Chapter One: Me & My Shadow
Scene – Somewhere, Someplace
[BILLY is leaned against a wall, as he slowly chews a Slim Jim. He notices people walkby, they eye him suspiciously. LUCI appears, as she stands against the wall next to BILLY.]
LUCI: Hey, baby cakes.
BILLY: What do you want?
LUCI: How's the Slim Jim?
LUCI: Can I have some?
[BILLY glares at LUCI.]
LUCI: Heh, you're right. What am I saying? I couldn't have one if I tried.
BILLY: Please, shut up.
LUCI: I mean being your shadow isn't all fun and games. I don't get to eat; I always have to be where you're at. I don't even get to have sex —
BILLY: Just for a second. Okay? Please.
[A couple of girls cast BILLY a strange look as they pass by him on the sidewalk.]
LUCI: You must look like such a creep. Standing all by yourself. Loitering next to the sidewalk, while you stuff that Slim Jim down your throat and talk to yourself.
BILLY: I blame it on you.
LUCI: It's quite entertaining to me.
BILLY: No doubt about that.
[MARY approaches BILLY, wearing a pink backpack and holding her trigonometry books against her chest. She raises an eyebrow and smiles.]
MARY: What are you doing out here? School will be starting in a few minutes.
BILLY: Enjoying some fresh air for once.
LUCI: She's kind of cute, what's her name?
BILLY: Oh, no. Not you.
MARY: What do you mean not me? You just said my name.
LUCI: MARY, huh?
BILLY: Yes, Mary.
BILLY: Nothing. Sorry.
MARY: Is there some other MARY around that I should know about?
BILLY: No, no. I'm just… I get confused.
MARY: Are you okay?
BILLY: Perfectly fine.
LUCI: Cute name, and a cute bod. You should ask her out.
BILLY: I'm not going to ask her out.
MARY: Ask who out?
BILLY: Nobody. You know what; I'm going to go inside now. Bye.
MARY: Um, okay?
[BILLY walks off towards the school doors, LUCI follows closely.]
BILLY: You need to stop that.
LUCI: Stop what?
BILLY: Doing that!
LUCI: Doing what?
BILLY: Being annoying.
LUCI: So, why not ask her out. Is she not cute enough for you?
BILLY: She has a boyfriend, dumbass.
LUCI: That's no way how to treat a lady. Shadow or not.
BILLY: Please, I'm begging you. Please, just go away. At least for the rest of day.
LUCI: Okey-dokey. See ya' later, alligator!
[LUCI winks at BILLY and then disappears. BILLY stops at the school door and sighs. Knowing LUCI would be back eventually though made him frown. He enters the building.]
[An OLD WOMAN stands on the other side of the street, observing as BILLY enters the school. A YOUNG MAN soon joins her.]
YOUNG MAN: Was that him?
OLD WOMAN: It was.
YOUNG MAN: Was she with him?
OLD WOMAN: She was.
YOUNG MAN: Really? She was? What do we do now?
OLD WOMAN: We wait.