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Rebel High

Season 1

Episode 7: “To Be Thankful For…”

 

 

 

FADE IN:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - MORNING

 

Chris enters the building and spots Mia sitting on the stair case.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Hey.

 

He sits down next to her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                How'd the party go?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (sighs)

                                                It sucked. Majorly. It was one big,

                                                giant suckfest. At least for me.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Things didn't work out with Leah?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (shakes her head)

                                                She didn't even show up.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You're kidding me.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Nope.

 

Chris runs a hand through his hair.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                But she said she really wanted to see

                                                you.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Some people never change. It's the

                                                same reason we broke up back in middle

                                                school, remember? She's.. great and

                                                sweet and everything but just

                                                really...

 

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Flakey.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Yeah. Unreliable. Damn it, Casey's

                                                reliable. I want that.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You know, you're gonna have a real

                                                hard time finding someone if you

                                                always compare them to Casey.

 

Mia shrugs and closes her notebook.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I can't help it.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Well, on the bright side, at least

                                                it's Thanksgiving this week. Only

                                                three days of school.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (nods)

                                                Mmm. That is very appealing. Although

                                                holidays always bring family drama.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Are you going to your mom's?

                       

                                                MIA

                                                I don't know. I can't remember who I

                                                spent Thanksgiving with last year.

 

The bell rings and they get up to head into their class.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You could always just come over and

                                                have dinner at my place. You know, if

                                                you don't want to deal with any of

                                                their crap.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'll keep that in mind.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. MARINE BIO - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey leans back in her chair, arms crossed, and tries to stay awake as they watch a movie. Jamie, sitting in her new seat two rows behind Casey, glances up at her and smiles, before returning to her writing. After another few minutes the movie ends and Mr. Campbell switches the tv off.

                       

                                                            CAMPBELL

                                                Can you get the lights?

 

The student closest to the light-switches on the wall flips them on. The bell rings.

                       

                                                            CAMPBELL

                                                Don't forget you've got that test on

                                                Wednesday!

 

He rubs his hands together gleefully and a few people groan. Jamie waits for Casey at the door.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Do you think if we were studying for

                                                the test, your dad would let you come

                                                over?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I don't think so. You know, I am only

                                                grounded for a week. I don't get an

                                                allowance for two weeks, though.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                What? What happened to 'grounded until

                                                you're thirty'?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I was exaggerating.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I'll say.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Well, he wasn't that mad, really. I

                                                mean, it's not like we drank or

                                                anything. And Clark actually took on

                                                the brunt of the blame on himself.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Really?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yeah. He told dad that he wanted to go

                                                to the party so he had me play along.

                                                And he doesn't even know it was your

                                                party.

 

                                                            CASEY

                                                You two are very devious, you know

                                                that?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (grins)

                                                It was Clark's idea. I totally did not

                                                expect him to do something like that.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Remind me to thank him later.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. MARINE BIO - CONTINUOUS

 

They exit the classroom.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                So uh, do you think your dad will let

                                                you go out to a banquet with me on

                                                Friday? My dad will be there.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                A banquet?

                       

                                                CASEY

                                                Yeah, it's kind of a Thanksgiving

                                                thing, except not. It was going to be

                                                on Thursday, but people wanted to

                                                spend that day with their families so

                                                it's on Friday.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                People from your dad's work?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Ok. I'll ask my dad.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. GEOMETRY - CONTINUOUS

 

The bell rings and everyone packs up to leave.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                I'm having lunch off-campus with Matt

                                                today.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh, yeah?

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Yup. Wish me luck.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Good luck.

 

Casey leans over slightly towards Mia.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Can I talk to you?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (to herself)

                                                How many people are going to ask me

                                                that today?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                What?

 

Mia stands and swings her messenger bag over her shoulder.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (shakes her head)

                                                Nothing. What's up?

 

They head out of the class.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

 

They stroll down the hallway, Casey's hands in her pockets.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I um, have this thing on Friday. It's

                                                kind of this fancy dinner.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                And?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, I asked Jamie to go with me, and

                                                she said yeah, as long as her dad will

                                                let her come. I want to go shopping

                                                for something for her to wear. As kind

                                                of a surprise.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                And you need my assistance?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (smiles)

                                                If you would be so kind.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (grins)

                                                Ok. But only if you let me shoe shop.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (laughs)

                                                Casey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                It'll take up the entire day.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I promise we'll pick out Jamie's thing

                                                first.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok.

                                                (pauses)

                                                Oh no.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                What?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You're going to terrorize the sales

                                                clerks at that one place again, aren't

                                                you?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Hmm. I'm in a good mood. I might go

                                                easy on them.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                As long as you don't make anybody cry.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (grins)

                                                I promise. Are we going to pull the

                                                same plan as we did last time?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah. Go on to the office and wait for

                                                me by my car. I'll follow you in 10.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Will do. See you.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. PLAYHOUSE - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey rounds the corner and sees Jamie standing in front of Clark and Andrea, telling a story animatedly with her hands. She pauses for a moment and looks her up and down, then heads over.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Then I walked in on those two girls,

                                                and I nearly screamed. I told them to

                                                get out of my girlfriend's bathroom.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Listen, uh, my dad just called.

 

She wiggles her cell phone.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                He's in Long Beach and wanted to know

                                                if I could go to lunch with him.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok. Are you going to go?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, is that cool?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Of course.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Alright. I'll see you.

 

She starts to turn, but Jamie grabs her arm and turns her back around.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What happened to my goodbye kiss?

 

Casey grins and obligingly wraps her arms around Jamie's waist and kisses her for a long moment.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                God, do you two ever stop?

 

Jamie pulls back and gives Andrea a dirty look before smiling at Casey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I'll see you tomorrow.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok.

 

Casey starts to head off.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                (indignantly)

                                                Where's my goodbye kiss?

 

Casey jogs over and gives Andrea a kiss on the cheek.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Can I go now? Or do I need to give

                                                Clark a kiss too?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (makes a face)

                                                Gross. Get out of here.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                See you guys.

 

She jogs off before anyone else can stop her.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S CAR - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey and Mia get into the car.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You took longer than I thought.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, sorry. I got held up by a few

                                                people.

 

She tosses her backpack in the backseat then reaches over to open the glove compartment and grabs her sunglasses. Mia shifts slightly to avoid contact with Casey's arm. Casey notices and smiles at her sheepishly.

                       

                                                CASEY

                                                Sorry.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                It's ok. What did you have in mind for

                                                Jamie?

 

Casey starts the car.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I don't know. Something from one of

                                                the more classy designers. Like

                                                Richard Tyler or Vera Wang.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (nods)

                                                Mmm.

                                                (pause)

                                                You do realize that it's going to

                                                cause a fight, right?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (sighs)

                                                Yeah, I know. But I just want to get

                                                her something really nice, so she

                                                wouldn't feel.. weird around everyone

                                                else. Do you know what I mean?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You want her to feel like she fits in.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Right. I don't want her to feel self-

                                                conscious or anything.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Understandable. But I still think

                                                she'll have a problem with you

                                                spending that kind of money on her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (shrugs)

                                                I'm prepared to talk it out with her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Alright.

 

At a red light, Casey glances over at her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Are you hungry?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm famished.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Want to get something on the way?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                That depends. You're not going to make

                                                me eat any of that Atkins good-for-you

                                                healthy crap, are you?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hardly. I'm partial to deep-fried

                                                foods myself.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You like chili?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Mmm-hmm.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Want to get some of the best chili in

                                                the known world?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Sure. Where is it?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Right up the street. About 30 seconds

                                                away.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                It's this close to school and you

                                                haven't told me about it before? For

                                                shame, Mia.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (grins)

                                                I'll buy then.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. PRADA BOUTIQUE DRESSING ROOM - AN HOUR LATER

 

Casey and Mia are in a dressing room, studying the long green gown hanging on the hook. Mia draws her finger down the front.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I really, really like this.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Yeah.

 

She turns to Casey.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I want it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                It's not for you.

 

Mia pouts.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                But this is like the most incredible

                                                dress ever.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                How 'bout I buy you those Jimmy Choo's

                                                you've been eyeing?

 

Mia flings her arms around her neck and kisses her on the cheek.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                That'll do.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Alright. Where'd that girl go?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I don't know. Doesn't it need to be

                                                altered to fit Jamie, though?

 

Casey takes the dress in her hands and stretches it to it's full width.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                It might be a little long, but

                                                otherwise it'll fit her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                How do you know?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (winks)

                                                I have excellent spatial sense.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Ok. If you say so. Can I pick out the

                                                shoes to go with it?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Sure.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Cool.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. PRADA BOUTIQUE - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey is at the counter, getting rung up.

                       

                                                            ERICA

                                                Nine hundred dollars.

 

Mia starts laughing. Casey pulls out her credit card.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (smiles)

                                                What?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Not only are you going to spend that

                                                kind of money on her, but you're using

                                                your dad's money?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, actually, I'm putting this on my

                                                card.

 

The saleswoman, ERICA, hands her a garment bag and another bag with the shoes.

                       

                                                            ERICA

                                                Thank you. You have a wonderful day.

 

Mia takes the garment bag from Casey.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I want to hold it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Whatever floats your boat.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. RODEO DRIVE - CONTINUOUS

 

They slip on their sunglasses again.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Are you having dinner with your dad on

                                                Thanksgiving?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No. He's actually going to be working.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                On Thanksgiving?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah. He's got some big deals coming

                                                up. He's gonna be drawing up contracts

                                                all weekend long, with the exception

                                                of this banquet. You?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                My dad's going to be in New York.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Bummer. What about your mom?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                No. My step-sister's not going to be

                                                there and that's the only reason I

                                                have to go, so..

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                So you're gonna hang out by yourself?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I might go over to Chris's, but I'm

                                                not sure. I always feel weird going

                                                over to his place on holidays.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Really?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Yeah. He and his family are pretty

                                                tight knit. He's my best friend and

                                                everything, and I've known them for a

                                                long time now, but when I'm there..

                                                I'm just not family.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No family. No drama.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                True.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You know, I kinda like it that way. No

                                                I can order take-out, and lay on my

                                                couch, and watch cartoons all day-

                                                long.

 

Mia looks at her speculatively for a moment.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Sounds like fun.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh, it will be.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. PLAYHOUSE - CONTINUOUS

 

It's the end of class and people are packing up. Casey looks over at Clark.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey, Clark?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Yeah?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Can you do me a favor?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Name it.

 

She leans closer.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. PLAYHOUSE - A MOMENT LATER

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                So you're not going to tell me what it

                                                is?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, because it's supposed to be a

                                                surprise.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                I'm not going to tell her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                I don't take chances.

 

They go over to sit on their usual bench.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Well, you're certainly planning early.

                                                Christmas isn't for another.. how

                                                long?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                It's only a month away. This is the

                                                last thing on my list.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (grins)

                                                Did you get me anything?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yes, but you won't get it if you say a

                                                word about what I asked you to do to

                                                Jamie.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Scout's honor.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (amused)

                                                You were a Boy Scout?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (shakes his head)

                                                Yeah, I know.

 

Casey laughs. Andrea comes out of the Playhouse.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                I see. You two just ditch me there on

                                                my own.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Damn it, when will we be rid of you?

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                You love me and you know it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Not by choice.

 

Andrea swings her backpack around to whack Casey with it, but she holds up a hand to stop her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Kidding!

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. LOCKER ROOM - AFTERNOON

 

Casey, freshly showered, slips on a shirt. Leah opens up the locker behind her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey, how's your shoulder?

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                (smiles)

                                                It'll be alright. That was a hell of a

                                                steal.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Thanks. You put up a good fight,

                                                though.

 

Casey sits down on the bench to put on her socks and shoes.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                So what happened to you the other day?

                                                People were expecting you to come to

                                                the party.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                Like who?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, Mia was asking about you.

                       

                                                LEAH

                                                Ah. Well, there's the girl I had been

                                                seeing. We didn't feel like going to a

                                                party after all.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I didn't hear about that.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                She goes to Los Alamitos.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                How long have you guys been going out?

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                About a month. But we're not gonna see

                                                each other anymore. Things just didn't

                                                work out. You know how it is.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, I guess I do. So then what's the

                                                deal with you and Mia?

 

Leah sits down across from her.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                We used to go out, back in middle

                                                school.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                What happened? Why did you guys break

                                                up?

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                You know, I don't really remember. It

                                                was a while ago. I've always kind of

                                                regretted it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Really?

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                Yeah. You know her, she's a great

                                                catch.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, she is.

 

Leah runs a hand through her hair.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                I should've just come to the party and

                                                broken it off with Brenna.

 

She stands again to grab her shirt from her locker.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                Casey?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah?

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                Do you think you could do me a favor?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Sure.

 

Leah puts on her shirt and turns to face her.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                Could you talk to Mia for me,

                                                possibly? Find out if I've still got a

                                                shot at getting her back?

 

Casey looks at her for a moment, then nods slowly.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, sure.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                (smiles)

                                                You're the best.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. LOCKER ROOM - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey walks out of the locker room with her backpack and gym bag. Coach Briggs catches up to her.

                       

                                                            BRIGGS

                                                (smiles)

                                                Casey, nice practice.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Thanks.

                       

                                                            BRIGGS

                                                How long have you played soccer?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Um, since I was 7. I think.

                       

                                                            BRIGGS

                                                Ah.

 

He nods and Casey adjusts the strap of her backpack.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Something I could help you with,

                                                Coach?

                       

                                                BRIGGS

                                                You can come play football for me next

                                                year.

 

Casey laughs.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You're joking.

                       

                                                            BRIGGS

                                                Not at all. None of the quarterbacks

                                                I've coached at this school could've

                                                hit that target like you did at the

                                                Homecoming Fair.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Not even Andrew?

                       

                                                            BRIGGS

                                                Not even Andrew. But don't tell him

                                                that. He's got a fragile ego and if

                                                you bruise it, his performance

                                                suffers.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (nods)

                                                That's Andrew for you.

                       

                                                            BRIGGS

                                                Besides, he's leaving after this year

                                                anyway. So what do you say?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well Coach, the thought is appealing.

                                                But I'm afraid it would just conflict

                                                with other things in my schedule.

                       

                                                            BRIGGS

                                                You're going to do crew again?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Maybe. And if I didn't, the volleyball

                                                coach already honed in on me last

                                                week.

                       

                                                            BRIGGS

                                                Damn. Is there any sport you don't

                                                play?

 

Casey thinks about it for a long moment.

                       

                                                            BRIGGS

                                                (laughs)

                                                Nevermind. You're God's gift to

                                                sports. If next year rolls around, and

                                                you decide not to do crew or

                                                volleyball, come see me. You're

                                                welcome to join us at anytime.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Alright Coach. I'll see you.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey enters the performing arts building and climbs the stairs to the second level. Faint music can be heard from down the hall, and Casey heads toward it, opening one of the double doors at the end of the hall.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. DEAN DANCE STUDIO - CONTINUOUS

 

Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath" blasts from the sound system as a group of dancers in the middle of the room rehearse a dance in front of the mirror wall. Mia's in the very front, calling out comments and suggestions over the music.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Stacy, you're behind! Skip a count and

                                                catch up!

 

During the course of the dance, Mia spots Casey in the mirror. The song ends and Mia smiles at Casey.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                We should take a break, guys. Ten

                                                minutes.

 

Mia heads over to talk to the teacher for a moment, then comes over to Casey.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Hey, you.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Hey. Look at you, being all bossy.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (smiles)

                                                Well, I choreographed this number.

                                                It's my right to boss everyone around.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Leadership suits you.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Did you just come to ogle all the

                                                dancers?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Not really, although that is a plus,

                                                but I came to talk to you about

                                                something.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                C'mon.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

 

They step outside of the classroom.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                What's up?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                What's up with you and Leah?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (sighs)

                                                Nothing, anymore. She was supposed to

                                                come to the party, but..

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                She got tied up. She's sorry about

                                                that.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (laughs sardonically)

                                                Trying to fix me up with someone in

                                                order to take my mind off you?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (shakes her head)

                                                No. She came to me and asked me to

                                                talk to you.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh. What did she say to you?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (shrugs)

                                                Just that she kinda misses you. And

                                                she wants to know if you'll forgive

                                                her for not coming to the party, and

                                                if she still has a shot.

 

Mia puts a hand to her forehead.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I don't know.

 

She blows out a breath.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Take it easy. I don't have to give her

                                                like a detailed report right now.

                                                She's having a party on Friday.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Are you going to be there?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, I have the banquet, remember?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh, yeah.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Just think about it, ok?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Ok...

                                                (teases)

                                                Miss matchmaker.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (singing)

                                                Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a

                                                match. Find me a find. Catch me a

                                                catch.

 

Mia laughs and lightly slaps her arm.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I have to go back in.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Alright. I'll see you.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Jamie comes out into the living room hesitantly. Tyler is sitting on the couch, switching on the tv.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Dad?

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Yeah, honey?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I need to ask you something.

 

Tyler pats the couch next to him.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                (smiles)

                                                What's on your mind?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Well, it's not really that type of

                                                question. It's more like asking for

                                                permission to do something.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                What?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (quickly)

                                                To go to this banquet at the Queen

                                                Mary with Casey on Friday.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Wait, what? No.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Dad.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                You're grounded, remember?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                But.. but...

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Next time.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                This is really important. And her dad

                                                is going to be there.

 

He looks at her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Please?

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                (sighs)

                                                Where is it?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                At the Queen Mary.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                What time?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                From 5 to 10.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                At night?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (bites her lip)

                                                Yeah.

 

He rubs the bridge of his nose.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                What is it for?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                It's just a dinner that Casey's dad

                                                and his coworkers are having.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                And he is going to be there the entire

                                                time?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yes.

 

He studies her and her hopeful face for a long moment.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Alright.

 

She flings her arms around his neck and kisses him on the cheek.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (excitedly)

                                                Thank you!

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Well, hold on there. I need to talk to

                                                her father.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Ok.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                And you'll be grounded for another

                                                week after that.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok. I love you!

 

She jumps up off the couch and hurries into her room.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

She closes the door and grabs the phone. She dials and listens.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (on phone)

                                                Hello?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Hey, I have good news.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (on phone)

                                                Oh, yeah?

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CONOR'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

 

Conor's sitting at his desk, going through some papers, and he picks up the phone and overhears.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (on phone)

                                                My dad said I could go to the banquet.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (on phone)

                                                Did you hear that?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (on phone)

                                                What?

 

Conor quietly hangs up.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Casey's leaning back in her desk chair.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nothing. So how'd you pull that one

                                                off?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (on phone)

                                                Well, he was placated by the fact that

                                                your dad is going to be there. He

                                                wants to talk to him, by the way.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok. He's working on something right

                                                now, though. Can I have him call your

                                                dad tomorrow?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (on phone)

                                                Yeah, that'll work.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CONOR'S OFFICE - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey stands in the doorway and knocks on the doorframe.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Yeah?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I asked Jamie to the banquet.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                (lightly)

                                                Oh, you did? And why did you do that?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You said I could bring a guest.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                So you're bringing Jamie.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (confused)

                                                Yes, I'm bringing Jamie. Who did you

                                                think I was going to bring?

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Oh, I don't know. Someone respectable,

                                                who won't embarrass me?

 

Casey crosses her arms.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (testily)

                                                What did you say?

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                This is my first event as a partner.

                                                We're having dinner with the top

                                                people at my firm along with the rest

                                                of L.A.'s elite and you're going to

                                                bring her?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Why the hell not? Wh...

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                (interrupts)

                                                I don't want to get into an argument

                                                about it. You already invited her and

                                                she accepted so that's that. But you

                                                better make her presentable.

 

Casey stews for a moment, then uncrosses her arms.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You know, just when I think that we

                                                could get along just fine, you go and

                                                pull judgmental and classist crap like

                                                this.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Casey...

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (interrupts)

                                                You're so full of it.

 

She turns around and heads back up the stairs. He shuffles through his papers on his desk, as Casey's door slamming echoes through the house.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. PLAYHOUSE - AFTERNOON

 

Cast members are cleaning up and getting ready to go.

                       

                                                            PERRY

                                                Casey, can you get the swords and put

                                                them in the prop room?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Sure.

                                                (turns to Jamie)

                                                Want to help?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Ok.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. PLAYHOUSE PROP ROOM - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey and Jamie each carry two swords as they enter the prop room. Metal racks and shelves line the long room, filled with various accessories and props and set decorations.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                Oh, wow. I could play in here for

                                                hours.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                It's cool, isn't it?

 

She takes the swords and places them on a shelf.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I thought the prop closet was all we

                                                had, but there's this room. And

                                                there's also another room in the

                                                catacombs.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Where are the catacombs?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Underneath the auditorium. It's where

                                                the keep the mascot's clothes. I've

                                                always felt tempted to go down there

                                                and try on that leather jacket Cal

                                                looks so good in.

 

Casey spots a pinball machine in the corner.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Where did this come from?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Is it plugged in?

 

Casey inspects the back of the machine.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                No, crap.

 

Jamie picks up an electric guitar.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Clark would love this.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                So he's never played before, but

                                                always wanted to learn?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yeah, he always says he's going to

                                                start saving to buy one, but I think

                                                he just keeps forgetting and ends up

                                                spending his money.

 

Casey nods. They split up and wander around, looking at things. Casey picks up a plastic gun. Jamie browses through various tiaras.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ooh. I think I remember seeing these

                                                in last year's play.

 

Casey grabs a cowboy hat.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                This is just like the one I bought.

 

She puts in on her head. Jamie pulls down a feather boa hanging on a rack and wraps it around her neck. They both turn around to look at each other.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                That hat looks good on you.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                The boa is a nice touch.

 

They grin at each other, and Casey puts her hat on Jamie's head, and Jamie wraps the boa around Casey's neck.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I think the hat looks better on you.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I like it.

 

Casey regards the fluff around her neck.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Is this my look?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                No.

 

Casey grins as Jamie pulls on the boa to bring her closer and kisses her. The door suddenly opens and Ms. Perry walks in.

                       

                                                            PERRY

                                                What are you two doing?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Rehearsing.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (simultaneously)

                                                Rehearsing.

 

Casey clears her throat.

                       

                                                            PERRY

                                                Well, rehearsal's over. I was about to

                                                lock the door. Get out here.

 

She holds open the door. They both take off their accessories and place them back on the shelves, and grin at each other surreptitiously as they step out of the room.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. PLAYHOUSE - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey, Jamie, Clark and Andrea exit the Playhouse.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                Rehearsing, huh?

 

Jamie blushes.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Shut up.

 

Andrea's cell phone rings. She answers it.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                Hello?

 

She puts a hand over the receiver.

                       

                                                            ANDREA

                                                I'll see you guys.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Bye.

 

Andrea heads in the opposite direction.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                I think she bought it, though. She

                                                didn't seem mad when you guys came

                                                out.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nah, I think she knew. She just

                                                doesn't care.

 

Clark spots Tyler waiting outside the fence.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                James, we gotta go.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Why does he always have to be early?

 

She waves at him then turns to Casey, and Clark starts to head for the gate alone.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I'll see you on Friday.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok, I'll pick you up at 5, alright?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Ok. You know, if my dad wasn't

                                                watching, I'd kiss you goodbye.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I know.

                                                (winks)

                                                Save it for Friday.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I will.

 

Jamie catches up to Clark. Mia and Meagan round the corner to the Playhouse, Mia wearing headphones and shimmying her way towards Casey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey.

 

Mia pulls her headphones off.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                What are you still doing here?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                The dance show is a couple weeks away.

                                                We're busting our asses to get ready.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (nods)

                                                You guys looked fine to me. Well at

                                                least that one you did.

                       

                                                            MEAGAN

                                                That's because she's a perfectionist

                                                slave driver when it comes to that

                                                stuff.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (scoffs)

                                                I am not. I'm an bossy perfectionist

                                                with slightly abusive tendencies.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                They don't let you have a whip, do

                                                they?

 

Mia just grins at her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Oh yeah, what was that song you guys

                                                were dancing to?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Here.

 

Mia takes the cd out of her cd player.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                It's Destiny's Child. You can have

                                                this copy.

 

Casey takes it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Cool.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. TYLER'S CAR - CONTINUOUS

 

Jamie buckles her seatbelt and glances out the window to see Casey hug Mia.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (mumbles)

                                                Best friends, Jamie. Best friends.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Did you say something?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

 

Casey stands in the doorway anxiously as Conor talks on the phone.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                We'll be riding in the same car there

                                                and back, and we'll be sitting at the

                                                same table during dinner. I'll be

                                                keeping a good eye on them.

                                                (pause)

                                                Alright. You have nice evening now,

                                                Tyler.

 

He hangs up.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                You happy?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (quietly)

                                                Thanks.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Do you remember..

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (interrupts)

                                                Yeah.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                (sighs)

                                                I'm going to be at the office all day

                                                tomorrow. Do you want me to leave you

                                                some money to eat, or are you going to

                                                make something?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Nah, I'll take care of things.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Call me and let me know how the games

                                                go.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I will.

 

She leaves.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. CASEY'S HOUSE – AFTERNOON

 

Mia pulls out a slip of paper from her back pocket. She looks at it, and keys in the numbers for Casey's door lock on the keypad on the doorframe. The keypad beeps and the door unlocks.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS

 

Mia quietly slips in and looks around.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Casey?

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. CASEY'S BACKYARD – CONTINUOUS

 

Casey stops jogging on her treadmill and takes a long drink from her water bottle, emptying it. She uses a small towel to wipe her face, then heads inside to get more water.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

 

Casey opens the door and enters the kitchen and bumps into Mia.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (startled)

                                                Ahh!

 

Mia gasps and jumps back.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                God, I'm sorry!

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (confused)

                                                Wha.. how did...

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I let myself in. You gave me the code,

                                                remember? I'm so sorry. I didn't mean

                                                to startle you like that.

 

Casey smiles sheepishly.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                It's ok. My day needed a little

                                                excitement. I totally forgot I gave

                                                you the code.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                It's just.. you said you were going to

                                                be all alone for Thanksgiving. You

                                                shouldn't.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You shouldn't either.

                                                (smiles)

                                                I'm glad you came. I don't know why I

                                                didn't think to ask you over when we

                                                talked about it during shopping.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (grins)

                                                I forgive you.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                However, I plan on eating lots of junk

                                                food, and lazing about on my couch,

                                                watching the football game. That ok 

                                                with you?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Are you kidding me? Sounds perfect.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Alright. Just hang out for a few

                                                minutes. I have to go take a shower.

 

Mia regards her revealing workout clothes.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Does that mean you're going to be

                                                putting on more clothes?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yes.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Damn.

 

Casey laughs and heads for the stairs.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (calls after her)

                                                Do you need any help?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (calls down the stairs)

                                                I've been cleaning myself up since I

                                                was a toddler. I think I've got the

                                                hang of it by now.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S LIVING ROOM - AN HOUR LATER

 

Casey and Mia recline on the couch, watching the football game on tv. They're each holding a Chinese food carton and eating directly out of them. The coffee table is littered with 6 or 7 empty cartons and empty delivery bags. Casey picks up her beer bottle.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Here's to Thanksgiving.

 

Mia grabs hers and they clink their bottles together and take a drink.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I can't believe you got them to

                                                deliver it here. They don't do

                                                deliveries.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Well, when you dangle a one hundred

                                                dollar tip in front of them, any place

                                                will deliver right to your door.

 

Mia watches Casey eat with her fork.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Who eats Chinese food with a fork?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                I do.

 

Mia reaches her chopsticks over and tries to grab some from Casey's carton, but Casey turns to protect her food.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey! This is mine.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                But I want some house chicken.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You already ate the other carton of

                                                it.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (pouts)

                                                But I want more.

 

Casey lets her take some.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Alright, but give me some Kung Pao.

 

Mia offers Casey her carton, who spears a big piece with her fork and eats it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I can't believe you ate that much.

                                                I've never seen anyone eat quite like

                                                myself.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I admit it. I'm a chow hound.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Where do you put it?

 

Mia gives her a saucy wink.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs)

                                                Nevermind.

 

Mia dumps her empty carton on the coffee table.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh, crap. We have to clean up, don't

                                                we?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Not if we don't want to. Natalia is

                                                coming tomorrow.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Who's Natalia?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                My maid.

                                   

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh.

                                                (pause)

                                                You know, this totally doesn't feel

                                                like a holiday.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Is that a bad thing?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Not really. Usually holidays mean my

                                                dad being a callous ass, or my mom

            high on Valium or my step-dad

            pretending like I don't exist and

            fawning all over my step-sister. This

            is definitely a step up.

                       

                        CASEY

            Only a step?

                       

                        MIA

            (grins)

            It's the best Thanksgiving I've ever

            had.

                       

                        CASEY

            Me too.

                       

                        MIA

            However, I feel like we should give

            thanks, or some crap like that. It

feels wrong to have such a good

                                                Thanksgiving, then not give thanks.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok. We could write up lists of what

                                                we're thankful for.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Ok.

                       

                                                            CASEY

            Oooh, wait.

 

Casey puts down her carton, and gets up. She heads up the stairs towards her room. Once she's out of sight, Mia reaches over to grab it.

                       

                                                            CASEY(OS)

                                                Don't even think about it!

 

Mia hastily shoves a piece in her mouth and chews quickly before Casey comes back down, carrying a white board and a couple markers.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                What is that?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                We could write our lists on here, in

                                                case we mess up.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                It's still in the wrapper.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I know. I bought it when I moved here

                                                so I could write down birthdays and

                                                due dates and all kinds of other stuff

                                                to remember. Then I forgot to put it

                                                on my wall.

                                                (shrugs)

                                                Go figure.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (chuckles)

                                                Only you.

 

Casey tears off the wrapper and sits down with the white board on her lap, Mia sitting on her right side. She hands Mia a marker, then takes the cap off her own and draws a line down the middle. They each write their names at the top of their side, and begin writing. Casey puts '1. Jamie, 2. Mia, 3. Armani'. Mia puts '1. Casey, 2. dancing, 3. shoes, 4. vodka'. Casey glances over at her list and chuckles, then continues writing her list. After a few more moments of writing, they both stop.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (smiles)

                                                I'm on your list.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                And I'm on yours. Although I'm

                                                surprised you value me more than

                                                shoes.

           

Mia holds up her hand and holds her thumb and index finger slightly apart.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Only a little.

 

Casey reaches over and tickles her. Mia shrieks and bolts off the couch. Casey chases her throughout the house.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S DINING ROOM – CONTINUOUS

 

In contrast to the noise and messiness at Casey's house, Jamie's family is sitting quietly at the neatly made table, eating, until Clark snatches the mashed potatoes from Alice.

                       

                                                            ALICE

                                                Hey!

 

She tries to whack him with her spoon and Jamie laughs.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Alice honey, calm down.

                       

                                                            ALICE

                                                But he took the potatoes.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                We made plenty, Al.

 

Tyler grabs a spoonful of potatoes from the bowl and puts it on Alice's plate.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Better?

                       

                                                            ALICE

                                                Mm-hmm, thank you, daddy.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                What are we thankful for, kids?

                       

                                                            ALICE

                                                Butter.

 

She cuts a chunk of butter and mixes it in with her potatoes.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Alice...

                       

                                                            ALICE

                                                (rolls her eyes)

                                                Eating buttery potatoes with my

                                                family.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Family.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Family

 

They all look expectantly on Jamie.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Casey.

 

Tyler raises an eyebrow.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                And family.

                                                (pauses)

                                                She really means a lot to me, dad. I

                                                just want you to understand.

 

Clark smiles at her proudly. Tyler studies her for a moment, then smiles.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Yeah, I understand. I remember my

                                                first love as well.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Tell us about her.

 

Everyone except Alice is pretty much finished eating, and Tyler leans back slightly in his chair.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Well, she had beautiful blue eyes, and

                                                a smile that made even the worst of

                                                days the best. She was the most kind

                                                and caring and generous person I had

                                                ever met. And she was a great singer

                                                and actress.

                                                (pauses)

                                                And I always wondered what your mother

                                                saw in a clueless fool like me.

                       

                                                            ALICE

                                                I miss her.

 

Tyler reaches over and rubs her back with a hand soothingly.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                I know sweetie. But we had some great

                                                times while she was here, didn't we?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Yeah, remember Thanksgiving when I was

                                                10?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                And she insisted on doing everything

                                                herself.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                She wouldn't let me near the kitchen.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                And we ended up eating Chinese food at

                                                the end.

                       

                                                            ALICE

                                                I don't remember that.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                You were really little. Like, two.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                And we had a food fight and you were

                                                flinging things with a spoon from your

                                                high chair.

 

Tyler laughs.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                You nailed Clark right in the

                                                forehead. I think I have pictures.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Let's get them out.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                (smiles)

                                                Ok. Let's have some pie, while we're

                                                at it.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

 

Casey's sitting on the loveseat, flipping through channels on the tv, while Mia's passed out on her side on the other couch. She looks over at her for a moment, then smiles. She gets up and kneels down in front of Mia and gives her shoulder a slight shake.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Mia? Do you want me to take you home?

 

Mia mumbles in her sleep.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (mumbles)

                                                Snow.. angels... and the kitten...

 

Casey laughs silently.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (whispers)

                                                What the hell?

 

She gives Mia another little shake. Mia frowns and grabs Casey's hand, bringing it to her lips to place a kiss on her knuckles.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (still asleep)

                                                Love you.

 

Casey swallows hard and gently removes her hand from Mia's grasp. She stands and looks down at Mia's sleeping form, chewing her lip, the kneels back down and gently rolls Mia onto her back. Then she slips an arm underneath her shoulders and another underneath her knees, and slowly stands, picking Mia up.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S HALLWAY - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey carefully navigates her way up the stairs with Mia in her arms. She reaches her room and kicks the door open with her foot.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S ROOM – CONTINUOUS

 

She gently lowers Mia onto the bed and pulls out the covers from underneath her and pulls them over her. Mia sighs in her sleep and rolls onto her side again. Casey studies her for a moment.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (to herself)

                                                Should I put her in pajamas?

 

She starts to reach out to undress Mia, then shoves her hands in her pockets and shakes her head.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (firmly)

                                                Nuh-uh. Not even gonna go there.

 

She goes over to her drawers and changes into a pair of pajama pants, then slides into bed on the other side of Mia and drifts off into sleep.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S ROOM – MORNING

 

Casey's lying on her back, with Mia laying with her head resting on Casey's shoulder. Casey's alarm goes off.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (muffled)

                                                Mmphf.

 

Casey stirs and wakes up, and reaches out an arm to slap the top of the alarm clock without looking.

 

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Stupid clock.

 

She glances down at Mia's head on her shoulder.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Mia?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (yawns)

                                                You were expecting someone else?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Do you know what time it is?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (mumbles)

                                                Early. Go back to sleep.

 

Casey tries to move out from under her but Mia wraps an arm around her waist.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (sleepily)

                                                Please don't move. I'm too

                                                comfortable.

 

Casey chuckles and removes Mia's arm and slides out from under her. Mia sighs and lays on her side while Casey moves onto her side to face her.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Good morning.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (quietly)

                                                Good morning.

 

They stare at each other for a few moments, mere inches apart. Conor opens the door and walks in.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Case... oh.

 

Casey sits up hastily and Mia does the same, slightly slower.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                What are you doing here?

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                I came to tell you I bought breakfast.

 

Casey rubs the bridge of her nose and clears her throat.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Dad, this is Mia. Mia Hazelwood.

 

He reaches out to shake her hand.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Are you related to Nicholas Hazelwood?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                He's my father.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                (grins)

                                                I see.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm sorry, sir.. for um... It was late

                                                and I fell asleep, and I..

                                                (looks around)

                                                How did I get up here?

 

Casey runs a hand through her hair.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                (smiles)

                                                It's understandable, Miss Hazelwood.

                                                Would you like to join us for

                                                breakfast?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'd like to, but I think I should get

                                                home. I'll have to take a rain check.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                (nods)

                                                Next time it is, then.

 

She climbs out of bed.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm going to make myself presentable.

                                                It was a pleasure meeting you, Mr.

                                                Farrell.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                You too.

 

Mia heads into the bathroom and closes the door.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Why couldn't you bring her to the

                                                banquet? Nick Hazelwood is...

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (interrupts)

                                                Dad, please don't ruin my day so early

                                                in the morning. Not when there are

                                                plenty more opportunities for you to

                                                belittle my girlfriend and tell me

                                                that she's not good enough for me

                                                throughout the course of the evening.

 

Conor turns on his heel and leaves. Casey sighs and flops back down onto the bed. Mia comes out of the bathroom and sits on the edge of the bed.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                How did I get up here?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I carried you.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You did?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah. I didn't want to leave you

                                                downstairs on the couch. It...

                                                (quietly)

                                                it gets cold.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                That was sweet of you.

 

Casey shrugs bashfully.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Are you ready to go?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (nods)

                                                Sure.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Ok. Let me put some jeans on and I'll

                                                take you.

 

She hauls herself out of bed and goes over to her dresser to pull out a pair of jeans. The phone rings and she picks it up.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hello?

 

Mia watches as Casey's face lights up.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey. No, I just got up... Yeah, I just

                                                hung out with Mia. It was fun...

                                                (laughs)

                                                I wish I could've seen that.

 

She glances over at Mia.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Can I call you back in a little while?

                                                I have to eat breakfast... ok, bye.

 

She hangs up.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Casey?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I have an idea.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. JAMIE'S HOUSE – AFTERNOON

 

Casey pulls up to Jamie's house and Mia climbs out of the car. She taps on the trunk and Casey pops it open, and she reaches into the trunk to pull out the garment bag with Jamie's dress and shoes. She also grabs her backpack, and puts it over her shoulder, before closing the trunk. Casey rolls down the passenger side window.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Are you sure you want to do this?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Totally. See you in an hour.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Alright.

 

Casey rolls up the window and drives off. Mia inhales deeply and walks up and rings Jamie's doorbell. After a few moments, Clark pulls open the door.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (surprised)

                                                You.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (smiles)

                                                Hi, Clark. Is Jamie here?

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Yeah. What are you doing here?

 

Mia holds up the garment bag.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm here to help Jamie get ready.

 

He regards her suspiciously for a moment.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Casey sent me.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (slowly)

                                                Alright. Come on in.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Jamie, wearing a robe with her hair still wet from the shower, calls over her shoulder.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Come in.

 

Clark opens the door and pokes his head in.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                You have a visitor.

 

Jamie turns to face him.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (confused)

                                                What?

 

He pushes the door so it swings all the way open to reveal Mia.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What are you doing here?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm here to help you get ready.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Later, you guys.

 

He leaves and closes the door behind him.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Oh. Did Casey send you?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Kind of. It was my idea.

 

They pause awkwardly.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                What is that?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                This is the beautiful dress that Casey

                                                bought you.

 

Mia hangs the garment bag on Jamie's open closet door and zips open the bag to reveal the dress.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Oh my God.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                It's great, isn't it?

 

Jamie swallows.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Well, yeah.. but... I.. I'm gonna kill

                                                her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                A little bit of advice, Jamie?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                S-sure.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Just wear the dress. She didn't buy it

                                                for you to flaunt her wealth all over

                                                you or your family. She just wanted

                                                you to have something really nice to

                                                wear. And if you ask me, this is

                                                really nice. You'll look great in it.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I will?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Totally. Casey will faint.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                O.. okay.

 

Mia smiles at her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Ok then. Go put this on, and put your

                                                robe back on over it. Then we can do

                                                your hair.

 

She helps Jamie pull the dress out of the bag.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S HALLWAY – CONTINUOUS

 

Tyler walks down the hallway. Mia comes out of the bathroom swiftly, giving him a smile as she passes by.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Hi.

 

She quickly retrieves the blow dryer from the closet in the hallway, then hurries back into the bathroom, closing the door. Tyler just stands there, bewildered.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                What the...

 

He knocks on the bathroom door. Jamie opens it.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yeah?

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                What's going on?

 

He looks into the bathroom to see Mia pulling out various hair accessories from her backpack.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                This is my.. friend, Mia. She's

                                                helping me get ready for the banquet.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Oh.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm very pleased to meet you, sir.

                                                Sorry for being abrupt earlier, but

                                                we're in a hurry.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Oh no, it's alright. Do you need

                                                anything?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No, I'm alright, dad.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Ok.

 

She closes the door again.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. JAMIE'S HOUSE - AN HOUR LATER

 

Conor's black Jaguar pulls up to the curb in front of Jamie's house.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Tyler knocks on the door as Jamie slips on the shoes and stands.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Come in.

 

He opens it and stares.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                (blurts)

                                                What are you wearing?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (smiles)

                                                Isn't it nice, Mr. Devlin?

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Well, yes, it is, but... honey, did

                                                Casey buy it for you?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Uhh...

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (smoothly)

                                                No, it's mine. Or at least it was. I

                                                think you should just keep it, Jamie.

                                                You look much better in it that I ever

                                                did.

 

Mia gestures for Jamie to turn in a circle, and she does so.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                (alarmed)

                                                There's no back.

 

He gestures to the dip in the back of the dress that goes all the way to Jamie's waist.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Oh, there's a shawl for it.

 

Mia digs in the garment back for a matching green shawl and hands it to Jamie. The doorbell rings and Tyler exits the room. Jamie starts to follow him.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Wait, don't go out there first thing.

                                                You have to let her stew in her

                                                anticipation for a few minutes.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Okay.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Clark pulls open the door to a smiling Casey and an impeccably dressed Conor.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                (smiles)

                                                Hey. You look nice.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Thanks.

 

Clark opens the door wider.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Come on in. I'm not sure if she's

                                                ready yet.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Dad, this is Jamie's brother, Clark.

 

Clark shakes his hand.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Hi.

 

Tyler comes out.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Casey, it's nice to finally meet you.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (smiles)

                                                You too, sir. This is my dad, Conor.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Yes, we spoke on the phone the other

                                                day. How are you?

                                                                                   

                                                            TYLER

                                                (smiles)

                                                I'm doing very well, thank you.

                                                Jamie's about ready, now.

 

Mia comes out looking Casey over, who's wearing a black pantsuit and an emerald green shirt that matches Jamie's dress.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                That's new.

 

Casey looks down at her clothes.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Yeah, I told you I got something. Is

                                                she ready?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (grins)

                                                Yes.

                                                (calls out)

                                                Jamie?

 

Jamie steps into view from the hallway. Casey feels the breath leave her body. Jamie's got the shawl loosely wrapped around her shoulders, and her hair is swept up off her neck, with a tendril hanging off the right side of her face.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You.. you look... I..

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Jesus, Jamie. Where'd you get that?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                From Mia.

 

Jamie gives Casey a ghost of a wink.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Jamie, it's good to see you again. You

                                                look fabulous.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Thank you.

 

Casey smiles at Jamie gently.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Fabulous doesn't even begin to cover

                                                it.

 

Jamie blushes and clears her throat.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Should we get going?

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Yes, we should so we can be there on

                                                time.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Alright.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Did you need a ride, Mia?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (shakes her head)

                                                No, I called Chris. He's coming to get

                                                me.

 

They all start to head for the door.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. JAMIE'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

 

Casey takes Jamie's hand as they step outside.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                I'll wait up for you, honey.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok, bye dad.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You have a good evening, sir.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                You too.

 

Conor shakes Tyler's hand.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                We'll have her back by 10 o'clock.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Thank you.

 

Casey, Jamie and Conor walk to the car. Tyler waves to them and steps back inside, leaving Clark and Mia still standing on the porch. Mia waves to them wistfully.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (calls out)

                                                Have fun.

 

After they drive off, Clark turns to her.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Why are you doing this?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (softly)

                                                Because I want Casey to be happy.

 

Chris pulls up a moment later and honks. Clark shakes his head and walks back inside the house.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (hesitantly)

                                                Bye.

                       

                                                            CLARK

                                                Bye.

 

Clark closes the door.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. QUEEN MARY CORRIDOR - A MOMENT LATER

 

Conor walks down the corridor, Casey and Jamie a few steps behind. They reach the large double doors and Conor holds it open for them.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. THE QUEEN'S SALON - CONTINUOUS

 

They step inside.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Wow.

 

They're in the Queen's Salon, a large dining hall with high vaulted ceilings and a rich art deco style. People are mostly milling around for the moment, the sound of clinking glasses and conversation echoing through the room. A few people turn and look at them standing in the entrance, commenting with a few discreet fingers pointed in their direction. Jamie fidgets slightly. Casey leans closer to whisper in her ear.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (whispers)

                                                Don't worry. You're the most beautiful

                                                one in the room. If people are staring

                                                and talking about you, it's only

                                                because they're talking about how

                                                amazing you look.

 

Jamie blushes and smiles at her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Well, that's mildly reassuring.

                                                However, it still means that people

                                                are going to be staring at me.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Just don't pay attention to it. You'll

                                                forget about it soon. Are you ready?

 

Jamie nods.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                Casey, you mostly know everyone. Would

                                                you mind if I escorted Jamie around to

                                                introduce her to everyone?

 

He takes her hand and places it on his arm, escorting her away before Casey can respond. Jamie smiles at Casey helplessly.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (mouths)

                                                It's ok.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. MIA'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Chris reclines on Mia's bed, flipping through a magazine as Mia puts on the finishing touches of her makeup.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                What were you doing at Jamie's?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Helping her. I did her hair and makeup

                                                for the banquet.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                (laughs)

                                                Why would you do that?

 

Mia turns around.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (defensively)

                                                You know, everyone's been asking me

                                                that. Is it so hard to believe that

                                                I'd want to do something nice for her?

 

He looks up from his magazine at her for a moment, then smirks and looks back down. Mia sighs.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Alright. I admit it! I felt guilty.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                Why?

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Because I went over to Casey's to

                                                spend Thanksgiving with her and ended

                                                up spending the night.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                And something happened between you two

                                                and you felt guilty.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                No.

 

She starts pacing.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Nothing happened. But I still felt

                                                really guilty. Like I was a

                                                homewrecker. That's it. I felt like a

                                                homewrecker. A big, gay homewrecker.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You're rambling.

 

She stops and flops down into her desk chair.

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You know, if you're going to spend all

                                                this time feeling guilty, you might as

                                                well make it worthwhile and actually

                                                *do* something.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (scoffs)

                                                Can we just get ready and go to Leah's

                                                thing?

                       

                                                            CHRIS

                                                You're the one I'm waiting for.

 

She stomps over to her closet to pick a pair of shoes.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. THE QUEEN'S SALON - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey walks up to Conor near the bar.

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                (smiles)

                                                Casey, good work.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                What?

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                With Jamie. I almost forgot she didn't

                                                have an affluent upbringing. She's

                                                astoundingly well-mannered and that

                                                dress... Prada, is it?

 

She looks at him disdainfully.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Where is she?

                       

                                                            CONOR

                                                She said she was going out onto the

                                                deck to get some air.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

EXT. MAIN DECK – CONTINUOUS

 

Casey opens the large door and spots Jamie on the deck, hands on the railing and looking up at the stars. She pauses and admires her for a moment, before coming up behind her and wrapping her arms around her waist.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Hey. How are you doing?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Fine. I just needed a break. My head

                                                is swimming trying to remember all

                                                those names.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (chuckles)

                                                It's easy with this crowd. They say

                                                each other's names all the time, so in

                                                case you forget, you're always

                                                reminded.

 

Casey places a few soft kisses along Jamie's bare shoulder.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Casey...

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Sorry. But you look incredible. With

                                                your hair up like that... in this

                                                dress...

 

She lightly draws a finger down Jamie's spine.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I can't seem to help myself.

 

Jamie shivers slightly and turns to face her.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (grins)

                                                Are you trying to seduce me?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Why? Is it working?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (laughs)

                                                Either way, I'm still not sleeping

                                                with you.

 

Casey is disappointed but covers it well, and smiles.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I know, but I had to try.

                                                (clears her throat)

                                                So do you like the dress?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Yeah, I do.

 

She looks down at it and runs a hand across the material draped across her stomach.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                How much did it cost?

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (laughs nervously)

                                                Uhh...

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Nevermind. I don't even want to know.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                You're not mad?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                I was. Then I realized why you did it.

                                                But I just.. it kind of makes me

                                                uncomfortable when you spend money on

                                                me.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Why? I'm not trying to buy your

                                                affections with my money.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                No, I know that. It's just that it's

                                                yours and your family's and it's not

                                                like I did anything to deserve that

                                                money.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Neither did I. The only reason I have

                                                money is because I was born into this

                                                family. I didn't have a choice in

                                                that.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Well...

 

She trails off. Casey sighs.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                Look, as hard as it is for you to

                                                accept things that I buy for you, it's

                                                probably just as hard for me to stop.

                                                I'm used to spending money on people I

                                                care about, just.. because.. well, I

                                                don't really know how to explain it.

 

She brushes a strand of hair back from Jamie's face.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                I can't promise I'll stop, but I can

                                                promise that I'll try and cut down on

                                                it a little.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                And I promise not to freak out and be

                                                so stubborn about it.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                A compromise?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Yeah. A compromise.

 

She links her arms around Casey's neck.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Being all dressed up at a fancy event,

                                                going out without a chaperone,

                                                compromising on issues with my

                                                girlfriend... I feel very adult right

                                                now.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (grins)

                                                Want to go back inside and continue

                                                playing 'grown up'?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Only if we can play 'house'

                                                afterwards.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                We can finish the night off with a

                                                round of 'hide and go seek'.

 

Jamie pulls Casey down to kiss her gently.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (grins)

                                                Deal.

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                A game of 'doctor'?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Don't push it.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. LEAH'S KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

 

Leah and Mia are alone in the kitchen, laughing, with Mia sitting up on the counter and Leah standing next to her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                That was such a long time ago.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                (smiles)

                                                Yeah.

 

They spend a moment gazing into each others eyes, when Leah starts to lean in for a kiss. Just before their lips meet, Mia pulls back.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Wait.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                What's wrong?

 

Mia pushes her back slightly, and hops down off the counter.                

 

                                                            LEAH

                                                I'm sorry. I-I...

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                No, no. I... it's just that I..

 

She trails off helplessly.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                ...Have a thing for Casey.

 

Mia turns to look at her.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                You knew?

 

Leah nods and gives her a small smile.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                I had a suspicion. You'd get this

                                                goofy smile on your face every time

                                                you mentioned her name.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                I'm sorry. I didn't mean to lead you

                                                on or anything.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                No, it's cool. I mean, don't get me

                                                wrong, I've missed you. I have a lot

                                                of good memories from when we went

                                                out.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (smiles)

                                                Me too.

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                But.. you've changed.

                                                (chuckles)

                                                I've changed. It's just not the same

                                                anymore. I hoped it would be, but it's

                                                not. So I'm not too heartbroken about

                                                it.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                Are you sure?

                       

                                                            LEAH

                                                (grins)

                                                Yeah. But you owe me dinner or

                                                something. A consolation prize.

                       

                                                            MIA

                                                (grins)

                                                Deal.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

 

Tyler is on the couch, watching tv, when Jamie opens the door and walks in.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Hey, sweetie.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                (smiles)

                                                Hi.

 

She comes over and sits down next to him.

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Dad?

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                Yeah?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Thank you go letting me go. I had a

                                                really great time tonight.

 

He smiles at her and wraps an arm around her shoulders.

                       

                                                            TYLER

                                                You want to watch this with me for a

                                                little while before you go to bed?

                       

                                                            JAMIE

                                                Ok.

 

She slips off the heels she's wearing and snuggles into his shoulder.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S ROOM – CONTINUOUS

 

Casey comes out of the bathroom, wearing a t-shirt and cotton pajama pants. She walks over to her desk to check her computer for a moment, and notices the whiteboard with her and Mia's lists on the chair.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S ROOM - A MOMENT LATER

 

Casey walks into her room, with a hammer and a little box of nails. She studies the walls in her room for a moment, before deciding on a spot to put it. She takes out a nail and carefully places it in the right spot, then begins hammering it in. Conor shouts down the hallway.

                       

                                                            CONOR(OS)

                                                What the hell are you doing? It's

                                                late!

                       

                                                            CASEY

                                                (shouts)

                                                I'm almost done!

 

A couple more whacks with the hammer and the nail is in far enough. She dumps the hammer on her desk, then takes the whiteboard and hangs it on the nail, adjusting it until it's level. She smiles proudly to herself, then takes a moment to review her list. She glances at Mia's, then brushes her fingers across her name at the top of Mia's list. She bites her lip for a moment, then sighs and flicks off her light, climbing into bed.

                                   

                                                                                                                        CUT TO:

 

INT. MIA'S ROOM – CONTINUOUS

 

Mia, dressed in her pjs, finishes brushing her hair in front of her mirror. She glances at the corner of her mirror, where's Casey note from the morning after the Halloween party is tucked, then takes it and settles into bed. She carefully unfolds it and reads it, lightly drawing a finger over the written words, smiling to herself.

                                   

                                                                                                                        FADE OUT.