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Rebel High

Season 1

Episode 9: "Falling Into You"

 

 

 

FADE IN:

 

INT. CASEY'S ROOM AFTERNOON

 

Casey walks into her room and closes the door. She walks over and falls backwards in a sprawl on her bed. A few moments later the phone rings. She looks at it, debating whether or not to sit up and grab it, then shakes her head and lets it ring. Her machine picks up.

MIA

(on machine)

Hey, Casey. It's me.

 

Casey lays there and listens.

MIA

Look...

(sighs)

I've spent the last 24 hours beating

myself up over what happened, and I've

come to a revelation and I just had to

tell you. I.. I'm not even going to

bother feeling guilty about what

happened anymore because I love you...

and I wanted it to happen.

 

Mia pauses.

MIA

(quietly)

I love you. Please call me. We need to

talk.

 

The machine beeps as she hangs up. Casey sighs.

CASEY

(wryly)

Oh, feel free to make things even more

complicated. I like a challenge.

 

She closes her eyes and rubs her temples for a few minutes. Jamie's voice echoes in her head.

JAMIE(VO)

O that deceit should dwell in such a

gorgeous palace.

 

Her eyes open back up.

CASEY

Oh my God I'm going to go insane from

the guilt.

 

She rolls over and flicks on her radio to drown out her own thoughts, which plays Muse's "Sing For Absolution".

CUT TO:

 

INT. MIA'S ROOM CONTINUOUS

 

Mia's radio is playing the same song. She's sitting crossed legged on her bed, with the phone in her lap, waiting for Casey to call. After a minute or so, she sighs and puts the phone on her nightstand, flopping down onto her stomach and hugging her pillow.

CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S ROOM CONTINUOUS

 

Casey grabs the phone off the nightstand and chews on her bottom lip. After a moments hesitation, she dials a number.

CUT TO:

INT. JAMIE'S ROOM CONTINUOUS

 

Jamie is sitting at the computer, playing a game of online pool. Her phone rings and she picks it up.

JAMIE

Hello?

CASEY

(on phone)

Hey.

JAMIE

(smiles)

Hey, you. What are you up to? Aside

from listening to Muse, apparently.

CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S ROOM CONTINUOUS

 

Casey turns down the radio a little bit.

CASEY

Nothing, really. I'm pretty bored.

What about you?

JAMIE

(on phone)

I'm playing pool.

CASEY

(confused)

At home?

JAMIE

Online.

CASEY

You can do that?

JAMIE

(laughs)

Yeah. Play with me.

 

Casey gets up and plops down into her desk chair.

CASEY

Where do I go?

JAMIE

Yahoo, then click on games.

Casey scans her screen.

CASEY

(to herself)

Where are you, you bastard?

JAMIE

It's a little link under the search

box.

CASEY

Ah.

 

She clicks on it forcefully and grins.

CASEY

Take that.

 

Jamie chuckles.

JAMIE

Are you still coming tomorrow?

CASEY

To your church?

JAMIE

Yeah.

CASEY

Of course. What time do I need to be

there?

JAMIE

It's starts at 10:30, so fifteen

minutes before, I guess.

 

Casey looks at the list of different pool rooms.

CASEY

Which room are you in?

JAMIE

Royal Orleans.

CASEY

Ah, a girl after my own heart.

JAMIE

I'm holding a private table. It's

number 26.

CASEY

Ok.

 

She finds the table and double clicks on it, and waits for the applet to load.

JAMIE

We're actually not going to be

watching the service at church.

CASEY

What are we going to be doing, then?

Getting frisky in the confessional?

Two birds with one stone.

JAMIE

(laughs)

You wish.

CASEY

(pouts)

You don't want to be frisky with me?

JAMIE

(pauses)

Actually, there's no confessional.

 

A wide grin breaks out on Casey's face as she realizes Jamie's meaning. The virtual pool table has loaded and she lines up her cue and breaks.

CASEY

(teases)

Well, where can we be our frisky

selves?

JAMIE

I don't think we'll have much time to

ourselves to be frisky. We're going to

be babysitting the young kids during

the service.

 

Jamie takes her shot and sinks a stripe.

CASEY

Really?

JAMIE

Yeah. That's not a problem, is it?

CASEY

Not at all.

 

Casey gets a turn and sinks a solid. She takes another shot and sinks another one.

JAMIE

Damn it.

 

Casey grins.

CASEY

I bet you 5 bucks I'll beat you.

JAMIE

You're on.

 

Casey's streak continues with another two balls.

CASEY

You know, we should actually do this.

Go play pool.

JAMIE

That'd be fun. I think there's this

pool place on Carson.

 

Jamie finally gets another turn and goes on a streak of her own. Casey winces as Jamie sinks two balls on the same shot.

JAMIE

Ha!

CASEY

Crap.

 

Jamie keeps going until she finishes off by sinking the 8 ball.

CASEY

That's so unfair.

JAMIE

Play by the rules, honey.

CASEY

(smiles)

I suppose you'll want your 5 dollars

tomorrow, then.

JAMIE

(teases)

No. I'll settle for a kiss.

CASEY

(narrows her eyes)

Are you implying that my kiss is only

worth 5 dollars or less?

JAMIE

Does that mean I don't get any?

CASEY

No, you can have all the kisses you

want, but I'm wounded.

JAMIE

Your kiss is worth a thousand bucks.

CASEY

I was hoping for a million.

JAMIE

(laughs)

Ok, a million.

CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S ROOM CONTINUOUS

 

Someone knocks on Jamie's door.

JAMIE

Yeah?

 

Alice bursts in.

ALICE

Dad says dinner is ready.

JAMIE

Ok.

 

Alice still stands there.

JAMIE

(smiles)

Would you mind letting me finish my

conversation?

ALICE

Dad says it's ready now.

JAMIE

Just give me a minute.

ALICE

But dad said...

 

Jamie reaches over to tickle her but Alice shrieks and bolts out of the room.

JAMIE

(on phone)

Sorry about that.

CUT TO:

 

INT. CASEY'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

CASEY

(laughs)

It's alright. You have to go?

JAMIE

Yeah.

CASEY

Ok. If you decide to hop back online,

I'll still be in the pool room,

lurking about and virtually hustling

people.

JAMIE

Alright. I might be up for beating you

again before I go to bed.

CASEY

(laughs)

Oh, it's like that then.

JAMIE

(grins)

Yeah.

CASEY

We'll see. Night.

JAMIE

Night.

 

Casey hangs up to puts the phone down on her desk.

CASEY

(smiles)

She called me 'honey'. I think I like

that.

 

Feeling better now than when she got home, she proceeds to scan the list of open pool tables to select her first victim.

CUT TO:

INT. CASEY'S BATHROOM MORNING

 

Freshly showered and dressed, Casey finishes combing out her hair and regards herself in the mirror rather sternly.

CASEY

Casey Lee Vanderbilt Whitney Farrell,

to make up for your dumb ass

transgressions, you shall be the best

damn girlfriend who ever walked the

face of the Earth. You will be kind,

considerate, attentive, cuddly,

supportive and sweet. You will kiss

her father's ass without looking like

it, in addition to doing everything in

your power to make her baby sister

like you. To top it all off, you will

be your most charming with everyone

else you meet today and don't forget

to hug Andrea for being a good friend.

Also, memo to self: find Andrea a

suitable girlfriend.. or boyfriend...

but preferably girlfriend, because

straight couples are gross. Today...

everything will be perfect, got me?

 

Satisfied with her talking-to, she nods and heads out.

CUT TO:

 

EXT. UU CHURCH PARKING LOT LATER

 

Casey pulls up in the parking lot with the top down. Andrea comes out and meets her as she gets out.

CASEY

(smiles)

Hey. Is Jamie here, yet?

ANDREA

Nope. You're stuck with me for another

15 minutes or so.

CASEY

I see you waited just for my arrival.

I'm touched.

ANDREA

Actually, I was waiting for Clark. I

just happened to see you.

CASEY

(grins)

Fine then. If that's the way you wanna

be.

ANDREA

(grins)

I do.

 

They chuckle and lean back against the side of Casey's car.

ANDREA

Did you talk to Jamie?

 

Casey folds her arms and looks down at her shoes.

CASEY

Yeah, I did.

ANDREA

Obviously, things didn't go too badly.

(pauses)

Right?

 

Casey looks up at her.

CASEY

Yeah, things are.. things are ok.

ANDREA

Good. I would've been sad if you guys

had broken up.

CASEY

(quietly)

Me too.

ANDREA

How'd she take it?

CASEY

Well, not well. I mean, who would? But

we just.. talked... it out.

(shrugs)

You know.

 

Andrea studies her and nods.

CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S LIVING ROOM MORNING

 

Jamie paces impatiently in the living room as Clark is sprawled on the couch.

JAMIE

We're gonna be late.

CLARK

I doubt she's even there by now,

Jamie. Chill.

JAMIE

But what if she is?

CLARK

Then I'm sure she'll wait. What, do

you think if you're five minutes late,

she'll take off on you?

 

Jamie slows down and stops pacing.

JAMIE

No.

CLARK

Then calm down.

 

He pats the couch next to him and she plops down on the spot.

CLARK

What's up, James?

JAMIE

I don't know. I guess I'm nervous

about like, dad and Casey meeting.

Well, not really meeting, 'cause

technically they already met, but that

was just for a minute and it's going

to be different today... do you know

what I mean?

CLARK

Yup.

JAMIE

(chuckles)

To tell you the truth, I think I'm

more worried about Alice meeting

Casey.

CLARK

(laughs)

Really?

JAMIE

Yeah. I just know she's going to give

Casey one of her patented 'I am a

crazy child' looks and Casey will run

off screaming, never to return.

CLARK

Nah. She might be frightened at Alice,

but I don't think she'll let it deter

her.

 

Alice comes bursting out a t-shirt, jeans, hat, and a pair of cowboy boots that are a couple sizes too big.

CLARK

What are you wearing?

ALICE

I'm a cowgirl.

JAMIE

It's not Halloween.

 

Alice gives her a look.

ALICE

I know that.

 

Jamie and Clark share a glance.

JAMIE

(smiles)

Oh, and the fun begins.

 

Tyler comes out.

TYLER

(smiles)

Let's go.

CUT TO:

 

EXT. UU CHURCH LATER

 

Jamie, Tyler and Clark are rounding the corner towards the parking lot and the entrance. Alice is getting a piggyback ride on Clark's back. Clark spots Casey and Andrea sitting on the hood of Casey's car.

CLARK

Hey, there's your girlfriend, Jamie.

 

Tyler sees them as well.

TYLER

(smiles)

Alright, where's my shotgun?

JAMIE

Daddy!

 

Alice pokes her head over Clark's shoulder.

ALICE

You have a girlfriend?

CLARK

She's only had one for over two

months, now, dorkface.

 

Alice kicks him with her heel and he winces.

TYLER

Alice, behave.

JAMIE

(pleads)

God, Alice, please behave.

ALICE

(happily)

Ok.

CUT TO:

 

EXT. UU CHURCH PARKING LOT CONTINUOUS

 

Andrea and Casey spot the group approaching them and hop down off the car.

ANDREA

Hey, you guys.

CLARK

Hey.

TYLER

Good morning, Andrea.

ANDREA

Good morning.

 

Andrea nudges Clark.

ANDREA

Julian McHale dyed his hair pink.

CLARK

(laughs)

Oh my God, show me. I'll see you guys

inside.

 

Clark lets Alice hop down onto the ground and he and Andrea head off towards the church at a quick pace. Jamie grins at Casey and gives her a hug.

JAMIE

(smiles)

Dad, you know Casey.

 

Casey shakes his hand firmly and clears her throat.

CASEY

How are you this morning?

TYLER

I am doing great, Casey. And you?

CASEY

(smiles)

Likewise.

JAMIE

And this little terror..

 

She gestures to Alice and takes a deep breath.

JAMIE

..is Alice.

ALICE

(defiantly)

I'm a cowgirl.

 

Alice stands with her arms crossed, and juts her 7-year-old jaw up at Casey, daring her to question her. Jamie bites her lip as she watches Alice's mini-challenge. Casey hides a grin and crouches down to Alice's eye-level.

CASEY

Are you?

ALICE

Yes.

CASEY

I was a cowgirl.

ALICE

Really?

CASEY

Well, I was for Halloween. Does that

count?

ALICE

(frowns)

Not really. You need to at least know

how to ride a horse.

CASEY

(grins)

Oh, but I do. At my old school, we had

horse stables and I rode horses almost

everyday during lunch.

 

Alice's eyes light up.

ALICE

That's so cool. And I was a cowgirl

for Halloween, too. I wore this.

CASEY

It looks nice.

 

She touches the brim of Alice's hat and Jamie smiles, relieved that Alice likes Casey. She looks over at Tyler, who watches approvingly.

CASEY

I have the same hat, but it's black.

 

Jamie, Casey, Tyler and Alice start to head towards the church. Jamie reaches out and laces her fingers with Casey's as they walk.

TYLER

Is that your car, Casey, or your dad's

car?

 

She looks back at it and blushes slightly.

CASEY

Oh, it's mine. It was kind of a..

present.. of sorts.

ALICE

I've never rode in a convertible

before.

JAMIE

Ridden.

ALICE

Huh?

JAMIE

It's 'I've never ridden'.

ALICE

If you say so.

 

Casey chuckles.

CASEY

Well.. if it's alright with your dad,

of course... I could take you for a

ride in it sometime. Maybe today, if

we get a chance.

ALICE

Oh, can I, dad? Please?

 

She starts hopping up and down, and Tyler gently places a hand on her shoulder to stop her.

TYLER

(smiles)

I'll think about it.

 

They approach the entrance and Jamie starts to pull Casey around the side of the building.

TYLER

Where are you going?

JAMIE

I told Laura we'd help her with the

daycare.

 

He looks between them.

TYLER

Oh.. alright.

(nods)

See you after the service sweetie.

ALICE

Bye, Casey.

CASEY

(laughs)

Bye, Alice.

 

They disappear inside and Jamie tugs on Casey's arm.

JAMIE

(smiles)

C'mon.

CASEY

So impatient.

JAMIE

Don't make me hurt you.

CASEY

(grins)

I think I'd like it.

 

Jamie gives her a wrinkle-nosed grin.

JAMIE

Yeah, I just bet you would.

 

They laugh and continue on their way.

CASEY

So, uh, tell me something.

JAMIE

What?

CASEY

Is this..

 

She holds up their joined hands.

CASEY

...cool? I mean.. here..

JAMIE

(nods)

Totally. We're all a very liberal

bunch. Our minister performs

'commitment ceremonies' for gay

couples.

 

She does the little quotation marks with her hands.

CASEY

(amused)

Why do you say it like that?

JAMIE

Because I hate that term. When I was

little, I did not dream about my big

white commitment ceremony.

 

She wrinkles her nose.

CASEY

(smiles)

I know what you mean.

 

They reach a doorway on the side of the building.

JAMIE

Here we are. Are you ready?

CASEY

It's just a bunch of kids. How bad

could it be?

CUT TO:

 

INT. UU DAYCARE CONTINUOUS

 

Jamie leads Casey into the daycare room, where a group of 10 or so young grade school kids are running around, doing various activities. A young woman with short brown hair and a mischievous grin looks over at them.

LAURA

You're the victim today, huh? Not

Clark.

JAMIE

(smiles)

Yes, but I brought reinforcements.

Laura, this is my girlfriend Casey.

LAURA

So you're the cute girlfriend Jamie

won't shut up about.

 

Jamie throws her a look.

JAMIE

Casey, this is Laura. She's Mormon.

Don't corrupt her.

LAURA

(laughs)

Shut up, Jamie.

CASEY

(grins)

Hi, how are you?

LAURA

(smiles)

I'm doing great. Hopefully things will

stay that way as we attempt to wear

these anklebiters out into taking a

nice nap.

JAMIE

I think Casey will be able to handle

that no problem.

 

She pats Casey's shoulder.

CASEY

I will?

JAMIE

Yes.

CASEY

I'm going to be running around, tiring

out a gaggle of kids?

JAMIE

(nods)

Yes.

CASEY

What are you going to be doing?

 

Jamie gives her an impish smile.

JAMIE

Watching you run around, tiring out a

gaggle of kids, cause you're cute when

you run around.

 

Casey gives her smirk and turns to Laura.

CASEY

And what will you be doing?

LAURA

(grins)

Supervising, another term for watching

you run around, cause Jamie says you

look cute while doing it.

 

Casey sighs and hangs her head in acceptance of her fate. She shuffles off to introduce herself to the flock of kids.

CASEY

(mumbles)

I'm outnumbered...

 

Laura and Jamie laugh to themselves as they watch Casey plop herself down in front of a small group of 3 kids coloring and giggling amongst themselves.

CUT TO:

 

INT. UU CHURCH - A MOMENT LATER

 

Tyler and Alice are sitting in a crowded row of chairs as people start to take their seats and open their songbooks, near an open door overlooking the small park and playground that are part of the church grounds. Clark and Andrea are sitting in the corner of the church, along with the rest of the teenage contingent of members. Outside, Casey bursts out onto the playground, followed by the kids hurrying after her, with Laura and Jamie following close behind to make sure none of them fall or hurt themselves. Tyler watches as Casey leads the kids to the grass and organizes a game of tag. They're too far away to make out what they're saying, but Tyler watches as one kid

stands and points to Casey.

CUT TO:

 

EXT. UU PLAYGROUND - CONTINUOUS

 

The kid pointing to Casey complains.

MIKE

But you're so big! You can't play!

You'd catch us all.

CASEY

(pouts)

But I want to play. That's so unfair.

MIKE

It's unfair that you're big.

CUT TO:

 

INT. UU CHURCH CONTINUOUS

 

Tyler continues to watch as Casey and the kid argue back and forth until Jamie steps forward and puts a hand on her hips, telling them both something. Casey and Mike look at each other for a moment, then shrug. Laura cups her hands around her mouth and calls out.

LAURA

(faintly)

Go!

 

The children burst into a flurry of motion and quickly scatter throughout the yard as Jamie hops up onto Casey's back and gives chase. With Jamie on her back, Casey is slowed down enough to

lessen her advantage as she holds on to Jamie's legs and runs as fast as she can without killing the both of them and Jamie reaches out and tries to tag the other kids. Alice watches them play.

TYLER

You sure you don't want to be out

there today, honey?

ALICE

Nope.

 

She hops out of her seat and bolts out the door as

Tyler chuckles.

CUT TO:

 

INT. UU DAYCARE LATER

 

All of the kids are laying on the floor with pillows and blankets, empty juice cartons and paper plates scattered around the floor. Laura is sitting crossed-legged to the side of the group, reading Phantom of the Opera. Casey and Jamie are on the other side of the group, laying on their stomachs with their own small blankets and pillows, facing each other. They've both got their arms folded in front of them with their chins resting on them. Casey slurps her little juice box.

CASEY

(grins)

I want more juice and cookies.

JAMIE

You ate like, the rest of the box. Not

to mention the cookies the kids left

on the plates when they fell asleep.

CASEY

They weren't going to finish them.

 

Jamie gives her a wrinkle-nosed grin.

JAMIE

You're incorrigible. Stealing cookies

from children.

CASEY

Hey, at least I'm not stealing candy

from babies.

 

Jamie laughs quietly.

CASEY

This is like being back in

kindergarten. For the third time.

JAMIE

Did you really fail kindergarten and

have to repeat it?

CASEY

(smiles)

Nah. I just use it as an excuse to act

like a kindergartner occasionally.

JAMIE

(raises an eyebrow)

Occasionally?

 

Casey gives her a mock hurt look, and Jamie grins and leans forward to kiss Casey's pouted lips.

JAMIE

You look so cute when you pout.

CASEY

You know, you seem to think everything

I do is cute.

JAMIE

(smiles)

That's because everything you do is

cute to me. Is that a bad thing?

CASEY

(smiles)

No, not really, but I'd like to get a

'hot' every once in a while.

JAMIE

'Cute', 'hot', I always thought they

were the same thing.

CASEY

So to you, the two terms are basically

interchangeable.

JAMIE

Basically.

CASEY

So whenever you say I'm cute, you're

actually saying I'm hot?

JAMIE

Essentially, yes.

CASEY

(grins)

Ok, I like that better.

 

Casey leans forward to kiss her.

CASEY

So about that getting frisky thing..

we're not exactly in a confessional,

but this is much more comfy.

JAMIE

Hmm, I don't know. I don't want to

scandalize the innocent bystanders

present here.

CASEY

The kids are asleep.

JAMIE

I was talking about Laura.

 

Laura looks up from her book.

LAURA

I heard that.

 

Jamie gives her an innocent smile.

LAURA

(rolls her eyes)

Just because I'm Mormon doesn't mean

I'm a naive innocent. Go back to your

friskiness. I don't mind.

(smirks)

And it's nothing my Mormon eyes

haven't seen before.

JAMIE

Oh, ew. I don't even want to know what

you meant by that.

 

Casey chuckles and yawns, then looks startled at herself for doing so.

JAMIE

Aw, you wore yourself out.

CASEY

I did not.

JAMIE

Did too.

CASEY

Did not.

JAMIE

(teases)

Do you want to take a nap too, like

the other little boys and girls?

 

Casey sticks her tongue out at her and flops around so she's on her back and pulls the little blanket up to her chin.

CASEY

What an excellent idea. No kisses for

you, then.

 

Jamie smiles to herself as she watches Casey pout. Casey adjusts the blanket a few times before sighing.

CASEY

It's cold in here and that crazy

Mormon over there gave me a blanket

intended for hobbits.

 

She rolls onto her side.

CASEY

I wasn't prepared for this crispy

California weather.

JAMIE

Do you want mine?

 

She peeks up at Jamie.

CASEY

Is it bigger than this one?

JAMIE

Not really.

CASEY

Nah.

 

She brings her head back down and tries to get comfortable. Jamie bites her lip, then gets up and

moves behind Casey, wrapping an arm around her waist and snuggling up to her back.

CASEY

Well, hello there.

JAMIE

I'm going to keep you warm.

 

Laura snorts from behind her book.

LAURA

(amused)

I just bet you will.

 

Jamie lifts up her head to shoot Laura a look over Casey's upper arm and Casey chuckles to herself.

CUT TO:

 

EXT. UU CHURCH PARKING LOT - LATER

 

Casey stretches her arms above her head as she and Jamie lean against the side of the car. Alice is inside, sitting in the driver's seat and playing with all the buttons, pretending she's driving. She honks on the horn suddenly and Jamie jumps. She glances back at Alice who giggles at her reaction. Jamie turns back around.

JAMIE

You have the keys, right?

 

Casey jingles them at her and grins as Jamie lets out a relieved breath.

CASEY

Should I give them to her?

JAMIE

(eyes widen)

No.

 

Casey teasingly holds out the keys in Alice's direction and Jamie lunges for them, grabbing nothing but air as Casey snatches them away from her grasp. Alice laughs and gives the horn a long honk. Jamie winces and Casey reaches over and gently removes Alice's hand from the

horn.

CASEY

Take it easy, kid. You can turn on the

radio instead, if you don't honk the

horn or turn it up too loud.

 

Alice does so and puts it on a station that's playing one of Hilary Duff's ubiquitous songs.

JAMIE

I think I would have preferred the

horn.

CASEY

(nods)

Out of the frying pan and into the

fire.

 

A stream of people start to pour out of the church, Tyler, Clark and Andrea among them.

ANDREA

Driving already?

ALICE

Yes. Casey's letting me drive her car.

TYLER

Do you have a license, young lady?

ALICE

Nope.

 

Casey and Jamie share a surreptitious grin.

TYLER

Then I'm afraid there'll be no driving

for you. C'mon now.

ALICE

But you said she could take me for a

ride.

TYLER

(laughs)

I said I'd think about it.

ALICE

Please?

CASEY

I don't mind. And I'm a very careful

driver.

JAMIE

(nods)

She is.

ALICE

And Jamie's going to come with us.

 

He looks at all three of them.

CLARK

I want to go too.

ANDREA

Me too.

TYLER

Can you all fit?

CLARK

Yeah. We'll sit in the back with Alice

and Jamie'll be up front.

TYLER

Well... alright. I suppose that's

okay.

ALICE

Yes! Can we leave the top down?

CASEY

(smiles)

Sure.

 

Everyone piles into the car, Clark and Andrea in the back with Alice in the middle, and Casey and Jamie up front.

JAMIE

How 'bout we go pick up some ice cream

or something? We can be back at the

house in 20 minutes.

ANDREA

Can we get it at Coldstone's?

CASEY

That's a good idea. It's down by the

beach, that's a nice drive.

TYLER

That sounds good. I'll see you all at

the house.

CUT TO:

 

EXT. CASEY'S CAR CONTINUOUS

 

Clark assists Alice with her seatbelt as everyone else buckles up. Tyler leans down towards Casey.

TYLER

Drive safely.

 

She swallows and nods.

CASEY

I will.

 

He nods back and takes a step back as she turns the ignition. She pulls out of her parking spot and pauses in the exit, waiting for traffic to clear. She blows out a breath.

JAMIE

You okay?

CASEY

Yeah. I've just.. never driven too

carefully before. Now I'm all nervous.

 

Jamie pats her leg.

JAMIE

Relax.

 

Casey glances down at the hand resting on her thigh and raises an eyebrow at Jamie.

CASEY

Are you seriously going to tell me to

relax when you've got your hand on my

thigh?

 

Andrea laughs and Jamie giggles, removing her hand and placing it back on her own lap.

JAMIE

Sorry.

 

Casey grins at her and easily pulls into traffic. After a few moments, Jamie switches the radio from the offending station to another which is playing "Smile Like You Mean It" by the Killers. Clark and Andrea immediately start singing along, Casey joining in after recognizing the song.

CLARK

(singing along)

Save some face. You know you've only

got one.

ANDREA

(singing along)

Change your ways, while you're young.

 

Jamie reaches out and twines her fingers with Casey's free hand resting on the gear-shift.

CASEY

(singing along)

Boy, one day you'll be a man. Oh,

girl, he'll help you understand.

 

As they hit palm-tree lined Ocean Avenue along the beach near Casey's house, the song hits the chorus and Jamie closes her eyes and smiles, feeling the ocean breeze whip her hair back.

CUT TO:

 

EXT. FINGERPRINTS RECORDS - CONTINUOUS

 

Waiting for the light to change, Mia stands on the corner in front of Fingerprint's Record Store, where an outdoor radio system plays the same radio station, and sings along quietly under her breath.

MIA

(singing)

Dreams aren't what they used to be.

Some things slide by so carelessly.

CUT TO:

 

EXT. CASEY'S CAR - CONTINUOUS

 

They turn on to Second Street, a popular tourist shopping district next to the beach.

CASEY

(singing)

Smile like you mean it.

 

Jamie points to the corner in front of Fingerprint's.

JAMIE

Is that Mia?

CASEY

Yeah.

 

She maneuvers over and pulls up in front of Mia, who's surprised to see them.

CASEY

Hey.

MIA

(smiles)

Hey.

JAMIE

What's up?

 

Clark nods to Mia, but Andrea doesn't look at her, trying to conceal her hostility.

MIA

Hey, Jamie.

JAMIE

You know Clark. This is Andrea, and my

little sister Alice. Alice, this is my

friend Mia.

ALICE

Hi. I like your nails.

 

Mia glances at the deep red polish on her nails and chuckles.

MIA

Thanks, kid.

Mia gives her a smile and glances at Casey, who's fiddling with the zipper on her jacket.

JAMIE

What are you up to?

 

Mia holds up one of the shopping bags in her hand.

MIA

Causing chaos. I got really bored. I

tried going over to your house, Casey,

but you weren't there.

 

Casey looks up at her.

CASEY

I was at Jamie's church.

MIA

Oh. What are you guys doing now?

JAMIE

We're just heading over to Coldstone's

to get some ice cream. Want to come

with us?

 

Mia surveys the full car.

MIA

I don't think there's room.

 

Jamie glances back.

JAMIE

I'm sure they could squish together

and make room.

 

Andrea rolls her eyes and nods.

ANDREA

Sure. Come on in.

 

Mia notices her sarcastic tone and her brow furrows slightly.

MIA

Uh, I'll take a rain check on that.

I've got much more damage to inflict

on this street. I'll just see you guys

at school tomorrow.

JAMIE

Ok, cool.

 

Mia runs a hand through her hair.

MIA

Oh, Casey, are you going to call me

later about that thing I called you

about?

 

Casey shifts in her seat.

CASEY

Uh, sure. Yeah.

JAMIE

(curiously)

What thing?

MIA

Oh, it's just this English homework

thing.

JAMIE

(nods)

Oh.

MIA

Anyways, I'll see you guys.

JAMIE

(smiles)

Bye.

CASEY

Bye.

CLARK

Later.

ALICE

Bye!

 

Mia smiles at Alice and waves as Casey merges back into traffic.

CLARK

What was up with that?

 

He pokes Andrea.

ANDREA

What?

CLARK

If you were a porcupine, Mia'd be

picking quills out of her ass right

now.

ALICE

You said 'ass'! I'm telling.

 

Clark casually covers her mouth with a hand. She licks it but he's undeterred.

ANDREA

I don't like her, that's all.

JAMIE

Why?

ANDREA

(blurts)

Because she's just out to steal your

girlfriend. That doesn't bother you?

JAMIE

(laughs)

Oh, come on. Sure, she likes Casey,

but we have an understanding of each

other.

CASEY

You do?

JAMIE

Yeah, we had a talk.

CASEY

(bewildered)

When?

JAMIE

Like the week of your party.

ANDREA

'Understanding' my ass. How can you

say that?

 

Casey glances at Andrea in the rear view mirror nervously.

CASEY

Can we all not get into some sort of

argument? I feel one coming on.

ALICE

(muffled)

I want ice cream.

CASEY

We're gonna get it.

 

Andrea sighs and slouches in her seat.

ANDREA

Fine.

CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S LIVING ROOM - LATER

 

The door opens and the noisy group rolls into the house, and Tyler smiles reflexively as he hears the giggles. Jamie and Andrea are each holding a bag of ice cream cartons. Casey and Clark carrying Alice, Clark holding her arms and Casey with a firm grip on her ankles, swinging her back and forth as she laughs. They walk over and plop Alice down on the couch.

TYLER

You know, I'm amazed you ever learned

to walk. You've been conning Clark

into hauling you everywhere since you

were born.

CASEY

And he conned me into helping him.

 

Tyler notices the multiple bags.

TYLER

(brow furrows)

What is all that? I thought you just

went to get ice cream.

 

Jamie's brow furrows in a very similar expression.

JAMIE

This is the ice cream.

TYLER

Both bags?

 

Jamie nods.

JAMIE

We were all arguing about which ice

cream flavors we wanted to get, so we

ended up getting a carton for each

person.

TYLER

Jesus, James. What are we gonna do

with all that ice cream?

JAMIE

Eat it.

CASEY

(simultaneously)

Eat it.

 

They smile at each other. Tyler shrugs.

TYLER

Alright.

 

He stands and grabs the bag from Jamie.

TYLER

I'll get it dished out. Would you mind

giving me a hand in the kitchen,

Casey?

 

Casey glances at Jamie.

CASEY

Uh, sure. No problem.

 

She takes the other bag from Andrea, who smirks at her, and heads into the kitchen. Jamie bites her lip.

JAMIE

He's gonna kill her.

ANDREA

Relax. She'll be fine.

CLARK

She's a big girl, Jamie. She'll be

able to take care of herself.

 

They each grab one of her arms and they all plop down on the couch.

CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S LIVING ROOM - A MOMENT LATER

 

Jamie watches the clock while Casey and Tyler are still in the kitchen. She drums her fingers on her knee. Clark reaches out and places his hand on top of hers, stopping her. After a few moments, Jamie starts to bounce her other knee. Andrea and Clark both look at it and roll their eyes. Finally, Andrea reaches out and places her hand on Jamie's bouncing knee firmly.

ANDREA

Christ, Devlin. You're making me couch-

sick.

CLARK

There's no such thing.

ANDREA

There is now.

 

Jamie blows out a breath.

JAMIE

I'm going in there.

 

She extracts herself and heads to the kitchen, but stops short when she hears Tyler laughing.

TYLER(OS)

How did you kids manage to pull that

off?

CASEY(OS)

A little bit of planning and a lot of

sheer luck.

TYLER(OS)

I don't remember high school pranks

being that elaborate when I was a kid.

CASEY(OS)

We're very ambitious.

TYLER(OS)

I hope that applies to your academics

as well?

CASEY(OS)

Oh, uh, absolutely.

 

A pause.

TYLER(OS)

Do you know where you want to go to

college when you graduate?

CASEY(OS)

Not entirely. I'm considering Yale,

which is where my father went, but I'm

also looking at good theatre arts

schools.

 

Relieved that things seem to be going well, Jamie turns back around and plops back down onto the couch. Andrea and Clark look at her expectantly.

ANDREA

Well?

JAMIE

It..

(chuckles)

seems like they're getting along.

CLARK

(smiles)

Told you you were worried about

nothing.

ANDREA

Charming him should be a piece of cake

for her. You forget, Jamie, that Casey

completely charmed her way out of

being expelled after that water

balloon incident at school. She faced

the likes of Principal Blazer and

survived. Your dad is nowhere near as

terrifying and evil as that woman.

JAMIE

(laughs)

Good point.

CUT TO:

 

INT. MIA'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Mia's sitting on her bed, wearing a slim-fitting pair of jeans and a blue tank top. Her hair is up in a loose bun, keeping her hair out of her face as she wraps a large box in Christmas paper. Someone knocks on her door.

MIA

(absentmindedly)

Come in.

 

Nick opens the door and smiles.

NICK

Hey, sweetheart.

 

Startled, Mia drops the roll of tape.

MIA

(alarmed)

What are you doing here?

NICK

(chuckles)

What do you mean, what am I doing

here? I'm home.

MIA

(unsure)

Until?

NICK

Some time after Christmas.

 

She gives him a hesitant smile.

MIA

Really?

NICK

(grins)

Yeah.

 

He sits down on the edge of her bed.

NICK

What's this?

MIA

Oh.

 

Mia regards the box with a small, slightly sad smile.

MIA

It's a present for Casey.

NICK

(smiles)

Who's Casey?

MIA

This girl. A friend.

 

He nods and thinks to himself for a moment.

NICK

Well other than wrapping your present

for this Casey, you don't have any

other pressing plans for the moment,

do you?

MIA

No. Why?

 

He pats her leg.

NICK

Then finish wrapping this later. Let's

go do something.

MIA

(smiles)

Ok.

 

She hops off the bed and slips on a pair of heels before grabbing her purse and a jacket and following him out the door.

CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S LIVING ROOM - LATER

 

Jamie comes back in the house after walking Casey outside and closes the door. Andrea and Clark are in the kitchen, cleaning up the bowls. Alice is dozing in the recliner, with her legs dangling over the arm. Tyler sits on the couch, smiling gently at her lightly snoring form.

JAMIE

Can you pick her up for me? She's too

heavy now.

TYLER

Yeah, I'll get her to bed in a second.

 

He pats the couch next to him.

TYLER

Come sit.

 

She does so.

TYLER

Today was fun.

JAMIE

Yeah it was.

 

She waits for him to continue, but he doesn't.

JAMIE

And?

TYLER

(smiles)

And what?

JAMIE

Dad.

 

He chuckles.

TYLER

I have simple standards, Jamie. I

expect anyone who hopes to date you to

treat you with care and respect. And

she seems to do that.

JAMIE

I could've told you that.

 

He shakes a finger at her.

TYLER

It's my right as a dad to check that

out for myself. And it's my right to

throttle her if she doesn't meet my

standards.

 

Jamie bites her lip.

JAMIE

So no throttling is required?

TYLER

(smiles)

No. Plus, Clark seems to be good

friends with her. And Alice likes her.

She's got the Devlin seal of approval.

 

She hugs him.

JAMIE

Thanks, dad.

CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - MORNING

 

A bell rings through the hallway as students pour out from the classrooms. Casey and Jamie stroll through the hall.

CASEY

Do you really think he would've

throttled me if I did live up to his

expectations?

JAMIE

I don't know. He is from the South.

CASEY

Texas isn't the South.

JAMIE

(smiles)

Sure it is.

CASEY

It's south of the Mason-Dixon, but

it's not THE South. Only four states

can truly have the honor of being

called the South. Sometimes Florida.

But I don't know. Those Miami dwellers

are a species unto themselves.

 

Jamie wrinkles her nose as she grins.

JAMIE

If you say so.

CASEY

I do.

 

They stop as Casey spots Caleb.

CASEY

Hey, there he is. I wanted to talk to

him. Can I catch up with you at lunch?

JAMIE

Sure. Have fun.

 

Casey gives her a kiss before she walks out of the building. Casey continues on towards Caleb.

CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

 

Mia prowls through the halls with Chris, scanning faces in the crowd.

CHRIS

You know, Casey seems to disappear

immediately after class nowadays.

MIA

Don't remind me. That's who we're

looking for.

CHRIS

And why are we looking for her again?

MIA

Because of that. Because she knows I

want to talk to her and she's been

avoiding me.

CHRIS

Mmm. You still haven't seen her since

that message you left her?

MIA

I've seen her. But either we're in

class, which she'll flee as soon as

the bell rings, or she's with Jamie

and I can't exactly talk to Casey

about the fact that I'm in love with

her in front of Jamie.

CHRIS

So we're searching.

MIA

(nods)

Yup.

CHRIS

Maybe we need to set a trap or

something. How about I talk to her and

make sure she's in a specific spot

long enough for you to find her?

 

Mia thinks about it for a second, peering around a corner to she if she can spot Casey then shakes her head.

MIA

I don't think that will work. You and

I are too attached to the hip. So

won't talk to you for any extended

period of time for fear of running

into me.

CHRIS

(snickers)

You really think she's afraid of

little ol' you?

MIA

She knows what I can do with a pair of

stilettos and an Hermes scarf.

 

Chris laughs. She stops suddenly and grabs his arm stopping him as well.

MIA

Where's Caleb?

CHRIS

Why?

MIA

Cause she was planning on talking to

him about Clark. I bet if we can find

him, we'll eventually find her.

CHRIS

His locker is in the 300 hall. Go on

without me. I'll see you at lunch.

 

She nods.

CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - MORNING

 

Casey adjusts her backpack and spots Caleb at his locker. She sidles up to him and leans a shoulder on the wall.

CASEY

How is my favorite little jock today?

CALEB

Good. How's mine?

CASEY

(smirks)

I'm good. But I'm still waiting for

you to ask Clark out.

 

She crosses her arms.

CALEB

Yes, yes, I know. You and Mia.

CASEY

She gave you the talk too, huh?

CALEB

Yeah, she did earlier this morning.

She's looking for you, you know.

 

Casey drops her gaze.

CASEY

Yeah, I know.

CALEB

Something wrong?

CASEY

(shakes her head)

No. I'm just.. I'm kinda out of it

today. Tired.

CALEB

I know how that goes.

CASEY

So are you going to quit being a

chicken and talk to him, or something?

Don't make me hit you.

CALEB

I will.

(grins)

Now, leave me alone and go find out

what Mia wants.

CASEY

Later.

 

She pats him on the back and heads down the hallway. She strides around the corner, but stops short when she spots Mia.

CASEY

Speak of the damn devil.

 

She tries to discreetly head back the way she came but Mia's noticed her and is already heading in her direction.

MIA

Can we talk?

CASEY

Uh, I-I've got a uh, I've got a...

make-up.. thing...a test to do.

 

Mia rolls her eyes.

MIA

No, you don't.

CASEY

Gotta run. See ya.

 

She tries to turn and flee, but Mia grabs her arm and roughly yanks her towards a nearby janitor's closet.

CASEY

(bewildered)

Wh...?

 

Mia opens the door and shoves Casey inside, then follows her and closes the door firmly behind her.

CUT TO:

 

INT. MAINTENANCE CLOSET CONTINUOUS

 

They're stuck in the darkness for a few moments, before Mia finds the light switch, flicking it on and throwing a dim glow over the small space.

CASEY

You want to tell me what the hell you

think you're doing?

MIA

I'm trying to talk to you. Don't think

I don't know you're avoiding me.

You're such a chickenshit sometimes,

Casey.

CASEY

(faintly petulantly)

No, I'm not.

MIA

Did you get my message?

 

Casey pauses.

CASEY

Yeah, I did.

MIA

(hesitantly)

And?

CASEY

And what?

MIA

(raises her eyebrow)

You don't have anything to say to me

about it?

 

Casey blinks at her.

CASEY

Like what?

 

Mia laughs incredulously.

MIA

Oh, I don't know. I was kinda hoping

for an 'I love you too, Mia'.

CASEY

But I don't l..

 

Mia's face falls. Casey fumbles over her words as she watches Mia's reaction.

CASEY

... I-I'm not even sure if I love

Jamie either, honestly.

MIA

So you're saying you don't have

feelings for me?

CASEY

I didn't say that.

MIA

Christ, Casey, you can't keep jerking

me around like this-

CASEY

(quietly)

I know.

MIA

(talks over her)

-I mean.. I love you, damn it.

CASEY

That doesn't mean that I owe you. I

don't have to...

MIA

(interrupts)

I know that, but.. damn it, you owe me

an explanation, at least.

CASEY

For what?

MIA

(mocking)

'I'd never cheat on Jamie', blah,

blah, blah, 'no stop don't we can't',

blah, and then you kiss me?

 

Casey winces.

CASEY

I know. I.. y... we...

 

She sighs and gives up. Mia rubs the bridge of her nose.

MIA

Casey.. at this point, I am so head

over heels for you that I will take

whatever I can get.

CASEY

(confused)

Wh..

MIA

(continues)

I'd settle for seeing you in secret

and sharing you with Jamie.

 

Casey looks at her in disbelief.

CASEY

You can't be serious.

MIA

Don't look at me like that, Casey. You

know damn well that I'm being serious.

 

Casey sighs.

CASEY

No. It's bad enough that we... that

would just be beyond wrong.

MIA

Then break up with Jamie.

 

Casey closes her eyes and shakes her head.

CASEY

(softly)

I can't do that.

 

Mia gives her a despairing look and takes a deep breath.

CASEY

Look, Mia... I know I have feelings

for you. I'm just not sure how much or

what it means or... I'm just really

confused right now, alright?

MIA

I'm sorry. I didn't..

CASEY

No, it's okay. I'd be frustrated in

your position too.

 

Mia nods.

MIA

I really do just want you to be happy.

(sighs)

Take some time to figure things out.

If you decide you want to be with

Jamie, no doubts, then just tell me.

But if you want to be with me, or just

want to take a chance.. well, then you

know my answer's yes.

CASEY

Ok. Thanks.

 

Casey gives her a small smile, and Mia smiles back, reaching out to pull her into a hug. Casey's eyes widen and she tries to back away from her, but the door is right behind her, so she ends up pressing herself rather comically back against the door.

MIA

(irked)

What's wrong?

CASEY

I, uh, I think it'd be best if you

don't... touch me.. or anything.

MIA

(confused)

Why?

 

Casey rubs the back of her neck as she blushes slightly.

CASEY

Because my judgment gets really cloudy

the second you do.

MIA

(pleased)

Really?

CASEY

(chuckles)

Yeah.

MIA

(smiles)

Ok. I promised to keep my hands to

myself.

 

Casey clears her throat.

MIA

What?

CASEY

You left a loophole.

MIA

(defensively)

No, I didn't.

CASEY

Mia, my father's a lawyer. I know a

loophole when I see one.

MIA

How did I leave one?

CASEY

You said 'hands'. You didn't say

anything about the rest of yourself.

Which probably gets me into more

trouble.

 

Mia smirks and clasps her hands behind her back.

MIA

That's true, huh?

 

She takes a teasing step towards Casey, who tries to back up again.

CASEY

(pleads)

Mia, have mercy on me. Please.

 

Mia laughs and backs away.

MIA

Fine. I promise to keep my body to

myself and not touch you in any way.

Happy now?

CASEY

Well.. not entirely. But I think it's

wise to put a um...

 

She gestures in front of her.

CASEY

Boundary of sorts.

MIA

Ok. I can live with that for now.

CASEY

Alright.

 

She turns and starts to pull the door open when Mia's eyes suddenly go wide with terror and she lunges forward to stop her.

MIA

Wait!

CASEY

(bewildered)

Why?

MIA

It just occurred to me how bad this

could look if anybody saw us walk out

of here together.

CASEY

Well, what if people saw us come in

here in the first place? They'd

already know.

MIA

You want to take a chance and have it

get back to Jamie?

CASEY

(shakes her head)

Not really.

MIA

How are we gonna get out of here,

then?

CASEY

We should wait until class starts. The

hall should be empty by then. Then you

go first. I'll wait another couple

minutes. Just in case.

MIA

Ok. How much longer till class?

 

Casey looks at her watch.

CASEY

Four minutes.

 

They both shift, slightly uncomfortable. Mia turns to start pacing, but there's no room to. She sighs and rubs the back of her neck with a hand.

MIA

Ugh, small spaces are so retarded.

 

Casey watches her rub her neck and shoves her hands deep in her pockets in an effort to prevent herself from reaching out to touch Mia and bites her lip. Mia turns and sees Casey leaning back against the door casually, hands stuffed in her pockets, looking at her. Mia inhales deeply.

MIA

This boundary thing needs to work both

ways, otherwise my judgment is gonna

fly out the window as well.

CASEY

I'm not touching you.

MIA

You don't have to.

CASEY

Well, what do you want me to do?

MIA

Just.. stop... being cute.

 

Casey raises an eyebrow. Mia closes her eyes.

MIA

Never mind. I just won't look at you.

That should work.

 

Casey looks at her watch again.

CASEY

Three minutes.

CUT TO:

 

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY LATER

 

Casey opens the door a bit and hesitantly pokes her head outside. The hallway looks pretty clear.

CASEY

Ok, Casey. This is your chance to be

the secret ninja you always wanted to

be.

 

She steps out into the hall. A few voices start heading her way and she dashes behind an open classroom door. Two teachers on their break pass by her, oblivious to her presence. After they turn the corner, Casey pokes her head out again. She hurries past the classroom with the open door and continues on down the hall. Another teacher approaches and Casey dives into an alcove, waiting there until he passes without noticing her. She waits a few more moments,

then starts down the hallway again, cautiously. She reaches the end and grins, speeding up as she rounds the corner and exits the building and slams full on into somebody.

PRINCIPAL BLAZER

Hey!

 

Casey's eyes widen and she gives Principal Blazer and innocent smile.

CASEY

Principal! It's good to see you!

PRINCIPAL BLAZER

Why are you charging through here and

running into people? And why aren't

you in class?

 

Casey holds up a finger.

CASEY

(smiles)

Good question. You see...

 

She gestures towards the hallway.

CASEY

I was in there.. um... helping

someone.

PRINCIPAL BLAZER

Who?

CASEY

A person I met.

PRINCIPAL BLAZER

Helping them do what?

CASEY

Well... they're new to the school, and

I of all people know how confusing

this place can be when you're new. So

I was helping her find one of her

classrooms and chatting with her for a

bit to let her know I can help her

with any questions. That's why I was

late.

 

Principal Blazer crosses her arms and narrows her eyes

suspiciously.

CASEY

And you know, it's a bad thing to be

late for class. You can always miss

some important education. So here I

was trying to hurry on to class, when

I accidentally ran into you, and now

that you mention it...

 

She starts to walk off, backwards.

CASEY

..I really must get to class, because

I'm even more late now and I don't

want to miss out on a valuable

learning experience, so I'll catch you

next time.

 

She waves and smiles, then hurries off before the principal can reply.

CUT TO:

 

INT. TACO SURF - NIGHT

 

Mia and Leah sit across from each other at a booth, munching on the chips and salsa in front of them.

MIA

I'm glad you called. I was getting

bored since Dad's stuck typing up that

draft.

LEAH

So he's really in town huh?

MIA

Yeah, until at least after Christmas.

LEAH

Well, we won't be here long. By the

time you get back, he should be done

with that stuff.

MIA

Probably.

 

Leah takes a sip of her soda.

LEAH

So how are you doing with things?

MIA

What things?

LEAH

You know. Casey. She's still with

Jamie. You still have a thing for her?

MIA

Well, yeah. I can't really help it.

LEAH

Mmm.

MIA

It's just so.. lame. The first person

I've really felt something for in a

long time is taken. And damned

honorable about it, too.

LEAH

Maybe you should just wait it out. I

could be wrong, since I don't really

know Jamie, but on the surface, they

don't seem compatible.

MIA

Oh, they're compatible alright.

Opposites attract.

LEAH

Does it ever really work out, though?

MIA

Looks like it, so far.

 

Mia plays with her straw, glumly.

LEAH

Well, until then, you've got friends

to help take your mind of it.

 

Mia gives her a small smile.

MIA

Yeah. Thanks for being such a good

friend.

LEAH

(grins)

Oh, not just me.

 

Seemingly on cue, Chris, Meagan, Andrew, and Caleb show up. Andrew comes over and engulfs Mia in a bear hug.

MIA

Christ, Andrew. Try not to break me in

half.

ANDREW

You're a tough little thing. You can

take it.

 

Everyone slides into on of the seats, noisily chatting amongst themselves. Mia looks at Leah.

LEAH

(shrugs)

I gave them a call too.

MIA

(smiles)

Thanks.

LEAH

No problem.

CUT TO:

 

EXT. PLAYHOUSE - MORNING

 

Casey yawns as she waits outside the Playhouse before class, leaning a shoulder against the wall. Andrea rounds the corner, but Clark is nowhere to be seen.

CASEY

Hey. Where's Clark?

ANDREA

Oh, I'm sorry. I was expecting a

'hello, Andrea' or something.

CASEY

(grins)

Sorry. Hey, Andrea. It's just that you

two always walk here together.

ANDREA

Yeah, well, he's home, sick.

CASEY

(smirks)

Poor baby.

ANDREA

So's Jamie.

CASEY

(concerned)

Is she alright?

ANDREA

(smirks)

What happened to 'poor baby'?

CASEY

It's different. Clark's not my

girlfriend.

ANDREA

They're both alright.

 

Casey bites her lip.

CASEY

Maybe I should go over there.

ANDREA

Christ, Casey, she's got a cold or a

fever or something mundane like that.

She doesn't have ebola.

CASEY

How do you know?

ANDREA

(laughs)

I'm pretty sure. If you're so worried,

just go over during lunch. You've got

an off-campus pass, right?

CASEY

Yeah. Want to come with me?

ANDREA

Sure. We'll take off, right after

drama.

CASEY

Alright.

 

Andrea leans against the wall in a pose similar to Casey's.

ANDREA

So what have you been up to? I heard

you're on Principal Blazer's list

again.

CASEY

Well, I'm always on her list.

ANDREA

What did you do?

CASEY

I kinda bumped into her when I was

rounding a corner. And I was supposed

to be in class.

ANDREA

What were you doing?

 

Casey scratches the back of her neck.

CASEY

Talking to Mia.

ANDREA

(raises an eyebrow)

About what?

CASEY

Well, uh.. I.. wh... she um...

ANDREA

Spit it out already, Farrell.

CASEY

She wanted to be my mistress, for lack

of a better term.

 

Andrea pinches Casey's arm.

CASEY

Ow! What was that for?

ANDREA

Cause I can tell you considered it.

CASEY

No, I didn't.

ANDREA

Yes, you did.

CASEY

Well, maybe I did, but for like a

split-second. Anybody would have done

the same. I had to in order to fully

realize what she was asking me. After

that...

 

She shakes her head.

ANDREA

And you told her that?

CASEY

Yeah.

ANDREA

That girl needs to leave you alone.

She's like a homewrecker. A big, gay

homewrecker.

CASEY

It's not like she's intentionally

trying to ruin everything.

ANDREA

And yet, you just stood here and told

me that she's trying to convince you

to cheat on Jamie. Regularly.

CASEY

She's just frustrated. And I don't

understand why you're trying to yell

at me like it's my fault.

ANDREA

Maybe it is your fault.

CASEY

(protests)

I can't help the way she feels.

ANDREA

You ever think that maybe you lead her

on?

 

Casey pauses for a moment and sighs.

CASEY

Well, aside from that one stupid

kiss... no. If I did, it was

unintentional.

ANDREA

Look, I'm sorry I got all mad on you.

It's a sucky situation all around.

CASEY

Yeah.

ANDREA

Maybe she just needs a new girlfriend

to take her mind off you.

CASEY

Know any eligible bachelorettes?

 

Casey looks at her.

ANDREA

If you're suggesting what I think

you're suggesting, I'm going to rip

your head off.

CASEY

(confused)

Huh? I wasn't suggesting anything. I

was asking you if you knew any

eligible bachelorettes for Mia.

ANDREA

Ok. Let me think about it.

 

Casey pauses a second.

CASEY

Wait, did you think I was

suggesting...

ANDREA

Yes.

CASEY

(laughs)

God, no. Could you imagine the social

ramifications if you and Mia hooked

up? Beyond weird.

ANDREA

(nods)

Most definitely. I really would have

killed you if you were seriously

suggesting that.

CASEY

Nope, not at all.

ANDREA

Ok.

 

The bell rings and students start to emerge in the quad. Ms. Perry opens the door to let them in. Casey gestures for Andrea to go ahead of her.

CASEY

Does that mean I'm safe now?

ANDREA

(grins)

Until you do or say something stupid

again. Which is something that

happens, on average, every 10 minutes.

So, not for long.

CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S LIVING ROOM LATER

 

Tyler opens the door to let in Andrea and Casey.

TYLER

Hey, girls.

ANDREA

(smiles)

Hi. We just thought we'd come by and

check on the patients.

 

Casey holds up a plastic grocery bag with a few cans of soup in it.

CASEY

And I brought sustenance. Have they

had lunch yet?

TYLER

No, actually, I was just about to head

to the store to pick some of that up.

How much did you bring?

CASEY

Probably more than they need.

TYLER

Well, all three of them are out.

ANDREA

(winces)

Alice too?

TYLER

Oh, yes. Although, I think she's just

fibbing a bit to stay home with her

brother and sister.

CASEY

(smiles)

Well, she can have soup too.

CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

 

Tyler leads Casey to Jamie's room, where her door is closed.

TYLER

She's been hunkered down all morning.

I don't know if she's still sleeping

or not.

 

He knocks gently.

TYLER

James?

JAMIE

(muffled)

Uhhh?

TYLER

Can I come in?

JAMIE

(muffled)

Unhh.

TYLER

I think that was a yes.

 

Casey nods.

CASEY

Me too.

CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

Jamie's huddled under the blankets, with a few crumpled tissues on her nightstand, watching her small tv when Tyler opens the door.

TYLER

(smiles)

You have a visitor.

 

Jamie notices Casey in the doorway and shrieks, pulling the covers up over her head. Casey and Tyler share a bewildered glance and Casey takes a step into the room.

CASEY

Jamie...

JAMIE

(muffled)

Don't look at me!

CASEY

Why? Do you have the chicken pox?

JAMIE

(hesitantly)

No... but don't look at me.

 

Casey sits on the edge of the bed and playfully tugs at the blanket. Jamie kicks her in the side.

CASEY

(laughs)

Ow. Jamie.

JAMIE

(petulantly)

No.

CASEY

Jamie, I demand you stop hiding your

beautiful face from me this instant.

 

Jamie remains silent for a few moments, then releases her death grip on the comforter and Casey slowly tugs it down to reveal her face. Aside from a red nose and flushed skin, Jamie doesn't look that different from usual. On the contrary, her tousled hair and rumpled PJs make her seem even more adorable and Casey can't help but grin.

CASEY

There you are. Gorgeous as ever.

JAMIE

(blushes)

Oh, shut up.

 

Casey chuckles and shrugs. After watching them for a moment with a fond smile on his face, Tyler chooses this moment to leave discreetly.

CASEY

It's true. So how are you really

feeling?

JAMIE

(pouts)

I hate being sick.

CASEY

Everyone hates being sick.

JAMIE

(nods)

Yeah, I know. I just want it to go

away. But I do feel a little bit

better now.

(smiles)

Now that you're here.

CASEY

(smiles)

You're going to feel even better,

because I have brought soup, and if

you will wait 5 minutes, I'll go make

it for you and bring it back. Ok?

JAMIE

You don't have to do that.

 

Casey shrugs a shoulder and grins.

CASEY

Eh, I'm a sucker for a cute face.

 

Jamie smiles to herself as she watches Casey stroll out of the room.

CUT TO:

 

INT. JAMIE'S ROOM LATER

 

Jamie and Casey are both sitting back against the pillows in Jamie's bed, eating soup and watching tv. Jamie's comfortably reclining under the blankets on one side while Casey is on top of them on the other side. Alice walks past the open doorway and gasps.

ALICE

(shrieks)

Dad! Casey and Jamie are in bed

together!

 

A few loud footsteps are heard as Tyler rushes to the doorway. Casey and Jamie merely look up at him with spoons in their mouths, in the process of taking a sip. Tyler chuckles, and herds Alice out of the room.

TYLER

Sorry about that girls.

 

He pauses a moment, then pulls the door closed behind him.

TYLER

(fading as the door closes)

Honey, your sister's sick. Leave her..

 

Jamie looks at the now closed door.

JAMIE

Did he just...?

CASEY

Close the door on us? I think so.

 

Jamie sucks on her spoon thoughtfully.

JAMIE

I guess he really does trust you.

 

Casey drops her spoon in her now empty bowl and places it on the nightstand.

CASEY

(shakes her head)

Nah, I don't think that's it. I think

he trusts you.

 

Jamie leans over her to place her bowl on the nightstand next to Casey's. She remains there for a few moments, looking at Casey with a fond look on her face. Casey grins and raises an eyebrow at their close proximity.

CASEY

(teasing)

You don't want to do anything to break

your father's trust now, do you?

JAMIE

(grins)

No.

 

She leans forward and places a few gentle kisses on Casey's lips, before putting her head down on Casey's shoulder and letting out a contented sigh. Casey obligingly wraps her arms around Jamie and they lay together in silence for a few moments.

CASEY

You know, you need to give me your

grandparents' address so I can send

the Christmas presents out there.

JAMIE

Ok. Remind me later.

 

Casey sighs.

CASEY

I don't really want to go to New York.

JAMIE

I don't really want to go to Texas.

CASEY

Let's hide here in Long Beach to

celebrate Christmas.

JAMIE

Ok. But you won't get to see Shannon.

Don't you miss Shannon?

CASEY

Yeah, but when I'm there, I'll just

end up missing you, so either way I'm

unhappy about something.

JAMIE

We can ditch both our families at the

airport.

CASEY

(smiles)

I'll go get a last minute Christmas

tree. One of those really big ones.

JAMIE

Like a 12 footer?

CASEY

Yeah, it'll fit in my house.

JAMIE

Can I decorate everything in the

house?

CASEY

(wrinkles her nose)

Everything? That's a relatively big

house to decorate.

JAMIE

(smiles)

We can do it together.

CASEY

Alright. Sounds like a plan.

 

Contented, Jamie snuggles back down and they both close their eyes, drifting off.

FADE OUT.