INT. PARTY HOUSE - NIGHT
Scattered liquor bottles lay on the cold floor. To the right is the toilet, soaked in dried vomit. In the background faint sounds of music and laughter.
All the sudden a foot moves. Your attention is drawn to the GIRL who is lying on the floor. Her shoes are colored with permanent marker. Her eyes have rolled back in her head and her mouth is full of vomit.
As she lies there choking, she desperately grabs at whatever she can (on her wrist is a black wrist band), the wall, the cabinet, trying to lift herself up.
EXT. MADDIE’S HOUSE (DRIVEWAY)-DAY
Steph jumps out of the front seat of her parent’s mini van.
Steph is already half way up the driveway.
Before Steph can ring the doorbell, MADDIE, wearing a tube top and short cut-offs, swings open the door, almost falling into Steph’s arms in an over-emphatic hug.
Maddie grabs Steph’s hand and leads her into the house.
The furniture is worn and old. Steph looks around as if she is experiencing a whole new world.
As the screen door opens to the back porch, we see MADDIE’S MOM (early 30’s, looks like the older sister) stretched out on a beach towel in a sexy red bikini.
This is my momma…this is Stephanie
Hugs her mom
(Removing her sun glasses)
Nice to meet you
(Knows something is up)
So what is it? Money or a ride?
Maddison…can’t you walk, I’m so tired.
There’s some in my purse.
(Kisses her mom on the cheek)
Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!
The girls are already headed back into the house.
EXT. STRIP MALL-EVENING
The girls are walking into Jewel.
ANA is outside smoking a cigarette.
What took you guys so long?
Um, we had to walk…
Ana throws her cigarette on the ground and steps on it. She tries to be serious and cool but breaks into a smile. Her smile emits an undeniable and lovable energy.
Whatever, smartass… lets go “shopping.”
INT. JEWEL’S COSMETIC DEPARTMENT-EVENING
Ana finds a tube of lipstick she likes and slips it into her purse. Steph watches her.
Ana looks up and motions for Steph do to the same.
INT. STEPH’S HOUSE-EVENING
Steph walks into the kitchen, wearing more make-up and less clothes. Her mom looks up from making dinner and stares at her little princess.
Nothing, it’s just…are those new?
I think they might be a little too revealing for 13…
Whatever, mom. Everybody wears this stuff
Well everybody isn’t my daughter
What? That doesn’t even make sense!
Take those clothes off before dinner, or you wont be doing anything this weekend
STEPH’S DAD (O.S.)
Do what your mother tells you
INT. STEPH’S BEDROOM-EVENING
Steph slams the door to her bedroom and kicks the wall.
STEPH (to herself)
She rips off her wrist band and kneels down in front of her bed. She pulls open the bottom drawer of her nightstand and pulls out a small pear knife.
Her wrist is covered in small scars; obviously she hasn’t cut in a long time.
She puts the knife to her skin and is just about to cut
She drops the knife.
INT. THOMPSON JR. HIGH CAFETERIA-DAY
Students mingle at their individual tables, “the preps” “the goths” “the ghetto kids”, etc.
Steph and NIKKI are in the lunch line.
So why didn’t you call me last night?
I don’t know, got busy
Those girls are just fucking with you…
Steph walks away
INT. MADDIE’S HOUSE-DAY
Maddie walks into the living room and turns on the light. The house is obviously empty. She goes over to the answering machine and presses ‘play.’ As she listens to the messages, she plops down on the couch and turns on the TV. There is a message from her dad.
hey Mad, it’s me, Dad. I know you were looking forward to coming to see me, but I just got kicked out of my house…I’m afraid you won’t be able to come stay with me…fuck, tell your mother to call me-I’m a little strapped for cash…(Phone hangs up)
She turns her head to the side and sees her mothers’ cigarettes sitting on the coffee table. She takes one from the pack and lights it.
INT. MADDIE’S HOUSE (LIVING ROOM)-DAY
Maddie and Ana are sitting on the couch
I dare you to fuck James
Ok? That’s random
No, I’ll do any dare. I don’t care.
INT. CHOIR ROOM-DAY
Steph and Ana are sitting in the corner, off to themselves.
You know Maddie’s really gonna do it, don’t you?
Yeah I know, but it’s her life. If she wants to do it we can’t really stop her
I still can’t believe James really wants to do it. He’s like a macho jock
What can I say? The kid’s desperate and Maddie’s a whore
INT. MADDIE’S HOUSE-DAY
Steph, Ana, Maddie and JAMES (tall, wearing his basketball jersey) walk into Maddie’s house.
Wull, you two have fun fucking each other’s brains out, aight?
She makes herself comfortable on the couch
(To Maddie, nervous)
We gotta hurry, my mom’s picking me up for religion class soon...
Maddie takes James’s hand and leads him into her bedroom, where she closes the door behind them.
INT. CHOIR ROOM-DAY
The bleachers are full of the 70+ person choir, all of them a buzz with gossip. The teacher is no where to be found.
Students start to yell from one side of the room to the other
Did they really do it?
Yeah, I heard Maddie screwed Jim…
What a skank!
Yeah, I hate that girl…
Maddie watches the clock, while tears well up in her eyes.
The bell rings and Maddie runs out of the room.
INT. SCIENCE CLASSROOM-DAY
Some GUYS are free-styling about the girls and Maddie’s situation
As they rap, we see Steph and LAUREN sitting on a table, flirting with the guys.
The teacher walks in and looks pissed, but about ready to give up
Alright you guys, take your seats and let’s begin class
The class takes their time, but eventually everybody ends up in their seat.
While the teacher begins to teach, the camera and most audio is focused on Steph and ULYSSES, who are sitting at the back of the room. Ulysses is one of the popular boys; he is Latino and has a great boyish grin.
(Raises his eyebrows)
So how’s Maddie?
Don’t. I don’t want to hear another word about it.
Ok, ok… but I think you will want some of us this…
Ulysses turns around and talks to a guy sitting behind him. The guy hands him a paper bag. Ulysses turns back around with a mischievous grin on his face
I am SO in
Hold on, hold on. Let me show you how to do this
Our view widens to see TAWNI, who is sitting next to Steph
Uh huh, right
You gotta hold one nostril shut like this, right? Put it up to your nose and suck in real deep, like that.
Yeah, too bad no one cares
She grabs the bag away from him while he is in mid snort and huffs it herself. She than passes it on to Tawni. They pass the bag around, while playing a game of ‘football’ with a paper and their fingers.
(Looking at the bag)
You know, I heard somewhere if you do this shit everyday for a week, you die.
It feels like my brain’s exploding!
(Mimics rapper Nelly)
“Me and my niggas getting high, igh, igh…”
“Yo, if you look up in the sky, y, y…”
STEPH AND ULYSSES
“You could see us floating by, y, y…”
Cut to Steph and Lauren piling out of the classroom. Steph is wobbling and holding her head.
This is what, like the third day in a row?
My head is about to explode…
Steph almost knocks into somebody
Yeah, there’s a person there
They start walking down the stairs
Steph blacks out. Lauren catches her and she wakes up a little bit.
Her friend carries her down the stairs.
They get to Steph’s locker
You aight now?
Yeah, yeah…I’m ok…
Lauren leaves. Steph leans against her locker.
KATIE walks up next to Steph
Hey, what’s wrong wit you?
Steph brushes off the question with a “don’t ask” hand gesture
Anyway, I heard something about Maddie
People are saying that she paid Jim $500 to sleep with her
What? That’s fucken crazy
I know…I gotta get to class, are you sure you’re ok?
Katie walks away leaving Steph alone in the hallway. The bell rings.
Steph turns around and bangs her head against the locker in frustration. She falls down against the locker and passes out
INT. ANA’S HOUSE-NIGHT
Ana is lying on her bed, on the phone
Get off my fucking phone!
ANA (to mom)
I gotta go, I’ll call ya later. (Pause) you too, bye
She hangs up the phone.
INT. ANA’S HOUSE (BATHROOM)-NIGHT
Ana looks in the mirror at her black eye. She tries to cover it with make-up but it won’t cover it. She throws the bottle.
She then looks up at the mirror again. She stares back at herself, looking long and hard.
Fades to black
INT. STEPH’S HOUSE-DAY
We see Steph walk in the front door. She climbs the stairs and walks into the kitchen. Her mom is cooking dinner, through the walk-way we see her dad is at the computer.
Hi, make sure you do your homework right away tonight. Your grades have been slipping.
So I’m not an A student anymore.
Watch your attitude.
Strong feeling of aloneness.
Cut to Steph walking into her room.
She throws down her backpack. She lies on her bed, tapping her foot. Incredibly anxious. She picks up the phone and dials the number.
Welcome to Sexy Singles. Meet local, sexy singles and connect live. You must be 18 or older to use this service…
Fade into Steph talking on the phone with a smile on her face. She loves the attention.
You really think my voice is sexy?
We see a close-up of Steph’s smile.
INT. SCHOOL BATHROOM-NIGHT
The bathroom is filled with garbage and graffiti.
We see Steph’s feet on top of the toilet. We are drawn up to see Steph holding a water bottle full of beer. She looks over at Ana who is in the stall next to her, also holding a bottle of beer.
To a great night…
To a great night without drama…
They toast and take their first drink.
Steph gets down from the toilet and looks up and Ana who is looking over the stall. Ana smiles at her, but there is still an utter sadness in her eyes.
Maddie and Steph are lying on her bed in pajamas.
Maddie jumps up onto her knees.
Let’s pierce our belly buttons!
Cut to Maddie sitting on a chair with the skin above her belly button pinched together with hair clips. Steph is kneeling in front of her.
As Steph is about to put the needle to Maddie’s skin, they are interrupted by Steph’s mother opening the door.
Steph hides the needle behind her.
What are you two doing?
Oh, ok…just wanted to tell you that we’re going to bed now.
She closes the door
Aight, go, go!
Steph pulls out the needle and pushes it through Maddie’s stomach.
(Almost in tears)
It’s almost through!
Steph pushes the needle through the rest of the way, while Maddie tries not to cry
I heard a pop!
Cut to Steph in the bathroom. She watches in the mirror as she pushes the needle through her belly button.
As the needle goes through, she leans against the wall and lets out a sigh of relief
Maddie and Lauren are sitting on the sidewalk, both smoking cigarettes.
A school bus stops a couple houses down and JAKE gets off.
Jake is older, wearing baggy clothes and a sideways hat.
Maddie and Jake make googly-eyes at each other
Oh my god, Lauren, who is that?
Who? Oh, that’s Jake…he goes to alternative school
Well I’m going over to say hi
Maddie don’t…he is way too old…
Maddie ignores her and walks over to Jake.
They start flirting
Fine…go…I’m not saying anything important
She shouts to Maddie
Maddie I gotta go home…I got curfew
Maddie brushes her off with a wave but doesn’t loose eye contact with Jake.
Lauren leaves as the sun is going down.
Cut to Jake and Maddie cuddling/making out on the swing in his yard.
INT. MADDIE’S HOUSE-LATE EVENING
Maddie’s mom comes home.
Maddie, you home?
She checks Maddie’s room, but she isn’t there
What the hell?
She picks up the phone and calls Ana’s house
Hello, this is Maddie’s mother, is Maddie over there by any chance? (Pause) Oh, ok….well tell Leeanna if she talks to Maddie that she needs to get her ass home now. Ok…thanks, bye.
She hangs up the phone.
Cut to the front door. MADDIE’S GRANDMA (Sweet, grandma type) walks in.
We see Maddie’s mom’s fingers, crossed in front of her face. They are tapping, as is her foot against the floor.
Have you heard anything?
Maddie’s mom’s hand grabs the keys off the coffee table. She gets up from the couch, this is the first time we see her whole body, and runs out the door.
EXT. LAUREN’S HOUSE (DOORWAY)-LATE EVENING
Maddie’s mom and grandparents are standing at Lauren’s door, talking to her
The last time I saw her was like two hours ago…I left her with Jake…
EXT. JAKE’S HOUSE-LATE EVENING
We see Maddie’s face as she hides in the basement of Jake’s house. She watches up the stairs as her mom talks to Jake
So you swear you haven’t seen her since then?
Look, lady, she said she had to get home before you and she started walking. That’s all I know.
Jake shuts the door. Shots with Maddie and Jake having sex are mixed with Maddie’s mom coming home and curling up in bed next to the phone, wide awake and worried as hell.
INT. JR. HIGH HALLWAY-DAY
Steph walks in to school in the morning. Lauren runs up to her, totally hysterical
Please tell me Maddie’s here and she’s alright
Lor, calm down, what the hell is going on?
Don’t you know? Nobody’s seen Maddie since last night. I left her with Jacob
Who the hell is Jacob?
INT. CHOIR ROOM-DAY
The whole group is talking, obviously are all upset
He’s 16, he was kicked out of school. I left her with the worst possible person.
She probably ran away…
She stops in mid-sentence, her attention drawn to the doorway.
We follow her stare-there Maddie stands in the doorway, hair wet and messy, same clothes from yesterday, with a huge smirk on her face.
She walks over to the group and gives Steph a hug, still smirking
What the fuck are you smiling for?
Because… I just got out of the shower with Jake…
Maddie looks at her like she is waiting for a “Great Job” but all Steph does is stare at her in disbelief
INT. MADDIE’S HOUSE-DAY
Maddie and her mother are in the living room. Her mom is furious.
Do you know what its like to not have your daughter come home at night?
This is funny to you? What the hell is wrong with you?