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In Creative Writing, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on June 25, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Scene 1 – (Sun is setting and Jake Watkins sits at his dining room table snorting fine white powder into his nose. When he is done, he clears away any remaining traces of the powder and sits back in the chair and waits to feel good. Soon a smile appears on his face and he knocks over the chair when he gets up).

Jake: (screaming to an empty room) I need a par-tee, man! (Jake starts dancing around, swinging his arms, and knocking over a pot of flowers and a sculpture that were in his way. Then he grabs his car keys from the dining room table and leaves the house, wit h the door left wide open).

Scene blacks out

Scene 2 – (After midnight, Mrs. Watkins is packing across the floor, while on the telephone, in the kitchen.)

Mrs. Watkins: I wouldn’t be so worried if he would have at least left a note…(pause)…Well, Jake has been acting very strange lately, I just don’t know why. He fights with Rikki all the time, he’s always disappearing like this. I just don’t know what to do with him anymore…(pause)…OK…thank you Wendy, I’ll call you if I go into another frenzy. (Mrs. Watkins hangs up the phone).

(Rikki and Clyde enter the kitchen).

Rikki: Hi Mom, what’s up?

Mrs. Watkins: (glaring disapprovingly at Rikki and Clyde) Where have you been?

Rikki: Clyde and I went to see a movie. Is something wrong? Where’s Jake?

Mrs. Watkins: Your brother is missing again. He wasn’t at school all day. I was just talking with Milo’s mother. Milo isn’t at home either. Mrs. Redmond doubts that Milo is with Jake.

Rikki: (sounding nervous) Have you tried calling his regular hangouts? He might be at the Pizzaplace or Walt’s Bar?

Mrs. Watkins: No, I haven’t, but he should be home by now. I think it is time that I called the police.

Rikki: That’s not a good idea, Mom. Jake hasn’t been missing for 24 hours yet. If he’s at some party with people we don’t know, and we get the police after him, he’ll be embarrassed.

Mrs. Watkins: (frustrated) Then he should have told me where he was going. Why is he doing this to me? Why does he think he can do whatever he wants?

Rikki: Why don’t you give me a chance to find him before you involve the police?

Mrs. Watkins: Fine, Rikki. I just hope that you do find him. I had to cancel a date with Richard tonight because of Jake. Let him know, if you find him, that I am very upset with him.

Rikki: Yeah, anything you say, Mom. (Rikki grabs Clyde and steers him out of the kitchen).

(Rikki and Clyde exit the house and enter Clyde’s car).

Clyde: Your mother really hates me, doesn’t she?

Rikki: Honestly, yes. (Rikki laughs at the horrified look on Clyde’s face). Don’t worry about it though. It really doesn’t matter to me what she thinks. She knows I hate her boyfriend Richard, but she doesn’t let that bother her. My mother hates to let anything bother her. That’s why Jake is really going to get it when he comes home.

Clyde: What’s wrong with Jake anyway? He seems to be throwing his life away. I remember the days when he was just like Milo, nauseously nerdy. Football hero, a brainer, Mr. Popularity. Now his name gets called to the vice-principal’s office almost as much as mine does.

Rikki: I don’t know (a distracted look appears on her face). He used to tell me everything that was on his mind. All he ever seems to enjoy anymore is being by himself, or with all these scummy people who don’t go to Leabay. Half of them look like high school dropouts. I don’t know what’s going on, unless, it has something to do with…

Clyde: (He turns into the parking lot of the Pizzaplace) Something to do with what?
Rikki: (Lowering her voice) When I was looking for my Beatles album in his room, I found a bag of cocaine under his bed.

Clyde: (nervously) Cocaine? (He parks the car and turns the engine off).

Rikki: Yup. When I asked him about it, he got really upset and told me to mind my own business. I decided to try and forget about it. My brother is not the type to do drugs. If he was doing them, I would know.

Clyde: I’m sure that Jake wouldn’t be mixed up with the drug scene. (Rikki and Clyde looked for Jake at the Pizzaplace with no luck. Next they check Walt’s Bar also with no luck).

Clyde: I guess your mother is going to call the police (he pulls away from Walt’s Bar).

Rikki: Just stop at a pay phone. I want to at least try Milo. (They go to a phone and dial Milo’s number).

Voice through the phone: Hello, Redmond residence.

Rikki: May I please speak to Milo?

Milo: Rikki, it’s me. I’m really glad you called. Jakes’ here and he’s in pretty bad shape.

Rikki: Where has he been? My mother almost phoned the police.

Milo: Well, tell her not to worry anymore, but don’t tell her where he is. Your mother shouldn’t have to see this.

Rikki: What the hell is going on, Milo?

Milo: Besides a few bruises, some which I think he did to himself, he’s alright.

Rikki: (yelling) What happened, Milo?

Milo: Rikki, shut up and get over here. (Rikki hears a dial tone and hangs up the phone. Soon she enters Clyde’s car).

Rikki: Step on it, Jake is at Milo’s house.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 3 – (Clyde’s car pulls into the Redmond’s circular driveway. Rikki hops out of the car).

Clyde: Rikki, I hope you don’t’ mind, but I should really get home now.

Rikki: Bye, Clyde. (Rikki keeps running as she sys be to Clyde. Before she rings the doorbell, Milo opens the door and grabs Rikki’s hand to pull her inside).

Milo: What took you so long? He’s sleeping now. (Milo leads Rikki up to his bedroom. There, Jake is lying face down on Milo’s bed with a bucket next to him).

Rikki: (Frightened) My God, Jake! (She runs over to him and cradles his bruised face in her arms). Who did this to his face?

Milo: (He grabs Rikki’s arms). Let him sleep, Rik. He’s been having a lot of nightmares. Come on. (Milo leads Rikki out of the bedroom and into his living room). He was here when your mother called my mother for the second time, but I promised him that I’d pretend I didn’t know where he was. (Milo sweeps away the hair out of Rikki’s eyes) You look terrible. Should I get you something to drink? A scotch on the rocks, maybe?

Rikki: (Shouting) No, I don’t want anything to drink, Milo. Just continue the story, asshole.

Milo: OK…calm down. I felt bad to lie to your Mom, but I promised Jake. When he came, he was shaking badly. He was sweating all over the floor, he was so pale. From what he was trying to tell me it sounds like he owes some guy a lot of money, and when he didn’t have it, the guy beat him up.

Rikki: (Confused) Why would Jake have money problems? Mom gives us more than we need. Jake doesn’t even spend money. He seems to just wear the same old things all the time.

Milo: He spends his money on drugs, Rikki. Don’t you know that?

Rikki: (Defensive) He’s not addicted or anything, Milo. I know he has tried it a couple of times, but that’s only at parties. It’s not like he’s…
Milo: Rikki, when is the last time you’ve seen Jake in school?

Rikki: So, his grades are slipping. Jake can afford to goof off. He’s always gotten good grades.

Milo: When’s the last time you’ve seem me at your house, or Jake over here in the past few months? He’s my best friend and I hardly hand out with him anymore.

Rikki: I know that you and Jake haven’t been as close as you used to be. That doesn’t prove anything.

Milo: Rikki, remember when Jake almost got run over because he roamed out in the streets in the middle of the night?

Rikki: He was sleepwalking.

Milo: (Shouting) He was high! Remember the last time he was in school? He was sent to the office because his nose started to bleed.

Rikki: (Screaming) So what! My brother is not some fucking druggie. I would know. He tells me everything.

Milo: (Screaming) He used to. Does he still? I bet he doesn’t. He used to tell me everything too. He doesn’t do that anymore. He’s a different person now. Stop denying it, Rikki.

Rikki: (Bursts into tears) How did this all happen? Could anyone just answer that for me? How did my brother get this way?

Milo: I don’t know, Rikki. (Milo puts his arms around her). It’s been so long since the old Jake has been around, so long. (Sighs) I remember the first time I started to notice the change in Jake. He was getting so obsessed with his future. Maybe the pressure of always trying to be perfect was too much for him to take.

Rikki: (Mumbling) I know, he has change. I guess he does have a drug problem. (Getting angry) We can’t just let it keep happening. We have to get Jake some help.

Milo: (Sighing) I don’t know what to do.

Rikki: (Wipes away the tears and says sarcastically) Should we throw away all of his drugs? He won’t be able to use them, then.
Milo: No, Rikki, he’s only get more, I know that. He should be in a rehab centre.

Rikki: Sometimes they don’t work.

Milo: They don’t work when the person addicted doesn’t want them to work.

Rikki: Maybe we should go after the bastard who beat Jake up.

Milo: That’s the police’s job.

Rikki: Are they doing it right? I think not. They obviously need some help. (Rikki walks over to the bay window in the living room). My father always told me that if you want something done, it has to be done yourself. Even on his deathbed he would tell me that if you have faith in yourself, you don’t need to have faith in others. I’ve always believed, anybody can do anything that they really set their mind on doing.

Milo: (Shaking his head) I don’t think you’re making much sense. What are you saying, Rikki?

Rikki: (Serious) I’m saying that if we really want to help Jake, we have to do it ourselves. It’s up to us. We can help Jake by eliminating one his major problems, the drugs. We an deliver to the police the drug dealer.

Milo: That is a stupid idea, Rikki! It will never work, and it’s far too dangerous to get involved in.

Rikki: Do you have a better idea, Milo?

Milo: Yes, I do. Jake should go into a rehab centre. The only way we can help him is to notify the police, and give him all the love and support he will need to combat his problem.

Rikki: Fine, Milo, I agree with you. However, just because we go with your idea, doesn’t mean that mine couldn’t work. We can still get the police on the case, but we’ll just do a bit of our own investigative work.

Milo: We don’t have the right to interfere, Rikki.

Rikki: My bother and your best friend is addicted to drugs. Leabay is swarming with drugs, and there’s a code of silence that police officers would find difficult to break. However, we could do it Milo. Detective work isn’t that hard. All we have to do is come up with a good plan, follow it through, and be happy. It’s that simple.

Milo: We don’t have the right to interfere, Rikki. Drug dealers handle their business in a way that is out of our league.

Rikki: The scum that’s helping to destroy the people at Leabay, people like Jake, has to be stopped. People die from drugs every day and all the time. If we can do anything to help the situation, let’s go for it. Do you want to help Jake or not?

Milo: Rikki, I really don’t think…

Rikki: Milo, I’m going to help my brother with or without you.

Milo: (Staring into Rikki’s eyes). I guess I have no choice then.

Rikki: (Throwing her arms around Milo) You won’t regret this.

Milo: I already do.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 4 – (Milo’s bedroom next morning – following scene plays out with music) Jake awakes and instantly wants more drugs. Milo and Rikki urge him to admit that he has a problem with drugs. When Jake takes a good look at himself in the mirror, he admits he has a problem, but refuses to go into a rehab centre. Jake promises to go cold turkey with drugs from then on. He lasts for a week. He crashes up his car and almost kills a pregnant woman in the other car of the accident. The woman has a healthy pre-mature baby, and Jake enters the Carry Crescent Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre. Milo and Rikki try and get information from Jake about who was selling the drugs to him, he’s not much help.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 5 – (At Rikki’s locker in Leabay High) (Clyde gives Rikki a goodbye kiss by her locker. Milo watches in the distance, and waits until Clyde leaves to approach Rikki).

Milo: (Agitated) You spend way too much time with that clown.

Rikki: His name is Clyde, now clown. He happens to be a very nice guy.

Milo: (Looking at the diamond on Rikki’s finger) Did he give that to you?

Rikki: Yes.

Milo: How can he afford that? Actually a better question would be, how can you accept that?

Rikki: When my boyfriend gives me such a generous gift, I accept.

Milo: Well, he’s definitely not rich. I’m just wondering how he manages to shower you with diamonds.

Rikki: I don’t know. He works a lot, that’s why I hardly see him. But you know, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Milo: Or buying love makes the heart seem bigger.

Rikki: Got to hell, Milo. Do you have anything interesting to say?

Milo: Actually I do. I have come up with a brilliant plan.

Rikki: Well, what is it?

Milo: What better way to get in deep with drug dealers then to buy their product. Or, at least pretend to buy it. The regular users are easy to spot. All we have to do, or me…

Rikki: If anyone is going to pretend to be a buyer, it’ll be me. You’re too visible in this school. The minute anyone found out that you were interested in buying they wouldn’t be convinced, and it would be the talk of the school.

Milo: Must I remind you once again about the danger of the situation, there is danger.

Rikki: The point I’m trying to make, Milo, is that if I am the buyer, people would believe it. I am considered the bad Watkins kid around this school, at least before Jake started messing up.

Milo: Rikki, you’re not Nancy Drew, OK? What we’re about to do is not some adventurous plot line to some fictitious book. This is the real thing. There might not be happy ending to all this.

Rikki: Just because I’m younger than you Milo, I don’t deserve to be treated like a child. In my 17 years of living I have learned a lot of things about myself, one of them is that I’m not stupid.

(The bell rings for class).

Milo: Fine, Rikki, I’ll give in to you once again. (Milo turns on his heel and heads towards his class).

Rikki: (Quietly to herself) There’s no time like the present. I should start putting my Nancy Drew impression to work right now. (She puts her books back in her locker and takes her jacket out. She heads outside of the school to the tennis courts. She spots who she’s looking for and approaches the girl).

Rikki: Hey, Pats, what’s up?

Pats: (Getting ready to light a joint) The sky’s up, Rik. What do you want?

Rikki: Is that any way to talk to your long lost friend?

Pats: Long lost is right! Ever since you’ve been going out with Clyde, you don’t even have time to blow your stinking breath in my face.

Rikki: Sorry, Pats.

Pats: Don’t sorry me, just try and remember who introduced you to him.

Rikki: Of course I remember, pats. Why do you think I’m here now, I’m craving for your company.

Pats: (Surprised) Really? (She hands the joint over to Rikki) After what happened to your brother, you can probably use this more than I do.

Rikki: (She takes the joint, turns her head, and pretends to take a drag). How do you know about that? My brother is confidential information.

Pats: Everything that happens in Leabay never remains confidential. You have to be pretty crafty, or dangerous to keep secrets in this school.

Rikki: (Handing the joint back to Pats) Where could I get this stuff, Pats?

Pats: (Laughs harshly) If you only knew.

Rikki: What do you mean by that?

Pats: Nothing, Rik. Why do you want to know anyway? Drugs aren’t your scene.

Rikki: Well, I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. My mother’s dating a major league loser, my brother’s going to court for driving intoxicated, and I’ve been having horrible nightmares about my Dad. Is that enough reason for you?

Pats: That sounds real rough, Rik, but I don’t know. My supplier is real picky about who he sells to.

Rikki: Pats, I don’t see the problem here. I just need a little to help me feel more up. Just enough to get me through the times I’m having now.

Pats: (Reluctantly) OK Rik. I’ll see what I can do. I’ll you tonight.

Rikki: Thanks, Pats. You’re a true friend. (Rikki starts heading back to school).

Pats: Only when you need something, Rikki.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 6 – (Rikki’s bedroom – scene plays to music). Rikki gets the phone call from Pats. Pats gives her a time and location to meet the dealer the next afternoon. Rikki fills Milo in on what’s going on. Rikki gets to Walt’s Bar at 3:00 p.m. to meet the dealer. He never shows up. Next day, Rikki tries to find Pats to ask her what happened, but Pats won’t talk to her and she also has a black eye. When Rikki questions Pats about the eye, all she says is that Rikki better find another dealer because hers won’t sell to her. Pats warns her that if Rikki keeps trying to get drugs from her dealer, Pats is the one that will get hurt. Rikki and Milo both discouraged, question Jake some more about who his supplier is. Jake tells them he never got a good look at the guy’s face because he was always wearing a hat and sunglasses. Rikki, Clyde, Milo and Mrs. Watkins all go with Jake for his court trial for driving under the influence of drugs. Jake gets his license revoked for three years, has to stay in the rehab centre for at least three months, and is on probation for six months after that. Jake takes the verdict hard. In a long conversation with Milo after the trial, Rikki confides in Milo that she is really worried that they’ll never find the drug dealers in their school. Milo encourages her that he has a strong suspect in mind, and if he’s right, then they can call the police. The next day, Milo skips school and follows around a guy, dressed in a hat and sunglasses, the camera never focuses on his face, but Milo knows who it is. Milo witnesses the disguised man selling joints to Pats.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 7 – (In the school’s library. Rikki comes in to look for Milo. She finds him trying to get some homework done).

Rikki: Milo, I’ve been looking for you. Why weren’t you in school yesterday?

Milo: I had a little investigating I had to do.

Rikki: Did you find out anything?

Milo: Yes.

Rikki: (Angrily) Don’t be an asshole, Milo. What did you find out? Is it time to call the police or what?

Milo: You might not want to that anymore.

Rikki: What the hell is going on, Milo?

Milo: (Looking Rikki directly in the eye). The drug dealer we’re about to throw in jail is Clyde.

Rikki: (Confused) Clyde who?

Milo: Your boyfriend, Rikki. (Rikki stays silent for a good minute).
Rikki: I can’t believe that, Milo.

Milo: It’s true, Rikki. I’ve had this funny feeling for a while now that Clyde isn’t what he appears to be. I thought maybe if I tapped in the gossip grapevine I could find out something about him. But no one has anything to say about Clyde Allen.

Rikki: I can’t believe it.

Milo: The description that Jake gave us about his dealer, the height mats Clyde’s and the build. The way Jake says that the guy had such a strong jaw, it sounded like Clyde. That only fueled my suspicions.

Rikki: I can’t believe it.

Milo: I followed him all day yesterday. I saw him selling drugs to Pats. When he gave the drugs to Pats, he took off the sunglasses, I could make a positive ID.

Rikki: If Clyde was a dealer, especially Pats’ dealer, she would have told me.

Milo: Not if she thought it was going to get her another black eye, or worse.

Rikki: If Clyde was a dealer, Jake would have recognized him.

Milo: Not with the hat he wears. It covers any trace of his hair. Plus, the sunglasses cover half his face, and he puts on a fake earring and moustache.

Rikki: How could it be Clyde, he’s just not like that. Clyde is not like that.

Milo: (Grabbing Rikki’s finger with the diamond ring on it). How did he afford this, Rikki? How does he afford that flashy blue convertible of his? How does he afford to take you out all the time? He spoils you, you love it, but he’s spoiling you with drug money.

(Rikki jumps up and runs out of the library. Milo follows her. Rikki heads towards the empty tennis courts straight towards Pats, who is smoking a joint).

Rikki: Pats, I need to ask you some questions, I need the truth.
Pats: Leave me along, Rikki, Every time I talk to you, trouble starts.

Rikki: (Tears staining her cheeks) Is Clyde a drug dealer?

Pats: (Shocked and frightened) Who the hell told you that, Rikki?

Rikki: Never mind who told me that, I’m asking you to tell me now.

Pats: That’s ridiculous, Rik. Clyde would never…

Rikki: Pats, if you don’t tell me the truth, I’ll go to Clyde and confront him. I’ll also tell him that you told me. If he’s the one that gave you the black eye, you’ll be lucky to be alive once I…

Pats: Fuck off, Rikki, just leave me along. Clyde’s not a dealer.

Rikki: (Angrily) I meant it pats, either you tell me the truth, or Clyde will.

Pats: (Taking a deep drag on the joint) Oh shit, please leave me alone, Rik. None of this is my business.

Rikki: Tell me Pats, I need to know.

Pats: Leave me alone, bitch.

Rikki: Fine. I’ll have to talk to Clyde then. (Rikki starts walking away quickly towards the school).

Pats: Wait! (Pats catches up with Rikki).

Rikki: What do you have to say, Pats? I’m in a hurry.

Pats: (Hesitatingly) Clyde is a dealer. He doesn’t use the stuff himself. He just does it for the money. Makes him feel like a big man to act rich. And he enjoys impressing you with all that shit he’s always giving you. Don’t be so hard on him, Rik. Just pretend you know nothing.

Rikki: Pats, he was knowingly selling drugs to my brother. He’s probably the one who beat him up. He’s kept this all a secret from me, and has done nothing but lie to me. He told me that he’s a dishwasher at some diner along the highway. I admired him for being so hardworking.

Pats: Rik, do you really think that a rich girl like you would have stayed with a poor ass like Clyde for long? If he wasn’t constantly flashing his money around you, you would have said ‘so long’ a long time ago.

Rikki: I don’t care, Pats. He’s a drug dealer, a liar, and a fake. He’s going to get what’s coming to him.

Pats: Rikki, I beg you, don’t do anything. (She clutches on to Rikki before she almost falls. He’ll kill me, Rikki. He’d kill you too if it kept him from jail).

Rikki: (Surprised) He would?

Pats: He wouldn’t do it himself, but he’d get someone else to do it.

Clyde: Who would do what?

(Both girls turn around shocked to see Clyde approaching them).

Pats: Nothing, Clyde.

Rikki: Clyde, I was just about going to look for you. (Acting sweet).

Clyde: (He tries to kiss Rikki, but gets her cheek instead) I’ve been looking for you too, but I didn’t expect to find you here.

Rikki: I just wanted to say hi to Pats. We haven’t said much to each other in a while now…(awkward silence)…Clyde, I wanted to make sure that we were still going to that Spanish restaurant tonight?

Clyde: Definitely, I’ve already made the reservations.

Rikki: Good, I’ll be waiting at 8…(awkward silence)…Pats, I have the car today. Why don’t I give you a ride home?

Pats: (She notices the expression on Rikki’s face) Sure.

(Rikki and Pats say goodbye to Clyde and head towards the parking lot).

Scene blacks out.

Scene 8 – (Rikki’s bedroom – scenes under music) Milo already knows what happened because he was watching the whole thing behind some bushes. Rikki tells Milo her plan over the phone, and how she had to threaten pats to be a part of it. The plan is that Pats will call Clyde for a buy to be done while he’s having dinner with Rikki. That’s when Rikki would call the police. Pats will be a little late, to give the police more time to arrive. Hopefully they’ll be on time to catch Clyde. Rikki uses her acting skills to be with Clyde that night. The plan was put into action when Clyde left the table saying he had to go call his mother. Pats shows up, then the police. Clyde takes Pats as hostage to save himself from the police. His getaway is interfered with by Milo. Milo uses a knife to try and get Pats away from Clyde, Clyde has a gun and shoots Milo to get out of his way, the bullet hits Milo in the arm. Rikki runs after Clyde and begs him to let go of Pats. Clyde lets go of Pats in return for Rikki. Rikki begs him to give up. The police thinking that Rikki is an accomplice with Clyde, threatens to shoot both of them. Clyde decides to give himself up.

Last part of scene is of Jake, lying still on the floor of his rehab centre room. A nurse finds him and calls for an ambulance. When the paramedics come they pronounce him dead of a drug overdose.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 9 – (After Jakes’ funeral, Milo and Rikki sit silently by Jake’s grave. Milo’s arm is in a cast).

Milo: (Sadly) I’ll never be able to understand any of this. He threw away his life. Then he had a second chance, and he threw that away too. I don’t’ know if I’m mad or sad.

Rikki: I know, you almost lost your life for him, and he decided to throw his life away. (Rikki laughs sarcastically). What good has come out of this?

Milo: (Shocked) What are you saying, Rikki? Clyde’s in jail now. Maybe he’ll start choosing an honest profession from now on. Pats realizes that she needs help, she’s getting it.

Rikki: My brother is dead. I miss him so much already.

Milo: (Putting his arms around Rikki) So do I. Don’t ever forget that I’ll be there for you, Rikki. We’ll survive this together. OK?

Rikki: OK.

Scene blacks out and a list of statistics of how many people are addicted to drugs and die from every year appears.

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