EXT. DUMPSTER, SCHOOL YARD, VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA - DAY

Bobby turns the corner and finds FIVE STUDENTS smoking CIGARETTES. A startled look. The FIVE STUDENTS look like deer caught in a car’s headlights.

DEMERITT, 16, nerdy type, drops his cigarette startled by Bobby.

DEMERITT
Jeeze, I thought you were a guard.

Demeritt leans over to pick up the fallen CIGARETTE.

BOBBY
Don’t you know that stuff’s bad for your lungs?

DEMERITT
You’re what? The Anti-Smoking guy?

BOBBY
My aunt died of cancer of the lungs... worst way to go.

Instead of picking up the CIGARETTE, Demerit steps on it, crushing it, throws the STUB into the DUMPSTER.

MONTAGE:
There are flashes of guns and knives that have been snuck into the campus, tattoos, pierced ears and noses, gold chains, and day-glow pink and purple hair, funky stuff.

FOLLOW AS:
Bobby walks slowly around the groups of Students , trying to be invisible with his Hawaiian T-shirt on, looking very innocent and awestruck. He's a freshman. This is
his first day in high school and he's scared. He doesn't see anyone in the school who looks like him and he's wondering where he's going to fit in.

INT. DINING ROOM, ROBERT AND BOBBY’S VAN NUYS APARTMENT, CALIFORNIA - NIGHT

TAKE-OUT CHICKEN DINNER AND SIDES including SALAD, on the table as Bobby and Robert finish eating dinner.

The small one-bedroom apartment is littered with HALF-OPENED BOXES.

There's the FREEWAY NOISE in the background.

Bobby stares out the window at the freeway in Van Nuys.

The PHOTO of Robert and MONICA in WEDDING CLOTHES is the sole decoration on the apartment.

There's a BAR AREA made into a study with lots of BOOKS on the shelves, and DESK for ROBERT to correct his Students' papers.

INT. BOBBY’S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Bobby's room is the typical room of a California teenager of fifteen. Bobby unpacks photos of when he was 8 years old. His mother is hugging him and they're at Waikiki
Beach. Bobby props the picture of him with the hula girls next to his bed, next to his Mom's photo.

BOBBY
Hi Mom. We had a nice trip to Hawaii, but school is like a nightmare. Wish you were here.

Tears roll down his face.

ROBERT enters with a BROWN PAPER BAG, as Bobby hides his tears...

ROBERT “SENIOR”
What you think of your teachers?

BOBBY
Too early to tell.

ROBERT
Are there any of your middle school friends at the high school?

BOBBY
Ah, I didn't see anybody I know today. (Beat) I’m kind of .... About all the kinds of people I saw.

ROBERT “SENIOR”
A little scary isn’t it. You’ll be fine. Just blend in.

BOBBY
Yeah, ‘Just blend in.’

Robert hands Bobby the BROWN PAPER BAG. Bobby opens the bag. It’s a PICTURE FRAME, the size of the PHOTO of Bobby and the Hula Dancers with Leilani.

Bobby is pleased, takes the PHOTO from it’s cardboard frame, and turns it over.

On the back of the PHOTO in BLACK INK is “LEILANI, (808)555-1212 and ALOHALEILANI@GMAIL.COM”

Robert doesn’t see what is written on the back of the PHOTO but sees Bobby hesitate.

ROBERT “SENIOR”
Okay?

BOBBY
Yeah, very much okay Dad.

Robert leaves as Bobby jots down the phone number and E-mail of Leilani. Robert turns back with the best words of wisdom he can come up with...

ROBERT “SENIOR”
You’ll be okay son. Life is adjusting to your circumstances. It’s how resilient we are, HOW WE REACT to what happens to us.

BOBBY
Yeah. I’ll be okay. How I react to what happens to me...I got it!

 
 


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