EXT. NEW RAWLEY LAKE- DAY (DAY 1)
FINN is in a BOAT teaching a class on the water.
Will, Scout, Hamilton, Jake and several other STUDENTS are floating in crew
shells beside him. Hamilton is reading aloud from a BOOK.
HAMILTON: "...I was astonished to see him in
Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samara."
(digesting this) Intense.
FINN: Yes. It is. So, what do you make of it?
HAMILTON: The guy thought he could outsmart death
by running off to Samara. But learned Death is just one of those things you just
FINN: Nice summary. But what's it really about?
WILL: Destiny. Life is predetermined. Nothing you
can do can alter your fate.
FINN: Believe that?
SCOUT: I'd like not to.
FINN: Why's that?
SCOUT: I'd rather have control over my own life.
FINN: Wouldn't we all. But there are some things
you just can't change.
SCOUT: That's often because you don't know how to
WILL: Or how to just deal with them.
FINN: But let's explore this. What can't you
JAKE: Your height.
HAMILTON: Your personality.
SCOUT: Your parents.
FINN: True. That you definitely can't change.
This hits home with Scout.
INT. DINER- DAY (DAY 1)
Bella is kicking back drinking a SODA, taking a
well-deserved break. Scout SPOTS her FROM THE SIDEWALK, and ENTERS. Slides into
the booth with her.
SCOUT: Buy me a Coke?
BELLA: (shrugging) Sorry, I'm just a poor working
SCOUT: Alright, then my treat.
She smiles. Slides her Coke across the table.
Shares with him.
SCOUT (cont'd): So... sorry about earlier. I mean
you must be totally freaked by this.
BELLA: I am. I was. I mean I thought I'd never
hear from her again. I just wonder... what she wants.
SCOUT: To see you. (catches himself) I guess.
Isn't that enough?
BELLA: Not for her. (then) And I am so not
sharing this with Grace or Charlie. Trust me, she would only make our lives
SCOUT: Bella, she's your mom.
BELLA: Hey. She forgot that a long time ago. I'm
a kid, why am I suppose to remember?
There is an awkward beat.
BELLA (cont'd): You know. I'm just adding it to
He looks at her quizzically.
BELLA: (cont'd): How I spent my summer vacation:
Fell in love with my brother. Met my real father. Well, not actually, more like
filled his tank with gas. And now, my mother resurfaces after ten years and
wants us to "get to know each other."
SCOUT: Fell in love?
BELLA: God. Scout. I was being dramatic. (then)
Anyway. As far as I'm concerned. I don't have a mother.
SCOUT: But aren't you at least curious?
She looks at him.
BELLA: This is MY MOM. Do you get that? I have a
lot of issues over this. And most of them don't involve you. And all you care
about is asking her if we're related or not. That's all you care about.
SCOUT: No. I care about you.
BELLA: Then, act like it.
She gets up from the BOOTH and EXITS, leaving
INT. RAWLEY HALL- MAIN CORRIDOR- DAY (DAY 1)
Will is walking through the hall as Finn
FINN: Mr. Krudski?! Congratulations!
WILL: For what?
FINN: Your request to tutor has been approved by
the English Department.
FINN: All for the love of poetry, right?
WILL: And twenty bucks an hour. When do I start?
FINN: Five minutes ago. Your first student's
waiting in the common room.
WILL: Oh. Wow. Okay--
Will TAKES OFF in the direction of the common
FINN: (calling) Will!
Will STOPS and turns back. Finn holds up a PIECE
FINN (cont'd): Your assignment.
Will GRABS the paper and takes off.
INT. RAWLEY COMMON ROOM- MOMENTS LATER (DAY 1)
Will BURSTS through the door. Flushed and out of
breath, he scans the room for his student. HE SPOTS ONE PERSON THERE... and his
face lights up.
CAROLINE: Will. Hi.
He looks around.
WILL: You're not here for tutoring, are you?
CAROLINE: Yeh. I am. You too?
WILL: Uh... yeh. I'm the tutor.
CAROLINE: You're my tutor.
WILL: Looks like.
CAROLINE: Oh. God. Is this gonna be weird? I
WILL: No. Unless you--
CAROLINE: Oh. No. I don't. It's okay. Um...
She OPENS her book. Uncomfortable.
CAROLINE (cont'd): Yeh. Well. Good, then...
Will smiles at Caroline. He couldn't be happier.
CAROLINE (cont'd): Look, Will. About what
happened at the Cotillion. I'm sorry that I freaked out at you. It's just that
so many guys have lied to me about who they are and what they're after. But I
guess you were just trying.... to fit in.
WILL: Yeh. I was. You seemed really upset. That's
why I haven't called. I thought I'd... give it some space.
CAROLINE: Will. You handed me a note in class and
I smiled. (then) That meant call me..
She looks at him.
WILL: Oh. (then) Is there... like a book or
He looks at her. Smiles. Then...
WILL: So. How was your trip?
CAROLINE: Great. Ten of us in an old castle in
Rome. No electricity. No heat.
WILL: And no one to keep you warm.
She looks at him.
CAROLINE: Yeh. Actually. There was someone.
Will looks at her. Then...
CAROLINE (cont'd): Sorry.
WILL: Oh. No. I didn't mean...
CAROLINE: Oh. Right. I just--
WILL: It's okay. Really. I'm glad you had fun.
CAROLINE: Right. Thanks.
WILL: So.... should we start?
INT. RAWLEY COMMON ROOM- DAY (DAY 1)
Jake is sitting at the big table. Writing. She
SPOTS Hamilton across the room in the LIBRARY ALCOVE. He motions for her to join
RYDER. Outside sneaking a cigarette, SEES this.
Raises an eyebrow.
INT. LIBRARY ALCOVE- CONTINUOUS (DAY 1)
Jake turns the corner and is met by Hamilton.
They are face to face.
HAMILTON: Hi. Boy.
JAKE: Hi. Boy.
Eyeball to eyeball.
HAMILTON: (sexy) We gotta find a better way to be
JAKE: Like now?
HAMILTON: Like all the time.
JAKE: Hmm. I like the sound of that.
They giggle. Nose to nose. He wants to kiss her.
But he can't. Not here. As they look into each other's eyes...
RYDER: Oh. Excuse me.
As Ryder REACHES between them and grabs a book.
RYDER (cont'd): Just needed to get this book on
HAMILTON: Researching your family tree?
Jake laughs. Ryder stops. Looks at them.
HAMILTON: That was funny.
JAKE: No. That was close. (a beat) Lunch? (then)
EXT. RAWLEY CAMPUS- FOUNTAIN STEPS- DAY (DAY 1)
CLOSE ON WILL
WILL: "... My love, leave your lips
half-open: because that final kiss should linger with me, it should stay still,
forever, in your mouth, so that it goes with me, too, into my death."
REVEAL Caroline. Sitting next to him. They're in
the middle of their tutoring session. She watches him. Lost in him. As he reads
aloud from a POETRY BOOK.
CAROLINE: It's sad...
WILL: No. It's passion. It's endless love. To
want to be with someone that much. To hold them. To kiss them, until... forever.
Will's looking into her eyes. Lost in them. And
realizes... she's looking back into his.
WILL (cont'd): (collecting himself) With poetry,
you can't just take things at face value. You've got to dig deeper to find the
meaning... the truth. And if you can't find it. You dig even deeper. (grinning)
Or, you ask me for help.
Caroline laughs. Will looks at her.
WILL: (closes his book) So-- Tomorrow. At eleven?
She gathers her books.
CAROLINE (cont'd): This is gonna be fun. Huh?
WILL: Oh. Yeh. Fun.
She EXITS. OFF Will's face. Crestfallen. We...
EXT. RAWLEY HALL- CAMPUS QUAD- DAY (DAY 1)
As Caroline CROSSES the quad...
Ryder sidles up to her.
RYDER: Hello, love--
He throws his arm around her neck. Kisses her.
RYDER (cont'd): Whatt'ya' doing over here?
As they MOVE off together--
CAROLINE: Passing English.
CAROLINE: Will Krudski's tutoring me in poetry.
She wraps her arm around his waist as we...
EXT. NEW RAWLY LAKE- DAY (DAY 2)
A hot summer day at the lake where RAWLEY BOYS
and GIRLS are lounging on the dock, basking in the sun. Find Scout, and Will
laying on the dock. Hamilton is in the water with his DOGS.
SCOUT: So. You were playing it cool while someone
else was keeping Caroline warm
WILL: You did not just say that...
Ryder WALKS down the dock, passes a FRESHMAN
who's trying to be suave with a girl. He casually PUSHES him into the water as
he passes. Then APPROACHES Will and Scout.
RYDER: Hello, fresh-faced youth of America.
Will and Scout roll their eyes. Not thrilled to
SCOUT: Hey, cheap import.
RYDER: If I wasn't so passionately apathetic,
that actually might have stung.
WILL: That's an oxymoron.
RYDER: And that's exactly the sort of insight I'm
WILL: What do you want, Ryder?
Ryder PLOPS down next to Will.
RYDER: I could use your help, Willy.
Will reacts. He wasn't expecting this.
RYDER (cont'd): I know. I'm as shocked as you
are. But I'm a little stuck on my literature assignment. And seeing as you're a
WILL: You're going to have to sign up through the
RYDER: Actually, I was hoping for something less
formal. I've got this... assignment. A love sonnet.
Ryder pulls a piece of paper out of his pocket.
RYDER (cont'd): It just needs some cleaning up.
Ryder hands Will his POEM. He reads it. The look
on Will's face tells us it stinks.
WILL: The EPA couldn't clean this up.
SCOUT: Sounds like it's more of a
RYDER: Fine. A hundred bucks it is. What's money
compared to my love of the arts.
Ryder starts to leave.
RYDER (cont'd): I want it by tomorrow, or the
Ryder SEES Jake has arrived and is now kneeling
down on the edge of the dock. Hamilton is in the water with his elbows on the
dock. Looking like the happy lovers they are.
RYDER (cont'd): (re: Hamilton and Jake) Young
love. Sweet couple. Aren't they?
Will and Scout look over at them.
RYDER (cont'd): I saw them making out in the
Common Room yesterday.
RYDER: Like totally going at it. Hard-core.
SCOUT: Ryder. Just back off, okay?
Ryder laughs. Takes off. He passes the guy he
pushed in earlier, who is just now drying off, and PUSHES him back in. As he
passes Jake and Hamilton--
RYDER (cont'd): It's nice to see you two enjoying
a lovely summer romance.
Jake and Hamilton just look at him.
JAKE: Mad Cow disease pretty rampant back in
RYDER: (to Jake, re: Hamilton) She's a pretty
one, the Dean's daughter. I'll give you that.
As Ryder leaves-- we can HEAR his CACKLING. Jake
and Hamilton watch him leave, shacking their heads.
ON Will and Scout, watching Jake and Hamilton.
WILL: So, are they like... out?
SCOUT: They are now.
WILL: Wow... that's bold.
ON Jake and Hamilton. They look over. See Scout
and Will watching them. Nodding in approval.
JAKE: What's up with them?
HAMILTON: I don't know. They're very strange.
EXT. NEW RAWLEY LAKE- DAY (DAY 2)
Scout and Will are coming from the lake. Walking
beneath the tall trees and dappled sunlight. Scout looks off. Contemplative.
Then. A beat. He turns to Will.
SCOUT: Hey, Will?
SCOUT: What was Bella's mother like?
WILL: Um. She was... not very... mom-like. She
was different. Kinda tough. But, I was like six when she left.
WILL: Why? What's up?
Scout hesitated for a moment, then...
SCOUT: I know where she lives.
WILL: What? How?
SCOUT: She sent Bella a gift. And Bella threw the
whole thing away. I ripped the address off the package.
SCOUT: Will. You know why. As long as there's any
WILL: You can't get over her.
SCOUT: It's not like I can just turn off my
feelings. Especially when right now we have one man's word against another's.
(beat) I don't know what to do.
WILL: How about-- nothing?
SCOUT: But-- it's her mom.
WILL: Emphasis on her. It's her mother.
SCOUT: Yeh. I mean, no. I just-- this kind of
affects me too, ya know..
WILL: But you gotta be careful. Bella's been
through enough. It's people's lives you're dealing with here.
SCOUT: Yeh. I know.
They continue up the hill together. Scout.
INT. RAWLEY HALL- MAIN CORRIDOR- NIGHT (NIGHT 2)
Hamilton is heading down the corridor into the
COMMON ROOM as...
KATE EXITS the office across the hall. SPOTS her
HAMILTON: Hey, Mom.
KATE: Ready to go home?
HAMILTON: Um. Yeh. About that. I...
Kate looks at her son. Tilts her head.
HAMILTON (cont'd): You know, mom, I was
wondering... now that I'm actaully attending Rawley... I wanna' have the
complete experience of-- going to school here...
HAMILTON: So... I was thinking... about...
maybe... moving into the dorms.
KATE: Hamilton. We live about five hundred yards
away. You have your own room at home. You wouldn't here.
HAMILTON: Yeh. I know.
She looks at him.
KATE: And in a couple of years, you'll be gone
HAMILTON: Mom. I'll be going to college-- not off
the 'Nam. (then) I just wanna do what everybody else is doing...
KATE: Every fifteen year old in America does not
move out of their parents' house.
HAMILTON: No. But every kid here does.
A beat. She studies him. He looks at her
KATE: I'll talk to your dad.
HAMILTON: Excellent. Thanks, Mom.
He kisses her.
HAMILTON (cont'd): I'll be home in a little
She watches her son LEAVE HER as he EXITS into
the Common Room.
INT. RAWLEY COMMON ROOM- NIGHT (NIGHT 2)
Will, Scout and others watching a game on TV.
Hamilton ENTERS, joins them. He PLOPS down on the
couch. His HUGE SMILE shows that he is obviously very excited about something.
They all look at him.
WILL: (off his smile) Ham. What's up? You're
freaking me out.
HAMILTON: I'm moving in.
HAMILTON: Yep. I-- my friend-- am finally
ditching the parentals and moving into the dorms.
SCOUT: You're giving up twenty-four hour maid
service, home cooked meals, privacy...
HAMILTON: Hey. Does my mom look like she runs a
vacuum? Ever? Maybe a microwave every now and then. And privacy-- yeh, like
there's a lot of that when you live at home.
SCOUT: Good point.
WILL: So-- Which room? Who's moving out?
(hopefully) Oh. Is it Ryder?
HAMILTON: Nobody's moving out. I'm moving in with
Will and Scout look at each other.
WILL: You're moving in with Jake?
SCOUT: Wow. That's... uh...
WILL: And your parents are cool with it?
HAMILTON: Well. Yeh. What's the big deal?
WILL: Hey. No big deal.
SCOUT: Yeh. As long as Jake's cool with it.
Hamilton looks at them.
HAMILTON (cont'd): So-- I'll see you guys later?
EVERYONE: Later. Yeh. Good night.
Hamilton EXITS. A BEAT. Then...
SCOUT: Well. That's settled.
A FLURRY of ACTIVITY ensues as EVERYONE
simultaneously pulls out their wallets and exchanges MONEY.
End Act One
EXT. RAWLEY HALL- CAMPUS QUAD- DAY (DAY 3)
The hot sun shines down on the grass, where
STUDENTS are relaxing between classes.
PICK UP... Will, who's not so relaxed, sitting
under a tree writing on a PAD.
WILL: (reading aloud) "There's a promise of
tomorrow in your smile..."
Will rips out the PAGE from the pad and CRUMPLES
WILL: Okay. I'm making myself sick.
Frustrated, Will leans his head back against the
tree and closes his eyes. He HEARS a familiar LAUGH and opens his eyes to SEE...
Caroline walking across the lawn with some
FRIENDS. IN SLOW MOTION she brushes the HAIR off her FACE, revealing her perfect
profile and sparkling eyes.
Will is transfixed. Then, with newfound
inspiration he writes...
BACK ON Caroline.
WILL (O.S): I am earth. You are sky. I gaze up to
your light beauty...
ON Will as he continues writing with passion.
INT. GAS STATION- DAY (DAY 3)
Bella is UNDERNEATH a TRUCK checking the axle.
A PAIR OF FEET CLAD IN BEAT-UP SKETCHERS walk
SEAN (O.S): How's it look?
Bella ROLLS herself out from under the
Sean offers his hand. Bella takes it and he pulls
her up to her feet.
BELLA: Your socks don't match.
EXT. NEW RAWLEY LAKE- DAY (DAY 3)
A small row-boat moves across the lake. Sean and
Bella inside. Sean stops rowing.
SEAN: Okay. Time to feed the crew.
She reaches into a basket and pulls out a
sandwich, hands it to him.
BELLA: Thank you. I mean. For this. I needed to
get out of that gas station today.
SEAN: Yeh. You did. Come Here.
She lays across him.
BELLA: Sean... Do you think I'm wrong for not
wanting to get in touch with my Mom?
SEAN: Bella, I think that whatever feels right
for you is what you got to go with.
He kisses her head.
BELLA: Scout thinks I'm missing this great
SEAN: Screw Scout. I mean... since when does
Scout have an opinion about this? It's none of his business.
BELLA: Well. Actually... it's hard to explain.
SEAN: Oh, I can explain. The guy has the hots for
you and he'll look for any excuse to get involved in your life.
BELLA: No. That's not it.
SEAN: And why would you even consider what he has
BELLA: Scout and I-- are friends. We care about
Bella turns around and looks into Sean's pleading
eyes. They're warm and make her feel safe. She can't hide the truth from him
BELLA: But it's not what you think.
SEAN: So... I'm not crazy.
Bella agonizes over what to do. Then...
BELLA: Okay, I'm going to tell you something that
I haven't told anyone...
SEAN: (nervous) Yeh...?
Bella takes a deep breath.
BELLA: The thing with Scout... (hard for her) The
thing with Scout and me is that... we're kind of...
BELLA: Sean.... Scout's my brother. My mom had an
affair with his dad.
Sean is blown away by the enormity of this
SEAN: You gotta be kidding me. Why didn't you
tell me this before?
BELLA: I haven't told anyone.
SEAN: I'm not anyone. And you're sure about all
BELLA: Uh. Yeh. (then) Pretty sure.
SEAN: Looks, you gotta do what you gotta do. But
I'd have a hard time living with "pretty sure."
EXT. GAS STATION- DAY (DAY 3)
Bella arrives back from her date with Sean. She
sees the TRASH CAN where she threw away the present. She takes a deep
breath and looks down and SEES...
The thrash can is EMPTY. On Bella's regretful
INT. JAKE'S DORM ROOM- DAY (DAY 3)
Jake is at her COMPUTER. Hamilton ENTERS and
THROWS himself on the bed.
HAMILTON: (pointing to wall) You know what would
look good right there? My Third Eye Blind poster.
She looks at the wall.
JAKE: You think?
HAMILTON: And over there? My Fender guitar. And
over there... my stereo. Which totally blows yours away.
He looks at her. Smiles.
HAMILTON (cont'd): Well, it's stupid to have two
stereos in the same room, right?
JAKE: Hamilton. What are you talking about?
HAMILTON: Moving in. With you.
HAMILTON: Us. Living here together.
JAKE: Wait-- Back up like 500 feet.
HAMILTON: I talked to my mom. She okayed it for
me to live in the dorms. With you.
JAKE: Are you crazy?
HAMILTON: Why? It's the answer to our problems.
JAKE: Or.... not. Were you planning on asking me
about this? Or were you just gonna walk in one day and yell
"surprise?" Don't you think I'd want to have a say in this?
HAMILTON: I thought you'd be psyched. I thought
you wanted to be together.
JAKE: Not living together. (then) I mean,
Hamilton. Sleeping together? In the same room? No. I'm not ready for that.
HAMILTON: Well, I'm sick of sneaking around.
JAKE: Well you better think of another solution.
Because I don't think your poster's gonna match my stuff.
Hamilton looks at her, frustrated, then LEAVES...
Jake looks upset.
INT. RAWLEY COMMON ROOM- DAY (DAY 3)
Ryder is lying on a couch listening to a WALKMAN.
His eyes are closed.
Will ENTERS holding a PAD. He DROPS it on Ryder's
chest, STARTLING him.
WILL: Here's your poem.
Ryder sits up. Takes off the headphones.
RYDER: Oh, it's Walt Whitman.
WILL: How 'bout some cash.
RYDER: Easy, Willy. Let's give it a read.
Ryder quickly SCANS the poem. Will waits
WILL: Come on, it's good. Pay up.
RYDER: (re: the poem) A little too good. Who
WILL: What do you mean?
RYDER: Well-- it can't be yours.
Will GRABS the pad from Ryder.
WILL: Well, it is.
RYDER: I won't stand for plagiarism in my name.
WILL: It's not plagiarized. It's inspired.
Will starts to leave.
WILL (cont'd): But if you've got a problem with
RYDER: Settle down, Krudski. Can't blame a lad
for trying a bit of business strategy.
Ryder takes A HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL from his pocket
and gives it to Will.
RYDER (cont'd): Here you go. Pleasure.
Will begrudgingly gives Ryder the poem.
RYDER (cont'd): I have a term paper coming up.
WILL: That's unlikely.
EXT. NEW RAWLEY LAKE- DAY (DAY 3)
Will is sitting by the shore with his POETRY
BOOK. He SEES Caroline run towards him, breathless.
CAROLINE: Sorry I'm late. I was with...
She looks at him. Then---
CAROLINE (cont'd): Hey-- Can I read you
WILL: Um. Yeh...
She takes out a PIECE OF PAPER she has stashed
between the pages of a POETRY BOOK.
CAROLINE (cont'd): Okay... (reading) "I am
earth. You are sky. I gaze up to your light beauty. The wind is your touch,
gently like small fingers dancing. How can I hold the wind?"
Will can't believe what he's hearing.
WILL: Where did you get that?
CAROLINE: Ryder wrote it for me.
CAROLINE: Uh. 'Cuz he likes me. We've been, you
know, going out.
WILL: (stunned) I don't believe it.
WILL: I mean... the poem.
CAROLINE: I know. It's so cool. No one's ever
written me a poem before.
WILL: I'm sure they have.... They just haven't
given them to you.
She looks at him. Will is devastated.
WILL (cont'd): (sickened) Hey... I was wondering
if we could reschedule our session. I'm not feeling too great.
CAROLINE: (disappointed) Oh. Um... Yeh... Feel
Will GATHERS up his books and LEAVES. Stay with
Will, as he MOVES off. Freaked.
End Act Two
EXT. RAWLEY HALL- FRONT ENTRANCE- DAY (DAY 4)
Scout comes through the gates as.... Will
APPROACHES, catches up to him...
SCOUT: Hey. What's up?
WILL: That poem Ryder paid me to write? He gave
it to Caroline. Said it was from him... (off Scout's look) They're going out.
That's who was keeping her warm in Rome.
SCOUT: No way--
WILL: Yeh-- my life.
SCOUT: Whatta' ya' gonna do?
WILL: Tar and feather him, I guess.
SCOUT: Sounds like a plan.
As they APPROACH the front door they SPOT...
Hamilton. Sitting on the window ledge-- looking out. Thoughtful.
SCOUT (cont'd): Hey, Ham.
Hamilton looks at him. Nods hello.
HAMILTON: (depressed) Hey...
WILL: You okay???
SCOUT: You're lookin' all depressed.
WILL: Hanging there in the window.
HAMILTON: Well-- I'm not gonna jump, if that's
what you're thinking.
SCOUT: Oh. Well, that's good. So-- When are you
movin' in with Jake.
HAMILTON: I'm NOT.
SCOUT: Oh... What heppened?
HAMILTON: My posters don't match his furniture.
Or something like that.
And with that, Hamilton TURNS and DISAPPEARS.
SCOUT: Guess they broke up.
WILL: I'm kinda disappointed.
INT. RAWLEY HALL- MAIN CORRIDOR- DAY (DAY 4)
Ryder is RACING across the landing, towards the
main staircase, as he FLIES down the stairs... Will comes up behind him...
WILL: (calling) Ryder-- I need to talk to you.
Ryder maintains his fast pace-- Will on his
RYDER: I'm listening.
WILL: Slow down--
They reach the main corridor- Ryder SPEEDS UP and
Will GRABS him by the shirt--
RYDER: Krudski-- what the hell?!
They STOP. Ryder looks at him.
WILL: You used me to get to Caroline.
RYDER: You got paid.
WILL: You're a jerk.
RYDER: Aren't we test? Do you have a thing for
Caroline or something? Oh wait, I already knew that.
WILL: So you did this just to screw me.
RYDER: No, I did it to screw Caroline. Screwing
you is just a fun by-product.
WILL: Hey. I saved your ass-- and your car-- last
RYDER: That was last week. What have you done for
WILL: I made you a poet. I made Caroline think
you have a heart.
RYDER: Yes. Well done lad. (pushing past Will)
Don't get your panties in a twist. You can have her when I'm finished.
And Ryder MOVES off. Will stares after him,
EXT. GAS STATION- DAY (DAY 4)
Bella is sitting in the shade thumbing through a
Jake RIDES up on her MOTORCYCLE and parks it in
front of a GAS PUMP. Bella looks up.
BELLA: Hey, Jake.
Jake goes to the pump-- Bella starts to get up...
JAKE (cont'd): S'cool. I got it.
Bella nods. Goes back to her magazine. Jake takes
the nozzle. Inserts it into the gas tank. Presses the trigger. Nothing. She goes
to the pump. Can't figure out how to turn it on.
ON Bella. She's watching Jake. Curious. Finally.
She gets up. Crosses to the pumps. Hits the lever. The gas starts to flow.
JAKE (cont'd): (looks at her) Thanks.
BELLA: No problem.
Jake pumps the gas. As she does. Bella checks her
out. Her hair. Her face. Her lips. Her hands.
BELLA (cont'd): Cool bike.
Jake feels Bella watching her. Then...
JAKE (cont'd): Not really supposed to have it at
school so... don't say anything to anyone. About the bike. Okay?
BELLA: (studying her) My lips are sealed.
Jake puts the nozzle back.
BELLA (cont'd): Five bucks.
As Jake fishes for the money Bella watches her.
BELLA (cont'd): Must be cool being the only guy
on campus with a motorcycle.
JAKE: Um.. yeh.
Jake brushes against the pump. Gets a GREASE
SMEAR on her jeans.
JAKE (cont'd): Damn!
BELLA: You know what, just soak them in salt and
soda water and it should come right out. That's what I do.
JAKE: Thanks. These are like my favorite jeans.
BELLA: Yeh. They're really cute on you.
JAKE: Really? I thought they made me look...
Jake catches herself--
BELLA: Fat? No way. You look great. (then) In
fact... ever since the first time I saw you, I thought...
Jake looks at her.
JAKE: You thought what.... ?
BELLA: I thought... (then) --Never mind, if I'm
wrong about this, I'll light myself on fire--
JAKE: What? Say it.
BELLA: I thought-- Why is this beautiful girl
dressing like a guy?
Bella looks at Jake. Busted, Jake freezes.
BELLA (cont'd): I knew it.
And the two girls just stand there. Face to face.
INT. GAS STATION- LATER (DAY 4)
Bella and Jake are sitting by a window. Jake is
paging through the "Seventeen" magazine.
JAKE: Okay. Can I just say how much I miss this
mindless crap. (off the article) "Is your man moving too fast?" Uh...
Yeh. He is.
JAKE: You know, he wants to move in. With me.
Into my room.
BELLA: You're kidding.
BELLA: But you guys are so...
JAKE: Young? Tell me about it. And he didn't even
ask me about it. He, like, decided it on his own. (then, concerned) I don't know
what's gonna happen. I totally freaked out at him.
Bella looks at her.
BELLA: Are you two like, totally in love?
Jake takes a beat. Can't hold back the
BELLA (cont'd): Yes you are.
JAKE: Yeh, pretty much.
BELLA: No wonder they all think you're gay.
JAKE: Ugh. This is so out of control. I've got to
do something about it.
BELLA: And all this just to get back at your mom?
JAKE: Weird, huh?
BELLA: Um. Yeh. But, I... understand. (then)
Sometimes I wonder how I could get back at my mother for leaving.
JAKE: Well, I don't recommend cross-dressing.
Boxers are really annoying.
They share a laugh.
JAKE (cont'd): Have you ever confronted her? Told
her how you feel?
BELLA: I haven't seen her since she left. Ten
Jake follows Bella's gaze across the street to...
JAKE: Scout. He's so... he's so cute. You guys...
BELLA: Oh. No. We're just friends. Really good
JAKE: Uh-huh. That's what I say about me and
BELLA: It's.... complicated. But we are just
INT. RAWLEY COMMON ROOM- DAY (DAY 4)
Caroline is CURLED UP on a couch READING a
POETRY BOOK. Will sits across form her in a chair. He studies her.
CAROLINE: " 'Yes,' I answered you last
night/ 'No.' this morning, Sir, I say. Colours seen by candlelight/ Will not
look the same by day. Yet the sin is on us both-- Time to dance is not to
woo---" (then) Interesting poem you picked, Mr. Kdrudski.
WILL: Elizabeth Barrett Browning. A classic.
Will looks at her. Then. Looks down--
WILL: (reticent) So... Caroline... I wanted...
to-- talk to you-- about...
He looks up at her. She's looking back at him.
Open. Innocent. A face you couldn't bare to hurt.
WILL: Um... I think you're ready to write.
CAROLINE: A poem?
WILL: No, a minuet. Yes, a poem.
CAROLINE: Oh. Well. That's actually... great.
Because I was thinking that I should write one. For Ryder. So, maybe that could
be my assignment? Could you help me with that?
Will can't believe it. He almost has to laugh.
CAROLINE (cont'd): (off his reaction) .... or is
it too... oh God. What was I thinking? That was so rude of me. I'm sorry.
WILL: No. Listen. Caroline...
Will takes a deep breath. Looks at her. Then--
WILL (cont'd): Ryder. Are you like really serious
CAROLINE: Well... Um. Yeh. I mean. He's a great
guy. It's all sorta new but... you know.
WILL: Okay. God. This is so-- weird. I just.... I
guess I just wanted to tell you that... He's... not a great guy. He's really not
who you think he is and I would never say that if I really didn't believe it--
but you've gotta' trust me on this one and... he didn't even...
He trails off...
CAROLINE: Didn't even what Will?
WILL: Look. He's totally dishonest. Okay? And I
don't want to see you get hurt. And I don't think he likes you the way you like
She looks at him. Incredulous. Gets up and STORMS
OFF. He gets up. Goes after her-- catches up to her--
WILL (cont'd): Caroline...
CAROLINE: God-- What are you doing? Why would you
say that to me? (then) Why would you try and hurt me like that?!
WILL: That's what I'm trying to tell you-- This
guy is gonna hurt you. You've gotta' hear me...
CAROLINE: You know what, Will? This whole thing--
it was a bad idea.
She MOVES away from him.
But she's gone...
EXT. NEW RAWLEY LAKE- DOCK-DAY (DAY 4)
Ryder and some other KIDS are hanging out,
smoking cigarettes. Jake sits on the docks, staring at the water. Hamilton
APPROACHES. SPOTS Jake. Makes his way over to her as... he passes Ryder,
who BLOWS SMOKE in his face.
HAMILTON: No smoking in school-- butt boy.
RYDER: Rather ironic insult, coming from you.
Hamilton ignores him and heads towards Jake-- as
he nears her...
RYDER (cont'd): Hey kids-- Please let me know
where you're registered. I'm hoping no one's gotten you the shower caddy for two
Hamilton stops dead in his tracks. Tries to
restrain himself. Ryder bursts out laughing and is surprised when Hamilton
SWINGS and PUNCHES HIM. Jake RUNS over to hold Hamilton back.
JAKE: Hamilton. He is so not worth it!
HAMILTON: THIS. Is so not worth it.
Hamilton walks away from Jake. Leaving her
standing there. Perplexed.
EXT. NEW RAWLEY LAKE- DAY (DAY 4)
Bella EMERGES from the lake after a swim. She
SPREADS a TOWEL on the grass, lies down, closes her eyes and soaks in the warmth
of the sun.
SCOUT (O.S): Hi.
Bella opens her eyes and SEES Scout above her.
She sits up.
SCOUT: Grace told me you'd be here.
BELLA: Yeh, I just needed to float in the middle
of the lake for a while. Kinda make the world disappear.
SCOUT: I know that feeling.
Scout sits down next to Bella.
SCOUT (cont'd): I have.... something for you.
Scout hands Bella the ADDRESS he tore off her
BELLA: (incredulous) Where did you get this?
SCOUT: From the trash.
BELLA: You took this?! From my house?! How could
you do that?!
SCOUT: Because I'm selfish. I was going to look
up your mother.
BELLA: You were what??
SCOUT: Look, maybe you don't, but I have a lot of
BELLA: (angry) Oh my God, Scout! You didn't, did
SCOUT: I wanted to. I want to. You have no idea
how much. But not if you don't.
Bella is overwhelmed with emotion. Scout looks at
her. The two of them. Caught in this moment. The sun setting behind them.
SCOUT (cont'd): (re: address) Keep that. In case
you ever change your mind. It should be your decision. Not mine.
Tears trickle down Bella's face as she watches
Scout WALK AWAY. She looks down at the address in her hand.
End Act Three
INT. RAWLEY COMMON ROOM- DAY (DAY 5)
is lying on the couch. Feet up. The SOUND of STUDENTS filters through the open
french doors. Jake ENTERS. Hamilton pretends he doesn't see her.
(bluntly) I'm leaving Rawley.
JAKE (cont'd): You're
right. I can't take this anymore either. So you don't have to worry about
sneaking around or any of that. It'll all be over.
turns, heads for the door. Then-- turns back.
(cont'd): Oh-- and before I go, I'm telling everyone I'm a girl.
exits the common room. Hamilton watches her go.
JAKE'S DORM ROOM- MOMENTS LATER (DAY 5)
already has a half-packed SUITCASE on her bed. Hamilton storms in.
You don't have to do this, you know.
Why not? You get your reputation. I get to wear skirts.
Look, it's my problem.
JAKE: And I'm the
cause. So-- poof-- problem solved. I can't take the guilt. And, you know what? I
can't keep living like this either.
Well, I'd have a harder time living without you.
looks surprised. Hamilton realizes what he just said. It's the truth.
(cont'd): I don't care about my reputation. I don't want to lose you.
JAKE: You said it
yourself-- It's not worth it.
Well don't listen to me. I'm an idiot.
looks at him.
JAKE: Hamilton, look, I
understand if you can't--
you just drop it. You're not going anywhere. Okay?
shuts her suitcase. Jake looks at him. Sees just how serious he is. Then...
Well-- when you put it that way...
And don't worry, I'm staying home. My parents are bound to go away sometime
before fall semester.
Look. I'm sorry I... pushed things. I don't want to do that. It's just that....
I love you.
Hamilton looks at her,
JAKE: I know.
KISS. In a way like they never have before. Fueled by the passion of their
EXT. RAWLEY HALL- CAMPUS QUAD-
DAY (DAY 5)
Will is sitting on the grass--
books open-- waiting for Caroline. As he HEARS LAUGHING OFF SCREEN.... and LOOKS
OVER to SEE...
Ryder. Sitting on the grass
with ANOTHER GIRL, RACHEL. He MOVES close to her. Kisses her.
gets up. Crosses to them...
What the hell are you doing?
be jealous love, I'm saving some for you.
WILL: What if Caroline sees
RACHEL: Caroline? Who's Caroline?
Ryder starts to answer her--
really don't give a crap, do you?
What are you, the damn love police? Bugger off and get a life, Krudski--
You know what you're gonna do, Ryder? You're gonna leave Caroline alone.
Why, so you can have her?
WILL: No. I think
that's pretty much impossible now thanks to you--
Then why are you bothering me?
Because I care about her. I like her. Don't you get it? The poem was about her.
I wrote it for her.
APPROACHING them. Close enough to have HEARD it all.
(cont'd): Stay away from Caroline, Ryder. Find another co-ed to co-opt.... or
I'll shred you.
Will turns and SEES
Caroline. Standing there. She's looking at him. Realizes. God. This guy...
MOVES to her and she... SLAPS him. She walks off.
(cont'd): I think your love visa just expired.
PUSHES Ryder. He falls down. Will GOES after Caroline. Leaving Ryder with egg on
INT. WILL AND SCOUT'S DORM ROOM-
DAY (DAY 5)
Scout lies on his bed aimlessly
THROWING A BALL in the air. He HEARS a knock on the door.
(calling out) Enter at your own risk.
ENTERS. Surprised to see her, Scout quickly sits up.
I like to live on the edge.
mind me, I was just... being and idiot. What are you doing here? I figured you'd
probably never want to see me again.
I came here to thank you.
SCOUT: For what?
For giving me... a choice. I'm not ready to look up my mother. But I might be. I
mean. At some point. If it weren't for you, I might not have that option.
I'm glad my underhanded, self-serving behavior could do some good.
Don't beat yourself up... That's my job.
NEW RAWLEY LAKE- DOCK (DAY 5)
at the end of the dock, dangling her feet in the water. Will WALKS UP behind
Will sits down next to
Caroline at the end of the dock.
(cont'd): Kind of weird. That a creep like Ryder could write such a beautiful
poem. (then, looks at Will) IRONIC.
WILL: Yes. It is.
Let's have him deported.
WILL: That might
CAROLINE: You don't know my
Will laughs again.
Maybe you should stay away from fancy imports. Date domestically.
Well. If someone would ask me out already...
looks at her.
WILL: Okay. Ya wanna go
CAROLINE: Um. Yeh. I'd love to.
DINER- NIGHT (NIGHT 5)
We feel movement. CAMERA FINDS...
CAROLINE. In silhouette. We can barely make them out. In SLOW MOTION. Will
raises his finger to his lips. Shhh. Caroline smiles.
WILL (V.O): When exactly do we go from being
kids to being... just people, I'm not sure.
MOVES through the darkness as we NOTICE the room is FILLED with PEOPLE. Standing
in the dark. Whispering. Rustling.
WILL (V.O): I do know that it's not about
turning a certain age or graduating from school.
SUDDENLY-- the LIGHTS COME ON and...
Reveal Bella. Standing in the
doorway of the DINER. Sean REMOVES his hands from her eyes. The room is
decorated for a party. A BANNER READS: Happy Birthday Bella.
in SLOW MOTION, Sean puts his arm around Bella. She laughs. Tears in her eyes.
WILL (V.O): It happens when we're not
paying attention. We go from playing with out friends... to playing with out
Bella looks at Sean.
FIND.... Hamilton, Jake, Will
and Caroline. They approach Bella and Sean. Jake hands Bella a gift. Bella
smiles at Jake. Hamilton wonders why.
Scout. He looks on, trying to put on a good face. It's hard.
Bella, who SEES Scout standing by himself. She walks over to him.
takes a SMALL BOX from his pocket and GIVES it to Bella. She opens the box.
Finds and ANTIQUE GOLD BRACELET. Moved, Bella smiles at Scout.
gives Bella a hug that he never wants to end.
Sean. Standing with the group. He SEES this exchange.
WILL (V.O): Without our knowledge or
consent, childhood slips away in the night. And our innocence escapes us...
Will and Caroline. Talking and laughing. Then. Finally. Will leans in. And
kisses the girl.
WILL (V.O): And
we wake up one morning... to find we have become... who we are.
PULL BACK to see the party in full swing. On our kids. Young and full of