Jason Buckley and Brian Steele
Opening credits. In the front of a small home on a cold winter day, a
boy with blonde mangled hair about seven years old plays with a girl with
brownish blond hair about the same age. The girl pushes the boy down on
the ground. The boy and girl are sitting on a park bench at a playground,
and the girl pushes the boy off of the edge of the bench. They are running
around while the boy is chasing the girl around different objects in the
playground, and she is teasing him. She pushes him again and he falls.
They are playing some more and she pushes him down again.
A teenage boy named Yigil sits on the couch, and the back of his messy
head is shown peaking over the couch. The TV in the background is showing
home videos of the little girl and the little boy, while he sits in his
matching pajamas. He remembers a decade ago when everything was easier.
(Establishing shot of a crowded high school.)
A girl with brownish blond hair named Adrianna talks with a group of
nice looking seniors in the middle of the crowded hallway. She is popular
and pretty, and all of the guys like her. Yigil stares at her from afar,
and his friend walks up to him and sees what he is looking at.
Yigil, you shouldnt even waste your time lookin at her.
AdriaAAAANA!! (Crescendo of syllables)
What? Its not like youre friends with her or anything.
I used to be.
Right. You were friends with the HOTest girl in school.
Right, Ill see you fifth period, fuddrucker (a term Yigil and his
friend have for each other).
The bell rings and all of the students go into a classroom. Yigil
is getting a drink of water before he needs to go into his classroom,
and he hears a couple fighting. He investigates the problem and peaks
around the corner to find Adrianna and her muscular boyfriend fighting.
Stop it. Stop.
I told you not to talk to him.
I wasnt. I just
Shut up you little slut.
He pins her up against the wall.
Youre nothing without me.
Adrianna spits in his face, and he slaps her. When Yigil sees this,
he runs toward Adriannas boyfriend in a furious state and rams him
with his elbow up against the wall.
The boyfriend is startled and Yigil punches him, so the boyfriend punches
him back. Yigil falls to the ground, and then Adrianna pushes her boyfriend
away. He walks away angry. Adrianna bends down to comfort Yigil.
O my gosh, are you okay? Oh. You know you didnt have to do that.
(In pain) But he was hurting you.
Why did you do that? Hes going to be so pissed. Listen, you better
not do anything like that again. That was really stupid. Youre lucky
youre not hurt even worse.
Adrianna is walking home from school alone. Yigil runs up to her and starts
walking with her. She seems uncomfortable because hes just walking
next to her and not talking. She looks at him, looks straight again, and
then looks at him again.
Um, thanks for doing that for me earlier today.
(Smiling) No problem.
That took a lot of guts ya know. I dont think any other guy in school
would have done what you did.
Well, getting punched in the stomach isnt that hard to do.
Adrianna half laughs.
I was just lucky Cob Shark wasnt hurt.
Whats a Cob Shark?
He whips a goldfish in a clear plastic baggy out of his pocket.
You carry a goldfish around in your pocket? (Half a statement and half
Not just any goldfish. Hes the longest living goldfish in the northern
half of the state. Arent you (to Cob)? I just call him Cob, but
he likes to be called Cob Shark to boost his confidence (saying this in
a whisper so Cob doesnt hear).
Yigil puts Cob back in his pocket, while Adrianna looks half scared
and half taken with.
So do you still live in the same house?
How do you know where I live?
Oh, come on Yigil, it wasnt that long ago when we were running around
in your yard.
didnt know if you remembered.
Of course I remember. We were like best friends back in the day.
A short time passes, and they reach Adriannas house.
here we are.
Adrianna walks to the plain door.
See you later Yigil.
Would it be okay if I talked to you later or
or stop by sometime
Adrianna walks inside the house.
(High school setting)
Theres a crowded hallway in the high school. Adrianna is walking
next to her big boyfriend that plays football. Yigil is walking down the
hall in the opposite direction, and he locks eyes with Adrianna. They
look at each other while they pass in the hall. Adriannas boyfriend
does not notice them looking at each other.
Yigil walks to Adriannas poorly kept house.
(To Cob) Should I even be going over here? Why am I doing this? She probably
wont even talk to me. What do you think?
He lifts up Cob, but he has a blank face.
Youre no help.
He reaches Adriannas door, and he knocks. A small child answers
the door, and Yigil doesnt know how to handle someone half his size.
IsAdriannahome! (separated and loud like hes
talking to a deaf person)
The child waves him inside and goes to the other room. Yigil sits
down on the couch in the poorly decorated living room. He looks around
and notices a postcard lying on the wooden coffee table. Theres
a picture of a populated city on the front, and on the back is a message
from Adriannas mother. Yigil can hear arguing from the kitchen of
what sounds like Adrianna and her father fighting. Adrianna walks into
the room, and he puts down the postcard.
She comes and sits by him.
Do you like the city?
Theres so many people there. People intrigue me, especially ones
that live so close together.
My mom moved there after my parents got divorced. She sends these postcards
once and a while, and a birthday card here and there, but other than that
I dont see her that much. Ive always wanted to live like her.
Just on my own, supporting myself.
Yigil is eating up her every word.
So why did you stop by?
Because you said I could.
Awkward silence follows.
Would you like a drink?
Scotch double twist no rocks.
(Pause) Im kidding.
Ill have a chocolate milk if you got it. If not, just some vegetable
juice will be fine.
Adrianna walks into the kitchen. Yigil can hear muffled voices in the
kitchen, that sound like Adrianna and her father arguing.
Im sorry. I just
I told you that your
Dad, Im not a little girl
You shut up! As long as you live in my house, you do what I say!
Maybe Ill leave so I wont have to listen to you, you drunk!
Like hell youll leave!
A slap and a yell sound from Adrianna come from the kitchen, and Yigil
stands up. A bottle breaks followed by the slamming of the backdoor. Adrianna
walks back into the room where Yigil is sitting holding her face and crying.
She hugs him in need of support, and Yigil doesnt know what
to do or where to put his arms. He awkwardly pats her back.
Hey, dont cry. Im here.
She sits on the uncomfortable couch, and Yigil follows. Shes crying
more than before.
I hate him. He comes home drunk and he just
he just yells until I
end up crying. But he usually never hits me.
Usually? Are you listening to what youre saying? Youve got
to tell someone.
No. No, if I tell anyone, itll just get worse.
Hey, Im...Im here for you.
Yigil lifts his eyebrows.
What is it about you? I feel like theres nothing I cant tell
(Smiling despite what just happened to her) I like this.
I like this, too.
(Music montage, different locations)
Adrianna is talking with her group of popular friends, and Yigil walks
up to her and starts talking to her. Her friends have disgusted looks
on their face because shes talking to Yigil as if she likes him.
They are in a park sitting on a bench, and he is showing Cob to her. He
lets her hold the bag that Cob is in, and she is making fish faces at
She sees Yigil in the hall at school, and he looks back at her then at
the floor. She walks up to him and holds his hand, and they walk down
the hall. They walk past her now ex-boyfriend, and he looks very upset
and he hits a locker with his fist.
They are at a clothing store, and Yigil is looking in the mirror. She
tries to fix his weird hair, and he puts it back the way he likes it.
Adrianna smiles, and she grabs a hat and puts it on his head. He takes
it off, grabs a goofy hat and puts it on, and she smiles and laughs.
(Outside of Adriannas house, and then sitting under a clock tower)
Adrianna walks out of her house with a hat covering the top of her
The two of them walk down the street holding hands. The scene changes
to them sitting near a tall, old clock tower.
Is something wrong?
No. Why? Does it seem like something is wrong cause Im fine.
Gees, I just thought you sounded upset.
Well, Im not.
kay. Then whats with this bonnet?
Yigil playfully takes Adriannas hat off and reveals that Adrianna
has a black eye and bruises above her eye. She tries to take her hat back
Give me my hat.
What did he do to you?
What?... I slid down the steps and fell and hit my eye on the railing.
Adrianna, I know.
You and half the town. Who am I kidding? He hit me Yig.
I know. Wha
what are you going to do?
I dont know.
Adrianna gets up and runs down the sidewalk.
(Yelling) Where are you going?
She waves her hand like she doesnt want him to follow. He looks
(Yigils house / Adriannas house)
Yigil walks into the front door of his home. His mother comes to greet
Yigil, where have you been? I had to clean your fish tank because it smelled
You cleaned my fish tank?! Did you use my aquatic purification tablets
or the crap you buy from Heartland Foods?
I was doing you a favor. Now come in here and eat, dinners getting
Adrianna walks into her home, and its dark and quiet. She goes
into the kitchen and pulls a TV-dinner out of the freezer, and cooks it
in the microwave.
Yigil and his mother sit opposite each other at the dinner table, while
Cobs fish bowl sits next to Yigil. An extravagant looking centerpiece
is in the middle of the table.
(After a pause) So. Where have you been lately?... Youre coming
home from school late, leaving unexpectedly. This is not like you. This
isnt what you do.
Maybe I do different things now.
Like little high school hussies.
Adrianna sits at a dirty table and eats her microwaved meal. Her father
comes in through the back door with a bottle in his hand drunker than
ever, and he looks angry. He snuffs snot up his nose and spits in the
sink. Adrianna looks paranoid. He periodically drinks from the bottle
he is carrying. Adriannas father begins to search the kitchen cabinets.
Where are my liquor bottles?
I dont know.
Dont you lie to me.
I dumped them out.
You did what?!
Maybe now youll be sober for a couple of hours.
Yigil and his mother continue their meal, and Yigil is feeding bits of
his food to Cob.
I dont know what youre thinking hanging around that girl so
much. Has she ever done anything nice for you? (She takes a bite). The
girl is bad news. Have you even seen where she lives? Her familys
not like ours. Do you see where Im going here, Yigil?
Youre wrong. Shes better than that.
Yigil feeds Cob some more food.
Will you quit feeding your fish and listen to me! I dont want you
hanging around her. What are people going to think? Youre fooling
yourself like you always do.
Adrianna and her father continue to quarrel. He takes a drink from
the liquor bottle.
I dont know what mom was thinking when she married you.
Dont give me any of that crap. (Burp) Your mother dumped you off.
She never cared where the hell you ended up.
Thats not true; you know its not. She just has to work out
her problems, and then shell come back.
ot coming back.
(Under her breath) Because of you.
What did you say?
Maybe if you hadnt bashed her head in so many times, she wouldnt
Back to Yigil and his mother.
Yigil? Do you understand? You dont let yourself see the truth. You
think your own way. Even if I was mean to you, you wouldnt know
Yigil has a blank stare on his face like the one usually found on
Cobs face. His mother has a confused look on her face, and it looks
like she might cry. But before she has time to do so, she leaves the table
muttering her thoughts.
Now, Adriannas father is extremely upset.
Youre just like that whore. Why dont you start selling it
instead of giving it away?
You and your little rich boys. What, do you think youre better than
me now because you hang around them? Well, youre not.
He takes a drink, and Adrianna knocks it out of his hand breaking
the bottle on the ground.
You little Come here!
Adriannas father charges at her in a drunken stupor, and she
dodges him and runs. He tries to run after her, but he eventually trips
over a piece of furniture and passes out. Adrianna cautiously walks to
where her father lies with caution in her eyes. She kneels down beside
him, and her hand moves slowly toward his back pocket. He moans a little
and she quickly moves her hand. She goes for his pocket again and grabs
his wallet and takes it. She walks away.
(Outside of Adriannas house)
Yigil walks to the front door of Adriannas house, and gives it a
knock. Her father opens the door and looks blinded by the outside.
Is Adrianna home, sir?
Who wants to know?
Names Yigil, sir, and this is Cob.
Shes gone. Im guessing shes not coming back
He slams the door in Yigils face.
But she told me I could stop bye!
Yigil remembers Adriannas post card of the city for a split
second. His countenance looks like he has an idea.
Yigil runs into his house and begins packing.
Where are you going?
Im leaving. I have to go.
Where do you plan on going?
I need a long stick.
I have to find a long stick or branch or something.
He walks into the kitchen, and his mother follows him with questions.
Youre not leaving this house.
Yes I am.
He grabs a broomstick, breaks the broom off, and ties his wrapped up belongings
to the end of the broomstick.
You didnt answer me. Why are you leaving?
Because I still havent found what Ive been searching for.
He walks out the door, and his mother yells
Yigil, if you leave, you wont have a home anymore! Dont you
come back here when you make a mistake. Yigil?!
(Music Montage, in the city)
Yigil is walking on a random street with his sack on his shoulder, and
then hes riding a bus. He is in the city showing strangers Adriannas
picture, but none of them know Adrianna. He asks a homeless looking person
if he knows Adrianna, and the homeless person takes out a picture of his
lost one. The homeless person begins to freak out in front of Yigil, so
Yigil runs away from him by being alarmed. He sits on a street curb with
Yigil sits in a little coffee shop at a booth with frustration on his
face. His waitress comes to wait on him.
Anything else, Hun?
No thanks. Um, just coffee is fine
No wait, could I have a tall
glass of lukewarm water with no ice. No ice.
Yigil looks at Adriannas picture.
(Gives Yigil the water) Here ya go.
A short time passes, and he is still sipping his coffee and looking
at the picture of Adrianna. Cob is situated in a glass of lukewarm water
on the table. All of a sudden, Yigil notices a woman outside of the window
of the coffee shop who seems to have walked out of a 1920s film.
It is Adrianna in a bright red dress with a brilliant shade of red lipstick
on her lips. He runs out to greet her.
Adrianna! Ive been searching for you all day.
He runs up to her, and she has a coffee pot in her hand for a reason
he does not know.
Do you want more coffee?
Yigil looks puzzled.
Yigil quickly awakens in his booth in the coffee shop realizing he
really did not see Adrianna in the window. His waitress awaits his awake
with a pot of coffee.
Hun, did you want more coffee?
Oh, yes please. Thank you.
Yigil puts some money on the table, puts Cob back in his bag, and
walks out of the coffee shop. Just then, Adrianna walks out the backroom
of the coffee shop with coffee mugs in her hands and an apron around her
waist. She begins stacking them on a shelf, and then notices Yigils
waitress in distress.
Whats wrong with you?
Thats the third time I got stiffed tonight. (Mocking Yigil) Get
me a glass of lukewarm water, no ice.
Im already sick of these losers that dont tip. Im gonna
go tell him off.
Adrianna fast walks out of the coffee shop and sees Yigil walking
down the sidewalk.
Hey jerk off! You forgot to tip your waitress! Dont come back here
again until you can make up for your crappy tip. I hate your kind because
She continues to yell and make gestures at him, not knowing who he
even was. Yigil does not turn around, but recognizes the voice behind
him. Something was different about her voice because it wasnt the
voice he was used to. It was much more womanly than he remembered. It
hit him hard. He begins to have flash backs of reality.
First he remembers when Adrianna used to only push him down when they
were children. They were not friends back then, but he only thought they
Another vision hits him of the time he stood up for Adrianna and tried
to stop her boyfriend from hurting her. She was laughing at Yigil when
her boyfriend hit him, while he lay on the ground in pain.
He remembers running up to walk with Adrianna home from school that day,
and she looked at him like he was the last person she would walk with,
and she walked faster away from him.
He sat in the living room of her house holding her postcard. She walked
into the room and looked shocked to see him. She began to yell at him
and threw him out of the house.
Yigil walked up to Adrianna and her popular friends, and they all looked
disgusted that he was talking to them, especially Adrianna.
Yigil came up to Adrianna in the halls of the high school and tried to
hold her hand, but she quickly ripped it away from him and made a nasty
remark to him.
Yigil is in a department store trying on funny hats. When he turns around
to show Adrianna, she is not there.
Yigil stands outside of Adriannas house and sees her come out with
a black eye. When she sees him she quickly puts her hat on to cover her
black eye. She walks past him looking confused as to why he is standing
Cob, whats going on? Whats happening to me? Has my whole
life been a lie? (These lines are optional)
In his head, he remembers what his mother had said. Even if
I was mean to you, you wouldnt know it. More is added onto
this statement. Yigil, Ive told you time and time again you
have this condition where you create fake realities whenever you want.
When are you going to get it?
Yigil remembers another thing his mother said. If you leave, you
wont have a home anymore.
(To Cob) This is my beginning, Cob. Life starts here. (Looks forward)
I was nowhere until now.
Yigil puts Cob in his pocket and slowly walks down the sidewalk with a
grin on his face that he has never had before.
Fade to black.
to Volume 3