MY SO-CALLED LIFE 1..3 ''Guns and Gossip'' Written by Justin Tanner Directed by Marshall Herskovitz Transcribed by Pete Stevens(Pstev@aol.com) Characters: Angela: Angela Chase, fifteen year old high school student Patty: Patty Chase, Angela's mom Graham: Graham Chase, Angela's dad Danielle: Danielle Chase, Angela's ten year old sister Rayanne: Rayanne Graff, Angela's best friend Amber: Amber Vallone, Rayanne's mom Brian: Brian Krakow, Angela's fellow student and next door neighbor Rickie: Rickie Vasquez, Rayanne and Angela's friend and classmate Mr. Foster: School principal Jordan: Jordan Catalano, Angela's classmate and love interest Sharon: Sharon Cherski, Angela's classmate and former best friend Gina: Friend and classmate of Sharon Man1: Irate parent of one of the students Women1: Irate parent of one of the students Boy1: Classmate of Angela's in gym class Boy2: Classmate of Angela's who picks on Rickie Boy3: Claassmate of Angela's who picks on Rickie Mr. Demitri: Angela's social studies teacher Ms Krzyzanowski: Guidance councelor Crystal: Classmate of Angela's; owner of the 'tragically shot' soda Gir11: Friend of Sharon in the girl's room [Mr. Demitri's social studies class. A video of President Kennedy's inaugural speech is playing on the television the class is watching. Rayanne, Angela, and Brian are there. A note is being passed around.] Angela(voice over): Grownups like to tell you where they were when President Kennedy was shot which they all know to the exact second.__Which makes me almost jealous. Like I should have something important enough to know where I was when it happened. I don't yet.__The fact that it was a better time then. When people knew what they were supposed to do. And how to make the world better. Now, nobody knows anything. We know who is popular. That social studies is boring. Or that Brian always has stomach trouble. [Brain gets up and goes to the bathroom.] Mr Demitri: Hurry back. Angela(voice over): But nobody knows anything important. [In the hallway, before entering the bathroom, Brian sees Rickie struggling over a cigar box with someone unseen. Back in the classroom the note is being passed around.] Angela(voice over): Instead of changing the world people sit in class and write notes about other people. [Rayanne reads the note, tries to stop from laughing, then passes it to Angela. A gun shot is heard. Brian comes out of the bathroom. He sees Rickie and an unknown person running away. There's a bullet hole in one locker with soda pouring out of it, and a gun and cigar box the floor. The students start coming out of the classrooms. A crowd gathers around Brian.] Crystal: Is that my soda? Mr. Demitri[pushing through the crowd]: Get back. Get back. Get back. Get back. Stay back. Be quiet__(to Brian) Did you see who it was?__ Did you? [Angela leaves the class room as she reads the note: Angela and Jordan Catalano COMPLETE SEX!!! IN HIS CAR ...Can you believe her?] [In a loud, crowded Girl's room, Angela and Rayanne enter. Angela pushes her way through.] Crystal: My God, I can not believe this. That is like the weirdest thing that ever happened at this school. Ever. Ok, I mean just think about who if we all weren't in our class rooms just minding our own business. And look. By what. I could have-I could have been right at that spot. I was there like ten minutes earlier. I mean-- Rayanne: What is the big deal? I mean it's not like anybody even got a flesh wound. A bottle of soda was shot tragically. [She shrugs] Crystal: Well, I don't want our school to have a reputation. Rayanne: You mean like yours? [Rayanne pushes her way to the mirror.] Rayanne: Everyone knows there are, like, fifty guns in school at any given moment. And the fact that they haven't gone off before shows you what a totally safe place this is__(to the whole room) Give it a rest. [ Rayanne pushes her way to Angela standing by the wall] Geez__Excuse me__Excuse me. (To Angela) Nobodies going to get shot I promise you. [Realizes Angela is thinking of the note]__Oh. Angela: Who would write a note like that? Rayanne: Everybody writes notes like that. We write notes like that. Angela: Yeah, but we write notes that are true. Rayanne(sarcastically): You mean this isn't true? Angela: Rayanne__We barely made out. You haven't been telling people-- Rayanne: Oh, Angela, come on. [Spots Rickie] Hey Rickie (to Angela) I wouldn't blab about your personal life. I promise you. [Rickie pushes his way to them. One girl looks at him askance.] Rickie(to the girl): What are you looking at? [Rayanne kisses Rickie] Rayanne: What happened to your shirt? Rickie: Oh nothing. I just caught it on the fence outside. So, do you believe all this? Rayanne: Did you see anything? Rickie: Oh, no. I-I was in English. Rayanne(to Angela smiling): Maybe I should get a gun. (To the crowd) BAM BAM__(to Rickie)What do you mean you were in English. You were supposed to be in social studies. Rickie: Ah, what's the difference. (To Angela) So, what's this I hear about you and Jordan? Angela[pressing her head against the wall]: I can't believe this. Rayanne(sarcastically): You know they had sex. Angela: Rayanne. Rickie[smiling]: That's what I heard. Angela: You heard it to? Oh, God, just shot me. Rayanne(sarcastically): We could probably arrange that. Rickie[laughing]: You mean you didn't have sex? Rayanne[She pulls Angela close to her and strokes her hair]: Angela, come on. Come here. You got to start thinking of this as a positive thing. I mean, this could help you get to the next level with Jordan__ok, did he at least think you were a good kisser? Angela: I don't know. Rickie: Well, did you like the way he kissed? Angela: They weren't the kind of kisses you could actually evaluate. They were__ *introductory* kisses. Rayanne:You should have just had sex with him. [In Angela's dinning room, Angela, Danielle, Graham, and Patty are sitting down to dinner.] Patty(upset): Where were you when the gun went off? Angela: Mom, it wasn't anywhere near us. We barely heard it. Patty[dishing out food]: We have to worry about our kids being shot in school. How did it come to this. This is horrible. This is a disgrace to all of us-- Danielle: That's too much. Patty[passing a plate to Graham]: I'm sorry honey.__I'm, you know, I'm going to say it in this meeting tonight. I am. I mean it. We have to draw the line somewhere. We just can't keep excepting the total deterioration-- Angela: The only thing that was shot was a bottle of soda. Patty: You know, I don't even know if you should go there alone anymore. Maybe we should drop you off every morning. Angela: Dad. Graham(to Patty): Honey, the gun was in the school. We can't be with her all day. Angela: We are not going to change our entire lives over this. There was one stupid gun shot. You are not dropping me at school. Gawd. I'm not an eight years old. Danielle: At my school this kid slipped on this wet spot. And fell. Like on his face. [In the Angela's kitchen after dinner where Graham and Patty are cleaning up]. Patty: Maybe we should take her out of school. Graham: Honey. Patty: Put her in private school. Graham: Well, I wish we could afford that. Patty: Well, maybe that's not an excuse. Maybe we should sacrifice other things. Graham: Like the house in Palm Beach. [Graham kisses Patty on the cheek.] Patty(exasperated): This is our daughter we're talking about. Graham: I know__Listen, I don't know why the world's gone crazy, and I don't know what to do about it. I wish__we could keep them__in some kind of bubble but I know we can't. Patty: I'm not asking for a bubble. How about just a place where they could live, and walk to school, and become grownups without having to worry about guns and AIDS and serial murderers. That didn't use to be exotic. That wasn't the province of the rich. We all had that. Why can't they have that? Graham:__I don't know. [In the school gymnasium. Angela and Rayanne stand by the door watching boys basketball drills. One boy looks at Angela too intently.] Angela: There, did you see that? Rayanne: Hu? what. Angela: That guy. People are looking at me. Rayanne[smiling]: That's good. Angela: They're *looking* at me. Rayanne: Oh, they're *looking* at you. [Boy1 passes by Angela.] Boy1: Hi. Angela: Hi. [The boy leaves, and Angela and Rayanne begin to laugh.] Angela: You see. Now what was that about? Rayanne: He said hi? Angela: That was not hi. Rayanne: That was hi. Angela: That was a *different* hi. Rayanne: That was a he wants to get to know you hi. Angela: From someone who never talks to me has never talked me and would never talk to me. Rayanne: Except now he thinks you put out so he talks to you. [Laughs] See, I told you that note was good. Angela: Rayanne. [Rayanne and Angela spot Jordan.] Rayanne: Maybe Jordan started the rumor. Angela: Please, don't be ridiculous. Rayanne: It's a very guy thing to do. [In the crowded school hallway afterward Rayanne chases down Jordan.] Rayanne: Hey Catalano. Jordan: Hey. Rayanne: So, ah, what about this gun thing, hu? Hate to be that soda bottle. Splat. [Angela walks into the hallway and sees police searching lockers, and Rickie being bullied by two guys on the stairs, and Rayanne and Jordan talking. She leaves in the other direction.] Rayanne: So, do you know what everyone is saying? Jordan: What? Rayanne: Oh, about you and Angela. How you guys had sex. Jordan: Who? Rayanne: You and Angela. Jordan: No. Who's saying that? Rayanne: I don't know. People. I mean. She told me the truth, of course. Jordan: What truth? Rayanne: How far you guys went, you know. Jordan: Well. Yeah. Cause nothing happened. Rayanne[as Jordan walks away from her]: Right, so how come it's all over school. I mean, you're not talking it up like some low-life derelict cretin telling everyone you did her are you? [Jordan shakes his head no and walks away.] Rayanne[smiling]: Just checking. [Brian is at his locker. Sharon and Gina come up to him.] Sharon: Hi Brian. Brian: Hi. Sharon: Oh, um, this is Gina. Gina: Hey. Brian: Right. Hi. Sharon: Brian saw the entire thing. Gina: I heard you, liked, chased the gunmen. Brian: Chased the gunmen? Gina: I would have just screamed. I have to leave the room when my father uses the electric knife. Brian: Well, I think chase is a little bit strong, but, I mean I was going to check out the situation, because you know if there's a gun-- [Principle Foster comes up from behind Brian and puts his hand on his shoulder.] Brian: Mr. Foster Mr. Foster: My man Mr Krakow. Are you still getting all those A's? Brain: Yes sir. Mr. Foster: That's real good Mr. Krakow. I want you to come to my office for a few minutes. I need to ask you about a few things. Brian: Oh, ah, well, actually I have a class, and ah-- Mr. Foster: You're excused from you next class, Mr Krakow. Brian: Oh really. Mr. Foster[walking away]: Uh hu. Brian: Great. I mean, of course. [Brian follows Mr. Foster. Angela enters the hallway and sees Sharon and Gina whispering about her.] [In Mr. Foster's office, Mr. Foster is there with Brian.] Mr. Foster[looking at Brian's record]: Man these are some grades. You always gotten grades like this? Brian: Yes sir. Mr. Foster: We need more kids in our school like you, Brian. All the schools need more kids like you. Brian: Oh. Mr. Foster: You're on a valedictorian path, Mr Krakow. All your teachers give you an unqualified thumb's up. [Mr. Foster gives Brian the thumb's up sign, and Brian does the same in response. Mr. Foster begins pacing around the office.] Mr. Foster:____So. What happened yesterday? Brian: Well, I told Mr. Higgins-- Mr. Foster: Yeah, I know. But I'd like to hear it from you. Brian: Right. Well, I was leaving the bathroom and I heard a shot-- Mr. Foster: And you were in the bathroom because? Brian: Because? I, ah, had to go to the bathroom-- Mr. Foster: Which one? Brian: The one by the-- Mr. Foster: No, I meant what kind? ___How long were you in the bathroom? Brian: Well, I didn't actually go. I mean. Well, I had a stomach ache but I didn't actually go. Mr. Foster: Because? ___Because you heard something in the hallway. Brian: I-I heard like a scuffle, but I didn't see anyone when I came out. Mr. Foster: You heard a scuffle loud enough to prevent you from taking nature's call but you didn't see anything. Brian: No sir. Mr. Foster: Brian, I don't think I have to tell you this is a serious criminal act were talking about here. Brian: Yes sir. Mr. Foster: I'd hate to hear you were protecting someone. With your unblemished record and all. Brian: I'm not protecting anyone. [In the hallway outside Mr. Foster's office, Brian comes out of the door. He spots Rickie waiting. They eye each other, and Brian walks away] [In a large school class room, in the evening, Mr. Foster presides over a crowd of noisy adults. Amber is in the crowd. Patty enters the room.] Mr. Foster: Ladies and gentlemen. Ladies and gentlemen, please may I have your undivided attention for moment. Please may I have your attention. Your undivided attention. [The crowd settles down] Thank you. I just wanted to let you know some of the things we have been working on to ensure a safe environment here at Liberty. We will not tolerate violence in our schools. We will not except it, and we will not live with it. But all the safety measures in the world won't work unless I have the cooperation of you. All of you... Amber(to the person next to her): Yeah. The people who come to these meetings are the people who let their kids have guns. Man1: But are you getting the guns out of school. That's the only question that's important here. Mr. Foster: We're going-we're going to open this up for your comments in just one moment, but please-- Woman1: My daughter has been in tears for thirty-six hours. We are not going to live with this kind of terror in our schools. Mr. Foster: Friends. One moment please. We're going to get nowhere fast if each and every one of us talks out of turn. Now, as I was saying to your point Madam, Ms Krzyzanowski here is going to provide special counseling for any student who has a problem coping with the incident... Amber(to the person next to her): Oh that *is* good. Put the kids in therapy so they can adjust to being shot. Mr. Foster: We can hear what everybody has to say if we could just say it one at a time. Amber[waving her hand]: Excuse me, Mr. Principle-- Mr. Foster: What would really help if you would just say your name and the name of your child. Amber: My name is Amber Vallone and I have a daughter Rayanne Graff who I leave in your capable hands everyday, and what I'd like to know is, while you're bring in counselors, and being all upset, should I just send my daughter to school in a bullet prove vest every day[shouts as the crowd respones to her comments] or are you actually going to do something about the guns in our school. It's not the lack of economic opportunity or the poor home lives, or the lack of values. But the guns. You know the things that shoot. Are you going to get that gun out of our school? [Outside the school with the meeting letting out, Patty and Amber walk down some steps.] Patty: Hey, you know, I really liked what you said in there. Amber[laughing]: Oh God. Patty: I wish I could be that-- Amber: What? Loud? Obnoxious? Patty[laughing]: Forceful___I'm Patty Chase. Amber: Hi. Patty: Angela's mom? Amber: Ah, wow. *Angela*. Oh, Rayanne talks about her all the time. She's in love with her. She wants to be Angela. Patty: Really. Gosh they-they seem so different Amber: Oh, you know kids. They find one person and they just can't get enough of them. Like being in love only they re not allowed to have sex. Patty[laughing]: Right. [Amber sits on a wall and lights a cigarette.] Amber: No, don't you remember there would be like this one person who had like perfect hair, or perfect breasts, or they were just so funny, and-and you just wanted to eat them up. Just-just live in their bed. Just be them. Like everybody else was in black and white and that person was in color. Well, Rayanne thinks Angela is in color. Major color. Patty: Thanks. So, um, how is Rayanne handling this whole_incident? Amber: Oh she's great. I'm the basket case. Patty: Angela's just the same. Amber: Who's going to shoot me with this bod, Mom, she says. Ah, they think they're immortal. And they have other things on their minds. [Amber screams with delight, jumps off the wall, and grabs Patty.] Amber: Speaking of which Jordan is unbelievable. Your daughter has complete taste. Patty: Ex-excuse me? Amber: Rayanne showed me his picture in the yearbook. If I were Angela running around with him, I wouldn't give a damn about guns in the school either. Patty: So-so you think that_Jordan has gotten in the way_for _Angela-- Amber: Ooooh, and she was so obsessed with him all that time and now, wham bam it's actually happening. But we know what that 's like right? Young love. Or lust. What's' the difference. Patty[laughing nervously]: Wham bam. Amber: Yeah. Patty: Jordan. Amber: Mmmmm. [In Angela's kitchen. Patty and Graham are there. Graham is working over the stove.] Patty: I could have died. I did die. I mean, this women knows and I don t know. She's not even a women. She's like this forty year old *girl*. She's gorgeous. And she's telling me about my daughter's sex life, which, apparently she now has, and I don't even know about it. Graham: Patty, kid's talk__Now, the girl talked to her mother. We don't know that it's true. Patty: These things are always true. Of course it's true. Graham[giving her a spoon full of food]: Here. Taste this. Patty: I couldn't taste anything_Guns are going off in school. Angela's sleeping with someone. Graham: You don't know that. How is it? Patty: You know, and even if she isn't, which I pray is true, she obviously has some sort of secret life completely apart from us-this is wonderful. Graham: Cellantro. Patty: So, what do we do? Do we confront her? Graham[laughing]: Oh God, no. Geez, I-I don t want to know if it's true. Patty: What sort of attitude are we supposed to have. Are we suppose to have an attitude. I already have an attitude. But it maybe my mother's attitude. I don't want to get hysterical about this. Why not? Why shouldn t I be hysterical? She's fif-teen. I should be hysterical. Angela[coming into the kitchen]: Danielle, if you have on my sweats I'm going to kill you ? Do you understand me?__(to Graham)Can I taste whatever it is? Graham[giving her some]: Sure. Angela: Mmmmm, Cellantro, I love that. Graham: Very good. You know I thought with the tomato it would sharpen it a bit-- Angela: Mmm, I think it's great. Is that the feulo stuff? Graham: Uh hu. Patty: Honey? Who's Jordan? Angela: __No one.__You mean Jordan Catalano? Patty: Is that his last name? Angela: I don't know. You brought it up. Patty: I met Rayanne's mom tonight, and she was all excited about your new boyfriend, Jordan. Angela: Boyfriend. That's a laugh. Patty: So, he's not your boyfriend? Angela[going to the refrigerator]: Mom, I barely know this person. I don't know that I want to know this person. Patty: Well, then_you haven't__ Angela[coming close to Patty]: What did you hear?__What did she tell you? Patty: Nothing. She didn't tell me anything. Angela: Did she say I was sleeping with Jordan Catalano? Patty: No. I mean, no, of course not. No one said that. It just__Well ,I mean, well I just wondered-- Angela: She did.__I can't believe this. I can't believe this. [As she leaves the kitchen] I hate_everyone. [In a crowded hallway of Angela's high school, Angela and Rayanne are walking together.] Rayanne: Well, obviously I told my mother. But all I said was you were hot for him. Angela: Well, why did you even tell her that? Now, my mother thinks we slept together. Rayanne: Well, ok. Do you want my mother to call your mother and tell her you didn't sleep together? [Angela screams in frustration and walks away.] Rayanne: Well, I could do that. [In the hallway two boys approach Rickie.] Boy3: Hi, honey. Boy2: Hey, fag. Rickie: Go to hell. Boy2: Maybe later. I have something for ya. Boy3: Is that perfume I smell? Rickie: You know your boring don't you. [Rayanne pushes between the boys and stands by Rickie's side.] Rayanne: Turd head . You need something? Boy3: Yo, Graff. Why don't you come driving with us tonight. Rayanne: That would be exciting. If I were in a coma. Boy2: You'll be excited._ Later. [The boys walk away.] Rickie: You know I could have handled that. Rayanne[patting his chest]: Yeah. You're doing great. [In Angela's social studies class. Brian, Angela, Rickie, Gina and Rayanne are there.] Mr. Demitri: No, no. I'm asking a particular question. Is it fair? Brian: What does fair have to do with it? [Gina smiles at Brian. One boy gives a knowing smile to Angela.] Mr. Demitri: Fair has to do with what?__Anybody?__Fair has to do with the right to come to school, and be able to do your work, and not be terrified. Not have your heart beating fast. Not jump every time there is a loud noise. The right to come in and be left alone. No? Rickie: Yeah, well maybe not everybody's left alone anyway. Mr. Demitri: Meaning what? [The boy writes a note and passes it down.] Rickie: You don't know what goes on around here ok? Maybe some people have guns for like to protect yourself. Maybe some people who have guns are like victims too. And they're like forced to carry. You think kids with guns are like gangsters or dealers. Mr. Demitri: What. Your saying if someone is threatened it's ok for them to carry a gun in school ? You don't think the school authorities can protect them? [Gina passes the note to Angela.] Rickie: Man, you *don't* know what goes on around here. Yes. If I was__say I was threatened -and I'm not saying that I am__I'd be packing in no time. No time at all. Mr. Demitri: Well. That's very clearly stated. So, what do the rest of you think about what he just said? Should people take the law into their own hands like that? I mean, is that the answer? Does that solve anything? Anyone?[Angela reads the note, looks upset, and walks out] Angela__Angela? [In the guidance counselor's office with Crystal and Ms Krzyzanowski, the guidance counselor.] Crystal: And right before the gun went off, I was thinking about how much I wanted that soda. Is that weird? Like, why did I leave it there in the first place . And what if I had gotten up to go get it right at that moment. Oh, my God. I think I better change my locker. [In the guidance counselor's office with Rayanne and Ms Krzyzanowski, the guidance counselor.] Rayanne(feigning anguish): Like what happens when you don't sleep. Like I haven't slept since it happened and keeps coming back to me, like, just keeps coming back-what was that?[pretends to be startled by a faint noise] _I just keep going over and over in my mind. Like all my friends and they go by the locker all the time, and it's just, not even me. It's just if someone just had been going by there, and_gotten shot. Ms. Krzyzanowski: It's hard isn't it. Rayanne[wiping away tears]: You don't think I could get__ a few days off do you? [In Mr. Foster's office, Brian is there with Mr. Foster and two policemen.] Mr. Foster: Your here again because I wanted to hear your story and Detective Martinson wanted to hear it too. Brian: I really don't have anything else to tell. Mr. Foster: Mr. Krakow, can I tell you something? This is a good school. We want to keep it a good school. Do you know what I mean? Brian: Yes sir. Mr. Foster: No, you don't, son. You see I've got these officers here, and the school board and the newspapers and the television and a whole lot of nasty, angry parents. They all want to know something about what happened. And you're the person who knows that something. Right now you are standing between me and my ability to keep this good school and I don't like that, son. I don't like it when people do things to my school. You get my meaning? So, why don't you tell us what was the noise caused you to come out of the bathroom. [In the hallway, Brian leaves Mr. Foster's office and walks down the hallway. Rayanne catches up to him.] Rayanne: Hey, Brian. How are you doing? Brian: You actually know my name. Rayanne: Of course I know your name. How they treatin' you Bri? Baseball bats? Electrodes attached to various parts of your anatomy? Brian[walking away from her]: Excuse me. I have a class. Rayanne: Just remember what happens to snitches. [Brian meets up with Sharon] Sharon: Hey, Brian. Are you ok? Brian: Yeah, sure. Sharon: I'm really sorry you're the person that has to deal with this. Brian: It's no problem. Sharon: Cause you know, if you saw something, like somebody really had a gun, then you should tell them. Because if you don't then you would be like part of it. And people are really scared, Brian. So, you should tell them if you anything. You shouldn't_feel bad about that because , people will thank you. [Sharon walks away. Brian meets Gina.] Gina[smiling]: Hi Brian. Brian: What? Gina: You know I was thinking, this whole thing with the gun and all would really make an important article for the paper. So, I was thinking that you and I should do an interview sometime. You know, just to let people know what really happened. Maybe sometime after school. What do you think? Brian: What? Gina[walking away]: See you later. [Brian detects interest in him from Gina, and turns and they look at each other as she walks away.] [In the guidance counselor's office with Brian and Ms Krzyzanowski, the guidance counselor.] Brian: Has the threat of violence changed the quality of my life at school? No, not really. What do you mean? [In the guidance counselor's office with Angela and Ms Krzyzanowski, the guidance counselor.] Angela(agitated): I just don't see the point in talking about it. Ms. Krzyzanowski: Sometimes talking itself makes people feel better. Angela: And sometimes talking gets people into trouble___You know people say things about people, and it doesn't always mean it's true. Ms Krzyzanowski: You mean about who might be carrying a gun? Angela: About anything. Ms Krzyzanowski: Any weapon? Angela: No. Just about anything anybody says about people. It's not always true. I just think people wanna believe things about people so they decide certian things are true[almost in tears] and they don't even ask. And it's not fair. Cause you have to live with it anyway. Ms. Krzyzanowski: But if it's not true then the person could always say that couldn't they. I think if something is false, people aren't going to keep on believing it. Usually people latch on to things when there is a kernel of truth. That's when they get into trouble. [In Angela's bed room, Angela is lying on her bed, listening to music. She is looking depressed. Patty enters.] Patty: Knock knock. Angela: Hi. Patty[turning the music down]: Mind if I-- Angela: You might as well turn it off. Patty: No. I like it. [Patty paces nerviously around the room, flips through Angela's copy of Anne Frank, and finally sits on the bed next to Angela.] Patty: Ah, this is hard. We need to talk. Angela(voice over): When I was twelve, my mother gave me my sex talk. I'm not sure either of us has fully recovered. Patty: Now that you and Jordan are, ah-- Angela[looking painful]: Oh my God. Mom, please. Patty: Angela. I can accept that you have a boyfriend. Angela: I don't have a boyfriend. Patty: Fine. A pal. A male pal. Whatever word you want to choice. The point is__I'm your mother, and I don't think you're ready. Angela: Mom, pleeease. Patty: I don't think you're ready. But, I have to know if this is what's happening because__I don't think that I-I keep you from-- Angela[covering her ears and curling up in a fetal postion]: Mom, I beg you to stop. Patty: I need to know that you are using_I mean, I-I remember how this feels. I do. But-but_it's the times that we live in, it I-- Angela: Mom, please-- Patty: Honey. I know you don't want to think about these things. I know you think that you're invulnerable, but-- Angela: I don't think that. You have no idea-- Patty: You have to use some kind of protection if you are going to be-- Angela: Mom, I'm not having sex, alright. Really. I'm not even close. To an embarrassing degree. Patty(relieved): Oh, ah. Ok.__I'm sorry honey, I jus___I just want you to be prepared when the time comes. Whenever the time comes. Angela: It will never come. Not with Jordan. Patty: Is that's what's bothering you? Angela: No, nothing 's bothering me. Patty: Something's bothering you. Angela: Mom, you couldn't possibly understand or help, so please. I don't mean to hurt your feelings, but just please. Patty[hugs Angela]: I'm here if you need me. You know that. [Patty leaves. Angela sits on her bed with a pained expression on her face.] [In Angela's high school, Angela is walking down the hallway. She spots Jordan and walks to a poster describing the Heimlich maneuver to avoid seeing him.] Jordan[suddenly standing next to Angela]: That's good to know about. Angela(startled): Yeah. Jordan: My uncle choked on a chicken bone. Angela(voice over): That's when the change happened. Just like that. Somewhere in those few seconds, I knew my life would never be the same. Angela: Did he survive? Jordan: Yeah. Angela(voice over): I knew then that the rumor was right. Not in actuality, but in my heart. Because at that moment I would have done anything I wanted him so much. Jordan: Look, ah, I didn't say anything about__you know. Angela: I know. Jordan: I just wanted you to know that. Angela: Thank you. Jordan: Because I'm not like that. I-I don't do that. Angela: No. Jordan: So weird, hu? Angela: Yeah, yeah. Jordan: I mean the way people talk. I mean,(whispering) people think we did it. Angela(whispering back): I know. Jordan: It's like we might as well done it anyway at this point. Angela(unsure): Oh. Jordan: I mean, at least__ you know, I mean if everybody is talking about it already, maybe we ah__I mean, not to make a big deal of it or anything. Angela(slowly): Out of what? Jordan: Out of__(whispers) out of anything__I mean if everybody's__ already assuming it anyway.[drawing close to Angela] Maybe, we should__just Angela(voice over): It's amazing the things you notice. Like the corner of his collar that was coming undone. Like he was from a poor family and couldn't afford new shirts. That's all I could see. The whole world was that unravelled piece of fabric. Angela: I think___I have to go. Jordan: Look, I'm sorry if I-- Angela[walking away]: No, it's ok. Jordan: No pressure or anything. Angela: I have to go. Jordan: You could just think about it. Angela(voice over): It's such a lie that you should do what's in your heart. If we all did what was in our heart, the world would grind to a halt. [In the girl's room, Angela is there alone. She washes her face then goes to a stall as Sharon enters with a friend. She overhears the conversation.] Sharon: And they know that he knows and I can't believe he didn't tell them. He got a perfect score on his PSAT's. Do you believe that? Math will be ruined. Girl1: What does this have to do with Angela? Sharon: Well, that's when they had sex. Her and Jordan? Brian's house. Girl1: Ahh, Oh my God. Sharon: Do you believe it. Right in the front yard. Brian watched the entire thing through a kitchen window. Girl1: I thought you and Angela were really tight? Sharon: She was like my best friend. The whole things been really hard for me to accept. But Brian wouldn't lie. So_it's like_it's like she's this completely different person. Girl1: Like a slut? Sharon: No. No, she's not. I think she's just like, confused, er, something. [Sharon and the girl leave the girl's room. ] [In the school hallway, the next day, Rayanne and Angela are walking together.] Rayanne: So, do you want me to kill her? Angela: No, no. It doesn't matter. Brian's the one who ought to be killed. Rayanne: He should definitely die. You know he's going to rat on Rickie. Angela: What actually is there to rat on Rickie. Do you know? Rayanne: I know what ever he did he did because he had to. You haven't had to clean him up after some neanderthal beat the hell out of him. [Brian is writing on a black board. Mr. Foster enters and takes his shoulder.] Mr. Foster: Come here for a minute, son.___Rickie Vasquez. You familiar with the name? Brian: Excuse me? Mr. Foster: What can you tell me, son, about Rickie Vasquez? Brian: Um, he goes here._I _don't__I mean, did you hear something-did he say something about the gun? Mr. Foster: Mr. Krakow, I'm going to tell you about a little legal term. It's called accessory after the fact. I don't like accessory's after the fact. I don't want them in my school. You are going to come to my office today at 3 o'clock and you are going to tell me everything you know about Rickie Vasquez and anyone else who might be involved in this incident. And if you don't , no matter what your grade scores, you may not be going to this school much longer. Do you get my clear intent? Brian: Yes sir. Mr. Foster: Good. [ In Brian's computer class. Brian is working at a computer in the back of the room. Angela enters.] Brian: What? Angela: I don't even want to talk to you. Brian: Good, then don't. Angela: Did Rickie have the gun? Brian: Give me a break. God, Angela. Angela: Look, cause you don't know the whole situation. I just don't want to see him hurt. Brian(raises his voice): Him hurt?[someone shsssss's them from the front of the room] What about me? [Angela looks disinterested, and stares out the window] This is the police now. Am I suppose to get kicked out of school for protecting someone I don't even know? Angela: Don't ask me? Brian: And you know this has nothing to do with the truth. Nobody is interested in the truth. All they care about is what they want to believe. Angela[coming next to Brian]: If you're so incredible concerned with the truth why did you lie about me? Brian: Your name didn't even come up. Angela: Not the gun thing. With Sharon[someone Shssss's them from the front of the room.] What you said to her about me and Jordan Catalano. Brian: What are you talking about? Angela: I heard her, Brian. You told her terrible things. False things. You lied to her. [Brian slumps down next to the computer.] Brian: I didn't lie to her, I just__What difference does it makes. I can imagine what she did with it.__But it's just that you lied too. When you said you didn't know anything about Jordan coming over that night. Because I thought about it for like fifty hours. You knew it didn't you. You used me. Angela: It's not the same. Brian: Maybe it is because you just did what you wanted. And you didn't care about what damage it did to anybody else. Angela: What damage did it do you? [Angela is walking up a set of stairs at school. Jordan runs up behind her.] Jordan: Angela?_ Angela. Can I talk with you for a second? [Angela stops and faces Jordan] Jordan: How you doing? Angela: You know. Life goes on. Jordan: Look, I was thinking about what I said to you. yesterday? You know, the thing. Angela: Right. The thing. Jordan: Yeah, look, I-I'm sorry about that. Afterwards, I thought it through and I, mean, I can see how you got upset about it. Angela: No, I wasn't upset . Jordan: I mean, some girls wouldn't be, but, you, you're not like that, so, I just wanted to say, you know, I'm sorry. Angela: No, it's really ok. I mean, it wasn't a problem. I mean, really, I didn't think about it. [starts up steps, then turns around and comes down again] I mean I did think about it, and I thought maybe what you were saying wasn't so wrong. Jordan: No, it-it was really wrong. Angela: Why? Jordan: And I just want to let you know that if it will make you feel better I'm just going to make it real clear that I-I don't like have any real interest in you or anything. You know. So they'll stop saying all that . Angela(sounding disapppointed): Oh. Jordan: You know, that I barely even know you, which is, of course, true, and that basically, you and I mean nothing to each other.__So_that should_solve the problem. Angela[halfhearted smile]: Thanks. Jordan: It's the least I could do, you know. Angela: Right. [It's raining as Angela stands at the entrance to the school. She runs across the parking lot to a car where Rickie sits in the back seat. She gets in next to him.] Angela: Haaa. Hey. Rickie: Hey. Angela: What's ya doing out here? Rickie: It's what I always do. I can't make it through a whole day in there. Angela: Ah, know what you mean. Rickie: Yeah. What do you need to hide from. Your life perfect. [Angela laughs] I'm serious. I would give anything to have your life. Angela: My life is so pathetic. Rickie: You have this great house. Parents that are like there. No one bothers you at school. Angela: Rickie, I need to talk to you about the gun. Rickie: Don't. Angela: You can't carry a gun, Rickie. Rickie: I don't. Angela: Cause it would be really bad. Tragically bad. Rickie: Angela, I don't carry a gun. I wouldn't even know how to shot one. Angela: But didn't Brian see you? Isn't that what he's going to tell them?__This is really serious. People are going to think you are a dangerous person. Rickie: I know. That's what I want. Angela: So, what did happen? Rickie: My cousin brought it in to sell it. And I got real mad at him for bring a gun into school. So, we got into this big argument, and the next thing I knew the thing fell out of the box and went off. And he peed in his pants and ran away. Angela: He did not. Rickie: He did. Big stain. [They both laugh] Angela: And that's what happen with the gun? Rickie: That's the whole story of the gun. Angela: And now Brian is going say that you did it. Rickie: I'm telling you I hope he does. Angela: No, don't be stupid. Rickie: You know it's weird.__ I-I always thing of you as__ Rayanne's friend. I mean like, you just think of me as___ as someone who just,__ you know, around. Angela(voice over): It's weird how something has to happen sometimes to see how you actually feel about something. [Angela hugs Rickie.] [Brian is in the hallway approaching the principles office. Outside students stand around eyeing him, waiting to see what will happen. Mr. Foster lets Brian into his office.] Mr. Foster: Sit down, Mr. Krakow, we're just waiting for our friends from law enforcement. [In the hallway waiting with the rest of the student's are Angela and Rayanne.] Rayanne: Can you imagine Rickie in a high security prison. Who'd supply his make up? Angela: You think it might be possible you not make everything into a joke. Rayanne: Angela, there is nothing to worry about . I mean, Harlin, this guy Tino knows, he's been busted with a gun twice and nothing ever happened. No big deal. Angela: You know what I'd really like. To be put out of my misery. Rayanne: Are you kidding. This is fun. Angela: Fun? Rayanne: Everyone running around all upset and rumors flying. Can't you feel it in your fingers and your toes. It's like_being alive. It is such a rush. Angela: You're out of your mind. Rayanne: Uh hu. Last year? That rumor about me and Mark Hammer in the orchestra pit during the talent show. I mean, in that case it was true, but _man, all that con-ver-sation. People writing notes. I mean, they look at you different, like, trying to figure out who you really are. Like you're famous. Admit it. It's really great. Angela: I don't know what you're talking about. [They see the police enter the Mr. Foster's office.] [In Mr. Foster's office with Mr. Foster and Brian.] Mr. Foster[as the police enter the office]: Come in. gentlemen.___So, Mr. Krakow? Brian: I thought a lot about what you said. And I decided that the main thing is really to protect the school. Mr. Foster: That's good, Brian. Brian: I went to the bathroom. I heard a scuffle. Then a shot. I came out. I saw two pairs of legs running in opposite directions. Who those people were I can't say.__And if you or these men or anybody else threatens me anymore, pressures me anymore-- Mr. Foster: Brian-- Brain: I will insist on having a lawyer and I will sue you for harassment and anything else I can. And if you try to expel me in order to solve your public relations problems, then I will reveal to anyone who will listen, just who is destroying the spirit of this school. [In Angela's kitchen , in the morning, Angela is preparing to leave. Patty is preparing lunches, while Danielle and Graham are putting away breakfast things.] Patty: So, they still haven't found out who had the gun. Angela: Mom, it's really ok. Let it go. The school hasn't self destructed yet. Patty: It's just so hard not being able to protect you. Angela: Yeah, but you can't. [ Patty tries to stroke Angela's hair, but Angela moves away. ] [The entrance to the school, Angela, Brian, Rayanne and Rickie approach the open doors.] Angela: Rayanne. Rayanne: Just a little knife. You know, a girl's gotta protect herself. I mean heavy artillery like some people might -- [As they enter they slow to see a metal detector. Students are passing though it. Rayanne, Rickie, Brian, and Angela each go through it like they have been violated. Rayanne leaves Angela alone to walk slowly down the hall.] The End.