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The image fades into a bedroom. Venetian sunlight could be pouring through.
NATHAN (V.O) My father used to tell me life was choices and their consequences ... My father used to tell me I failed him in crying about what went wrong. ADRIAN (V.O) Well, I guess that's why you don't talk to him that much anymore, then ... NATHAN (V.O) That and ... Well, the nature of death. ADRIAN Being ... what? NATHAN Separation. (V.O) (V.O)
On the bed of the bedroom, as the camera moves closer, there appear~ to be a man. His face and identity are concealed as his back is turned towards the audience. He starts to sob. The noise of a gun being cocked. Separation NATHAN (V.O) of the soul ... The noise brings (V.O) in a black screen.
He pulls the trigger.
NATHAN And the body. INT. NATHAN'S
LIVING ROOM- DAY
Nathan sits in his couch, his face half-illuminated by the only lamp in the room. He's sickly looking, with a possible rugged interior being concealed by his shy nature. NATHAN Is it depressing that I always think of shit like that? Adrian sits perpendicular to him, reading a comic book, leaned back in another couch. Adrian is well-aware of his
good-looks and the reputation black beanie. Honestly? Why not? Well, Which ADRIAN No. NATHAN
him. He wears
ADRIAN 2 reasons. are? NATHAN
ADRIAN I'm getting there, chillHe pauses again. Nathan for a second, waiting for Nathan to interrupt him
looks at him, awkwardly. What? NATHAN
shakes his head. Nothing. Don't gonna giving about ADRIAN
NATHAN do that shit to me. If you're give me shit for me, myself me shit, at least be upfront it.
ADRIAN I'm not, JESUS. The whole world's not out get you. NATHAN No, just the Senior class. ADRIAN You know that's bullshit, too. Especially considering Abigail. NATHAN Yeah, especially not her. She avoids me like some venereal disease. Adrian gets up, annoyed.
NATHAN Oh, I'm sorry my pessimism your optimism.
ADRIAN Stop ... Stop using big words to make me feel like an idiot. I'm not your sister. Nathan looks up at him. He gives him a double I'm sorry. NATHAN take.
ADRIAN I know you are. NATHAN It's just ... Fuck, I must've added her on Facebook all of 7 times and I never get a response ... I mean, am I that repulsive? ADRIAN No, but ... Think of it like this: you know that cute girl, Nat, that follows you around? NATHAN Yeah, what about her? She wants ADRIAN it ... Hard.
NATHAN Don't be gross. Well, No. Why not? ADRIAN are you attracted NATHAN ADRIAN to her?
NATHAN I'm just not. I don't have to liShit. ADRIAN Yeah, exactly. (beat) Look, man, don't worry about it. If she likes you, she'll squander over and show
you a good time. If not ... Well, there are 8 billion people in this world. You'll deal with it. Nathan leans over, towards his coffee table.
NATHAN I just ... I don't wanna just make due. Remember that shit about my dad? Yeah. ADRIAN
NATHAN It's a motto ... A memory that's as persistent as a song" that won't stop playing. I mean, I look back at 18 years of impotence and misunderstanding of social gatherings and I can't help but think of all the missed youth. Well, ADRIAN if you look at it this way-
NATHAN There is no other way to look at it. I need purpose, Adrian. without it, people are just like the animals they stare at from a distance, behind a cage ... Difference, who's actually looking at the other? Nathan, ADRIAN she's just a girl.
NATHAN I know ... But that's not it. She can be an idea. An idea of progress ... People mean so much more than just a name ... Adrian looks at him, worried.
He looks at his watch. ADRIAN I'd stay a bit longer, but I need to go see my dad ... Are you going to be alright? NATHAN I'll be fine.
Adrian makes his way to the door. Nathan stays seated, looking out into space.
ADRIAN Oh, and by the wayNathan looks back at him, somewhat ADRIAN Happy Birthday. INT. NATHAN'S Nathan BEDROOMDAY (CON') dazed.
sits on the edge of his bed. into his own hands as he cleans his
He looks deeply fingernails.
NATHAN (V.O) My friends are at a limit. Spectators say its my fault ... I agree with them sometimes. The tip of the scissors fingernails. clean out the dust from under his
NATHAN (V.O) I know I'm a lot to handle ... I talk a lot, with meaning that goes over people's heads. He stops. He takes a deep breath. INT. NATHAN'S BATHROOMDAY lit only by a window on
Nathan walks over into his bathroom, the wall in the shower. He flicks the light on. The bathroom is illuminated.
He turns the faucet on. The water starts to fill the tub. hit the floor.
NATHAN (V.O) I'm always talking about purpose ... About meaning ... For someone who
finds comfort in impotence, become quite a hypocrite.
His foot starts to come down into the water. His toes touch the water, Nathan but spike back up. the water's hot.
looks a little pained:
He takes a deep breath. He dives right into the water. He sits in the bathtub, looking deep in thought.
NATHAN (V.O) Being afraid never got anyone anywhere. The world around you can engulf you and be an unforgiving as nature herself. Yet ... I'm here, watching from a distance as my love blossoms into a woman ... A woman I can never touch. He closes his eyes, and sinks into the water. of the tub.
He lays at the bottom
B/W flashes of ABIGAIL. She ties her ballet shoes tight. She stretches looks straight out into the camera, lovingly. INT. LONG HALLWAYDAY her body. She
Abigail walks down a long hallway. She's thin, beautiful, with a dancer's body. She's already wearing her tights, carrying a duffle bag. Her modern-looking each step. She's shy-looking sneakers step down into the floor with
as she makes her way down the hallway.
NATHAN (V.O) 4 0' clock, everyday. She never fails. I'd be lying if I told you I fell in love with her looks. She's beautiful, I will unhesitatingly admit. But it's more than that. I've fallen in love with an emotion ... Passion. Her passion. She opens a white door into-
INT. BALLET ROOM- DAY Abigail enters the large wall hall, where other dancers sparsely sitting, preparing. Some stretch, others talk amongst themselves. are
Her teacher, a large man, looking in charge, comes up to her, greeting her. They shake hands, and kiss each other on the cheek. She nods her head as she walks further in. From behind in. a pillar, off far from the hall, Nathan walks
NATHAN (V.O) She became my inspiration ... For everything. I'd sit here, every day, and it was like we were the only two people in the world. We were alone, and she was dancing for me, and only me ... As he steps in, he makes visible. He looks on toward sure as to not make himself
NATHAN (V.O) When you spend so much time to yourself, your reach for purpose distends over only one thing ... I hadn't found mine yet ... Until I met her eyes for the first time, meaning never materialized. I dream of purpose, of life within meaning, and vice versa. I want to matter ... I want to matter to her ... Abigail sits on the floor massaging her feet. to rotate her ankles,
She tights palms her toes, and begins making them crack. She bends them in place. Abigail looks on as she does this.
When she's comfortable,
she puts her feet down.
She starts to dig into her bag. Nathan starts to sit behind focus on Abigail. the pillar, never losing his
NATHAN (V.O) .I dream for myself ... And for her ... My dancer. Her passion was my love, and through her, I always knew my dreams would flourish. Abigail starts to wrap her feet. and a black Prisma pen.
Nathan pulls out a sketchbook Abigail
secures her feet into her shoe.
She gets up, being helped by her teacher. Nathan Abigail starts to scribble in his sketchbook. of the hall.
stands in the middle
She takes a deep, deep breath. She raises her arm. She would She smiles. NATHAN (V.O) As I would dream for her. INT. NATHAN'S Nathan BEDROOMNIGHT NATHAN (V.O) always dance for me ...
jumps onto his computer. B0
His fingers type in F ACE His eyes abruptly The website He presses
look up at the address bar. highlighted for him: Facebook.
is already Enter.
The site loads. His eyes look around the screen. No Friend Requests. No New Messages. No Notifications. He's slightly disappointed at this.
NATHAN ,Same shit, different He closes BLOOP. his eyes, thinking
day. whenthe screen.
He opens his eyes. They course from Abigail Dansen.
One New Message
His eyes open in disbelief. NATHAN Someone's totally Adrian ... He closes fucking with me ...
his eyes, his hand on his forehead. nervous. He dials ADRIAN into his phone.
He picks up his phone.
He puts the phone to his ear. It rings. NATHAN Come on, asshole. Adrian picks up. Yellllo. ADRIAN (PHONE)
NATHAN Abigail just IMed me on Facebook. I need to know you're not being a dick and hacked into her account to ruin my day. ADRIAN (PHONE) Man, I'm on my way to a party to get laid. I wouldn't take the time to ruin your day like that. NATHAN Why, because you're laid? going to go get
ADRIAN (PHONE) No, because you're my best friend ... Man, you need to chill. NATHAN I, honestly, don't know what to tell her.
He looks nervously
at the message.
It's stares right back at him. ADRIAN (PHONE) Be cool. Be Christopher Walken cool, and, yet, take THAT a step further. NATHAN (sigh) You're have anything sure you didn't to do with this?
ADRIAN (PHONE) Well ... I mayor may not have talked about you to her. NATHAN Oh, you dick, whyADRIAN (PHONE) Because you weren't going to do it yourself. Face it: it had to be done. Adrian, NATHAN man-
ADRIAN (PHONE) Wait, you haven't heard the best part ... what? NATHAN
ADRIAN (PHONE) She's kind of a ... How do you say? .. NATHAN Just say it. ADRIAN (PHONE) She's very open ... to a lot of things ... like guys. QUICK FLASH- Abigail's lips are pursed in a sensual manner. Her chest is puckered up, revealing cleavage. She pushes Nathan onto a couch in a darkly lit room. Nathan stops to think about this. I don'tNATHAN
ADRIAN (PHONE) Know what to say? I figured. Have fun, man and don't forget about this at Hanukkah. Adrian Nathan beyond hangs up. holds the phone to his ear for just a second, reason. He puts it down. scared
He takes a deep breath. NATHAN *as he exhales* Shit. He licks his lips. He cracks He mouses He clicks his fingers. his mouse over to reveal the message. it. Hey:) Nathan widens ABIGAIL (I .M. ) just a bit.
his eyes. He smirks
NATHAN Hello there
ABIGAIL (I .M. ) 101 so how have you been? NATHAN (LM.) I've been alright, thanks
ABIGAIL (LM.) lmao yeah. i cant believe we've been in like 5 classes and we haven't spoken yet xD NATHAN 6, actually
ABIGAIL (I .M. ) haha yeah. so adrian tells me you're in love with me ;D Nathan tsks. He closes his eyes, cracks his neck.
HE sits back upright. NATHAN
Christopher that. He starts typing well, what,
again. NATHAN (I .M. ) i wouldnt say love. 101 :) ABIGAIL then? 101 (I .M. )
NATHAN (I .M. ) admiration 101 im a big fan of yours, and your dancing ohreally? ABIGAIL (1.M. ) youve seen me perform?
NATHAN (I .M. ) i pass by the studio on my way to the gym. sometimes i catch you dancing and i just have to stop. ABIGAIL (1.M. ) this all sounds intriguing me more Nathan looks on at the screen. in dance, looking blissful. :) tell
A quick flash of her twilring
NATHAN (1.M.) it's your passion that's attractive. well, that and your beauty. but that rhythm you move in, the way the music accentuates your every movement. its like watching the most beautiful flower blossom, except its already beautiful. Nathan leans back to smile. indicates she's typing something. It stops.
The chatbox Nathan
turns his head for just a second. comes back.
ABIGAIL (1.M. ) nathan, you're the first man to make me tear up like that. :))) is all that true? NATHAN (I .M. )
i dont have to lie. dont want to ruin my chances. :) ABIGAIL (I .M. ) we need to see each other, face to face, man :) come over to my house tomorrow? Nathan chuckles at this, in disbelief.
NATHAN Oh, my God. sure, NATHAN (I .M. ) :) address?
ABIGAIL (I. M. ) ill text you :) adrian gave me your number. i cant wait :))) neither NATHAN (I .M. ) can i :) good night ABIGAIL :) <33 (I .M. ) :)
good night She logs off. Nathan
leans back on his chair, DAY
Nathan walks down the quiet,
lonely street. tightly.
He grasps the strap of his backpack He's got a nervous the street.
smile on his face as he makes his way up
NATHAN (V.O) It's a dream I'm walking impossible one ...
His feet hit the ground ever so softly. NATHAN (V.O) Yet, here I am. Adrian, for some reason, refused to pick me up from school. He hadn't come in. His father wouldn't let him. Neither did Abigail, but she was sick. I would've wanted to talk to her in a calm, civil place before anything happens.
He looks at his phone to verify The message reads:
"i live at 6089 nw 12th ave :) cant wait" number.
He looks up at the house's It reads: He closes 6089. his phone.
He takes a breath, which He walks up to the door. As he approaches The door's
turns into a smile.
the door, something
him off guard.
lock has been broken. walks toward the door. the door, afraid of what he might
He's afraid to look behind see. His hand touches He pushes
the broken doorknob.
the door open. HOUSE- DAY
INT. ABIGAIL'S Nathan walks
in, carefully. NATHAN
Hello?! No one answers. He walks across
into the living room.
His feet take quick steps ... Until they begin to stop, mirroring his fear. As he walks fear. in, Nathan's face turns into one of surprise and
The living room is a mess. The couch is overturned, the coffee tables. There's broken glass everywhere. He walks further into the living room. the overturned it ... couch.
He walks towards He looks behind He's shocked
at what he sees.
An older man and his wife, Abigail's parents, lie there, dead. Their faces are all bloodied up, their hand's are held together. Nathan walks around. away, panicked. NATHAN waiting for a response. Help me! and he starts to follow it. leading to the voice. He starts to frantically look
ABIGAIL?! He's out of breath,
VOICE (shrilling) Nathan notices the voice,
He runs down a small hallway
He turns into the door frame and stops. Abigail is in her bed, turned over on her chest. Her white dress is full of blood, while her face is completely bruised. She's barely alive, looking terrified. Nathan walks over to her. He cradles her in his arms. NATHAN (softly) What ... What happened? She looks at him in wonderment. face. She starts to caress his
ABIGAIL Nathan ... You're here ... He starts to tear up. NATHAN Of course I am ... What happened here? Who ... who did this? Abigail stalls. She's obviously frightened to even talk about it. She starts to cry, freaking out on Nathan. He tries to calm her down. NATHAN I'm here, no one's going to hurt you. I'm here.
down her face, struggles
ABIGAIL He came in here ... We were sleeping. He came in here and he beat me. He hit me and hit me until I couldn't scream anymore. I heard his friends ... They were laughing when they shot them ... They begged. They begged. Nathan listens in, angry and horrified ABIGAIL I can't even walk . knees and her bloodied up all at the same time.
I can't anymore
He looks down at her bruised dress.
NATHAN I should've so sorry.
come sooner ... I'm
starts to cry. looks at her cry. He's helpless. He grabs her hand. at them. He
He notices something realizes something. There's
on them. He looks sharply
blood under her fingernails.
He licks his lips and takes a deep breath. He looks at her again. NATHAN I'm going to fix this .•. I promise. Nathan holds her tight as she cries in his arms. I promise. INT. NATHAN'S Nathan NATHAN NIGHT
takes out his cellphone. number.
He dials Adrian's
He puts the phone to his ear. He waits ...
NATHAN I need your help. INT. NATHAN'S Nathan BEDROOMNIGHT (CONT)
on his bed, looking deep in thought.
NATHAN (V.O) Adrian has friends in dark places. Within the hour, he finds out his name ... Nathan gets up. down a small hallway KITCHENNIGHT in his house. (CONT)
INT. NATHAN'S Nathan walks
into his kitchen. plenty of kitchen utensils.
He opens a drawer containing He looks at them, observes
He reaches for a knife inside. He holds the blade, runs his finger up to the tip. He applies pressure on the tip, his finger starts to bleed. NATHAN (V.O) Is this what purpose feels like? The abi.li ty to kill someone in complete rage? Who am I doing this for, really? Will she even remember? .. I've .. I've never hurt another human being in my life ... Am I ready for this? .. Am I worth it? INT. ADRIAN'S Adrian brakes window. CAR- NIGHT quickly on the street. He lowers the passenger
Get in. Nathan
slams the car door. CAR- NIGHT (CONT)
Nathan and Adrian both look intently out the windshield. We see their profiles, as the left side of Adrian's face is not
to be seen. Nathan shifts over to Adrian. Where NATHAN is this guy?
ADRIAN He lives a few blocks away from school. He's some cholo, him and his friends. They go to Beach High. NATHAN How are you so sure this is him? ADRIAN My father has friends ... It's the biggest reason you'll never hear me talk about him. Nathan takes a second. He starts to think about Abigail, about what was done to her. NATHAN Adrian, you should've seen her ... She was ... She was broken. ADRIAN I know, man. We're gonna get them, all of them. We're gonna do this and we're gonna kill them. Nathan pauses. Right? Nathan Adrian doesn't ADRIAN
stops the car. Right? ! ADRIAN
gets his attention.
NATHAN Yeah ... I want this ... I want them dead. ADRIAN Do you really? NATHAN
Yes ... Bullshit. Adrian ADRIAN
leans over to him. ADRIAN Look me in the eye and tell me you mean that. That you're gonna rip them apart for raping the girl of your dreams and ruining her for you. For spoiling her.
starts to tear up. ADRIAN Look at me!
snaps back. NATHAN YES! YES, Goddammit, Yes. I want them dead, I want them to pay, I'm gonna break them and spoil them. Why's ADRIAN that?
NATHAN Because I'm sick of being useless! I'm sick of being impotent and quiet. I want my purpose, I want her to notice me because of me. And if going in there and murdering him is what it takes, I'll fucking do it! Nathan starts to cry. He's furious, angry, ready to explode.
NATHAN I sick of this, Adrian. (his voice starts to break) I'm sick of me ... I'm useless ... I want to do something! I'm sick of this. Nathan Adrian digs his head into his hands, nods his head. ADRIAN That's better. Nathan raises his head. crying.
ADRIAN Are you ready? NATHAN (prideful) Yes. They nod at each other. Adrian starts to drive away. NIGHT stop in front of WES's
EXT. WES' APARTMENTAdrian's house.
car comes to a complete CAR- NIGHT (CONT)
A ski mask is thrown on Nathan's ADRIAN Here, put this on. Adrian Nathan starts to slip his on. puts his on. BUILDING-
EXT. WES' APARTMENT
They get out of the car. They both start walking over to the apartment building.
They come up to a heavy metal door. Adrian kneels down to pick the lock. ADRIAN Keep a lookout. Nathan Adrian stands in front of him, looking picks the lock. around.
They both enter. INT. WES' APARTMENT BUILDINGNIGHT leading to a
Nathan and Adrian walk down a small hallway, stairwell. INT. STAIRS- NIGHT Nathan and Adrian walk up the stairs.
INT. WES' APARTMENT
NIGHT into the
Nathan and Adrian walk out from the staircase, apartments. ADRIAN Look for 201. Nathan looks around at the numbers Here! ADRIAN joins him.
in front of the doors.
Adrian walks over to 201. Nathan
NATHAN Wait, what are we doing? ADRIAN We're breaking in there. NATHAN Wait, what about the noise, what about his parents? They could call the police. They're ADRIAN not in. Nathan in. turns to keep watch.
He kneels down to the opening. Adrian picks the lock. He walks Nathan follows. NIGHT
INT. WES' APARTMENTNathan and Adrian
roam the living room. and whispers in his ear:
Adrian walks backwards
ADRIAN Check the parents' I thoughtNATHAN
ADRIAN Just do it. Nathan splits up from him. room.
He makes his way to the white door of Wes' parents'
He puts his hand on the doorknob. He swallows his spit.
His hand turns the knob. He opens the door. As he barges in, a wave of reliefs washes over him.
The bed is empty and tidy. West parents He calms down. (CONT) Nathan walks over to Adrian, outside West room. Nathan stands on the opposite ADRIAN You ready for this? Nathan gives a reassuring nod.
side as Adrian.
As does Adrian. Adrian Nathan opens the door quietly. follows him. (CONT) He walks in.
INT. WESt ROOM- NIGHT
Nathan and Adr Lan walk around Wes as he sleeps. He looks frail as he sleeps, probably sick. Nathan looks at him, confused.
They both loom over the side of his bed. He's sleeping Nathan Adrian so calmly. who's breathing heavily.
looks over to Adrian, slowly approaches
the bed. He grabs a pillow. and hands him the pillow.
Adrian walks over to Nathan, Do it. Nathan ADRIAN
grabs the pillow.
He looks to Wes. at the idea of taking a
He looms closer life.
to Wes, nervous
raises his arms.
I ... I...
NATHAN ADRIAN yell. slams the pillow stronger. on Wes' face,
Wes wakes up at Adrian's
As soon as he does, Nathan strangling him. Wes struggles, Adrian watches Nathan, but Nathan's on.
keeps going. mask.
Wes keeps thrashing
until ... He rips off Nathan's
Nathan tires to avoid Wes' hands, but Wes finally grabs hold of Nathan. He digs his fingers into Nathan's eyes. Nathan, hurt, lets go. jumps out of bed, ready to attack. He can barely see Wes as
Nathan's on the floor, half-blind. he runs over to him. Suddenly, ground. Adrian Adrian
tackles Wes, throwing
him down to the
beats him, weakening ADRIAN Don't fight it!
looks on as Adrian pauses,
and takes a gun out of his jacket. who's horrified.
it to Nathan,
ADRIAN Take it! Do what you came here for! Nathan frightfully Adrian walks over.
takes off his mask.
Nathan notices something bloodied up scratches. He remembers
on the back of Adrian's bloodied
back to Abigail's
Upon seeing this, he walks backwards. NATHAN I can't ... I can't do it. Adrian's annoyed. What?! Nathan ADRIAN
keeps walking. NATHAN I can't ... I just can't.
He finally bumps up against sitting, looking terrified. Adrian
the wall and slides down, now He then turns to Wes. trying to
looks at him in disappointment.
He points his gun at him. Wes looks horrified, yell for his life. He looks at Wes in malice. He pulls the trigger. The resounding boom of the gun is parallel his eyes in fear. INT. ADRIAN'S Nathan Adrian CAR- NIGHT
sits in the passenger drives on, looking
seat, next to Adrian.
angry, embarrassed. He's confused by his
Nathan looks out the window. surroundings.
NATHAN You just missed my turn. You're Nathan's worried. Where NATHAN are you taking me? ADRIAN not going home yet.
for a minute. NATHAN
ADRIAN (pause) We're father. Nathan
gonna go see my
calmly turns his head and looks out toward the road. HOUSE- NIGHT car corne to a complete stop.
EXT. ADRIAN'S The wheels
Nathan looks out beyond the windshield, at the sight beyond the windshield.
feeling overwhelmed at groundthe door. He
The house is massive, looming over everything level. It's very intimidating. Nathan's feet touch the ground
and walk towards
Nathan looks small compared to the size of the house. follows Adrian towards the door. INT. ADRIAN'S Adrian HOUSE- NIGHT enter the house.
Nathan looks around the nicely decorated house. He scans it until something grabs his attention. He looks out beyond the back windows to the pool area. Sitting in a chair, righ~ out the-winaow, was a man, backed to turned to the camera, smoking a cigar. Nathan starts to move beyond the opening of the house, towards him when Adrian stops him. ADRIAN Sit here and wait. Nathan sits on the couch while Adrian makes his way to the pool area. Nathan keeps his eye on the man outside. Adrian kneels over to him, the audio unintelligible. The man signals towards Nathan. Adrian nods his head and gets up. He walks back into the house, and nods towards Nathan. ADRIAN Corne out here. Nathan pauses for just a second, POOL AREA- NIGHT then gets up to walk over.
Nathan walks out in the pool area, still unable to see the man's face. Adrian follows him out and closes the door behind him. Nathan finally walks over in front of the man. The man is burly, strong, with a Cuban cigar in nis-mou~h, smoking it. He's wearing snor~ and an open snirt, very loose. Adrian stands next to him. ADRIAN Nathan ... This is my father. He lifts his gaze towards-Nathan. Nathan leans over to shake his hand. Adrian's father sees this and looks up towards Nathan.
~DRIAN'S FATHER Please ... Call me Gabriel. Gabriel extends his hand as well. They shake hands.
GABRIEL Sit, please. He motions toward the couch perpendicular to him. sides
Nathan does so, as does Adrian. of the couch. Gabriel
They sit on separate
takes a hit of his cigar and looks towards Nathan. ____ --~G=A=BRIEL Adrian's tol me lots about NATHAN Has he now?
looks toward Adrian.
GABRIEL Yeah ... He told me about what you did tonight, or were planning on .doing, whichever ... That takes balls, man. Thanks. NATHAN
GABRIEL It's respectable, too. To fight for love, man, it's an experience. Put everything on the line for someone else's honor. That's the kind of boy
I like to meet. Gabriel smokes some more of his cigar. He brings the cigar over to his mouth. He breaths it in. He exhales a gust of smoke. Nathan notices all of this. Has about me much?
NATHAN Not really. I just know you have your pull. GABRIEL Well, "pull" is being generous. In a place like this, you need to be strong, harsh. You're always gonna have people who want to take from you, but you can't let them. Gabriel gets up from his seat, to the table in front of them. He picks up a bottle of liquor and starts to pour it into a glass cup. GABRIEL You gotta make sure you have a firm grasp so it won't slip right through you fingers ... That's the power of a bad man. He sits back down with his glass full. GABRIEIl I'm a bad man ... I'm willing to admit that. But I do it for honor. You look around this place and all you're ever going to find is weak people who lack the guts to get up and defend themselves. Some because they're too scared of getting hurt ... He takes a sip. And some oecause they're what they might become. Adrian sulks. GABRIEL See, my son here belonged to that second group of people. He didn't wanna be like his father. He was afraid of
scared that he might was just scared ... Gabriel
leans over toward Adrian. GABRIEL When he told me all of this, I told him no son of mine is gonna be a coward. He needs to be brave to be a man. He needs to take what he wants.
puts his hand on Adrian's
GABRIEL So ... Last night, after 18 years of being a child ... He became a man. Adrian face. looks over to Nathan, with a tear running realizes what's happening. down his
Nathan immediately to Abigail.
He thiriks back
NATHAN What did he have to do? (voice breaking) How is he a man now? Gabriel smiles at Nathan.
GABRIEl] He gave you purpose. You're the weak kind of boy that needs to be transformed. You just needed a good reason. Nathan looks angry, Why? furious. NATHAN
GABRIEL Because he genuinely wanted to help you. And you're the kind of person that's so scared, you just need proper incentive. Gabriel gets up and starts walking towards Nathan.
GABRIEL I want you to be the kind of guy that takes what he wants. I want you to be an animal, a creature of habit. The habit being resilience.
GABRIEL Because no friend of my son is gonna be some worm crawling through the mud. You have to be touWhy her?! NATHAN
GABRIEL Because, let's face it, how else would you have talked to her? How else would you have found your purpose? MotherfuNATHAN
I want to change your life. I want to give you your purpose. Nathan Adrian starts to cry. goes over to Nathan. ADRIAN I'm so sorry, please, please-
GABRIEU Don't. (to Nathan) This is your chance. Come with us, join us, we can make you something else. Nathan turns his head towards Gabriel.
NATHAN And that guy? The one he tried to make me kill? A coward, GABRIEL liKe the rest of them.
NATHAN He was innocent? GABRIEL Being impotent isn't being innocent. We gave him purpose for the last moments of his life, and he probably loved it.
NATHAN He was terrified! Because himself coward Nathan GABRIEL he couldn't defend Because he was a Are you a coward?
looks up at him. NATHAN No ... But I don't have to be like you to prove that. I may be quiet, may be useless ... But you're not putting me in your shoes.
Gabriel looks at him disappointed begins to get up. Well,
for 2 beats.
GABRIEL if that's how you wanna be ...
NATHAN And you better hope I don't leave here ... Gabriel stops, with his back turned to Nathan.
NATHAN Because if I do ... I'll show you how much of a man I can be. Gabriel turns his head to Nathan. GABRIEL (chuckle) Sure. He looks over at Adrian. GABRIEL Take him upstairs. Adrian nods and gets up. looks
He moves over to Nathan and grabs his arm. Nathan demented, almost like he's planning something. Nathan
rises and is taken into the house by Adrian. ROOM- NIGHT
INT. ADRIAN'S Adrian middle behind
leads Nathan into his room. Nathan stands in the of the room, emotionless. Adrian closes the door him. Still at the door, Adrian slightly turns his
NATHAN Shut up. You shouldn't else to say. Adrian walks
around and in front of Nathan.
ADRIAN Please ... I didn't want thisNATHAN Your dad talked a lot of respecting men who stood up for themselves ... Nathan looks up towards Adrian. NATHAN I guess you didn't Nathan, He's suddenly in the face. ADRIAN plby Nathan furiously punching him learn anything.
Adrian falls hard on the ground, Nathan following him, beating him down. He grabs Adrian by the collar and bring him close. NATHAN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY! You ... You shut your Goddamn mouth before I sew it shut and save you the trouble! Adrian begins to sob. ADRIAN please, I didn't want to-
NATHAN You wanna talk about cowards and impotent pussies? Look at you, papa's boy, suckling his every word for gratification. FUCK you, Adrian! Nathan lets him go and gets up. NATHAN And that threat?
Adrian wipes blood from his mouth. NATHAN It goes double for you. Nathan, Shut uADRIAN please! NATHAN smacking him over the head
Nathan's interrupted by Gabriel with the hilt of his gun. He points
his gun down to Nathan's Get out,
ADRIAN What are you gonna do to him? GABRIEL Just get out! Adrian gets up. ADRIAN Dad, pleaseGABRIE No. He wants to be a hero, I'm gonna show hiDad! GET OUT! Adrian ADRIAN GABRIETI towards the door.
gives up and starts walking
He gets to the door frame. Close the you. what his father's about
Adrian takes a second. He realizes to do. Adrian does so. NIGHT
INT. HOUSE HALLWAYS-
Adrian closes hallway.
the door behind
and starts to walk down the coming from his room. Adrian begins to stop.
He starts to to hear a beating, slows down when he hears this. He hears a massive
thud and a yell. Adrian
He hears more yelling and starts to break down. He starts crying and sliding down the wall to a sitting position. He sobs, furious at himself. He starts to yell, digging his head between his knees. He keeps crying and crying untilBANG. A shot's been fired. All is quiet. This alerts Adrian. down the hallway. He snaps back unto his feet and runs
He gets to the door, and tries to open it, but it's locked. He keeps pushing the door in, trying to open it. ADRIAN DAD! OPEN THE DOOR! He keeps pushing and pushing until he finally gets the door open. He starts to walk in and is shocked by what's inside. INT. ADRIAN'S Adrian walks ROOM- NIGHT in, in shock. in the back of
Gabriel is on his bed, with a bullet wound his head. ADRIAN Oh, God ... He starts walking
over to his father, horrified
BOOM! Nathan punches him in the jaw, knocking him down. Nathan grabs him and starts hitting his gut until they reach the door frame. INT. HOUSE HALLWAYSNIGHT out of the door until they're with his arm out towards
Nathan keeps pushing Adrian out into the hallway. Adrian keeps walking Nathan. Please,
Adrian's feet trip on the stairs, sending him plummeting down them. Adrian smacks his back as he hits the bottom of the stairs. Nathan walks down the stairs, angry, motivated.
Adrian, in pain, lies at the bottom of the stairs. Nathan walks right over him to get to the living room. He walks over to the liquor cabinet and picks up two bottles of alcohol. He walks on over to Adrian, grabs his foot, and starts to make his way towards the door. Adrian starts panicking, trying to grab anything he can to prevent them from going outside. PLEASE, ADRIAN PLEASE!
His hand try to hold on, but he can't seem to get a grip. EXT. ADRIAN'S Nathan HOUSE- NIGHT outside by his feet to the front yard. comes to a stop.
around when Nathan
Nathan opens both bottles of alcohol and turns towards Adrian. He starts emptying both bottles on Adrian, soaking him. Adrian thrashes around as Nathan does this.
ADRIAN I'm sorry, please! from his pocket and lights it.
Nathan pulls out a lighter Adrian notices. ADRIAN Oh, God, please, Nathan
please! at Adrian.
stops a second and looks intently NATHAN Why not then?
ADRIAN Because we're friends, Adrian. Friends don't do this, we do things for each other, right? Nathan smiles at him.
NATHAN Then do this for me ... As a friend. Nathan throws his lighter at Adrian. The fire flickers, illuminating Nathan's bruised face. The screaming is lightly droned out. EXT. STREETDAY
Nathan bikes down an empty street, in an almost ethereal mood. He pedals as fast as he can, smiling as he rides. INT. ABIGAIL'S HOUSE- DAY
Nathan arrives at Abigail's house. She's sitting by herself in her room, wondering. When he reaches the doorframe, she smiles. He approaches her, while she gets up from her bed. They kiss. INT. BALLET ROOM- DAY Abigail Nathan finally finishes her routine, in a soothing exhale.
opens his eyes to see her stand proud.
He looks over to his notebook, now filled with notes. He scans the notes. He unclicks his pen and puts it in his backpack, along with the notebook. He continues to look up towards her.
Abigail fnishes putting on her shoes and gets up with her bag in hand. She starts walking towards where Nathan is sitting. Nathan notices this and panics a bit. He scrambles to get his things together. Abigail keeps walking toward him. Nathan finally gets up and sees her just a few feet away from him. He pauses, petrified. Abigail Nathan sees him and she walks by. can do nothing but smile.
NATHAN Hi. (nervously) Abigail smiles at this, and as she keeps walking: Hi. ABIGAIL
She finally gets by him. Nathan this and smiles again. Cut toINT. NATHAN'S Nathan, BATHROOMDAY
takes pause to think about
opens his eyes.
Cut to black. The End.