THE HOMECOMING:

SCENE: THE END

EXT. – THE FRONT PORCH OF THE COMMUNITY HOUSE – SUNNY AFTERNOON

OPIE, LOREN and ERIC are enjoying cold drinks on their front porch.

ERIC

So they didn't even punish you. They just gave you a better job and put you in charge of some brand-new program based off the scam you pulled?

LOREN

Ecstatic. Yeah.

ERIC

Incredible. Why can't that happen to me?

LOREN

Well I have to work for free for the first few weeks as "community service," but other than that . . .

ERIC

Incredible.

They enjoy the moment.

ERIC, CONT'D

Anyone seen Daeron yet?

LOREN

Not since your car came back.

ERIC

Man, I just hope he's not dead or . . . or something . . .

JULIE appears out of seemingly nowhere behind ERIC, and puts her hands on his shoulders suggestively.

JULIE

You're not worried you haven't seen me, Eric?

ERIC

You!

ERIC moves out of his seat so JULIE won't be touching him.

LOREN

You're back!

JULIE LAUGHS, and takes a new seat on the porch, joining the group.

ERIC

Look, we need to clear a few things up . . .

JULIE

To everyone except ERIC. I bet everyone would like to know what happened that night . . .

ERIC

No! I bet nobody would like to know.

OPIE

Grinning. Actually, um, I would.

LOREN

Yeah, me too . . .

ERIC GROANS.

ERIC

Can't we just . . . forget about it?

OPIE

Still grinning. Eric, why do you care so much if we find out?

ERIC

Because . . . uh . . .

JULIE

I know why.

ERIC

Because I don't remember!

JULIE LAUGHS merrily.

LOREN

What? How?

OPIE

You don't remember?

ERIC

No, I don't remember! Okay? I blacked out. I have no idea what happened!

JULIE raises her hand in the air.

JULIE

Pick me! I remember! I know!

LOREN

Yes, Julie?

ERIC looks pleadingly at JULIE.

JULIE

With dramatic suspense. . . . . Nothing.

Pause. No one speaks.

JULIE, CONT'D

Nothing. Nothing happened! She bursts into giggles.

ERIC

You kept that up for two weeks? You wanted me to think . . ?!

OPIE and LOREN laugh.

LOREN

Looks like you're in the clear, man.

ERIC

I need another beer.

JULIE

He did fall asleep though, on the floor.

DAERON comes out of the house.

ERIC

Hey man!

LOREN

Daeron!

OPIE

Daeron!

DAERON

Seriously, to LOREN. I found something in your trash can I think you'd like to explain. Matinee ticket stubs to– what is this crap?

He holds out two ticket stubs to a chick flick. OPIE blushes and sinks lower in her chair; LOREN looks embarrassed.

LOREN

What were you doing in my trash, anyway?

DAERON

I, uh. A little sheepish. Well, it's motioning to OPIE your week for trash, and I figure I have a lot of your guys' chores to be catching up on for a while . . .

ERIC

Sweet. Hey, now that Daeron's back, can we go egg the TKE house?

JULIE

Yes!!

OPIE

I bought out the corner market's supply of eggs and toilet paper.

LOREN

If we get caught, I had nothing to do with it.

DAERON

With a parental glance to JULIE Are you sure, um, that's the kind of role models we should be acting like around here?

JULIE

Puh-lease. You can't come if you're going to act like a grown-up.

OPIE

Come on, Daeron, let's give her a decent childhood experience for once.

DAERON

Grins. Yeah, okay. Let's go.

ERIC

I got the eggs!

They all get up while ERIC runs to grab the bag of eggs and toilet paper. It is dark now outside. LOREN turns to JULIE.

LOREN

Hey, I have a message for you, by the way.

JULIE

So you're some kind of prophet now?

LOREN

From Mrs. Brightman. Your host mom.

JULIE looks terrified.

JULIE

Oh god.

LOREN

Yeah, she wants you to come back and stay with her.

JULIE

What? Really?

LOREN

She really misses you, Jules.

ERIC comes back outside with bags.

JULIE

Suddenly, out-of-place. Oh my god!

LOREN

Bewildered at her reaction. Yeah, it's, uh, pretty great . . .

JULIE

Not that! Look! She points between LOREN and OPIE. You guys are holding hands! You're together now!

ERIC

What?

OPIE

. . . Whoops.

DAERON

Wow.

JULIE

Turning on DAERON. You were right!

DAERON

I was?

JULIE

That he's not gay!

LOREN

Not again . . .

They laugh and walk off the porch, OPIE and LOREN holding hands, and DAERON with an arm around JULIE's shoulders. As they walk away down the street . . .

ERIC

Y'all ready to go egg-nuke some pure evil?

LOREN

Can someone please . . .

OPIE

Hiroshima.

LOREN and DAERON

Understanding. Ohhhhh.

JULIE

You're gonna explain that to me later, right, Daeron?

DAERON

You bet, kid. We'll take care of you.

End. Roll credits.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:

All done!!

Hi! So on Sunday the 10th, this thing is "due" to the people who may or may not make this into a movie. It's basically going to come down to whether or not it's something they like, so I have a favor to ask . . .

Thanks to ficpress's new feature, I know there are a number of people reading this movie, and I need your help! I'm freaking myself out over whether or not this thing is any good at all, flows like a movie, etc. etc. I REALLY need some kind of feed back at this point! Just so I can fix it up before sending it off.

Also, I'm hearing that Daeron has become completely unlikeable. Thoughts? Please??

Thanks as always!!

-MM