Call Me Crazy

CALL ME CRAZY
 
Pilot Episode: “Call Me Transparent”
 
FADE IN:
 
BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF A SMALL TOWN
 
MUSIC starts to slowly play (“Come on! Come on!” by Morgan Laurence).
 
A chalky SUBTITLE appears with the show name CALL ME CRAZY. The subtitle fades with the wind and the scene shifts from a birds-eye view of a town to a white and green SIGN.
 
SIGN: WELCOME TO ENEVILLE. POP. 3,900
 
INT. ENEVILLE HIGH GYMNASIUM – DAY
 
Above the bleachers is a green and white BANNER with a CLOVER in the center.
 
BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF REESE, a black-haired boy sitting on the bleachers, writing.
 
REESE (V.O.)
(scribbling in his journal)
Before I get into it, I should tell you a few things about myself.
 
Reese gets up, puts journal in backpack and slings it over his shoulder.
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
This town is not like many others. I won’t go into details about its historic landmarks or a boring tour of how it came to be.
 
Reese walks out of gymnasium and into a bare school hallway.
 
INT. ENEVILLE HIGH HALLWAY – DAY
 
REESE (V.O.)
Living in Eneville has taught me a few things.
 
Reese stops at a locker and opens it.
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
No one is ever as bad as they seem, and even though things may get rough, there is always a way to overcome any situation.
 
WORMS-EYE VIEW OF SCHOOL HALLWAY
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
But this isn’t where it all began…
 
Abrupt shift to a DOOR at the end of a dimly lit hall. 
 
ON THE DOOR: MR. LOWE – CLASS 104
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
This is where it all began.
 
EXT. ENEVILLE HIGH – DAY
 
CLOSE UP OF GIRLS talking and 180-DEGREE turn to Reese sitting on stone table. Behind Reese a blond female, AMY, approaches him.
 
Amy waves, then sits beside Reese. She stops and stares out at the quad.
 
AMY (CONT’D)
Oh my god!
 
REESE
(drinking out of water bottle)
What?
 
AMY
(pressing tongue to the inside of her cheek)
I want to talk to him so badly.
 
Reese looks out into the quad.
 
REESE
Who?
 
AMY
Him.
 
Amy grabs Reese’s chin and directs his attention to a few boys sitting underneath a tree.
 
REESE
Who? The blond one?
 
AMY
Not the one with the black shirt. The one with the blue shirt and torn jeans.
 
REESE
The one who’s smoking and the shirt that says “Smile if you’re stoned”?
 
 
AMY
Yes! God he is just so gorgeous!
 
REESE
Are you kidding me? He’s a baked loser. You can do better than that, Amy.
 
AMY
Excuse me, but who’s always telling me to try new things and be more open-minded like he’s a freaking Zen Buddhist?
 
Amy pretends to meditate.
REESE
I am but…
 
Amy crosses her arms and blows bangs out of her face.
 
AMY
Exactly! You always push your verbal diarrhea on me, yet you’re being a hypocrite for judging Caleb when you don’t even know him!
 
REESE
I am not judging him. I’m just saying you can get any other guy you want. Why this burnout?
 
AMY
Because he’s not a burnout. He is actually really smart and polite and…
 
Amy pauses and smiles mischievously.
 
AMY (CONT’D)
I want you to find out if he is seeing anyone.
 
REESE
What?! No, that would involve me having to talk to him.
 
AMY
And?
 
REESE
I don’t want to talk to him! I wouldn’t know how.
 
AMY
Reese, please…
 
Amy’s voice trails off.
 
AMY (CONT’D)
I really like him. I don’t have any classes with him. But you might. If you can just get this one thing for me, it would mean the world.
 
REESE
(tilting his head, sighing)
Fine.  But don’t ever say I am not a good brother.
 
Amy hugs Reese.
 
AMY
Oh, thank you!
 
Reese shakes his head as Amy gets up and walks to her friends.

 
REESE
You’re a glutton for punishment De la morte.
 
INT. ENEVILLE HIGH – LOCKER ROOM – DAY
 
Reese sits on a bench in the locker room. A row of lockers divide the room into two aisles.
 
REESE
(tying his shoes)
How do I even talk to a stoner?
 
Reese hears VOICES from the other aisle. He eavesdrops on the conversation between CALEB, KENNY and two OTHERS.
 
GUY 1 (O.S.)
She’s really cute.
 
GUY 2 (O.S.)
Yeah, she’s kind of a brain though. Doesn’t that make you feel weird?
 
GUY 1 (O.S.)
Sometimes, but she’s cool, you know? Like she’ll offer to help me and she doesn’t care that I don’t read as much as she does.
 
CUT TO:
 
Kenny closes the locker and puts on his gym shirt.
 
KENNY
Man you’re lucky, the day I meet a chick that doesn’t care how smart I am is the day monkeys start flying out of my ass.
 
CALEB
You’d be surprised. There are a lot of girls who just want a boyfriend to say that they have one.
 
KENNY
(yawning)
Yeah, but it seems like lately girls only want nerdy guys. It’s almost like everything has been going backwards. Sports don’t count as much anymore if you can’t recite three chapters from Dante’s Inferno.
 
Guy 1 and Guy 2 MUMBLE in agreement.
 
CUT TO:
 
Reese continues eavesdropping, unaware that ALEX, a blond boy, now sits next to him. Alex looks at Reese.
 
REESE
(to himself)
Guess the reefer isn’t as dumb as he looks.
 
ALEX
Dude, who are you talking to?
 
REESE
Uhm, no one.
 
Reese gets up and walks to the corner of lockers.
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
Okay, this is my chance. I can do this. I just have to walk over and join in on the conversation. That’s all.
 
Reese walks toward the group of boys.
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
Goddammit, what am I doing? These guys won’t talk to me. Just look at how they’re looking at me. They’re glaring
 
Reese makes eye contact with Kenny.
 
CLOSE UP of Kenny’s eyes meeting Reese’s.
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
Where do I know him from?
 
CUT TO:
 
KENNY’S FLASHBACK:
 
Two young BOYS, Reese and Caleb, sit beside each other in class. MS. LYLE, the teacher, asks the CLASS a question.
 
MS. LYLE
Can anyone tell me when World War I occurred?
 
KENNY
1943?
 
MS. LYLE
Not necessarily, Kenny.
 
REESE
From 1914 to 1918, World War I happened; 1943 was World War II.
 
MS. LYLE
Very good, Reese. How did you know?
 
REESE
Because I pay attention in class.
 
The class laughs.
 
Kenny sinks down in his seat.
 
END FLASHBACK
 
Reese walks faster through the group and turns the corner back to his original seat.
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
I couldn’t do it.My mind wanted to but my body wouldn’t. What if it wasn’t my body? What if something didn’t let me go talk to them? It is probably for a good reason.
 
INT. ENEVILLE HIGH – MR. LOWE’S CLASSROOM – SAME DAY
 
Reese sits in a classroom and writes in his journal.
 
REESE (V.O.)
That Caleb guy knew what he was talking about when he was referring to girls’ standards. Though his friend, the redhead, the way he looked at me, it was almost like he recognized me, but I can’t remember from where. Maybe Amy can see something in Caleb that I can’t, which is ironic because I am usually the one telling her to look past people’s flaws.
 
The door to the classroom swings open and in walks Caleb. Behind him is Kenny who looks over and notices Reese. He taps Caleb and whispers as they walk to the back of the classroom.
 
Caleb looks around the room.
 
CALEB
Is this the entire class?
 
KENNY
God I hope not, or we’ll be stuck with the Goth child.
 
Kenny jerks his thumb and points to Reese.
 
CALEB
Be nice.
 
Caleb smiles and pats Kenny’s head.
 
Kenny swats Caleb’s hand away.
 
KENNY

Dude, stop!
 
In walks a pale girl, LIZZY, dressed all in black. Behind her is a tan, curly-haired girl, SHEENA, wearing vibrant colors. 
 
SHEENA
Uhm, is this Mr.Lowe’s Poetry elective?
 
CALEB
Yeah, but I don’t see much of a class.
 
LIZZY
I told you this was a dumb idea, Sheena. Why did you even sign up for this?
 
Sheena sits down, looks in Reese’s direction, then back at Lizzy.
 
SHEENA
Because I need a club that will look good on my application. Plus, I heard this is the easiest elective that doesn’t involve athletics.
 
Sheena looks over at Reese puzzled.
 
Reese places his book bag in front of him in an attempt to cover his face.
 
LIZZY
So why did I have to join?
 
SHEENA
Because you’re my best friend and you love me.
 
Sheena clings to Lizzy’s arm jokingly.
 
FOCUS ON Reese’s annoyed expression. 
 
REESE
(in a hushed whisper)
Crap.
 
SHEENA
You look pretty familiar, have we met?
 
Reese forces himself to look at Sheena.
 
REESE
Yeah, once back in ninth grade.
 
SHEENA
(tapping pencil on desk)
Really?
REESE
Yeah, in Ms. Morena’s class. You asked me if I could switch seats so you could be closer to your friend.
 
Sheena smiles apologetically.
 
SHEENA
I did? How rude of me. I’m sorry.
 
REESE
It’s okay.
 
Lizzy abruptly interrupts.
LIZZY
What’s your name?
 
SHEENA
Lizzy!
 
Sheena pats Lizzy’s arm.
 
SHEENA (CONT’D)
(to Reese)
Excuse her.
 
REESE
It’s fine, she’s just curious.
 
 
Reese smiles at Sheena, then looks at Lizzy.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
I’m Reese.
 
Sheena narrows her eyes.
 
SHEENA
Reese De la morte?
 
REESE
(nervously smiles)
Yeah, that’s me.
 
LIZZY
So you’re like related to Amy De la morte? 
 
REESE
(smiles half-heartedly)
Related is a strong term. It’s more like genetically cursed.
 
Sheena tries not to laugh but ends up snorting.
 
A 180-TURN reveals Amy standing at the door with her arms crossed.
 
AMY
(annoyed)
Thanks, bro.
 
Amy notices Caleb in the back of the classroom, then looks back at Reese angry.
Reese mouths out the words: I didn’t know.
 
LIZZY
(turns to look at Amy)
You’re here too De la morte?
 
Amy walks into class.
 
SHEENA
Don’t waste your breath on her, Liz.
 
Lizzy turns to move seat.
 
AMY
Of course.
 
LIZZY
(to Amy)
Of course, what?
 
AMY
You can’t do anything if your master here doesn’t allow it. You’re so sheep.
 
Alex walks in with his headphones on. He looks at the girls and quickly sits next to Reese without disturbing.
 
LIZZY
I’m sheep? Look at you prancing around like all the other girls in this school, wearing uggs and denim skirts.
 
AMY
What about you? You look like any other generic Goth girl you would find at the mall. You think dressing in black makes you different? News flash, Goth is so 90’s. We’re not in some bad teenage drama. You look like you’re in need of some serious attention. Blue stockings, black combat boots and a band t-shirt? Please. 
 
REESE
Alright, enough. Amy quit it. And you…
(points at Lizzy)
Stop.
 
FOCUS ON Kenny in the back of the room. He leans back in his seat and sucks his teeth.
 
KENNY
Weak.
 
MR. LOWE walks in carrying papers and coffee.
 
MR. LOWE
Sorry for being late. From the conversation I heard down the hall, I see you’ve gotten yourselves acquainted.
 
All the kids sit in their seats.
 
FOCUS ON CLASS CLOCK as time goes by quickly.
 
INT. ENEVILLE HIGH – MR. LOWE’S CLASS – 35 MINUTES LATER
 
MR. LOWE (CONT’D)
Now, before class ends, I have a project I want you kids to do. You’ll have to team up with a partner.
 
No one moves.
MR. LOWE (CONT’D)
Fine. Sheena, you and Amy will be partners. Lizzy, Alex, and Caleb you’ll be partners and Reese and Kenny, you’ll be partners. Okay? Good. Now I want you to write about how you really feel.
 
Mr. Lowe leans against the desk.
 
MR. LOWE (CONT’D)
I know what you’re all thinking. How we feel? But sir we just want to eat and talk about sex all day, and while those are technically not feelings, you can write about it.
 
CALEB
(grinning)
Wait, so we can write about food and sex? Alright, this should be easy then.
 
Amy snickers.
 
Reese shakes his head.
 
MR. LOWE
Sure, why not. I want you kids to dig deep inside and express how you feel, the feelings that drive you to wake up every morning.
 
Kenny leans in and whispers to Caleb.
 
KENNY
Being paired up with him.
(points to Reese)
I can tell you that drives me to slip into a coma right now.
 
MR. LOWE
No, you have to write it together. The first stanza must introduce both your pains and slowly play on each other.
 
Mr. Lowe demonstrates with hands by plastering them together.
 
MR. LOWE (CONT’D)
Comprende?
 
The kids let out a dull MOAN.
 
INT. ENEVILLE HIGH HALLWAY – MOMENTS LATER
 
Reese walks behind Kenny who is talking to Caleb.
REESE
Hey Kenny.
 
Kenny stops and turns to face Reese.
 
KENNY
What?
 
REESE (V.O.)
Whoa, tone much? I remember talking to Kenny for the first time that day when the sudden rush of fear draped over my body. The guy looked like he was ready to pull out a pen and stab me.
 
Reese lets out a big sigh.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
Okay it’s obvious you’ve got something against me; I get it. But whatever it is, can it wait until the project is done? Then after that you can go back to secretly hating me again instead of being a full on dick about it now.
 
KENNY
Go to hell De la morte.
 
Reese clenches his fist furiously.
 
REESE
I would if I didn’t know you were going to be there McFarlen.
 
KENNY
Well, it was fun talking to you. Bye Renn.
 
REESE
It’s Reese.
 
CALEB
Kenny, come on man. That’s enough.
(looks at Reese)
I am so sorry, I don’t…
 
REESE
It’s okay. I really don’t care.
 
Reese swings bag over his shoulder and walks away.
 
INT. HALLWAY – LOCKERS – LATER
 
Reese leans against the lockers beside SAHTORI, a boy with long black hair.
REESE
This is going to suck big time. I am paired up with a guy who has a reputation for doing nothing.
 
Sahtori digs through his locker and does not reveal his face. Instead he gives Reese a slight UH-HUH.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
(annoyed)
Are you even listening to me, Sahtori?
 
Sahtori closes the locker.
 
SAHTORI
It’s kind of hard to listen when all you do is complain.
 
FOCUS shifts to Reese and Sahtori walking down hallway.
 
REESE
Give me some advice, I am desperate. I have a project due at the end of the week. I can’t fail this elective. Give me some of your native wisdom.
 
SAHTORI
I’m not a damn shaman, Reese.
 
Reese clings to Sahtori’s bag.
 
REESE
Come on, there has to be something you can do. Please?
 
Reese ties his fingers together and gets down on one knee.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
Can’t your grandpa make some me a cooperation potion?
 
SAHTORI
We’re not witch doctors, Reese. We live like any other person in this town. Besides, we ran out of geese necks.
(smiles teasingly)
Now stand up before someone thinks you’re proposing to me.
 
Reese stands up and laughs.
 
 
 
REESE
I want a tribal voodoo doll of Kenny so I can just pin it to the wall.
 
Reese makes a stabbing gesture with his hands.
 
SAHTORI
You’re going to a dark place, Reese. Come back to the light. Be the bigger person and just start the project and tell him to do his half.
 
EXT. ENEVILLE HIGH – MOMENTS LATER
 
Reese and Sahtori walk to the school’s parking lot. They stop at a red pick-up truck. Sahtori throws his bag in the back.
 
SAHTORI
Find common ground between you two. It’s like a beaver dam. You cannot form structure if you are not on the same level of spiritual and habitual build.
 
Reese smiles, nodding his head understandingly.
 
REESE
Yeah, I get what you’re trying to say. I owe you one.
 
Sahtori opens the car door.
 
SAHTORI
You owe me like one hundred.  Need a ride home?
 
REESE
Nah, I’m walking this one.
 
Sahtori and Reese pound fists. Sahtori drives off.
 
INT. DE LA MORTE RESIDENCE – FOYER – LATER
 
Reese opens the door to his home. He enters, closing the door behind him. The foyer is white, looking to the dining room entrance. 
 
Beside it are stairs that lead to the second floor. To the right is the living room and to the left is the kitchen.
 
REESE
Dad? Are you home?
 
There is no response.
 
Reese begins walking upstairs when he hears movement in the living room. He walks back down and makes his way past stacks of books that are on the floor in living room. To the back of the living room is a door that leads into his father’s office.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
Dad?
 
INT. DE LA MORTE RESIDENCE – HOME OFFICE – CONTINUOUS
 
Reese’s father, THOMAS, a black-haired man who shares the same eye color and facial features as Reese appears from behind his desk.
 
THOMAS
Reese?  Home so early?
 
Thomas puts stacks of papers on his desk.
 
REESE
Dad, it’s 4 o’clock already.
 
Thomas looks at his watch.
 
THOMAS
I must have lost track of time while digging through all this old junk.
 
Reese walks deeper into the office.
 
REESE
What is all this stuff? And why is it taking over the house?
 
Thomas looks at two separate documents.
 
THOMAS
Your mother asked for some paper work to be mailed down to her. 
(to himself)
Could this be it?
 
REESE
What do the papers look like?
 
THOMAS
They’re the divorce papers.
 
Reese walks over to the bookcase. He pulls a pile of papers from between two books.
 
REESE
You mean these?
 
Thomas looks up at his son.
 
THOMAS
How did you…
 
REESE
You put them here last summer and told Amy and me not to forget. Remember?
 
THOMAS
Sounds like something I would do.
 
Thomas leans his hands on his knees.
 
THOMAS (CONT’D)
How would you like to help your old man clean up?
 
REESE
It’s not like I have a choice.
 
INT. DE LA MORTE RESIDENCE – LIVING ROOM – EVENING
 
The living room and office are cleared out and the black carpet is now visible in the living room.
 
Reese sits on a big burgundy arm chair.
 
REESE
I can’t feel my arms.
 
THOMAS
That’s the pain of victory, son.
(sits up)
Where’s your sister?
 
Reese stretches his arms out and lets them flop back to his side.
 
REESE
With her friends at the movies.
 
THOMAS
Why don’t you ever go out after school?
 
Reese looks over at his father.
 
REESE
Are you trying to get rid of me?
 
THOMAS
No, I just think that it would do you some good if you went out socialized a little bit.
REESE
Why would I do that when I can come home and dig my father out of a mountain of paper?
 
THOMAS
I think that a boy your age should be outside with his friends. ­Are you intimidated by social interaction?
 
REESE
Dad, I am not one of your patients.
 
THOMAS
I’m just curious. Can’t I ask my son some questions?
 
REESE
No. You’re always trying to do some weird psychoanalysis on me.
 
THOMAS
Why won’t you socialize with the other children?
 
REESE
Because they’re all morons, and I don’t want to waste my time faking smiles with people who won’t be of any use in the future.
 
THOMAS
Does this have to do with the way you are perceived at school? Maybe a slight self-esteem issue? Perhaps it would help if you talked to…
 
Reese puts his hand to his face, then runs it through his hair.
 
REESE
I don’t have low self-esteem, Dad. You have to realize that I am happy with how I am. I don’t have low self-esteem, and I am not going to see a guidance counselor. People will start to think that I am crazy!
 
THOMAS
If you don’t have low self-esteem then why do you care what others think?
 
REESE
Because that’s normal to care.
(sighs)
Fine. Call me crazy!
 
Reese walks away from his father and upstairs towards his bedroom.
 
 
INT. DE LA MORTE RESIDENCE – REESE’S BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS
 
FOCUS changes to Reese in his room. The walls are a dark green, his bed covers are black, and there are POSTERS of bands and torn out journal entries all over the wall. 
 
Reese moves over to his desktop and jerks the mouse to get the computer out of sleep mode. While the PC starts up he sits on his bed kicking off his shoes before throwing himself onto his pillow.
 
REESE (V.O.)
My dad is a great guy; he just doesn’t get it sometimes. I think this is the age where a lot of parents don’t. I just feel that my dad tries to get to know me in all the wrong ways.
 
The computer screen turns a bright green color before making noise.
 
Reese stands up and types in his password. The screen reveals a PICTURE of Reese and Amy as children hugging. He logs onto a website called CLOVERBLOG.COM, a social networking site where the students of Eneville post pictures, videos and tune into the “hot topic” of the day.
 
A small POP-UP of an envelope appears when the computer makes an abrupt PLING noise. Reese clicks the envelope.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
What the hell?
 
Reese reads the message out loud.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
Hey Reese, it’s Caleb. This is kind of weird. Okay scratch that, it’s really weird messaging even though I don’t really know you that well. I wanted to talk about the project for Lowe’s class. If you’re up to it meet me at Dante’s Pizzeria. My number’s at the bottom.
 
Reese sits back in his chair and has a pensive look on his face. He pulls out his phone.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
I feel like I am on that show How To Catch A Predator.
 
EXT. DANTE’S PIZZERIA – LATER
 
Dante’s Pizzeria is a yellow painted pizzeria on the side of the road. Behind it is a 7-Eleven.
 
Reese pulls up in a grey Honda Pilot. He gets out of the car and takes a deep breath.
REESE
Why am I doing this again? 
 
DEVIL REESE, a mini Reese with devil horns pops up beside his shoulder.
 
DEVIL REESE
I don’t know either. I say ditch this place and leave the sap. Besides remember what his idiot friend did to you? Just leave and do the project!
 
ANGEL REESE appears and clears throat.
 
ANGEL REESE
Don’t do it, Reese. Think about Amy. This could be your chance to get information out of Caleb.
 
Reese flicks both creatures off his shoulders.
 
REESE
I’ll do this for my own sake.
 
INT. DANTE’S PIZZERIA – MOMENTS LATER
 
Reese walks into the shop. He sees Caleb sitting at the counter looking at his cell phone with an unlit cigarette in his mouth.
 
Caleb looks up and sees Reese. He turns in his chair.
 
CALEB
Hey man, over here.
 
Reese walks over to Caleb and sits down next to him. He avoids making eye contact with Caleb.
 
REESE
Hi. Thanks for inviting me.
 
CALEB
Thanks for coming. Want anything?
 
Reese shakes his head.
 
REESE
No, thanks. What did you want to talk about?
 
CALEB
About you and Kenny. I know it seems kind of hard to talk to him, he can be a little defensive.
 
 
 
REESE
What a shock. I thought nearly slamming his locker on my face was his way of saying “hey let’s be friends.”
 
Reese fakes a goofy smile and makes marching gesture with hands.
Caleb laughs a little.
 
CALEB
You’re funny De la morte.
 
REESE
Referring to me by my last name? Have we stepped back into 1897?
 
Caleb laughs a little more.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
What can I do to get Kenny to not like hate my guts enough to get this project done?
 
CALEB
You just have to be more assertive with him, but Kenny doesn’t hate you. 
 
Reese shakes his head in amazement.
 
REESE
Why do you defend him?
 
Caleb looks Reese in the eyes.
 
CALEB
It may sound weird and kind of wimpish, but I feel like he’s been the ultimate bro, you know? And the least I could do is help him pass this class. I mean it’s my fault we’re stuck in it anyway.
 
REESE (V.O.)
At that moment I understood why Amy would like a guy like Caleb. Most people would say that guys sticking up for their guy friends would be awkward. Was Amy right? Am I finally cracking under the pressure of my own solidarity? Or am I starting to realize that no one is really as bad as they seem?
 
REESE (CONT’D)
That’s really noble of you.
 
 
CALEB
You okay man?
 
REESE
(smiles)
Yeah, just a little hungry. I think I’ll take you up on that burger.
 
CALEB
Great!
(calls out to waitress)
Two burgers.
 
Reese looks down at his phone and sees a text message from Amy.
 
MESSAGE: ASK HIM IF HE’S GOT A GF!!!
 
Reese looks up at Caleb.
 
REESE
So, you’re a pretty well known guy right?
 
Caleb fidgets with the salt shaker.
 
CALEB
What do you mean?
 
REESE
I don’t want to make it sound cliché, but you’re pretty popular with the girls in our school, right?
 
CALEB
(hesitant)
I guess, why?
 
REESE
Just wanted to know if you…
 
Sheena walks out from the kitchen with a shocked expression.
 
SHEENA
What are you guys doing here?
 
Reese looks at Sheena up and down.
 
REESE
Sheena?
 
Sheena puts the menu in front of her face.
 
 
CALEB
You work for Dante?
 
SHEENA
Well duh, he’s my dad.
(points to menu)
Dante Grande’s Pizzeria.
(points to herself)
Sheena Grande.
 
CALEB
Whoa.
 
REESE
So this is where you run off to after school?
 
SHEENA
You make it sound like I’m running off to a cathouse.
 
REESE
(smug expression)
How’s the project going with my sister?
 
Sheena SLAMS menus down on counter.
 
SHEENA
Don’t mention her!
 
REESE
I know my sister can be difficult, but whatever happened between you two, you should put it behind you.
 
CALEB
Yeah, Reese, that’s good advice. Put it…
(smiles at Reese, emphasizing)
BEHIND YOU.
 
Reese gives Caleb an “okay-I-get-it” expression.
 
EXT. DANTE’S PIZZERIA – LATER
 
Reese and Caleb stand by Caleb’s car. Caleb leans on his car and takes out a cigarette from his back pocket. He offers it to Reese.
 
CALEB (CONT’D)
Want one?
 
REESE
Uh, no. I don’t smoke.
 
CALEB
Suit yourself.
 
Caleb pulls out a lighter and lights the end of the cigarette.
 
Reese leans against the wall of 7-Eleven. Reese looks at his cell phone and discovers another text from Amy.
 
Caleb lets out a smoke ring.
 
REESE
So Caleb, are you like seeing…
 
Sheena SLAMS the door as she runs out of the pizzeria towards Reese and Caleb.
 
SHEENA
You jerks didn’t tip me!
 
Caleb laughs and slides across the hood of his car into the driver’s seat.
 
CALEB
Night, De la morte!
 
REESE
Night, man!
 
Reese gives Caleb a two-finger salute and runs to his car.
 
BIRDS-EYE VIEW of both cars driving in opposite directions. Sheena stands alone in the parking lot.
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY – DAY
 
Reese is with Sahtori at his locker.
 
Sahtori closes the locker door.
 
SAHTORI
So he made you leave your house at 9 at night, offered you cigarettes, and you still want to get information on this guy for your sister?
 
Sahtori smiles nervously.
 
SAHTORI (CONT’D)
If I didn’t know you any better I would say that you yourself were looking into becoming close with this guy.
 
 
 
REESE
(laughs)
Whatever. I finally got ammo on Kenny. Now he’ll finally give me the time of day. Or time enough to get this project done.
 
SAHTORI
When is it due?
 
Reese leans against the lockers calmly.
 
REESE
Two periods from now.
 
SAHTORI
Are you serious?!
 
Reese smiles at Sahtori and with his chin points behind him.
 
REESE
Look, here he comes now.
 
Reese walks away from the lockers.
 
Sahtori tries to stop Reese by holding onto the sleeve of his hoodie. Reese pulls away from Sahtori’s grasp.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
Hey Mcfarlen.
 
KENNY
Hey.
 
Kenny shuffles items around in his locker.
 
REESE
I know you don’t want to be seen with me, but we kind of have to finish our project.
 
KENNY
(rolls eyes)
I know. I did my half. I was just waiting for yours.
 
REESE
I spoke with Caleb last night and…
 
Kenny stops packing and turns to look at Reese.
 
KENNY
You spoke with him?
 
REESE
Yeah, he invited me to talk and gave me a few pointers on how to deal with you.
 
KENNY
How to deal with me? What did he say?
 
REESE
Some things about you being a good guy but defensive, all this touching stuff that really doesn’t seem to be helping me. So…
 
Reese shoves a piece of paper in Kenny’s face.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
Put whatever it is that is bugging you behind you. This project has to get done.
 
Kenny takes the paper from Reese.
 
KENNY
Just put them together and we’ll be done.
 
REESE
Are you sure it meets all the requirements?
 
KENNY
Just take it.
 
Kenny puts papers in Reese’s hands.
 
REESE
Thanks.
 
FLASHBACK:
 
Amy’s MESSAGE to Reese in the diner: ASK HIM IF HE’S GOT A GF!!!
 
END FLASHBACK
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
I knew I was forgetting something.
 
Reese sighs and turns to look at Kenny.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
Can I ask you a question?
 
KENNY
No, but you’re probably going to ask anyway, so shoot.
Reese opens his mouth to speak but closes it immediately.
 
KENNY (CONT’D)
You’re wasting my time Reject.
 
Reese sees Amy down the hall talking with her friends.
 
REESE (V.O.)
JUST ASK!
 
Reese blurts out the question.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
Does Caleb have a girlfriend?
 
Kenny looks at Reese confused.
 
KENNY
Why do you want to know?
 
REESE
(wide-eyed)
Some girl in my class wants to know.
 
Kenny nods his head and smiles.
 
KENNY
Right.
 
REESE
I’m serious!
 
KENNY
I didn’t say anything. Yes, he does have a girlfriend. Her name is Terra.
 
REESE
(relieved)
Thank you.
 
INT. MR. LOWE’S CLASSROOM – AFTERNOON
Alex, Caleb and Lizzy conclude their poem. They return to their seats.
 
MR. LOWE
And that was Alex, Caleb and Lizzy with their poem “Why am I standing up here?” Next are Reese and Kenny.
 
 
 
REESE (V.O.)
I never wanted any of this, but I got it. Sometimes it feels like life may throw some things on your plate, but it can lead you to marvelous realizations.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
Our poem is called "Untitled."
 
Reese looks down at his paper.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
The aqua sky teases me, leading me on. She gives me hope of a better life but my heart knows better. I walk amongst the shadows that claim to understand. Spiteful and greed, is all I ever feel though. Am I wrong to think of myself highly?
 
Kenny leans on the desk with a bored expression.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
My soul empty, like the land lot behind the mass graves of dreams. My dreams, taken by a woman who was said to be the angel of life. Lay there now and you ask yourself why I choose to avoid the shadows.
 
Amy looks at Reese empathetically.
 
Kenny holds his paper up and begins to read.
 
KENNY
I know I am not much, just a ginger shell here in your sea of companionship. I am not the most vibrant shell or the strongest. The tides come in and you pull others to shore, but what about me?
 
Kenny continues.
KENNY (CONT’D)
I was once part of islands. I helped to stand strong, but soon like the Fiji, I was forgotten. How can I make a splash when you don’t even look my way during a full moon? I may not be much, but I’m always there.
 
The boys set down their papers and look at the class.
 
MR. LOWE
So one is about loneliness and the other about being replaced?
 
Reese looks down, embarrassed.
KENNY
(clicks tongue)
Yeah.
 
MR. LOWE
You boys didn’t work on this together at all.
 
Reese and Kenny look down at the floor.
 
MR. LOWE (CONT’D)
Individually, I am impressed, but not satisfied. You did not work together as assigned. C-plus for you both.
 
Reese shuts his eyes in disappointment.
 
INT. ENEVILLE HIGH – CAFETERIA – MOMENTS LATER
 
Reese sits next to Amy and Alex in the cafeteria, talking. 
 
Sheena and Lizzy walk over to the table.
 
SHEENA
Uhm, hey guys.
 
Amy glares at Sheena.
 
Lizzy and Sheena sit down. Sheena nervously looks up at Reese.
 
AMY
(whispers into Reese’s ear)
Why is she looking at you like that?
 
Reese shrugs and pops a fry into his mouth.
 
Caleb and Kenny pass the table.
 
CALEB
(smiles)
Hey guys.
 
REESE
(smiling)
Hey man.
 
Kenny looks down at his tray. Caleb nudges him. Kenny looks at Reese.
 
KENNY
Hey.
 
 
CALEB
We saw you guys from across the quad and thought we could sit with you.
 
LIZZY
(smirks)
What, your horde of rejects not high enough to keep the conversation going?
 
CALEB
Aren’t you adorable?
 
Caleb rolls his eyes and sits beside Alex. Kenny is still standing.
 
CALEB (CONT’D)
You okay, Kenny? Sit down.
 
KENNY
I have to go talk to Skinner about some missing homework.
 
CALEB
You don’t do homework.
 
KENNY
(smiles sarcastically)
Well, I’ve now decided to pick up the habit. 
 
CALEB
(looks at Reese)
Sorry.
 
REESE
(smiles)
At least you tried.
 
Reese notices Amy is smiling to herself.
 
REESE (V.O.) (CONT’D)
As much as I love Amy, I couldn’t let her keep crushing on Caleb. I had to do something before she falls completely in love only to realize it was a lost cause. I knew it was wrong, but I had to do it at that moment.
 
REESE (CONT’D)
So Caleb, how’s your girlfriend?
 
Amy’s smile gets smaller. 
 
Sheena and Lizzy both notice.
 
CALEB
Terra’s good. She’s with the drama club right now
 
Reese notices Amy’s sad expression. He takes out his phone and begins writing a text.
 
SHEENA
How long have you been going out?
 
CALEB
About four months now.
 
Amy gets a text from Reese. 
 
CLOSE-UP OF THE TEXT MESSAGE: YOU’RE STILL TOO GOOD FOR HIM.
 
Amy smiles at her brother and closes her phone. She turns to Caleb and forces a smile.
 
AMY
That’s longer than any relationship I’ve heard about.
 
Sheena and Amy laugh.
 
ZOOM OUT of the kids sitting. 
 
REESE (V.O.)
It wasn’t exactly how I had pictured my first semester as a sophomore.
 
TITLE CARD: THREE WEEKS LATER
 
INT. ENEVILLE HIGH – GYMNASIUM – AFTERNOON
 
BIRDSEYE VIEW of Reese sitting in the school gymnasium writing in his journal. ZOOM IN on the journal: A SPIDER labeled “HIGH-SCHOOL” on top of a CLOVER.
 
REESE (V.O.)
I don’t know if it’s just me growing up, but things are never as bad as they seem. High school may seem like the end of the world…
 
Reese smiles.
 
REESE (VO) (CONT’D)
But the truth is, it’s only the beginning.
 
CHALKY LETTERS: CALL ME CRAZY
 
Roll closing credits as “Come on! Come on!” by Morgan Laurence plays.
 

FADE OUT

Teamare Gaston
Age 15, Grade 10
Central Park East High School
Gold Key

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