Next Gen By Eric Euchler

Eric John Euchler 25 Winooski Falls Way Winooski, VT 05404 Phone: 413-652-7237 eeuchler@gmail.com

INT. KID’S BEDROOM - DAY The room is dark except for the light that is shining though the blinds on the window. STANLEY is lying in bed, with his pillows over his head, covering his face.Stanley is visibly a young boy, nine or ten years old. Stanley’s MOM walks into the bedroom. She is a young woman, but is visibly tired. MOM Stanley, it’s time for breakfast. Stanley rolls around to bring to face away from his mother. She flicks the light switch, and the room becomes visible. The walls are covered in posters of superheroes in various action poses. Action figured line the shelf. STANLEY Ugh, come one ma. It’s Saturday. MOM ...and I won’t let you waste it in bed all day. His Mom turns around and begins to leave the room. MOM ...or do you not want the comic book I got while I was at the store? Stanley instantly jump up out of his bed and runs past her out of the bedroom. MOM That’s what I thought. INT. KITCHEN - DAY Stanley’s Mom is busy washing dishes in the sink. Behind her sits Stanley at the table. He eats cereal and reads a comic book. Stanley turns the last page and puts his spoon down into his cereal bowl. He jumps down out of his chair. STANLEY All done. His mother turns around to look at him as he begins to walk towards the doorway.

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MOM forgetting something? Stanley turns around and walks over two his Mom. He wraps his arms around her legs and squeezes tightly. STANLEY Thanks Mom. MOM You’re welcome sweety. His Mom looks down on him and smiles, and lightly pets his head. MOM Run along now. Stanley releases his Mom and runs out of the room. INT. KITCHEN - DAY Stanley’s Mom is drying the dishes with a cloth and placing each into the cupboard above the sink. The rapid stomping of small feet can be heard coming down a flight of stairs. Stanley enters the room with a towel tied around his neck as a cape. He runs into the room with his arm straight out in front. He runs around the table and out the other door. A crash can be heard, then cries. Stanley’s Mom drops the plate she held and runs out of the room. INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY Stanley is sitting on the floor, legs splayed, gripping his right shoulder with the arm lying limp in his lap. behind him lies a turned over chair, with the cushions that rest next to it. His Mom runs in and falls to the ground behind him. She attempts to hug him but stop as he winces. MOM Oh my god, What happened? STANLEY I was being Superman, but then I fell off the chair and...

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Stanley fails to hold back tears as he tries to explain. His Mom shushes him as she strokes his hair, then kisses him on the head. INT. KID’S BEDROOM - NIGHT Stanley lays in his bed, with a sling on his arm, with his eyes wide open, still awake. Stanley’s DAD walk into his room, dressed in a police uniform. He takes off his hat at the entrance and walk over to the side of the bed. He sits down on the side of the bed and places his hand on Stanley’s shoulder. DAD Hey there big guy, your Mom told me what happened. STANLEY It didn’t hurt. I just got surprised is all. Stanley’s Dad chuckles to himself. DAD I know buddy, but you have to be more careful. You really scared your mother. STANLEY I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to. DAD I know, I know. Don’t worry about it. Just worry about getting better, and in the mean time I got you some reading material. Stanley sits up, and turns to face him. STANLEY You did? Can I read... DAD In the morning. Its already past your bed time. I just wanted to say good night to you. Stanley hugs his Dad

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CONTINUED: STANLEY Night Dad, love you. DAD Love you too son.

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Stanley release him and lies back down. His Dad gets up off of the bed and walks out of the room, and closes the door as he leaves. INT. BEDROOM - DAY Stanley lays asleep in bed. He is tall now, balding and old. the room is a small and cramped. Stacks of books cover every surface of the room. an alarm clock beeps on the nightstand next to his bed. Stanley moans before he hits the snooze button on the clock. EXT. STREET - DAY Stanley stands at a bus stop, with his briefcase at rest at his feet. He wears a very cheap suit and tie. Occasionally he looks at his watch. He looks down both ends of the street. He then covers his brow with his hand and looks up in to the sky. As he’s looks up, he can see a group of teenagers fly by overhead, propelled by no visible source. As he looks up at the group, Stanley grimaces. The bus arrives and stops at the bus stop. Stanley brings his vision back down to ground level, picks up his briefcase and gets onto the bus. INT. CLASSROOM - DAY The class room is filled with around twenty students. Each of them is about the age of eleven or twelve. The children are each frantically chatting with each other. Some stand in groups, others are at their desks turned around in their chairs to face their friends. One student, KIRBY sits at the front row, speaking with no one. Kirby has long, unwashed hair that hangs over his face, and thick glasses. Stanley walks into the the classroom. Some of this students end their conversations, and they all sit at an available desk. He goes over to the chalk board and writes at the top "intro to philosophy" before turning to face the class

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STANLEY Good morning class. KIRBY Morning Mister Leiber. Some of the other students grumble in acknowledgment. Stanley nods at Kirby, before he adresses the class as a whole. STANLEY Let’s try that again. "Good Morning Class." This time the class reciprocates his greeting, in a monotone. STANLEY That’s better. Now I have your quizzes from last weak, graded to hand back to you. Some of them were really good, but some of them were just not so. Stanley walks over to one students desk. PETER sits there and waits wide eyed for his test back. Peter bounces the end of his pencil back and forth against the so violently that it vibrates with and audible hum. STANLEY Peter what happened? The ring of gyges did not grant wishes. Did you even do the reading?

PETER I wanted to Mr. Leiberireallydidbuticouldntbecauseileftmybookatschoolandbythe Stanley closes his eyes, and raises his hand to interrupt Peter. STANLEY Peter, your forgetting your spaces again. Please, slow down. PETER Sorry Mr. Leiber, I was saying I was gonna but... STANLEY So "no" is the short answer then.

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Stanley keeps walking to a a student named CHARLIE. Despite his young age Charlie has a noticeably receded hairline. He doesn’t notice Stanley’s approach as he stairs directly at ERIC, who stairs back at Charlie. Eric is a good looking, well dressed kid. STANLEY No passing thoughts in class. Charlie and Eric both jump, and face forward in their seats. CHARLIE How’d you know? STANLEY Your young an not very good at it. Stanley turns to better face the class as a whole STANLEY Come on guys, this is serious. You need to know the material. Erik raises his hand. STANLEY Yes, Eric? ERIC Why? Stanley sighs and walk over to his desk and sits down at it. STANLEY Because you kids are special. And not in the lying way your parent would say it to you. I mean really special. Peter twidles his thumbs at a whirlwind rate. STANLEY From your health classes you kids already know that the medications you all had to take at the start of your meducation have side effects, that scientist only recently became aware of. These side effects are going to to allow you to potentially change the world in a way us adults would never of thought possible from an individual. (CONTINUED)

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Eric is no longer looks at Stanley. Eric looks down at a piece of paper on his table. his pencil moves itself, drawing a doodle on the paper. STANLEY Some of you are already showing these side effects as underdeveloped supernormalities. Its for this reason now more than ever, it is important to teach you kids about right and wrong, and responsibility. Eric looks up at the clock and makes a subtle gesture at it. The bell begins to ring. The students begin to laugh. Stanley sighs and looks up at the clock. He stares at it for a moment before he returns to facing the class. STANLEY Fine. Go. The students become quiet, but slowly each packs up their supplies and leaves the room. Kirby backs up his supplies as well, but approaches Stanley at his desk. KIRBY Mr. Lieber, I was wonder if there were any other books by Socrates that are good too? I finished this one. STANLEY Well The Republic was actually written by Socrates’ pupil, Plato. There are a ton of other ones that he’s written but the curriculum only requires this one? Kirby hangs his head. KIRBY Oh, OK then STANLEY But if your interested, I can talk to the librarian about ordering them.

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KIRBY Really. Thanks Mr. Leiber. Kirby then turns around and leaves the class room, without his feet touching the floor.