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A Dire Party
INT—HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA—DAY
JASMINE, a comely high school senior, friends call her JAZ, is sitting by herself in a crowded cafeteria when ALI, attractive senior and Jaz’s best friend, comes and sits across from her, dropping her tray.
CAMERA ON ALI
You will NOT guess what I just found out!
CAMERA ON DYLAN
DYLAN, average high school junior and good friends with Jaz and Ali, comes up from the other side of the table and sits next to JAZ
You failed a French test?
Laughs to himself
CAMERA ON JAZ WITH A CLEAR VIEW OF ALI AND DYLAN
Glares at Dylan
Eat your lunch, Dylan.
Hits DYLAN playfully in the shoulder
You’re an a**.
Focusing on Ali
Josh Casey is throwing the biggest party of the year, and we’re invited!!
Squeals in delight
Snorts in disgust
I thought you liked parties
As long as they’re not thrown by fruity gits who can’t tell a gun from a pencil
I… I think I’m going to go find Sam…
ALI tactfully exits, leaving DYLAN and JAZ at the table.
CAMERA ON DYLAN AND JAZ
Just because he shoots better than you doesn’t make him a git
Well I don’t like it
He turns and looks at JAZ
You shouldn’t go to the party
What do you mean I shouldn’t go?
Pretending to be sweet and innocent
Well you know there’s going to be beer there, and is that really a proper environment for an unescorted lady?
Since when have you cared?
Let’s go to a movie instead. Just you and me. Please?
Well… I haven’t been to a party in a long time…
I don’t know…
We’ll go to anything you want to see. Just please don’t go.
I’m sorry Dylan. Maybe some other time.
DYLAN is lounging on JAZ’s bed. DYLAN is playing with her stereo remote while JAZ is digging in her dresser drawer.
CAMERA ON DYLAN WITH JAZ IN THE BACKGROUND
Quietly and nervous
Can I tell you something?
Over her shoulder, still digging
CAMERA FOLLOWS DYLAN AS JAZ stands with a shirt in her hand. DYLAN stands up off the bed and he comes up behind her, holding her against him.
I think I’ve fallen in love with you
DYLAN holds her gentlemanly while JAZ gets really nervous.
He starts to pull away
I think you should leave…
CAMERA ON JAZ’S FACE
JAZ looks at him, really confused with herself and her feelings
Oh… I’ll just…go then…
CAMERA ON JAZ WITH DYLAN LEAVING IN BACKGROUND
JAZ stands awkwardly in the middle of the room, while DYLAN leaves. Audience hears front door close. JAZ looks out the open window and watches him leave as ALI pulls in to the driveway. JAZ rushes to get ready to leave. Door closes.
CAMERA ON JAZ AND ALISON AS THEY ENTER THE CLASSIC TEEN PARTY
Audience hears loud music and flashing colored lights coming from down the hall, teens are everywhere, talking, making out, or dancing. Generic red cups litter every surface.
I love this song!
CAMERA FOLLOWS ALI AND JAZ AS ALI leads JAZ to the makeshift dance floor. They start dancing.
CAMERA GLANCES TO JOSH, very attractive senior boy, njrotc jock Jaz has a crush on, STANDING ACROSS THE ROOM,
FOCUSES BACK ON THE GIRLS DANCING
PANS TO SEE DYLAN WALK IN TO THE “DANCE FLOOR”, SEARCHING FOR THE GIRLS.
JAZ and ALI stumble into the kitchen
CAMERA ON GIRLS LEANING ON THE COUNTER WITH DYLAN COMING IN THROUGH THE DOOR BEHIND THEM IN BACKGROUND
Coming up from behind the girls
Hey, where have you guys been? I’ve been looking all over for you two.
JAZ sloshes drink on herself from a generic red cup
Are you drunk?
Just a little buzzzzzzzzzzz’d
CAMERA CUTS TO JOSH STANDING BEHIND ALI
JOSH is waving JAZ over
Handing cup to DYLAN
Taking cup, confused
CAMERA FOLLOWS JAZ AS SHE WALKS OVER TO JOSH.
JOSH takes JAZ’s hand, leads her upstairs to his room.
JOSH closes the door and JAZ takes a few steps in, turns around and falls into JOSH
CAMERA CLOSES ON HIS FACE
JOSH lifts JAZ’s head to look into her eyes.
You know? I’ve never noticed how pretty you are before
JOSH kisses her. They lay down on the bed, JOSH lifts JAZ’s top off, JAZ takes his shirt off. They have a hot and heavy make-out session when someone opens the door and slams it shut.
CAMERA ON DYLAN
DYLAN grabs JOSH off her and throws him to the ground.
CAMERA PANS AROUND FIGHT
JOSH gets up, slightly dazed, takes a swing at DYLAN
DYLAN ducks JOSH’s swing, DYLAN uppercuts to JOSH’s lower jaw, knocking JOSH back into the wall
Dylan! Stop it!
JOSH staggers forward, takes another ill-aimed swing at DYLAN, who side-steps. JOSH falls to the floor.
I…I didn’t know you could do that…
CAMERA ON DYLAN LOOKING DOWN AT JOSH
Pleading, looks at her
Looks disdainfully at JOSH lolling painfully on the floor, angry
If this is what you want…
Looks away, tearing up, sadly
…I won’t stand in you way…
DYLAN turns to walk out; JAZ stands up from the bed
She walks towards him, falls into his arms, nervous
I… I don’t want him…
…I love you
Holding her gently, whispers
Come back to my house
JAZ nods. DYLAN reaches around her and grabs her shirt off the floor, JAZ puts it on. DYLAN takes her hand and leads her out the door. JOSH lies pitifully on the floor.
DYLAN and JAZ are sitting and eating when ALI walks up to their table.
Looks pointedly at Jaz and Dylan
What happened up there Saturday night?
Oh I see. You were too drunk to remember huh. That’s a shame…
Yea that’s it. Wow I was so drunk
He has the greatest body though. It must have looked amazing. You know who else has a nice body…
She continues to ramble about boys in the background
Whispers to Jaz
We don’t have to tell anybody what happened
…What do you think happened?
JOSH walks in to the room with bandages on his eye
Looks at Josh
What happened to Josh?
The three look over at JOSH where he sits with his friends across the room.
Maybe he shoved a rifle in his eye
Shakes her head
No… it wouldn’t be that bad…see the bruises? They extend past his nose. That must have been a doozy…
Lets get out of here
DYLAN grabs his and JAZ’s plates and starts to walk away.