Black Sheep in Society.

Suspicious of a Black Sheep: A Scene.

There’s light snow from the past weekend’s snow shower on the grass on the campus. Micah walks out from one of the classroom buildings; he’s officially on his break between classes. He immediately begins to walk towards the Campus Center, the building where the bookstore is located. He is on a mission to talk to Rosie, but his two friends call out for him.

He turns around and waits for Dani and Tanner to catch up.

Dani: Where are you going?

Micah: I was going to get a drink from the bookstore real quick…

Dani: There are literally vending machines in every building though.

Micah: Maybe I want something that isn’t in the machines, Dani.

Dani rolls her eyes; Tanner laughs as he snacks on a bag of chips.

Dani: Well, hurry up; we rented a room in the library to study and our time is about to start.

Micah: I’ll meet you guys there.

Micah continues to head toward the Campus Center.

When Micah walks into the building, he immediately walks toward the bookstore. He looks at his phone for the time. He looks back up at the front door of the store as they open. It’s Rosie.

Rosie: Micah?

Micah: Hey, Roe… nice seeing you after like a week.

Rosie walks away from the bookstore; Micah follows her.

Rosie: I’ve been busy with other shit.

Micah: Oh? Like what?

Rosie: Just things, Micah.

Micah stops following Rosie. He notices something weird about Rosie’s appearance.

Micah: Hey.

Rosie stops walking and turns around. Micah walks up to where she is and respectfully tilts her head. There’s a bruise on the side of Rosie’s neck.

Micah: You good? That looks painful as fuck–

Rosie leans away from Micah, popping her collar up to hide it. She turns around to keep walking. Micah follows behind.

Micah: Hello? Roe? I’m talking to you–

Rosie: *annoyed* For fuck’s sake, just drop it! It’s not even that deep!

Micah: Well you still better get that shit looked at before the rabies in the animal that bit you gets in your body.

Rosie rolls her eyes and walks into the lounge room. Micah follows.

Rosie: Don’t you have somewhere else to be?

Micah: Oh, you mean the study session we had planned for a week straight already but someone keeps postponing? Come on, Rosie, this test is going to be–

Rosie: *yells* Get the fuck off my back, Micah! I’m fine, everything is fine, and all I want to do is be left the fuck alone!

Rosie turns around and faces away from Micah. Micah rolls his eyes.

Micah: Whatever. Call me when you’re not in a mood.

Micah walks out of the lounge room. He makes his way to the library where his friends are waiting for him.

As he walks out of the building, Micah checks his phone; Twitter specifically. He scrolls through the different tweets and trending topics. He stops in place to read something on his phone.

Prescott Jones gets cozy with another heir millionaire, Cecelia Green in a luxury lounge in NYC! Is this the next power couple in business?

Micah’s eyebrows cock up. He looks back at the campus center where Rosie is.

Micah: Nah, fuck that.

Micah goes back into the building to go back to where Rosie is. He power walks into the lounge room, where Rosie is still hanging out in.

Micah: Roe–

Rosie audibly sighs.

Rosie: Yo, dude I swear to God just–

Micah: Listen, you gave me shit about Kalia and now it’s my turn to give you shit about that douchebag.

Rosie: Who?

Micah: I read the headlines. He moved on to a new girl? Man, fuck that dick–

Rosie: I don’t know who the hell you’re talking about.

Micah: *annoyed* Prescott Jones, Roe. I know you two were dating.

Rosie looks at Micah directly now in the face.

Rosie: I don’t know what drugs you’re on today, but I wasn’t dating Prescott Jones.

Micah: Bullshit.

Rosie: *angry* Stop assuming shit, Micah! I’m so sick and tired of you pushing this agenda on me like–

Micah laughs out loud, cutting Rosie off mid-sentence. It upsets Rosie.

Rosie: What the fuck is wrong with you?

Micah: *not amused* You know, you should’ve been an actress because you’ve been really convincing this whole time. *serious* I know you and Prescott Jones were a thing. I saw you at the Placy Gala. I called you by name and you answered back. I’ve seen Prescott’s fancy-ass car in the shitty parking lot outside the library and every time it’s there, you come out of it. So please, Roe; don’t lie to me.

Rosie doesn’t say anything at first until she smiles in his face and giggles.

Rosie: You think you know me because I helped you with a couple of class assignments when you were skipping school after your dumb ex dumped you? Do you think because you saw some girl with brown curly hair at some snobby gala that it was automatically me? Sorry to break it to you, man, but you don’t know shit about me. Just because your business was out in the open for the world to see, doesn’t mean everyone else lives the life you lived. Get a fucking grip, Micah. Don’t read into everything, maybe that’s why Kalia dumped you in the first place. You assume shit that has nothing to do with you.

Rosie and Micah are now face-to-face, not moving a muscle.

Rosie: Also, just a little reminder since you don’t get the hint. When I don’t pick up my phone, it means I’m fucking busy with my life. Maybe you should try to actually live yours now that you don’t have Kalia telling you how to live it.

This angers Micah, but it mostly hurts him. He doesn’t move, but Rosie walks past him and toward the front door of the lounge. Micah turns around before she opens and leaves.

Micah: That’s pretty shitty of you, Rosie. Maybe you were right, but maybe the reason why you don’t have any friends is that you’re shitty toward your friends.

Rosie sticks up the middle finger at Micah and walks out.

Dani: And that’s how you get to “y”, smartass.

Dani and Tanner argue over a math problem they are trying to solve. Micah sits across from them, not paying much attention.

Tanner: But that’s not the way the Professor wants us to do the problem!

Dani: He should only care about getting the right answer! *to Micah* How did you solve it?

Micah stares into space. He doesn’t respond.

Dani: *calls out* Micah!

Micah: *annoyed* What?!

Dani: Why are you so distracted? We agreed to study for our Math test.

Micah: I agreed to meet you guys here, I didn’t say anything about studying.

Dani: Then what was the point of helping to pay for the study room?

Micah: *annoyed* I really don’t have the energy to deal with your shit, Dani. So please, just let me be.

Dani: Eww, what crawled up your ass today?

Micah: *stands up* The stick that is always up yours!

Dani: *stands up as well* Go fuck yourself, Micah!

Micah: Is that all you can say? Huh? Huh?!

Tanner gets up and breaks up the fight.

Tanner: Both of you calm down please before we get banned from the library!

Micah sits back down in his seat and looks at his phone. Dani and Tanner look at him.

Tanner: You’ve been on edge all day, man. What’s wrong?

Micah doesn’t say anything. Dani sucks her teeth and starts to pack her books in her bag.

Dani: I’m not staying around to hear more about Kalia…

Dani walks out of the study room and slams the door behind her.

Tanner: Is it about Kalia?

Micah: *randomly* I’m sick of bitches assuming they know me. Like, I’m a nice guy! I’m a great friend! And what do they do? Assuming I’m trying to fuck them or something when I’m being a friend!

Tanner: Who is it?

Micah looks at Tanner and shakes his head.

Micah: Nobody. Seriously a nobody.

Micah goes back on his phone, not paying attention to what Tanner is saying at this point.

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