links his arm through Mark’s, then leads him away.
LEE
(over his shoulder)
See you at the meeting, Nikky! Bye’
Paul!
Nikky shakes her head.
NIKKY
That boy is a walking hormone.
PAUL
Ah, it’s spring, legs and love are
in the air. Shall we get to class?
Nikky and Paul walk through the hall.
NIKKY
How’s David doing?
Paul barely suppresses a wave of grief.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to catch
you off guard like that. Why didn’t
you say anything in the Centre?
PAUL
I’d already been sobbing on Mark,
and then Corine and Lizbeth came in
and told us about those two
lesbians. David’s alive, we still
have time together. And we’ve known
for a while that he’s getting
worse. But those two wimmin . . .
NIKKY
Yeah, I mean, anyone can get hit by
a bus, and kersplat. Accidents
happen. Illnesses happen. Murdered?
How can you begin to cope with
that?
They reach a classroom door and enter.
50.
CONTINUED: (2)
INT. RESTAURANT (PRESENT DAY) – LATER DAY.
Audrey very stressed looking (in a dress and very fem) enters
the restaurant. When Audrey sees her MOTHER (Cool, matronly,
steel blue hair), her stress level increases, but she hurries
to the table. Audrey does not have a problem walking in
heels.
AUDREY
Mother, sorry I’m late, I got
involved in something at home, and
I lost track of the time.
MOTHER
Being on time is a virtue that is
not practised these days. So many
qualities falling into disrepute.
AUDREY
I’m sorry, Mother. Have you ordered
yet?
MOTHER
Of course not.
A WAITER comes over.
WAITER
Would you ladies care to order now?
MOTHER
Yes, we’d both like the 6 oz. New
York Steak, chef’s salad, no
dressing, baked potato, with chives
and…
AUDREY
Actually, I’m a vegetarian, so I’ll
have a large salad and a dinner
roll. I’d also like a grapefruit
juice, please.
MOTHER
And I’ll have a black coffee.
The waiter nods and leaves.
AUDREY
You know I don’t eat meat, Mother.
51.
(CONTINUED)
MOTHER
Well, I just don’t see why you
think it would hurt you. You need
the higher quality of protein that
meat provides. You look so pale,
how are you going to find a
husband?
AUDREY
I don’t need a husband.
MOTHER
I don’t want you to be all alone
your life, Audrey.
Audrey looks to the camera for help.
AUDREY
I’m not alone.
MOTHER
Your roommate doesn’t count.
Honestly, that girl, she’s in that
University stage, I suppose, rebel
against everything. Seems that
Universities are no longer the
healthy environment they used to
be. Men went to school to become
career professionals and women went
to meet husbands. Now, people go to
stop believing in God, and who
knows what else they get up to.
Where does that get you?
AUDREY
Mother, I didn’t come here to
argue, let’s just have a nice
lunch, okay?
MOTHER
It’s not nice to be concerned for
my only child’s happiness?
AUDREY
I’m sorry, Mother, I just heard
some upsetting news this morning.
Two wimmin were murdered yesterday.
MOTHER
Did you know them, dear?
52.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
No, they were friends of friends of
mine.
MOTHER
It’s best to not dwell, they
probably wouldn’t have wanted that.
(sweeter)
Now, darling, my friend, Margaret,
has a son, just returned home from
a good university, and I’d like you
to meet him.
AUDREY
Mother, I thought we’d talked about
you trying to marry me off.
MOTHER
I’m not asking you to marry him,
just meet him, show him around the
town. Is that so bad? Just a
friendly visit? You can’t be
friends with a man, even? All I’m
asking for is for you to meet him.
Audrey looks at the camera, she looks strong, but when she
turns back to face her Mother, her resistance crumbles.
AUDREY
Oh, all right, Mother, Saturday.
Mother sits back smug and content. She glances disdainfully
at the camera.
MOTHER
(gleeful)
See, you need me to help you,
otherwise, you’ll never get
married. You can’t work in that
bank forever.
AUDREY
I did hope to meet a nice bank
manager, but so far they’ve all
been married women. And you raised
me better that to go in for tawdry
office affairs.
Mother is oblivious of the meaning in Audrey’s last words, as
the waiter puts their food on the table. Audrey looks out the
window.
53.
CONTINUED: (2)
INT. CITY STREET (FLASHBACK) – NIGHT.
Nikky and Audrey are strolling hand in hand down the street.
INT. RESTAURANT (FLASHBACK) – NIGHT.
Nikky and Audrey eat at a vegetarian restaurant. Audrey
watches Nikky intently, Nikky smiles shyly at Audrey as she
opens a small box with a ring in it. Nikky holds Audrey’s
hand over the table, tears of joy in her eyes.
INT. MOVIE THEATRE (FLASHBACK) – NIGHT.
Nikky and Audrey cuddle together at a lesbian movie. They are
sharing a large popcorn. Audrey feeds Nikky popcorn. Nikky
sensuously licks Audrey’s finger.
INT. THEATRE BATHROOM STALL (FLASHBACK) – NIGHT.
Nikky and Audrey are having sex.
INT. MOVIE THEATRE (FLASHBACK) – NIGHT.
The movie is playing, Audrey and Nikky’s popcorn bucket sits
on their empty seats.
INT. CLASSROOM (PRESENT DAY)- DAY.
There is a teacher, MICHEAL, and TEN BORED STUDENTS (Nikky &
Paul included).
MICHEAL
Well, this tutorial session is
over, and I just want to remind
everyone that essays are due by
Friday 5 pm, late assignments will
not be accepted.
Students gather their books and file out. Paul waits for
Nikky.
PAUL
Want a lift off campus?
NIKKY
Can you drop me off in the West
End?
PAUL
But you live on the Eastside.
54.
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
Yeah, I know, but Lindsay Furst
asked to meet me before the
Collective meeting.
PAUL
What does that dykasaurus want with
a tender slip of a sapphist like
you?
They get a weird look from a woman student, who leaves
quickly.
NIKKY
Is it too much to expect people to
not be uncomfortable when they find
out you’re gay?
PAUL
Yes, because, while they don’t want
to sleep with you, they still want
you to hit on them. When we don’t,
it confuses them. Only uptight
straights get more offended by not
getting hit on them.
NIKKY
Hey, I’m a lesbian because I don’t
understand straights, if you
explain them to me, you’ll just
confuse me. But you can drop me in
the West End?
Paul smiles and shakes his head at Nikky.
PAUL
You’re meeting Lindsay for coffee,
going home for an Anniversary
dinner, then making a seven o’clock
meeting?
Nikky shoves her notebook and text book into her knapsack.
NIKKY
If you take me downtown. It’s a
7:30 meeting.
PAUL
Nikky, you are running yourself
ragged. Why not skip the meeting?
55.
CONTINUED:
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
You can’t change the world in a
night, but missing a meeting may
make a difference in your
relationship. Enjoy your
anniversary. Don’t take Audrey for
granted, you never know how much
time you really have together.
NIKKY
Feeling like I can make a
difference in this world is my
lifeline to sanity. If I thought
that I couldn’t change things, I’d
give up. I’m not going to teach
because I like children, it’s
shaping their minds and outlooks,
balancing what they get at home.
Audrey understands that.
PAUL
Well, I hope you’re right. David
always clobbered me when I missed
anniversaries for world saving
meetings. They meant, I mean, mean
everything to him. And he means
everything to me.
Paul tries hard not to cry. Nikky looks at him for a moment,
then hugs him. He smiles thanks, and wipes his eyes. Nikky
scoops up both bags and they exit.
INT. LAUNDROMAT (PRESENT DAY). LATE AFTERNOON.
Audrey puts two loads of clothes into separate dryers. She
tiredly plunks down on a bench. She looks into her purse and
sees a rolled up copy of Xtra! West on the bench farther
down. She almost takes it when she looks at the other people
in the room.
A bored LAUNDRY CLERK watches a shock shlock t.v. program,
TWO WIMMIN blankly stare at their CHILDREN squabbling, a
YOUNG HET COUPLE neck in a corner. A MAN is taking his
laundry out of a dryer. Audrey leans back in her seat and
closes her eyes.
INT. A MALL CONCOURSE (FLASHBACK) – DAY
Nikky and Audrey are shopping for household items. OTHER
SHOPPERS periodically walk past and through their
conversation.
56.
CONTINUED: (2)
PAUL (cont’d)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
(muttering)
All I said was I wanted to pick up
a little birthday present for Lee,
something naughty from Little
Sister’s or funny from Return to
Sender.
AUDREY
What was that, Sweetheart?
NIKKY
(sweetly)
Nothing, absolutely nothing.
Nikky looks at the number of shopping bags they have and
wonders if Audrey always shops like this.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
(whining)
Can we sit down for a minute? My
feet hurt!
AUDREY
Oh, all right already.
Audrey looks around for an empty bench. There is one bench
that is empty – right in front of a window display of sleek,
streamlined almost female mannequins. There are three, one in
a satin nightie, one in tap pants and a black bra, and the
third in garters and bustier. There are small gold coloured
balls on the display floor with a plastic light tube
intertwined through the display, connecting them in a weird
disco pseudo-female soft core SM sexuality.
They sit down. Nikky looks at the display.
NIKKY
Why would mannequins need ben wa
balls, Audrey?
Audrey looks closer at the display.
AUDREY
Nikky, you are twisted. It’s just
to add some glamour.
57.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
(on a feminist rant)
I like this, these middle of the
road shoppers from the suburbs come
to the big city mall and look at
this faux-lesbian display for
titillation, but we’d get kicked
outta here if we held hands or
kissed.
Nikky stares solemnly into the display, eyes wandering over
the ben wa walls, the flashing light tube and along the
mannequins’ bodies: long thighless legs, their non-existent
hips with impossible waists and their barest hint of breasts
and with erect nipples.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
Audrey….
AUDREY
Oh, god, I know that tone in your
voice. We are not doing anything to
this display Nikky, no matter how
much it offends your feminist
values or hackles or whatever it
offends. I’m not going to jail or
getting banned from this mall. We
are leaving this area right now.
Audrey grabs Nikky’s arm and pulls her. Nikky remains seated.
NIKKY
Awwww, I wasn’t going to do
anything. I just wanted to make an
observation.
Audrey sits down again.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
You don’t get much more suburban
than malls right?
Audrey nods.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
So why does a mall have a pseudo
lesbian display with a sadomasochistic
slant?
Nikky can see that Audrey is not convinced.
58.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY (CONT’D)
Well, look at it, you have three
impossibly proportioned almostfemale
mannequins..
AUDREY
Almost female?
NIKKY
Look at their extra-long legs, nonexistent
hips with impossible
waists, and the barest hint of
breasts with very erect nipples. No
real womyn is shaped like that. I
mean really!
(pacing in front of
display)
How do you have waists with no hips
or breasts? Hardly Family Value
Viewing. And look at that tube with
the flashing lights interconnecting
them in a weird disco pseudobondage
sexuality. Okay, that one
is a stretch, but deny that those
are ben-wa balls!
Nikky excitedly points to the small golden orbs.
AUDREY
(too innocently)
What are ben wa balls?
Nikky immediately calms down and blushes furiously.
NIKKY
Don’t you know?
AUDREY
Obviously not, otherwise I wouldn’t
have asked.
NIKKY
(squirming & lowering her
voice)
They are an ancient Chinese
pleasuring device for women. You
can use them in a couple of
different ways.
59.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
(enjoy herself far too
much)
And those are?
Nikky shifts uncomfortably.
NIKKY
I don’t think that a public mall,
this early in the morning, is a
good place to explain.
AUDREY
As far as I’m concerned, the balls
just add some colour contrast.
Besides, ben-wa balls have a chain
to pull them out. Interpret them as
eggs, as an empowerment of female
sexuality. Lez up the malls!
NIKKY
You knew all along what ben wa
balls are?
AUDREY
Of course, you’re just being silly.
Nikky gets up and walks to the display window.
NIKKY
Okay, forget the balls, look at
their nipples!
AUDREY
So, they’ve got nipples.
Audrey rifles through a shopping bag for a chocolate bar.
NIKKY
Wimmin get arrested for walking
around topless because nipples are
deemed obscene by the law, and
right here in hetero-central,
mannequins with permanently erect
nipples!
AUDREY
You can’t see the actual nipples.
They probably aren’t even pink.
It’s just to catch your eye. And if
you ask me, this display has you
hooked.
60.
CONTINUED: (4)
(CONTINUED)
Audrey unwraps her candy bar and takes a bite.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
It’s just one more cynical
advertising tactic, and it worked.
Look at the lather you’ve worked
yourself into.
NIKKY
But, Audrey…
Audrey stands and glances at other mannequins.
AUDREY
No ‘but’s’ about it, besides, you
should be glad that there is
lesbian visibility in the mall. We
shop here too. Let those who get
it, get it and those who don’t,
don’t. If you want something to be
mad about, be angry that all the
mannequins are Caucasian. Racism is
a larger problem than erect
nipples.
NIKKY
I thought you said you weren’t
political.
Nikky sits down beside Audrey on the bench.
AUDREY
I’m not politically active, I’m
politically aware. What, I have to
have short hair and an attitude to
be political?
NIKKY
Well, no. I’m sorry. I guess I have
a few preconceived notions based on
stereotypes, myself.
Audrey leans over and kisses Nikky on the cheek.
AUDREY
No shit. And that’s probably the
last time I’ll kiss you in public.
I don’t care for my co-workers
finding out I’m a lesbian. Worst
case scenario, it could mean my job
or my upcoming promotion.
61.
CONTINUED: (5)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
Y’know Audrey, statistics show that
most lesbian couples last two
years. We may not be in for a long
ride. Understand that I hope that
we are. But I promise you, that
it’ll be an educational and
entertaining ride.
AUDREY
For both of us. And I hope a long
one, too.
INT. LAUNDROMAT (PRESENT DAY) – LATER. LATE AFTERNOON.
Audrey opens her eyes. Determinedly, she picks up the copy of
a gay paper and proceeds to openly read it.
A couple of the Laundromat patrons notice, but no one takes
offence. The man smiles at Audrey and gives her a ‘thumbs
up.’ She smiles back at him.
INT. PUB (PRESENT DAY) – LATER. LATE AFTERNOON.
There are four MALE PATRONS (professional types) near the
bar. The bar is dark panelled and relatively smoke free.
LINDSAY FURST (34, feminist, HIV+, lawyer, mediator
personality) leads Nikky to a table away from them and
motions for the BARTENDER.
LINDSAY
Order whatever you like, it’s on
me.
Nikky shifts uncomfortably. The Bartender arrives.
BARTENDER
What’t’ll it be, ladies?
LINDSAY
Scotch, neat.
NIKKY
Pint of Riker’s Red.
The bartender leaves. Lindsay smiles at Nikky and shakes her
head. Nikky sits like a school kid who knows that she’s in
trouble, but is unsure as to why. Lindsay unpacks her
notebook from her briefcase.
62.
CONTINUED: (6)
(CONTINUED)
LINDSAY
(smiling)
You look a little lost.
NIKKY
I just can’t recall a time when
we’ve talked one on one. I mean one
to one.
LINDSAY
I’m not the ferocious person
everyone makes me out to be. I’m
really quite gentle, you people at
meetings only get to see my
business side. This isn’t what you
think.
NIKKY
(too quickly)
I don’t think anything.
A very attractive FEMININE WOMAN enters the bar. The Male
Patrons all watch as she selects a table. They huddle as if
to determine who is going to approach her first.
LINDSAY
You and I both know that’s not
true. Anyhow, I won’t be coy. I’ll
just tell you what…
NIKKY
Lindsay, I’m really flattered, and
I know I’ve said Audrey and I
aren’t monogamous, but I don’t…
LINDSAY
I’m not trying to seduce you Nikky.
NIKKY
I like you a lot Lindsay, and I
have a lot of respect, what? You’re
not? Why not?
Lindsay laughs very hard. The bartender brings the drinks. He
places them on the table.
BARTENDER
Well, I was going to wish you
lovely ladies a good night, but I
see you’ve beat me to it.
63.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
Nikky starts laughing. Lindsay dabs her eyes, then hands the
bartender a ten.
LINDSAY
Keep the change, we’ll wave to you
when we want another round.
The bartender returns to the bar. Nikky looks embarrassed.
NIKKY
I’m sorry I misunderstood. A couple
of the people in the coalition have
noticed that you seemed interested
in what I do, I’m sorry.
LINDSAY
Don’t worry about it. Many people
in the coalition, and they are all
good people, often view things in
too limited a context.
Nikky looks confused but is trying to hide it; she has a deep
respect for Lindsay, and would rather die than appear stupid
in front of her. Lindsay realizes that Nikky didn’t follow
her.
LINDSAY (CONT’D)
They can only see their own little
concerns and personal issues.
NIKKY
You forgot ego gratification and
publicity seeking.
LINDSAY
Sometimes I think certain people in
the coalition forget we’re fighting
for our lives and not for
headlines. You and I know what’s
important, Nikky. I need your
energy and commitment, I need you
on my side.
Nikky takes a long sip of beer.
NIKKY
Lindsay, I’m not sure I understand.
64.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
LINDSAY
You have on many occasions
expressed frustration with the lack
of perceivable action or progress
within the coalition.
NIKKY
Because we keep talking about how
to do something instead of doing
it.
LINDSAY
Don’t you think that just doing is
reckless?
One of the Male Patrons approaches the woman with two drinks.
He engages her in a brief conversation.
NIKKY
Certainly consequences have to be
considered, but not to the point
that we spend more time discussing
the wording of press releases than
issuing them. We can’t wait for
every kind of gay person to join
the coalition before we act, if we
don’t do anything, what have we to
offer them to join?
LINDSAY
Nikky, you are a very passionate
person, and I think that often you
let your heart lead your head.
These are turbulent times and they
require diplomacy, patience.
The Male Patron moves back to his tablemates. They tease him.
The womyn looks longingly at the door.
NIKKY
I’m tired of being afraid for my
future career, for my home, for my
life. I’m tired of referring to
Audrey in non-gender specific
language. And I’m angry that I have
to so that no one knows I’m a dyke.
LINDSAY
It’s not me you have to convince.
Why don’t you ever volunteer to
handle media?
65.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
The Fem Woman ignores the men who are still talking about her
and looking, but starts to look at Nikky and Lindsay in an
interested manner.
NIKKY
Because I want to be a
schoolteacher. I’m out at
university for the most part. I
joined the campus gay association
as a way of meeting wimmin, but I
don’t raise lesbian issues in
class, even when others do. I guess
that makes me a collaborator.
Lindsay reaches across the table and holds Nikky’s hand.
LINDSAY
No, it makes you scared, and human.
I didn’t realize that you weren’t
out everywhere, you give a very
different impression.
Lindsay sips her drink and sits back thoughtfully.
NIKKY
What did you want from me?
LINDSAY
I’m worried that the coalition is
going to tear itself apart in my
absence. They need someone to
remind them that we’re all on the
same side, that we’re fighting for
the same goals.
NIKKY
Everyone knows the goals are the
same, it’s the way and the order to
achieve them in that everyone
differs. I think if we fight for
same sex marriage, everything falls
into place after it. But I also
know that having spousal or partner
benefits would make the marriage
thing easier. But that’s just my
opinion, I don’t know about the law
side.
LINDSAY
Nikky, I appreciate your approach,
it has a certain efficiency that is
hard to resist.
66.
CONTINUED: (4)
(CONTINUED)
LINDSAY (CONT’D)
(choosing her words
carefully)
I need you on my side. Malcolm is a
by-the-rules person and Jess tends
towards process rather than results
and she doesn’t want to include men
in the social revolution. They are
both good people with valuable
contributions to make, but each of
them often prevent others from
making contributions.
NIKKY
Like Alan.
LINDSAY
Yes, before I ask you what I am
going to ask you, I need to know
how you feel about Alan.
NIKKY
His being bisexual or that he’s
married to a straight woman?
LINDSAY
All of it.
NIKKY
I don’t have a problem, my first
two girlfriends were bi.
LINDSAY
Do you think his marriage is a
problem?
NIKKY
No, I’m glad he found someone he
loves and married, I’m even a
little jealous. But I don’t think
his access to straight privilege
should prevent him from being at
meetings or from being included in
gay rights issues. I wouldn’t even
have a problem with straight people
joining and being out as straight.
I want the rights and privileges
that they can take for granted, but
I don’t hate them for having them.
67.
CONTINUED: (5)
(CONTINUED)
LINDSAY
I hoped you’d say something like
that. I’m… I’m going to be out of
town for the next few months, and I
need someone I can rely on to speak
for me at meetings.
Lindsay takes a long drink.
NIKKY
Do you have an out of town trial?
LINDSAY
Can I trust you Nikky? I feel like
I can, but I need to know if you’re
up to what I’m asking. And no one
in the coalition can know about
this meeting, so tonight, act like
we never had it, all right?
NIKKY
Lindsay, I respect you more than
anyone I know; of course you can
rely on me.
LINDSAY
Do you keep secrets from Audrey?
Nikky considers her answer very carefully.
NIKKY
Yes. Secrets other people tell me
are easy to not tell her.
LINDSAY
Okay, Nikky. I’ve made up my mind,
I want you to be my protégée, I am
not going to be around forever and
I want you to be my final
contribution to the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgendered
communities. I want you to be able
to carry on what I have started.
You don’t need to be a lawyer, you
just need to commit and to care.
A very BUTCH WOMYN enters the bar and joins the fem woman.
They do not kiss or touch, but it should be clear that they
are a couple.
68.
CONTINUED: (6)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
I’d be honoured to be your
protégée, Lindsay, but you’re going
to be around for a long time.
LINDSAY
No, I won’t. I…I’ve updated my
will, most of my money will be
going into various lesbian and gay
organisations, but I want to help
you in your education. It’s hard to
go to school, work and be an
activist. Not to mention maintain a
relationship.
NIKKY
Lindsay, I don’t want your money.
Why do you think you’re going to
die?
LINDSAY
I have AIDS. And I have six months
to get everything in order.
NIKKY
People can live a long time with
AIDS, your doctor shouldn’t have
said six months.
LINDSAY
My doctor didn’t, it’s a self
imposed time limit. It’s an ugly
disease, the wasting, the
powerlessness. I can’t cope with
it, and it’s my choice not to. I’m
not willing to wait for the cure.
NIKKY
How? How did you get it? An
operation?
LINDSAY
Unprotected sex, Nikky, lesbians
can transmit it to each other.
NIKKY
There’s no proof that oral sex
transmits, last I read, the virus
can’t withstand exposure to air.
69.
CONTINUED: (7)
(CONTINUED)
LINDSAY
There’s no proof that you can’t,
besides, I enjoy certain unsafe
activities, and part of what
I…like…about them is the
unsafety. I just thought that
nothing could ever get me.
NIKKY
I don’t understand why you’d…give
yourself just six months.
LINDSAY
I don’t want to go through the
pain. I’d rather be remembered the
way I am now. My mother had a
lingering death from cancer, and I
can’t put my friends and family
through that. It should be my
choice legally, and it isn’t, but
it is my choice in actuality.
One of the Male Patrons, obviously drunk, weaves over to the
other lesbians table. He makes a stupid remark and the butch
stands up. When she does, he realizes that he may be in over
his head and he returns meekly to the bar.
NIKKY
I need time to think about this, I
won’t tell anyone, not even Audrey.
LINDSAY
You should discuss this with her,
but please, don’t tell her what I
intend to do. She will wonder why I
left money to you, and you will
need help with tuition and living
expenses, so don’t turn it down.
Nikky, you’re as close to a
daughter as I have. You will do
well and I just want to help you
stay on track. Okay?
Nikky gets up and downs the rest of her pint.
NIKKY
Okay. Speaking of Audrey, I have to
book. It’s our anniversary and I
wanted to see her before the
meeting, and that’s in about two
hours. She’s always asleep when I
get home from meetings.
70.
CONTINUED: (8)
(CONTINUED)
LINDSAY
I’ll see you at the meeting, Nikky.
Nikky exits.
EXT. CITY STREET/ENTRANCE TO SUBWAY. LATE AFTERNOON. LATER
Nikky stalks down the street. She is upset by Lindsay’s
request and feeling very much the secretive nature of the
information Lindsay gave her about having AIDS and her
impending suicide.
Nikky walks past a very YOUNG PANHANDLER.
YOUNG PANHANDLER
Spare change?
Nikky stops, walks back, and pulls some change out of her
pocket and hands it to the kid. She walks quickly away before
he can thank her. Nikky enters the mall concourse to the
subway station.
INT. MALL CONCOURSE ENTRANCE TO SUBWAY – LATE AFTERNOON.
LATER
Nikky stops at the flower vendor.
VENDOR
What can I get for you today?
NIKKY
I’d like some lilies. Do you have
an anniversary card to go with it?
VENDOR
$11.50, plus tax. Lucky guy, not
many women buy flowers for their
boyfriends.
NIKKY
(she pays)
Actually, they’re for my wife.
He laughs, thinking she’s joking. He wraps the flowers and
give her a card to write on.
She writes `To Audrey, someday it’ll be Sixtieth year, not
one year. I love you, Nikky.’ The Vendor straightens up,
pretending he hadn’t read what she wrote.
71.
CONTINUED: (9)
INT. AUDREY & NIKKY’S APARTMENT – LATER EARLY EVENING.
Nikky walks into the apartment. She has a bouquet of lilies.
NIKKY
Harriet, I’m home!
Audrey emerges from the bedroom. She lights up when she sees
the flowers.
AUDREY
(taking the flowers,
inhaling)
Oh, Ozzie, you shouldn’t have!
NIKKY
Ooooo, I’m jealous.
AUDREY
Of the flowers?
NIKKY
Your face is in them, isn’t it?
Audrey looks at Nikky mock disgusted. She slowly lowers the
flowers, seduction in her eyes.
AUDREY
Well, you are a really cute
delivery person, but my girlfriend
is the jealous type.
Nikky licks her upper lip in contemplation.
NIKKY
Yeah? Well, how butch is she?
AUDREY
She’s pretty butch. She fights a
lot, although most of it’s
political arguing. I guess, maybe
she’s not so tough.
NIKKY
(dropping the game)
Not so tough?!
Audrey opens her blouse a little bit.
AUDREY
No, strange delivery person, my
girlfriend isn’t so tough.
72.
(CONTINUED)
Nikky, dropping back into the role playing game, moves
closer, then leans slowly in and kisses Audrey, deeply.
NIKKY
Do you want me to leave, or do you
figure your ol’lady’ll be home
soon?
AUDREY
No, she has a meeting tonight, and
she’s left me all alone. With noone,
I mean, nothing to do.
Nikky kisses her again. Audrey pulls her very close. The
flowers drop to the floor. Nikky presses her up against the
wall, the kissing becomes almost violently passionate. Audrey
pulls back.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
Oh, I better get these flowers into
water.
NIKKY
Your ol’lady neglects you, Passion
Flower. She doesn’t deserve ya. How
long you been seeing her, anyway?
Audrey kneels down to pick up the flowers.
AUDREY
Long enough so that she would know
I hate these dumb role playing
fantasies. If I wanted to sleep
with anyone other than you, Nikky,
I’d send out for my own flowers.
Audrey stands up and kisses Nikky again. Audrey takes Nikky
by the hand and leads her into the bedroom.
INT. BEDROOM – EARLY EVENING.
Audrey pushes Nikky down on the bed, then lies beside her,
kissing her.
AUDREY
I masturbated and fantasized about
you this afternoon, does that
excite you?
73.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
Yes, and normally I’d kiss you
until you told me what you did
while you fantasized and what the
fantasy was, but…
AUDREY
I get the feeling I would have
gotten flowers even if it wasn’t
our anniversary.
NIKKY
Lindsay Furst asked me to be her
protégée.
AUDREY
Weird. What did you tell her?
NIKKY
I said I had to think about it. I
mean, just think what I can learn
from her.
AUDREY
I’m not sure her motives are so
pure. When was the last time you
heard she had a girlfriend?
NIKKY
C’mon Audrey, she’s years older
than me,
Nikky leans closer. Audrey moves away. Nikky stands up.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
Besides Audrey, you are the only
one I love. Lindsay is…a mentor.
Nothing else. Besides, I haven’t
given her an answer. She’s offered
to pay for my education. I’ll say
‘no’ if you want me to. Lindsay is,
she’s. . .
Nikky crawls back in the bed beside Audrey and wraps her body
around her. She makes no move for sexual contact, just
physical.
AUDREY
Are you okay?
74.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
I just need you to hold me. It
scares me to think that we won’t
always do this.
AUDREY
What’s wrong?
NIKKY
I’m scared of one of us dying.
Those two wimmin yesterday,
Lindsay, the hatred, I got gay
bashed today and Lee almost gotten
himself beaten by a bunch of jock
jerks.
AUDREY
What happened?
NIKKY
Some spritzhead idiots called me a
dyke and some jocks tried to beat
up Lee. I jumped in with my big
mouth and fortunately, they left us
alone. It was in the pub, too many
witnesses. When is this changed
supposed to happen? Why do people
hate us?
Audrey strokes Nikky’s hair and squeezes her a little
tighter.
AUDREY
Mother set me up for a date
Saturday night. A son of a friend
of hers. I have to go. I wish I
could stand up to her.
NIKKY
Did she order your lunch?
AUDREY
She tried to, I actually asserted
myself there, I just ordered the
salad. I guess maybe I am starting
to challenge her authority.
NIKKY
Maybe soon you can tell her I’m not
your roommate.
75.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
My mother isn’t like yours. I’m an
only child, Mother wants me to give
her a grandchild, it’s important to
her. I’m almost thirty, I’m going
to have to decide soon.
Nikky pulls away.
NIKKY
Decide what soon?
AUDREY
If I’m going to have a child and
how I’m going to do it if I decide
yes.
NIKKY
What about me?
AUDREY
Darling, last time I checked, you
didn’t have the equipment to get me
pregnant.
NIKKY
That’s not what I meant.
Nikky gets off of the bed and starts pacing.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
What if I don’t want to have kids?
We’d have to get a bigger place,
where’s the money going to come
from? What about a donor? We gotta
decide who and what role would he
play. And besides, having a child
for your mother is all the wrong
reasons.
AUDREY
(angry, defensive)
I want to have a child, Nikky.
NIKKY
You’ve never said this before!
Audrey gets off of the bed and physically confronts Nikky.
76.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
What are you so terrified of? How
do you even know we’ll still be
couple by the time I want to have a
child? The way you’re talking, you
sound like you’ve got more say than
I do. It’s my body.
Audrey stomps out of the room. Nikky flinches as she hears
the bathroom DOOR BEING SLAMMED. Nikky follows after the echo
dies.
INT. HALLWAY TO BATHROOM – EARLY EVENING.
Nikky stands outside the door, unsure of what to say for
several moments. She looks at the camera, as if to ask
advice. She knocks on the door.
AUDREY (O.S.)
Go to your meeting, Nikky.
NIKKY
Audrey, I’m sorry.
AUDREY (O.S.)
Go to your damn meeting, you’re
going to be late.
NIKKY
Audrey, come out of the bathroom.
I’m sorry, you just caught me off
guard. Let’s talk about it..
Audrey opens the door. She is crying. Nikky moves to hug her,
Audrey flinches, and Nikky pulls away.
AUDREY
What makes you think that we can
last another month, never mind
twenty more years? We’ve been
fighting so much lately. My parents
fought a lot and I vowed I wouldn’t
live like that. That my child would
never have to hide under her pillow
to drown out the yelling.
NIKKY
It’s just stress, end of term,
final exams coming up.
77.
CONTINUED: (4)
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
Audrey, it’s so hard for any same
sex couples, there’s so much stuff
externally pulling us apart and
internally pushing us away. We have
to fight to stay together.
AUDREY
This is personal, about us, between
us, not politics, there’s no
political analysis here. It’s not
about social homophobia or stress
or school or Mother or my job. It’s
us, how well we get along, how much
we care about and love each other.
NIKKY
So, we’ll talk. . .
AUDREY
You’re going to be late for your
meeting.
NIKKY
Why do I think you might not be
here when I get back?
AUDREY
Do you need a couple of dollars for
coffee?
Nikky backs away.
NIKKY
No. I’ll be back around eleven.
Should I wake you when I come in?
AUDREY
Whatever.
NIKKY
Audrey….
AUDREY
Go already. Lindsay’s waiting.
Nikky picks up a leather jacket and exits the apartment.
Audrey looks defiantly at the camera. Her composure breaks
and she cries. She exits to the bedroom.
78.
CONTINUED:
NIKKY (cont’d)
INT. MEETING ROOM – LATER NIGHT.
The room is medium sized. A long table is in the centre with
chairs ringing it. There are posters on the wall – Human
Rights, Environmental, Wimmin’s Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights,
Worker’s Rights, etc. Two pitchers of water, tray of glasses
and a box of donuts are on the table.
Seated are: Lindsay Furst at the head of the table, Chris
Schroeder at Lindsay’s right; beside Chris is ALAN STONEMAN
(34, bisexual and married), then MALCOLM JOHNSON (42, gay man
of colour, accountant, a media slut). On Lindsay’s left is
JESSICA `JESS’ LEWIS (32, stone butch and process junkie).
The chairs alongside Jess and at the foot of the table are
empty. Nikky stands at the foot of the table and tosses the
two local daily newspapers on the table.
NIKKY
A lesbian couple is murdered by
their next door neighbour and
neither major daily paper runs it
on page one.
CHRIS
The Times mentioned it on the first
page.
NIKKY
Yeah, but only to refer readers to
page five, Chris, that’s just not
good enough. The Chronicler ran it
on seven and it’s under an ad for
used cars!
Nikky sits down heavily into the chair at the foot of the
table.
MALCOLM
If a straight couple was murdered
by a gay, it’da been splashed over
both front pages and we’d all be
condemned as murderers.
Malcolm leans backwards, his arms folded across his chest.
CHRIS
Double standards makes the world go
round, Malcolm. Hey, it bothers me
too.
79.
(CONTINUED)
JESS
The worse part is, because the
papers down play the words ‘lesbian
couple’, you don’t really know why
he killed them. It leads one to
think that there may have been a
reason he shot them. Hail the
mighty white man and his defence of
his castle.
Malcolm leans forward and makes notes about everyone’s
comments on a legal pad.
NIKKY
It bothers me that if a male
teacher molests a female student,
the public’s attitude is “Oh, what
a horrible man”, but, if the
student was male, it’s “Hang the
homos”.
JESS
Gay people have to play it
straighter than straights because
we get lumped together; and that’s
completely ludicrous since lesbians
and gay men have very little in
common. Our issues, our concerns,
our lives are all different. That’s
never acknowledged by mainstream.
CHRIS
Straight people understand that
they are different from each other,
but to apply that principle to
other communities is.. it’s just
easier to lump all Chinese people
together as bad drivers, black
people as lazy, and fags as child
molesters. Lesbians, of course,
don’t really exist because all they
need is a big enough dick and
they’ll return to the fold. Every
group its own stereotypes of how
everyone else is, and no individual
is allowed to be different.
80.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
LINDSAY
Chris, I realize that you meant
those as examples of other people’s
attitudes, but it makes me
uncomfortable to hear such hateful
platitudes. We all know them, but
we don’t have to verbalize them;
that just gives them some validity.
CHRIS
Sorry, Lindsay, I was just trying
to illustrate my point.
ALAN
Well, it’s obvious that we’re all
upset by this event, and by the
poor coverage, maybe we should skip
this month’s meeting or reschedule
it for next week.
LINDSAY
That’s a nice suggestion Alan, but
we’ve got a heavy agenda. I knew
them, and Gloria and Mary wouldn’t
want us to stop our work.
Lindsay’s composure slips for a moment and she looks away so
no-one can see that she is trying not to cry.
LINDSAY (CONT’D)
Sorry.
NIKKY
Lindsay, you knew them?
LINDSAY
(trying to be composed)
Yes, Bev and I were supposed to
have dinner with them. When we
arrived, the coroner…
Chris leans over and takes Lindsay’s hand.
JESS
(softly)
There, but for the goddess, go I.
Chris gets up and hugs Lindsay. Jess leans over and puts her
hand on Lindsay’s shoulder. Lindsay cries openly, freely.
81.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
LINDSAY
I keep thinking, if only we’d
arrived sooner.
MALCOLM
You may have been shot as well,
don’t do that to yourself. It could
just have easily happened the day
before or after. Anybody know what
set the guy off?
NIKKY
According to the Sun, he’d had
enough of the two wimmin “flaunting
their lifestyle for the children in
the neighbourhood to see.”
ALAN
Which means they were behaving like
a straight married couple; only
with gays and lesbians, it’s
flaunting.
Alan moves to the head of the table, but does not touch
Lindsay.
ALAN (CONT’D)
Are you sure you wouldn’t rather
that the meeting is postponed,
Lindsay?
Lindsay pulls herself together.
LINDSAY
We only have this room booked for
one a month, and I’d rather not
miss a meeting. I know we all made
sacrifices to be here. Give me a
minute, and we’ll get started.
Where is the bathroom key, anyway?
Lindsay gets up and opens the door to the room. The reception
area visible is sparsely furnished, and the activist poster
theme is continued.
JESS
I’ll come with you, Lindsay.
LINDSAY
Thank you, Jess.
82.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
The bathroom key is the top left
drawer of that desk.
Lindsay and Jess exit.
NIKKY (CONT’D)
I didn’t know that Lindsay knew
those two wimmin. I feel even worse
now.
CHRIS
You had no way of knowing, Nikky.
Even though we are a small
community, no one knows everyone. I
remember being so scared to ask a
womyn out for fear that she’d dated
one of my ex’s, or was friends with
them. I’m glad I’m in a
relationship now and can avoid all
that.
MALCOLM
Now the community is two less.
CHRIS
Malcolm, I’m sorry if my examples
earlier offended you, that’s not
what I think. In fact, it’s white
straight people who are lazy
because they never seem to make the
effort to distinguish other groups
as individuals
MALCOLM
I know what you were doing. I
wasn’t offended. Is it a womyn or a
man who’s supposed to chair this
meeting? I can’t remember who
chaired last.
NIKKY
Alan chaired last meeting, so one
of us wimmin will have to chair.
CHRIS
Why don’t you chair Nikky, I don’t
think you’ve chaired for about six
months.
Nikky looks startled for a moment. She shifts uncomfortably
and sucks her cheeks in.
83.
CONTINUED: (4)
(CONTINUED)
Slowly, she nods, unable to figure out a good reason why she
shouldn’t chair, and unwilling to admit she’s nervous.
NIKKY
Okay, let’s start the agenda list.
I guess we can skip the round
because there’s no new people
tonight. Items?
CHRIS
I guess a press release about the
murders should be drafted.
ALAN
Committee report on the upcoming
meeting with the mayor. And Lindsay
has an update on our getting
intervener status in the Duke and
Samuels court case.
MALCOLM
And a report from the fund raising
committee.
Lindsay and Jess return.
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S APARTMENT – MEANWHILE NIGHT.
Audrey paces around the apartment, touching knickknacks.
Occasionally she picks one up, and it makes her cry harder.
She picks up a ceramic cat figurine and throws it against the
wall. It shatters.
She plunks down on the couch. She starts to cry.
AUDREY
I just can’t believe she’d really
leave me alone on our anniversary.
Audrey flops sideways onto the couch, then rolls onto her
stomach and sobs into the couch. She punches the floor with
her hand. She pulls her hand against her breast, cradling it.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
(to the camera)
Fuck it. Fuck this bullshit. Fuck
you Nikky. I’m tired of being
second choice to everything else.
Audrey stops crying and gets purposefully off of the couch,
exiting to the bedroom.
84.
CONTINUED: (5)
INT. MEETING ROOM – LATER NIGHT.
The room is as before with an additional person, JACOB DAVIS
(40, Malcolm’s lover), having joined the group.
JESS
Malcolm, I didn’t say that I didn’t
appreciate the effort, I just said
that given how common vegetarianism
is among lesbians, that it was
inconsiderate for Jacob to have
brought donuts laden with refined
sugar.
MALCOLM
I just said it was nice that
someone thought to bring anything
at all.
Lee (T-shirt reads ‘Pink Sheep of the Family’) enters and
squeezes in beside Nikky.
LINDSAY
Perhaps we should make this an
agenda item, and discuss taking
turns bringing snack foods and what
constitutes appropriate snacks?
LEE
Cool, donuts!
Lee reaches over and grabs two, hands one to Nikky and stuffs
the other into his mouth.
JESS
Chris is a vegetarian, and doesn’t
eat refined sugar.
NIKKY
Chris, do you have a problem with
Jacob bringing donuts?
CHRIS
Not really, I ate dinner.
LINDSAY
Actually Nikky, that’s a little
simplistic.
85.
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
Jess has a valid point – if we are
going to bring snacks for meetings,
we need to be sure that everyone
can partake, regardless of whether
everyone actually does or wants to.
LEE
(eating a donut)
Kind of like trying to include
transgendered issues in our mandate
without actually having any
transgendered people in the
coalition?
Alan shifts uncomfortably.
ALAN
Lee, we all know what oppression
feels like, as a bisexual, I’m used
to the double oppression from the
mainstream and the gay community.
Jess writes some notes down and by her expression, is
blatantly not listening to Alan. Everyone is aware, but no
one says anything.
ALAN (CONT’D)
(quieter)
It’s not like we haven’t done any
outreach to transgendered groups,
and they’ve indicated interest,
it’s just a matter of matching
schedules.
LINDSAY
Well, let’s just put the snacks on
the agenda and continue the
meeting.
Lee eats another donut.
MALCOLM
I believe we agreed three meetings
ago that agendas are to be set one
meeting before and only time
sensitive things, for example court
rulings or suddenly announced
legislation, events requiring an
immediate press release,
Malcolm nods in deference to Lindsay.
86.
CONTINUED:
LINDSAY (cont’d)
(CONTINUED)
MALCOLM (CONT’D)
Like the murders yesterday, can be
added pre-meeting. I don’t think
donuts count.
LEE
We could do a round and see if
people want to add donuts to the
meeting.
CHRIS
Why don’t we just make a note for
the ‘set agenda’ item to add it at
the next meeting?
NIKKY
I vote for that.
LEE
Me too.
Lee stuffs his another donut into his mouth.
ALAN
Okay, the next item is mine, it’s
our meeting with the Ministry of
Attorney-General. We’re asking for
$150,000 a year for office space,
equipment, salaries for 3 full time
staff people and…
Lee reaches for another donut and offers it to Nikky. She
shakes her head ‘no.’
JESS
Shouldn’t we do a round of
introductions? After all, we don’t
all know Jacob.
LINDSAY
It should be done for the minutes,
anyway. I’m doing minutes, so I’ll
start. I’m Lindsay Furst from
Barrett, Furst and Harris,
Outspoken and the National Action
Committee’s Vancouver Regional
Office.
87.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
CHRIS
Chris Schroeder, no group
affiliation, so I guess that make
me the coalition’s Lesbian at
Large.
Giggles, including Jess, from around the table.
NIKKY
I’m glad someone finally said it.
LEE
Wish I’d thought of it.
ALAN
Alan Stoneman, from Day Bi Day, a
bisexual support group, and if we
don’t get this meeting started
soon, I’ll be from Prime Timers.
MALCOLM
Malcolm Johnson, Outspoken, The
Rainbow Band and the Gay Men’s
Choir.
NIKKY
Nikky Taves from the campus Gay and
Lesbian Association.
LEE
Lee Hayes, same as Nikky.
JACOB
Jacob Davis, I’m with Malcolm.
JESS
Jess Lewis from Kinesis, feminist
newspaper.
ALAN
Our first agenda item is the
funding request we’re submitting to
the city council. I’ll pass around
the breakdown of the funds we’re
requesting and the allocation that
Lindsay worked out…
INT. BEDROOM – MEANWHILE NIGHT.
Audrey is finishing packing an overnight bag. She takes the
photo of her and Nikky off of Nikky’s dresser. She stares at
it a long moment, then wipes a tear from her cheek.
88.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
Audrey sits down on the bed, clutching the photo to her
chest. She lies across the bed, her head on Nikky’s pillow.
AUDREY
Ow.
She reaches under the pillow and finds Nikky’s present. She
runs her hand over the book she’d wrapped earlier. This time
she doesn’t stop the tears. She sits up and reaches for the
phone, and dials.
MOTHER (PHONE)
Hello?
AUDREY
Mother, it’s Audrey.
INT. MEETING ROOM – LATER NIGHT.
Malcolm and Jacob push their chairs away from the table.
MALCOLM
Anyone want to go to the pub for
drinks? I’m buying the first round,
it’s mine and Jacob’s fifth
anniversary today.
LEE
(T-shirt reads: homophobia
is a social disease)
I’m in.
NIKKY
Somehow I knew you’d say that.
Actually, it’s mine and Audrey’s
first and I want to get home,
because I’m not entirely sure she’s
happy that I came to the meeting.
CHRIS
I’ve got an early appointment so,
thanks for the offer gentlemen, but
I’ll pass. Nikky, I can give you a
ride home.
NIKKY
Thanks.
89.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
LINDSAY
I accept your offer, and I’ll even
buy the second round to
congratulate you. It’s nice to see
couples stay together.
NIKKY
Maybe we’ve hit that famous second
year lesbian slump early, I’ve
always been an overachiever.
LEE
Girlfriend! How can I adapt that to
my stage routine? This lesbian
friend of mine is such a fast mover
that she hits the second year slump
by the second date!
ALAN
Lee, your delivery needs a little
work.
People move towards the door to leave.
MALCOLM
Jess, will you join us for a round?
JESS
No.
Jess softens a bit.
JESS (CONT’D)
I’ve got an early appointment, it’s
not personal or anything.
Lindsay puts her arm around Jess’ shoulder.
LINDSAY
Yes, but it’s with me at my office
and I’m going, so come along and
I’ll be understanding tomorrow if
you’re late. Hell, I’ll even drive
you home after.
They all exit. The lights are turned off.
INT. CHRIS’ CAR – LATER NIGHT.
Chris is driving very carefully, Nikky can barely keep still
and looks like she’s trying really hard not to ask Chris to
speed.
90.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
CHRIS
I saw Audrey today at Jaque’s. What
make you think she’s leaving you?
NIKKY
I went home before the meeting. We
had a fight. It was pretty bad.
We’ve been having a lot of little
fights lately.
CHRIS
I’m sorry, I like Audrey, but you
and Audrey never seemed destined to
last forever to me, Nikky. You
literally were living together
within a week of meeting each
other. That’s too fast.
NIKKY
Yeah, it was fast in retrospect,
but at the time, it didn’t seem
like that. We’ve put a lot of time
and effort into our relationship.
We can make it longer than this.
CHRIS
Relationships shouldn’t be an
effort. I’m sorry, you’ve got
enough on your plate, and it isn’t
what I wanted to talk about anyway.
They drive in silence for a couple of blocks.
NIKKY
Why did you want to drive me home?
CHRIS
I wanted to assure you that Audrey
loves you. I don’t think you’re
right for each other, but I’m an
outsider. It’s up to you two to
stay together. Audrey bought you an
anniversary present this afternoon.
NIKKY
Well, she hadn’t given it to me
when I was home earlier, maybe she
changed her mind.
Nikky looks out the window so that Chris can’t see that she’s
started to cry.
91.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
Chris reaches over and puts her hand on Nikky’s shoulder.
Nikky smiles at Chris, allowing her friend to see that she’s
crying.
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S APARTMENT – LATER NIGHT.
Mother is examining the bookcase crammed with Lesbian & Gay
titles and wimmin’s studies. There are also posters of kd
lang, Melissa Etheridge on the walls, as well as a framed
black and white vaguely lesbian erotic print. Mother moves
away from the bookcase, very primly. She notices the broken
cat ceramic figurine, but does not comment on it.
MOTHER
I always suspected that your
roommate was a little…queer.
AUDREY
I don’t want to talk about Nikky,
Mother. You know, it just occurred
to me that you’ve never been here
before.
MOTHER
Well dear, you don’t have to be
ever again. Leave a note for your
roommate, to pack the rest of your
clothes and I’ll send someone to
get them. I don’t understand how
you could stay in this place for as
long as you have. Weren’t you
worried that she’d make a pass at
you?
AUDREY
No, it really wasn’t a concern,
Mother. It’s 10:30, Nikky should be
getting out of her meeting.
Audrey runs her hand along the bookcase, lingering.
MOTHER
Well dear, we should be going, we
don’t want to have a scene, and
there’s really nothing for you here
anyway.
MOTHER (CONT’D)
(a beat)
Is there?
Audrey turns towards the bookcase, her back to her Mother.
Her shoulders slump inwardly.
92.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
(strained)
No, there isn’t.
Mother moves towards the door, she picks up Audrey’s
suitcase.
AUDREY (CONT’D)
Why do you think there’d be a
scene?
MOTHER
Well, you’re moving out on very
short notice.
Audrey sits down on the couch.
AUDREY
Mother, I’m not just leaving a
roommate.
MOTHER
I know that you and Nikky are
friends.
AUDREY
Nikky and I….Mother, put my
suitcase down and come and sit with
me. I have to tell you something.
Mother puts the suitcase down and sits with Audrey. She knows
what is coming but doesn’t want to hear it.
MOTHER
Everyone does some experimenting
when they’re young, but it’s time
for you to move on. I’ve suspected
about you and Nikky, there was no
reason for two adult wimmin to
share a one bedroom apartment. When
you move back home, and are exposed
to the proper environment again,
you’ll be able to see this is in
proper perspective, sweetie.
AUDREY
Mother, it’s not an experiment,
this is the way I am. Most of those
are my books, and, I’ve had them
for years. I just hid them from
you.
93.
CONTINUED:
(CONTINUED)
MOTHER
You called me over to take you away
from… this, not to throw it in my
face.
Mother stands and picks up the suitcase.
MOTHER (CONT’D)
We’re leaving Audrey Louise
Dempsey. Now.
EXT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S APARTMENT BUILDING – NIGHT.
Chris is hugging Nikky. They are standing on the sidewalk by
the parked car.
CHRIS
I can’t believe that Audrey would
just be gone, I think she has more
class than leaving a Dear Jane
letter in lipstick on the bedroom
mirror. It’s just your overactive
imagination working on your nerves.
Chris sits back facing Nikky with her back against the door.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
Those murders yesterday has made
everyone jittery. I got into a
fight with Teresa before the
meeting. She wanted to move the
date up for our commitment
ceremony.
NIKKY
I didn’t know you and Teresa were
planning one.
Chris smiles shyly.
CHRIS
No one does yet, we haven’t mailed
the invitations. I told her that
two months from now was fine, and
that if we were going to be killed,
it wouldn’t make a difference if
we’d already had it or not, the
ceremony isn’t going to change how
we feel, it’s just a way to get
great gifts.
94.
CONTINUED: (2)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
I always new you had a very
practical side underneath your
earth mother exterior.
Chris rumples Nikky’s hair.
CHRIS
Well listen to your earth mother,
go inside, and make love to your
girlfriend. And next anniversary,
skip the meeting and take her to
dinner.
Nikky leans forward and hugs Chris briefly.
NIKKY
Thanks.
Nikky slips out of the car. Chris waits until Nikky is inside
the lobby before driving off.
INT. BUILDING HALLWAY – LATER NIGHT.
Nikky waits a long moment before she opens the door. Nikky is
terrified of finding that Audrey is gone. She opens the door.
INT. NIKKY & AUDREY’S APARTMENT – LATER NIGHT.
Nikky creeps quietly inside. She stops at the closet and sees
that Audrey’s suitcase is gone. Nikky kicks the closet door.
NIKKY
Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn! How could
you leave?!
The bedroom light comes on, Nikky stops mid-tantrum.
AUDREY (O.S.)
What are you yelling about?
Nikky stands, mouth open, in shock.
NIKKY
I thought . . . your suitcase . . .
You’re here!
Nikky runs into the bedroom.
95.
CONTINUED:
INT. NIKKY AND AUDREY’S BEDROOM – LATER. NIGHT
Audrey is in bed. Nikky jumps onto the bed, landing partially
on top of Audrey. She starts to kiss her all over her face
and her body through the blankets.
NIKKY
I thought you’d left me. Where’s
your suitcase?
AUDREY
Packed by my dresser. I was going
to leave you, Mother changed my
mind.
Nikky stops kissing Audrey.
NIKKY
Your Mother told you not to leave
me?
AUDREY
No, my Mother told me it was time
to grow up and stop experimenting.
I told her that I was gay, not
experimenting.
NIKKY
You told your Mother that we’re a
couple?
Nikky launches herself against Audrey in a big hug and
kisses.
AUDREY
Yes. It was something that Chris
said to me when I was at Jaque’s
Cafe, about unwarping minds. I had
to unwarp my mother’s mind. It was
no easy feat, she was more than a
little stunned when she left. She
came here to take me home and I
sent her away with the knowledge
that her daughter was a lesbian who
was planning to have a child with
another lesbian. It was quite a lot
for her to absorb.
NIKKY
Chris drove me home.
96.
(CONTINUED)
AUDREY
Well, you’ve got great timing,
Mother just left about fifteen
minutes ago.
NIKKY
How’d she take it?
AUDREY
Slightly worst than when I wouldn’t
eat steak at lunch, but better than
when I told her I was moving in
with you. I think seeing our
apartment, the way we fit together,
the way we’ve made a life for
ourselves, affected her. And her
initial reaction made me see how
intertwined we are.
NIKKY
I love you too much to let you just
leave. And I’ll never let another
meeting be more important that you
are.
AUDREY
Don’t make that promise, Nikky.
Part of what I love about you is
your passion for changing the
world, your dedication to make
things better for future
generations of gays and lesbians.
NIKKY
Speaking of future generations, I’m
really sorry about how I acted when
you talked about children, I guess
it just touched my nuclear family
terror buttons. I do like children,
I’m just not ready to co-parent
yet.
AUDREY
I’m willing to wait, I’m not ready
either.
NIKKY
I know it’ll be hard, and there’s a
lot of forces that pull at every
same sex couple.
97.
CONTINUED:
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
But the way I figure it, it’s one
day at a time, and every day we end
in this bed, is a day the
homophobes don’t win. We have to do
this life that way, one day at a
time.
AUDREY
So, you think we can withstand
anything?
NIKKY
As long as we’re honest with
ourselves and with each other,
babe, there’s nothing we can’t do.
AUDREY
You’re a dreamer, Nikky, that’s
what I love about you.
NIKKY
Just a dreamer with big plans and
enough personality to convince
everyone I can pull them off.
Somedays I can’t even get out of
bed, and I think I can change the
world.
Audrey moves closer to Nikky. She presses against Nikky,
holding her tightly as if afraid she’ll lose her.
AUDREY
There’s nothing wrong with
dreaming, your dreams are your
goals, your reason for being. You
wouldn’t want to live if you
couldn’t dream of a better world.
I’m afraid of holding you back from
achieving them.
Nikky pulls away in shock.
NIKKY
How can you say that? How do you
hold me back?
AUDREY
By taking time away from you
working for your dreams.
Nikky moves close to Audrey, she strokes Audrey’s hair and
kisses her lightly.
98.
CONTINUED: (2)
NIKKY (cont’d)
(CONTINUED)
NIKKY
(tearfully)
Don’t you know that having you in
my life in twenty years is my
biggest dream? Nothing I do is
worth anything if you’re not beside
me, supporting me, loving me,
catching me when I stumble; and
letting me be there the same way
for you. Anything that’s important
to you is to me, please, Audrey….
Audrey presses her face into Nikky’s throat. When she looks
up, she is crying.
AUDREY
Anything?
NIKKY
Yes. Let’s have a kid, what’s the
point of fighting to make a better
word if you don’t have someone to
leave it too?
AUDREY
That’s beautiful, but not where I
was going.
NIKKY
What then, that’s all you’ve been
talking about all month.
AUDREY
We’re expected for Sunday dinner at
Mother’s. She wants to meet you in
your new role of son-in-law. You
can wear a tie if you want.
NIKKY
A meeting the in-law thang? With
your Mother?
Nikky pulls away fearfully (she is just playing, however).
AUDREY (NOT PICKING UP ON THE JOKE)
But you just said….
NIKKY
Your Mother? The woman’s a dragon
lady, I’d rather debate with anyone
from Focus on the Family than…
99.
CONTINUED: (3)
(CONTINUED)
Audrey suddenly understands that Nikky is playing again and
hits her with a pillow.
AUDREY
Well, maybe after my Mother, we
should take out a full page ad in
the paper, it could have our photo
and everything. Oh, I know, the
text could say we fuck wimmin or
something like that. I could post
it in my lunch room at work, d’chja
think?
NIKKY
Oooooooooooo!
Nikky leans forwards and kisses Audrey’s breasts. Then she
and Audrey kiss passionately. The kiss should build from a
lips closed but touching to a full fledged tonsil licking.
Nikky abruptly ends the kiss and then hits Audrey back with a
pillow. They wrestle, when the wrestling changes into
foreplay, freeze frame
NIKKY (CONT’D) (OS) (CONT’D)
Hey, no other womyn is ever gonna
put her hands on these.
Fade Out.

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Screenplay: Killer Clique

Killer Clique
by
Nina Tryggvason
(c) 2006 Lavender Productions

 

I think that this is the actual last original script I wrote. I tweaked earlier ones for a while.
EXT. LOVER’S LANE – FRIDAY NIGHT
A wooded bluff over looking a small town is the local make
out area for teens.
A row of recent model cars with steamy windows lines the
edges of what seems to be a dirt parking lot in the forest.
Some cars are bouncing more than others.
INT. CHASE’S CAR – CONTINUOUS
CHASE MORTON (17, football captain) is making out with
CHANTAL GLADWIN (17, head cheerleader).
Chase slides his hands under Chantal’s skirt.
CHANTAL
Stop, stop it.
Chantal smacks his hands.
Chase raises his hands in surrender and leans away from
Chantal.
CHASE
It was your idea to come here.
CHANTAL
I told you it was first base only
tonight.
CHASE
Yeah, and I told you Coach lied
about no sex before a game.
Chantal slides off of Chase.
CHANTAL
So stupid, it’s not about you, I’m
on the rag.
Chase scrambles away from Chantal and out of the car.
CHASE
Gross!
Chase frantically brushes the front of his unmarked jeans.
Chantal gets out of the car and slams the door.
There is a distinct pause in most of the other bouncing cars,
as windows roll down slightly to listen.
CHANTAL
Nice, really nice. You should be
glad, considering I’m late, Mr.
Won’t Shower in a Raincoat.
Chase glares at the other cars.
CHASE
We can talk on the way home.
Chase grabs Chantal’s arm too rough as he tries to force her
back in the car.
Chantal struggles against him, bumping her head.
CHANTAL
Forget it, I’d rather walk, you
selfish prick.
Chase lets her go.
CHASE
I’m not chasing after you.
Chantal walks towards the dirt road, passed cars resuming
their bouncing.
She glances back at Chase.
Chase heads into the forest.
EXT. DIRT ROAD TO LOVERS LANE – LATER
Chantal rubs her arms as she walks. She alternately glares
and then glances back to Lovers Lane, looking for a car to
hitch a ride.
CHANTAL
I should get pregnant, that would
see him right. Say goodbye to your
scholarship, Chase Morton.
An older model car drives slowly from Lover’s Lane.
Chantal flags it down.
The car stops a bit up the road. The high beams come on.
Chantal shields her eyes.
CHANTAL (cont’d)
Hey, butthead, turn down the beams!
2.
The ENGINE REVS.
Chantal flips off the unseen driver and turns her back to the
car.
The car jumps forward, swerving to bump Chantal.
Chantal tumbles head over heels, SCREAMING.
Chantal lands in the gravel roadside, knees, hands and face
bleeding. But nothing broken. Yet.
The car holds back, waiting, REVVING.
Chantal pushes herself up to a kneeling position.
CHANTAL
Sonovabitch.
Chantal stands, painfully. Her hip is sore. She rolls her
shoulders.
The car pulls forward a few inches, menacing her.
CHANTAL
You’re so fucking tough, get outta
the car, face me, MoFo.
The car REVS as both the gas and brake are applied. TIRES
SQUEAL.
Chantal pees in fear.
The car lurches forward.
Chantal heaves her purse at the car, striking the windshield.
CRACK
Chantal turns and runs down the road.
The car purposefully stays a foot or so behind her as she
weaves.
Almost tripping, Chantal jumps sideways and heads for the
trees.
The car speeds up quickly, striking her hard and sending her
head first into a large tree trunk. SCREEEEAAAAM. THWACK.
3.
CAR DOOR OPENS.
The KILLER (baggy clothes disguising the height/gender) moves
to Chantal and turns her over.
Her head lolls in a distinctly dead manner. Eyes are glassy.
Grabbing her feet, the killer drags her partway back to the
car.
The killer drops her feet and looks up and down the road.
Moving quickly to the trunk, the killer pulls out a shower
curtain.
The curtain is pre-folded in a first aid stretcher fold
(lengthwise, half-folded like a map, the rest extended). The
Killer tucks the curtain along Chantal, and then pulls her
over the folded part.
Reaching across her body, the Killer reaches underneath
Chantal and extends the folded shower curtain out from under
her. The killer then rolls her up like a carpet.
Dragging her the rest of the way to the car, the killer
bodily lifts Chantal and stuffs her in the trunk.
The killer SLAMS the trunk and then jumps into the car.
The car PEELS down the road, leaving a cloud of dust in the
air.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – MONDAY MORNING
STUDENTS (all cliques from grade 10 to 12) head into the main
doors from buses, parent drop off and a few with their own
cars.
A Police car pulls up.
THREE STONER KIDS run for it.
OFFICER SARA TODD (30’s, butch) and OFFICER SURJIT SANGHA
(30’s) head into the school through the parting students.
Officer Sangha carries a file box.
The students close rank behind them.
Chase waves over his football pals – TOM (17), STEVE (17) and
DOUG (17).
4.
CHASE
Whaddya think that’s about?
TOM
Not the stoners, cops didn’t give
them a second glance.
STEVE
Isn’t it like career day?
DOUG
Who cares? So, Chase, you and
Chantal broken up or what?
Chase glares at Doug, who does not back down.
DOUG (cont’d)
Hey, I’m the only first stringer
she hasn’t done yet, and I’ve been
patient.
Tom and Steve nod sagely. Chase caves.
CHASE
Have her then. I’m done with her
stupid games.
“PLAIN” JANE McCORMICK (17, ugly duckling) walks by and
smiles at Chase.
Chase ignores her. Tom notices and nudges Chase.
TOM
Hey, you got them lining up
already.
CHASE
Get standards, Tom. Plain Jane?
Seriously.
Plain Jane is crushed and she rushes into the school.
INT. PRINCIPAL TYLER’S OFFICE- CONTINUOUS
The office is small and precision organized. You get the
feeling the plastic was just taken off the guest chairs.
PRINCIPAL TYLER (50’s, thin nervous man) looks palely at a
file folder.
Officers Todd and Sangha look grim and official.
5.
OFFICER TODD
She was found by hikers, up near
the bluffs.
OFFICER SANGHA
Lover’s Lane, as the kids call it.
Principal Tyler closes the folder with crime scene photos.
OFFICER TODD
We need to know who hated Chantal
Gladwin.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
She was head cheerleader…
OFFICER TODD
So, everyone then.
Officer Sangha nudges Todd.
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
Sorry. Chantal ever report anyone
threatening her or do you have
anyone who would fit the profile?
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Profile? We don’t have a lot of
bullying, we’re a small school in a
small town, there’s only 100
students here, most of these kids
grew up together.
OFFICER TODD
The usual suspect is a creepy,
ineffectual male who is a victim of
bullies, not a lot of friends.
OFFICER SANGHA
Sometimes people harbour grudges
for a long time, this could be
related to elementary school
events.
Principal Tyler opens a drawer and pulls out an industrial
sized bottle of antacid tablets. Only one tablet falls out.
He pulls out a second, sealed bottle and opens it. Dry
swallows two more tablets.
He glances down at the file folder – a photo of Chantal, her
bashed in face made up like Tammy Faye Baker Junior, has
slipped out on his desk.
6.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Chantal didn’t wear make up like
that, she was a very fashionable
girl.
Officer Todd and Sangha exchange concerned looks.
OFFICER SANGHA
We were going to ask about that.
OFFICER TODD
A lock of her hair was also taken.
Looks like we may have a problem.
He presses the intercom button.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Miss Gravely, get me the number for
that grief counselling service.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – MONDAY MIDDAY
Students are pouring out of the school, gathering in their
groups, ad hoc gossiping about Chantal’s murder.
A White Panel Van pulls up to the school – marked HAVE COUCH
WILL TRAVEL COUNSELLING SERVICES.
Two TV media Vans pull up.
The NATIONAL MEDIA CREW pour out of their van and start
taking immediate pick up shots.
The LOCAL NEWS CREW amble out of the van, nods to a few
students.
Students wander over, hoping to get picked for interviews.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – MONDAY LATE AFTERNOON
The flag is at half-mast and surrounded by flowers, pom-poms,
stuffed toys and other memorial offerings appropriate to a
teen girl cheerleader.
Chase, Tom, Doug and Steve congregate near the flag pole.
CHASE
I can’t believe Chantal….
7.
DOUG
Do the police suspect you?
CHASE
Let me check, you guys are on my
side right? You’re my friends?
TOM
Hey, c’mon, of course you didn’t do
it. But….you guys were fighting
pretty loud.
CHASE
Chantal and I argued all the time.
I didn’t kill her, I…had feelings
for her.
STEVE
Don’t spaz, just talking, you saw
her last.
CHASE
No, I saw her second to last.
Tom, Doug and Steve back down.
STEVE
Hey, it’s just what they say on cop
shows.
Chantal’s cheerleader friends, GWEN (17), AJA (17) and TAWNEE
(17) slink over to the boys.
Gwen pairs up with Doug and Aja with Tom.
Steve moves to put his arm around Tawnee, but she stands
close to Chase.
Chase shifts uncomfortably.
Steve’s face hardens. He looks around the courtyard, but
there are no other cheerleader calibre girls to be seen.
On the front steps, Plain Jane talks with SULKY SUE (17, mild
Goth).
Steve stares at Chase, pointedly.
Chase looks at Tawnee.
CHASE
Hey, Tawnee, I think you’re making
Steve feel left out.
8.
TAWNEE
I’m just worried about you Chase, I
mean, I just got promoted to head
cheerleader and now you don’t have
a homecoming date.
CHASE
Some respect, Chantal was your
friend.
TAWNEE
Chase, Homecoming’s this Saturday,
how much time do you need?
Steve and Chase walk away in disgust.
Tom and Doug extract themselves from Gwen and Aja and run
after Steve and Chase.
Tawnee looks at Gwen and Aja.
TAWNEE (cont’d)
Being upset is no reason to not be
practical, we’re not going to stop
living. Am I right?
AJA
So, Steve’s free then?
Tawnee turns on her.
TAWNEE
As soon as Chase gets the stick out
of his ass.
GWEN
I don’t have to trade up if I don’t
want to, do I?
Tawnee gives Gwen a hard up and down look.
TAWNEE
No, Doug’s the kicker, that’s as
high in the team as you’d
realistically get.
Gwen takes this as a compliment.
Tawnee and Aja walk away.
Gwen gets it.
9.
GWEN
Hey…
Tawnee gives her a hard look over her shoulder.
Gwen caves.
GWEN
Wait for me.
Plain Jane and Sulky Sue (wearing iPod, fiddling with a
Blackberry) watch the adjusted Cheerleader Squad enter the
school.
SULKY SUE
They are too shallow to even
realize how shallow they are.
(chipper)
Hey, I got interviewed by three
different news programs, I can burn
all the clips to a DVD if you want.
PLAIN JANE
My computer doesn’t play DVDs.
SULKY SUE
You can watch the clips on my blog,
I’m an A-lister now that’s
something big’s finally happened in
this one horse town.
PLAIN JANE
So, you’re not riding out when it’s
your turn for the horse?
SULKY SUE
Depends on if things quiet down
before it’s my turn.
PLAIN JANE
If things don’t quiet down, I’d
think you’d want to get out. I
would.
SULKY SUE
If there’s one thing I know, it’s
that killers go after girls they
can never hope to get, Plain Jane.
Plain Jane bristles at the nickname.
10.
PLAIN JANE
Well, Sulky Sue, I think I am a
little above the dating league of
some creepy killer. I could do a
make over.
SULKY SUE
Pl…Jane, seriously, a make over
is not going to make you a
cheerleader, you need to go goth,
sexy ugly is always in.
PLAIN JANE
That only works if you’re making
sexy ugly, not the other way
around.
Sulky Sue checks her blackberry.
SULKY SUE
Hey, my blog just got it’s
millionth hit!
Sulky Sue wanders away, enamoured with her little toy.
PLAIN JANE
I gotta get something from my
locker, wait for me?
Plain Jane enters the school.
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY – DAY
Lockers, classroom doors, trash bins, drinking fountains and
posters for tickets for the Homecoming Football game on
Friday and the Homecoming Dance Saturday night.
STUDENTS move in clique packs through the halls, ignoring or
teasing each other.
A single rose is taped to a locker. Tawnee, Gwen and Aja
approach it.
TAWNEE
Do you think Chase put that there?
GWEN
I think he cared for Chantal, she
was more than a pair of great
boobs.
11.
AJA
We should probably clean it out,
give her personal stuff back to her
parents.
TAWNEE
The school will do that, but
there’s is some stuff we should get
out that she wouldn’t have wanted
her parents to know about.
Tawnee touches the locker almost reverently. She unlocks it.
The door swings open. There’s pictures of the cheerleading
squad, a big picture of Chase, the locker is neat and
decorated. Books are neatly stacked and a long coat hides the
bottom of the locker.
Tawnee pulls out a make up bag from the top shelf and opens
it. It’s full of condoms, lube, birth control pills. Tawnee
puts it in her bookbag.
Gwen takes the coat and puts it on.
GWEN
I always loved this coat.
AJA
What’s that big jar in the bottom?
The three step back.
It’s a glass gallon jar with two round pink breasts.
TAWNEE, AJA AND GWEN SCREAM.
Students gather, look, stare in shock, SCREAM.
Aja runs in a blind panic down the hallway.
Tawnee slams the locker shut.
TAWNEE
Gwen, go get a teacher.
Gwen is frozen in shock.
TAWNEE
GWEN!
Gwen looks at Tawnee, her face white and tears welling in her
eyes. She crosses her arms over her chest.
12.
TAWNEE
Get a teacher, now. Go.
Gwen nods and starts to move down the hall.
Tawnee slides to the floor, her back firmly pressed against
the locker.
Crying, she looks up at the crowd of students.
TAWNEE
Get to class you freaks! Peep
show’s over.
The students mill away.
Tawnee covers her face with her hands and just cries.
INT. SCHOOL FOYER – DAY
A blow up of Chantal hangs in the foyer, a memorial wreath
and a Book of Grieving for people to sign.
Plain Jane looks at the line of silent and solemn STUDENTS
far below Cheerleader social standing waiting to sign the
book.
JACQUELYN (17, Prom Committee Chair) flanked by TWO PRETTY
GIRLS enters the foyer.
JACQUELYN
Okay, we’re gonna need that taken
down, and I want streamers from
that corner to over here, and criss
crossed…
PRETTY BLONDE jumps the line of students and starts taking
down the Chantal display.
AD HOC PROTESTS
Hey, we didn’t sign yet.
What are you doing?
Who do you think you are?
Jacquelyn turns fiercely on the group.
JACQUELYN
I know this won’t mean much to you
people, but Homecoming is two weeks
away and we have a lot of
organizing to do.
13.
GREEN HAIR GEEK BOY
We want to sign the book.
JACQUELYN
You really think her parents want
to read “Glad you’re gone bitch”
that many times?
GASPS, AD HOC PROTESTS
Jacquelyn grabs the book.
JACQUELYN (cont’d)
This is those grief counsellors
trying to do a grief study, get
real. Chantal wouldn’t have given
any of you the time of day.
MR. TURNER (40’s, creepy ineffectual male who watches the
girl’s breasts constantly) enters.
MR. TURNER
What’s this disturbance?
Jacquelyn turns sweetness and light, and plumps out her chest
for good measure.
JACQUELYN
Mr. Turner, my committee and I are
just trying to respectfully take
down this display and start
decorating for Homecoming.
MR. TURNER
Very good, carry on Jacquelyn. To
class with the rest of you, to
class.
Students disperse.
Mr. Turner heads to the administration office.
Plain Jane follows him.
PLAIN JANE
Mr. Turner?
Turner stops and turns. He quickly scopes Plain Jane out and
then talks to her face.
MR. TURNER
Yes?
14.
PLAIN JANE
Is it true? Did they find..part..of
Chantal in her locker?
MR. TURNER
I don’t think I should talk to you
about this, there will be something
later. Go to class, Jane.
Plain Jane steps back.
PLAIN JANE
Okay, sorry for asking, Mr. Turner.
Just some kids were talking, and I
just couldn’t beleive it.
Mr. Turner scopes Plain Jane out again.
MR. TURNER
You don’t have anything to worry
about, it’s probably a one off and
the perp long since out of town.
PLAIN JANE
Gee, I feel so much better, Mr.
Turner. You tell me, how does a
drifter opportunistically kill a
girl and put her body parts in her
locker?
Plain Jane turns on her heel and walks away quickly.
Mr. Turner opens and closes his mouth.
Students look at him in some horror.
GOSSIPING STUDENTS
She’s right.
It has to be someone local.
Who knows her…
INT. PRINCIPAL TYLER’S OFFICE- CONTINUOUS
Principal Tyler eats more antacids.
MS. PHETT (30’s, classic elegance) stands near the bookcase.
Mr. Turner enters. He stops short when he sees Ms. Phett.
MR. TURNER
Miss Fit…
15.
MS. PHETT
That’s Miz Phett, Mister Turner.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Good of you to both attend, I won’t
keep you long, we all want to get
home. Please be seated.
They each take a seat, Ms. Phett more aggressively.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
With the retiring this year of Mr.
Rumple, and no budget to hire a
third science teacher, I will be
promoting Ms. Phett to the
department head position.
Mr. Turner stands.
MR. TURNER
I’ve been teaching here a lot
longer than….she has.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Mr. Turner, Jack, sit down. This is
not about seniority. Ms. Phett is
simply the better candidate.
Mr. Turner moves to the door.
MR. TURNER
I have a class, congratulations,
misfit.
MS. PHITT
Mr. Turner, before the next science
department meeting…
MR. TURNER
Yes?
MS. PHITT
Write out my name 100 times and
learn to pronounce it.
Mr. Turner storms out.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Ms. Phett, was that strictly
necessary?
16.
MS. PHITT
You and I agreed, he has to be the
one to quit, the union….
PRINCIPAL TYLER
I know, it’s just…
MS. PHETT
Yes?
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Something that police woman said,
about creepy ineffectual males…
Ms. Phett looks at the door with almost respect.
MS. PHETT
Point taken, I’ll try not to rattle
his cage too hard.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
You know what was found in Chantal
Godwin’s locker?
MS. PHETT
I understand from the student
rumour mill, that her breasts
where.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Yes, they were. The police told me
that the killer had also removed
another body part, but they didn’t
say what.
Ms. Phett and Principal Tyler look at the doorway.
MS. PHETT
You said something about creepy and
ineffectual males?
EXT. TOWN STREET @ JACQUELYN’S HOUSE – MONDAY EARLY EVENING
Jacquelyn breaks off from her Homecoming Committee Pretty
Girls and heads up the walkway to her house.
17.
JACQUELYN
(on cell phone)
Sure, Tawnee, no problem, yeah, I
can’t imagine having all those
losers signing a memorial book for
me either. Chantal must be
spinning.
Jacquelyn pauses to look up at the sky.
JACQUELYN
Tawn, are you okay? I mean,
seriously, I heard about
the…Sure, I understand.
Jaquelyn spies Chase lingering in the bushes.
JACQUELYN
Hey, uh, yeah, my Mom’s waving at
me, I gotta go, you take care of
yourself, stay home tomorrow, you
deserve it. Gotta go, bye.
Jacquelyn turns off the phone. She perks up and slinks over
to Chase.
JACQUELYN
Hiding in my bush, Chase?
Chase blushes and steps out of the bushes.
CHASE
Sorry, I didn’t mean, to um,
startle you, I just, didn’t want,
those media vans are still around
and I…
JACQUELYN
Wanted some privacy to talk to me?
CHASE
Yes, I did. Can we go inside?
Jacquelyn grabs Chase’s hand and practically drags him up the
stairs.
Plain Jane and Sulky Sue walk by.
A media van slowly cruises the street half a block down.
SULKY SUE
I guess Homcoming Committee Chair
is going for Homecoming Queen slut.
18.
PLAIN JANE
You mean slot, Homecoming Queen
slot.
SULKY SUE
No, I didn’t.
INT. JACQUELYN’S LIVINGROOM – CONTINUOUS
The room is pastel modern decor with one wall painted Hunter
Green as a feature wall. The furnishings are modular and
there are only a few blown glass ornaments. There is nothing
cosy or family comfortable in this room.
CHASE
I wanted to-
JACQUELYN
Take me upstairs?
Chase steps back toward the door.
CHASE
No, I wanted-
JACQUELYN
Take me to Homecoming?
CHASE
Thank you for taking down that
Chantal display, it was morbid, too
hard to look at.
Jacquelyn advances on Chase.
JACQUELYN
Chase, I’d do anything to make it
easier for you, I mean, you have to
concentrate on the big game Friday.
CHASE
Thanks, Jacquelyn, for
understanding.
JACQUELYN
I can be very understanding.
CHASE
I don’t understand.
19.
JACQUELYN
C’mon Chase, I’m throwing myself at
you, my parents aren’t due home for
like an hour.
Chase brightens up.
CHASE
Oh, sure, Jacquelyn, I’m flattered.
JACQUELYN
But you’re still too upset over
Chantal?
CHASE
Well, no, I mean, I am upset over
Chantal, but seriously, you’re hot
and I’d be stupid to turn you down.
I thought you were just teasing.
Jacquelyn grins big time and grabs Chase’s hand.
Through the front window on the street, Plain Jane tugs on
Sulky Sue’s arm.
EXT. TOWN STREET @ JACQUELYN’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS
PLAIN JANE
You were right.
The two girls continue walking.
The media van drives by them.
Sulky Sue waves. VAN REPORTER squints, recognizes Sulky Sue,
waves back and signals the driver to keep going.
SULKY SUE
I guess my fifteen minutes are
over. Unless someone else dies. I
hope Tawnee gets it too.
PLAIN JANE
Sue! That’s horrible, take it back.
SULKY SUE
What? It’s not like she’s a nice
person.
PLAIN JANE
Doesn’t mean you can say awful
things like that. It’s creepy.
20.
Sulky Sue looks down at her Goth clothes and then looks at
Plain Jane. Seriously?
EXT. TOWN STREET @ JACQUELYN’S HOUSE – MONDAY NIGHT
Jacquelyn takes the trash to the curb.
Glancing over her shoulder back at the house, and not seeing
anyone, she pulls out her cell phone.
JACQUELYN
Tawnee? You’re never going to
believe who I am going to
Homecoming with….Chase…he came
over to my house today and we did
it…yes, I called to rub your face
in it. I know I’m being a bitch,
but I’m too happy to care about
that right now.
Rustling in the bushes.
Jacquelyn looks coyly at the bushes.
JACQUELYN
I have to go, I think he came back
for more. And I am going to give it
to him.
Jacquelyn tucks her phone away and saunters over to the
bushes.
JACQUELYN
Chase?
A hand reaches out of the bushes and beacons Jacquelyn in.
She parts the branches and steps in. THUMP.
Jacquelyn falls just inside the bushes, an arm extending out
to the yard.
Her arm disappears into the brush.
EXT. CLEARING ON THE BLUFF – NIGHT
Jacquelyn is tied up and gagged, laying on her back near a
campfire. Ropes run from each wrist and ankle to stakes in
the ground and then to deeply bent over trees surrounding the
clearing.
21.
She has a lump on her forehead. She struggles against her
bonds, as she can’t see the trees for the forest.
An open suitcase of name brand cosmetics is on the other side
of the fire.
A closed and slightly larger matching suitcase lies beside
it.
FOOTSTEPS approach.
Jacquelyn strains her head to try to see if it’s her captor
or rescue.
A shadowy killer, wearing baggy jeans and a hoodie pullover
with the hood up and over the face prevents the identity
being revealed. Of course.
JACQUELYN
(gagged)
Pleathe, pleathe, hlet me gowww.
The killer opens the suitcase, full of blunt and sharp
weapons, a few dildos and bottles of lube.
Jacquelyn SCREAMS.
The killer strokes a very large double ended dildo.
The killer’s shadowed face turns to Jacquelyn.
JACQUELYN
Pleathe, I..anythwing, do
anythwing…
The killer puts the dildo down and picks up a penis gag. The
killer walks to Jacquelyn.
Jacquelyn cries and turns her head side to side, struggling
against the ropes.
The killer hesitates.
Jacquelyn’s struggles loosens her right arm stake.
The tree, no longer bound by the stake, straightens up -
jerking Jacquelyn’s arm right out of the socket – WET POPPING
SOUND OF JOINT RIPPING.
Jacquelyn SCREAMS. Her upper body is partly raised, her arm
pulled outward and out of it’s socket.
The killer shakes their head.
22.
Jacquelyn weeps.
The killer removes her cloth gag.
JACQUELYN
Please, please, let me go.
The killer forces the penis gag into her mouth, tying it
tightly at the back of her head.
Jacquelyn can’t talk anymore, but she’s too afraid to
struggle further. Her eyes plead with the killer.
The killer turns and calmly selects a heavy golf club.
The killer uses the club to knock the stake near her left leg
from the ground.
The rope tightens sharply as the tree straightens up, yanking
Jacquelyn viciously in a tug of war between the two
diagonally opposite trees.
Jacquelyn SCREAMS.
The killer pushes down on the penis gag, choking off her
cries.
The killer moves to her right leg stake – THWACK – MUFFLED
SCREAMS
A SICKENING WET CRUNCH of a leg joint popping out of it’s hip
socket.
Jacquelyn passes out from pain. Everything goes dark.
THWACK. SICKENING WET ARM POPPING CRUNCH
EXT. TOWN STREET @ JACQUELYN’S HOUSE – TUESDAY MORNING
Plain Jane and Sulky Sue walk by Jacquelyn’s house.
A police car is parked out front.
Chase pulls up, but pulls away quickly when he sees the
police car.
SULKY SUE
Hey, do you think Jacquelyn’s dead?
PLAIN JANE
Cops could be here for a lot of
reasons.
23.
SULKY SUE
Then why’d your boyfriend just race
out of here?
PLAIN JANE
Sulk, why would you say such a
thing?
SULKY SUE
Something to say. Hey, if enough of
these bimbos die off, you would be
the prettiest girl in school.
PLAIN JANE
That’s a horrible thought.
SULKY SUE
You don’t know me at all, do you?
Plain Jane looks hard at Sulky Sue, like Plain Jane is the
most alone person in the whole universe.
Sulky Sue is to self absorbed to get it.
PLAIN JANE
We know each other as much as
anyone can ever know someone else.
SULKY SUE
I’ll bet we could find out who the
killer is.
PLAIN JANE
How?
SULKY SUE
We skip school and act like it was
us – that would force the killer to
kill again, because people who do
this want to get caught – no sense
doing a crime and not getting the
credit for it.
PLAIN JANE
Not that if you can’t be famous, be
infamous theory again.
SULKY SUE
But it’s true, people want to be
famous, hey, if we crack the case,
my blog hits will go through the
roof.
24.
PLAIN JANE
Oh, well, as long as it;s for the
right reasons, sure, let’s get in
the middle of the police
investigation.
Sulky Sue sulks as they walk.
PLAIN JANE
Look, I didn’t mean to dump on your
idea.
SULKY SUE
Well, for not meaning to….
PLAIN JANE
Okay, I give. I know what we have
to do. We just follow the pretty
girls, see what they do, become
one, be the bait.
SULKY SUE
Jane Goodall didn’t get a species
change, we just need to observe.
Plain Jane sulks. Not as well as Sulky Sue, but the attempt
is solid.
SULKY SUE
Jane, isn’t the lesson of all those
hokey movies you watch to accept
and love yourself?
PLAIN JANE
Yes, but not usually until they’ve
had a kick at the can at how the
other half lives. You want me to do
this half-assed?
Sulky Sue glances at Plan Jane’s ass.
SULKY SUE
I see you don’t do anything by
halves.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – TUESDAY
Students arrive at the school, hook up with their fellow
cliques and walk solemnly passed the growing Chantal memorial
around the flagpole.
Police Car pulls up.
25.
Officers Todd (carrying file box) and Sangha get out.
Steve, Tom and Doug stand near the edge of the court yard.
Chase pops out of the bushes, and taps Steve.
Steve SHRIEKS. Chase ducks down.
CHASE
It’s Chase, stupid.
Everyone looks.
Steve waves.
STEVE
(sing songy)
I’m okay, saw a spider.
Students go about their business.
Steve turns and looks in the bushes.
STEVE
Why are you hiding?
CHASE
Jacquelyn’s dead.
DOUG
What? How do you know?
CHASE
Police car outside her house this
morning.
TOM
Maybe they got broken into.
CHASE
When’s the last time anyone got
broken into in this town?
STEVE
Maybe her mom called the cops on
her dad for hittin’ her or
something. How do you know?
Chase steps out of the bushes.
CHASE
Don’t be stupid, why else are those
cops here. Same ones as for
Chantal.
26.
Steve sizes Chase up.
STEVE
Yeah, I guess that makes sense.
TOM
Why were you going by her house
this morning?
CHASE
Because Jacquelyn and I hooked up
last night.
Steve looks relieved.
STEVE
So, you’re not interested in
Tawnee?
CHASE
C’mon Steve, I wouldn’t take your
girl. Chicks are chicks, but we’re
friends.
DOUG
If hot chicks keep getting killed,
there won’t be any for any of us.
TOM
Yeah Chase, leave some for us.
A chill falls over the group.
CHASE
I don’t wanna be a monk, but I’m
starting to get a complex.
DOUG
Maybe there’s some chick who’s
obsessed with you and will just
keep bumping off girls until you
date her.
CHASE
That’s just great, Doug, thanks.
STEVE
Well, don’t look at me, I have
standards.
TOM & DOUG
EEEEeeeeewwww, don’t even joke.
27.
They glance around at the mix of hot girls and plain ones
heading into the school.
TOM
Some of the plain ones would
probably be hot with a makeover.
CHASE
It takes more than make up to make
someone hot. We have to figure out
who’s doing this and stop them if
we’re gonna have any hot chicks
left in town.
Steve whips out his cell phone and taps a few buttons.
STEVE
You’ll all chip in for the
websurfing fees, right?
They all nod solemnly.
Steve continues to tap. He scans quickly.
INT. SCHOOL COMPUTER LAB – DAY
Tawnee, Gwen and Aja are standing behind a BESOTTED COMPUTER
GEEK sitting at a computer.
Besotted Computer Geek casually stretches up his hand in
front of, but not touching, Tawnee’s breast and grins
broadly.
GWEN
You seem to really enjoy
stretching, tell us what it says.
BESOTTED COMPUTER GEEK
Usually males who are socially
isolated.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – CONTINUOUS
Chase, Tom and Doug huddle around Steve.
STEVE
They are frequently bullied, but
believe that those in authority
refuse to help them or that the
authority hierarchy form part of
the bullying culture.
28.
EXT. GIRLS WASHROOM – CONTINUOUS
Sulky Sue reads from her blackberry to Plain Jane.
SULKY SUE
They believe there is a conspiracy
to prevent them from succeeding or
getting promoted.
INT. SCHOOL COMPUTER LAB – CONTINUOUS
Tawnee, Gwen and Aja exchange looks and then look down at the
Besotted Computer Geek.
BESOTTED COMPUTER GEEK
The decision is never a snap one,
it is always a long time in
planning, holding grudges,
gathering weapons. Unless the
pattern is broken, the only
decision is “today.”
GWEN
Um, correct me if I’m wrong, but
you know a lot about internet.
BESOTTED COMPUTER GEEK
Yes.
GWEN
So, we’re looking up serial killer
profiles, not going postal people.
Tawnee looks in disgust at Besotted Computer Geek, and does
up a couple of blouse buttons.
The three girls stalk out of the computer lab.
Besotted Computer Geek looks down, ashamed.
MEDIA COMPUTER GEEK bounces in.
MEDIA COMPUTER GEEK
Here, download the pictures and
we’ll photoshop boobs on Tawnee and
post them.
Besotted Computer Geek takes card out of the camera and puts
it in the computer.
29.
BESOTTED COMPUTER GEEK
Cool.
On screen is a picture of the Besotted Computer Geek
stretching up and from the angle, looking like he’s touching
Tawnee’s breast with Gwen and Aja flanking her.
BESOTTED COMPUTER GEEK
Let’s add boobs to them too.
MEDIA COMPUTER GEEK
That’s not remotely realistic.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – CONTINUOUS
Steve puts away the phone.
Tom, Doug and Chase nod sagely.
CHASE
So, who around here fits that
description?
TOM
I dunno, hey, we better get to
biology class.
They head into the school.
INT. BIOLOGY CLASS – CONTINUOUS
The biology lab is partly cluttered and part way tidy. A new
skeleton hangs in the corner.
Mr. Turner is erasing the reproductive cycle of blood flukes
on the board.
Plain Jane and Sulky Sue sit at the front of the class.
They look from Mr. Turner to each other. Plain Jane narrows
her eyes. Sulky Sue scowls and nods.
Chase and Tom enter the room.
Plain Jane turns in her seat and looks lustfully at Chase.
Chase looks at Mr. Turner, a flash of shock on his face, and
then he scowls. He looks at Tom and nudges him.
Tom looks at Plain Jane and LAUGHS. He nudges Chase and
points.
30.
Chase focuses on Plain Jane. He gives Tom an “I’m so sure”
look, and smacks Tom.
Plain Jane turns around, mortified, in her seat.
INT. PHYSICS CLASS – CONTINUOUS
Tawnee and Gwen watch Ms. Phett diagram a planetary gravity
well on the board.
Gwen passes Tawnee a note.
Tawnee opens it.
INSERT NOTE
There is a cartoon drawing of Mr. Turner with steam coming
out of his ears with the words “He must have been pissed to
be passed over, AGAIN.”
BACK TO SCENE
Tawnee nods and looks at Gwen.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – LATE AFTERNOON
Officers Todd and Sangha watch students leaving the school.
Many STUDENTS pause at the flagpole, where a growing mound of
memorial items rest at the base. Flowers, pom poms, stuffed
toys.
Some students add cards or notes.
STUDENTS SCREAM and back away from the memorial. OTHER
STUDENTS run over for a look.
Several students throw up or very nearly do.
Officers Todd and Sangha run to the memorial.
In the flowers, a fresh bunch of Dahlias is clutched in a
human hand – Jacquelyn’s hand and arm lay among the memorial
items.
OFFICER TODD
(into radio)
We’re going to need back up at the
high school. We’ve found another
body part.
31.
Chase, Tom, Steve and Doug stroll by, heading to Chase’s car.
Officer Todd steps forward.
OFFICER TODD
Chase Morton?
Chase stops.
CHASE
Yes?
Officer Todd motions to the car.
Chase looks ready to bolt, but Steve puts his hand on him.
OFFICER SANGHA
We just want to talk for a few
minutes.
Officer Sangha opens the backdoor.
CHASE
I have football practise.
Officer Todd gives him a hard look.
OFFICER TODD
We don’t need you for long. Officer
Sangha, secure this crime scene.
I’ll go chat with Mr. Morton.
Chase and Officer Todd head to the police car.
INT. POLICE CAR – CONTINUOUS
Officer Todd and Chase get into the car.
CHASE
This going to take long, I have
practise, remember? Homecoming game
this Friday.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – CONTINUOUS
Tom, Doug and Steve watch.
STEVE
He was the last to see both girls.
The three boys exchange wary looks.
32.
Mr. Turner strolls by them to the parking lot. His shabby
briefcase barely closed with all the papers crammed in it.
INT. POLICE CAR – CONTINUOUS
Officer Todd hands Chase crime scene photos of Chantal and
Jacquelyn.
Chase glaces at the first two and then puts them face down on
the seat.
OFFICER TODD
Don’t like pictures?
CHASE
What kind of person would I be if I
did?
OFFICER TODD
Probably under arrest.
CHASE
I knew those girls.
OFFICER TODD
I’d like to know how well you knew
them.
CHASE
Chantal was my girlfriend for the
last year. Jacquelyn, well, we all
knew each other since elementary
school.
OFFICER TODD
Did you have sex with Jacquelyn?
CHASE
What kind of question is that?
OFFICER TODD
A very pointed one, so I want you
to think about your answer very
carefully.
Chase looks anywhere but at Officer Todd.
OFFICER TODD
Chase, you’re the big guy on a very
small campus in a very small town,
and that makes you a very small
fish in the big world.
33.
CHASE
What’s that supposed to mean?
OFFICER TODD
It means you’re not in the NFL with
a battery of high priced lawyers to
cover your kinky ass. I expect to
have some lab results that will
give you a very different life path
than the one you are planning on.
CHASE
Aren’t you supposed to have my
parents here?
OFFICER TODD
You’re not charged, we’re just
talking.
CHASE
So, you won’t stop me from leaving?
Officer Todd gets out and opens the door.
OFFICER TODD
You are free to leave and become my
number one suspect at any time.
Chase looks at the murder photos – both with heavy make up -
Chantal with a bashed in head and Jacquelyn with her limbs
stacked neatly beside her.
Chase gets severely queasy.
Officer Todd looks almost sorry for him.
CHASE
I had sex with Jacquelyn that
night, it was early, right after
school, in her bedroom. I left by
4:30 pm.
OFFICER TODD
Just days after Chantal was killed?
CHASE
I’m sad about Chantal, that’s got
nothing to do with Jacquelyn.
Chase accidently touches the Jacquelyn photo. He looks down
at the photo, and then up at Officer Todd.
DISTRESSED STOMACH GURGLE
34.
Chase flings himself out of the police car, falls to his
hands and knees and power pukes.
Officer Todd calmly gathers up the photos, no distress at all
at seeing them, and puts them in the files. She glances at
Chase, grossed out.
OFFICER TODD
We’re finished here. For now.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – PLAYING FIELD – TUESDAY NIGHT
Chase sits on the bench in a dirty football uniform as the
LAST PLAYERS are heading the showers.
Aja spies Chase and runs to greet him.
CHASE
Aren’t you worried to be seen with
me?
AJA
No, why?
CHASE
I don’t seem to be much of a good
luck charm for girls, lately.
Aja touches Chase’s arm.
AJA
Chase, I know you’d never hurt me,
or anyone. At least, off the
football field.
Chase looks vulnerable and scared.
Aja softens and runs her hand through his hair.
He melts a bit against her touch.
AJA
You know, you don’t have to go
through this alone.
CHASE
I really appreciate that, Aja, but
I can’t risk putting you in danger.
I’m getting a bit of a complex as
it is. The guys think it’s a crazy
jealous girl.
35.
Aja looks around the empty field.
AJA
There’s no one here to see
anything.
Aja steps forward and kisses Chase.
He pulls away from her.
CHASE
I have to go find the guys.
AJA
Did you know no girls came to
audition for cheerleading? Not that
there’d be time to get them up to
speed for the game Friday.
CHASE
I don’t know that that’s surprising
right now.
AJA
The homecoming committee hasn’t
been able to replace Jacquelyn,
either.
Aja moves close to Chase then moves coyly away again.
AJA
I was thinking of joining it and
was sorta hoping you and some of
the football guys would too, it’s
for you guys in a way, you should
have some say in it.
CHASE
We’ve got too much with the game to
think about decorations. There must
be some guys in drama club who’d be
great on the committee.
Chase looks around.
Aja is disappointed.
CHASE
Look, Aja, I really-
AJA
I heard that the police talked to
you.
36.
CHASE
They showed me crime photos.
Aja gets a clue.
AJA
Bad?
Chase just nods.
Aja gets a chill.
CHASE
You should probably get home, I
don’t think it’s safe….
Aja gets coy again.
AJA
Maybe I could wait and you could
take me home?
CHASE
Sure, I guess I shouldn’t send you
home alone. I just have to shower
first.
Chase heads in side.
Aja watches his butt as he walks away.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – WEDNESDAY MORNING
Boys and dowdy girls approach the school from buses or parent
cars – no students are driving themselves anymore or walking
to school.
Chantal and Jacquelyn’s yearbook photos hang from the
flagpole, which is surrounded by more memorial items and
flowers.
There’s a big sign on the front doors: ALL STUDENTS Report to
the Gym.
Chase, Tom, Steve and Doug meet near the double memorial by
the flagpole.
Tawnee, Gwen and Aja, barely recognizable, join them.
They all hesitate to stand to near the pole, there is still
some remains of police tape.
37.
TAWNEE
How did the killer get Jacquelyn’s
arm in there without anyone seeing?
CHASE
Middle of the night, it’s not like
this area’s closed off.
Everyone looks at Chase like he’s thought that out a little
too well.
CHASE
Oh, c’mon all ready. Would I tell
you how I did it if I was the
killer?
STEVE
You’re not the killer, it’s just
creepy.
CHASE
Change the subject.
Chase looks at the girls. Steve, Tom and Doug look at the
girls.
Tawnee, Gwen and Aja squirm a bit, feeling exposed and plain.
CHASE
Wow, starting to understand false
advertising laws.
TAWNEE
Like you’d advertise being a
quarterback if football players
were being targetted.
GWEN
Yeah, Homecoming’s gonna be great
in my brother’s hand me downs.
AJA
My mom’s threatening to not let me
even go. Like there’s even a reason
to go if I can’t be pretty in my
Homecoming dress.
Tom nudges Aja.
TOM
Of course there’s still a reason. I
don’t care what you wear.
38.
STEVE
As long as it’s easy to remove, hey
Tom.
AJA
As if.
Chase, Steve and Doug all stare at Tom.
Tom looks anywhere but his friends.
Plain Jane walks by and smiles at Chase.
Chase notices that she looks prettier than some of the girls
around the courtyard. His eyes narrow and then he shakes his
head.
Plain Jane meets up with Sulky Sue near the doors.
PLAIN JANE
Did you see the cheerleaders? Woof.
Sulky Sue LAUGHS.
PLAIN JANE
I never imagined getting to feel
prettier than a cheerleader! I
didn;t even do anything different
or special this morning.
Plain Jane grabs Sulky Sue in a hug.
DOWDY PRETTY GIRL
Lesbos! Lesbians in the courtyard!
Lesbo alert!
Plain Jane and Sulky Sue let go like boiling oil was poured
on them.
All the boys strain to see and when they do, they are
disappointed.
PLAIN JANE
Why does nothing that feels good
ever get to last?
SULKY SUE
Even fleeting moments of joy are
more than most people experience.
PLAIN JANE
Don’t get started on Africa again.
39.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL GYM – MORNING
A subdued student body – boys far outnumber the girls – and
teaching staff assembles.
On stage, Principal Tyler, Ms. Phett, Mr Turner and SIX
TEACHERS stand awkwardly.
Tawnee, Aja and Gwen sit in front of Chase, Tom, Doug and
Steve.
Plain Jane and Sulky Sue sit a few bleacher seats up.
Principal Tyler looks out at the high number of empty chairs.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Thank you to all those still
attending school.
Officers Todd and Sangha enter.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
I want to assure each of you that
the school will do everything to
ensure your safety. We will be
starting mandatory self defence
classes for all female students.
GIRLS CHEER, BOYS MIXED REACTION
Principal Tyler raises his hands.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Budget permitting, the classes may
be open to male students once all
the girls have gone through the
course. The reality is that boys
have not been targets of this sick
individual.
Officer Todd, are you here?
OFFICER TODD
Yes, Principal Tyler.
He waves her up. Officer Todd gets up on the stage.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Officer Todd will answer what
questions she can about the ongoing
investigation, please, keep your
inquiries tasteful and on point.
40.
Principal Tyler yeilds the floor mic to Officer Todd.
OFFICER TODD
Since this in an on-going
investigation, there is not a lot I
can tell you.
BOOING
Officer Sangha stands next to
Officer Todd.
Officer Todd raises her hands, the students quiet down.
OFFICER TODD
I will say that both murders
were…different from each other,
but there was one similarity which
makes us think that they are
connected. Before rumours and
speculation occur, each girl’s face
was done in a rather garish make up
style that was not consistent with
their normal appearance.
DOWDY REDHEAD GIRL
Do you have any leads?
OFFICER TODD
We are following up on several
tips.
TOMBOY BLONDE
How can we protect ourselves?
OFFICER TODD
First, don’t go out at night.
GROANS, PROTESTS
OFFICER TODD
If you do go out, stay in a group
and within town limits.
TAWNEE
But Jacquelyn was taken from her
yard. I was on the phone with her,
just before.
GASPS.
Tawnee turns and looks hard at Chase.
41.
Everyone stares at Chase.
Officer Todd follows Tawnee’s head snap, smiles grimly.
CHASE
What? I was at home, ask my Mom.
GWEN
And you the last one with Chantal.
CHASE
She left, everyone up there saw her
leave alone.
TAWNEE
And what were you doing at lover’s
lane by yourself?
MEAN LAUGHTER
Chase looks shocked and hurt. He
stands.
CHASE
I lost my girlfriend, I’m a victim,
you golddigging whore.
Chase storms out.
Doug and Tom get up and follow Chase.
Steve hesitates, looks sadly at Tawnee, then turns and
follows Chase
Officer Sangha slips out after Chase.
OFFICER TODD
What’s your name, young lady?
TAWNEE
Tawnee Michals
OFFICER TODD
And you haven’t come forward?
TAWNEE
I figured you would have her cell
phone records and if you wanted to
talk to me, you would have done it
already. Like the tv cops.
Officer Todd steps away from the mic and rubs her temples.
42.
OFFICER TODD
(sotto voce)
TV generation.
She moves back to the mic.
OFFICER TODD
If anyone had any contact with
either victim in the last 24 hours
before they were killed, or if you
have any information that can help
at all, please come forward after
assembly to me or Officer Sangha -
or call the police station tip
line. The best way you can help
yourself and your classmates is to
come forward and share any
information you have so we can stop
this killer before they strike
again.
Principle Tyler moves to the mic. Officer Todd steps back.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Miss Michals, please come up here.
One last thing, we were considering cancelling the Homecoming
dance.
PROTEST HOWLS
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Please, calm down – we are not
cancelling, please. We have hired a
security firm to patrol the grounds
and parking lot – any students may
request escourt from the school to
their cars at the dance, now,
please, go to class.
Principal Tyler dry swallows a handful of tablets.
Officer Todd gives him a sympathetic look. Principal Tyler
smiles weakly.
TAWNEE
You wanted to talk to me?
OFFICER TODD
Yes, tell me about your cell phone
call.
43.
TAWNEE
Jacquelyn phoned me to brag that
she’d had sex with Chase.
OFFICER TODD
To make you jealous?
TAWNEE
I’m dating Steve. So, no, just to
brag.
OFFICER TODD
And she told you what?
TAWNEE
That Chase had come back for
seconds. And then she hung up on
me.
OFFICER TODD
Who else have you told?
TAWNEE
No one.
OFFICER TODD
Did you call the tip line?
TAWNEE
No.
OFFICER TODD
Someone did.
Officer Todd scans the students leaving the gym.
TAWNEE
Hey, can I get into witness
protection after Homecoming?
Officer Todd looks at her incredulous.
INT. GIRL’S BATHROOM/CHANGEROOM – DAY
Tawnee, Gwen and Aja primp in front of the mirrors in the
change room area.
TAWNEE
Ooo, make up feels so good.
GWEN
At least we can look good in class.
44.
AJA
So, what’s the plan for tonight?
In the bathroom area, Plain Jane and Sulky Sue listen in.
TAWNEE
We follow Mr. Turner, see who he
targets next, duh.
GWEN
There’s not more?
TAWNEE
We could dress up as guys.
AJA
Maybe we could go pretty and see if
he tries to grab one of us. We’d
have him for sure then.
GWEN
I don’t want to be the bait.
They look at each other.
TAWNEE
Fine, I’ll be the bait. The things
I do.
In the bathroom area, Plain Jane and Sulky Sue sneak out.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY OUTSIDE OF BATHROOM -CONTINUOUS
PLAIN JANE
So, we follow them?
SULKY SUE
We could dress up as guys.
Plain Jane laughs.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL PLAYING FIELD – AFTERNOON
Chase, Steve, Tom and Doug throw footballs in pairs, away
from the rest of the practising football team.
Chase misses an easy catch.
STEVE
Chase, dude.
Chase picks up the ball.
45.
CHASE
Fucking Tawnee. What’s so great
about cheerleaders anyway?
The three guys stare at him.
TOM
They’re hot.
CHASE
I want more than hot, I want a girl
I can talk to. Who won’t play mind
games.
STEVE
All hot chicks play mind games.
CHASE
Maybe I’m done with hot chicks
then.
STEVE
How hard did I hit you with the
football?
CHASE
Not that hard. Anyway, Turner. I
say we follow him tonight.
DOUG
We’re not going to dress up like
girls are we?
CHASE
Did you get hit with a ball when no one was looking?
EXT. TOWN STREET – MR TURNER’S HOUSE – NIGHT
A neat and tidy near suburban street – with clean houses with
neatly mowed lawns, maintained flower beds and a few farm or
Christmas themed lawn ornaments.
Mr. Turner’s house is mildly weatherbeaten and has a gravel
front lawn dotted with weeds. There is a cross shaped grave
marker near the front corner which reads “The last dog to
poop on my yard.”
Mr. Turner gets out of his beat up older model 2 door car.
He moves to the passenger side and opens the door.
46.
Trash drifts onto the curb from the overflowing back seat
(food wrappers, books with torn off covers, jackets).
He pulls his cramed shut breifcase from the passenger seat
and a bag from a fast food joint.
Looking up and down the street and seeing no one, Turner
kicks the trash under his car and SLAMS the door shut.
He clicks the key fob to set the car alarm. BEEP-BEEP.
He stomps into the house.
From the neighbour’s bushes, Tawnee, Aja and Gwen appear.
Tawnee waves Aja and Gwen to go around the sides of the
house.
Aja takes the farther side and slinks around the house. Gwen
heads down the closer side.
Across the street, Plain Jane and Sulky Sue watch from a tree
branch.
PLAIN JANE
I want to take a closer look.
SULKY SUE
I’ll stay here.
Plain Jane shimmies down the tree.
At the end of the block, Chase, Steve, Doug and Tom eat take
out food in Chase’s car.
INT. CHASE’S CAR – NIGHT
CHASE
I don’t think this is a good idea.
STEVE
Why not?
CHASE
Because I don’t think I should be
slinking around town when the
police are handling this. They’ve
already questioned me.
DOUG
So you want to sit at home to have
your Mom as an alibi?
47.
TOM
Yeah, we’re with you.
CHASE
Do they let accomplises share jail
cells?
STEVE
What?
CHASE
If the cops decide I’m the one,
don’t you think they’d just frame
you guys too?
TOM
Maybe they’d think we lied to
protect you.
STEVE
Chase, you didn’t kill Chantal or
Jacquelyn.
CHASE
Do you think that matters? The
police have to get someone and
soon, the town’s freaking out and
they don’t care who pays as long as
someone does.
STEVE
Calm down, you’re freaking me out.
CHASE
You don’t think Rampaging Teenage
Boys kill Two girls is a likley
headline?
TOM
You thought this was a good idea
earlier.
CHASE
Changed my mind, I want to stay far
away from anything that’s outside
of my normal routine. Anything I
can’t explain to the police
reasonably….
STEVE
Chantal and Jaquelyn are dead,
doesn’t that mean anything to you?
48.
CHASE
Of course it does, but me going to
jail isn’t going to bring them
back. Me being the focus of the
police means they are not looking
for the real killer. Get out of my
car, I’m going home.
Doug and Tom slip out.
Steve looks shocked at Chase.
CHASE
You go play cowboy cop.
STEVE
I woulda thought you’da cared more.
Chase fights tears.
Steve gets out of the car.
Chase REVS the engine and drives away.
Steve, Tom and Doug watch his tailights disappear.
A figure darts to Turner’s yard as Chase drives by.
TOM
Did you see that?
DOUG
Let’s go. To bad Chase is missing
out.
Tom, Doug and Steve sprint to Turner’s house.
EXT. TURNER’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Tom heads down the same side as Aja did.
Doug down the far side after Gwen.
Steve lingers in the front yard, looking to see if any
neighbours are watching.
EXT. TREE ACROSS THE STREET FROM TURNER – CONTINUOUS
Sulky Sue shifts to type in her blackberry.
SULKY SUE
A million hits, cool. Hey,
comments….
49.
Sulky Sue is engrossed in her blackberry.
EXT. SIDE OF TURNER’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS
Trees overhang from the neighbour’s yard. The fence is in
poor condition.
The gravel continues, but there is a concrete walkway that
allows Aja to silently creep to the window.
Aja peers into the window.
INT. TURNER’S LIVINGROOM – CONTINOUS
The house is squalid – stacks of newspaper, laundry, piles
and piles of books, dirty dishes. There is so much stuff that
Turner has trails leading from room to room.
Turner is throwing darts at a dartboard that Ms. Phett’s
yearbook photo has been stuck to.
THWACK – dart to the left eye.
Turner alternates between biting his hamburger, throwing
darts and muttering.
EXT. SIDE OF TURNER’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS
Aja takes off her sweater and folds it on the ground so she
can kneel at the window.
Tom sneaks up behind her.
TOM
(stage whisper)
It’s Tom, don’t scream.
Aja startles, but doesn’t make a sound. She turns and grins
at him.
AJA
(stage whisper)
What are you doing here?
TOM
(stage whisper)
I could ask you the same.
AJA
(stage whisper)
You think it’s Turner too?
50.
TOM
(stage whisper)
He fits.
Aja points inside.
TOM
(stage whisper)
Is that Ms. Phett’s picture?
Aja grabs Tom’s arm, her mouth opening and closing.
TOM
What?
THWACK – a 2 by 4 smacks Tom in the head. He drops like a
rock.
The Hoodie wearing Killer holding the bloodied 2 by 4 and
moves to Aja.
AJA SCREAMS.
Aja tries to scramble backwards.
THWACK the 2 by 4 comes down on her head. She collapses.
INT. TURNER LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS
Turner swallows his burger bite.
TURNER
Damn kids.
He pushes his way through debris and turns on his radio.
Classical music muffles any more sounds..
EXT. OTHER SIDE OF TURNER HOUSE – CONTINUOUS
Gwen and Doug are facing off.
GWEN
Did you hear a scream?
DOUG
A TV?
GWEN
Aja’s on the other side.
Gwen and Doug run to the front of the house.
51.
EXT. TOWN STREET @ TURNER HOUSE – CONTINUOUS
Sulky Sue has shimmied down from the tree.
SULKY SUE
Jane?
GWEN
Have you seen Aja or Tawnee?
SULKY SUE
Have you seen Jane?
DOUG
We better check the side.
They head to the side of Turner’s house.
Front DOOR SLAMS OPEN.
Turner fills the doorway.
MR. TURNER
What are you doing at my house?
DOUG
We don’t have time to explain, the
girls are in trouble.
MR. TURNER
What girls?
GWEN
Tawnee and Aja
SULKY SUE
And Jane.
MR. TURNER
Why are these girls in trouble at
my house exactly?
SULKY SUE
We’re playing a game someone just
scream from down there.
Mr. Turner looks hard at them and then heads to the side of
the house where Aja and Tom had gone.
Mr. Turner sees Tom lying crumpled.
MR. TURNER
Oh dear lord, call an ambulance!
52.
Doug and Gwen run forward.
DOUG
Tom!
Doug and Gwen run to Tom.
GWEN
Where’s Aja?
DOUG
Don’t move him, head injury!
Sulky Sue runs into Mr. Turner’s house.
Mr. Turner runs into his house.
INT. TURNER LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS
Sulky Sue takes in the squalor.
MR. TURNER
Phone’s over here.
Mr. Turner weaves through the piles of stuff and grabs the
phone.
EXT. SIDE OF TURNER’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS
Doug holds Tom’s arm.
DOUG
I don’t think he’s breathing.
Gwen touches Tom’s hand.
GWEN
I’ve never seen anyone….
Crying, Doug looks up at her.
GWEN
There must be something we can do…
Mr. Turner returns.
MR. TURNER
Police and ambulance are on the
way. Grab that sweater and slip it
under his head.
53.
DOUG
I don’t think he’s breathing, do
you know CPR?
MR. TURNER
No, I’m sorry, Doug, I don’t.
GWEN
That’s Aja’s sweater.
MR. TURNER
Aja? What’s going on here?
GWEN
Where’s Aja is a more important
question.
SULKY SUE
And Tawnee and Jane.
MR. TURNER
Three girls missing? At my house.
Perfect, just friggin perfect.
DOUG
No disrespect, Mr. Turner, but
aren’t the girls in a whole lot
worse trouble than you?
Mr. Turner catches himself.
MR. TURNER
Certainly, Douglas, I just hope
they’re okay, perhaps they’re
playing a trick on you and they’ve
already gone home?
GWEN
They killed Tom and went home? Are
you serious?
MR. TURNER
Oh, right, the boy. No, then, I
don’t suppose it is a trick.
SIRENS. The ambulance and police car pull up.
Porch lights up and down the street come on. NEIGHBOURS come
out on their porches to look.
54.
EXT. FREEWAY OVERPASS – NIGHT
The killer’s beat up car is parked on the overpass. A rope
end is trapped in the closed passenger side door. The rope
travels from the car to Aja, laying bound against the
overpass railing.
Aja’s bare feet are duct taped together and her hands are
duct taped behind her back. Several layers of duct tape cover
her mouth.
Her face is already made up in lurid clashing make up
colours.
The baggily dressed killer puts a noose around Aja’s throat,
running the rope down and around her wrists as well.
Aja struggles, her SCREAMS MUFFLED by the tape.
The killer gets a machete from the trunk.
Aja tries to wriggle, but doesn’t manage to crawl very far.
Grasping a lot of Aja’s hair, the killer uses the machete to
cut a 50 cent piece sized scalp.
Bloods seeps everywhere.
Aja CRIES.
The killer puts the scalp in a grocery plastic bag.
Positioning themselves at Aja’s feet, the killer brings the
machete down again, severing her big toe.
Aja SCREAMS.
Picking up the toe and draining it slightly, the killer then
puts the toe in the bag.
The baggie and machete go into the trunk. TRUNK SLAMS SHUT.
The killer looks over the railing.
Semi-Trucks approach the overpass on the freeway below.
The killer bodily hoists Aja up, forcing Aja to see the
approaching trucks.
Aja struggles, but cannot break free.
The killer strikes her in the throat.
55.
Aja chokes a little.
With a mighty heave, the killer pushes Aja against the waist
high railing.
Aja, unable to stop herself, topples over the railing head
first.
Her body is jerked to a stop by the noose, her arms ripped
backwards out of their sockets.
Her body dangles only for a moment before the semi-truck,
unable to stop, smacks into her.
The truck SQUEALS to a stop, nearly going off the road.
The killer rushes to the car on the overpass and drives away.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – THURSDAY MORNING
Principle Tyler and Ms. Phett watch as very few students get
off the bus and shuffle pass the flag pole and it’s sad
memorial.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
If any more parent decide to home
study, we’re going to have to turn
this place into a senior’s centre.
The police car pulls up. Officers Todd and Sangha get out.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Just once I’d like to see a police
officer besides Sara Todd.
Ms. Phett looks Officer Todd over. She likes what she sees.
MS. PHETT
Oh, I don’t know….
PRINCIPAL TYLER
I miss the days when you could go a
whole school year and never see a
police officer.
Plain Jane walks alone behind Officer Todd and Sangha.
Officer Todd gives a curt smile to Mz. Phett.
56.
OFFICER TODD
Principal Tyler, I’m sorry to have
to see you again. There’s three
girls reported missing last night.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Three?
OFFICER TODD
Aja Freisen, Tawnee Brown and Jane
McCormick.
Plain Jane stops cold.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Officer Todd, there’s been some
mistake, Miss McCormick is right
behind you.
Officer Todd turns around quickly.
OFFICER TODD
Miss McCormick?
PLAIN JANE
Yes, Ma’am. I’m Jane McCormick.
OFFICER TODD
Your friend, Sue Gravely reported
you missing near Mr. Turner’s
house.
MS. PHETT
Mr. Turner’s? What were you doing
there?
OFFICER TODD
Perhaps we better go to the admin
office?
INT. PRINCIPAL TYLER’S OFFICE- CONTINUOUS
Plain Jane sits in a guest chair.
Principal Tyler and Ms. Phett are behind the desk.
Officers Todd and Sangha stand near Plain Jane.
57.
OFFICER TODD
Your friend Sue told us that you
and she were out and you vanished
on her near Mr. Turner’s house.
PLAIN JANE
I didn’t vanish, I went home.
OFFICER TODD
Without telling her?
PLAIN JANE
I got scared, I heard people coming
and I ran, I didn’t have time to
check in with Sulky Sue. I went by
her house this morning, she’d
already left.
OFFICER TODD
We’ll come back to that, why were
you at Mr. Turner’s house?
Ms. Phett’s ears perk up.
MS. PHETT
He hadn’t invited you, had he?
PLAIN JANE
No, we were, we were following the
cheerleaders.
OFFICER TODD
Why?
PLAIN JANE
They’re who the killer wants, we
thought we could catch the killer.
OFFICER SANGHA
But why Mr. Turner? You think he’s
the killer.
PLAIN JANE
I guess the cheerleaders do.
MS. PHETT
He fits your creepy ineffectual
male profile.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Ms. Phett!
58.
MS. PHETT
Can you honestly say he doesn’t?
Lives in his mother’s house, never
married, pass over for promotion,
he has a hard time with women in
authority roles. It’s rubber stamp
classic.
OFFICER TODD
Perhaps we could keep the focus on
the young lady.
OFFICER SANGHA
Jane, why would you try to catch
the killer? Why not just bring any
information you have to the police?
PLAIN JANE
I thought, I thought if I could
catch the killer, I’d be popular.
Officer Todd rolls her eyes.
OFFICER TODD
So, you don’t know why the
cheerleaders were at Mr. Turner’s
house.
PLAIN JANE
The creepy ineffectual male thing.
He seemed the obvious suspect.
OFFICER TODD
So, what happened that scared you?
PLAIN JANE
We saw Tawnee, Gwen and Aja go
around the house and I climbed down
from the tree and followed them. I
hear someone following me, so I
ran.
OFFICER TODD
Well, it might have saved your
life.
PLAIN JANE
Why? What happened?
OFFICER SANGHA
A young man, Tom Duncan was killed
at the scene. Tawnee is missing.
59.
(MORE)
Aja was found by a trucker on the
freeway.
PLAIN JANE
She’s okay then?
OFFICER TODD
No, she was thrown from the
overpass onto the freeway in front
of the trucker.
Principal Tyler gets into his drawer for the antacids.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Oh my.
SEVERAL SCREAMS FROM DOWN THE HALL.
Everyone runs out of the office to the foyer.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL FOYER – CONTINUOUS
STUDENTS gather around the trophy case.
Hanging from the big trophy is Aja’s scalp.
OFFICER TODD
Everyone get back – don’t touch
anything.
The students take a collective step back, leaving Chase
standing closest.
Chase stares that the hair. He starts to cry.
Steve and Doug grab Chase and drag him away before too many
people see.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Perhaps we should cancel the dance,
no one’s going to let their
children out anymore.
VARIOUS STUDENTS
No, please don’t.
I’m not coming, who cares?
Dance’s aren’t worth dying for.
But it’s Homecoming….
What about the football game?
You can’t cancel football!
But cancelling the dance is okay?
60.
OFFICER SANGHA (cont’d)
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Silence! Everyone to the gym.
Please, go now. Ms. Phett, please
go announce everyone to the gym.
Ms. Phett heads back down the hall.
Mr. Turner slinks in. He flinches when he sees the police,
and tries to back away.
PRINCIPAL TYLER (cont’d)
Mr. Turner, you’re late.
Officers Todd and Sangha turn to look at him.
Officer Todd’s eyes narrow as she scopes out the nervous Mr.
Turner.
Mr. Turner breaks out in a flop sweat.
MR. TURNER
Car troubles.
Mr. Turner backs away, clutching his briefcase close to his
chest.
MR. TURNER
Got to get to class, papers to
grade. Tests to give.
Mr. Turner all but turns and runs down the hall.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
I’ll call an assembly of what’s
left of the students, can’t see the
point of classes today.
OFFICER SANGHA
I’ll call for a technician.
Officer Todd nods grimly while looking into the trophy case.
Plain Jane is reflected in the glass.
Sulky Sue enters.
SULKY SUE
Jane!
Sulky Sue grabs Jane in a hug, then just as suddenly,
releases her and tries to put her detached Goth persona back
on.
61.
Plain Jane nods to move down the hall.
Plain Jane and Sulky Sue start to leave.
OFFICER TODD
Miss McCormick, we’re done for now,
but we’ll want to talk to you
again.
PLAIN JANE
It’s not like I’m leaving town,
officer.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL – HALLWAY – CONTINUOUS
Sulky Sue and Plain Jane get to their lockers.
SULKY SUE
Where did you get to?
PLAIN JANE
I went down the side of the house,
I wanted a closer look and I got
spooked.
SULKY SUE
By what?
PLAIN JANE
There was someone else there.
Footsteps.
SULKY SUE
It was probably Tom. Hey, you don’t
know.
PLAIN JANE
I know Aja and Tawnee are…
SULKY SUE
Tom’s dead, he got whacked on the
head. We thought the killer had
whacked him and took the three of
you.
PLAIN JANE
Poor Tom.
SULKY SUE
I shoulda known you were okay, I
mean, this whacko’s after
cheerleaders.
62.
Plain Jane stiffens with anger.
PLAIN JANE
Thanks Sue, great, now I’m too ugly
to get killed.
SULKY SUE
Jane, I didn’t mean it that way.
Plain Jane walks away.
PLAIN JANE
How exactly am I supposed to take
it.
SULKY SUE
Hey, you want to get killed, then
fine, it’s your choice.
MS. PHETT
(over PA system)
All students report to the
gymnasium. Classes are cancelled,
all students are to report to the
gym.
A few classroom doors open and a SMALL NUMBER OF STUDENTS
file out.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL – GYM – CONTINUOUS
Fewer than THIRTY STUDENTS, mostly boys, are seated in the
gym.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Because of the number of students
being withdrawn from classes, and
the danger our community’s youth is
facing, the town council is looking
at several options.
BAD BOY STUDENT
Close the school!
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Yes, well, that is an option being
considered.
Stunned silence.
63.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Not my preferred choice. We are
going to continue with classes. We
are asking parents to escort their
teens to and from school or that
all students will be using the
dedicated school buses.
All after school clubs are
cancelled.
CHASE
What about the game tomorrow?
PRINCIPAL TYLER
The game will go on as planned,
it’s too late to cancel.
CHEERING
Gwen stand and raises her hands for silence.
GWEN
And the dance?
Principal Tyler squirms.
GWEN (cont’d)
Jacquelyn worked so hard for that
dance. We can’t let this maniac
make us be afraid to live our
lives.
Gwen looks at the students.
GWEN (cont’d)
Dance!
(clap)
Dance!
(clap)
Dance!
(clap)
STUDENT BODY
Dance!
(clap)
Dance!
(clap)
Dance!
(clap)
Principal Tyler raises his hands for silence.
The Chanting peters out.
64.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
Since you all seem to agree and
feel so strongly, we will not
cancel the dance.
CHEERING
PRINCIPAL TYLER (cont’d)
There will be extra security and
there will be no after parties,
everyone is to return home, their
own homes, after the dance,
escorted by parents or, we will
make transport arrangement by
school buses.
CHEERING
PRINCIPAL TYLER (cont’d)
There is one more announcement
before you cheer when I send you
home. Officer Todd will be in the
school giving self defence classes
to any female student who remains.
Everyone, the buses are waiting
outside, or you may use your own or
the office phone to call your
parents.
Students start to drift out.
STEVE
Self defence for girls. What about
Tom?
DOUG
Self defence wouldn’t have helped
him, he was hit from behind.
CHASE
Let’s go check the biology lab, and
Turner’s car.
STEVE
When did you get back in the game,
Mr. Chantal’s not worth going to
jail for.
CHASE
This guy is killing people all
around me, I’m not waiting for him
to whittle down my friends to get
to me.
65.
Steve and Doug clap Chase on the back.
STEVE
Good to have you back.
Chase, Steve and Doug exit the gym.
Plain Jane stays in the bleachers.
Sulky Sue watches her.
Plain Jane glances over her shoulder to see if Sulky Sue is
looking.
She is.
Plain Jane shifts over, to make room beside her on the
bleacher.
Sulky Sue comes over and sits.
PLAIN JANE
Sorry I freaked out.
SULKY SUE
Jane, I think you’re better than a
cheerleader; you won’t be confused
when high school is over.
Plain Jane laughs.
PLAIN JANE
So, self defence?
SULKY SUE
A good offense is the best defence.
Officer Todd waves for the TEN GIRLS, including Plain Jane,
Sulky Sue and Gwen to come closer.
No one stands near Gwen.
GWEN
Beauty isn’t contagious.
The girls shift further away.
SULKY SUE
Doesn’t hurt to not put yourself at
risk.
66.
GWEN
Thanks very much, only Goth girl in
town.
SULKY SUE
Well, now you’re the only
cheerleader in town. So, rubber,
glue.
OFFICER TODD
Don’t be stupid girls, you’re gonna
be working in partners, so huddle
up.
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
Girls, the conventional wisdom of
don’t fight back is not going to
work at all in this case and in my
opinion, in any situation.
Most attackers are not expecting
you to fight back, they are
counting on you being afraid, being
nice little girls and of not
knowing how to defend yourself.
That ends today.
GIRLS CHEER
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
The few attackers who are prepared
for you to fight back are planning
to kill you. So why make it easy
and nice for them? You may escape
with your life at best and at
worse, do enough damage for police
to identify who killed you.
Girls are shocked into silence.
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
So far, four of your schoolmates
have been killed – Chantal,
Jacquelyn, Aja and Tom. Tawnee is
missing. This isn’t a video game
where you have another life or
restart or a TV show where you come
back on another program. You get
one trip through this life, and I’m
here to make sure that it’s as long
and safe for you as possible.
Officer Todd looks hard at each girl.
67.
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
What I tell you today, I want you
to tell your friends. Share this
information, it can save your life.
Now, I want everyone to empty their
purses or backpacks, and I’m going
to show you how many weapons you
have that you don’t know you do.
INT. BIOLOGY CLASS – CONTINUOUS
The biology class is perfectly organized, everything is
labelled.
Chase, Steve and Doug poke around.
Chase discovers the cabinet with the chemicals is unlocked.
He opens the cabinet, there are bottles of chemical, all
neatly labelled with a corresponding label on the shelf. Each
shelf is sorted by chemical type.
The Acids shelf is missing the hydrochloric acid.
CHASE
The hydrochloric acid’s gone.
STEVE
Is there any formaldehyde?
CHASE
Why do you want that?
STEVE
The cops said that body parts are
taken, the killer’s taking
trophies. Don’t you want cop tv
shows?
DOUG
Don’t you? The acid is missing.
STEVE
So?
DOUG
You can dissolve bodies with that
acid.
CHASE
Is it enough to go to the police?
Maybe the bio class used it all?
68.
STEVE
That cop said to come to her with
anything.
CHASE
I want to go with more, let’s go to
Turner’s house.
EXT. TOWN STREET @ TURNER’S HOUSE – EVENING
Chase, Steve and Doug stroll down the street.
Every porch light is on and most houses have block parent
signs in the window.
There are FOUR ADULT MALE SAFETY VEST WEARING VOLUNTEERS
walking around on patrol.
SENIOR ADULT PATROLER
Hey boys, Chase, isn’t it?
CHASE
Yes, sir.
SENIOR ADULT PATROLER
Shouldn’t you be resting for
tomorrow’s game?
CHASE
I will be sir, right after we talk
to Mr. Turner, have to clear up
some homework questions.
SENIOR ADULT PATROLER
Not home, car’s been gone all day.
CHASE
Oh, well, thank you sir, we’ll be
on our way then.
SENIOR ADULT PATROLER
See to it, we can’t afford to be
down a quarterback day before the
big game.
The Patrollers stroll off.
The three head back down the way they came.
STEVE
Now what? We’ll never get close to
his house.
69.
CHASE
Back yards from the next street
over.
EXT. TURNER’S BACK YARD – CONTINUOUS
Chase, Steve and Doug climb over Turner’s back yard fence.
They sneak down the side of the house that Tawnee went down.
The basement window is boarded up.
They look around fro a tool.
Doug pulls a multi-tool from his jacket pocket.
DOUG
What? I used to be a boy scout.
CHASE
Whatever, pry that end off.
Doug uses the screwdriver bit to pry the board off enough for
the three to get a good grip.
They pry the board off the broken basement window. It’s dark.
Chase lowers himself into the window.
CHASE (cont’d)
It’s gross in here, stacks of crap
everywhere.
Steve hands him down a flashlight.
Steve and Doug keep their eyes peeled.
Chase’s hand passes the flashlight back up.
CHASE (cont’d)
Pull me out.
Doug and Steve pull Chase out of the basement.
DOUG
Did you find anything?
Chase holds out Tawnee’s earring.
STEVE
I bought her those.
Steve takes the earring. He starts to tear up.
70.
CHASE
No time, we’ve got to call the
police.
Chase runs to the front yard.
The volunteer patrols come over.
SENIOR ADULT PATROLER
I thought I sent you boys home.
CHASE
Sir, Mr. Turner’s the killer, we
found this.
Chase grabs Steve’s hand and makes him open it to show the
earring.
The Senior Adult Patroler takes the earring.
SENIOR ADULT PATROLER
Well, I doubt it’s Turners. Where
exactly did you find it?
Chase swallows and looks at the other two. They both grimly
nod.
CHASE
The girls were spying on him, the
night Tom was killed on the side of
his house, and Aja taken. We went
to the other side and found a
window boarded up, I went in and
found that. Tawnee always wore it.
She may still be alive.
The Senior Adult Patroler looks amazed at Chase.
SENIOR ADULT PATROLER
Good work boys. Let’s call the
cops.
EXT. TOWN STREET @ TURNER’S HOUSE – NIGHT – LATER
Mr. Turner pulls onto his street and parks in front of his
house.
He gets out of the car and reaches in for his briefcase.
He walks up to his house.
Officer Todd and Sangha step out of the dark.
71.
OFFICER TODD
Mr. Turner, we have a warrant to
search your house, including any
computer hard drives inside, car
and your briefcase.
Mr. Turner clutches the briefcase close to his chest. Then
crumbles in defeat.
MR. TURNER
It wasn’t my fault, I can explain,
I was afraid.
OFFICER SANGHA
Are you waiving your right to
remain silent?
MR. TURNER
It’s about the girl, Tawnee, isn’t
it.
OFFICER TODD
Yes.
MR. TURNER
Yes. I am then. I was afraid you’d
blame me, I didn’t know she was
there, I found her too late.
OFFICER SANGHA
Found her?
MR. TURNER
I’ll show you.
INT. TURNER’S LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS
The house is still cluttered with papers, stuff, clothes and
trash.
Mr. Turner leads them along a trail in the room to the
basement stairs.
He opens the door and turns on a light.
From the top of the stair, it’s clear the downstairs is even
worse.
72.
MR. TURNER
I found her, she’d come in the
window, that stack of papers fell
on her. Killed pretty quick, I
think. It’s heavy.
OFFICER TODD
Why didn’t you call us?
MR. TURNER
I didn’t want you to think I killed
her.
Officer Sangha notices the dartboard with Ms. Phett’s photo
with hundreds of holes in it.
OFFICER TODD
What did you do with her body?
MR. TURNER
I’ve been dissolving it.
Both officers step back in shock.
OFFICER TODD
Dissolving it?
Mr. Turner looks down the stairs, he seems quite
disinterested in the subject.
Officer Sangha makes a “crazy?” gesture to Officer Todd.
MR. TURNER
Hydrochloric acid, it’s quite
strong, but it gets used up.
OFFICER TODD
You better show us where the body
is, for her parents.
MR. TURNER
Okay, I can do that. There’s not
much left to identify, but you
probably can confirm some DNA from
the fatty tissue in the sludge.
OFFICER TODD
Mr. Turner, you are under arrest
for indignity to a body, illegal
transport of a body. You have the
right to an attorney…
73.
EXT. TOWN STREET @ TURNER’S HOUSE – NIGHT
The Volunteer patrollers, Chase, Steve and Doug stand vigil
as Officers Todd and Sangha bring Mr. Turner out.
MR. TURNER
Hi boys, good luck on the game
tomorrow.
Officer Sangha puts his hand over Mr. Turner’s head and helps
him get into the police car.
Mr. Turner makes himself comfortable in the seat. He falls
quickly to sleep.
MR. TURNER (cont’d)
(muttering)
It’s over. It’s over.
OFFICER TOOD
Thanks boys, he confessed to
Tawnee, we’ll get a confession for
the others from him.
Officers Todd and Sangha get into the car. They drive away.
Chase and Steve weep.
Doug puts a hand on both their shoulders.
DOUG
At least it’s over now. Let’s go
home.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL – FRIDAY MORNING
The Flag is flying half mast, but the memorial goods are
gone.
Students arrive at school on buses, parent’s cars, by foot or
their own cars.
Students great each other joyfully and in congratulations at
surviving the ordeal.
Principal Tyler greets each student as they walk up the
steps.
74.
EXT. PLAYING FEILD – FRIDAY NIGHT
The stands are packed for the big game – banners, big foamy
fingers, hand lettered signs – everything you need for a game
except cheerleaders.
Chase leads the team on the feild.
The crowd ROARS.
Officers Todd and Sangha sit cheerlessly on the bench where
the cheerleaders would have been.
Principal Tyler takes centre stage with a microphone to greet
the crowd.
PRINCIPAL TYLER
I want to thank you all for coming
and supporting our students, our
school and this fine team.
CROWD ROARS
PRINCIPAL TYLER (cont’d)
This game is dedicated to the
students who were taken from us
this week, they will be missed,
Chantal Gladwin, Jacquelyn Hanson,
Aja Freisen, Tawnee Brown and Tom
Clark. A moment of silence.
Everyone bows their head.
PRINCIPAL TYLER (cont’d)
This game is dedicate to their
memory.
SPORTS MONTAGE
- Ball is hiked to Chase, he looks for a receiver and throws.
- opposing team scores a touchdown
- Chase is distracted by Officer Todd talking to Officer
Sangha and is tackled
- scoreboard shows the opposing team winning by 21 points
- people are leaving early
75.
- Plain Jane looks down at the cheerleaders for the opposing
team and at Gwen sitting between the two pretty homecoming
girls a bench over.
END MONTAGE
Plain Jane leaves the bleachers and enters the cheerleading
area.
PLAIN JANE
2-4-6-8-Who do we appreciate?
Cougars Cougars Rah Rah Rah
People leaving hesitate. A hush.
Plain Jane tearfully looks into the crowd for support
PLAIN JANE (cont’d)
Let’s go cougars lets go
(clap clap)
Let’s go cougars lets go
(clap clap)
MAN IN CROWD
You suck!
PLAIN JANE
I’m trying to help, you’re leaving.
CROWD LAUGHTER
Gwen looks ashamed. She looks at the two committee girls.
They stand up.
GWEN AND COMMITTEE GIRLS
Give us a C
Crowd sits on their hands.
Gwen and two committee girls join Plain Jane.
GWEN AND COMMITTEE GIRLS (cont’d)
Give us a C.
FOOTBALL CROWD
(half-hearted)
C
Gwen strips down to her bra.
The Crowd starts screaming.
The committee girls strip down to their bras.
76.
The crowd goes wild.
Chase yells to the football team to get into position.
The roar of the crowd electrifies them.
GWEN AND COMMITTEE GIRLS
Give us a C.
FOOTBALL CROWD
(enthusiastic)
C
Plain Jane starts to slink away.
GWEN
Join us!
TWO COMMITTEE GIRLS
Give us an O!
Plain Jane basks in the glow of acceptance.
She peeks down her top.
PLAIN JANE
Laundry day bra.
Gwen shrugs and waves Jane to join them.
FOOTBALL CROWD
O
Plain Jane throw off her top to expose her white cotton full
support bra.
The Crowd CHEERS.
Plain Jane glows and joins haphazardly in the cheering.
Insert final scoreboard: Cougars win by 7 points.
The football team carries Chase on their shoulders.
The cheerleader bench is empty.
The crowd rushes the field to celebrate.
77.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL – GYM – SATURDAY NIGHT
The gym is barely decorated and it’s a far more somber dance
than the celebration after the game.
Girls are dressed up and boys are handsome.
Few people are dancing.
Chase, Steve and Doug get a cup of punch. They make a toast.
CHASE
To Tom!
STEVE AND DOUG
To Tom.
They drink. They all make a face.
CHASE
Man, no one even spiked it.
They toss their paper cups in the nearby trash bin.
The doors open.
Plain Jane makes her entrance, she’s gorgeous. Her hair is up
and she’s entirely made over – a swan at last.
Boys stop and stare.
Chase steps forward and the other boys step back.
CHASE (cont’d)
Thanks for making us win the game
yesterday.
PLAIN JANE
You were the ones playing.
CHASE
Couldn’t have done it without your
cheering us on.
Chase holds his hand out.
CHASE (cont’d)
May I have this dance?
Plain Jane beams. He puts her hand in his.
Chase leads her out to the dance floor. They dance.
78.
Sulky Sue, although all in black, has made an effort to fancy
dress. She sulks along the wall, unhappy at this turn of
events for Plain Jane.
Gwen sits on a bench along the wall.
Sulky Sue sits beside her.
SULKY SUE
Hey.
GWEN
Hi.
SULKY SUE
I’m sorry about your friends.
GWEN
I’m just glad it’s over. A teacher,
creepy.
SULKY SUE
He was kinda a creepy teacher,
always looking at your boobs.
GWEN
They got him on Tawnee, I just wish
he’d confess to the rest of it, get
this horribleness behind us.
Sulky Sue looks at Plain Jane dancing with Chase. She’s so
happy and beaming with sheer joy.
SULKY SUE
Yeah, horribleness.
GWEN
So, are we all Goth now? Being
touched by death and all that?
Sulky Sue LAUGHS
SULKY SUE
You want an excuse to shop for new
outfits?
GWEN
No, I don’t want to think about
death again for a long time.
SULKY SUE
I don’t want to either.
79.
Sulky Sue slides off her lacy jacket, revealing a white
blouse underneath.
GWEN
It’s definitely a start.
Sulky Sue smiles.
GWEN (cont’d)
You have a pretty smile.
SULKY SUE
And you have more brains than I
thought you had.
GWEN
Want some punch? I hear it’s all
soda and juice, no one’s spiked it.
Sulky Sue reaches into her jack pocket.
SULKY SUE
Let’s go fix that right now.
Gwen and Sulky Sue race across the nearly empty dance floor
to the punch bowl.
Chase twirls Plain Jane and then pulls her close.
Plain Jane flushes slightly.
PLAIN JANE
Is this a dream? I feel like I’m
dreaming.
CHASE
It’s not a dream.
Plain Jane puts her head on his shoulder and they switch to a
slower dance.
In the back ground, Sulky Sue and Gwen have a cup of punch.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – NIGHT
Parents and buses pick up some students. Other students leave
in cars they are driving.
Chase and Plain Jane stroll outside.
Chase takes a deep breath.
80.
CHASE
Do you have a ride home?
PLAIN JANE
I was hoping to not be going home
quite yet.
CHASE
Oh?
Plain Jane leans in and kisses Chase. He doesn’t respond at
first.
Plain Jane slides her hand into his hair.
Chase kisses her back, trailing his fingers along her neck.
PLAIN JANE
Why don’t we go somewhere, more
private?
CHASE
Where?
PLAIN JANE
Lover’s Lane?
Chase winces.
PLAIN JANE (cont’d)
I’m sorry, it’s just that there
won’t be anyone there now, since
it’s colder.
CHASE
It’s not that, it’s that it’s the
last place I saw Chantal.
Plain jane steps back, horrified at her faux pas.
PLAIN JANE
I’m sorry, I should have
remembered, I just got carried
away, it was so wonderful dancing
with you and the punch-
CHASE
Which finally got spiked.
Chase looks at Plain Jane, even more attractive in the
starlight.
81.
CHASE (cont’d)
I can’t be afraid anymore, you were
so brave yesterday in front of that
crowd.
PLAIN JANE
Okay, now you sound hokey.
Chase LAUGHS.
CHASE
Let’s go.
Plain Jane grabs his hand.
They exit to the parking lot.
Sulky Sue and Gwen stagger out, LAUGHING.
SULKY SUE
I cannot remember when I ever had
fun at a school function.
GWEN
Me either, it’s great to just be a
person at one of these things, just
me. Not a cheerleader
not…anything.
Sulky Sue looks around.
SULKY SUE
Do you see Jane anywhere?
Gwen looks.
GWEN
Nope, why?
SULKY SUE
We’re supposed to walk home
together.
GWEN
I think she dumped you for Chase.
They walked out ahead of us.
Sulky Sue looks sad.
SULKY SUE
I guess she got what she wanted
then.
82.
GWEN
What was that? Chase?
SULKY SUE
Pretty much.
GWEN
My parents are picking me up, we
can give you a ride home.
Doug comes trotting up to them.
DOUG
Gwen.
DOUG (cont’d)
Doug.
DOUG (cont’d)
Gwen, are you drunk?
GWEN
No, of course we’re not drunk.
Gwen giggles.
DOUG
There’s an after party at mine, I
thought you’d come with me?
GWEN
Well, you should have asked me
before now.
Sulky Sue starts to walk away.
SULKY SUE
It’s okay Gwen, I’ll get home.
GWEN
No, I am not doing that to you, I
promised you a ride home.
SULKY SUE
Or we could go to the party?
Doug looks at Gwen then at Sulky Sue.
DOUG
Are you wearing make up?
83.
SULKY SUE
Gwen gave me a make over in the
bathroom.
DOUG
I’d be happy to bring you both to
the party.
Gwen and Sulky Sue nod. Doug steers them towards his car.
EXT. LOVER’S LANE – NIGHT
Only Chase’s car is parked.
Chase and Plain Jane are sitting on the trunk, leaning on the
back window looking at the stars.
CHASE
I didn’t think I was going to be
able to come back up here.
PLAIN JANE
I’m glad you did.
Chase grins at her.
CHASE
Me too.
Chase slips his arm around her.
Jane cuddles into Chase, sighing contentedly.
A SCREECH OWL flies over head, startling them.
Chase falls off the car.
Plain Jane slides off, and LAUGHING, helps him up.
CHASE (cont’d)
Well, that blows my cool for the
next hundred years. Stupid owl.
PLAIN JANE
I won’t tell anyone.
Plain Jane looks into Chase’s eyes.
He leans down and gently kisses her.
She kisses him back a little too eagerly.
84.
Chase breaks off the kiss.
PLAIN JANE (cont’d)
We don’t have to stop.
CHASE
Yes, we do.
PLAIN JANE
Why? Did I do it wrong?
CHASE
No, you kiss fine, great, I just..
PLAIN JANE
Aren’t interested in me? Then why
did you dance with me?
CHASE
Jane, a dance isn’t a relationship,
it’s just a dance.
Plain Jane looks like she’s going to cry.
CHASE (cont’d)
You’re nice and smart and pretty-
PLAIN JANE
You did say pretty?
CHASE
Yeah, you are pretty and other
things that are more important than
pretty.
PLAIN JANE
I never imagined that you’d think
there’s something more important
than pretty.
CHASE
Lots of things, brains, kindness,
but that’s not what this is about.
PLAIN JANE
Then why?
CHASE
I dated Chantal for a year, I cared
about her and she’s gone, you don’t
get over that in a week.
85.
(MORE)
Besides, this is senior year and
then college, I don’t want to start
a new relationship when everything
changes when I go away, and you’ll
go away too.
PLAIN JANE
But it doesn’t have to end at
college.
CHASE
Jane, this isn’t the beginning of a
fairytale where we end up married.
Plain Jane steps away and turns from Chase.
CHASE (cont’d)
C’mon Jane, we’re 17, you can’t be
thinking marriage, I don’t even
know what I want to do after
football.
PLAIN JANE
I want to go home.
Chase steps to the side of the car and opens the door for
her.
CHASE
That’s best.
INT. DOUG’S HOUSE – NIGHT
The party is in full swing. Couple are making out, people are
drinking and/or dancing.
Gwen and Sulky Sue are drinking together.
Doug is pacing, trying to get Gwen’s attention.
SULKY SUE
He’s trying to get you to notice
him.
GWEN
I’ve noticed, tonight is girl
night! To friendship!
Sulky Sue clinks her glass to Gwen’s.
SULKY SUE
Friendship.
86.
CHASE (cont’d)
GWEN
So, do you think Jane let Chase go
all the way?
SULKY SUE
Probably. Why wait for the prom
rush?
Gwen laughs.
GWEN
I wish I did. Aja was waiting.
SULKY SUE
That seems almost backwards.
GWEN
Yeah, poor Aja. Tom too I guess,
they were a couple forever.
Sulky Sue raises her glass.
SULKY SUE
To Aja and Tom.
Gwen clinks. They drink.
SCARED BOY bursts in the room.
SCARED BOY
Cops!
DOUG
Shit, it’s the basement, we’re
busted.
Officers Todd and Sangha enter.
OFFICER TODD
Underaged drinking.
Officer Sangha turns off the music.
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
Break up the party, leave your cups
on the floor, everyone out. Go
home.
Officer Todd spies Sulky Sue.
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
Where’s your friend Jane?
87.
The party guest put down their drinks and start to file out.
SULKY SUE
On a date with the quarterback.
Officer Todd looks surprised.
OFFICER TODD
That reminds me, I’d like to ask
you a question.
Sulky Sue sits down. Gwen sits down too.
Doug hovers.
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
You don;t have to stay.
DOUG
I live here.
OFFICER TODD
Then go upstairs.
Doug follows the last person out.
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
Wednesday night, what happened?
SULKY SUE
Jane and I decided to follow the
cheerleaders following Mr. Turner.
OFFICER TODD
You knew they were following Mr.
Turner?
SULKY SUE
Yeah, we over heard earlier. But we
thought the killer might be him
independently. We were at his house
first, in the tree across the
street.
OFFICER TODD
And Jane followed Aja down the side
of the house, before or after Tom
went down that side?
Sulky Sue thinks.
88.
SULKY SUE
You know, I’m not sure. After I
think. But that doesn’t make sense.
Sulky Sue puzzles it out.
OFFICER TODD
None of the evidence from other
others ties back to Mr. Turner,
we’re still waiting on DNA, but I
don’t think it’s going to point to
him.
SULKY SUE
But that dartboard…
OFFICER TODD
He might have been building to
workplace violence, but it was not
directed or focussed on students.
Sulky Sue looks at Gwen, ashamed.
SULKY SUE
Jane was angry at the cheerleaders,
really jealous.
OFFICER TODD
Where’s Jane’s house?
Sulky Sue stand up.
SULKY SUE
I’ll show you.
EXT. DIRT ROAD TO LOVERS LANE – NIGHT
Chase drives slowly down the road.
CHASE
This is where it happened.
Plain Jane looks. There’s no crime scene evidence or damage
to the trees.
PLAIN JANE
I think it was farther down.
CHASE
Farther? Are you sure?
89.
PLAIN JANE
There’s no marks on the tree or
police tape.
Chase peers into the trees.
CHASE
I guess you’re right.
Chase looks uncomfortable at Plain Jane.
A few more feet and they see the remnant of police tape.
Chase pulls over.
Plain Jane gets out, a smile on her lips. She closes her eyes
slightly.
EXT. TOWN STREET @ JANE’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Officer Todd knocks on the door.
A light comes on.
MARTHA (Jane’s mother, late 40’s) answers.
MARTHA
Can I help you officer? Is
everything alright? That man’s
still in jail?
Officer Todd smiles.
OFFICER TODD
Ma’am, would you allow me to look
in your daughter’s room?
MARTHA
What’s this about? Her room? Is
Jane okay? Sue, is that you?
SULKY SUE
Yes, Ms McCormick, it’s me, we
don’t think anything’s wrong, we
just need to check Jane’s room, she
left the dance without me and…
Martha opens the door and waves them inside.
90.
MARTHA
You think Jane’s run away? Her
room’s upstairs, first door on the
right.
Officer Todd looks at Sue. Sue takes the lead.
INT. JANE’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
The room is tidy and a bit fairy princess in decor, the room
of a much younger girl than Jane.
Officer Todd opens drawers, closet doors.
OFFICER TODD
Where would she hide secret things?
Officer Todd taps floorboards.
Sully Sue looks around, her eyes fall on a large unicorn
stuffed toy.
She goes to the unicorn, feels along the seams and finds a
velcro section.
VELCRO RIP
Sulky Sue peers inside.
SULKY SUE
Ohmigawd.
She holds the toy out for Officer Todd.
Office Todd looks in and pulls out a jar containing three big
toes.
Officer Todd takes her radio off her belt.
OFFICER TODD
(into radio)
Sangha, we need a warrant for the
house and an APB for Jane
McCormick. We found the trophy
toes.
Officer Todd puts her radio back on her belt.
OFFICER TODD (cont’d)
Sue, I’m gonna ask you to keep this
off your blog for a while.
91.
SULKY SUE
You read my blog?
OFFICER TODD
I read all the blogs by kids in the
town. But only yours for fun.
Sulky Sue smiles.
Officer Todd puts the toe jar back in the toy and prepares to
leave with it.
EXT. DIRT ROAD TO LOVERS LANE – NIGHT
Chase stares at the tree with damaged bark that Chantal had
struck.
His hand traces the damage in the bark.
Plain Jane stares in disbelief at the back of his head.
PLAIN JANE
She wasn’t nice to you even.
CHASE
It’s not about what kind of
girlfriend she was, it’s that I
don’t want to date anyone, even
nice, pretty and smart.
PLAIN JANE
Then it was all for nothing.
CHASE
What was?
PLAIN JANE
Nothing.
Chase turns around.
CHASE
What are you talking about?
PLAIN JANE
Clear that you’re just pretty and
brainless.
Chase steps towards Plain Jane.
92.
CHASE
You’re upset, I get it. Sorry, but
you and me weren’t going to work
out.
PLAIN JANE
You weren’t even willing to try.
CHASE
And I don’t have to, sorry, but
there you have it. You’d rather I
string you along?
Plain Jane steps towards the trees.
PLAIN JANE
You’re all the same, shallow and
selfish.
Plain Jane runs into the woods.
Chase is stunned.
CHASE
Jane! Come back, the woods aren’t
safe, it’s dark. You could trip and
get hurt!
Chase runs into the woods after her.
INT. WOODS – NIGHT
Plain Jane leads Chase deeper into the trees.
EXT. TOWN STREET @ JANE’S HOUSE – NIGHT
The unicorn safely in the police car, Officers Todd and
Sangha wait for Sulky Sue.
Sulky Sue leaves Martha on the porch and approaches them.
SULKY SUE
Best bet is lover’s lane, it was a
fantasy of hers that she go there
with Chase.
OFFICER TODD
Can you stay here, I don’t think we
should delay in taking you home.
93.
SULKY SUE
I live next door, besides, Jane was
never after me. We’re friends.
Officers Todd and Sangha get into the car and drive away.
EXT. WOODS – NIGHT
Plain Jane gets to a campsite. She uncovers an axe and a
machete.
Chase enters the campsite. He stops when he sees Jane with
the weapons.
CHASE
I’m not going to hurt you.
PLAIN JANE
You already did.
CHASE
Jane, c’mon, let’s go back.
Plain Jane approaches Chase, a weapon in each hand.
Chase gets nervous and starts to back away.
CHASE (cont’d)
Jane, you don’t need those.
PLAIN JANE
But I do, they’re called
equalizers.
CHASE
What?
PLAIN JANE
You got me up here and tried to
rape me, I had to defend myself,
lucky I got away, but you chased me
and I came across this campsite,
where..
Chase turns and runs into the woods.
PLAIN JANE (cont’d)
In the middle of a conversation,
he’d make a lousy example of
manners to our children.
Plain Jane runs into the woods after him.
94.
Chase is making too much noise and not sure of his direction.
Jane runs ahead, cutting him off and appears on the loose
trail ahead of him. She swings at him with the axe, cutting
him deep enough for blood, but not enough to really injure
him.
Chase turns directions and runs hard into the woods.
Plain Jane keeps up the pursuit.
Chase stops at a large tree and considers climbing it, but
hears Plain Jane closing in.
CHASE
This is crazy, I’m not ready to
date. Then die, Chase. Fucking
chicks, they’re all crazy.
The ground starts to slope, Chase slows down. He sees the
bluff ahead.
He looks back, there’s a fairly worn trail, easily run along.
He looks ahead to the bluff and the big drop beyond.
CHASE (cont’d)
Might work.
Chase heads down the trail towards Plain Jane.
CHASE (cont’d)
(yelling)
Jane, is it too late to change my
mind?
PLAIN JANE (OS)
Just a little bit, Chase.
CHASE
We could go steady. Or just be
engaged now.
Plain Jane appears on the path.
PLAIN JANE
Now Chase, you don’t think I can
trust you, know that I know it was
me.
CHASE
Hey, I’m just pretty, what do I
know?
95.
Chase turns and runs hard down the trail to the bluff edge.
Plain Jane, huffing and puffing a bit, runs hard after him,
lowering her head to focus.
Chase turns a corner and grabs a tree, his feet swinging out
over the bluff, but swinging himself around the tree and back
to safety.
Plain Jane doesn’t seen the trail’s abrupt end.
Chase creeps to the edge, it’s too dark to see.
Chase walks back to
EXT. DIRT ROAD TO LOVERS LANE – NIGHT
The police car is parked by his car.
Chase emerges and sees Officer Todd.
CHASE
Glad to see you. It was Jane.
OFFICER TODD
Seems we figured it out the same
time as you.
CHASE
She wanted to marry me.
OFFICER TODD
How deep are you cut?
Chase looks at his blood soaked shirt.
CHASE
Not too, enough to go to the
hospital.
OFFICER TODD
Where is she?
CHASE
Bottom of the bluff, she came for
me, and I tried her into chase me
over the bluff. I grabbed a tree
and swung back around. She was
carrying two weapons.
96.
OFFICER TODD
It’s too dark to search the ravine
tonight, let’s get you to the
hospital.
EXT. RAVINE – DAY (CONTINUOUS)
Police and volunteers search the bottom of the bluff.
Volunteer brings a bloodied axe to Officer Todd.
VOLUNTEER
That’s all we can find.
Officer Todd looks up the bluff to where trail ends.
OFFICER TODD
Too big a drop to survive. Keep
searching.
Fade out.

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King Covers: Elvis vs Ral Donner

The Girl of My Best Friend was originally recorded by

 

Ral’s biggest hit:

It made the list of sentimental songs for Elvis is Back

 

 

later copycat hit

 

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Poe’s Law and Resolving Cognitive Dissonance

Poe Law Infographic

http://www.thebeaverton.com/national/item/1186-canadian-voters-now-required-to-show-conservative-party-membership-card-before-voting

I hope the beaverton is the canadian the onion

but Poe’s law

hard to determine if something is genuine extremism or parody of it

now stating the patently obvious cognitive dissonance resolve or cliche statements about shared reality passed for edgy comedy

when did being a clinical psychopath or sociopath become the social norm?

 

Why Humour is a measure of Mental Health People

 

being able to hear yourself talk and understand your impact on other people is a critical ability for socially capable functioning.

 

a measure not only of one’s Intelligence with respect to understanding facts and contextual conceptualizing

 

but also, emotional maturity

 

 

religion is for people who can’t handle reality

 

drugs are for those of us who are coping with the harms done by religion

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Not The Tories: They are C-CRAP

First there was The Tories: The Progressive Conservative Party.

Then: There was THE REFORM PARTY

 

harper-manning

Canadian Conservative Reform Alliance Party.

The only good tory

Nina Tryggvason a classic. but these are not the tories. this is the reform party under a fake tory banner
Nina Tryggvason well someone who saw the share on my timeline tagged it to a pal of theirs. so this one is catching on
Nina Tryggvason Good on you! did you created this image? it did make me smile
Robert Fletcher doesn’t matter if its fake, the message still there
Robert Fletcher came from Sun News

 

Nina Tryggvason this is awesome. we need to make this go viral.   I would like to feature it on my blog http://dykewriter.wordpress.com  is that okay? i had someone freak a me for blogging their meme - even though I gave full source credit source: sun news

Nina Tryggvason this is awesome. we need to make this go viral. I would like to feature it on my blog http://dykewriter.wordpress.com
is that okay? i had someone freak a me for blogging their meme – even though I gave full source credit
source: sun news

I think the meme conversation had spillover

 

no wonder it’s hard to concentrate, eh?  co-ordinate…..

 

yes..

 

sip sip sip

no

actually drink the water, don’t just think it.

 

frack

 

fracking frack

 

fracking

 

frackity frackity frack

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Women Divided

science v religion women divide all about the eyes

we fall

united we stand

in any normal human population, women are 51%.

In male favored cultures, female infanticide or abandonment is the norm.

In religious dominated that means girl babies are born and murdered.

In tech savvy but ideology dominated nations, that means selective abortion on gender.

in a normal population, there are 106 boys born for every hundred girls and the normal infant mortality rate leaves 99 girls and 96 boys.

the stats one remembers after having to memorize information for exams and tests, eh?

remember the suffragettes, eh!

social moviements wave

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there be monsters, but who makes them?

Originally posted on Nina's Garden:

Who makes the monsters?

Nature, nurture, nurture, nature?

What causes one person to become a monster and other people their victims?

It’s said that people who are bullies and abusers are either past victims of abuse/bullying or that they are currently victims in some sphere in their life – perhaps at home – so they harmonize or balance by being a bully elsewhere – at work or school.

Yet, many victims of bullies and abusers do not in turn become as their tormentor, not in other arenas of life nor later on.

Perhaps too, an adult who bullies does so not because they were bullied, but because a family member was and they resolved to never be bullied themselves – a sort of pre-emptive Scarlet O’Hara complex.

Perhaps too the adult bullies and abusers learned to bully from a parent or older sibling or school mate, being a toady apprentice…

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Adaptive Humans and cognitive dissonance

Originally posted on Nina's Garden:

Humans are pretty adaptive and can thrive in slavery circumstances – as long as there is no social cognitive dissonance telling them that they are not slaves. Being forced to pretend your condition is something other than the condition makes existing in the condition worse.

Sort of like how people can live for decades under extreme dictators as long as they aren’t forced to vote and pretend the country is a democracy – after a while, people end up ousting the dictator and becoming a democracy or living under another dictator who doesn’t pretend it’s anything other than.

Religion is not only the opiate of the masses, it is the social mechanism of cognitive dissonance to assert humanity’s specialness – well some of humanity, the ones lucky enough to be born at a time and place where the one true religion just happens to being practiced and they get born…

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