Evergreen High: Episode Three

Episode 3.

“Protons and Neutrons”

Setting: Evergreen High, midday.

Sampson is alone at his locker. He takes a couple books from inside the locker and puts them into his backpack. Suddenly, he hears a voice from behind him.

TANYA

Hey you!

Sampson has an odd expression on his face at hearing the voice. However, he then smiles and turns around to face Tanya.

SAMPSON

Hey! What’s up?

TANYA

[Grabs onto the front of his shirt]

Oh, nothing.  Just thinking about the other night… at the football game.

SAMPSON

Yeah…

TANYA

I really like you Sampson.

SAMPSON

Yeah, Tanya… I, uh… I really like you too.

Tanya smiles, and then gives Sampson a kiss. The bell rings.

TANYA

Oops, I gotta go! I’ll talk to you soon.

Tanya runs off. We see Sampson, who has a pained look on his face as he watches Tanya walk off. He then turns around and heads for class. On the other side of the hallway, we see Austin leaning against his locker, watching Sampson walk away. His face is expressionless. Finally, he turns around and walks into class. He sits next to Devin.

AUSTIN

I’m gonna kill him.

DEVIN

Kill who?

AUSTIN

Sampson.

DEVIN

Relax, man. So they kissed. Big deal.

AUSTIN

I don’t care. He stole her from me. Now he has to pay.

DEVIN

That’s a little excessive.

TEACHER

Will you boys keep it quiet back there?

DEVIN

Sorry.

Desiree, who is sitting a row behind Austin, turns to Kelly, who is sitting next to her.

DESIREE

Did you hear?

KELLY

Hear what?

DESIREE

Austin. He’s gonna fight Sampson.

KELLY

Really? What for?

DESIREE

I don’t know. Something about stealing his girlfriend?

KELLY

I didn’t know he had a girlfriend! That’s a shame… I always thought he was cute.

DESIREE

Alright, it’s not always about you, Kelly. Don’t be so selfish.

KELLY

Sorry. So what’s the latest with Devin?

As she says this, Desiree turns to look at Devin. He’s sitting there staring at the teacher, but not really paying attention. He then looks over the corner of the room, where there sits an empty desk. He turns to Austin.

DEVIN

Ashley’s absent again…

AUSTIN

Huh?

DEVIN

Ashley. She hasn’t been in school since the football game. I wonder what happened.

AUSTIN

You know what else happened at the football game?

DEVIN

Oh man, not again.

AUSTIN

That nerd is dead.

TEACHER

Austin, I can hear you back there! One more word and I’m going to have to ask you to leave. Is what you’re talking about so important it can’t wait until after class?

At these words, Austin stands up.

TOM

This should be good.

AUSTIN

Actually, it is important. It’s the more important thing in the world. Because it’s my life. You’re sitting up there talking about the dilemmas that exist between subatomic particles. But you know what? What about my dilemmas? I’d do anything to switch places with a proton right now. And you know why? Because protons are never alone. Every proton has a neutron to pair with it. They share the nucleus. And they’re happy. But me… I’m neither a proton nor a neutron. I’m an electron. I have no counterpart, nor will I ever. I live in a nucleus, alright. But my nucleus… it’s empty. And it always will be.

Austin storms out of the classroom.

TOM

Yup, I was not disappointed.

We cut forward to the end of the school day. Devin is standing at his locker, talking to a few other guys. Desiree approaches him.

DESIREE

Hey Dev!

DEVIN

Hey Desiree, what’s up?

DESIREE

Oh, nothing. Just saying hi!

DEVIN

Oh… OK. Say, have you heard anything about Ashley? Is she sick or something?

DESIREE

[Appears angry for a second, and then recovers]

You know… I’ve heard some strange rumors about that girl.

DEVIN

You have? Like what?

DESIREE

That umm… she’s…. that she’s…. crazy.

DEVIN

[Laughs]

Crazy? What do you mean? She seems fine to me.

DESIREE

Well that’s how crazy people work, don’t they? Fine one day, then they wake up on wrong the side of the bed and they go insane. I’ve heard she’s even spent time in a mental institution.

DEVIN

[Pensive]

Heh… I gotta admit, I find that a little hard to believe…

DESIREE

Well, like I said. It’s just a rumor. Take it for what it’s worth. So what’s the deal with Austin wanting to kill Sampson? Everyone in the school is talking about it!

DEVIN

What? Where’d you hear that?

DESIREE

Oh… you know how this school works. Somebody overhears somebody else in class, and then tells somebody else. Before you know it, it spreads like wildfire.

DEVIN

Right…

Kelly, who is standing behind Desiree, notices Sampson walking down the hall. She lowers her eyes in suspicion and then starts following him. She watches as he walks out the back doors. Watching through the window, she sees Tanya run up to him and give him a hug. Kelly’s eyes light up as she watches. Instantly, she turns and starts running back towards Devin and Desiree. She looks around, and then spots Austin at his locker and runs up to him.

KELLY

Austin!

AUSTIN

What?

KELLY

Sampson and Tanya! I just saw them kissing in the back of the school.

Austin instantly freezes. His head turns in the direction of the back doors, and then he starts walking. As he walks, everyone he passes stops what they’re doing to watch him. You can see them all whispering excitedly to each other.

Meanwhile, in the back of the school. Tanya and Sampson are talking.

TANYA

So what are you doing tonight? Wanna catch a movie?

SAMPSON

Oh, I don’t know. I kind of have a lot of work to do…

TANYA

Nonsense! What’s more important, work or me?

SAMPSON

Umm…

TANYA

That’s what I thought. I’ll call you later!

She gives Sampson a kiss on the cheek and then walks away towards the parking lot. She’s halfway there when she hears a large commotion back from where she just came from. She notices a large group of people are forming a circle. Intrigued, she heads back over to watch. In the circle, she sees Austin and Sampson face-to-face.

AUSTIN

You have a lot of explaining to do!

SAMPSON

What are you talking about?!

AUSTIN

I saw you at the football game with Tanya… kissing.

Sampson says nothing.

AUSTIN

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Austin grabs hold of Sampson, and then cocks his arm back to throw a punch.

SAMPSON

WAIT! Wait a minute! You don’t understand! I don’t even like her! It was a mistake… I shouldn’t have kissed her!

Austin lowers his arm.

AUSTIN

So… you’re not gonna date her?

SAMPSON

No.

Austin stares down Sampson, and then finally let’s go of him as he falls to the ground. Austin walks back into the school. Sampson, breathing quickly, looks around at everyone staring at him, and then he notices Tanya staring at the edge of the crowd. She gives him a horrified look, and looks like she’s about to cry. Finally, she bolts off.

SAMPSON

[From the ground]

Tanya… wait!

 The rest of the crowd watches as she runs away, and Sampson just continues to lie there in shame. Everyone instantly starts talking to each other about what just happened. Meanwhile, Tom just stands there in the back with a grin on his face.

TOM

This place never lets me down.

END SCENE

Will Tanya and Sampson reconcile?

Will Devin actually heed Desiree’s “warning?”

Will Sampson exact revenge on Austin?

Will I drink a red or a yellow Gatorade as soon as I finish typing this?

Find out on the next episode of… EVERGREEN HIGH

Evergreen High: Episode 2

Episode 2

“The Biggest Game of Our Lives”

Setting: Football game at Evergreen High

The football team is on the field. They are currently huddled up, including Devin, Austin and Tom because they are the main characters and of course must be involved in everything.

DEVIN

Alright guys, this is the biggest moment of our lives. Nothing… and I mean nothing is more important than right now. We are playing football for Evergreen High, where we will experience the most significant and important moments of our entire lives. Nothing will ever be the same after today.

TOM

Uhh, a little dramatic, don’t you think? I mean, it’s only high school football. And it’s the first game. Plus we kind of, well… suck.

TOKEN BLACK KID

Yo, why you gotta ruin the vibe, dawg?

DEVIN

Tom, I think you should sit this play out.

TOM

[Laughs, then sees that Austin isn’t joking]

You serious?

DEVIN

It’s for the best.

TOM

Whatever man.

Tom leaves for the sideline.

DEVIN

Alright, the play is a deep toss to Austin.

AUSTIN

I don’t know man. I just can’t do it. I can’t.

DEVIN

[Puts his hand on Austin’s shoulder]

Believe.

Austin frantically looks around in desperation. Suddenly he spots Tanya sitting in the bleachers watching the game.

AUSTIN

…Okay.

The team lines up. Devin throws a deep pass to Austin, who catches it.

Desiree and Kelly, sitting in the bleachers, cheer on the Evergreen High football team along with the rest of the crowd.

DESIREE

[Yelling through the applause]

Woooh! Nice throw, Devin!

KELLY

I hate football.

DESIREE

You know, we only come to these games to support Devin.

KELLY

Ugh, look who it is.

Desiree looks where Kelly is pointing and sees Ashley.

DESIREE

What is she doing here?

KELLY

Watching the game, I suppose

DESIREE

Ugh, I know that, Kelly. But still. And who is she waving to?

The girls look onto the field and spot Devin waving back to her.

DESIREE

[Disgusted]

Nuh-uh! This is not happening.

KELLY

That girl is such a slut. I knew it right away. I can always tell.

DESIREE

Follow me.

The two girls stand up. They walk through the crowd and head in the direction of Desiree. Along the way, Desiree grabs a drink cup from another girl.

GIRL

Hey!

DESIREE

I’ll take that.

They walk to the row behind Ashley. As they approach her, Desiree pretends to slip on something and spills the entire drink onto Ashley’s head. Ashley screams out of surprise and then turns around to see who did such a thing.

ASHLEY

What the HELL?!

DESIREE

Oops. How clumsy of me.

The crowd, now focusing their attention towards this incident, begins to laugh. Ashley, overcome with embarrassment, starts to tear up. She gets up from her seat and runs off of the bleachers and back in the direction of the school

DESIREE

Buh-bye!

KELLY

Nice one, Des.

DESIREE

What do you mean?  It was clearly an accident.

The two girls look at each other for a second, and then start laughing. Meanwhile, several rows away, you can see Tanya watching them. She is sitting next to Sampson.

TANYA

Ugh, Desiree is such a bitch. I cannot stand her.

SAMPSON

Don’t worry about it. She’ll get hers someday.

TANYA

I only hope.

SAMPSON

So, have you taken my advice yet? Did you talk to this “crush” yet?

TANYA

Oh… no, not yet.

SAMPSON

Why not?

TANYA

I’m just… not ready yet.

SAMPSON

Alright. Fair enough.

Sampson focuses his attention back towards the game.

SAMPSON

[Yells]

C’mon Evergreen!

Tanya stares at Sampson while he watches the game. Just when it looks like she is about to open her mouth and say something, she’s interrupted by a tumultuous applause from the crowd. Evergreen had just scored a touchdown. Sampson stands up and celebrates, he high-fives everyone around him, then high-fives Tanya.

TANYA

Yeah! Go… football!

SAMPSON

[Laughs]

You’re such a girl.

TANYA

[Laughs along]

Shut up!

Tanya stares at him again as we return back to the game. Our main characters are sitting together on the bench.

AUSTIN

Just look at all these people, here. They sit, and they cheer… but for what reason? Why do they so passionately support us? What do we do for them? It’s something that I will never understand. I play this game because it’s what everybody has told me I should be doing. But I don’t love it. Yet, all these people, who don’t even play, come here and cheer us on. But they don’t actually know us. It’s not us that they care about. They don’t know who I really am. And if they did, would they still cheer for me? Would they still love me? Is it the name on the back of the jersey that they admire, or is it the front?

TOM

Hey Austin, here’s an idea: Shut the hell up and play football.

DEVIN

Back off, Tom. Austin’s having the game of his life. And I think I know why.

Devin nods towards the stands where Tanya is sitting.

AUSTIN

[Blushes]

What? Oh, no. I don’t like her, Dev… I swear.

DEVIN

Dude, it’s totally cool. I am completely over her. You should go for it. Besides, I have my sights set on somebody else now.

TOM

Oh yeah? Who?

DEVIN

The new girl. Ashley.

TOM

Oh, right. She’s in my Chemistry class. Nice rack.

DEVIN

Yeah, give me a couple weeks. I’ll have her.

The coach runs up to them.

COACH

What the hell are you dickwads doing? Get the hell on the field. We got the ball back, and we just need a touchdown to win it with three minutes remaining! It’s an extremely convenient score so that we could set up a dramatic high school-football finish! Can you do it, Devin?

DEVIN

Of course, coach.

Before the team runs back onto the field. Devin approaches Austin.

DEVIN

You know what would really impress Tanya?

AUSTIN

A love poem?

DEVIN

What? No.

AUSTIN

Oh, a mixed tape! I already know what tracks to put on it.

DEVIN

Focus, man. What would impress her is if you scored the game winning touchdown.

AUSTIN

Ah… you’re right!

DEVIN

Let’s do it!

The team runs onto the field and starts the drive. Meanwhile, back in the stands, Tanya and Sampson are still watching the game. Tanya opens her mouth to speak, then stops, then starts again, stops, takes a deep breath, and finally speaks.

TANYA

It’s you.

SAMPSON

[Half listening]

Hmm?

TANYA

The crush. It’s you.

This catches Sampson’s attention. He turns to face Tanya, and has no idea how to respond. Before he says anything, we return to the play on the field. The players are all huddled together,

DEVIN

Ten seconds remaining. This is it, boys. You ready? This play will determine the rest of our lives.

TOM

Highly doubt that.

DEVIN

Austin, I want you to stop and go, and I’ll hit you in the corner of the end zone. Ready? Break!

Devin grabs hold of Austin’s jersey as the team lines up and pulls him towards him.

DEVIN

Do this for Tanya!

Austin nods. He goes to his starting position and takes a deep breath. Devin calls out the signals and then receives the ball. He drops back, watches the play develop, and then launches a ball in the back of the end zone in the direction of Austin. As the ball is in mid-air, dramatic music plays. We see Austin running all by himself, wide open in the end zone, and then the scoreboard showing time expire as the ball continues its ascent. Austin is standing there waiting for it, and he takes a second to glance towards the stands to see if Tanya is watching. Suddenly he sees Tanya and Sampson kissing each other at the top of the bleachers.

AUSTIN

What the F–

The ball hits Austin in the helmet and falls to the ground. Evergreen high loses the game. The crowd collectively groans.

COACH

FUCKING FUCK!

END SCENE

Will Tanya and Sampson begin dating?

How will Austin react to this new development?

Will Devin “get” Ashley within his predicted two week timeframe?

How will Ashley react to the embarrassment in the stands?

Will I eat a slice of leftover pizza from earlier tonight that is currently sitting in my fridge since I’m a little bit hungry, even though it’s late and I don’t know if I really need it but it’s hard to resist pizza when you’re hungry, and otherwise it’s just going to go to go to waste if I don’t?

Find out on the next episode of… EVERGREEN HIGH

Evergreen High

Episode One.

“So Many Problems”

Main Characters:

Desiree: Generic hot girl #1: spoiled, blonde and with rich parents

Kelly: Generic hot girl #2: slightly less hotter than Desiree, follows her and does whatever she says

Tanya: Generic hot girl #3: Enemies with Desiree and Kelly. Shockingly she is also hot.

Ashley: Generic new girl in school that is hotter than everyone else and thus everyone hates her

Devin: Hunky star Quarterback and basketball star.

Austin: Devin’s best friend. Always acts like he’s been dealt a raw hand in life.

Sampson: Dorky looking kid that, for some reason, gets girls.

Tom: The only normal person in the entire school.

Setting: Evergreen High School, where everything is dramatic… and everything is important.

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Devin, Austin and Marcus are walking down the hallway together after school. Suddenly, Austin drops his books and stops in his tracks.

DEVIN

What’s wrong, Austin?

AUSTIN

I just… I just… can’t take this anymore.

TOM

What are you talking about?

AUSTIN

Life. I mean… what is it all for? What is the purpose of our existence?  I wake up every day, and I go to school because, well, that is what I am supposed to do. But why am I doing things just because I am supposed to? I’m sixteen years old, I should be living. Instead, I’m stuck here. In high school. I’m stuck in an endless abyss of shadows that follows me wherever I go. Can you see them?

Several seconds of silence pass.

TOM

Oh… were you actually asking me?

AUSTIN

What?

TOM

The last part… were you actually asking me a question? Because I totally lost you there.

DEVIN

Don’t be so insensitive, Tom. Listen, Austin, I know what you’re going through. Believe me, I do. Life is so difficult. Especially right now… in high school. But you just have to keep going through it. Push through the bad days. One day everything will finally make sense. I do see the shadows, I see them every day.

AUSTIN

You totally get me, man.

Austin puts his arm around Devin and they walk away together Tom stares at them.

TOM

Fuckin weirdos.

Tom follows after them. Meanwhile, in the background, we see Desiree and Kelly watching the boys.

DESIREE

OMG, Devin is so hot!

KELLY

Such a hunk! I still can’t believe he likes Tanya.

DESIREE

What did you say?

KELLY

Umm… nothing. You two should totally be together.

DESIREE

Of course we should.

Desiree opens her locker and looks in the mirror to fix her hair. In the mirror, she sees another girl walking towards her locker. Instantly, she turns around to face Kelly.

DESIREE

Who is that? A new girl?

KELLY

Must be. She’s like… really, really pretty.

Desiree gives Kelly a sharp look.

KELLY

But not as pretty as you of course.

DESIREE

Of course not. Let’s go talk to her.

Desiree and Kelly approach the new girl.

DESIREE

Hi, I’m Desiree. Are you new?

ASHLEY

Yes Today’s my first day. I’m Ashley, nice to meet you!

DESIREE

And this is Kelly.

ASHLEY

…Hi.

DESIREE

So, I don’t know if you know how things work around here. But… I just don’t go up to anybody and start talking to them. But just by looking at you, I see a lot of potential.

ASHLEY

Umm… thanks? I guess…

KELLY

It’s a pretty big deal.

DESIREE

So, you’d really benefit if you hung out with us. Trust me.

KELLY

Really benefit.

ASHLEY

[Looks back and forth between Desiree and Kelly]

You know… I think I’m alright. I move around a lot, so I’m used to meeting new people. But thanks!

Desiree gives Ashley a dirty look. Suddenly they are interrupted when Devin approaches them.

DEVIN

Hey girls… talking about me?

DESIREE

Oh Dev, stop it!

DEVIN

[Notices Ashley]

Hey! I haven’t seen you around here before. I’m Devin.

Devin extends his hand.

ASHLEY

[Shakes his hand]

Ashley. I’m new here.

DEVIN

Oh really? Hey why don’t I show you around the place?

ASHLEY

That would be great!

Devin and Ashley walk away. Desiree stares at them.

DESIREE

That bitch!

KELLY

Totally crossed the line.

DESIREE

We’ll put her in her place.

Desiree and Kelly walk off. As they walk they pass by Sampson and Tanya, who are walking together. Desiree and Amanda exchange dirty looks as they pass.

SAMPSON

You just gotta tell him, Tanya!

TANYA

You think so?

SAMPSON

Absolutely. Just walk straight up to him and tell him how you feel.

TANYA

I don’t know…

SAMPSON

Trust me. You’re beautiful. There’s no way he won’t like you back.

TANYA

[Blushing]

You’re so good to me, Sampson.

SAMPSON

Don’t mention it.  So, who’s the lucky guy?

TANYA

Oh, it’s not important…

SAMPSON

C’mon! Tell me!

TANYA

I don’t think I should say…

SAMPSON

[Laughs]

Hmm… a secret? Alright, I have to get going, my ride’s here. I’ll talk to you later?

TANYA

Definitely.

Tanya and Sampson hug. Sampson runs off and hops into a car as it drives away. Tanya stares at the car as it departs. In the background, we see Austin and Tom in their football gear walking out of the locker room on the way to practice.

AUSTIN

Football… it just doesn’t make sense to me. Why do we do it? Why do we run around like animals and hit people for no particular reason? I’m not a violent person, and yet, because I have the physical capabilities do to some I must act like I’m some monster? There are so many other things I can be doing with my life, right here, right now, at Evergreen High. So many arenas of this world that I have yet to explore. But everybody expects so much from me. My teachers, my parents…I just… don’t know if I can handle the pressure anymore. It’s so overwhelming. It’s like I’m carrying the entire weight of the world on my shoulders and there’s nothing I can do to release it.

TOM

Oh… have you been talking this whole time? I haven’t been listening to a word you said.

AUSTIN

Aw, forget it. Hey look, there’s Tanya.

TOM

Oh yeah, you like her right?

AUSTIN

I love her.

TOM

Then ask her out.

AUSTIN

Are you kidding me?

TOM

Oh right, I forgot. Because asking her out would be the normal thing to do. But since we’re in Evergreen high, where only drama matters, you’ll do nothing about it and watch as she hooks up with every other guy except you, and you’ll spend all your time bitching to others about how much you love her and how she never notices you. And of course you’ll also mention how many problems you have.

AUSTIN

I have so many problems.

TOM

Yes Austin, we know…

END SCENE

Who does Tanya like?

Will Austin ever find the courage to ask her out?

Will Desiree and Ashley become enemies?

Will I ever stop asking rhetorical questions?

Find out on the next episode of… EVERGREEN HIGH