Centered Around Us

February 14, 2018

Pilot

Scene 1
Lily is packing her room into boxes. Tara comes in.

Tara:
You don’t need to do this.

Lily:
Yes, I do. I need to go.

Tara:
Can we just talk about this some more?

Lily:
NO. I need to go and find out what’s next for me.

Tara:
What’s next for you is to go back to school.

Lily:
That’s just what you want me to do.

ENTERS PETE.

Tara:
It’s the right thing.

Pete:
(handing boxes to Lily)
Here you go.

Lily:
What you think is right is different than what I think. My entire life you have compared me to Nikki and Austin and I’m not them. I’m no grade A student and I’m not a jock getting a scholarship to god-knows-where.

Tara:
And I know that.

Lily:
Do you?

Pete:
I just came up here because Grandma has food on the table.

Lily:
I’m not staying.

Tara:
Of course, you’re not.

Pete:
Okay, then. Tara?

Tara:
I’m going.

EXIT TARA.

Pete:
If you tell her about what you’re doing she would probably be more acceptable to all this.

Lily:
Yeah, well, it’s not going to happen. You only know because you found out on accident.

Pete:
No one will have a problem with this.

Lily:
I don’t care. It’s my business and I’ll tell people when I’m ready.
(Lily picks up a box)

EXIT LILY.

Pete:
Why can’t the women in this family just be easy?

AUSTIN WALKING BY THE DOOR.

Austin:
If they we’re you’d be a great-grandpa.

(both laugh)

END SCENE.

Scene 2

Lily walking through the kitchen with a box. Nikki, Doug, Cindy, and Tara sitting at the table eating.

Cindy:
Are you staying for dinner, Hun?

Lily:
No, I gotta get moved in this weekend or it’ll take me months to get it done.

Cindy:
Let me make you a plate to go.

Lily:
No thanks, grandma.

Cindy:
Well, you got to eat.

Tara:
(attitude mixed with smug assholeness.)
She’s a grown-up. She doesn’t want food we can’t make her.

Lily:
(shaking her head; rolling her eyes.)
This will fill my truck so I’m gonna go unpack. Love you, grandma.

Cindy:
Love you too, Hun.

EXIT LILY.

Tara:
Nikki, you need to talk to your sister.

Nikki:
And what can I say that nobody else in this house hasn’t already.

Tara:
You’re smart. You’ll think of something.

Nikki:
She just needs to get out and do her own thing.

Tara:
She can do her own thing here.

ENTERS AUSTIN AND PETE.

Nikki:
(taking a bite out of her food)
I’m not going to tell her to stay.

Doug:
I could talk to her.

Pete:
No, you won’t.

Tara:
And, why not?

Pete:
Because Lily doesn’t need anyone to talk to her. She’s grown up and doing her thing.

Tara:
Tattooing people in a rinky dink building next to a hipster smoothie joint isn’t a life I want for my daughter.

Pete:
Lily will never do what you want her to do because she is her own person.

Austin:
Plus, I’d rather have Pablo Escobar talk to her before you send Doug in.

Nikki:
Really?

Austin:
Just saying Pablo at least had a better business sense then this fool.

Doug:
I wasn’t even running a business.

Pete:
We can tell.

Cindy:
Lay off Doug.

Austin:
You should be saying that to Nikki.

Pete:
(chuckles)

Tara:
Be nice to Doug.

Austin:
I’d love to stay and chat but I have dinner plans with Miya and her family.

Nikki:
Have fun.

Cindy:
I should just stop cooking good dinners if everyone is leaving now.

EXIT AUSTIN.

Doug:
I love your cooking.

Cindy:
Why thank you, sweaty.

END SCENE.

Scene 3

Corbin walking out of the county jail gates. Taylor setting on the hood of a ’78 Mustang.

Corbin:
And what are you doing here?

Taylor:
Logan told me you were getting out and I thought who better to pick you up than me?

Corbin:
Well, come here then.

(making out and holding onto each other)

Taylor:
Let’s go. We got plans.

Corbin:
Where?

Taylor:
You’ll see.

END SCENE.

Scene 4
Austin sitting at a dinner table with Miya and her parents, Jeremy and Lynda.

Jeremy:
(cutting his meat)
Where you going to college?

Austin:
(chewing)
Um, yeah, I’ve gotten offers from Kansas State and Alabama right now.

Miya:
And Louisiana but it is just the beginning of the year.

Lynda:
That’s impressive.

Jeremy:
Yeah, it is. How are the grades?

Austin:
Mostly B’s.

Jeremy:
Mostly, huh.

Miya:
Yeah. And he works after school and football at the mushroom farm.

Lynda:
That great. Now homecoming is coming up.

Miya:
Yeah. It’s next week.

Lynda:
Any plans?

Miya:
I don’t know. I haven’t been asked.

Austin:
I was waiting for the right time to ask.
End Scene.
Scene 5

Lily opening door to an apartment box in hand.

Lily:
Hey, I’m back.

Hannah:
(sitting on the couch)
Hey.

Lily:
(putting box down by the door)

Hannah:
How was your moms?

Lily:
(walking over to the couch and laying down putting her head on her lap.)
It was…

Hannah:
That good huh?
(leaning down and kissing Lily.)

Lily:
Uhmh.
(Kissing Lily back. Hannah starting to take Lily’s shirt off.)
I should… (kiss) really get… (kiss) the boxes.

Hannah:
It can… (kiss)wait.

Stuff gets hot.

End Scene.






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