Trust - Interactive Script

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INT.BEDROOM-NIGHT

 

Two teenagers, JESSICA and CALEB, lie on a messy double sized mattress looking at the ceiling. Jessica is short with black hair pulled into a messy bun and brown eyes, she wears an oversized hoodie and black pants; with her hands resting on her stomach. Caleb is tall and lean, but not quite filled out, with brown wavy shoulder length hair and green eyes. He lies next to her in an old long sleeve shirt and jeans, with his hands behind his head. Warm light comes from the side table lamp and illuminates the dirty beige walls. The muffled sound of barking dogs and sirens can be heard in the distance. Jessica and Caleb finish laughing and Caleb sighs.

 

Caleb

So, have you thought about what you're gonna do after graduation?

 

Jessica

                                                                                        Option 1: Travel, obviously.


                                                                                        Option 2: No idea.


                                                                                        Option 3: Say nothing

 

1. Travel, obviously.

 

Jessica

Oh ya I've got it all mapped out, I'm going to catch

a flight to somewhere warm and get a tan. Maybe I'll

go to L.A. and become a world-renowned actress!

 

Caleb

Oh really?

 

Jessica

Damn right! You know, as soon as I get some money...

 

 

[Back to Critical Path]

 

2.No idea.

 

Jessica

Honestly, I-I just don't know. It's not like I can afford

to go to school. Ha! Maybe I'll just work at chuck's until

I have money to get outa here. Or maybe I'll never leave...

 

Caleb

Nah, there's no way I can see you stuck in the narrows when you're old and wrinkly.

 

 

[Back to Critical Path]

 

3. Say nothing

 

Caleb

Ha, I'll take that as a no then. Don't worry, same here.

I'm sure things will work out. It's not like everyone gets

stuck in the narrows.

 

 

[Back to Critical Path]

 

CRITICAL PATH - Options from this point on will affect the relationship. Keep track of the numbers you choose (Ex. 1 & 3)

 

Caleb and Jessica turn to one another trying to suppress smiles and burst into laughter. They both calm down and Caleb turns to Jessica.

 

Caleb

But in all seriousness, there's uh something I want to ask you,

I mean I've been meaning to talk to you about this for a

while...that is I-um...

 

Caleb stops to take a deep breath and Jessica turns to face him fully.

 

Oh man, okay look there's going to be a lot of changes in the

next bit and I just wanted to tell you that I-

 

Caleb is cut off by the sound of a door slamming shut downstairs. Muffled cursing and erratic footsteps are followed by a brief silence and then the breaking of glass. Jessica and Caleb look to one another, they are worried and move to get off the bed. Both teens are tense as they slowly move towards the bedroom door. On the other side of the door they can hear the creaking of the stairs and then someone stumbling just outside. Caleb's name is called by a high-pitched slurred voice. His shoulders relax and he turns to Jessica.

 

Caleb

Crap, it's my mum. She's been on a bender the past

few days...let me handle this Jess.

 

Caleb opens the door to see his mother, MS. FOSTER, leaning on the hallway wall to keep herself from falling. Her eyes are glazed over and her ratty cardigan is falling off one of her shoulders.

 

Ms. Foster

I'm out all day working and *hic* now you have

people over? I told you I don't want anyone in my

GOD DAMN HOUSE Caleb!

 

Caleb walks to his mother with outstretched arms leaving Jessica's side.

 

Caleb

I know mum, I'm sorry. Let's get you to bed.

 

Ms. Foster pushes Caleb away and almost falls over, she catches herself on the wall while Caleb stumbles back with his hands up.

 

Ms. Foster

Get the hel-hic* away from me, I'll go when ready.

 

Jessica

                                                                                                   Option 1: Hey!


                                                                                                   Option2: Let's take it easy.


                                                                                                   Option 3: Say nothing.

 

1.Hey!

Jessica

Don't you dare push him! Who the hell do you think you are?

 

Ms. Foster

I'm his mother! You disrespectful brat (slurred).

 

Jessica moves to put herself between the two but Caleb stops her. Caleb gives Jessica a pointed look.

 

Caleb

Jess, I'm fine, I told you I've got this.

 

 

[Back to Critical Path]

 

2. Let's take it easy.

 

Jessica

Okay, let's take it easy huh? We're all good here there's

no need to push each other. Caleb just wants to help you out.

 

Ms. Foster

Help me?

 

She pauses to laugh. Her face goes sullen and she looks to Jessica, eyes glossy.

 

He could have helped me by not being born!

 

Jessica looks awkwardly between Ms. Foster and Caleb, who is only looking at Ms. Foster.

 

 

[Back to Critical Path]

 

3. Say nothing

 

Jessica shifts awkwardly in the background looking between Caleb and Ms. Foster.

 

[Back to Critical Path]

 

CRITICAL PATH

 

Ms. Foster stumbles back and points at Jessica.

 

Ms. Foster

Don't you look at me like that...

 

Jessica and Caleb look at each other confused.

 

Like I'm not a good mother? You have no idea

what I had to give up. My family, friends, husband

they all left as soon as this *hic*

 

Ms. Foster waves her hand in Caleb's direction as her tears begin to fall.

 

one showed up.

 

Caleb steps forward bowing his head and rubbing his neck.

 

Caleb

I know, I'm sorry mum...It's okay.

 

Jessica

                                                                                            Option 1: No it's not!


                                                                                            Option 2: It's okay.


                                                                                            Option 3: Say nothing.

 

1.No it's not!

 

Jessica looks to Caleb.

 

Jessica

No. It's not okay that she treats you like this!

 

Jessica moves to face Ms. Foster.

 

If you really cared about Caleb, if you were a good

mother, you would have got a  job and stopped

living your life like this!

 

Ms. Foster leans forwards and snarls. Her crying becomes choked sobs.

 

Ms. Foster

Oh an-hic* what are you doing with your life that's

so great huh? *sniff* You come over here, ea-eat our

food, live off what we got!

 

Caleb

Enough! Both of you, Christ. Jess what the hell I

told you I'd handle this.

 

Caleb turns to look at Ms. Foster.

 

 

 

Mum, it's time for bed, let's go.

 

 

[Back to Critical Path]

 

2. It's okay.

 

Jessica

It's alright Ms. Foster, I know being a single

mum is hard but-

 

Ms. Foster

Do you?

 

Ms. Foster turns to look at Caleb.

 

*sniff* I didn't leave like your father, I *hic* I

could have let the state take you but I didn't Caleb

I didn't do it *sniff*...

 

Jessica

I'm sure they didn't leave because of Caleb, sometimes,

well life sucks an-and it's not fair, I know it's not okay

and it hurts, but taking it out on Caleb won’t make it better.

 

Caleb gives Jessica a sad smile and looks at Ms. Foster.

 

Caleb

 

 

 

 

Alright mum, let's go, it's time for bed.

 

 

[Back to Critical Path]

 

3. Say nothing

 

Jessica focuses her attention the ground and avoids eye contact with Caleb and Ms. Foster.

 

[Back to Critical Path]

 

CRITICAL PATH

 

Ms. Foster breaks down crying and Caleb goes to hold her up. Caleb moves to usher Ms. Foster into her room. Ms. Foster's speech devolves into slurs and incoherent mumblings.

 

Ms. Foster

That bastard. You *sniff* look so much like him Caleb. *hic*

What a waste...

 

Caleb looks back at Jessica.

 

OUTCOME- These are based on options while in conversation with Ms. Foster (last two options picked).

 

1.Picked options 1 & 1 (Confront Ms. Foster twice)

Caleb

I asked you to stay out of it...you should leave. Now.

 

 

2.Picked options 1 & 3 in either order (Confront Ms. Foster and say nothing)

Caleb

I...I think you should go.

 

 

3.Picked options 3 & 3 (Say nothing)

Caleb

You should get home, I'll see you tomorrow.

 

 

4.Picked options 1 & 2 in either order (Confront Ms. Foster and support Caleb)

Caleb

I'm sorry about this, but you should go.

 

5.Picked options 2 & 3 in either order (Support Caleb and say nothing)

Caleb

I'm sorry about this, I'll talk to you later okay?

 

6.Picked options 2 & 2 (Support Caleb)

Caleb

Thanks for having my back, I'll see you at school

 tomorrow.

 

Caleb turns around walks in the dark bedroom carrying Ms. Foster. Jessica turns to leave.

 

FADE TO BLACK

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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