Footsteps Episode #1 "Working Through Suicide" By Nikko Nguyen
EXT. SUBURBIA - DAY NICK age 19 steps onto the sidewalk from a walkway from one of the houses, next to TIM age 20 who walks beside him. The two walk down the street. Nick plays with a worry stone in his hand. TIM So whats YOUR take on this whole thing called life? NICK What do you mean? TIM Well, how would you define life in this time and place, within this dimension of reality, and from what you’ve learned so far being alive in general? NICK That’s....such a broad question. A pause. NICK I’m not too sure how to answer that exactly. TIM Well just humor me with what you’ve got. NICK Alright, then I would have to say life can have its ups and downs, sometimes one outweighs the other. Generally speaking life is life, its the most challenging puzzle known to man, and within this life that is given, you just gotta see it through. Kinda like watching a movie you know? TIM So you would define life pretty much just like any other person would then?
CONTINUED: NICK Well how else would you define it? JOSH A waste of time!
Tim and Nick look around to see where the faceless voice came from. JOSH Now get the fuck away from my house! Can’t you see I’m a bit busy here? Tim and Nick look up and see a man in his mid 20’s standing on the edge of the highest portion of his house. TIM We’re on public property! Fuck off! NICK (embarrassed) Lets just get out of here... TIM No fuck this noise! I’m gonna smoke a cigarette right here. JOSH Go the fuck away! Unless you want to see my brains splattered all over the sidewalk! An Awkward pause. NICK Wait, are you gonna jump? JOSH Look at the big brains on brad! NO SHIT SHERLOCK!! TIM (To Nick) Let me handle this... NICK I don’t know if you’re professionally qualified to handle a situation likeTim takes a step forward towards the house Josh is going to jump from.
TIM So you think its worth it to jump? Then do it pussy! Fucking jump! NICK (Whispering) WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!?? TIM I got this!...(He turns back to Josh) Well? are you gonna do it or not? I’m fucking waiting! JOSH Don’t tempt me asshole or I will! TIM FUCK YOU! I know Mormons with more suicidal tendencies than you! If you’re gonna jump, then jump you fuck! Nick just puts his face into his hands. JOSH You think I won’t do it? TIM In fact I know you won’t! You know why? Cause if you really wanted to jump then you would have done so already! Nick pulls out his phone. NICK Jesus Christ dude! Seriously stop! Your not helping anything! Just let me call someone to deal with this crazy shit! Tim grabs it out of Nick’s hand and throws it. TIM I told you! I got this! JOSH Fuck you assholes! Can’t someone just die alone and in peace? TIM Naw man! I’m gonna give you shit even LONG after your dead, you know (MORE) (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: TIM (cont’d) why? Cause your a selfish, self-loathing, uncaring, destructive person! You only care about what YOU are dealing with, and not the consequences that follow after! I’ve had several friends commit suicide believing it was best for THEMSELVES, when really, what about the rest of us that care? What about those that love and cherish your company? What about those that DO care? JOSH But nooneTIM -FUCK THAT, you know thats bullshit! So what are you waiting for? Jump you fucktard! And when your brains are splattered all over the place, I’m gonna piss on it; knowing that I actually care about shit, unlike YOUR narcissistic ass. People like you make me sick! A few beats pass. TIM C’mon dude, lets go..
Josh starts to bawl and turns around to go back inside. Tim starts to walk down the street while Nick continues to stand. NICK What the fuck just happened? Tim pulls out a rolled ’cigarette’. TIM I just saved someone’s life, thats what happened. NICK But how did youTIM -Know? like I said, I’ve known several people who’ve jumped. They had reasons to. This guy didn’t. I could tell just by the way he was talking. (CONTINUED)
Tim lights his cigarette and Nick walks up behind Tim and walks with him. NICK I have no idea how to gauge what you just did. Are you a saint? Or a Devil? TIM Depends on the church I walk out of. Tim and Nick walk past the Camera. FADE TO: BLACK