The Look.

Draft 1

Scene 1: INT - 4E2 Classroom - Day

"Essay Question: To what extent did the policy of appeasement lead to WW2? 13 marks" Written on whiteboard.

Ms Lee
Class, this essay is due tomorrow. I have a staff meeting now, please
remain in class and complete as much of it as possible. Don't abuse my
trust in you all.

Dominic is seated at the back of the class, beside the window. (Window is to his right.) He has already begun writing his essay. He writes for awhile, then day dreams, looks out of the window. He then begins doodling on his essay paper. He draws hearts, then writes the name "Mikhail"

He looks to his left, (camera attention to Mikhail, as if from Dominic's point of view.). He turns back to his essay paper.

Dominic
**in a whisper, sighing** Mikhail.

Joshua, the boy sitting beside Dominic looks over the latter's shoulder and peeks at the essay paper.

Joshua
Err. Dominic?

Dominic gives Joshua a blank look then continues doodling.

Joshua
**giggling** Mikhail?

Dominic stares at Joshua angrily then crushes up the paper.

Dominic
Shut up. I should never have told you.

Joshua shrugs, smiling at the same time.

Joshua
It's just that I still don't believe it. You and the word "Queer" don't
quite fit together.

Dominic stares at Joshua again.

Dominic
Will you keep it down?

Dominic looks at Mikhail again, who seems to be hard at work, scribbling. Mikhail suddenly turns to look at Dominic. Dominic quickly turns away to look out of the window, flustered.

Joshua
**sarcastically** Oops.

Dominic
Shut it.

Scene 2: INT - 4E2 Classroom - Day

The school bell rings, and Dominic packs his bag. Joshua claps his hands.

Joshua
Schools out!

Dominic
Are we meeting Tobias for lunch?

Joshua nods.

Dominic
What about Cindy?

Joshua
She's got extra classes, I'll send her home later.

Dominic
Alright.

As they leave the classroom, Dominic steals one last glance at Mikhail.

Scene 3: Ext - Staircase Landing - Day

Tobias runs down the steps. Dominic and Joshua are seated on benches.

Tobias
YO! **pants**

Joshua
That took you long enough.

Tobias shrugs.

Tobias
Well, you know how bitchy Ms Tan can be. Kept me back just coz I was
sleeping in class.

Joshua
Well then, I guess you gotta learn to be invisible **quotation finger**
about it then.

Tobias **rubbing his tummy** So are we going to MacDonald's or Burger King? I'm
craving some onion rings.

Joshua
Mac-ers then, since we don't want you farting, right Dom?

Dominic is looking up at the class room blocks.

Tobias
Since when did the building become so interesting?

Joshua
**irritated** Aw bloody hell, he's at it again.

Tobias
What are you talking about?

Joshua
Dominic's got a crush on that Mikhail dude.

Tobias If there's one thing I don't understand about Dominic, it's the fact that
he chooses guys over all the girls that practically fall at his feet.

Joshua
Exactly.

Dominic
**rolls his eyes** Lets just go okay?

They begin to walk.

Mikhail
Hey Dominic!

Dominic turns around.

Mikhail
Err, I was wondering if you were free later. I'm kind of stuck with the
history essay.

Tobias
We'll go ahead first. Bye!

Dominic
**rolls his eyes** Looks like I am now.

Mikhail
Cool, We can go to my place if you don't mind.

Dominic
**Crosses Fingers** Sure.

Scene 4 - INT - Mikhail's room - Evening

The two guys are discussing. They are both seated at a table

Mikhail
Ah! Done!

Dominic
Isn't that difficult once you actually get past that part. I don't
understand how people actually flunk history, or not take it for that
matter.

Mikhail
You mean Tobias?

Dominic
Yeah.

Mikhail
Well, not everyone's as smart as you I guess.

Mikhail gets up

Mikhail
You want a drink?

Dominic
No.. Mikhail, there's something I want to tell you.

Mikhail
Sure, go on.

Dominic
Well, uh.. **stutters**

Mikhail
Uh huh? **smiles**

Dominic
**blushes** Gosh you're really cute when you smile.

Mikhail
**raises an eyebrow** Thanks I guess. Is THAT what you wanted to say?

Dominic Heck. **puts his hand on Mikhail's** I really like you a lot. I know its
strange, but I really like you.

Mikhail doesn't pull away. Dominic's phone rings.

Dominic Okay mum, I'm on my way. **turns to Mikhail, who's in a daze" Sorry, I'll
just let myself out.

Scene 5 - INT - 4E2 Classroom - Day

Joshua and Dominic seated at same place. Tobias seated infront of Dominic. Teacher is absent.

Joshua
You did WHAT? God, and I thought you were smart.

Dominic
**rolls his eyes** Damn it, will you stop gloating.

Tobias turns around

Tobias
You better hope Mikhail isn't an ass, other wise if he rats on you.

Joshua
You've had it. Dominic sighs and puts his head on the table.

Dominic
How dumb can I get? **stares outside the window**

Joshua Well, fret not, there is always the species known as girls. **pats Dominic
on the back**

Dominic
Right.

Joshua
Man. I don't know why I try. **Impatiently** Talking to my pen yields
better results.

Dominic sighs and scribbles Mikhail's name on the table with a pencil. At this point, Joshua leaves for the toilet. Dominic doesn't notice. Mikhail walks over and sits at Joshua's place.

Dominic turns around. Wanting to ask Joshua something.

Dominic
Josh, do you think. Mikhail? **stutters**

Shocked, Dominic tries to cover what he had just scribbled on the table

Mikhail He left for the toilet. If you don't mind, can we talk after school? About
yesterday.

Dominic
Sure.

Mikhail gets up and goes back to his seat. Dominic slumps back to his table and sighs.

Scene 6 - INT - 4E2 Classroom - Day

Classroom is empty except for Dominic and Mikhail.

Dominic
Look, I'm sorry for what happened yesterday. I didn't mean for it to
happen.

Mikhail
**shrugs** Well, it did.

Dominic
**sighs** I'm sorry, I really am.

Dominic draws in a deep breath.

Dominic I don't know why I like you, I just do. Maybe it's because of the way you look, maybe it's because I can actually talk to you. Maybe I'm just being stupid. But I do like you. If you think I'm a freak and you don't want to
be friends with me anymore, I understand. All I can say is I'm sorry.

Mikhail
I don't think you're a freak. I just never expected you to be.

Dominic
**looks downtrodden* Gay?

Mikhail
Yeah. that.

Dominic
I'm sorry.

Mikhail
Don't be.

Dominic
Huh? **looks up**

Mikhail leans forward and kisses Dominic.

Mikhail
I said "don't be"

Scene 7 - INT - 4E2 Classroom - Day

Same as scene 5. Teacher is absent again.

Tobias
**looking at Dominic** Boy do you look happy today.

Joshua
He didn't tell you?

Tobias
No, he never tells me anything.

Dominic
He kissed me. **smiling**

Tobias sighs, then smiles.

Tobias Well, I guess, if you're happy that way, we should be happy for you too.

Joshua shrugs.

Joshua Well, I'll tell you one thing I'm happy about. If the teacher keeps on NOT
coming, I'll actually WANT to come to school.

Tobias
If that happened, there would be no point even COMING to school.

Dominic
Who says? **in a quieter tone** There's Mikhail.

Tobias ruffles up Dominic's hair

Tobias
Why we have ourselves a hopeless romantic.

Joshua
**rolls his eyes** Indeed. Even I don't talk about Cindy like that.

Mikhail walks over and taps Dominic on the shoulder.

Mikhail
Dominic, can we talk?

Dominic
**smiles** sure!

Scene 8 - INT - Toilet - Day

Dominic washes his hands in the basin.

Mikhail
There's something I need to say.

Dominic
Go on. **wets his face**

Mikhail
Yesterday was a mistake.

Dominic freezes and turns to Mikhail

Dominic
What?? **stunned/shocked/confused**

Mikhail grimaces.

Mikhail
It was a mistake. It shouldn't have happened.

Dominic
**almost tearing** But..

Mikhail
I can't like you. It's wrong.

Dominic
Why?

Mikhail
It not normal. Its just wrong.

Dominic
Then why did you?

Mikhail Because I do like you. But it's not right. It's just not possible. For one,
my parents won't allow it.

I don't want to hurt you Dominic, it just can't work.

Dominic
You already have!

Mikhail
I'm sorry.

Mikhail walks out, leaving Dominic alone in the toilet. Crying **possibly**

Cut to outside, Mikhail is walking out. Clearly tearing. He pulls out a rosary/crucifix from his pocket, stares at it **angrily?** and flings it away, then continues walking.