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Rebel High

Season 1

Episode 4: “Less Than Perfect”

 

 

 

 

 

FADE IN:

 

INT. FOUR SEASONS ELEVATOR - NIGHT

 

Casey waits in the elevator with Conor as it climbs floors. She straightens her sleeves.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                I meant to tell you when I picked it

                                                up but that suit is very nice.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Thanks.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Did your girlfriend pick it out?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I didn't go with her.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                But I thought you said...

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I went with Mia and Mia's not my

                                                girlfriend.

 

He clears his throat.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                I thought she was.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, dad. Jamie's my girlfriend,

                                                remember?

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                No.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (sighs)

                                                Well, maybe if you'd listen to me

                                                occasionally...

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Casey, don't start right now.

 

The bell dings and the door opens. Casey takes a deep breath as they step out into the banquet hall.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. FOUR SEASONS BANQUET HALL – CONTINUOUS

 

A few moments after they come out of the elevator, a tall, middle-aged man with dark brown hair in a suit and tie approaches them.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Richard, how are you?

 

RICHARD shakes Conor's hand.

                       

                                                            RICHARD

                                                Conor, it's good to see you. This must

                                                be Casey.

 

He shakes her hand.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Yes, Casey, this is Richard Morris.

                                                He's the managing partner.

                       

                                                            CASEY

            (smiles)

                                                Richard Morris. Yale Law. Class of

                                                '78. Your father, Richard Senior, co-

                                                founded the firm along with James

                                                Foster.

 

Richard laughs.

                       

                                                            RICHARD

                                                I see you've done your homework. I

                                                take it you're interested in the law

                                                profession yourself?

 

Conor claps her shoulder and squeezes.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Yes, in fact, she's hoping to attend

                                                the old alma mater.

 

Casey looks slightly annoyed but remains smiling.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Absolutely. Nothing I'd love more than

                                                to follow in dad's footsteps.

                       

                                                            RICHARD

                                                Looking to become a Yalie yourself?

                                                I'm on the alumni committee. I'll give

                                                word to the admissions folks to keep

                                                an eye out for your application.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yes, well, it's still a couple years

                                                away. I'm only a sophomore now.

                       

                                                            RICHARD

                                                It's never too early to start picking

                                                your college. Conor tells me you're

                                                attending Dean High School down in

                                                Long Beach?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yes, I am.

                       

                                                            RICHARD

                                                Excellent school, despite being a

                                                public institution. Actually, the fact

                                                that they're a public institution is

                                                causing a bit of ruckus.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I've read about that. How parents and

                                                taxpayers are complaining that they're

                                                paying for a school that their kids

                                                can't attend.

                       

                                                            RICHARD

                                                Yes, and we've actually started up pro

                                                bono efforts to protect the school.

                                                I've been trying to put a team

                                                together, but it's been difficult.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Well, a lot of lawyers find billable

                                                hours enough work already.

 

Casey claps his shoulder.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yes, but it's always admirable for

                                                those who go above and beyond. And

                                                that sounds like something you'd like

                                                to do. Wouldn't you love to help out

                                                with that?

 

She gives his shoulder a squeeze.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Dad?

 

He clears his throat.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Absolutely.

                       

                                                            RICHARD

                                                Excellent! I know you're quite skilled

                                                in the area of negotiation. We could

                                                really use you for this type of work,

                                                Conor. Maybe I'll be able coax more

                                                pro bono efforts out of you yet.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Oh, yes.

 

Casey gives her dad an innocent, charming smile and reaches out to shake Richard's hand again.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                It's been a pleasure meeting you, Mr.

                                                Morris. Now, if you'll please excuse

                                                me, I'm going to get a drink.

 

She heads over to the bar and pulls out her cell phone.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. FOUR SEASONS BAR - CONTINUOUS

 

She dials a number and waits while it rings.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (on phone)

                                                Hello?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I hate these things.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Cell phones or events?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Events usually, although cell phones

                                                do tend to annoy me from time to time.

                                                Damn you Verizon and your stupid

                                                "Whenever, Wherever" calling plan.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I thought that was Cingular.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Whatever, they're all lies. LIES!

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (laughs)

                                                Is he having you do the perfect

                                                daughter bit? Like you guys are so

                                                close and you're such a daddy's girl?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Even worse. He made me, like, memorize

                                                all these little facts and bios about

                                                his coworkers and the head partners at

                                                his firm.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Sorry.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nah, it's alright. I kinda got back at

                                                him by telling his boss he'd love to

                                                work more hours. For free.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (laughs)

                                                Oooh. I would've loved to have seen

                                                that.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I wish you would've been here to see

                                                it.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You could've taken Jamie with you, to

                                                make the night bearable.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I didn't ask her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Casey Farrell, if you start hiding

                                                things from your girlfriend, I'm going

                                                to kick your ass.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                But your trusty nail file was taken

                                                away.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'll use my bare hands. Or I'll beat

                                                you to death with my out-of-season

                                                Dolce and Gabbana pumps.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You're so abusive towards your shoes.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I have hundreds.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You don't need hundreds of pairs of

                                                shoes.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You don't needs dozens of pairs of

                                                jeans.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Good point. Well, I was going to ask

                                                her, but my dad didn't tell me it was

                                                okay to bring someone. I'll ask him

                                                next time.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Good. In the mean time, play the

                                                perfect daughter, ride out the storm,

                                                and continue to let his routine

                                                backfire on him. And give me all the

                                                evil details.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok. I'll see you at school.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Have a martini for me.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I will. Bye.

 

She hangs up and signals for the bartender.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S HOUSE - NIGHT

 

Casey and Conor walk into the house.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Casey..

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (interrupts)

                                                Dad, I had a long rehearsal and that

                                                was a long banquet. I'm going to bed.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                (sighs)

                                                Fine.

 

She pulls off her jacket and heads upstairs.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                I have another one in two weeks.

 

She pauses on the steps, but doesn't say anything, and continues on after a moment.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S LIVING ROOM – NOON

 

Casey lounges on her living room couch, flipping through channels on the tv. She sighs and picks up the cordless phone on the coffee table.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (on phone)

                                                Hello?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I'm about to die from boredom, Jamie's

                                                at church like all day, I need

                                                amusement, I've hidden all the Cheetos

                                                from plain view and my air conditioner

                                                is on full blast to fend off today's

                                                unnatural heat. Do you want to come

                                                over?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (laughs)

                                                Yeah, if you'll pick me up.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Be right there.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S LIVING ROOM - A MOMENT LATER

 

Mia and Casey sit on the couch, feet resting on the coffee table, munching on popcorn. Mia snatches the remote from Casey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey!

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Mine.

 

She flips channels until 'Bring It On' comes on.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Have you seen this?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Do you want the official, press

                                                conference answer? Or do you want the

                                                dark, hidden only-the-few-know answer?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (grins)

                                                The dark one.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I love this movie. Kirsten Dunst is

                                                yummy.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                She's not my type.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (shrugs)

                                                I have a thing for blondes.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Evidently.

 

Casey looks at her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                What?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nothing.

 

She snatches back the remote. She stops on a documentary.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey, there's Jamie.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                What?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Not Jamie Jamie, but my friend Jamie.

                                                From New York.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh, I've seen this documentary.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You know, he asked me to be in this.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Really?

 

Casey nods.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                How come you didn't want to do it?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Because it's just.. weird. I don't

                                                like talking about my family or my

                                                family's money, especially on camera.

 

Mia nods as they watch some more.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Ew. Is that European guy as much of an

                                                asshole as he seems?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                God, much worse.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                So do you know everyone in this thing?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Most of them. Everyone that lives in

                                                or near New York.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Are you in New York often?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Every summer I go and stay there for a

                                                month and a half or so. Then for the

                                                rest of summer I do some traveling. I

                                                went to Greece last summer.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Damn. I'd kill to go to Greece. I did

                                                go to Rome however.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh my God, isn't Rome incredible?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh, I loved the Forum. You're like

                                                walking the same steps that people

                                                walked thousands of years ago.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (nods)

                                                It's very surreal.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Not to mention, I have a thing for

                                                Italians.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I'm sure you do.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Do you have a little Italian in you,

                                                Casey?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (grins)

                                                Want some?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                That's the cheesiest pick-up line

                                                ever. It sounds like something Andrew

                                                would say.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Well, I did get it from him.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (smiles)

                                                Figures.

 

Mia takes back the remote again.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                What church does Jamie go to?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Blonde Jamie or rich Jamie?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Blonde Jamie.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                It's called the Unitarian Universalist

                                                Church of Long Beach.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (makes a face)

                                                What the hell is a Unitarian

                                                Universalist?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I have no clue. Jamie tried to explain

                                                it to me. I didn't understand much of

                                                it, but she said it could really be

                                                summed up as a religion that doesn't

                                                actually contain any religion.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                That's weird.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (shrugs)

                                                As long as it's not a cult.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You never know. You oughta check it

                                                out.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nah. That would require meeting her

                                                dad. I'd prefer to laze about in the

                                                safety of my own, empty home.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Sounds boring.

 

Casey nudges her with an elbow.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Not when you're here.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Well then, I should come here every

                                                Sunday.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (smiles)

                                                OK. I'll give you the code for the

                                                door and you can surprise me.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                How is it a surprise if you already

                                                know about it?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Because by tomorrow I'll forget I gave

                                                you the code, and if you just walk in

                                                the house on Sunday, I'll be

                                                surprised.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                If you say so.

 

Mia changes the channel to one of the MTV channels that actually play music videos. Christina Milian's "Dip It Low" remix featuring Shawna is playing.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (gasps)

                                                I love this song!

 

She hops up off the couch and starts to dance in the middle of Casey's living room.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Dance with me.

 

Casey smiles and shakes her head.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I'm tired.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (petulantly)

                                                But... you love to dance.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                But I'm tired.

 

Mia stops and regards her, hands on hips.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You must not have a whole lot of...

                                                stamina then.

 

Casey sits up indignantly.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I have plenty of stamina, thank you

                                                very much!

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh yeah?

 

Casey crosses her arms.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah.

 

Mia gives her a saucy look.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Prove it.

 

Mia slowly swivels her hips tantalizingly. Casey stares.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (licks her lips)

                                                Uhh... I, uh..

 

Casey clears her throat. Mia stops dancing.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                God, I'm so sorry.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, no...

 

Mia sighs and turns off the music, then sits on the coffee table in front of Casey.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                We need to talk.

 

Casey runs a hand through her hair.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I like you, Casey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I know.

                                                (chuckles)

                                                You're not exactly subtle about it,

                                                Mia. You did just swivel your hips at

                                                me.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (sighs)

                                                I know.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                And Chris keeps hinting at it.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                That little shit.

 

Casey laughs.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Well, I do like you. And I like

                                                flirting, but I didn't mean to make

                                                you uncomfortable. I'll stop.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, don't stop.

 

Mia gives her a questioning look.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Do you mean..?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                God, no.

 

Mia's shoulders slump a little.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Wait, I didn't mean it like that.

 

Casey runs a hand through her hair again.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm not

                                                saying I want to uh, do anything, you

                                                know? I mean, I'd never cheat on

                                                Jamie. But..

                                                (shrugs)

                                                I kinda like it when you flirt with

                                                me.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Why? Surely Jamie must flirt with you.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, yeah, but it's different. With

                                                her it's all sweet and innocent and

                                                everything. But with you it's..

                                                it's...

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Not so sweet and innocent.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Exactly. So it doesn't bother me, as

                                                long as we're clear on the fact that

                                                uh...

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (nods)

                                                That nothing will ever happen.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah. Is that.. are you...

 

Casey blows out a frustrated breath.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                God, I can't speak for shit sometimes.

 

Mia laughs.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I don't want to hurt your feelings,

                                                Mia.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                No, I'm cool with everything. As long

                                                as I still get to be your friend.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Of course.

 

Mia chews her bottom lip for a moment.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Does she know you're not a virgin?

 

Casey remains silent.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Jesus, Farrell. You really suck at

                                                this girlfriend thing.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Cut me some slack. It's not like I've

                                                had a girlfriend before.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You've never had a girlfriend before?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, not really.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Ever?

 

Casey shakes her head.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                But you.. you're...

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                And I'd really rather not talk about

                                                it right now.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Ok.

 

She holds up her hands.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                That's ok. But if you change your mind

                                                and you want to talk about it, you

                                                know where to find me.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Thanks.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (smiles)

                                                Now that we understand each other..

 

Mia slaps her hands down on her thighs and stands up.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Are you going to dance with me?

 

Casey laughs and allows herself to be pulled up.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY – MORNING

 

Clark and Jamie walk through the sparsely populated hallway together. Leah walks by and smiles at them as she passes.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                Hey, Jamie.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (confused)

                                                Oh, hey.

 

Clark turns to watch Leah as she walks away.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Do you know her?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (shakes her head)

                                                No.

 

They get to Clark's class.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Alright. See you at lunch.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok.

 

She continues walking alone. Casey spots Jamie walking towards Marine Bio and jogs to catch up to her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                How come you're always so early in the

                                                morning?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I don't know. My dad's always dropped

                                                us off early.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh. Well, I would've been earlier, but

                                                I was getting breakfast and I had to

                                                wait because the cashier woman just

                                                had to give me a receipt.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                A receipt?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, can you believe that? I bought a

                                                doughnut and they gave me a receipt

                                                for the doughnut. I don't need a

                                                receipt for a doughnut; I give you the

                                                money and you give me the doughnut,

                                                end of transaction. We don't need to

                                                bring ink and paper into this.

 

Jamie makes a face.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Exactly.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You ate a doughnut for breakfast?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Why not?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Those are so awful for you.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Live fast, die young, leave a good

                                                looking corpse.

 

Jamie pinches her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                Ow! You know you're always hitting me

                                                or pinching me or something. Clark

                                                too.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Maybe you two deserve it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Maybe you should try anger management.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I'll sign up for classes if you stop

                                                eating lard for breakfast.

 

Casey shakes her head.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No deal.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Well then, I guess you'll just have to

                                                get used to me beating you up all the

                                                time.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh yeah?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (grins)

                                                Yeah.

 

Casey looks around at the mostly deserted hallway and leans down to give Jamie a soft kiss.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok. But be gentle. I bruise easily.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                Ok.

 

Casey takes her hand and they continue heading to class.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - A MOMENT LATER

 

Mia and Chris sit on the steps by their classroom. A few other pairs are scattered throughout the hallway.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                I hate projects.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (shrugs)

                                                At least we get to work together on

                                                this one.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Yeah, I guess. So what did you do this

                                                weekend? I tried calling you

                                                yesterday.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh. I went to Casey's house.

 

Mia frowns as she writes in her notebook.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                What's wrong?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Well, I'm kinda mad at her. At least

                                                now that I've had a day to think

                                                everything over.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                (grins)

                                                Ooooh, scoop.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                It's not funny, Chris.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Ok. But what did she do?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Well, we were hanging out and at one

                                                point I kinda hit on her.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                (smiles)

                                                Uh-huh.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                And I told her I'd stop, but then she

                                                told me not too.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                What does that mean? Like she wants to

                                                hook-up?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                No. Basically she wants to be with

                                                Jamie and have a relationship with

                                                Jamie, but she wants to keep me around

                                                for when she gets bored and when she

                                                wants someone to be all sexy and

                                                flirty with her.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                (laughs incredulously)

                                                She said that?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Not in those words, no. But that's

                                                what the gist of it was.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                That's so wrong. It's like she wants

                                                to have her cake and eat it to.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I know! What kind of shit is that?

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Well, did you tell her off?

 

Mia hangs her head.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (sighs)

                                                No.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Why not?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Because I just couldn't. I mean, it

                                                wasn't like she was all sleazy about

                                                it or anything. She was kind of sweet

                                                and embarrassed and bashful and all

                                                that cute crap about it. I didn't have

                                                the heart to yell at her.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Well, I should tell her off for you.

                                                That's just so... wrong.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                No, you can't. She can't know I told

                                                you about it.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                But..

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                In fact, no one can know about it. You

                                                know how things get around school,

                                                especially when Casey's involved. I

                                                don't want Jamie to know about it.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                But if that's the way Casey is, I

                                                think someone should enlighten her to

                                                her girlfriend's ways.

 

Mia grabs his arm.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Don't you dare. I'll beat you to death

                                                with a platform shoe.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Mia...

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm serious. This shouldn't even be an

                                                issue. She has a girlfriend and I

                                                shouldn't have come on to her so

                                                strongly.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Oh, come on. I doubt it was that bad.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I swiveled my hips at her and told her

                                                to prove that she had stamina.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                (winces)

                                                Ok, yeah that is a little strong.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Just don't say anything to anyone.

                                                Please?

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Ok.

 

Casey and Jamie walk by them on their way to class. Casey smiles and gives them a wave as they pass. Mia smiles and waves back. Once Jamie and Casey walk out of the building, Mia crumples up her paper and throws it towards the door.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Damn you, Farrell. I'm like in love

                                                with you and you're in love with her.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                What are you going to do?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Nothing. Just... nothing.

 

He studies her for a moment, then wraps an arm around her shoulders and squeezes.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                What do you have for eighth period

                                                today?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                English.

                                                (laughs)

                                                With Casey.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Let's blow off eighth and go take a

                                                stroll up in Venice.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Ok.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                We'll find some hot, half naked roller-

                                                blader for you. And one for me.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Sounds like a plan.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. MARINE BIO - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey sits there and stares at the small shark in the dissection tray in front of them. Jamie flips through their instruction papers. Casey takes a scalpel and gently pokes the shark, which lays horizontally, head on Casey's side, tail on Jamie's.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Are you sure it's dead?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yes, Casey. It's dead.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (frowns)

                                                It's staring at me.

 

Jamie looks over and turns the tray around so the tail is in front of Casey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Now it's flaunting it's tail at me.

 

She peers at the head again.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I don't swing that way, buddy.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Casey?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yes, Jamie?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You're talking to our experiment.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I like to get to know my victims

                                                before I slice them up. It's only the

                                                polite thing to do.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Please stop.

 

Casey grins and wiggles her eyebrows.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                But it's such scintillating

                                                conversation.

 

Jamie smacks Casey's thigh.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ow. That reminds me, Miss Anger

                                                Management...

 

She reaches over and confiscates all the dissection tools.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I'll be handling the sharp, dangerous

                                                objects. You can't be trusted. Sharky

                                                here might check me out again, and you

                                                might fly into a jealous rage and

                                                there'll be yelling and slashing and

                                                horror and it won't be pretty.

 

Jamie gives her a puppy dog look.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well.. I guess you can handle the

                                                pins.

 

She dumps the pile in front of Jamie.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                Oh, thanks.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (chews her lip)

                                                Ok, you can use the scalpel. But I'll

                                                be watching you very closely.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Deal.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ooh, there's two.

 

She grabs the second scalpel and scrapes it along the side of the shark.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey, he was right.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                About what?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                When you rub the skin towards the tail

                                                it's all smooth.

 

She demonstrates with her scalpel.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                But when you rub back towards the

                                                head, it's all sand-paper-y.

 

She does so and it makes a scraping sound.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Do you want to make the first cut?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nah, you go ahead.

 

Jamie pulls on her pair of rubber gloves as Casey does the same. Jamie takes the shark and flips it over onto its back.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok. So it says to make a long cut down

                                                the stomach, then a cut at the top of

                                                it, and a cut at the bottom.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                And we're supposed to pin the flaps of

                                                skin down?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yeah. Ready?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ready.

 

Jamie places her scalpel on the shark's stomach, but hesitates. After a moment, she shakes her head.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I can't do this. You do it.

 

Casey snaps her glove and grins.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nice knowing you, Nemo.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                The shark's name was Bruce.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Whatever. Bruce, Nemo, Squalus

                                                acanthias, Amphiprion ocellaris.

                                                They're both fish.

 

Jamie blinks at her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                What?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You remember their scientific names.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I do?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You just said them.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh.

                                                (grins)

                                                Yay, me.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                And you don't even study. I think I

                                                hate you.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, you don't.

 

Casey nudges her with her shoulder and grins at her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (blushes)

                                                Yeah, yeah. But by the way, Bruce was

                                                a great white shark, not a dogfish

                                                shark like our little friend here. So

                                                he's actually a Carcharodon

                                                carcharias.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                Touché.

 

Casey starts to make an incision. Jamie looks away.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You know, I can do this whole project

                                                by myself if you can't stomach it.

 

She finishes the incision and pins down the flaps of skin. Jamie looks back down at the shark and starts examining it.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No, it's not that. I just have a

                                                problem with the first cut. I was the

                                                same way when we did frogs in middle

                                                school.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Why is that?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I don't know. I just don't like doing

                                                it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, it's not like you're all PETA

                                                for sea creatures. I've seen you eat

                                                them.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yeah, but they don't look like they

                                                regularly do when I eat them. I'm sure

                                                if your victim here was battered and

                                                deep fried I'd have no problem with

                                                it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (disgustedly)

                                                With eating him?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No, with dissecting him. It'd be

                                                easier if it wasn't so recognizable.

 

Casey starts to poke and prod around in the shark.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Shrimp are still pretty recognizable.

                                                What with their tails and all.

 

Jamie gives her a look.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I mean their heads. They're

                                                cephalopods. Which means "head-foot."

 

Jamie smiles at her proudly.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Good girl. But I'm still wildly

                                                jealous about the fact that you can

                                                recall these types of things off the

                                                top of your head without even paying

                                                attention in class. And you haven't

                                                been having as much trouble with your

                                                lines as I have.

 

Casey shrugs and grabs one of the instruction papers.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I've kinda always been like that.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You little secret genius, you.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Am not.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Are too.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Am not.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Are too.

                       

                                                            CAMPBELL

                                                Ok, children.

 

Mr. Campbell passes by and inspects their work.

                       

                                                            CAMPBELL

                                                How are you doing here?

 

Casey points.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I'm afraid we might've offended our

                                                patient. We've been referring to him

                                                as, well, a 'he', when in fact, if I'm

                                                seeing things clearly, it's a 'she'.

 

Jamie leans a little closer.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You're right.

                       

                                                            CAMPBELL

                                                Looks good, you two. Make sure you

                                                fill out everything on your diagrams.

 

They both nod and he moves on. Jamie and Casey take a moment to write down a few things.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Am not.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (grins)

                                                Are too.

 

Casey chuckles and shakes her head.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                By the way, those battered and deep

                                                fried shrimp are so bad for your

                                                health.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I'll give up fried shrimp if you give

                                                up doughnuts.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                I'll never give up doughnuts. Do you

                                                hear me? Never. No matter what deal

                                                you try to make.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                We'll see.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. GEOMETRY - NOON

 

Casey yawns as the teacher drones on. She notices Mia drifting as well, and sticks her tongue out at her. Mia gives her a small smile, but then starts doodling on her notebook. Casey frowns and studies her for a moment. The bell rings as everyone packs up their stuff for lunch. Mia sighs as she closes her notebook.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Are you uh...

 

Casey scratches the back of her head.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                ..okay?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Why do you ask?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You're awful quiet today.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                What?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You're really quiet. What's up? Dad

                                                stuff?

 

Chris gives Casey a dirty look, but she doesn't notice.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (shakes her head)

                                                Oh, no,  I'm just...

 

They start to shuffle out of class.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm not feeling too good.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Not feeling too well.

 

Mia gives her a look.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Sorry. You know, Mrs. Chesler's

                                                influence. I find myself speaking

                                                proper English and correcting others'

                                                speech just like she does. It's

                                                bizarre.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Now that you mention it, can you call

                                                me tonight and let me know what we did

                                                in her class today? I think I'm gonna

                                                go home.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, sure. Are you alright?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm just gonna go home and sleep. I've

                                                been doing a lot of dance rehearsals

                                                for the upcoming show.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Yeah. They've been working us pretty

                                                hard.

 

Casey looks between the two of them.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok. Feel better.

 

Mia grabs Chris' arm and they head out.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CHRIS'S CAR - A MOMENT LATER

 

Chris and Mia get into Chris's car. She buckles her seatbelt and crosses her arms across her chest. He glances over at her. She stares out the window and sniffles quietly.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Are you ok?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm fine.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You're crying.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (scoffs)

                                                I am not.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Mia...

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (interrupts)

                                                Chris. I'm not.

 

He sighs and reaches out and pats her arm.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. PLAYHOUSE - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey dances her way towards Clark and Jamie.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (singing)

                                                Ride with me. Ride with me. Ride with

                                                me. Ahh, ah, ah.

 

She slides onto the bench next to Jamie.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Hey yourself. Now that song is stuck

                                                in my head.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I like that commercial. The one where

                                                everyone's wildly dancing their asses

                                                off with their trendy iPods. I have an

                                                iPod. I want to be in that commercial.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Get an agent.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hmm. I should. And I'll make you get

                                                one with me. We can be movie stars

                                                together.

 

Jamie reaches over the grabs one of Casey's fries.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What would I be?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, you'd be a movie star along with

                                                us. You'll be the Academy Award

                                                winning actress. I'll be the lesbian

                                                heartthrob. Clark will be... Clark.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (indignantly)

                                                Hey! Why can't I be a gay heartthrob?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Because I demand all the attention. I

                                                want it. I need it.

 

They look at each other for a moment.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I NEEEED it!

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (simultaneously)

                                                I NEEEED it!

 

Jamie laughs and eats another one of Casey's fries.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok, you two love that cartoon way too

                                                much.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nonsense.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You know, you should stop buying from

                                                the McDonalds on campus for lunch

                                                every day.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I don't get it every day.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                4 days a week then.

 

Casey wiggles a fry in front of her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Don't think I haven't noticed you

                                                eating my food, miss high and mighty.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I'm morally bound to. I can't let you

                                                shove all of this fat and oil into

                                                your mouth. I shall sacrifice my own

                                                health, to ease the burden on yours.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                I'll sacrifice my health for yours

                                                too!

 

He reaches over Jamie to get to the fries but Casey snatches them up.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, no, no.

 

She shakes a finger at him.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Bad Clark.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                How come Jamie gets to eat your fries?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Cause she's special.

 

Jamie smiles at her.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                You're so mean to me.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I have not yet begun to be mean to

                                                you.

 

She waves a few fries in his face, then shoves them into her mouth before he can grab them.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Now that's mean.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                Casey, stop.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                I'll make it up to you, Clark. How

                                                about you guys come over afterschool

                                                and watch our favorite rectangular

                                                sponge? I bought the first season on

                                                DVD.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                I was going to hang out with Andrea.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Oh.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                But you go, Jamie. I'll cover for you.

 

He reaches over quickly and grabs some fries before Casey can defend them. Casey shouts indignantly. Jamie hits his shoulder.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (laughs)

                                                Ow.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Lying, bad.

 

Casey glares at him.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Stealing, worse.

 

She huddles her fries to her chest. Jamie pats her shoulder.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I'm not going to lie to dad. I'll just

                                                ask him if I can go to Casey's.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                You know, he won't let you go unless

                                                I'm there. So that, my dear, is

                                                exactly what we're going to tell him.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Clark...

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (grins)

                                                You're such a goody-two shoes

                                                sometimes, Jamie. I thought I taught

                                                you better than that.

 

Jamie rolls her eyes.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Alright.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Just call Andrea's cell when you're

                                                done hanging out and we'll come get

                                                you.

 

Leah bounds over from Mia's group.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                Hey, Casey. Jamie.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (smiles)

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                I'm having a party Saturday. You guys

                                                up for it?

 

Casey turns and looks at Jamie. After a moment, Jamie realizes that Casey wants her to decide.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Oh, um. I'm not sure. I'll have to ask

                                                my dad.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                (laughs)

                                                That's cool. If you get the ok, it's

                                                at 8. You remember where I live, Case?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh, yeah.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                Alright. See you.

 

Jamie watches her leave.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You know, people I've never met before

                                                know my name. They like, know who I

                                                am.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (shrugs)

                                                It doesn't bother you does it?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No. It's weird, but it doesn't bother

                                                me.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (smiles)

                                                Ok.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S BALCONY – AFTERNOON

 

Jamie's out on Casey's balcony, leaning against the railing.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Casey comes in, carrying a bottle of iced tea and Cheetos. She spots Jamie outside and dumps her goods on the bed and joins her.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S BALCONY - CONTINUOUS

 

Casey comes up behind Jamie and slides her arms around her, resting her chin on her shoulder. Jamie smiles to herself.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                It's kinda cloudy today.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah.

                                                (pouts)

                                                I can't see Catalina.

 

Jamie places her hands over Casey's.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You know I've never been there? I've

                                                lived in Long Beach all my life and

                                                I've never been there.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I haven't gone yet, either. I'll take

                                                you.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Ok.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You don't get seasick, do you?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No. Well, sort of. We went on a

                                                sailboat for a field trip in

                                                elementary school, the Californian. I

                                                got a headache. Which is technically

                                                seasick, but my stomach doesn't hurt.

                                                Do you?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No. I don't really have problems with

                                                traveling. Well except..

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I'm terrified of plane take-offs.

 

Jamie turns her head to look at her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Really?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah. Once we're leveled out in the

                                                air, I'm fine, but I freak out during

                                                the climb up.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Why? Are you like, afraid of heights?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, not really. I don't know why it

                                                bothers me.

 

Jamie leans her head back to rest on Casey's shoulder and closes her eyes.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What else are you afraid of?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nuns.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                Nuns.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hell yeah. Nuns freak me out. And

                                                clowns. Especially if there's carnival

                                                music involved.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (chuckles)

                                                So circus dates are out, right?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Not entirely. I'm in love with Cirque

                                                Du Soleil.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What's that?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You've never heard of Cirque Du

                                                Soleil?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh my God. We have to run away to

                                                Vegas to see them. It's totally

                                                awesome. They do these incredible..

                                                things. I don't know how to describe

            it. It like the circus on an acid

                                                trip. And sometimes it's kinda creepy,

                                                but the stunts are mindblowing, so I

                                                don't mind it.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You know I think I have heard of them.

                                                I think they came to Long Beach once.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well I hope they come again. And I'll

                                                make you come with me.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Only if you let me pay.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Tickets for good seats are like

                                                hundreds of dollars.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Oh... well, we'll sneak in for free.

 

Casey laughs and kisses Jamie's shoulder.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Let's go.

 

She pulls back and tugs Jamie into the room.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Where?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                To Catalina.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What, right now?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Yeah.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                You're crazy.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                We'll only be gone a few hours.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Casey.

 

Casey continues to tug her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                C'mon.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Honestly, if I'm gonna let you spoil

                                                me and take me to Catalina, I'd rather

                                                go when we can spend all day over

                                                there.

                       

                                                CASEY

                                                (shrugs)

                                                Ok. We'll wait for the weekend then.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Ok.

 

Jamie hops up onto the bed.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Besides, today you promised me a

                                                rectangular sponge.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I did, didn't I?

 

Casey grabs the DVD set from next to the TV and unwraps it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I am a woman of my word.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Good. I like that. No one is a person

                                                of their word nowadays.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, you can thank my dad for that.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Why?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Cause he hasn't kept a promise to me

                                                in years. The more he is an asshole to

                                                me, the more I learn from his mistakes

                                                and do the exact opposite.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You shouldn't call your dad that. He

                                                can't be that bad.

 

Casey loads the DVD into the player. She pauses for a minute, then sighs and closes the DVD box.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (quietly)

                                                Yeah, he is.

 

Jamie chews her lip. Casey switches the TV on and turns around, giving Jamie a small smile. Jamie pats the bed next to her, and Casey flings herself onto the bed next to Jamie. Jamie laughs as the bed bounces. Casey hands her the remote.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Which one?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Something with Sandy in it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                Sandy Cheeks. That's so your new

                                                nickname now.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                No!

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yes.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Just you try and stop me.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. LONG BEACH TOWNE CENTER - A MOMENT LATER

 

Andrea and Clark are strolling through the Towne Center, glancing in several different shops. Meagan, Caleb, Leah, and Andrew are strolling as well. Meagan notices them and waves.

                       

                                                            MEAGAN

                                                Hey!

 

Clark looks around to see if she's talking to someone else.

                       

                                                            MEAGAN

                                                I'm talking to you, Clark.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (confused)

                                                Oh, uh.. hey.

 

He and Andrea share a glance.

                       

                                                            ANDREW

                                                Where's Casey and Jamie?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Oh, they're um, not here. They're off

                                                somewhere... I don't know.

                       

                                                            MEAGAN

                                                We're gonna get a bite to eat over at

                                                Lucille's. Want to join us?

 

Clark looks at Andrea.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                We uh, already ate. Thanks though.

                       

                                                            CALEB

                                                Come on. They've got killer food.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                We're cool.

                       

                                                            MEAGAN

                                                Alright. We'll see you at school then.

 

They head off, Clark and Andrea remain standing there. They look at each other for a moment, then laugh.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                What the hell was that?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                I have no idea.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                Since when did the popular crew pay

                                                attention to us arty loners?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                I have no idea.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                You know, I bet it's cause Jamie's

                                                dating Casey. When a high school

                                                celebrity like Casey hangs out with or

                                                dates someone, it's like it rubs off.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (laughs)

                                                That's high school for you.

 

They look up at the sky at the roll of thunder.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. MIA'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Mia checks outside her window.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Good thing we decided not to go to

                                                Venice. It's pouring like hell.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Ooh. I love the rain.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (nods)

                                                Thunder is hot.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Speaking of hot, who's hotter, Caleb

                                                or Andrew?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I don't know. Caleb reminds me of

                                                Casey so I'd go with Caleb.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Yeah, but have you seen Andrew's

                                                eyes?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Yeah. They are nice.

 

Mia flops down onto the bed and hugs her pillow.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Have you been checking anyone out

                                                lately?

 

Mia looks at him.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Besides Casey.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Not really.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You know who's been checking you out

                                                an awful lot lately?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Who?

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Leah.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh God. Don't even get me started on

                                                that. We broke up a long time ago.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You used to like her. A lot. More than

                                                a lot. You talked about her all the

                                                time.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (laughs)

                                                Oh my God, Chris. That was like, in

                                                middle school.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                (shrugs)

                                                I'm just saying. She's been checking

                                                you out again lately. Maybe you should

                                                go for it.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                She reminds me of Casey.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Exactly my point. And why does

                                                everyone remind you of Casey?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                No, just Caleb and Leah. They're

                                                twins, after all.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Well, they're hot twins. I think you

                                                should have a chat with Leah.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (sighs)

                                                Maybe. We'll see.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Casey and Jamie lay on the bed, watching TV, Jamie's head resting on Casey's shoulder.

                       

                                                            SPONGEBOB

                                                (on tv)

                                                Backing up! Backing up! Backing up!

                                                Backing up!

                       

                                                            SQUIDWARD

                                                (on tv)

                                                Well... you backed up.

 

Jamie giggles.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Everything I need to know about

                                                sarcasm, I learned from Squidward.

 

Casey eats a Cheeto. A very quiet rumbling is heard

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Did you hear that?

 

Jamie plays with the edge of Casey's shirt.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Hear what?

 

After a few moments, Casey sits up bolt upright. Jamie gasps in startlement and clutches her chest.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Oh my God.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (oblivious)

                                                Is it raining?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What?

 

Casey's eyes shift back and forth as she listens intently. After another moment, she hops off the bed and bounds over to the windows, throwing the curtains open.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hot damn!

 

She bolts out of the room.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                What the...

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S STAIRWAY - CONTINUOUS

 

Casey rushes down the staircase, grabbing the rail and jumping over the side instead of going down the last few steps. Jamie follows at a much slower pace.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S BACKYARD - CONTINUOUS

 

Casey flings open the back door and rushes out into the rain. She walks out into the middle of her large yard. She lifts her head up and spreads her arms out, letting the rain drench her. Jamie comes out onto the porch, pulling on her sweatshirt, shielded from the rain by the porch overhang.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                What are you doing?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                It's raining.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I can see that. What are you doing out

                                                in it? You're going to get sick.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I have white blood cells of steel.

 

She flexes her arms.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No germ is a match for me.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What about hypothermia?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You worry too much. I am not going to

                                                get hypothermia.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                It's cold.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Well then come out here and keep me

                                                warm.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                You are so insane.

 

Casey jogs back towards the porch and starts up the steps.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                C'mon. It's nice out here.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                It's pouring and 60 degrees out here.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Please?

 

Jamie smiles and shakes her head.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No.

 

Casey joins her on the porch and shivers slightly.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                See? Look! You're shivering!

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I.. i-it is cold.

 

Jamie sighs exasperatedly and wraps her arms around Casey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                But I'm going to get you wet.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I don't care. You're cold.

 

Casey wraps her arms around Jamie's waist and rests her chin on Jamie's shoulder.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Let's go inside.

 

After a few moments, a devilish grin breaks out on Casey's face and she tightens her grip on Jamie and lifts her up, quickly trotting down the steps, carrying her into the rain. Jamie screams.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Oh my God!

 

Casey laughs hysterically.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I'm going to kill you!

 

Casey bolts across the yard and they chase each other around, laughing and shouting. Casey catches Jamie around the waist and tickles her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (giggling)

                                                Stop!

 

Casey grins and hugs her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I can't believe you. I'm soaked.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Isn't it great? I love the rain.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You're such a liar too! You're all

                                                warm. You were fake shivering.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (shrugs)

                                                I'm very hot-blooded. I can walk

                                                around in the snow in a t-shirt.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Oh, and I bet you swim with polar

                                                bears too.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Actually you can do that. There's a

                                                place somewhere, where you swim in

                                                arctic water and you get a shark tooth

                                                or something for it.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You are so not going to do that.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                How did you even know I wanted to?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Because you've got that evil gleam in

                                                your eye.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                I do not have an evil gleam in my eye.

                                                I have a devilish gleam in my eye.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                Same thing.

 

Casey laughs with her, and leans down to very, very tenderly kiss Jamie on the lips. When she pulls back, Jamie spends a moment gazing into her eyes, then smiles and wraps her arms around Casey's neck, pulling her down for more.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. MIA'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Chris and Mia flip through magazines when the phone rings. Mia rolls over and grabs the phone on her nightstand.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Hello?

 

After a moment, her eyes widen and she covers the mouthpiece with her hand.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (whispers)

                                                Oh my God, it's Leah.

 

Chris smirks.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                (whispers)

                                                Told you.

 

He gets up.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                (whispers)

                                                I'm gonna head out. See you tomorrow.

 

He leaves. Mia watches him leave, then clears her throat.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Uh, yeah, I'm here. Sorry about that.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S LIVING ROOM - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey comes into the living room, bringing a couple of towels. Jamie pulls her sweatshirt over her head. Casey tries to look like she's not staring as Jamie takes her sweatshirt off.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Towel.

 

She hands it to Jamie.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Do you want some dry clothes or

                                                anything?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No. I'm pretty dry underneath my

                                                sweatshirt.

 

Casey takes the sweatshirt and drapes it over the back of a desk chair.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                It's my hair that's drenched.

 

Casey takes her own towel and puts it around her shoulders.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Here.

 

She takes Jamie's towel and puts it around her head. Then she roughly dries Jamie's hair. Jamie laughs.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Am I helping?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Much.

 

Casey moves the towel back to expose Jamie's face and her very tousled hair.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Have I ever told you that you're

                                                really, really cute?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                No, you haven't.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, you are really, really cute.

 

Jamie blushes.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Don't you know that?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I just uh, I never thought I was.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, I'll be sure to remind you every

                                                day.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (teases)

                                                Are you sure you'll be able to

                                                remember to do it every day? You can

                                                memorize the entire periodic table

                                                without even trying, but give you a

                                                birthday to remember and you're

                                                hopeless.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                Every time I look at you, I'll

                                                remember.

 

She places a kiss on the tip of Jamie's nose. Jamie leans up to kiss her on the lips, but the front door opens and Conor walks in, shaking his umbrella.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (startled)

                                                Dad? What are you doing here?

 

He sees them and smiles pleasantly.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Well, I do live here, Casey. Who is

                                                your friend?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh, um, dad this is my girlfriend,

                                                Jamie.

 

He shakes her hand.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Jamie...

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Devlin.

 

His smile dims slightly.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Ah, I see. It is a pleasure meeting

                                                you, Ms. Devlin.

 

He regards Casey's dripping form.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                You weren't uh, studying I assume.

 

Casey runs a hand through her wet hair self-consciously.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, we were playing in the rain.

 

Conor smirks.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Playing in the rain.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yeah, but um, it's getting kind of

                                                late, Casey. I think I should get

                                                home.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Alright, I'll take you.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Oh, Clark and Andrea are supposed to

                                                get me, remember?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh, yeah. Go on upstairs and call him.

                                                I'll be up there in a little bit.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok.

 

Jamie heads up the stairs. Conor glances through the mail as he loosens his tie. Casey watches him for a moment, then sighs and heads into the kitchen to wipe up the water they dripped onto the floor.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

 

Casey enters the bedroom and looks around. Jamie is in the bathroom, running her fingers through her hair. Casey leans on the doorframe and watches her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Hey. Is it alright if I use your comb?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Sure.

 

Jamie looks at her in the mirror.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You ok?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (smiles)

                                                Yeah. Did you get ahold of them?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yeah, they're on their way.

 

The phone rings and Casey answers it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hello?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (on phone)

                                                We're here.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Alright.

 

She hangs up.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                They're downstairs.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You know, I don't even know why I

                                                bothered to dry my hair if I'm just

                                                going to get it wet again.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Take my umbrella.

                                                (grins)

                                                It's not like I ever use it.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. CASEY'S HOUSE - A MOMENT LATER

 

Jamie and Casey walk out towards the driveway, Jamie under the umbrella, Casey avoiding it.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                Are you allergic to umbrellas?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yup.

 

Casey opens the back door to Andrea's car for her.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                Casey, what the hell are you doing?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (shrugs)

                                                I like the rain.

 

Jamie gives Casey a kiss.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Ooooooh.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I'll see you tomorrow.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok.

 

Jamie climbs in and closes the umbrella. Casey closes the door for her once she's in. Andrea pulls out of the driveway and Casey waves to them as she stands in the rain.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. ANDREA'S CAR – CONTINUOUS

 

Jamie stares dreamily out the window as they drive home. Andrea and Clark share a grin.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                So, what did you and Princess Charming

                                                do?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (absently)

                                                Huh?

 

Andrea laughs.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS

 

Casey comes back inside to see Conor reading some mail. She crosses her arms across her chest.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                What's your problem?

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Excuse me?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You don't like her.

 

He shakes his head and goes back to reading his mail.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Don't be ridiculous, Casey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I could've cut through the disapproval

                                                hanging in the room with a knife.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                I was appropriately polite.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Bull.

 

He turns toward her.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Casey...

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Don't think I didn't see your entire

                                                manner change when you learned her

                                                last name. Okay, yeah, she's not a

                                                Hearst or a Hilton or a Bloomberg, but

                                                I don't care because I like her.

 

He crosses his arms across his chest.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                That's exactly my point, Casey. The

                                                fact that you like her may blind you.

                                                How...

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (interrupts)

                                                She's not like that.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                I'm just saying that I think it'd be

                                                best if you date girls from your own

                                                class.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (scoffs)

                                                Yeah, right. Because that's what snobs

                                                do. Besides, the one time I dated a

                                                girl from 'my class', she.. she...

 

Casey sighs. He raises his eyebrows,

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                She what, Casey?

 

She remains silent.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Huh?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (sighs)

                                                Nothing.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                You know what? I don't even care, and

                                                I'm not even going to bother to tell

                                                you to stop seeing her, because I know

                                                you're just going to do whatever the

                                                hell you want anyway.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Good. As long as we're clear on that.

 

He takes in her drenched form.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                You're dripping all over my living

                                                room.

 

She shakes herself, flinging water all over the place.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (fake smile)

                                                Nice having you home early for a

                                                change, dad.

 

She stomps up the stairs. He watches her and sighs.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Casey starts to peel off her wet clothes. She changes into a dry t-shirt and army pants, then flops down onto her bed and picks up the phone.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (answering machine)

                                                Hey. I'm too drunk to answer the phone

                                                right now. Leave a message and I'll

                                                call you back once the room stops

                                                spinning.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                Hey, Mia. It's me, Casey.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. MIA'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Mia listens as Casey leaves a message on her machine.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (on machine)

                                                I'm wondering what you're doing drunk

                                                at 5 o'clock on a Monday. Call me back

                                                and let me know what the hell you're

                                                doing. Bye.

 

She hangs up and the machine clicks off. Mia chews her lip for a moment, then deletes the message.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. PLAYHOUSE - LUNCH

 

Casey sits in between Clark and Jamie, eating lunch. She slaps her hands on her thighs as she looks up at the sky.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Damn it. Why has it stopping raining?

                                                Why have you stopped raining?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Casey, you're talking to the clouds.

                                                You look crazy.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Maybe it looks like I'm talking to

                                                God. That's not so crazy.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Either way, I doubt it'll make it

                                                start raining again.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Don't say that. I shall start the

                                                biggest thunderstorm Long Beach has

                                                ever seen with the power of my will.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                If you say so.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I do.

                                                (narrows her eyes)

                                                You just wait and see.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                What, are you gonna conjure up some

                                                voodoo?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I'm partial to an American Indian rain

                                                dance myself.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (grins)

                                                You so don't know a rain dance.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yes, I do. And I'm a quarter Indian.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Don't lie.

 

Casey pinches him.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                I'm not lying. It's true.

 

Jamie looks at her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You are?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, from my mom.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Cool.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                I still think it won't work.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Want to bet?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Sure. I bet you 10 it doesn't rain

                                                again today.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (deadpan)

                                                Alright. Ten thousand dollars it is.

 

Clark's jaw drops. She looks at him seriously for a moment, then laughs.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Gotcha. 10 bucks it is.

 

Andrea walks up to them.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Where have you been? You missed class.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                My piece of trash they called a car

                                                when they sold it to me broke down. I

                                                had to take... the bus.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (gasps)

                                                Oh, the horror! Public transportation!

 

Andrea glares at her.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                Are you mocking me?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Why? Is it working?

 

Andrea swings her backpack around to whack Casey's side with it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Jesus! Jamie, help!

 

Clark quickly slides away from her on the bench as Andrea starts to swing again. Jamie holds out her hands.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Whoa! Can we not beat up my

                                                girlfriend?

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                Then tell her to leave me alone.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Casey, leave her alone.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Fine.

 

Andrea huffs and sits down on the other side of Clark. Jamie looks at Casey who grins at her and they both try not to laugh.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                My hero.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. QUAD - CONTINUOUS

 

Mia and Chris sit and eat along with the rest of the gang.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                What's wrong?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Nothing.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You're spacing out on me here.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Sorry. I'm just a little distracted, I

                                                guess.

 

He studies her for a moment.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                I miss you.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                What?

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                What happened to Hurricane Mia? What

                                                happened to my best friend who was

                                                wild and loud and danced at the

                                                slightest sound of music? Who slapped

            everyone on the ass as a greeting? Who

                                                didn't give a crap about what anybody

                                                else thought of her?

 

Mia stares at him, taken off guard.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Um, I...

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Ever since you and Casey had that

                                                little talk, you've been all quiet and

                                                downcast and shy and all that other

                                                lame ass crap.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                No I haven't.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You don't even hang out with us 

                                                anymore. You go straight home

                                                afterschool every day.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I, I guess I didn't realize.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                I'm tired of it, so this is what

                                                you're going to do. You're going to

                                                stop thinking about Casey, stop

                                                thinking about Jamie, stop being sad

                                                that they're together, and you're

                                                going to tell Leah that yes, you will

                                                go out with her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                What are you talking about? She didn't

                                                ask me out.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Then what did she call you for?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                She called to tell me about her party

                                                on Saturday.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Oh.. well, then you're going to the

                                                party. Got it?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (nods)

                                                Got it.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Now smile, damn it, and be lecherous

                                                with me.

 

Mia laughs.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Alright. Thanks for giving me kick in

                                                the ass.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You know you liked it.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (grins)

                                                I did. Hurt so good.

                                                (singing)

                                                C'mon baby, make it hurt so good.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                (sings along)

                                                Cause sometimes love don't feel like

                                                it should. You make it hurt so good.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - AFTERNOON

 

Casey leans up against the wall of lockers by Jamie's last class. The bell rings shrilly and she winces.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I hate that.

 

Students start to fill the hallway. Jamie comes out of her class, and sees her and smiles.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Hey. What are you doing here? Don't

                                                you have practice?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, but it's raining so we didn't go

                                                to the club. We worked out in the gym

                                                here.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                It's raining?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Are you sure?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                Uh, yeah. Positive.

 

Casey tugs on a lock of her wet hair.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                See?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Let's go.

 

Jamie takes her arm and leads her out of the hallway.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. EAST ENTRANCE - A MOMENT LATER

 

It's pouring outside as Jamie and Casey walk out of the school. Jamie leads her across the street to the park.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Where are we going?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Across the street.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Why?

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. BLAIR PARK - CONTINUOUS

 

Jamie stops and turns to face her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                One, because there's people over

                                                there. Two, because we can't get in

                                                trouble for things that take place off

                                                of school grounds. And technically,

                                                the park isn't school grounds.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                What would we get in trouble for?

 

Jamie grins and throws her arms around Casey's neck.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                This.

 

She tugs Casey down to kiss her.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. EAST ENTRANCE – CONTINUOUS

 

Mia, Chris, Meagan, Caleb, and Leah walk out of the school, sharing umbrellas. Mia laughs as Leah and Caleb argue.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                I'm driving.

                       

                                                            CALEB

                                                No, I'm driving.

 

Meagan sees Jamie and Casey across the street.

                       

                                                            MEAGAN

                                                Look!

 

She points to them.

                       

                                                            MEAGAN

                                                How picture perfect is that?

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                (nods)

                                                Making out in the rain. Very romantic.

           

Andrew gives them a funny look.

                       

                                                            CALEB

                                                What are you guys, nuts? It's not

                                                romantic. It's freezing.

                                                           

                                                            LEAH

                                                This is why you don't have a

                                                boyfriend.

 

Caleb walks away with his umbrella, leaving Leah without one.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                Hey!

 

Mia's lively manner continues to fall as she watches Jamie and Casey.

                       

                                                            MEAGAN

                                                Aren't they cute together?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (quietly)

                                                Yeah.

 

Chris nudges her and Mia shakes her head.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Are we going or what? I have better

                                                things to do than to spy on people and

                                                their love lives.

                       

                                                            CALEB

                                                It's not spying. It's observing. Learn

                                                the difference.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                You would know.

 

Leah grabs his umbrella and pulls it back to cover the both of them. They start tugging it back and forth as they head to the parking lot. Mia gives Jamie and Casey one more glance, then follows them.

                                   

                                                                                                                        FADE OUT.

 

Stay tuned for Ep. 105: “Homecoming”

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