Just a little author's note: This is a script that I am working on for a comical series based on a guy who finds himself accepted into a group of girls. The format is NOT of a novel but of a script because hopefully I will be able to get it on to the screen. Some feedback would be greatly appreciated.

For those that may not know: (O.S.) stands for OFF SCREEN and (V.O.) stands for VOICE OVER


DIARY OF A WOULD-BE GIRLFRIEND: EPISODE ONE

THE SEEDS OF FRIENDSHIP

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDS - DAY:

A dark cloud hangs in the sky. Rain falls and lightening flashes.

PAN OUT

The cloud is small and hanging over TROY's head. Troy is drenched and annoyed. He watches several students walk into the school courtyard.

FLASH

For a brief moment the students are part of a chain gang as they limply head towards the front door.

Troy sighs.

Sound of an umbrella opening. A small umbrella appears beside Troy's head.

CONSCIENCE (O.S.)

Guess who's back - back again! Troy is back! Damn that's sad.
(Laughs)

Troy glances over his shoulder. His smug CONSCIENCE is a small animated man that hovers over his shoulder. He always wears a black military uniform, a black Balaclava and a red beret.

TROY

I see you have nothing better to do.

CONSCIENCE

On the contrary. I always do - but I'm stuck with you.

TROY

How comforting.

The Conscience steps back out from under the rain cloud. He closes the umbrella, spins it round in his hands and then holds it like a baseball bat. He strikes the cloud and knocks it clean away.

TROY

Thanks.

CONSCIENCE

No problem. So what you planning for this year?

Troy starts to walk towards the school front doors.

TROY

I'm going to focus on my studies. I have no time to mingle with this year's student body. They'll only distract me.

Troy passes by a girl in a miniskirt who is in the process of bending over. His Conscience stops and stares.

CONSCIENCE

I'm not one to complain when it comes to distractions.

Troy returns, grabs him by the scruff of his shirt and pulls him along.

CONSCIENCE

Urk!

TROY

You're another distraction which must be tolerated.

INT. HIGH SCHOOL - CONTINUOUS:

The Conscience wrestles itself free and hovers in front of Troy's face.

CONSCIENCE

How am I distracting?

TROY

For one, I'm talking to a figment of my own imagination and it is only the first day of school. And secondly, your idea of advice has often landed me into trouble.

CONSCIENCE

Nonsense! Name one time where I misled you with my advice!

Troy scowls.

FLASHBACK

A 10 year old Troy is sitting on a bike which has been tied to the bumper of a car that is pulling out of a driveway.

TROY

Are you sure about this?

CONSCIENCE

Absolutely.

FLASHBACK

A 12 year old Troy is standing behind a horse with a flyswatter in hand. There are several flies buzzing around the horse's behind.

TROY

Are you sure about this?

CONSCIENCE

Absolutely.

FLASHBACK

An 18 year old Troy is standing at the water's edge in bathing shorts.

TROY

Are you sure about this?

CONSCIENCE

Absolutely.

Troy jumps into the water. Behind the Conscience is a sign which reads "Warning! Jellyfish Infestation!"

NORMAL

CONSCIENCE

Ooh... yeah. I forgot about those. But wait. If I've been such a burden to you why do you put up with me?

TROY

You think I have a choice? You're in my head. This is why I said you're another distraction that must be tolerated.

MELANIE (O.S.)

Troy? Oh my God Troy!

Troy turns round and just before he has time to see who called out his name, somebody ploughs into him, knocking him out of the screen.

He staggers back and MELANIE is hugging him tightly.

CONSCIENCE

And now you have another.

MELANIE

It's good to see you again!

TROY

Uh... like wise.

She let's go of him.

MELANIE

What are you doing here anyway?

TROY

I'm touring the grounds for old times sake - before I ship off to University.

MELANIE

Really? I would think returning here would be the last thing anyone would want to do.

TROY

This place holds fond memories. I can't turn away from it without a proper goodbye.

MELANIE

I see. Will you be around long today? All the students have a meeting in the assembly hall and I can't miss it.

TROY

All day. Have nothing better to do.

MELANIE

Maybe we can meet up later and catch up on a few things?

TROY

Uh... sure. You can find me in the cafeteria.

MELANIE

I'll see you later then.

She turns to walk away and gives him a wave as she leaves.

CONSCIENCE

You do know you'll have to tell her the truth at some point.

TROY

No I don't. It's better to let her think I'm just visiting.

CONSCIENCE

Suit yourself.

The Conscience pulls out a small handgun and loads it.

TROY

What the hell is that for?

CONSCIENCE

For when you shoot yourself in your foot.

Troy and the Conscience start heading towards a large crowd of people that have gathered in front of an open door.

TROY

You do know that it's just a figure of speech?

CONSCIENCE

Sure, but it doesn't hurt to over-dramatize things.

With a grumble, Troy disappears into the crowd.

INT. ASSEMBLY HALL:

The hall is empty except for Troy who is sitting close to the middle. He glances around as he reminisces, then he looks forward and sighs.

Upon the sigh the room is filled with other students, all who were already sitting in place.

The HEADMASTER is standing behind a podium on an elevated platform.

HEADMASTER

Silence! May I have some silence please!

The room gradually quiets down.

Melanie is sitting in another part of the room. She is looking over the heads of the students for somebody. TORI leans over.

TORI

What's wrong?

MELANIE

It's nothing. I just bumped into some old friends and I was hoping we could sit together. Doesn't look like it now though.

TORI

You'll be able to meet them later though.

MELANIE

True. It's just that I haven't seen them in a while.

TORI

So who's here?

MELANIE

I saw Alison and Vicki, and Alison told me that she met Samantha earlier.

TORI

Hey I know Alison! I didn't know you two were friends!

Suddenly somebody nearby shushes them. They glance towards the aisle between the chairs and sees a TEACHER glaring at them. The teacher is holding a stack of papers and hands out two sheets each to each student in the row.

When the teacher moves to the next row, Melanie and Tori chuckle.

Troy is staring at the two sheets of paper. On is a timetable made of six by five boxes. In each box is a letter (either A, B or C) then there some that have D, E, F (Two boxes each per letter.)

The second sheet has six columns with subject names. Some names do not feature in other columns. Above the columns are the group titles: A, B, C, D, E and F.

Troy pulls out a pen from his shirt pocket and circles PHILOSOPHY under group F because it doesn't show in groups D and E.

He then circles HISTORY in Group D, even though it shows up in group F.

Finally he circles ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE in Group E.

TROY

That's half of the work done.

CONSCIENCE

You seem to still remember how to work this puzzle box out.

Troy looks ahead at the Headmaster. He is talking into a microphone but his voice sounds DISTANT AND MUTED. He is explaining the rules and regulations of the school.

TROY

Wish I didn't though. It already makes me stick out.

CONSCIENCE

You'll get back into the swing of things and you won't feel any different from the rest.

TROY

That's what I want to believe, but I know the truth. As soon as I walk out of here I already know what I need to do. My first time was a lot different than this. I was as anxious as the rest. Now I am no longer part of the flock.

CONSCIENCE

But maybe you can act as their shepherd?

TROY

No thanks. I'll do what needs to be done but I have no intention of getting mixed in.

CONSCIENCE

Suit yourself. But I still think you're dealing with it all wrong.

Troy sits back and stares ahead. He then hears a moan of frustration to his side and looks over his shoulder. VICKI and ANOTHER GIRL are trying to understand the two sheets of paper.

He then looks away, trying to ignore it. He then glances back and, after a short moment of watching their franticness, he leans over.

TROY

Would you like a hand with that?

Vicki is at first surprised by the offer but then quietly hands over her two sheets of paper.

Troy removes his pen again.

TROY

What subjects do you have?

VICKI

I have A level Biology and Home Economics and Intermediate level Religion, English and Maltese.

Troy looks at the columns for a short moment.

TROY

Here you go, it's simple.

Troy points to Religion under group E.

TROY

Your E group is going to be religion because it doesn't feature anywhere else in the last three lists. Therefore on the other sheet, every where you have a box with the letter E that means you have Religion.

VICKI

I see...

Troy circles Religion and then moves the pen over to Group D and circles Maltese even though it shows up in Group E.

TROY

Your D group is Maltese because it remains the only one left. Finally the last subject fits into the last listing.(He circles English)
Now for the A levels they will soon start calling our names. For example they will say - Biology Group B and your name. But this is only if it shows up in all the three first lists.
(Glances at the lists)
You'll have to wait for your name to be called because Biology does show up in all three. With the A levels you only have two letters. The other is left for the extra, mandatory subject - SYSTEMS OF KNOWLEDGE and a few free lessons.

VICKI

Oh. Okay, thanks for that.

TROY

No problem.

OTHER GIRL

Excuse me, but could you help with mine please?

TROY

Sure. Pass it over.

The Conscience is sitting on top of the back rest of the chair that Troy is sitting on. He has a smug expression on his face - although its mostly hidden by the Balaclava.

INT. HIGH SCHOOL - LATER:

Troy is stepping out of the Assembly Hall.

CONSCIENCE

Well that was dull.

TROY

When has a Headmaster's speech ever been interesting.

CONSCIENCE

But he could have at least made an effort. His voice was putting me to sleep!

TROY

Well don't worry about it. The fun's gonna start now.

Troy looks ahead and stops short in his tracks.

The school is full of SHEEP.

CONSCIENCE

Man, when you said you weren't going to be one with the flock I would have never taken you this seriously.

Troy pinches the bridge of his nose in annoyance.

TROY

I'm beginning to loathe my delusions even more.

The Conscience taps Troy on his shoulder as he is looking down at the floor

CONSCIENCE

You might want to add one more reason to the list. I think one left you a present on your shoe.

INT. IN FRONT OF GROUND FLOOR STAIRS:

Troy is standing before a white board which is balanced on two legs and has a sheet of paper, with six columns on it, taped to it. Behind him is a scene of chaos as nobody seems to know what to do next. The crowd pushes to get a better view at the white board.

Troy traces a finger down the second column and taps one that reads PHIL RM 42.

Somebody accidentally bangs into Troy from behind, smashing him into the white board. The white board swings backwards as Troy regains his balance. The white board then swings forward and it topples over.

TROY

Oh crap.

The students scatter as the board collapses on to Troy.

All that remains visible is his feet.

ALISON (O.S.)

Oh God! Are you okay?!

TROY

I'll tell you as soon as this thing is off of me.

ALISON starts to lift up the white board with the help of a few other students.

Once it's up, Troy sits up and rubs his forehead. He glances towards his shoulder and his Conscience is mockingly whistling like a bird.

ALISON

And?

TROY

I could be better.

He gets up and dusts himself off.

ALISON

I am really sorry. I didn't mean to push you.

TROY

It was an accident. It happens.

ALISON

Are you sure?

TROY

Positive. Now excuse me, I got to go or I'm going to be late for class.

ALISON

Um... You wouldn't be able to explain this to me 'cause I can't get any headway on it.

TROY

Yeah, I guess I can.

All the other students huddle closer.

TROY

First you need to make sure you know which lesson you're looking for. What do you have?

ALISON

Physics.

TROY

Then, since it's the second lesson, you run down the second column until you find Physics.

Troy stops on PHYS LAB.

TROY

There you go. That will be on the first floor at the end of the hall.
(To Students)
For those that have different rooms, the ground floor has from room 10 to 24. First floor has 37 to 30 and also the science and computer labs. Top floor has from 38 to 46. Hope it helps but I gotta run now.

ALISON

Thanks, I can handle it from here.

Troy gives her a smile and then starts to head up the stairs.

CONSCIENCE (O.S.)

You're making a hell of a job with avoiding distractions.

TROY

Just shut up.

INT. CLASSROOM - LATER:

Troy is standing before a window overlooking the courtyard of the school. His arms are folded behind his back.

SAMANTHA rushes into the classroom panting heavily. Troy glances over his shoulder.

SAMANTHA

(To Troy)
I'm sorry sir. I had trouble finding the class room.

Troy turns round.

TROY

I'm sorry?

SAMANTHA

Aren't you the lecturer?

CONSCIENCE

Burn!

TROY

(Forces a grin)
If only. I'm a fellow student. The teacher didn't show up so everyone else buggered off.

SAMANTHA

You mean after all that trouble there won't be a lesson now?

TROY

Afraid not. It's an inconvenience but soon you'll be looking forward to moments like these.

SAMANTHA

You think so?

TROY

Trust me on it. Anyway it's been a pleasure but I need to be elsewhere. Hope you understand.

Troy slowly makes his way to the door.

SAMANTHA

Of course. Eh, thanks for clearing up the misconception earlier. I hope we can get along well as class mates.

Troy looks at her for a short moment and then steps out, surprising SAMANTHA.

TROY

(To himself)
Don't count on it.

INT. SECOND FLOOR CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS:

Troy walks down the corridor with his shoulders hunched and his hands in his pocket.

CONSCIENCE

That was uncalled for.

TROY

I told you I'm not going to get involved with others.

CONSCIENCE

Still, you ought to treat them as people.

Troy turns round on to him.

TROY

For once, let me deal with things my way.

Troy glances ahead and is shocked. He quickly grabs his Conscience and ducks into a nearby classroom.

INT. CLASSROOM - CONTINUOUS:

SEAN, a short nerdy looking kid, walks past.

TROY

This is bad... This is very bad...

CONSCIENCE

You do know you have a bad habit of blowing things out of proportion. How can he be "very" bad?

TROY

You know how I try to avoid people? Well people try to avoid him.

CONSCIENCE

You make it sound like you know him.

TROY

You're part of my own mind and you don't recognize him? It's Sean!

CONSCIENCE

I suffer from selective thinking.

TROY

Go figure.

Somebody clears their throat and Troy spins round. He is mortified to discover the classroom wasn't as empty as he had hoped. A full class with teacher is staring at him with a bemused expression.

TROY

Oh! I didn't... uh... about what I said... I was joking. I don't really talk to myself. That's just crazy.
(Laughs nervously)

He points towards the door.

TROY

I'm gonna go now.

He tip-toes towards the door and then quickly zips out.

INT. SECOND FLOOR CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS:

Troy stops in front of the stairs and catches his breath.

CONSCIENCE

That was real smooth slick. You sure convinced them.

TROY

That's it. I'm tired of this. I don't need you hovering around me all the time giving me lip! It's bad enough I need to put up with you 24/7 but for Christ Sake put a damned sock in it!

Troy turns round to walk down the hall and sees several students and teachers looking out of their classrooms towards him. They all share a confused look on their face.

Troy slaps his face in annoyance.

TROY

When will I learn to simply ignore you?

CONSCIENCE

Ah, you say that 'cause you can't get yourself to admit that you like me.

Troy shoots his conscience a glance and holds it for a moment. Then he breaks down in a fit of laughter. He then walks down the stairs still laughing hysterically.

CONSCIENCE

What did I say that was so funny?

INT. CAFETERIA:

Troy is sitting at a table on his own, with his back to the door. He looks around with an expression of disgust.

The Cafeteria is painted in bright colors - such as orange, yellow, blue and red. The tables and chairs have similar colors.

TROY

This place is a whole lot different than I remember it.

CONSCIENCE

I wonder what they were thinking when they decided to give this place a bit of color.

TROY

Maybe they hired a painter who was color blind.

Suddenly a wet paintbrush is thrust under Troy's nose, startling him. He looks up the arm into a MAN's face. The man is in white overalls which is covered in paint. The man is also cross-eyed and wearing thick glasses.

MAN

I resent such a remark! I assure you, by the time I am finished I will have painted the town red with my work.

Troy glances at the dripping paintbrush.

TROY

The paint you're using is green.

The man looks at the paintbrush.

MAN

Oh.

He walks off, still staring at the brush. Troy leaves him leave the Cafeteria.

TROY

What the devil was all that about?

He turns back round and comes face to face with Sean's big grin.

TROY

Good God!!

Troy topples out of his chair when he springs back in alarm.

He then climbs back up slowly and settles back into his chair.

SEAN

So Troy what are you doing here?

TROY

Nothing much I'm-

SEAN

You wouldn't be repeating the year now would you? It would be pretty depressing if you did. You'd never catch me repeating a year.

He stops and grins.

FOCUS ON TROY

He is annoyed.

FOCUS ON SEAN

He's got a huge annoying grin on his face.

BACK TO TROY

TROY

No. I'm just vis-

SEAN

Hey do you want to hear a riddle? It's a good one you'll really like it. I guessed it on my first try. Do you want to have a shot?

Troy is even more annoyed than before.

They stare in silence for a moment.

Troy opens his mouth to answer.

SEAN

Stopping along the trail to rest, Judy saw that one-third of the rest of the group from the Girl Scouts was behind her and three-fourths were ahead. Not counting Judy, what was the total number in her group?

Now Troy is really annoyed. Beside him is a firecracker with a fuse that is being eaten up too quickly.

The flame stops centimetres away from the firecracker but keeps burning.

The Conscience pokes his head into view and sees it. He hovers above it and starts blowing real hard on it.

SEAN

Do you give up? Most people thought the answer was 13. But the answer of 13 cannot be correct. In the first half of the riddle - she and those behind her -, Judy includes herself in the total, and thus counts as part of the troop. In the second half - those ahead - she excludes herself from the troop total.

The Conscience is now trying to furiously wave the flame on with a folded newspaper.

SEAN

Since the riddle includes her in the total, she is counted as part of the troop. She looks behind her, sees three people, and adds herself as the fourth. In doing this, she is including herself in the group. Four is not 1/3 of 13. She looks ahead and sees eight, which is indeed 3/4 of the REST of the group. So here are the variables:

The Conscience is now using a fan on the fuse.

SEAN

Total hikers equals X. This number includes Judy. She and those behind equals 1/3(X). This number also includes Judy. Those ahead equals 3/4(X - 1). Remember, she isn't including herself in the group here! Here is the math.

The Conscience is applying a blowtorch to the fuse.

SEAN

X 1/3(X) 3/4(X - 1). Total of group equals those in back plus those in front 4X 9(X - 1). Multiply both sides by 12 4X 9X - 9. Factoring 13X - 9. Add similar variables - 13X -9. Subtract 13X from both sides -X -9. Add similar variables X 9. Multiply both sides by -1. So the answer is 9. This answer is not just the smallest number, it is the ONLY number, as the aforementioned math proves.

The Conscience is resting against the fire cracker, panting heavily.

Sean leans back and looks into the adjoining room.

It's a games room with a billiard table, table soccer and table tennis. The table tennis is unoccupied.

SEAN

I got to go. It's my turn up for a game of table tennis.

He jumps out of his seat and runs into the next room.

Troy sighs with relief.

The fuse of the firecracker puffs out.

The Conscience is alarmed by the sound. He pulls the firecracker towards him and stares at the smouldering fuse.

CONSCIENCE

Damn your stubborn patience! You should have let it burn out!

TROY

And then what? Make a scene? No thanks. He wasn't worth the energy. Now if you don't mind, I need a drink.

Troy gets out of his chair and heads towards the Cafeteria counter.

Feeling frustrated, the Conscience bashes the firecracker on to it's head a couple of times.

Troy stays at the counter for a short while and then returns to the table with a Styrofoam cup with Tea.

He is surprised to see Melanie standing there waiting for him.

MELANIE

There you are Troy. I was wondering if maybe I missed you.

TROY

You know me Mel, I need my cup of tea. Can't live without it.

MELANIE

Do you mind if I sit with you?

TROY

Of course not. You shouldn't even have to ask me that question.

MELANIE

Can my friends join as well?

Troy hesitates.

TROY

Yeah... sure.

Melanie turns round.

MELANIE

Hey guys, you don't need to be shy. Come on. We've got a table right here.

Troy takes a sip from his tea and then glances up at a small group that approaches. He then chokes on his drink and shoots a bewildered glance at the group.

FOCUS ON ALISON, SAMANTHA & VICKI INDIVIDUALLY
(Thunder clap with each focus - signifying horror)

Troy is caught in a moment of shock. There is a sudden gunshot.

Troy immediately yelps and clutches his foot. He topples over backwards.

A grinning Conscience, holding a smoking gun behind his back, is looking down at the floor.

CONSCIENCE

I was wrong. It does hurt to over-dramatize.

Troy lifts a trembling hand and points it at the Conscience.

TROY

I... hate... you...

INT. CAFETERIA - LATER:

Troy is sitting at the same table with the others sitting with him as well.

There is a level of unease, and Melanie glances back and forth from Troy to her friends several times.

MELANIE

So... Troy, these are my friends - Alison, Tori, Vicki and Samantha.

Troy gives them a weak grin.

ALISON

I would have never guessed that you knew Mel. I would have been more careful.

She chuckles. Melanie glances at her.

MELANIE

You met him earlier?

ALISON

More like bumped into him. He was-

TROY

-Crushed beneath the white board. I think I had scared everyone there.

He laughs nervously.

MELANIE

I see you're still accident prone then.

CONSCIENCE

(Laughing hysterically)
You have no idea!

Troy knocks him off the table with his elbow.

TROY

Well it's not really my fault. It's mostly circumstances. They tend to mess with me.

VICKI

So you believe in Fate?

TROY

I wouldn't necessarily call it a belief. More of a game without rules.

SAMANTHA

A game?

She keeps giving Troy a crisp look for the way he treated her earlier.

TROY

Sure. A game which focuses on who can last longer. It places the individual in a compromising situation and sees what becomes of him. Each challenge met is new. At least this is the Fate I am dealt with.

His Conscience climbs back up on to the table.

CONSCIENCE

You don't actually believe in the garbage you're saying, do you?

Troy knocks him off the table again.

Tori, who has been quiet and watching Troy since the beginning of the conversation, leans forward.

TORI

How old are you Troy?

Troy freezes.

TROY

Why... why do you ask?

TORI

It's nothing much, but it is just that you look older than 18.

MELANIE

Yeah, by three years to be exact.

She chuckles and looks over at Troy. He seems really uncomfortable now.

ALISON

You're 21?! Man you're old!

The Conscience, who is still on the floor, clutches his sides as he laughs out loud. He falls on to his side and can hardly control himself.

Troy raises his foot and drops it on to him.

TORI

That brings me to another question. Why are you here then?

TROY

(To himself)
This is it...

FLASH

The scene goes dark except for a bright light focused on Troy - like it were in some interrogation room.

Troy is beginning to sweat.

TROY

I come in here to relax. So, tell me guys, how did you meet Melanie?

Tori gives Troy a suspicious look but remains silent.

ALISON

I knew her from our previous school.

SAMANTHA

Same here.

VICKI

I met her last summer.

ALISON

What about you? How did you meet Melanie?

TROY

Me? Oh boy. That was a long time ago. I don't exactly remember how.

MELANIE

I bet you wouldn't.
(Chuckles)
Troy lives near my place and he's lived there since - forever! I never knew he lived there until secondary school when he used to share the bus to drive us up to the school. He always kept to himself and hardly talked to anyone. I was curious by this and tried to get him to talk a bit. I'm surprised he never got annoyed with my bugging him.

TROY

Well it helped in the long run. You got me to poke my head out a little from my shell.

MELANIE

Yeah, you've improved a lot. Before he wouldn't even let anyone come near him. He despised contact with the outside.
(Chuckles)
I'm glad it's behind you now.

TROY

(To himself)
Yeah... Behind me...

He sighs secretly.

The SCHOOL BELL RINGS.

MELANIE

Time for Biology.

Melanie and her friends, except for Tori get up.

MELANIE

I'll see you later I hope.

Troy nods his head weakly.

Melanie and her friends leave the Cafeteria.

Troy glances from the corner of his eyes towards Tori. She seems to be probing him with her eyes. She then quietly rises and leaves.

Troy bangs his head against the table.

TROY

Why is this happening to me?

The Conscience hovers in and steps beside Troy's head.

CONSCIENCE

You do know that you are the one to blame for all this.

TROY

Not now. I've a bad enough headache as it is.

INT. CLASSROOM:

Troy is sitting at a desk, tapping it with a pen in frustration. He looks around the room.

There are a few students waiting outside talking.

Troy gets up and heads for the door. He glances outside.

TROY

This day can't possibly move any slower. All the lecturers seem to be taking their blooming time.

He is glancing down one length of the corridor and then looks down the opposite length.

TROY

The least they could do is give us a heads-up if they're gonna be late - oh no!

Melanie is talking with a TEACHER that is walking down the corridor.

Troy ducks back into the classroom, bracing his back against the wall next to the door.

TROY

I thought she said she had Biology?!

Melanie and the teacher are getting closer to the classroom.

TROY

Damn! Damn! Damn! She can't see me in here!

The teacher walks in front of the door and stops. The students start to enter the classroom and take a seat. Troy is no where to be seen.

MELANIE

Thank you sir. I'm not quite sure how exactly I plan to further my course but your suggestion is worth looking into. I must be going though. I think I'm already late for class. Bye.

TEACHER

If you ever want to, feel free to come by my desk in the staff room. I can help you out with any inquiries you may have.

MELANIE

I'll think about it. Thanks again.

She walks off towards the stairs. The Teacher steps into the classroom and moves towards the lecturer's desk.

TEACHER

Good morning class. I apologize for keeping you waiting. It won't happen again.

One of the students raises their hand.

TEACHER

Yes?

STUDENT

May I close the window please?

TEACHER

Of course go ahead.

The student rises from her chair and approaches an open window. She closes it and locks it.

EXT. WINDOW LEDGE - CONTINUOUS:

Beneath the window is a ledge. Crouched on the ledge beneath the window, back against the wall, is Troy.

Troy glares at his Conscience as it hovers by his side.

TROY

You were absolutely positive, weren't you? Had no doubts about your suggestion?

CONSCIENCE

Whoops...

TROY

Why do I listen to you?

Troy looks over the ledge. It's a two storey fall.

CONSCIENCE

Now what?

TROY

Now I wait. I'm not going to reveal myself when there is a full class on the other side!

CONSCIENCE

This is gonna be a long wait...

EXT. WINDOW LEDGE - LATER:

SUPER TITLE: 1 HOUR LATER

Troy is sitting cross-legged beneath the window, feeling really bored.

CONSCIENCE

I spy something with my little eye, something beginning with the letter...

TROY

Window.

CONSCIENCE

You cheated!

Troy sighs and stretches his arms.

The bell then rings.

Troy immediately jumps to his feet and glances into the classroom.

It's empty.

TROY

What?! He let them out early?! I don't believe this!

He bangs his fists on the window in frustration.

INT. SECOND FLOOR CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS:

Vicki is walking down the corridor, holding a THICK BIOLOGY BOOK when she hears the bang. She stops, confused by the sound.

She approaches the classroom where the sound came from.

INT. CLASSROOM - CONTINUOUS:

She looks into the room and sees a blurred movement of somebody ducking out of sight on the other side of the window.

She slowly approaches it.

EXT. WINDOW LEDGE - CONTINUOUS:

Troy is hiding beneath the window.

TROY

This isn't happening. This cannot be happening.

CONSCIENCE

Dude. Just chill! It's not like you can do anything about it. Explain it to her and you won't have to worry about it.

TROY

You're right. It's better than hanging out here all day.

INT. CLASSROOM - CONTINUOUS:

Vicki opens the lock and opens the window. She is about to peer on to the ledge.

Suddenly Troy pops up.

TROY

I can explain!

The sudden movement startles her and she jumps backwards with a scream, throwing her book forward.

It strikes Troy in the head and he falls backwards.

There is a crash.

Vicki promptly leans out of the window and is shocked to see that Troy has landed on the roof of a car, squashing it.

VICKI

My god.

EXT. REAR PARKING LOT - CONTINUOUS:

Troy groans.

TROY

My back.

The Headmaster comes running round the corner in a state of panic.

HEADMASTER

My car!

EXT. WINDOW LEDGE - CONTINUOUS:

The Conscience is rolling on the floor laughing.

CONSCIENCE

My ribs!

EXT. HOSPITAL ENTRANCE - DAY:

Troy steps out and stretches his back.

TROY

Feels much better.

His Conscience dreamily hovers over Troy's shoulder.

CONSCIENCE

That was one good looking chiropractor.

TROY

He was bald, fat and smelled of cheese.

CONSCIENCE

I couldn't give a damn about your chiropractor. I was staring at the one in the next room.

TROY

Is that all you care about? I have just fallen out of a window and had a queue of people with something to scold me about!

CONSCIENCE

You did?

TROY

Yes I did! You were to busy ogling that chiropractor to even notice!

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL - FLASHBACK:

Troy is lying in a hospital bed - propped up by pillows.

A DOCTOR is standing at the foot of the bed shaking a finger at him crossly.

TROY (V.O.)

The doctor was telling me off for being careless and climbing out onto that ledge.

CONSCIENCE (V.O.)

Which you were.

FLASH

The Headmaster is in place of the Doctor in the same stance, doing the same thing.

TROY (V.O.)

My Headmaster was telling me off because I crushed his mother's car and now I have to pay for damages!

CONSCIENCE (V.O.)

Which you will.

FLASH

Troy's PARENTS are in place of the Headmaster, in the same stance and doing the same thing.

TROY (V.O.)

My parents were livid because my injury wasn't covered by insurance so now they will have to pay for it!

CONSCIENCE (V.O.)

Which they will.

FLASH

A FEMALE CHIROPRACTOR is in place of the parents, in the same stance and doing the same thing.

TROY (V.O.)

The chiropractor from the other room was giving me a hard time because you pinched her ass!

CONSCIENCE (V.O.)

Which I loved.

FLASH

The GRIM REAPER is instead of the Chiropractor, in the same stance and doing the same thing.

TROY (V.O.)

And finally, even Death had something to say because apparently it wasn't my time and I was screwing up his schedule.

CONSCIENCE (V.O.)

Really? He visited and you didn't get an autograph?

EXT. HOSPITAL ENTRANCE - CONTINUOUS:

Troy is glaring at his Conscience.

MELANIE (O.S.)

Troy! Over here!

Troy spins round and sees Melanie hurriedly approaching.

MELANIE

When I heard about the accident I came as fast as I could! You really worried me.

TROY

Well I'm okay. I'm glad to have just walked away with a few bruises.

MELANIE

Why were you out on that ledge in the first place?

TROY

I... can't answer that.

Troy starts walking away. Melanie runs after him.

MELANIE

Why? What could it possibly be that you must hide it from me? You've always been open with me before.

TROY

It's just that it's not important.

She grabs his wrist.

MELANIE

I don't believe you. You do this every time you want to push people away. When you believe that striking it out on your own is the better solution. What is it that is bothering you?

ALISON (O.S.)

Hey! Don't keep us waiting here! Just kiss and make up and let's go already!

Troy shoots a glance towards the hospital gate and sees Melanie's friends waiting there.

He then turns to Melanie with an expression of anger.

TROY

Why are they here?

MELANIE

They're my friends. They volunteered to walk with me so that I could visit you. What's gotten into you all of a sudden?

The Conscience grabs Troy by the shirt collar and gives him a tug.

CONSCIENCE

Don't do it Troy. It's not what you want.

Troy calms down a little.

TROY

I'm sorry... It's because of the fall. It's messed me up a little.

MELANIE

Well... I'll excuse you this time.

She gives him a smile.

MELANIE

Come on let's get out of here.

The two walk toward's Melanie's friends and then they leave together.

EXT. STREET - DAY:

The group is walking down a road. Troy walks behind them at a slower pace.

TROY

(To himself)
What is wrong with me? I nearly blew up on the wrong person.

He glances ahead at Melanie who is laughing with her friends.

TROY

(To himself)
She only had the best intentions and I would have slapped it right back into her face.

He sighs miserably.

TROY

(To himself)
But I can't let her know. I can't let her know the truth.

TORI (O.S.)

Let her know what?

Troy jumps with a start. Tori is walking alongside him giving him a curious look.

TROY

Is everybody trying to give me a heart attack today?!

She is not amused.

TORI

When you were taken away by the ambulance, all she could think about was whether you were okay or not. She took the initiative to come and see for herself, she knew she couldn't merely assume how you were because she cared about you. If the secret is about her she needs to know.

TROY

It's not about her. In a way it would involve her but it really isn't about her.

TORI

I might of guessed. You did act strangely earlier today.

TROY

It showed didn't it?

TORI

There is nothing shameful in what you are doing.

TROY

I never considered that I may have been ashamed. And I still don't think that I am. Maybe scared.

TORI

Of what?

TROY

Of it happening all over again.

TORI

Letting your fear override your emotions will most likely result in it happening all over again.

TROY

I guess so...

He looks ahead towards Melanie and then makes a realization. He promptly turns back to Tori.

TROY

Wait a second. If you already know, why haven't you spoken up to anyone about it?

TORI

You want to overcome it don't you? You need to first comfortably accept the circumstances and if you're getting pressured for an answer by those that already know... it will only close you up even more.

Troy gazes at her for a moment with a surprised look on his face.

TROY

How is it that I have only just met you and yet you succeeded in getting me to open up to you, when I rarely do that - even with Melanie?

TORI

You and I are quite similar. You like to stand back and observe the world from a distance, but hardly ever wish to participate in it unless you are comfortable in what you see.

She gives him a smile.

TORI

Don't think of it as opening up but... as trading notes.

She then walks up ahead and joins the rest of the group. Troy stops, dumbfounded by what Tori said.

TROY

As trading notes?

CONSCIENCE

So let me get this straight. You've decided to pay attention to a pair of melons on legs over me?!

TROY

Now hold on a minute! It wasn't as if I actually asked her for advice. She came to me and offered it, unlike you. You've been nothing but trouble to me!

CONSCIENCE

Oh yeah! There you go. Try and work a guilt-trip on my why dontcha!

Troy slaps his hand onto his face and groans.

TROY

I can't believe I'm having this argument...

MELANIE (O.S.)

Hey Troy! What's the hold up?

Troy glances in their direction and sees that they have walked quite a bit of a distance before they stopped.

TROY

Coming!

He jogs to catch up with them.

When he arrives they start walking again, but this time he is amongst the group.

EXT. CAFE' - LATER:

The group stops outside of a cafe and take a seat at a table outside.

The girls see a display case with cakes, sweets and other delights.

ALISON

I think I'm going to have a muffin.

SAMANTHA

(Laughs)
Sounds like a good idea!

Alison pulls out her purse from her handbag and removes some money. She then pushes it in front of Troy's face - surprising him.

ALISON

Can you get it for us?

Troy stares at the money and then back at Alison. After a brief pause he then takes it.

TROY

Fine. What would you like?

ALISON

One of those chocolate muffins.

SAMANTHA

And me to!

The others giggle.

Troy sighs.

TROY

Does anyone else want anything while I am up?

He points the money at Vicki and she shakes her head.

VICKI

No, I'm fine.

He moves the money towards Tori.

TORI

I don't want anything either.

He moves the money on to Melanie.

MELANIE

No thanks, but thank you for the offer.

Troy shrugs and heads over to the counter.

ALISON

Oh and a bottle of water!

SAMANTHA

One for me too!

VICKI

Oh and me please!

Thunder rumbles as Troy stops walking. Vicki, Alison and Samantha laugh but Tori and Melanie are nervous about the reaction.

Troy then straightens up and keeps on walking towards the counter.

TROY

(To waitress)
Pardon me. May I order two chocolate muffins, three bottles of still water-

ALISON

Cold!

TROY

Cold still water and a large glass of Vodka?

WAITRESS

We don't serve alcohol at this time.

TROY

Then make it a tea with milk, please.

The waitress writes the order down and then turns away to get them.

CONSCIENCE

I thought you were going to avoid distractions?

TROY

Don't remind me. I think I've been given quite a few good reasons why I ought to.

CONSCIENCE

Well are you going to? I mean you're going to have to make a decision soon.

TROY

I don't know. Stop badgering me about it.

Something whacks Troy over his head. Troy spins round at his Conscience.

TROY

Did you just hit me with a stuffed badger?!

The Conscience immediately kicks away a SOFT TOY of a BADGER.

CONSCIENCE

No?

TROY

I really don't need this right now.

The waitress returns with the order and places it in front of Troy.

Troy glances at the money Alison gave him and puts it away. He then removes his wallet and pays for the order.

Melanie steps up beside him as Troy wonders how he's gonna carry all the stuff back to the table.

MELANIE

Would you like a hand with that?

TROY

It would be appreciated.

She picks up the two plates with the muffins. Troy takes the three bottles and the mug of tea.

MELANIE

Troy... I need to ask you. Are we getting on your nerves?

TROY

Pardon?

MELANIE

Well you seem uncomfortable and I don't want you to feel that way because of us.

TROY

It's not you guys. Just a few thoughts that I have.

MELANIE

I hope so. They don't normally act like this. Maybe once you get to know them-

TROY

Mel, I don't want to sound rude, but let's take it a step at a time. I'm just a bit - a tiny bit - uncomfortable around new people so right now getting to know them is the last thing on my mind.

MELANIE

I understand. Thanks for being honest with me though.

TROY

With you always.

MELANIE

Does this mean you want to leave?

TROY

Nah... I think I'll stick around for a little longer and try to cope.

MELANIE

Thanks.

The two head over towards the table.

MELANIE

I wish though that you could tell me what it is that troubles you.

TROY

Maybe later.

They sit at the table and Troy gives back the money to Alison after he passes round the orders.

ALISON

What?! Why didn't you pay for it?

TROY

I felt generous.

ALISON

Really now?

Alison pushes two fingers into the muffin, covering them with chocolate and then suddenly brushing them against Troy's face, leaving a streak.

It surprises him and he jumps back.

TROY

What the hell?!

ALISON

Oh relax. I was feeling generous.

She laughs, as does Vicki and Samantha.

Troy grabs a napkin and wipes away the chocolate with a grumble.

Melanie seems a little tense as does Tori.

SAMANTHA

You have to excuse her. She gets like this when she has some chocolate. It goes straight to her head.

TROY

I'll keep that in mind.

VICKI

Troy, I've been meaning to ask, but why were you out on that ledge?

TROY

I'd rather not say.

ALISON

Of course he's 21! Probably he was embarrassed to go to class!

Troy freezes in horror.

Tori is taken aback by Alison's briskness as well.

MELANIE

Go to class? Troy what does she mean by that?

TROY

I... uh...

ALISON

You mean you didn't know?

TORI

Ali, I don't think you should be pressing this any further.

ALISON

I don't think there is anything to be ashamed about. So he's 21 and coming to classes with us.

Troy closes his eyes and tries to massage his forehead.

MELANIE

Troy, I always had the impression that you were going to University. What's going on?

ALISON

University? No. It doesn't seem like it. I saw him checking out the time table.

MELANIE

Troy is this true?

Troy has his hands over his head, tightening them around him with each passing second.

MELANIE

Troy?

ALISON

Hey, she's talking to you.

She goes to touch him.

CONSCIENCE

Take cover!!

The Conscience slams a helmet over his head and zips out of sight.

Alison nudges him.

Sound of an explosion as Troy jumps to his feet, pushing Alison's arm away.

TROY

Shut up! All of you just shut up!

Everyone is taken by surprise by the outburst, even the other customers. Everyone is staring at Troy.

TROY

I'm repeating my year - is that what you all want to hear?! Is it?! Well there! Now I've said it! I'm back for another goddamn year! Happy now?!

MELANIE

Troy I wasn't trying to-

TROY

I said shut up!

He slams his fist on to the table, spooking them. His mug of tea bounces and falls of the table - shattering.

TROY

Do you know how hard it is accepting that I am returning?! I knew from the start you'd all be a burden! I should have steered away as I had planned from the start!

Troy turns around and starts to leave.

TROY

Just goes to show how much of a fool I can be at times.

MELANIE

Troy wait!

He ignores her and keeps walking out.

VICKI

My, he really had me scared.

ALISON

I thought he would have hit one of us!

MELANIE

No! He would never.

SAMANTHA

Mel, you saw how he reacted! He went completely off the handle all for a simple comment.

MELANIE

You don't understand. It's not what you think. He'd never act this way, not unless...

EXT. DOWN THE STREET - CONTINUOUS:

Troy marches angrily down the road and then begins to slow down.

MELANIE (V.O.)

... not unless he was trying to distance himself again.

His expression changes into deep regret.

He stops walking and braces his back against the wall of a building and slides down it until he is sitting on the floor.

He stares at the sky.

TROY (V.O.)

As we go through life we encounter distractions that we seek to avoid, lest we want to falter in our goals.

A passerby walks past him and drops a few coins at his feet.

TROY (V.O.)

But we tend to forget that not every distraction is damaging. Some are needed...

Troy sighs and slowly gets up.

TROY (V.O.)

We don't see them as distracting, therefore we hardly ever consider them as distractions. But when you willingly choose to step aside from your goals - to have a break or re-assert yourself - you are momentarily distracting yourself to return stronger than before.

Troy glances down the road which he came from for a short moment before continuing on his way.

He walks slowly, with his shoulders hunched and his shoulders drooped.

TROY (V.O.)

For this, calling them a distraction is a mistake. Maintenance - that's what they ought to be called.

EXT. CAFE' - CONTINUOUS:

Melanie is looking over her shoulder in the direction Troy had gone. She is upset by his departure.

The others feel sorry for her.

Tori puts a hand on her shoulder.

TROY (V.O.)

We need to have our lives "maintained". If we didn't then we gradually lock ourselves away from the outside world. Everything around us loses value and it all becomes meaningless.

EXT. DOWN THE STREET - CONTINUOUS:

Troy is still walking.

TROY (V.O.)

A clear distinction has to be made between the two. While "maintenance" can help, distractions will conceal their true intentions until the damage is felt.

Troy passes by a take away place. Sitting at a table is Sean.

FOCUS ON SEAN

TROY (V.O.)

Even still these distractions cannot be completely ignored. They are needed in their own way. Each one can indirectly help to lead the person further towards achieving their goal - to make them feel triumphant that they had over come all odds.

Troy stops at a corner and looks down the road before he crosses.

TROY (V.O.)

Our lives need to have an equal balance on distraction and maintenance. Without it, all you're likely to feel is nothing but emptiness...

Troy sighs.

He continues walking off in to the distance.

FADE OUT.

(TO BE CONTINUED...)