[2012. Cad House Living Room. The room is decorated to show the family's wealth. Mr. & Mrs. Cad enter, with them are Servants carrying their luggage. Their teenage son Ernest "Ernie" watches and helps.]
Mrs. Cad: Now remember Ernest, we'll only be gone for three days, so if you need anything, we'll be home soon and the servants should attend to you.
Ernest: Yes Mom.
Mr. Cad: Also, just because your mother and I will be on a weekend getaway to Lake Erie, doesn't mean we'll expect you to slack.
Ernest: Understood Dad.
Mr. Cad: Also, no wild parties! The servants will tell us if anything happens.
Ernest: Understood. I'm just inviting some friends over. No need to worry.
Mrs. Cad: Which friends?
Ernest: Marcus, Ferris, Courtney, Ebony and Vincent.
Mrs. Cad: Why do you hang with the latter two?
Ernest: Because they're my friends.
[Mrs. Cad sighs]
Mr. Cad: Make sure they don't get into trouble. Or else.
Ernest: Understood. Have a nice trip.
[Mrs. Cad hugs Ernest]
Mrs. Cad: Take care, love you. I hear there's a bad storm coming.
Ernest: I will, love you too Mom. Bye.
Mrs. Cad: Bye Sweetie.
Mr. Cad: Bye Son. [Hugs him]
Ernest: Bye Dad.
[Mr & Mrs. Cad leave. Scene changes to a room designed for chilling, a basement or game room. There's at least one couch, an air hockey table, a coffee table, space for dancing, and plenty of other games. Ernest & 24 of his peers are there having fun. There's a storm brewing outside]
Ernest: (To Courtney & Vincent) I can't believe I let you talk me into inviting all these other people.
Courtney: (An easygoing young man in the same grade as Ernest, who's also one of his BFFs and the right hand man of Ferris) Relax Ernie, you worry too much.
Ernest: No I worry just enough! If my parents find out…
Courtney: So there's more than you told them. That's what teens do.
Ernest: They told me, no wild parties. And I don't even know most of the people Justin brought.
Vincent: (An artistic young man in the same grade as Ernest & Courtney. He has a bottle or can in his hand. He's not rich and has a crush on Ernest.) They're his cousin's friends. He insisted she come to help with her social skills, and she wouldn't come unless they came.
Ernest: I know that. But why?
Vincent: Justin's our friend too. Sure he's not in your "inner circle", but he's still in our group.
Courtney: And his cousin Alice is hot. What, she is.
Ernest: And taken.
Courtney: There could be a breakup.
Ernest: I doubt she'd want to date you.
Courtney: (acting hurt) That hurts.
Vincent: (changing the subject) Come on Ernie, let's enjoy the night. Not too often we get a chance like this.
Ernest: And you wonder why my parents don't like you.
Vincent: It's cause me and Eb are poor and have you wrapped around our fingers.
[Vincent drags Ernest to the others and makes him enjoy the party. Soon, the power goes out. Everyone panics.]
Alice: (A pretty, somewhat shy Eurasian young woman who's a grade below Ernest. She has dark brown bangs the rest of her hair is a natural color scale from brown to bright red) Don't worry, I've got a flashlight.
[Alice takes out a flashlight and turns it on.]
Courtney: Thank you.
Alice: You're welcome.
Ernest: The storm must've knocked the power out. The generator should be on soon.
[Servant enters, carrying a flashlight and several candles]
Servant: Are you all ok? The storm's really fierce, and the generator's malfunctioning.
Servant: Yes. Only the fridges, security system and two rooms are getting power.
Courtney: At least we won't starve.
Ferris: (A young man in the same grade as Ernest who's his other BFF, and right hand man.) Well you're here.
Courtney: Hey. [Hits someone]
Marcus: (A rich boy in the same grade as Courtney) Ow!
Courtney: Sorry, thought you were Ferris.
Ferris: Calm down!
Marcus: I am calm! He's—
Servant: Excuse me!
Servant: Are you all staying here?
Servant: Good. It's not wise to go out into a storm like this. I brought candles for you.
[Servant sets up the candles and lights them]
Ernest, Marcus, Alice & Ebony: Thank you.
Servant: You're welcome.
[Servant leaves when done]
Vincent: Now what?
Jean: (Goes by "Crétien". A shy but brave rich young man that everyone likes but dresses badly. Is in the same grade as Ernest) Music and dancing?
Ernest: Crétien we can barely see.
Alice: Why don't we tell stories?
Jean: Great idea! Who goes first?
Ernest: I'll go. Everyone gather round.
[They all sit down in what looks like a circle]