Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It's Hard

Sometimes writing is hard. Sometimes, it feels like anything would be more fun than going to the computer and trying to write one sentence after another. Luckily, even the best writers feel the same way. This song, "It's Hard to be the Bard" is about how even Shakespeare has those days where he hates writing. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRDajvNX7Vw

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Geniuses Chapter 1 (ish)

Iris Durante 
Sitting backstage was one of the most powerful things Iris Durante had ever experienced. Her stomach fluttered in anticipation at the thought of the crowd just on the other side of the curtain waiting for what was to come. Not that the crowd waiting for her was that big. It was about forty people, some of whom had probably just wandered in by chance. But it was something.
            “Durante.” A gruff voice pulled her out of her daydream.
            She blinked her eyes, to see a tall man, impeccably dressed in an expensive suit. She welcomed him with a glare. “Pierce, didn’t we talk about not distracting me right before–”
            “Be quiet and listen to me.” He cut her off, and the tone of his voice made her annoyance vanish.
            “What?” she asked, “What’s wrong?”
            “There’s a gentleman here to throw us out.” He voice was perfectly calm just like it had been through many much more dangerous situations.
            Iris’ on the other hand, was not. “What?” she stood up and walked toward him, furious. “What the hell? We rented it through the rest of the week.”
            “Yes, but apparently he never got his payment.” He moved closer so he could whisper in her ear. “They never paid him.”
            “Fuck.” She whispered and looked sadly back at the curtains and the waiting audience on the other side.
“So we have two options.” Pierce said, ignoring the profanity. “Stay and try to figure it out or”
“Or make a daring escape.” Iris was already standing up.
            “Through the window?” Pierce suggested after a moment of glancing around.
            “It wouldn’t really be an escape if we used the door now would it?” Iris asked. He didn’t acknowledge her sarcasm. What else was new.
            She opened the window and stuck her head out. The drop was about ten feet. She looked out planning her fall and couldn’t help commenting.
“You know, it feels like you have me jumping out a new window every week.”
“Just jump.” he said, sounding bored.
“Fine, be that way.” she said and jumped, rolling out of her landing to break her fall. Pierce came after her, landing more heavily than she had but still safely.
            He straightened his suit and pulled out a pair of sunglasses. “Ready?”
            She took a breath. “When you are.”
            “Alright. Let’s get going.”
            As they ran around the corner of the building, Iris realized how suspicious they must look.
            “I hope no one sees this.” She said.
            “They won’t think anything of it.” He said back.
            Iris couldn’t help laughing. “Yeah, because a black girl climbing out the back window of a building isn’t at all suspicious.”
            He laughed, despite their situation. “I think you’re fine.” he said.
            “You do?”
            “Yeah, because you have a white guy with you.”
            She shrugged. “I hope you’re right.”
            A moment later they were at his car. Iris shoved her guitar as carefully as she could into the back seat before getting in herself.
            Pierce started the car and glanced over at her. “Are you buckled?” he asked.
            “Because seatbelts matter when we’re trying to get away.” Iris said.
            “Safety is always important.” he said, but his small smirk told her he was only partially serious.
            “You’re a safety freak.” she said, but buckled her seatbelt.
            She waited until they’d made it a couple blocks before speaking again.
            “What the hell are they playing at?” she said. More like shouted.
            “I’m sure it was just a mistake-“ Pierce began, but Iris didn’t let him finish.
            “This is the second time they’ve done this! Are they trying to get us arrested?”
            When he only shrugged, she let out an exasperated noise. “This is our cover Pierce! You’d think they’d want to make sure it worked.” She stopped, suddenly scared of the possibilities. “Are they trying to get rid of me?”
            “No.” Pierce suddenly sounded not only invested in the conversation but forceful. “No. You’re a valuable asset to them. They’re not trying to get rid of you.”
            As much as this was nice to hear Iris wasn’t entirely sure she believed him.
            “How do you know?” she asked.
            Before he could answer, his phone rang and he picked it up.
            “Hello?” he said. “Yes, it’s me. What?”
            Iris sat back in her seat, and tried to guess what the person on the other end of the line was saying based on his expression. She knew him pretty well after all. Before she could, however he hung up and turned to her, gravely.
            “What did they say?” she asked, dreading the answer.
He immediately switched to his no nonsense expression and scoffed. “Stop panicking Durante. They’re not done with you yet. As much as you might wish they were.”
“Can you stop trying to be dramatic and just tell me what’s going on?” she exclaimed.
Her rudeness earned her a glare. “They’re giving you a new assignment.” he said.
“Well, that’s great! What is it?” She held her breath, waiting for the answer.
He gave her a strange, half smile. “You won’t be so excited in a moment. Now tell me, have you ever heard of Autumn O’Brien?”


Mark Cassidy

            “Autumn O’Brien bursts back onto the scene with her new organization, the League of Geniuses.”
            Mark scowled at the man reading over his shoulder. “This is private.” He said. He pulled another tab to cover the headline and the picture of the smiling, curly haired woman underneath it.
            If Richmond noticed Mark’s tone, he didn’t let on. Instead he carefully lowered himself into the chair besides him. He smiled kindly. It was a smile Mark had grown up with, and remembered more fondly than either of his parents. At the moment, though, he was in too bad of a mood to respond like he normally did.
            “What, are you checking up on me now?” he asked.
            “I’m worried about you, obviously.” Richmond’s tone became more serious. “How are you feeling?”
            “Like my boyfriend broke up with me basically.” Mark stared stubbornly at his computer screen. He started moving all of his folders around so it would look like he was doing something.
            Richmond made a concerned face. “Can we actually call him you boyfriend?” he asked. “You did only date for a week.”
            “Well, he’s not anymore.” Mark pulled up the tab of the smiling woman again. “He made that very clear.”
            Richmond paused. When he spoke again, his voice was much quieter. “What is this? Three in two months?” he asked.
            “Three boyfriends, four breakups.” Mark corrected him. “Don’t ask.” he added.
            Richmond looked concerned. “Do you want to talk about it?”
            “Not really.” Mark started typing.
            “Ok, we won’t then” Richmond said. He looked over Mark’s shoulder again. “Are you hacking into your own website?”
            “It’s not my website.” Mark said. “I wouldn’t have used such a god awful font.”
            “You’re hacking into a website to change the font.” Richmond said. “Yes, you’re obviously completely fine and have all of your priorities straight.”
            “I do in fact.” Mark said, still typing.
            Richmond sighed. “Mark, this isn’t the way to deal with people leaving.” he said gently.
            “There’s more than one way to deal with a breakup,” Mark snapped. “Just because I’m doing it differently than you doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”


Dana Reed

They were doing it wrong. Dana knew they were. The men who had been called in to fix the electrical system were doing it absolutely wrong. Or at least one of them was. And that just happened to be the one who was doing anything. The other one was “overseeing” him she supposed. In reality, he was just standing in the corner on his phone. The other one was fumbling with wires and tools. He had a cigarette sticking out of his mouth. Dana had tried to tell him that this was a smoke free area, and the dangers of smoking. He didn’t care. He had mostly just looked confused how she’d been able to remember all the statistics about smoking off the top of her head.
            He’d probably be even more confused if she revealed her knowledge of electrical systems. He probably wouldn’t listen.
            “How’s it going?”
            She turned to see, her coworker, Steve, standing behind her.
            “What?” she asked.
            “Them.” He pointed at the workmen. “They don’t seem to know what they’re doing.”
            “Nope.” She said, keeping her eyes focused down on her notepad as she said it, hoping her body language would make it clear that she didn’t want to be part of this conversation.
            Steve didn’t notice. “What are they? Her cousins. Do any of Stacy’s family actually know what they’re doing?”
            Yeah, but who would hire them then?
            She didn’t say that out loud of course.
            “Do you want a drink?”
            Steve was offering her a beer.
            She stared at it.
            “You do realize we’re supposed to be working right?”
            He shrugged, taking a swig from his own bottle. “We’re working for a newspaper written by three people, read by even less. The lights won’t turn on and Useless and Stupid are over there fixing the electricity because they’re the boss’s cousins. How serious do you think this is?”
            “Good point.” She said. But she still didn’t take the beer.
            “Do you want to ask them how it’s coming along?” he asked, taking another sip.
            Honestly, no. She sighed. Steve was in no condition to be talking to anyone. Even two electricians who didn’t know what they were doing. Maybe especially them.
            “Fine.” She stood up and walked toward the one who wasn’t doing anything, trying to look casual.
            He didn’t notice her. She cleared her throat and waited. When that didn’t work she rolled her eyes, beginning to lose her temper.
            “Excuse me.”
            He looked up, immediately looking guilty about being caught doing nothing.
            “How’s it coming?” Dana prompted.
            “Oh, uh, fine. Fine. Very good.” He said.
            She stared at him for a second, not wanting to push anymore, even though she knew he was wrong. “Ok.” She said and walked back to her desk.       
            “Well?” Steve asked. He was still there.
            “I was literally four feet away.” She said. “You didn’t hear it?”
            He looked taken aback at her tone. “Are you alright?”
            “Do I look alright?” she didn’t even raise her voice that much, but in the silence of the room it seemed to echo.
            “What’s going on here?” Stacy Wright came out of her office. She was the owner of the paper Dana worked for. She was a self-made businesswoman who’s story would have been inspirational if her business was actually successful and her paper had more than three regular readers. Right now, she looked pissed. “Dana do you have a problem?”
            A small part of her mind told her to back down. To say no, thank you and go back to work. She ignored it.
            “Yes actually.” Dana snapped, “I can’t finish this interview because the man who gave it is currently on the run from the police. There’s beer in the office. And the lights won’t turn on.” As she said it she flipped the light switch to prove her point. For a moment they did turn on. Then a deafening crack of sparks lit the room and she turned just in time to see the two workmen jumping away from the wall as a stack of unsold papers went up in flames.
            The fire alarm, which she’d always assumed was broken, proved her wrong and went off.  She stood paralyzed watching it spread to other stacks. Just as it was reaching her desk, Stacy appeared with the fire extinguisher and put it out. She turned to them, looking as if she herself was about to burst into flames and pointed to the door.
            “Everyone out!”
            Ten minutes later, they were all outside, sitting on the curb, waiting for the fire department. Stacy clutched a stack of this week’s unsold papers to her chest. They’d been the only think she’d though to rescue. Steve turned to Dana, his beer still in his hand.
            “Now what?” he asked.
            Dana grimaced and took out her phone. “Now I have to make a phone call.” she said, mostly to herself. She dialed the number from memory and put the phone to her ear.
            “Autumn!” she said, trying to make her voice sound optimistic. “How are you? So, this job – it’s not working out. No, I wasn’t fired, but funny that you mention that…”

Niguel Torres

The cafĂ© was a security hazard waiting to happen. Niguel literally watched as a woman slipped the goods from the counter into her purse while talking to the cashier. It wasn’t the best set up for a store anyway. The small front windows would make it a prime example for a robbery. No one outside the store could easily see what was going on inside and there was only one phone he could see. It was in plain sight.
            Niguel cut off the train of thought and forced his focus back to his menu. He wasn’t here to case the joint. He didn’t do that anymore. He was here to see his sister who he hadn’t seen in almost six months. She still did do that. That was the reason for the long time in which they hadn’t seen each other. This was just the kind of place they would have chosen though, in the old days. And it would be just like her to choose it on purpose, just for that reason. He’d given up on waiting outside and had gotten a table.
            “Hey stranger.”
            Niguel looked up to see Galena standing in front of him. It may have been only six months but she looked years older. Her make up was heavy and she’d cut her hair short. She looked tired.
            “Hey.” he said.
            She sat down and started perusing his menu. “I almost walked right by you. You look different.”
            “You’re the one who’s different.” Niguel said. Of course she didn’t apologize for being late.
            “Maybe.” She said, not taking her eyes off the menu. “But you’re the one who completely decided to change everything.”
            “I’m not coming back if that’s what you want.” Niguel began. Might as well make that clear right off the bat.
            She gave him a look. It was the look she’d given him ever since they were children. It was the look she gave him when he stated something she thought obvious. “Yeah, I know. I’m not an idiot.”
            “Debatable.” Niguel smirked at her.
            After a moment she returned the look, accompanied by a choice gesture. “Do you wanna let me speak or keep yapping your mouth?”
            “Can I be honest?” The conversation almost felt like one they would have had before.
            “Shut up and listen to me.” She leaned in toward him and lowered her voice. “I want out.”
            “What?” he’d expected to be recruited not her wanting to leave.
            “You heard me.” She said.
            “What, you want me to help you get a job?” he asked, trying to wrap his head around the situation.
            “No I want you to help me leave.” Her menu was still up but her focus was completely on him. He quickly glanced around before putting his up too.
            “Then why don’t you just leave? Andre will get it. He won’t be happy but he’ll deal with it.”
            She shook her head. “It’s not that easy. We aren’t teenagers shoplifting anymore.” She looked around. “We got picked up. We help out with big stuff now.”
            “So you joined a gang.” Niguel couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “Jesus, Lena that was the one thing I said not to do.”
            “No it’s not a gang. It’s worse than that.
            A chill went down his spine. What did she mean worse than a gang? “Could you stop playing games and tell me what the hell I’m supposed to do?” he snapped.
            “Fine.” She crossed her arms. “But believe me, I’m not screwing around. This is real. Andre met them a couple weeks after you left. We’ve been working for them sense. It was good at first.” She looked down and Niguel followed her gaze to see her gripping her seat so tightly her fingers were turning white. “We got paid and the work wasn’t too hard. But then-“ she stopped and looked over his shoulder. Niguel discreetly followed her gaze. A man was sitting alone at the table behind them. He didn’t seem too suspicious.
            “What?” Niguel asked.
            “Nothing.” She shook her head. “I’m being paranoid.”
            “What happened Galena?” he asked
            She looked for a moment like she was going to tell him then her expression closed off. “I’m sorry. I can’t tell you. It’s too dangerous. All I can say is that I want out.”
            Niguel stared at her, trying to figure out a way to make her say more. But her mind was made up. She wouldn’t say anything else. “What am I supposed to do about that?” he asked.
            “Tell that person who helped you get out.” She said, earnestly. “What’s her name, Autumn O’Brien. She helped you get a job and avoid the charges. She can help me too.”
            “What, Autumn? “ Niguel shook his head. “She won’t be able to do anything about this.”
            “How do you know?” Galena asked stubbornly.
            Niguel sighed exasperated, “I was just shoplifting. And I don’t know what you’re into but it’s worse than that.”
            Galena raised an eyebrow skeptically. “Autumn’s a lot more powerful than you think.” she said. “You should hear some of the stuff people say about her. I wouldn’t trust her if I were you.”
            He stared at her. “I don’t know who you’ve been talking to, but I think they’re messing with you.”
            “Whatever,” Lena waved her hand dismissively. “That’s beside the point. What are we gonna do?”
            He sighed and leaned back in his chair.  “I’m gonna get you out of this. But you need to tell me what’s going on.”
            She looked down at her menu, and he could almost see her thoughts going at a mile a minute, trying to decide what to do.
            “Fine.” She said finally. “But not here. I’ll text you. I have to go now.” She stood up and looked back at him over her shoulder. “Thanks Niguel.”
            “Yeah, don’t mention it.”
            Then, with one anxious glance around the store she left. A waiter watched her leave and turned to Niguel.
            “Are you waiting for anyone else sir?”
            “No,” Niguel leaned back in his chair and watched his sister disappear in the crowd.  “It’s just me.”


 Theodore Sanders

Theo had always had his entire life planned out. He was the kind of person who hated indecision and uncertainty so he planned to avoid it.
            The problem was that plans didn’t always go the way you wanted them to.
            For example, he had never planned to be in New York City of all places, standing outside an apartment door with an address and a name clutched in his hand. Yet here he was.
            He took a breath, and checked the address one more time, making sure he was at the right place. He was. He had already checked. To be honest, at this point he was just stalling.
            It was getting ridiculous now, how long he’d been standing outside the door.
            “Just do it!” he muttered under his breath. Then without thinking he raised his hand and knocked.
             A series of muffled voices came from inside the door. Then it suddenly opened and he found himself staring into an unfamiliar face with short black hair, almond shaped eyes, and an annoyed expression. He blinked.
            “Um, hi.” he said hesitantly. “Is Autumn O’Brien there?” He really hoped he didn’t have the wrong address.
            “Yeah.” The girl said in a disinterested voice. Then she yelled over her shoulder. “Autumn! There’s someone here for you! Tallish, blond hair.” She turned back to him to look him up and down. “Super fashionable! Sound familiar?”
            Theo blushed as she described him and stuttered. “Umm thanks. Tell her its Theodore Sanders.”
            But before she had time to relay this, another person appeared in the doorway.
            “Theo!” she shouted and rushed forward to hug him before he could even say hello. “I’m so glad you made it! Come in! Poly this is Theodore Sanders. He’s the one I was talking to on the phone yesterday. Theo this is Poly.”
            “It’s Poly with one ‘L’” Poly clarified. “Because spelling is stupid. Or because I’m too lazy to write an extra ‘L’. Believe whatever you like.”
            “Ok,” he didn’t really know how to respond to that.
            “Come inside!” Autumn said, “Sit down! Are you hungry? Do you want something to drink?”
            “No, thanks, I’m ok.” Theo said, feeling overwhelmed by Autumn just like he always was.
            Once they were inside she turned to him seriously. “Did you tell them before you left?”
            Theo avoided her eyes and scratched his arm nervously. “Well, no.” he said.
            She sighed. “Theo, they have the right to know! What are they going to think when you just go missing?”
            Theo shrugged. “I was going to tell them. Then I didn’t.”
            Poly snorted and slumped onto the couch with a notebook and pencil. She looked lost to the world.  
            Theo snapped his attention back to Autumn who was still talking.
            “Do you want to talk about it?” she asked kindly. “I can have Poly leave if you want privacy.” she added, reading his mind.
            Poly looked up for the first time and stared him directly in the eye, as if daring him to tell her to leave.
            “Umm, no, that’s fine. She can stay.” he said. He looked back at Autumn and cleared his throat nervously. “And no, I don’t really want to talk about it.” He cleared his throat again, “So umm, your group–”
            “The League of Geniuses.” Autumn said.
            “Yeah, that.” Theo looked down at his hands. “Is there room for me?” he looked up as he asked.
            Autumn’s face beamed at him. “I thought you’d never ask!” she said. “Of course! It’s for anyone who needs help–”
            “For anyone who doesn’t feel like they have a place in society.” Poly finished her sentence like someone who had heard the speech a thousand times. She rolled her eyes. “He gets it Autumn.”
            “Alright,” said Autumn clapping her hands together, not looking even a bit phased by Poly’s rudeness. “I can get you an apartment. It won’t be big, but it will have working electricity, which believe me, isn’t always a guarantee.” She stood up, completely in business mode.
            Theo was still struggling to keep up with what had just happened.
            “What? You don’t have to–” he began, even though this was his only option at this point.
            “Theo.” Autumn turned back to him seriously. “I said I’d help you if I could. And I can. I can help you get settled here.”
            She was actually serious. “Thank you.” he said, barely daring to believe it.
            “Of course.” She patted him on the shoulder. “Anything I can do to help. I know how hard it can be. Now excuse me one moment. I have to go make a call. You can wait here.” She went to the other room, leaving him alone with Poly.          
             “Congratulations.” she said after a moment.       
            “What?” Theo asked.
            She looked up and met his eyes. “You’re one of her projects now. Just like me. One of her geniuses she calls us.”
            “I’m not a genius.” Theo quickly began.
            “It doesn’t matter. Autumn believes everyone’s a genius in their own way.” She rolled her eyes. “That’s just how she is. Now you’re one of us. Welcome to the League of Geniuses.”
            “Thanks.” Theo said.
            All his plans were shattered on the floor. He didn’t have any idea what he was getting into, but he had no other choice. This was his new home.



Word Count Wednesday

Word Count Goal: 5000

What am I working on? 

My pilot for a TV show I really want to write someday and a bunch of 100 word stories.

How do I feel about this process?

Not great this week. I think it's mostly because life's busy at the moment. Finals are rapidly approaching and I just got a job so I don't have much time right now.

Total Word Count: 4103 (oops)


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Word Count Wednesday

Word Count Goal: 5000

What am I working on?

I'm mostly just writing a bunch of random scenes. I edited the teaser for my TV show pilot (which I posted a couple of days ago) and hopefully will get to the rest later this week.

How do I feel about this process?

Pretty good! I've been getting a lot of random writing done. I haven't been as good at staying focused on my novel, unfortunately. I'm almost at the end and the plot is kind of falling apart. I know how it's supposed to end, but am completely drawing a blank of how to get there. Sooo, I don't know. I'm hoping that I'll have a burst of inspiration soon. Maybe I'll just pretend I know where the plot is going and try to trick my brain into actually figuring it out.

Total Word Count: 6509

What am I reading right now?

The Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pilot Teaser

Here's the teaser of the TV show pilot I've been working on for a while. A couple of the characters don't have names yet because I take for ever to pick them. Enjoy!



TEASER


            FADE IN:
INT. A HALLWAY – DAY
We follow as ROGER walks quickly down the hallway. It is darkly lit, but his fear is still very obvious. The hall is filled with glass window through which we can see magical things happening. People levitating, mythical beasts, that kind of thing. The ROGER walks by these things as if he’s seen them all before a hundred times. They are not his concern. Finally, he turns into a door. (BOSS) sits inside at a desk. She is a middle aged woman who has a lot of crap in her time. She looks up to see ROGER standing in the doorway, and looks like she immediately regrets it.

                                                            (BOSS)
                                    Please tell me you’re here because you enjoy my company.

                                                            ROGER
                                    There’s been another incident.

                                                            (BOSS)
                                    Jesus, I can’t turn around without another person almost giving us
away. What happened?
                                                           
                                                            ROGER
                                     A man showed one of them magic. We don’t know his identity
yet, but he’s caused quite a mess.

                                                            (BOSS)
                                    Obviously. Why don’t you know his name?

                                                            ROGER
                                    Because he disappeared right after it happened.

                                                            (BOSS)
                                    Of course he did. Why can’t people just keep it a secret.

                                                            ROGER
                                    I suppose people like showing off. Doesn’t matter whether they’re
magic or normal.

                                                            (BOSS)
                                    And I’m the one who has to clean up the mess afterwards.

                                                            ROGER
                                    I’ll take care of it.

                                                            (BOSS)
                                    Do that. Our secrecy is dangling by a thread as it is. At, this point
all it would take is the wrong combination of people to blow the whole operation out of the water.

Cut to:

INT. A LARGE FANCY BEDROOM. CONTINUOUS

GINA, a woman who looks to be in her late twenties. She is wearing completely normal, not sexy spy clothes. No heels because that would be unrealistic. She’s standing in front of (RICH DUDE) who is tied up and she’s interrogating him. She’s holding an envelope.

                                                            ALEX
                                    Where did you get this?

                                                            (RICH DUDE)
                                    Do you really think I would tell you.

                                                            ALEX
                                    Not really, but I’d thought I’d ask anyway.

She casually turns around and looks through the content of the envelope. Behind her, (RICH DUDE) starts trying to reach the phone, which is on the floor a few feet away from him. He doesn’t make any noise, but she magically knows what he’s trying to do anyway.

                                                            ALEX
                                    I wouldn’t do that if I were you.
                         
                                                            (RICH DUDE)
                                    How’d you know what I was doing?

ALEX
I have a sense about these things.

(RICH DUDE)
You’re one the special people aren’t you? Super powers, magic,
whatever it is.

ALEX
Alright, you’re testing my patience. Tell me where you got this or-

Her phone starts ringing, interrupting her midsentence.
                                                           
ALEX
                                    Wait, one minute. (she answers the phone). Hey, I’m kind of in the
middle of something here.

                                                            Cut to:

EXT. A SKETCHY LOOKING PARKING LOT. CONTINUOUS

ROWAN paces, looking worried, with the phone to her ear. She’s about GINA’s age. She keeps looking around her like she’s waiting for someone.

                                                            ROWAN
                                    Yeah, sorry about that. I-

Cut to:

INT. A LARGE FANCY BEDROOM. CONTINUOUS

                                                            ALEX
                                    I’ll be there in about twenty minutes. I just have to finish up with a
client.

                                                Cut to:

EXT. A SKETCHY LOOKING PARKING LOT. CONTINUOUS

                                                            ROWAN
                                    Gina, on second thought I think you shouldn’t come.

Cut to:

INT. A LARGE FANCY BEDROOM. CONTINUOUS

                                                            ALEX
                                    Wait, why? What’s wrong.

Cut to:


EXT. A SKETCHY LOOKING PARKING LOT. CONTINUOUS

                                                            ROWAN
                                    Nothing. Just don’t come. (she hangs up)

Cut to:

INT. A LARGE FANCY BEDROOM. CONTINUOUS


                                                            ALEX
                                    Rowan? She hung up.

She stares at the phone for a moment. We can tell by her face that she senses something is very wrong.

                                                            ALEX
She’s always nagging me for being late. She’d never cancel last minute like that.

                                                            (RICH DUDE)
                                    Why are you telling me this?

                                                            ALEX
                                    Because you’re here. A captive audience so to speak. (she looks at
her phone again, thinking hard. Then she makes her decisions) Alright, I’m going anyway. Here, you can have this back.

She tossed the envelope onto his lap.

                                                            (RICH DUDE)
                                    Seriously, after all that, you’re just gonna give it back?

                                                            ALEX
                                    What can I say? Friends come before work.

She leaves the room through the window.

Cut to:

EXT. THE NEIGHBORHOOD – NIGHT

ALEX gets into her car a drives down the street. We follow her until she passes an open garage. Then we zoom in on the people inside.

Cut to:


INT. OPEN GARAGE – NIGHT

Two older men are sitting on an old couch watching a police show on an ancient TV. JAY is leaning up against a wall behind them. He is good looking and at first glance seems pretty carefree, but also has a guarded sense. He is quietly watching the show and has probably been there for a while, but neither of the men have noticed their visitor.

                                                            MAN 1
                                    I bet it’s the uncle who’s the killer.

JAY rolls his eyes, apparently knowing better. 

                                                            MAN 2
Hey. Shut up. Can’t I watch my show on my own TV in peace without comment from the gallery?

                        MAN 1
Alright, alright. Sorry.

The show reveals that it is, in fact the uncle who committed the crime.

                        JAY
What? That’s your mystery! He was the obvious choice! I thought you were supposed to surprise people! Even that idiot could figure that ending out!

Oddly, neither of the men are offended, or even seem to have heard his outburst. They watch as the show ends, before GUY 2 stands. 

                        MAN 2
Alright. Show’s over. Get out. And don’t bother coming back next week if you’re gonna talk.

Then MAN 2 abruptly turns and walks straight through JAY without even noticing. JAY takes this casually. He’s very used to it. As the two men say their goodbyes he turns to leave.

                                                            JAY
(Over his shoulder) Don’t expect me back. Not with plots that predictable. How hard is it to write a decent mystery?

Cut to:

INT. NATHAN’S OFFICE – NIGHT

NATHAN sits at his desk while his assistants, IRENE and JESS stand behind him. They’re done working and have been having an argument already for a few minutes. Throughout the entire scene is the sense that even while they’re arguing they actually care about each other, and no one is being hurt by the discussion.

                                                            IRENE
                                    I’m just saying, you could use a mystery.

                                                            NATHAN
                                    No.

                                                            JESS
                                    Why?

                                                            NATHAN
                                    Because.

                                                            IRENE
                                    Why?

                                                            NATHAN
                                    Because I’m not interested. Do I need more of a reason than that?

                                                            IRENE
                                    All I’m saying is I think you miss it.

                                                            NATHAN
You are a crazy lunatic who wants way too much control over my life. (To JESS) and you shouldn’t encourage her.

He gets up and starts to leave.

                                                            NATHAN
                                    Where’s my brief case?

He turns around to see IRENE holding it. He reaches for it, but she backs away.

                                                            IRENE
                                    I’m a crazy lunatic who wants too much control over your life?

                                                            NATHAN
                                    Yes, but an extremely talented and beautiful one.

She sighs and hands it to him.

                                                            IRENE
                                    You’d better believe it.

                                                            NATHAN
                                    How could I not with you constantly reminding me?

JESS
                                    You heading home?

                                                            NATHAN
                                    Yeah. And you should too.

                                                            JESS
                                    Crap where’s my wallet?

                                                            NATHAN
                                    Where’s the last place you left it?

Instead of getting insulted by this question, she thinks it over carefully.

                                                            JESS
                                    In the cafeteria, I think.

NATHAN puts his hands to the side of his head (or some other gesture of thinking) and we

Cut to:

INT. THE CAFETERIA – DAY

This is all happening in NATHAN’S mind. He has a photographic memory and is able to project his memories so other people can see them. NATHAN stands in the middle of the cafeteria in the same pose we last saw him in. All the people in the cafeteria are frozen except for NATHAN, IRENE, and JESS. Then he and (JESS) look around. The wallet is on the ground near the trashcan. After a moment, he sees it.

                                                            NATHAN
                                    Found it.

He blinks and then we

Cut to:

INT. NATHAN’S OFFICE – NIGHT

Everything is just how it was before. Only a couple of seconds have passed. NATHAN opens his eyes.

                                                            NATHAN
                                    On the floor by the trashcan. Though the cleaning crew has
probably found it buy now. I’d ask one of them.

                                                            JESS
                                    Thanks.

                                                            IRENE
                                    I still think you could use a real mystery.

                                                            NATHAN
                                    I still think I don’t care.
                                               
Cut to:

INT. DARKENED PARKING LOT - NIGHT

JAY walks through it muttering to himself.

                                                            JAY
                                    Even I could write a better mystery than that.

Then he sees GINA. He obviously knows her very well, and is shocked to see her.

                                                            JAY
                                    Gina?

She doesn’t notice him, but he follows her. She looks around, clearly waiting for someone. She starts getting worried when she can’t find ROWAN. JAY follows her looking just as confused.

                                                            ALEX
                                    Where the hell is she?

While she says it, JAY goes around a corner and sees ROWAN lying dead.

                                                            JAY
                                    That’s not a good sign.

ALEX finds ROWAN and looks terrified as she looks around as if expected ROWAN’S murderer to still be there.

                                                            ALEX
                                    Oh my god. Rowan? Can you hear me? Rowan! (gets out phone)
911. There’s been a murder.

                                                            JAY
                                    (sighs) they are definitely going to make us go to base for this.



END OF TEASER