"D O M I N I C : A LOVE LETTER
written by Damone Williams and Acacia Morgan
©2011 by Damone Williams and Acacia Morgan
OVER BLACK: “Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.” - Boethius, “The Consolation of Philosophy” A.D. 524. BLACK CONTINUES: OVER BLACK, sobs and labored breathing. FADE IN: EXT. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY - NIGHT A SIGN: “Malibu, CA. - - - 27 Miles Of Scenic Beauty”. DOMINIC RILEY, JR., 20, lean, handsome, and carrying the burden of the World, it seems, on his shoulders, is walking down Pacific Coast Highway. DOMINIC (V.O.) I’m Dominic Riley, Jr. 20. Son of Dominic, Sr. and Audra Riley. Younger brother by two years, of Quincy. I’m a pre-med student at Pepperdine University, with a promising future. And in this moment, none of that matters. I’m walking down PCH, wondering what the fuck I’m doing wrong. How did I end up here? It's almost as if life is one big fucking episode of digression. We come into this world naked. No shame. Expressive. A baby is gon' cry for what a baby wants. But then we grow, and we learn to stop crying. So our needs go un-met. And we end up deprived. People act like I just woke up and decided to fuck with everybody's expectations...standards, and shit. And this God thing. You telling me God made humans, with hearts, then wrote a long-ass novel restricting everything beautiful and human and normal? Bull...shit. They tellin' me I'm wrong for trying to find solace and peace. Shit is fucked up right now. The shit has hit the fan and I can’t get the voice out of my head. The voice telling me I’m unworthy. It’s like torture...(BEAT) And it all started with a - - QUICK CUT TO:
INT. RILEY RESIDENCE - DAY A lovely two-story family home. Loud music is pouring into the house from the backyard, as folks mill around the kitchen eating, drinking and being merry. IN THE LIVING ROOM, a few people converse on the couch. One gets a bit excited and spills his drink on the carpet. DOWN THE HALLWAY, someone comes out of the bathroom, and closes the door behind them, as two young men walk into a bedroom, and close the door. IN THE BACKYARD, the music is bumpin’. People sway to the beat, chat, laugh, etc. FUN! DOMINIC RILEY, SR., 42, tall, broad-shouldered, and his beautiful wife, AUDRA, 41, are holding court near the pool. This is their house. They are talking with another couple. AUDRA Yes. Dominic is at Pepperdine studying medicine. Following in his father’s footsteps. And Quincy is at UCLA, playing ball. Point guard. GUEST That’s great! I’m sure you’re proud of them both! DOMINIC, SR. We are. Very. Excuse me for a minute. He steps away as Audra continues talking with their guests. Dominic, Sr. finds QUINCY, 22, handsome, athletic, hanging out with a cute girl near the grill. DOMINIC, SR. (CONT’D) Hey Q, do you know where your brother is? QUINCY Nah. Want me to find him? DOMINIC, SR. Yes, please. Dr. Brendel is here. I want him to meet him.
QUINCY Alright. DOMINIC, SR. Thanks. Dominic, Sr. heads off, as Quincy excuses himself from his conversation. CUT TO: INT. RILEY RESIDENCE, HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS Quincy heads down the hallway, reaches his brothers CLOSED bedroom door and... INT. RILEY RESIDENCE, DOMINIC’S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS ...walks in. QUINCY Dom! Dad wants to introduce you to - - Dominic and LIAM DAVIS, 21, handsome, guy-next-door, with a smile to DIE for, are standing in the bedroom, arms wrapped around each other, locked in a passionate kiss. QUINCY (CONT’D) Oh shit! Dominic and Liam scatter “like roaches when the lights come on”. CUT TO: EXT. RILEY RESIDENCE, BACKYARD - CONTINUOUS Quincy storms out of the house and into the backyard, obviously some form of angry. As he passes his father... QUINCY He’s in the house. Dominic, Sr. is left confused by his son’s demeanor, as Dominic, Jr. comes out of the house, a bit shaken, but playing it off, followed by Liam, who goes a different direction.
DOMINIC Hey dad. You wanted me? DOMINIC, SR. Yeah...(shakes it off) I want to introduce you to someone. Dominic smiles at his father, as he is lead to meet Dr. Brendel. He tosses a look back at his brother, who dodges his gaze. FADE OUT FADE IN: INT. RILEY RESIDENCE, LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS Dominic, throwing on his jacket, rounds the corner into the living room, and stops when he notices his mother and brother... DOMINIC Hey... AUDRA Hey. Where are you going? DOMINIC Out with some friends. AUDRA Out where? DOMINIC Mom, really? I’m 20. I’m going out. AUDRA And you still live in my house. WHERE are you going? DOMINIC Probably to a movie. AUDRA With who? DOMINIC You don’t know them...
QUINCY The “them” is a HIM. He’s going out with Liam. DOMINIC Quincy, mind your damn business. AUDRA Oh, you’re going out with a guy? Just the two of you? DOMINIC Yes, mom. What? Two guys can’t be friends? QUINCY You guys aren’t just “friends”. A beat... DOMINIC Don’t... AUDRA Dominic...what’s your brother talking about? DOMINIC I...I don’t know. I’m just seeing a movie with a friend. That’s all. QUINCY Quit bullshittin’, Dom. You and Liam are way more than friends. Ya’ll are faggots! AUDRA Quincy! QUINCY Nah, it’s true mom. I caught them yesterday, making out in his room. Silence. You could cut the tension with a butter knife... AUDRA Is this true, Dominic? Were you and that boy doing things in your room? Dominic’s silence gives him away. AUDRA (CONT’D) So you’re Gay? Can you even fathom the amount of shame you’re going to bring to this family?
DOMINIC Mom, are you serious? There are worst things I could be. AUDRA This is not God’s plan for you! DOMINIC God’s plan, or your plan, mom? AUDRA Your father and I have worked our asses off to give you and your brother the best. This...this is how you repay us? With this filth?! You will never be a man worth respecting. The DOORBELL rings. A beat. QUINCY I’ll get it. He moves towards the door quickly. DOMINIC Quincy! Dominic is right behind him. DOMINIC (CONT’D) Move! He grabs his brothers arm, and a shoving match ensues. QUINCY Get the fuck off of me! Quincy pushes Dominic one last time, and makes it to the door. Opens it. It’s Liam. Quincy grabs him, and slams him against the door, just as Dominic, Sr. hits the corner. DOMINIC, SR. What the hell is going on in here? QUINCY (to Liam) You keep your faggot ass away from my brother, you hear me?!
LIAM Get your fucking hands off me. Liam, not to be mistaken for a weak individual, pushes Quincy off of him with relative ease. Dominic grabs Quincy. DOMINIC Have you lost your mind? DOMINIC, SR. WHAT IS THIS?! Quincy snatches away, and storms off, through the house. No one answers. DOMINIC, SR. (CONT’D) Audra?? Audra stands in a state of complete disbelief. AUDRA Ask your son. Dominic, Sr. looks to his son for an answer. DOMINIC I’ve gotta go. I’ll talk to you later dad. Dominic and a shaken Liam leave the house. Dominic, Sr. stands in the living room, confused about what he walked into. CUT TO: EXT. RILEY RESIDENCE, DRIVEWAY - EVENING Liam’s car pulls into the driveway. INSIDE THE CAR, Dominic and Liam sit. No one speaks. Dominic’s phone rings, breaking the silence. DOMINIC (looking at phone) It’s my dad...do you think I should answer?
LIAM You do what you feel is best. But honestly, I’m so over your family right now. A beat, and then Dominic answers... DOMINIC Hello... CUT TO: INT. RILEY RESIDENCE, MASTER BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS Dominic, Sr., seated on his bed, phone to his ear... DOMINIC, SR. I was calling to see if you were coming home tonight...was that you that just pulled in? DOMINIC (V.O.) Yeah...how’s mom? Is she still awake? DOMINIC, SR. She is. But don’t worry about her. Come in...let’s talk. CUT TO: INT. RILEY RESIDENCE, MASTER BEDROOM - LATER Dominic, Sr., Audra and Dominic are in the midst of a heated discussion. AUDRA How are we going to explain this? How are we ever going to show our faces at church again?! DOMINIC, SR. Audra, he’s gay, not...Eliot Spitzer. AUDRA I’m glad you can joke at a time like this. DOMINIC, SR. Don’t you think you’re taking this a bit too far?
AUDRA I most certainly do NOT! I DIDN’T RAISE A FAGGOT! -DOMINIC Wow... That hit’s Dominic like a ton of bricks. He looks towards the door, and notices Quincy, watching on... DOMINIC, SR. I don’t ever want to hear you talk about our son like that again. Understood? AUDRA He’s YOUR son. MY son wouldn’t make such a disgusting decision. Those goddamned homosexuals and their diseases and lack of Godly morals. You know they can’t be monogamous. They’ll sleep with any and everything! DOMINIC, SR. Audra, enough! Do you hear yourself!? You’re going on and on about how wrong OUR son is in God’s eyes...how about you turn the mirror on your damn self. AUDRA (to her husband) Have you lost your mind?! DOMINIC Mom, chill out! You’re acting like this is the end of the World. I’m not gonna be stupid like Uncle Rodney, and end up dead in my boyfriend’s condo! Audra slaps Dominic, and he counters back, holding his face! AUDRA How dare you! (tears well up in her eyes) How dare you disrespect my brother’s memory like that!! Audra and Dominic lock eyes. She falters first, turns, and storms into the bathroom. Slams the door behind her. DOMINIC, SR. Son... DOMINIC I’m gonna go...
DOMINIC, SR. I love you. DOMINIC I love you too. Dominic heads out of the room, and stops before he nearly runs into Quincy. They exchange looks. FADE OUT DOMINIC (V.O.) I didn’t know where else to go... FADE IN: LIAM’S CONDO, BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS Liam shows Dominic to the closet. He puts his bags in the free space, and closes the door. LIAM I only have one bedroom, so if you’re not comfortable with sharing, you’re more than welcome to have my bed. I’ll take the couch. DOMINIC Liam, no. I’m not gonna put you out of your own bed. I’ll take the couch. LIAM No, man. I insist...It’s cool, I promise. DOMINIC (BEAT) Thank you... LIAM No problem... They look at one another for a moment...Dominic shyly looks away, then looks back at Liam... They kiss...sweet and endearing. They pull away from one another, share a moment, then kiss again. This time, more passionately. Dominic takes off Liam’s shirt, as they move towards the bed.
Liam falls backwards onto the bed. Dominic follows. Liam takes control, and turns Dominic onto his back, and kisses him. Liam kisses Dominic on his lips...neck...chest...Dominic pulls Liam up to face him. Kisses him. Liam starts to take off Dominic’s pants...but he stops him. LIAM (CONT’D) What’s wrong? Dominic doesn’t answer verbally, but Liam sees all he needs to in Dominic’s body language. LIAM (CONT’D) Is this your first time? Dominic nods. LIAM (CONT’D) Oh...are you sure you want to do this? It’s totally up to you. Dominic looks into Liam’s eyes for a moment, then kisses him softly, letting him know he is indeed sure about “doing this”. FADE OUT OVER BLACK: “8 Months Later”. FADE IN: INT. LIAM’S CONDO, KITCHEN - MORNING Liam, in sweat pants and a tank, is standing over the stove, cooking breakfast. A drowsy, yawning Dominic ENTERS the living room, and notices a sleeping body on the couch. He moves into the kitchen. Liam catches sight of him, and they silently acknowledge one another...kiss. DOMINIC (motions towards couch) Uh...when did Kevin get here?
LIAM 3am. Sheila’s trippin’. She thinks he’s cheating, so she threw him out. And I’m his best friend, so of course he called me. DOMINIC At 3am? LIAM Like I said...trippin’. Come here. Liam grabs Dominic’s arm, and moves into position, behind him...holding him. They gaze out of the kitchen window. LIAM (CONT’D) When’s the last time you talked to your parents? The mood changes. DOMINIC I called my dad yesterday. He told my mom and “Q” I was on the phone...and they wouldn’t get on. LIAM I’m sorry. Give them time. They’ll come around. DOMINIC (shrugs) I haven’t talked to them in eight months...and they didn’t even call me on my birthday...I think I’m just gonna give up on hoping they “come around”. LIAM I don’t think you should do that. Baby, they love you. Shit is just complicated right now. They’ll come around. Dominic makes a face. LIAM (CONT’D) Hey! None of that. You’re too handsome to be making ugly faces. They smile. Kiss. DOMINIC I don’t know where I’d be without you. They lock eyes.
LIAM You’d be right where you needed to be. You were always gonna be okay. I’m just...(smiles) a nice addition. DOMINIC That you are...and my beautiful...(kiss) Black... (kiss) King. (kiss) I love you. LIAM I love you too. But wait...if I’m the King, does that make you the Queen? Liam smirks. DOMINIC Bitch, please. They laugh. LIAM Okay, let’s eat. I’m taking you out today. My treat. DOMINIC Mmm... They playfully flirt as Kevin comes too. KEVIN (from the couch) Eww... They all laugh as Liam flips him the bird, and we... CUT TO BLACK FADE IN: INT. THAI RESTAURANT - DAY NATALIE BROOKS, 28, pretty, dressed quite professionally, is waiting at her table. She glances at her cell phone. Checks the time. Looks to the door. Back at table. Dominic rushes into the restaurant, late. He spots Natalie, and hurries to the table. Natalie gives him a look, and refers to the time. DOMINIC I know, Natalie. I’m sorry!
NATALIE Where were you? DOMINIC Liam took me out, and we ended up getting stuck in traffic on the way back home to get my car. Don’t fire me! After a moment, Natalie lets up, and laughs. NATALIE I won’t...today. They laugh, as Dominic pulls out a notebook and some files. DOMINIC So I compiled those files you asked me to. He hands them over. NATALIE Thank you. (BEAT) So...catch me up to speed on your life. How are you and Liam? The family? DOMINIC Liam and I are...fantastic. As for my family...I talk to my dad all the time, but the others...(SHRUGS) NATALIE I’m sorry to hear that... DOMINIC Ah, it’s fine. No biggie. I’m just losing sleep, and weight...and hope. NATALIE Uh uh, don’t do that. Sometimes hope is all you have to hold on to. Don’t let go. (BEAT) So you’re losing sleep? DOMINIC Yeah...having these crazy ass nightmares. Keep hearing the arguments with my mom...that day keeps playing in my head. But you know what, let’s leave that alone...let’s work. He smiles, just as the waiter approaches.
WAITER Can I get you a drink, sir? FADE OUT INT. LIAM’S CONDO, BEDROOM - THAT NIGHT Dominic and Liam are lying in bed...motionless. Liam is asleep. Dominic is not. He stares at the wall on his side of the bed...wide awake...fighting back tears. AUDRA (V.O.) He’s YOUR son. MY son wouldn’t make such a disgusting decision. / I DIDN’T RAISE A FAGGOT! Dominic’s sobs get louder as the voice continues playing in his head. Liam wakes up, and notices Dominic. He turns on a light, and moves closer to him. LIAM Baby, what’s wrong? They sit up in the bed. Dominic wipes his tears. DOMINIC It’s her voice, again. I can’t sleep... Liam takes a moment, and then leans over, reaches into his nightstand, and returns with a small pill bottle. He empties a pill into his hand, and hands it to Dominic. LIAM Here, take this. Dominic takes it in his hand, as Liam gets out of bed and grabs a glass of water from the bathroom. Returns. Offers it to Dominic. He takes it. DOMINIC What is this? LIAM It’ll help you sleep. My doctor prescribed it to me a while ago. I’m not taking them anymore. You can have ‘em. After a beat, Dominic pops the pill into his mouth, and drinks. Sits the glass on the nightstand.
They both lie back down... LIAM (CONT’D) Come here. Dominic moves closer to Liam, who puts his arm around him. They try to go back to sleep...Dominic’s head on Liam’s chest. CUT TO: EXT. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY - NIGHT (PRESENT) Dominic, still walking the highway. He reaches into his pocket, pulls out the pill bottle...examines it. CUT TO: EXT. LIAM’S CONDO, DRIVEWAY - AFTERNOON Dominic’s car pulls into the driveway. INSIDE THE CAR, Dominic pops a handful of pills into his mouth without a second-thought or any water, grabs his things, and gets out. He notices Kevin’s car STILL parked on the street, scoffs, and goes in. CUT TO: INT. LIAM’S CONDO, LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS Dominic enters, closes and locks the door. He notices Liam sitting on the couch, watching TV. Just as he’s about to say “hi”, the master bedroom door opens, and Kevin walks out...buttoning his shirt. DOMINIC Oh, so what? You’ve upgraded from the couch to our bed now? Kevin laughs it off and hits Dominic playfully in the shoulder. KEVIN Aw, man! You’re stupid! How was your day. Silence. Dominic completely ignores him, and moves off to the room.
Kevin and Liam exchange confused looks... KEVIN (CONT’D) What’s been up with him? LIAM I’ll be right back... CUT TO: INT. LIAM’S CONDO, BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS Liam enters the bedroom, and closes the door, as Dominic is taking off his backpack and jacket. LIAM What was that all about? Why are you trippin’ on Kevin? DOMINIC Why is he still here? I mean, I understand he’s your best friend, but damn! He’s here more than the furniture. LIAM Oh, so that’s what this is about? You’re really trippin’ off Kevin being here this long? Really?? Dominic sighs. LIAM (CONT’D) What else? What else is bugging you? DOMINIC I don’t trust him, Liam. I don’t like him being here all the time...when I’m gone, ya’ll are here alone. LIAM Wait! What?! Are you that insecure? Kevin is straight! DOMINIC I thought I was straight too, until I met your Black ass. (BEAT) I’m going to bed. LIAM It’s 4:30... DOMINIC And I’m tired.
LIAM (leaning in for a kiss) Well, goodnight... Dominic dodges the kiss, and climbs into the bed, leaving a hurt Liam behind. FADE OUT FADE IN: EXT. PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY, PARKING LOT - DUSK Dominic is crossing the parking lot. He passes a group of guys...fellow classmates. They stare him down. GUY 1 Fuckin’ faggot. Dominic ignores them, reaches his car, and gets in. INT. DOMINIC’S CAR - CONTINUOUS As he gets in, his cell phone rings. He answers it. DOMINIC (into phone) Hello? Good evening Pastor...how can I help you? I don’t mean to sound rude. It’s just, I haven’t spoken to anyone from the church in months. I know what this call is about. Yeah, I’ve heard all this talk about “God’s plan for my life” from my mom, already. I don’t need you - - She did what? (SCOFFS) You’ve got to be kidding me. Look, Pastor...you and my mom, and everybody at that goddamned church that find some sort of joy in judging me and my life, can go straight to hell. And you can take your prayers with you! I don’t need ‘em. He hangs up, FURIOUS! He’s fed up, sad, worn out... A beat. He takes a deep breath. Wipes his eyes. Then goes for his backpack in the passenger’s seat. He rifles through it, and finds the pills. Pops the top off, shakes some into his hand, and tosses them into his mouth. CUT TO
INT. LIAM’S CONDO, KITCHEN - LATER THAT NIGHT Liam and Kevin are chilling in the kitchen. The sound of the front door opening and closing causes the men to perk up. Dominic STAGGERS into the kitchen, obviously loaded, and tosses his backpack into a chair...he notices the two guys. DOMINIC (thrown off) Hey... Liam, at first, is happy to see Dominic, until he notices he’s loaded. Kevin doesn’t notice yet. A beat. Dominic moves closer to Liam. He hugs and kisses him. Liam is somewhat unresponsive. Dominic notices. DOMINIC (CONT’D) What’s the matter? LIAM What’s the matter with me? I’m fine. I should be asking you that. DOMINIC What are you talking about? LIAM Where are the pills? Dominic looks back and forth between Liam and Kevin DOMINIC What pills? LIAM The ones you obviously took. DOMINIC I didn’t take anything... (to Kevin) What are you still doing here? Kevin means no harm. KEVIN I’m just waiting for my new place to be ready for me to move in. Look Dominic I - -
LIAM Where are the pills? DOMINIC I don’t have them. (Back to Kevin) You, what? KEVIN Dominic, we’re just worried...that’s all. DOMINIC Worried...? KEVIN We just want to help... DOMINIC (gets in his face) Look, I don’t need you to worry about me, and I damn sure don’t need your help! Dominic locks eyes with Kevin. Kevin falters. Dominic smirks. LIAM (pulling him away) Dominic, stop! I know you took something! We’ve alll noticed the change in you! Even Natalie said something! If you’re not on those pills, then what? DOMINIC I didn’t take anything. LIAM You’re gonna keep lying? Dominic, you stumbled in here. You can barely stand up straight! DOMINIC I’m fine. KEVIN I think I should go... He starts moving towards the door, but Dominic jumps in front of him. DOMINIC Nah, hang around. Ya’ll are worried about me, right?! You and my BOYFRIEND are worried about me, RIGHT?! You don’t even know me?! (MORE)
21. DOMINIC (CONT'D) And to tell you the truth, I don’t fuckin’ like you. (BEAT) Are you fuckin’ my boyfriend?
KEVIN What? DOMINIC (moving closer on each word) Are. You. Fucking. My boyfriend, Kevin? Kevin doesn’t answer, but he is clearly seething. Dominic’s eyes never leave Kevin. DOMINIC (CONT’D) (to Liam) Are ya’ll fuckin’? Liam, answer me. Are you fuckin’ him, and then fuckin’ me?! LIAM DOMINIC STOP!! Liam’s voice fills the room, and everyone falls silent. KEVIN Can I go? Dominic stares him down... LIAM Dominic, move. Dominic, reluctantly steps aside. Kevin looks at Liam, and then heads out. The door closing signals his official departure. Liam takes a deep breath, and then spots Dominic’s backpack in the chair. He goes for it. Dominic tries to intercept him, but the “delayed version of himself” isn’t fast enough. Liam “pushes” him out of the way, and snatches the bag. DOMINIC Liam! Liam goes through the bag and finds the pills. LIAM Dom...What’s going on? Last week this bottle was nearly full. Now, it’s more than half empty. DOMINIC Liam, give me my bag.
Dominic charges towards Liam. DOMINIC (CONT’D) GIVE ME MY BAG! He grabs the bag. A tug-war begins. The pill bottle is knocked from Liam’s hand. It hits the ground, scattering the few remaining pills all over the room. Dominic, off balance, yanks with all his might. He gets the bag free, but also accidentally elbows Liam in the face. Liam counters back, covering his mouth. They both freeze. Liam’s lip is busted. Blood runs down his chin. Dominic “sobers up” real quick. DOMINIC (CONT’D) Liam, I’m sorry...I didn’t mean - He drops the backpack, and goes to touch Liam’s face, but he pushes him away. LIAM I don’t think I want you here tonight. DOMINIC Liam... LIAM Dominic, just leave! LEAVE! Liam is cold, and Dominic is shocked. Dominic stares for a minute, letting it all sink in, then turns around, and walks out. Liam stands in the kitchen, anger written all over his face, as the sound of the front door opening and closing, ends his night. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY - NIGHT Dominic stops walking, and stands near the metal divider...the only thing separating him from a steep cliff. He stares off, deep in thought. CUT TO:
EXT. VENICE BEACH, DIVE BAR PARKING LOT - HOURS LATER Dominic has wandered further than he intended... INSIDE A PARKED TRUCK, a group of guys...the same guys from the school, are drinking and smoking. They notice Dominic. GUY 2 Isn’t that, that bitch from the other day? BACK IN THE PARKING LOT, as Dominic walks, the truck comes to life, and pulls up on the side of him. He notices, and tries to go in another direction. The windows come down, and the catcalling begins. The truck stops, and the doors open. The guys get out, and advance on Dominic...circling him. The dudes are drunk and belligerent. One guy breaks the circle and steps up to Dominic...takes a drink. GUY 1 You like to fuck wit’ dudes? You Gay right? Dominic remains silent... GUY 1 (CONT’D) Suck my dick... Dominic doesn’t know what the hell is happening. DOMINIC Wha- - - what?? GUY 1 You a fuckin’ faggot! You like to fuck wit’ dudes. So suck my fuckin’ dick, bitch. Guy 1 starts un-doing his belt. As another guy grabs Dominic, and tries to force him to his knees. Dominic puts up a fight...pushes the guy away. Almost simultaneously, the other guy shatters his 40 oz. over his head. Dominic collapses. CUT TO:
EXT. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY - CONTINUOUS Natalie and Liam are driving down PCH, looking for Dominic. LIAM Thanks for coming...I feel bad about kicking him out. NATALIE How long ago did you say he left? LIAM A little over an hour... A beat. Natalie and Liam look out the window, scanning... NATALIE Dammit, it’s so dark...I can barely see anything... CUT TO: EXT. VENICE BEACH, DIVE BAR PARKING LOT - CONTINUOUS Dominic’s curled up body, on the floor, repeatedly takes kicks from the guys, as they shout slurs at him. They take a break, and Dominic rolls over...coughs up blood, as the ringleader steps closer to Dominic, and unzips his pants. He starts pissing on Dominic. He cries, but can’t move... CUT TO: EXT. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY - CONTINUOUS Natalie and Liam are driving near the Dive Bar parking lot...Natalie notices the mass of people, and the truck. NATALIE Who are those people? Maybe they’ve seen him. She turns into the parking lot, and as they get closer, they get a better view... ...they see Dominic on the ground being pissed on. LIAM That’s him!
Natalie floors it. CUT TO: EXT. VENICE BEACH, DIVE BAR PARKING LOT - CONTINUOUS The guy finishes and notices the approaching car. The other guys notice as well, and jump back in the truck. The guy remains, and looks down at Dominic. GUY 1 Fuckin’ faggot. He kicks Dominic in the face, spits on him, and then jumps in the drivers seat. The truck speeds off, just as Natalie’s car screeches into the parking lot, and stops. The doors open, and Liam and Natalie jump out. They run to where Dominic is laying. LIAM Dominic!! Dominic!! Liam drops to his knees and examines his battered boyfriend, as tears stream his face, as Natalie jumps on her phone. SUPERIMPOSE: Bright, flashing lights atop an ambulance. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. LIAM’S CONDO, DRIVEWAY - DAY Liam and Natalie exit the condo. NATALIE Keep me updated, please. He’s lucky he survived that...this shit has got to stop. (BEAT) Alright, I gotta get back to the office. Call me if anything changes. LIAM Of course. They hug, and then Natalie moves off to her car. INT. LIAM’S CONDO, HALLWAY - DAY Liam walks down the hallway towards the bathroom. Stops at the door.
LIAM Dominic? Baby, are you okay? DOMINIC Yeah. I’ll be out in a bit... Liam walks away. CUT TO: INT. LIAM’S CONDO, BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS Dominic is standing, staring at himself in the mirror. His face is bruised black and blue, lip is busted, eye is swollen...he cries. His head drops...he takes a breath...looks back at himself in the mirror. AUDRA (V.O.) I DIDN’T RAISE A FAGGOT! He closes his eyes, hoping the voices will stop. GUY 1 (V.O.) FUCKIN’ FAGGOTS! QUINCY (V.O.) You keep your faggot ass away from my brother. AUDRA (V.O.) You will never be a man worth respecting. The voices echo faster, faster, and faster. Covering his ears, as if the noises are outside noise, he staggers back, away from the sink, hits the wall. Breathes. Struggling to catch his breath, he gets a thought. Opens the medicine cabinet, and searches for the right pill bottle...any pill bottle. Finds one. He shakes out the last few pills. Throws them into his mouth, grabs the glass on the counter, and washes them down with the water from the tap. Dominic waits for a moment, head down. Then he slowly grabs hold of the sink basin, and slowly brings his eyes to his reflection. They are red, swollen, wet. The voices, which were once recognizable, have now warped, and deepened.
Now every person is saying disgusting, hurtful things. Things some of them would NEVER say. NATALIE (V.O.) You disgust me. You need to die! LIAM (V.O.) I can’t believe I wasted my time on you! AUDRA (V.O.) You are no longer my son. GUY 3 (V.O.) Fuckin’ faggot! NATALIE (V.O.) You don’t deserve help. You’re a disgrace! QUINCY (V.O.) (laughing) What a pathetic little bitch! DOMINIC, SR (V.O.) No one will ever be able to love you!! GUY 3 (V.O.) Fuckin’ faggot! The warped voices dance around in his head, meshing together more and more with each second. At his wit’s end, Dominic picks up his drinking glass, and chucks it full force, at the wall. It shatters instantly. His mind falls silent. CUT TO: EXT. LIAM’S CONDO, DRIVEWAY - CONTINUOUS Liam is searching for something in his car. His cell phone rings. He answers. CUT TO: INT. LIAM’S CONDO, BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS Dominic is standing in front of the mirror, crying/screaming silently.
He closes his eyes, and takes a deep breath. It calms him, a bit... When he opens his eyes, we have moved into his POV. He looks around, and spots a large shard of glass resting on top of the toilet lid. He picks it up. Looks at it. Only one voice speaks to Dominic this time. His mother... Her voice BOOMS inside his head. Distorted. Evil. AUDRA (V.O.) You have brought more shame to this family than you know. / You let him turn you into the filthy mess that you are now! Dominic, crying uncontrollably at this point, sits on top of the toilet seat. DOMINIC, SR. (V.O.) You are no son of mine. You are a disgrace. / God is not happy with this. You will have your place in Hell. His head falls silent again... He stares at the shard of glass for a second, takes a deep breath to stifle the feelings of nausea, and rests the sharp glass on his left wrist. Another deep breath. He looks around the bathroom, and spots a washcloth...grabs it...puts it in his mouth. He closes his eyes, and presses the glass harder and harder against his wrist, until he successfully breaks the skin. He screams into the washcloth! Blood drips onto the floor...he drops the piece of glass. He holds his wrist, which is now covered in blood, and stands up. He stumbles...falls to the floor... CUT TO:
EXT. LIAM’S CONDO, DRIVEWAY - CONTINUOUS Liam is on the phone. LIAM Ok...I think that’ll work. I’ll let him know. But are you sure that’s what she wants? He talks as he continues searching through his car. CUT TO: INT. LIAM’S CONDO, BATHROOM - DOMINIC’S POV - CONTINUOUS Dominic is still on the floor. His breathing is labored... Then, he suddenly grips his chest. Gasps for air. Cardiac arrest. CUT TO BLACK FADE IN: INT. LIAM’S CONDO, FRONT DOOR - LATER Liam walks back into the house. LIAM Dominic! I just got off the phone with your dad... INT. LIAM’S CONDO, HALLWAY - LATER Liam makes his way down the hallway. LIAM ...he said he wants to meet us for lunch today. And get this, it was your mom’s idea. Baby, I think she’s coming around! He reaches the bathroom door. He knocks. No answer. Liam tries to open the door, and realizes it’s locked. LIAM (CONT’D) Dominic? Baby... A soft groan...
In full “freak out mode”, Liam, using his shoulder, breaks through the door. CUT TO: INT. LIAM’S CONDO, BATHROOM - DOMINIC’S POV - CONTINUOUS From Dominic’s POV, we see Liam rush into the bathroom...we see him see Dominic lying on the floor, in a pool of his own blood. CUT TO: INT. LIAM’S CONDO, BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS Out of Dominic’s POV now: Liam screams and immediately drops to his knees next to Dominic’s body. He picks him up, cradles him. He finds his cell phone, and with bloody hands, dials “911”. MONTAGE: A) Liam talking to the 911 Operator. Crying. Explaining. B) Cradling Dominic’s body. Holding on to hope. C) He feels for a heartbeat....there is none. More tears stream his face. D) His tears have all dried up. He is empty. He stares off, blankly, into a corner, as he cradles the dead body of his boyfriend...awaiting “help’s” arrival... His cell phone rings on the toilet seat...CALLER ID READS: Mr. Riley... We move from the toilet seat, and FOCUS ON: The empty pill bottle, laying in between the base of the tub and toilet. SUPERIMPOSE: “In the United States, more than 34,000 people die by suicide each year.” - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC 2007. Then...
“Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.” - Massachusetts Youth Risk Survey 2007. And finally... “LGBTQ youth who come from highly rejecting families are more than 8 times as likely to have attempted suicide than LGBTQ peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection”. FADE OUT OVER BLACK: “If you are suffering from depression or are suicidal, please call The Trevor Hotline...a 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention line aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youths: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR.” “You are not alone.” “IT. GETS. BETTER.” THE END