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FADE IN: EXT. MOUNTAIN VIEW H.S. - PARKING LOT - MORNING SUPER: MESA, ARIZONA - TODAY STUDENTS rush to their classes as a bell RINGS throughout the campus. A lone JANITOR hovers over a section of the sidewalk nearby, a GARDEN HOSE in hand, and a deep unease in his eyes. He sprays a jet of water over a large BLOOD STAIN permeating the concrete, the water doing little to remove it. From the main entrance, a CAR pulls into the lot, parks in an empty spot labeled "FACULTY." INT. PARKED CAR - SAME TOM EVERETT, 38, puts the car into park. As he cuts off the engine, he looks out the window, watching as the JANITOR struggles to remove the stain. He soon looks away, too disturbed by the sight, and turns his attention to the REARVIEW MIRROR. Dark circles line his eyes, with days-old stubble around his chin and cheeks. He pulls an electric razor from the glove compartment, and turns it on. EXT. MOUNTAIN VIEW H.S. - PARKING LOT - MOMENTS LATER A clean-shaven Everett approaches the Janitor, who drops the hose in frustration before spotting Everett. JANITOR You look like shit, Tom. EVERETT Long weekend. JANITOR So I hear. Everett’s gaze moves to the gutter, the water mixing with some of the DRIED BLOOD. JANITOR (CONT’D) That ain’t coming out. District’s gonna need to replace the concrete.
EVERETT (CONT’D) I’ll see you around. I figured I’d let you guys have the hour to yourself. EVERETT (CONT'D) Since it’s your last day. I’ll be in my office. . JANITOR (CONT’D) Word is you were here when it happened. one of the curios students. JORDAN. He looks over the FACES of his students. Pete. JANITOR Did you know him? EVERETT He was one of my first students. He moves through an aisle of desks. Nothing but silence and curious stares. Everett stays silent. each returning his gaze expectantly. The Janitor doesn’t know how to reply.SAME The moment Everett steps inside. but Everett saves him the trouble. turns in his seat. EVERETT Morning. Everett steps on to the school’s main COURTYARD and reaches a numbered classroom door moments later. EVERETT (CONT’D) If anyone needs me. INT. though the Janitor isn’t taking the hint. the boisterous voices STOP. EVERETT’S CLASSROOM . As Everett reaches a door at the back of the class. As he opens the door. everyone. EVERETT I was in the gym.2. a clamor of EXCITED VOICES rushes out.
but the Student looses courage when their eyes meet. Look. JORDAN And some crazy dude just shows up with-EVERETT He wasn’t crazy. KAELAN We just want to know what really happened. A female student. guys. EVERETT No. KAELAN We want to know what happened on Saturday. “He was crazy. I understand it’s easier to vilify him than understand him.3.. JORDAN Mister Everett? We were wondering. but I was here at the school for a reunion.. so he makes his way to the front of the class. but eventually nods. JORDAN But he brought a gun-EVERETT I know. JORDAN Do you know what happened? EVERETT This really isn’t a classappropriate subject. KAELAN. Everyone has a different story. picks up. Did someone really get shot? Everett looks away from the students and SIGHS. JORDAN Did you see it? Everett realizes he can’t get away from the questions. The students EXPLODE into a half-dozen conversations. but it’s not as simple as.” . Everett turns to face him.
4. This does nothing to answer their question. EVERETT Not very different from most of you. EVERETT (CONT'D) Guys. NICOLE LEWIS. 9. As his mother nears. KAELAN Guilt over what? EVERETT looks over his student's faces. The students look to one another. She passes her son. DAVID. maybe? God only knows the guilt he carried. this situation is so much more complex than it seems. resigned. JORDAN Then why did he do it? EVERETT I don’t know. JORDAN Then what happened to him? EVERETT His life happened. then takes a deep breath. and it shows in their faces. places a third suitcase next to them. KAELAN You taught him? (Everett nods) What was he like? Everett sits at his desk. NY . confused. Guilt. 28. . he turns his attention to her. seated in an armchair.NIGHT (FIVE DAYS AGO) SUPER: BRONXVILLE. a Gameboy in hand.FIVE DAYS AGO Two suitcases and a child's backpack are stacked at the front door. FADE TO: INT. NICOLE’S CONDO .
S. calls out. David! (to Nicole) You ready? NICOLE Just about. DAVID (CONT’D) Is Dad going to be there? Nicole kneels. she leans her head against the wall and SIGHS in unease. CHARLOTTE (O. She can’t keep the smile up any longer.) Grandma! Nicole steels herself. I need to grab a few more things. and turns into HER BEDROOM As she enters. DAVID Do you think he’s excited to see me? NICOLE (rises) I’m sure he is. a forced smile on her face. CHARLOTTE. DAVID Mom? She turns to face him.S.5. then turns back into the ENTRY WAY to find David with his arms wrapped around Charlotte. CHARLOTTE (to David) It’s so good to see you. A door OPENS O.S.) Hello? DAVID (O. David’s footsteps POUND against the floor as the voice of Nicole’s mother. . late 50s. NICOLE I hope so.
Nicole looses some of her composure when David leaves.. CHARLOTTE (CONT’D) You alright? NICOLE David is so excited to meet him.. and jogs out of the condo. She turns to a window. then SLAMS it shut. NICOLE It's open. A soft KNOCK comes from the bedroom door. DAVID Where’s Tom? CHARLOTTE He’s down at my car. Charlotte picks up one of the suitcases.MORNING (TEN YEARS AGO) SUPER: MESA. It’s all you can do. moving to the door. I mean. poring over a worn LETTER in her hand. but stays silent. a battle going on in her mind. NICOLE (CONT’D) . looms over a dresser. She checks her reflection in a mirror as the bedroom door opens. Why don’t you take your backpack down there. enters the room. and get buckled up? David rushes to his backpack.TEN YEARS AGO Nicole. AZ .but I don’t know how he’s going to react. and Nicole stuffs the letter into an open textbook. INT.6. how do I even begin to explain this? CHARLOTTE Just be honest with him.. picks it up. now 18. . Nicole nods. There's a slight panic in her eyes. CHARLOTTE (CONT’D) I’ll meet you down there. 18. looking out to the COURTYARD below as David appears at an aging minivan. SETH HARRISON.. NICOLE’S BEDROOM .
She smiles weakly. I'm just a little tired. A harassed BARTENDER fills shot glasses in front of them. along with the others near them. now 28. SCOTT To six seasons and a movie! Seth follows suit. SETH (CONT’D) What's wrong? Nicole turns in his arms. and they all repeat Scott's toast.7. SETH Can you believe it's our last day? NICOLE I can't believe how fast it came.FIVE DAYS AGO A crowded bar. She holds him tighter. but doesn't respond. Several dozen PEOPLE mingle and celebrate. the smile once again replaced with worry.NIGHT (FIVE DAYS AGO) SUPER: LOS ANGELES. Above them. INT. and we'll finally be out of here. He wraps his arms around Nicole. Nicole closes her eyes. Scott hoists his shot over his head. a BANNER hangs: "Congratulations on Season 2!" Seth. NICOLE Nothing. embraces her from behind. 32. NICOLE Doesn't seem so far off now. CROWD "Six seasons and a movie!" . SETH Sorry I'm late. CA . faces him. DIVE BAR . so he scrutinizes her reflection in the mirror. SETH Only three more months. leans against the bar with SCOTT MEWES.
But thanks. SCOTT Do you wanna talk about it? Seth shakes his head as he rises. wearing an excited smile. save for Seth and Scott. .MOMENTS LATER Seth exits the bar first. SETH Guess I was too busy to dwell on it. Seth pulls out his wallet. eyes open for a cab. CELL PHONE to his ear. SETH No. LATER The bar has emptied. who occupy a booth in the back corner. arm raised for a cab. Seth takes a long pull from his drink. As he lowers the phone: SCOTT When are you heading back for the reunion? Seth continues to face the road. SCOTT (CONT’D) I didn't know you two split up. SCOTT Any chance of you running into that writer friend of yours? Seth turns to Scott and eyes him in confusion. SETH Tomorrow night. and walks to the sidewalk. Scott exits a moment later. EXT. DIVE BAR . The Bartender eyes both with a dirty glance while he cleans nearby.8. places some cash on their table. SCOTT I ran into Lisa on the Universal lot today. staying silent.
and that I have the perfect director in mind. that the script is solid.. SCOTT I told him it could be done cheap. Give me a-Scott stops the message. Listen. and your guy Seth. The voice of JEFF ALLEN plays from the speaker. JEFF (O. mouth agape. I'd love to sit down with this Saracen.. then raises it in the air.S. .. it's Jeff Allen. SETH Danny Saracen? What about him? SCOTT The reason I went to the studio this morning was to pitch Jeff Allen one of those specs Saracen wrote. I'm impressed. SETH turns back to face Scott. if you're fucking with me. JEFF (O. to talk this over. SETH You're a shitty liar. and I can't lie. SCOTT (CONT'D) The one who wrote those specs you gave me.) Scott.) (CONT'D) Truth me told. Seth's excitement leaves as he turns back to the main road. SCOTT (CONT'D) .S. you know that? Scott punches a button on the cell phone. Scott flashes Seth a grin. SETH Scott. it's not very funny.. places the phone back in his pocket. Seth's mouth still hangs open in shock. I just finished reading that spec. I haven't been this excited about a project in a long time.9.
crumples the letter in his hand. DANNY'S MOTHER We're heading out now. Good luck tonight. Should be back on Tuesday. 17. DANNY'S MOTHER And be good. throwing most of the papers into a nearby trash can. his school bag in hand. DANNY SARACEN.. DANNY (quietly) Son of a bitch. Mom. knocks on the frame. SETH That might be a problem. chuckles.we are unable to offer you admission for the upcoming Fall Quarter. He turns the bag over. He unfolds the LETTER inside: ". . Danny turns to face her.. though the room itself is an absolute mess. stands over a desk. INT. AZ ." DANNY scoffs. and PAPERS AND BOOKS spill out. DANNY'S BEDROOM .TEN YEARS AGO An explosion of pop culture has gone off in this room: movie posters and memorabilia fill the walls. His MOTHER appears at the threshold of the room. though. He rummages through the contents.MORNING (TEN YEARS AGO) SUPER: MESA.10. He stops. SCOTT You think you can get Saracen to come back with you for a sit-down? The excitement drains from Seth's face. and throws it into the trash with the rest of the papers. when his hand rests on an ENVELOPE with the UCLA letterhead in the return address. DANNY Thanks. SETH Holy shit.
and-. a lit cigarette between his lips. now 27. SETH (O. still dumbfounded.S. I was just calling to see if you're going to the reunion on Saturday. Drive safe. He grabs a single binder and leaves the room. I'm late. DANNY'S APARTMENT Danny heads for the KITCHEN . appears on the landing. CHARLIE I know. I'm gonna be back in town for it. just as FOOTSTEPS sound from the stairs nearby. stunned silence on his face. DANNY (CONT’D) Fuck it. Danny's grin falters as she disappears.) Hey. DANNY Not like you missed anything important. 26. Danny. Moments later. sits in a folding chair near his front door. Danny tosses the cigarette butt over the railing.11. and I need to run it by you. and he turns back to the mess of papers on his desk. Just go back from a call in Avondale. He holds an aged cell phone to his ear.FIVE DAYS AGO Danny. then the two step into INT.NIGHT (FIVE DAYS AGO) SUPER: MESA. something's come up. it's Seth. DANNY'S APARTMENT . If you can give me a call back-He hits the play button once more. listen. CHARLIE GOSS. DANNY I will. AZ . Danny looks up from the phone. EXT.Well.
CHARLIE Beer's fine for now. now on the counter. despite himself.12. DANNY I heard the show he works on got picked up for a second season. How's he doing? Danny shrugs. Charlie watches as Danny throws back his shot. handing one to Charlie. DANNY Seth just called me. DANNY All of this reunion shit is bothering me. I haven't heard from him in years. CHARLIE How so? Danny looks down to the cell phone. and pulls out two beers. CHARLIE Harrison? Jesus. Danny laughs. CHARLIE Good for him. Danny opens a cupboard above him. CHARLIE (CONT’D) I take it hearing from Seth bothered you? Danny chugs his beer. CHARLIE What's up with you? Look like someone just shit in your corn flakes. . opens the fridge. takes a sip from his beer. retrieving a bottle of whiskey and two shot glasses. then motions to the other empty glass. DANNY (bitter) Yeah. He pours himself one.
steps in. INT. to be honest. DANNY Is this how you imagined life was going to turn out for us? CHARLIE I haven't given it much thought.MORNING (TEN YEARS AGO) SUPER: MESA. CHARLIE'S BEDROOM . I guess I just don't want to be that guy who says. . no. now 16. DANNY Why not? Charlie's demeanor suddenly grows serious. CHARLIE I'm never going back there.13. no. a towel wrapped around his waist. "Oh. Charlie. I thought I'd be on my way to something by now." when someone asks me what I've been up to for the past decade. CHARLIE Then why go? DANNY To the reunion? I guess I'm more than a little curious to see everyone again. You? DANNY God. When I was seventeen. AZ . What about you? You going? CHARLIE Christ.TEN YEARS AGO The bedroom door OPENS. not much. CHARLIE And to find someone who has it worse off than you? Danny laughs as he pours a second shot. DANNY I need to find some way to feel better about myself.
They throw them back silently. and after Danny recovers: DANNY (CONT’D) So. Danny grabs the half-empty whiskey bottle and pours himself and Charlie each a shot. and drops the knife inside. DANNY Why do I do this to myself? . DANNY Speaking of which. opening the top drawer. So why would I go to the reunion? Certainly not to get all nostalgic with a bunch of people I never liked in the first place. then shakes his head as he leans back in his chair. He sighs. and taps the tip with his index finger. two PROMINENT BRUISES show on his body: on his right shoulder-blade. then closes the drawer. DANNY'S APARTMENT . CHARLIE I hated high school. Charlie lays his hand down: a pair of aces to go with the ace on the table. why don't you want to go? Charlie is busy gagging. playing cards in hand.KITCHEN . INT. Charlie gingerly puts on a T-shirt. eyes the edge. and right arm. He swings the blade open. DANNY Christ. Danny. but manages to regain some composure. He retrieves a black TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE.14. especially our senior year. As he turns to his closet. Satisfied.NIGHT (FIVE DAYS AGO) Danny and Charlie sit at a small kitchen table. remind me why I bother playing poker with you? CHARLIE Because you get drunk and think you have a chance. then moves to his nightstand. he grabs his school bag.
Danny tosses his cards away.MORNING (TEN YEARS AGO) SUPER: MESA. Charlie eyes Danny incredulously. . 18.15. AZ . KYLE What the fuck. reaches for the bottle.S. MALE VOICE (O.) (CONT’D) Get the fuck up. A BOOT suddenly appears and gives Kyle a rather hard jab in the stomach. and Charlie collects his winnings. Rod? ROD lights a cigarette before answering. Kyle stirs. Kyle's EYES shoot open.) Get up. snoring loudly. CHARLIE You mean. lies passed out on a dirty bed.TEN YEARS AGO KYLE HIGGINS. CHARLIE (CONT'D) I hated that year for the same reason we'll never forget that night. Charlie throws back the shot. though his eyes are still closed. CHARLIE (CONT'D) Kyle Higgins. other than graduation night? Charlie leans forward. DANNY (CONT’D) Why'd you hate our senior year? That was one of our best years there. emaciated MAN stands over him.BEDROOM . and he pushes the boot away from him. INT. KYLE'S HOME . and doesn't look to Danny as he answers. A haggard.S. MALE VOICE (O.
towering over Rod. KYLE (CONT’D) Get out of this house you miserable shit. ROD Why would I do that? Especially when your mom's disability checks are so easy to cash. lies awake in his bed. AZ . and collapses back on to his pillow. Rod flashes with anger. ROD (CONT’D) It'll only be a few more weeks before I convince her to kick your ass to the curb. Rod throws Kyle back on to his bed. 30. INT. To his right. KATE.16. sleeps. . his girlfriend. and spins Kyle around. Rod exits the room.MORNING (FOUR DAYS AGO) SUPER: APACHE JUNCTION. holding him tight in a choke hold. now 28. KYLE (CONT’D) Christ! Kyle LEAPS from his bed.BEDROOM . He grabs the man by the collar and pushes him up against a wall. the morning sun shining through the window. KYLE Tell her to go fuck herself. ROD Your mom says to get your lazy ass out of bed. and flicks the lit cigarette on to Kyle's face. but Rod is faster. KYLE'S APARTMENT . directly in his eyes. leaving Kyle fuming with rage. who doesn't at all seem worried. Kyle moves to punch. ROD (CONT'D) Now get the fuck to school.FOUR DAYS AGO Kyle. Kyle shakes his head. Kyle rises quietly from the bed.
KYLE Sorry if I woke you.MOMENTS LATER Kyle sits in a patio chair. then leans against the porch railing. . EXT. KATE I need to head home. She steps through the back door. I'll see you tonight. two coffee mugs in hand. Kate hands him one of the mugs. KATE (CONT’D) You have work today? KYLE Just a side-job in Tempe. Above a photograph of a gruesome car accident is a bold headline: "FATAL POST-GRADUATION ACCIDENT KILLS 1.BACK PORCH . exits. He stuffs the clipping into a pocket as Kate steps on to the porch. KATE You didn't. He takes a long drag from the cigarette as he reads over the NEWSPAPER. I have to be at work in a few hours. INJURES 2 MOUNTAIN VIEW GRADS.17. and a yellowing newspaper clipping in the other. a lit cigarette in one hand. Kate leans in. KATE Will you be done by six? KYLE I should be. KYLE'S APARTMENT . KATE How about dinner at my place tonight? KYLE Sounds good." As Kyle stares intently at the photo. the sliding glass door behind him opens. kisses Kyle.
MOUNTAIN VIEW H. The three step on to the school's COURTYARD and pass SARA GALLAGHER. 18. as she heads in the opposite direction. so I've got the house to myself for the next week.MORNING (TEN YEARS AGO) SUPER: MESA. Plus. Kyle pulls the crumpled news article from his pocket. AZ .18. SETH I'm sure your parents will be thrilled. Alone once more. NICOLE (to Sara) You coming? SARA I'm gonna go get Ryan.TEN YEARS AGO PARKING LOT Seth and Nicole walk hand-in-hand to the school's main building. EXT. NICOLE They're missing your graduation? DANNY Doesn't bother me any. They drove out to New Mexico to be with her. . I'm moving the party to my place. The three continue on to the school's building while Sara moves to the .S. Danny climbs from his car. Just ahead of them. Tell Everett we'll be there in a few minutes. I wasn't too thrilled about having it at Kelly's anyway. we get to keep the guest list short. DANNY My sister went into labor this morning. this way. DANNY Change of plans for tonight.
I'll make it up to you. SARA Sorry. that's one way to get my attention. why? RYAN Because the locker room is deserted. runs along the track. SARA (whispers) No dice. SARA Much like the shower you're about to take. He kisses her. but just before their lips touch. Ryan laughs. she moves to his ear. FOOTBALL FIELD where RYAN TABOR. but she holds on tight. Sara watches as Ryan slows down.19. holds her tight. When she does let go. 18. then tries to pull away. SARA (CONT’D) How did I know I'd find you here? RYAN I'm a creature of habit. Ryan is bemused. But don't worry. RYAN What time is it? SARA Five to eight. RYAN (CONT’D) Well. couldn't resist. then moves toward her to grab a towel from the bleachers. You just look so damn good when you're all sweaty. clears his throat. She leans in to kiss him. RYAN That's just cold. we've got the entire night to ourselves. .
29. His eyes rest on his right WRIST. He slowly undoes the cuff.AFTERNOON (FOUR DAYS AGO) SUPER: GLENDALE. SARA I love you. RYAN Sorry. She pulls away from Ryan. (Sara turns) I love you. sits quietly at the kitchen counter. covered by the sleeve of his white shirt. when a door OPENS nearby.KITCHEN . RYAN'S APARTMENT . revealing a LONG. then rolls the sleeve up. JAKE (CONT’D) Hey! Ryan snaps from his daze as Jake stores the groceries. THICK SCAR running vertically from his elbow to the tip of his wrist. RYAN Hey. turns. Gallagher. walks in and places grocery bags on the counter as he gives Ryan a quick once-over. not acknowledging Jake's appearance.FOUR DAYS AGO Ryan. AZ .20. Cochise? . She smiles brightly. JAKE What's up with you? Ryan only stares at the scar. Ryan stares at the scar. SARA (CONT'D) I'm heading to class. too. I'll tell Everett you might need a few minutes to yourself. an opened beer bottle next to him. now 28. walks back to him. and kisses him once more. a deep sadness in his eyes. INT. Ryan's roommate. JAKE. JAKE What's going on.
what. you still manage to blame yourself for what happened. Ryan looks away defiantly. even though there was fuck-all you could've done to stop it. JAKE You don't say? Ryan catches the sarcasm. man. JAKE (CONT'D) We've known each other. RYAN My ten year reunion is on Saturday. You knew the day was coming. JAKE Christ. Ryan looks away from Jake. then turns to Ryan. but Jake cuts him off. Ryan shakes his head. now? And every May it's the same routine: you turn into this emotional trainwreck. start questioning every decision you made that day. And when it's all over. You're not going. but hurt. tense.21. how many times are we going to have this exact same conversation? Ryan tries to speak. RYAN What's that supposed to mean? JAKE Well. . it's not like this is any surprise. but doesn't respond. Jake suddenly stops. RYAN Why would I? Jake rolls his eyes and shuts the refrigerator door a little too hard. six years. JAKE (CONT'D) Let me guess.
22. Ryan looks back down to the scar. and walks out of the kitchen immediately. RYAN What good could come from going? Ryan eyes his friend intently before speaking. RYAN Then what the hell should I do? JAKE I don't know! Go to the reunion. . Change the routine. JAKE What bad could come from going? Jake doesn't wait for Ryan to respond.