INTERIOR. OFFICE – AFTERNOON
Chris walks into Stanley and Thomas’s office. Thomas is slowly dipping a tea bag into hot water, while Stanley chows down on an egg sandwich.
Chris- So you’re getting rid of me?
Stanley and Thomas look up at Chris.
Thomas- “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
Chris- William Shakespeare.
Thomas- That’s right. I truly believe you fit all three Chris.
Thomas stands up and starts to walk around his desk.
Thomas- Chris, when you came in here a few months ago I was eager to see if you wanted to learn. Stanley will tell you, I’m always eager to teach. I would say, it’s one of my passions in life. Over the last few months your hard work and dedication has proven to not just me, but Stanley too, that you want to make it in the industry.
Thomas- I don’t believe you’re quite ready to be a Hollywood writer.
Chris looks down at the floor in disappointment.
Thomas- But I do think you’re on your way to being a great New York writer.
Chris slowly looks up and smiles.
Stanley- We aren’t trying to get rid of you Chris. We’re letting you move to the next step on your journey to being a writer.
Thomas- A great, writer.
Stanley- Absolutely. Chris, you can’t be a production assistant your whole life. You need to learn a skill. That’s why Thomas and I called in a favor.
Chris gets a little emotional.
Chris- Wow I uh, I can’t thank you enough. These past few months have taken me to my limit. I don’t think I could have handled one more set back. This opportunity moving back home couldn’t have come at a better time.
Chris- I didn’t want to bother you with my problems, but uh, I’ve been living in a hostel for a little over a week.
Stanley- What happened to your apartment?
Chris- Lack of work happened. So I had to do what I had to do. But unfortunately last night we were robbed, by our roommates.
Stanley rises from his chair. He walks over to Chris and stares into his eyes.
Stanley- Thomas I must apologize, you were right.
Stanley turns to Thomas.
Stanley- This kid wants it. He wants to be great.
Thomas- Now you’re saying this?
Stanley looks back at Chris.
Stanley- I can see it in his eyes.
Stanley smiles and pats Chris on the back.
Thomas- I know it’s short notice we got you this job. Are you going to be able to make it to New York? Do you need help?
Chris- You mean, like money? No, no I’ll be okay. I just sold my car, so I have some cash.
Thomas- Good, then I guess you better get out here.
Chris- Yeah, I gotta go find my girl.
Stanley- Have a safe trip, Chris.
Chris turns to leave the office.
Thomas- Uh Chris?
Thomas- Before you go, I just want to let you know you have homework.
Thomas- That’s right. When you get back we want to read your movie.
Chris- My movie?
Stanley- Yes! Your movie!
Chris- You’re letting me write?
Stanley(sarcastic)- Don’t get too excited. We all know it’s gonna be crap.
Chris- Okay, sounds good. By the time I get back, I’ll be a screenwriter.
Chris turns and walks out of the office.
INTERIOR. LIVING ROOM – AFTERNOON
Britney and Nick are fooling around on their couch. Britney takes off her shirt.
Nick(smiles)- Shucky ducky.
Nick unbuckles his pants.
INTERIOR. HALLWAY – AFTERNOON
Samantha walks up to Nick and Britney’s apartment and knocks on the door. She hears sounds of people fumbling about.
Britney(voice over)- Hold on!
Samantha stares at the door with her hands on her hips.
Nick(voice Over)- Be right there!
Samantha Knocks again.
INTERIOR. LIVING ROOM – AFTERNOON
Nick walks over to the door and looks back at Britney before opening the door.
Nick- You good?
Britney pulls her shirt over her head.
Britney- Yeah, I’m good.
Nick swings open the door, see Samantha’s look of disgust.
Samantha- Ugh, what were you doing?
Samantha walks in passing Nick.
Britney- Uh, you know, just cleaning.
Samantha- Mm hmm. Anyway Brit can I talk to you?
Britney- Yeah sure, whats up?
Samantha turns and looks at Nick.
Nick- Oh, don’t mind me. I was gonna watch some TV.
Samantha- Get out!
Britney- Honey, can you just give us a few minutes.
Nick turns around and grabs his keys mumbling as he walks out.
Nick- Gonna tell me to leave my own house. Like I don’t pay the damn rent.
Nick slams the door.
Britney- Okay come, sit down and tell me your problems.
Samantha walks over and takes a seat on the couch. She looks at Britney, then plops her head onto Britney’s lap.
Britney(concerned)- Sam, what’s wrong?
Samantha- Alex told me he loves me and wanted to be with me.
Samantha- Right! Like what a stupid thing to do! That was a few days ago. So today I wake my ass up early, come all the way to New York to surprise him with some sex and he has some chick up in his bed!
Britney- Some chick?
Samantha- Yes! Now I’m standing there looking dumb has hell cause I had no clothes on underneath my jacket.
Britney- Was this chick Spanish, by any chance?
Samantha- Yes she was! She was your co-worker you dumb bitch!
Britney- Oh my God! Sam I’m so sorry!
Samantha lifts her head and stares at Britney.
Britney- Sam you have to know, I didn’t think you still wanted Alex!
Samantha- I don’t! I just don’t want any other chick with him!
Britney- Sam, you need to grow up. I’m sorry boo boo but, Alex is an attractive man. You had your chance.
Samantha- Well then I want another.
Britney- It doesn’t always work that way sweetie.
Samantha starts breathing heavy and shaking her leg.
Samantha- But I was going to tell him I loved him too.
Britney puts her arm around Samantha.
Britney- Sam, I’ve learned something about myself that I realized you , Kris and I do. We hide our feelings from the ones we care about the most. Almost like we don’t trust the guys that have always been there for us and we give ourselves to the asshole in life.
Samantha rolls her eyes.
Samantha- Ugh, I know.
Britney- Well, if you know, then you know you need to change. Alex is a great guy. I was tired of seeing him depressed. That’s why I hooked him up with Carla.
Britney- Maybe, just maybe it’s best you take some time away from Alex. Let him make the decision on whether to be with you or not.
Samantha- Why would I do that?
Britney- Because you’re the one that always does the breaking up. If he comes back to you this time… You’ll know he truly loves you.
Samantha stares off into the distance then lowers her head and sighs.
Samantha- Stupid boy better hurry up.
INTERIOR. BEDROOM – EVENING
Chris lays in bed reading when Wendy slowly open the door. Chris gets out of bed and they both stand at opposite ends of the room staring at each other. For a few moments not a word is spoken. Chris takes a deep breath.
Wendy- You hurt me.
Chris- I know and I’m sorry.
Wendy- Why did you say that to me?
Chris- Because I’m stupid. I was hurt and instead of telling you that, I just got angry.
Wendy- I don’t like it when you can’t express your feeling to me. I would think that we’ve been together long enough that we could tell each other anything.
Chris- We have and we can. I made a mistake. I didn’t know how to handle what I was feeling, but I should have told you. I shouldn’t have let it fester inside me for all these months.
Chris takes a step closer to Wendy.
Wendy- You know, the only reason I ever offered to do such a disgusting thing, is because I thought it would help us. As much as we needed the money… I should have taken your feelings about this whole thing more seriously. I’m sorry for not allowing you to be the man.
Wendy takes a step closer.
Chris- It’s not about me being “the man” or not. It was more so me not wanting the woman.
Chris pauses for a second.
Chris- The woman I care about, a lot, not doing something so degrading.
Wendy- I would do anything for you.
Chris- I know and I would do anything for us.
They stare quietly into each others eyes for a few moments. They walks closer until they are in each others arms hugging.
Chris- I’m sorry.
Wendy- No, I’m sorry.
Chris- Don’t ever leave my side.
Wendy- I’ll always be by your side.
They stand in the room holding each other tightly.
Chris- I love you, Wendy.
Wendy’s eyes open slowly and she takes a step back.
Wendy- What did you just say?
Chris- I said I love you.
Wendy face turns from shock to a smile.
Wendy- Oh baby, I love you too. I’ve loved you since the day you moved in. I’ve loved you since the first time you cooked for me. I’ve loved you since-
Chris- Wendy, Wendy, babe.
Chris- I have something I have to tell you.
Wendy- What is it?
Chris- I have a job.
Wendy jumps for joy.
Wendy- That great!
Chris- I know.
Wendy- When do you start!?!?
Chris- Next week.
Wendy- Where are you working!?!?
Wendy- Is that the name of the show!?!?
Chris- No, no that’s the location.
Wendy stops jumping and looks at Chris confused.
Wendy- I don’t get it. You’re leaving me? You just told me you love me and now you’re leaving me?
Wendy starts to tear up.
Chris- No, no , no babe. You’re taking this the wrong way.
Chris whips away a tear from Wendy’s face.
Chris- I want you to come with me.
Chris- I want you to come to New York with me.
Wendy- But, I don’t know. I’ve lived in L.A. my whole life.
Chris- Well, it’s time to branch out Wendy. It’s time to write a new chapter in the story of Chris and Wendy.
Chris reaches out his hand and pulls Wendy towards him.
Chris- Come with me?
Wendy thinks for a second.
Wendy- I don’t want to be anywhere else, but by your side.
Chris smiles and they kiss. They continue to kiss until they’re laying in bed.
EXTERIOR. SIDEWALK – MORNING
Chris closes the truck and walks up to Wendy, who is talking to Trinity. Trinity is crying as they say goodbye.
Trinity- I can’t believe you guys are leaving so soon. I’m gonna miss you so much!
Chris and Wendy have a confused look on their faces.
Wendy- Um, it’s only been a few days, Trinity.
Trinity- I know but we became hella close!
Chris whispers in Wendy’s ear.
Chris- Let’s get the hell outta here.
Wendy- Trinity, I’m sorry but we have to hit the road, okay?
Trinity(crying)- Okay. Drive safely guys! I love you!
They walk backwards waving at Trinity as she falls to the floor crying.
INTERIOR. CAR – MORNING
Chris and Wendy close the doors and put on their seat belts, Chris starts the car.
Chris- Okay, next stop New York City.
Chris and Wendy share a smile, then a kiss. They pull off and start their journey to the east coast.
INTERIOR. HALLWAY – EVENING
After three days of driving across country, Chris and Wendy arrive at Nick and Britney’s door step. Chris knocks. A few seconds later Nick swings open the door.
Nick grabs Chris under his arms the they start spinning in the hallway. Chris’s legs swinging in the air as Nick spins faster and faster and they yell louder and louder.
Nick and Chris- Whoa!
Britney walks into the hallway and stands next to Wendy.
Britney- Hi, I’m Britney.
Wendy- Nice to meet you Britney, I’m Wendy.
Britney- It’s nice to meet you too.
Wendy and Britney stare at Nick and Chris for a moment.
Britney- You wanna come inside for some tea?
Wendy- Sure, but what about them?
Britney looks at Nick and Chris.
Britney- They’ll tire themselves out.
Britney and Wendy walk into the apartment and close the door. Nick and Chris continue spinning in the hall way.