The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenage Delinquent Area: A Scene.

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Last Summer…

The sun is going down; Milo and Sophie sit at the edge of the pier, eating ice cream cones. Nothing is said between the two until Milo looks at Sophie, who hasn’t touched much of her cone since getting it.

Milo: Scout?

Sophie turns her head and looks at Milo.

Milo: Is everything alright?

Sophie takes a deep breath and stares out into the ocean.

Sophie: I’m not ready for the summer to end.

Milo: Tell me about it. To think that I gotta start getting up at 7 each morning for school is already getting me sad. *to Sophie* I thought you would love going back to school though; reading, math, projects; you seem to enjoy all of those things.

Sophie: I had a whole summer not being able to see, you know…

Milo doesn’t answer Sophie, so she sighs and lets it out.

Sophie: I’m not looking forward to seeing Simon with Laurie all of the time.

Milo nods his head, understanding where she’s coming from. He doesn’t say anything.

Sophie: It just hurts that he did what he did and then just forgot about my existence.

Milo: Well, he’s stupid for doing that. You’re a great person to be around and hang out with. You’re kind, funny, and a great friend, Scout. Don’t let him get to you.

Sophie doesn’t look like she’s been convinced.

Milo: Do you…?

Sophie looks at Milo as he asks the question.

Sophie: I can’t. He’s with Laurie. That would make me a horrible friend.

Milo: But it didn’t take much for your two friends to hook up with each other even after knowing how you felt?

Sophie shakes her head and shuts her eyes. Milo hates to see Sophie upset like this.

Milo: Scout, that doesn’t make you a bad friend. You and Simon were friends and for him to do that to you–

Sophie: *interrupts* We weren’t just friends, Milo. We were dating. He broke up with me and in two weeks he started to date Laurie. I feel like I was used; that two of my closest friends went behind my back and hurt me. He was more than just this guy I have a crush on; he was my best friend, and he broke my heart.

Milo: Then stop being friends with them. They did something shitty, and they hurt you and don’t deserve you as a friend.

Sophie: *defensive* It’s not that easy, Milo. You don’t know my friendship with Laurie or Simon to even tell me what to do. I don’t tell you how to manage your friendships, so don’t tell me how to.

Milo: *annoyed* You’re allowing them to just walk all over you! They are shitty friends that do not care about how you feel!

Sophies walks away from Milo, and off of the pier before he can get up and get her from leaving.

Sophie walks out of the staircase, upset that she’s been sent to the principal’s office. She turns around the corner and stops in her tracks when she sees another kid sitting outside of the main office. She slowly walks to the bench outside of the office.

When she sits down, the kid turns to look at her and chuckles to himself.

Milo: Of course.

Sophie: What is wrong with you?

Milo: *turns to Sophie* What’s wrong? What’s wrong?! Do you not fucking remember what happened at Prom?!

Sophie finally gets a good look at Milo, who has a busted lip and bruising on his face.

Sophie: What happened to you?

Milo: Don’t pretend you care.

Sophie: Milo, we are friends, and you are hurt and I just want to know what happ–

The main office door opens and out walks Simon, who visibly also has bruising on his face as well. He looks at the two sitting at the bench; he scoffs out loud as the security guard escorts him out of the office. Sophie watches Simon walk out and puts two-and-two together.

Sophie: Did Simon…?

Milo: *loud* Again, why do you care?

Sophie is at a loss for words, and her feelings are hurt.

Sophie: If Simon did that to you, I swear I’ll-

Milo: You’ll do what? Tell your boyfriend to stop?

Sophie: *confused* What are you talking about?

Milo: How are you going to tell me everything you went through with that fuck-boy and still go ahead and kiss him?

Sophie: He kissed me, Milo! What was I supposed to do?

Milo: Whatever, Sophie. You know, I thought you were different than the rest of them. Always stood by your word, and didn’t take anything from anyone. But Mollie was right about you guys. You guys all are the same.

A security guard opens the main office door and calls for Milo Kamalani. He grabs his book-bag and walks into the main office. Sophie looks away, and wipes the tears falling on her face.

The bell rings and Sophie leaves the main office to go back to her class. Students exit their classrooms and chatter in the hallway in between their classes. Sophie walks over to her locker and opens it to get her things for her next class. She’s by herself, with no friends, and her only friend that she cared about isn’t talking to her anymore. She wipes her eyes and puts her books back into her locker. She slams it shut and quickly walks down the hallway, towards the staircase when the side door to the outside would open. She thinks before walking out, but ultimately decides to walk out.

Back in the Kamalani household, Jennifer is icing Milo’s bruises and cuts on his face. He winces in pain, and Jennifer tries to tell him that she’s trying her best to keep the pain to a minimal.

Jennifer: You know, this really isn’t like you to get into these dumb fights with that boy. You gotta stop letting him get to you.

Milo doesn’t say anything. Jennifer stops doing what she’s doing and looks at him.

Jennifer: Milo.

Milo: *annoyed* What?

Jennifer places the ice pack on a towel and faces Milo once again.

Jennifer: Is this about Sophie?

Milo is in immediate shock. He tries to conceal the fact that Jennifer may have figured him out, but he just don’t want to get into it.

Milo: No?

Jennifer: Her mother called me earlier and asked me if she was with you after school. Apparently she didn’t go straight home from school.

Milo ponder the thought before he says anything.

Milo: No. She wasn’t with me.

Jennifer: This Simon guy, is he dating–

Milo gets off of the kitchen bar stool and heads towards his room.

Jennifer: Milo!

The door shuts behind him. Jennifer sighs as she cleans up the first aid-kit area from the counter.

The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenage Outcast: A Scene.

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The 8th grade class is spending their lunch period in the schoolyard, enjoying the warm weather that May brings. All of the cliques hang out with each other; the jocks are playing basketball, the unpopular kids are minding their business, and Milo and his friends are hanging out at their favorite bench near the grass. Davy and Ronnie are playing soccer in the grass, Jonah is drawing in his sketchbook, and Mollie is laying down on the grass near the bench. Milo twirls around his drumsticks, staring into space.

Mollie: So, it’s like they didn’t even know that it was there in the first place!

Without having Milo react to her story, Mollie sits up and looks at Milo.

Mollie: Hello? Earth to Milo?

Milo widen his eyes and looks at Mollie, clearly distracted.

Milo: Huh?

Mollie: *annoyed* I swear you never listen to me anymore. What’s the point of talking to you if you’re just gonna tune me out?

Milo: I’m just…

Milo notices Sophie walking in the schoolyard by herself. She sits by herself under the bleachers.

Milo: I just have some things on my mind.

Milo gets up and gathers his things.

Mollie: Where are you going?

Milo: Music room.

Mollie: Why? It’s mad nice outside and there’s nothing to practice for anymore.

Milo doesn’t respond, he walks away to walk inside back to the school. Mollie shakes her head and gets up to sit at the bench. Davy and Ronnie watch what’s going on.

Ronnie: Is he alright?

Mollie: He’s been like this forever, I don’t know what his problem is.

Milo enters one of the music rooms and takes out his drumsticks. He sits at the drum set and looks down at them. He begins to let out his anger by banging on the drums. Moments later, there’s a knock heard on the door. He gets up to opens it.

Simon: Look, some of us are–

He stops once he sees Milo.

Simon: Ah, makes sense. I knew I wasn’t hearing actual music.

Milo: Fuck off, Simon.

Simon: *laughs* Damn, not even a “hi, go away”? Harsh. I should expect it; I did kiss your little precious Soph.

Milo gets angry, his hands are in fists.

Milo: Yeah, and got the whole school to hate her, even her own friends.

Simon: Man, you know Laurie and the rest of them were not her friends. She must’ve told you how she really felt about them.

Milo: So you use her to prove a point? You used to be her best friend.

Simon: Does that bother you that we were? I mean, she didn’t think twice about kissing me back at prom.

Milo tries his hardest to keep his composure.

Milo: Just get the hell out of here, man.

Simon: You’re right. I should go find Sophie again and spend my lunch with her, she is a good kisser…

Milo swings at Simon and they begin fighting in the hallway. Simon pushes Milo off of him and fights him back.

Simon: Who the fuck do you think you’re messing with?

Milo: Leave her the fuck alone!

Milo swings at him and they begin fighting again. Security guards are alerted and run down the West Wing to separate the boys. Simon has a bloody nose; Milo with a busted up lip.

It’s English class and the students walk into the classroom at the start of the period. Sophie is seen sitting by herself, a place where she didn’t sit before. Mollie comes in and sits in the seat that she would sit next to Milo in. Once the bell rings, Laurie looks around for Simon; Mollie looks around for Milo.

Mollie: *turns around* Yo, have you seen Milo?

Ronnie shakes her head no, and Mollie turns back to face forward. The teacher opens the class by taking attendance.

Teacher: Simon Hempstead?

No answer. She calls out for Simon once more, but there’s no answer. She marks him “absent”.

Teacher: Milo Kamalani?

No answer. The teacher, now frustrated, takes her glasses off and directs her talk towards the class.

Teacher: Listen, I get that school ends in a month and a half and you guys graduate, but that’s not an excuse to skip my class, or anyone’s class for that matters. On this section sheet, it says these two were in class earlier; does anyone know where they are now?

The class doesn’t say anything. Mollie sneakily takes out her phone to text Milo.

molscastro: yo, where r u?

She puts her phone back in her pocket and looks around the room.

At the other side of the classroom, Sophie keeps her head down towards the desk. Laurie leans forward in her desk and says something loud enough to her friends so that Sophie hears it as well.

Laurie: Someone should be asking Slutphie about Simon; I bet she knows where he’s hiding.

Sophie shuts her eyes and turns around and gets up from her seat and faces Laurie.

Sophie: You know what, Laurie? Maybe if you were to get your bloody head out of your own bum and cared about the people around you, then maybe every boyfriend you have wouldn’t be running to other girls.

Laurie: Excuse me?

Sophie: You’re not excused.

Mollie watches the interaction from her desk, jaw dropping and in shock.

Laurie: You don’t know what you’re talking about.

Sophie: Instead of worrying about other people and what they are doing, you might want to to care about your own screw ups and stop blaming everyone else why shit doesn’t go the way you want them to go.

Teacher: That’s enough, Sophie! Principal’s office, now!

Sophie grabs her bookbag and storms out of the classroom. Mollie watches, still in shock.

Ronnie: *leans forward* Looks like Sophie saw through all the bullshit.

Mollie doesn’t say anything, she just ponders in thought.

The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenage Drama (Prom) Queen: A Scene.

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Tonight’s the night where the teens at Beverly Junior High have been waiting for all year: Prom! Limos line up outside of the venue, friends taking photos of each other, and music is heard being played from inside the venue.

In one of the limos, Laurie and her friends come out; all of her friends line up to take photos of Laurie walking on the red carpet towards the venue. She’s holding hands with Simon, matching a baby blue bowtie with Laurie’s dress. Sophie is the only girl that doesn’t take pictures of the couple.

Moments later, Mollie walks down a block in a green spaghetti-strapped dress with black and white Converse on. Her hair is in a basic, frizzy ponytail. Once she gets to the venue, she rolls her eyes, and then walks on.

Shortly after, Milo hops out of a car in slacks and a button down shirt. His hair is tied up, and he lifts his glasses from the bridge of his nose.

Everyone enters the venue to their middle school prom.

Inside the venue, a DJ is playing party music, friends are taking pictures at the photo booth, and others are chatting with each other at their table. Milo looks around the venue, not sure why he’s here in the first place. He looks towards the group of girls on the dance floor chatting and taking selfies with each other and sees her; Sophie. Her hair is curly, and she’s wearing a purple prom dress. She doesn’t notice Milo looking at her, but he can’t stop staring.

He suddenly hears someone call out his name. He turns his head towards the direction he heard it, and notices Mollie sitting at a table with a couple of other friends. He walks towards them.

Milo: *teasingly* Mollie Sue Castro? In a dress? At Prom?!

Mollie: Shut up! I’m surprised to see you here, Mr. “Prom is overrated”!

Milo rolls his eyes as Mollie teases him. He takes a seat at the table with Mollie, Ronnie, Davy, and Jonah; a couple of their mutual friends.

Milo: So, did anyone actually come to prom with a date?

Ronnie: That’s hella dumb, bro. Like, why be tied with one person all night when you could be with your friends? Having a date for prom is so lame…

Davy: *to Milo* No one asked her.

Ronnie pushes Davy on the arm; he winces in pain. The others at the table laugh.

Jonah: I was going to ask Giselle to prom…

Mollie: Eww, one of Laurie’s minions?

Jonah: What? She’s really pretty and seems to be the only one in that group that doesn’t look like they’re dumb as hell.

Milo looks at Jonah, clearly annoyed at his statement. The rest of the table laugh.

Mollie: Well good thing she turned you down, you’d be sitting with all of those fake girls and dumb ass Simon.

Milo looks over at the table where Laurie and her friends sit.

At Laurie’s table, they all talk among each other and continue taking selfies with each other. Sophie bobs her head to the music playing.

Laurie tries to get Simon to take pictures with her, but he’s clearly not in the mood to do so. Laurie puts her phone on the table, now frustrated.

Laurie: What is wrong with you tonight?

Sophie looks at the couples direction.

Simon: I just don’t want to take 5,000 photos tonight.

Laurie: It’s prom night!

Simon: And? That doesn’t mean anything to me.

Giselle: That’s not nice of you, Simon…

Simon: *annoyed* Who the hell asked you?

Laurie: Simon!

Simon gets up from the table and walks away. The table watches him do so. Sophie grabs her phone and gets up from the table, going after Simon.

Across the hall, Milo sees Sophie chasing after Simon, confused.

Simon leaves the hall, and Sophie is right behind him.

Sophie: Simon! Wait!

Simon turns around and stops. Sophie catches up to him.

Sophie: Are you okay?

Simon: Why do you care?

Sophie: Because you’re acting like a jerk to Laurie. I mean, you agreed to come with her to Prom; you know how she’s going to be like.

Simon: I shouldn’t be here; shit, I didn’t even want to be here!

Sophie: Just how you didn’t want to go with Laurie to Waverly?

Simon doesn’t say anything.

Sophie: Don’t break her heart, Simon.

Simon: Again, why the hell do you care?

Sophie: Because no girl deserves to be led on thinking her boyfriend wants to be with her when in reality he’s doing everything to stay away from her. It’s not fair to her.

Simon: So you’re gonna be on her side? She treats you like shit, Soph. I don’t even know why you’re still friends with her. For what? So you don’t get bullied for being a decent human being?

Sophie: This isn’t about me. You gotta do what’s right, Simon. I know you’re capable of doing at least that.

Simon takes in a deep breath. He looks at Sophie softly.

Simon: I’m sorry. For everything. For being… this.

Sophie: Things happen.

Simon: I’ve been nothing but a dick this whole school year, and I…

Simon takes Sophie’s hand.

Simon: It says a lot about you that you’re the one here comforting me and not my “girlfriend”.

Sophie doesn’t say anything, she just listens to Simon. He looks at her.

Simon: I’ll always love you, Sophie Lee.

Simon softly kisses Sophie on the lips; Sophie doesn’t fight it.

Moments later, the doors of the hall open and the two teens quickly turn around. They see Laurie standing there, shocked at what she just saw.

Laurie: I fucking knew it!

Sophie: Laurie, wait!

Laurie turns back around into the hall, and Sophie goes after her.

Sophie: Laurie! It’s not what it looks like, I–

Moments later, a teacher is heard on a microphone to get the attention of the teens.

Teacher: Alright class of 2022, it’s time to announce this year’s Prom Queen! After counting the votes, this year’s Prom Queen is… Laurie Warren!

Sophie: Laurie!

Laurie walks up to the stage as the teacher places the crown on her head and the microphoen to give a speech.

Laurie: Thank you to everyone that voted for me! It’s an honor to be your prom queen as expected! What wasn’t expected was to see one of your so-called friends kiss your boyfriend though. So Sophie–

Sophie stands on the dance floor with everyone else; she’s completely mortified. Milo, who stands in the back, is also in complete shock.

Laurie: Thank you for taking this magical night with my boyfriend away from me, slut.

The teacher takes the microphone away from Laurie and Laurie storms off the stage. The class of 2022 stares at Sophie, while talking and whispering to each other. The music plays again and Sophie pushes toward the crowd to get herself out of the hall. She runs out; Milo and the rest of his friends notice.

Mollie: Man, I knew Simon always had a thing for Sophie! That is fucking hilarious!

The table laugh except for Milo. He looks towards the door that Sophie ran out of. Milo is clearly heartbroken.

The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenage Talk in Town: A Scene.

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Sophie sits in the sitting area of the mall with a bunch of other girls. She’s focused on her phone, continuously texting. The other girls talk to each other , waiting for Laurie to meet up with them. Moments later, Laurie, Simon, and a couple of his friends gather around the group of girls.

Laurie: I’m hungry, let’s go get food at the food court.

The girls get up from their seats, including Sophie. She follows the group of girls, while the guys walk behind them. Simon stares at Sophie, annoyed.

Laurie: *to her friends* I can’t believe prom is literally around the corner. I told my mom I wanted to wear the biggest dress, like the prom queen I’m destined to be.

Giselle: Oh-Em-Gee, you’re so going to win prom queen!

Laurie smiles and continues to walk to the food court.

Laurie: Simon and I are gonna look so good in our matching outfits; we will totally win the titles of the night!

Laurie turns around and sees Sophie, not paying attention.

Laurie: Sophie!

Sophie looks up from her phone now focused on Laurie.

Sophie: What?

Laurie: Are you just gonna be on your phone all day? You’re suppose to help me pick out prom dresses with the rest of us.

Sophie puts her phone in her pocket.

Sophie: Sorry, just checking some messages from my mom.

Laurie nods and proceeds to talk about prom with the girls. Sophie doesn’t engage.

At the tables at the food court, Laurie and the rest of the girls are seen chatting and eating food, while the guys sit at another table.

Laurie: Sorry about the food, Soph; I didn’t know you were allergic to milk.

Sophie: I mentioned it before, but it’s fine…

Sophie gets up from her seat and walks to the stores within the food court to buy something. She looks around until a familiar voice startles her.

Simon: Hey.

Sophie: *jumps* Bloody hell! *sighs* what do you want, Simon?

Simon: Just wanting a little chit-chat, if that’s okay.

Sophie: Wouldn’t your shadow be looking for you if you’re gone for too long?

Simon chuckles, amused by Sophie’s comeback.

Simon: She’s my girlfriend, Soph. She’s also your friend.

Sophie: Yeah.

Nothing is said afterwards until Simon gets closer to Sophie. Sophie notices, and immediately gets uncomfortable.

Sophie: What are you doing?

Simon: Speaking of friends, what’s up with you and that music geek? What’s his name; mild?

Sophie: *deadpans* Milo?

Simon: Yeah; whatever his name is. You didn’t tell me you were dating him.

Sophie is in shock. She doesn’t know where this started, but she’s pissed it has. She looks at Simon; he’s clearly not fond of the newfound information either.

Sophie: So what? That’s none of your concern.

Simon: *aggravated* Why wouldn’t you tell me? I thought we were friends.

Sophie: We aren’t friends! How many times do I have to bloody tell you that we are not friends!

Simon: Just because I’m Laurie’s boyfriend?

Sophie: *angry* It’s because you went for her after you were tired of me!

Simon: Look Soph, you’re always gonna be my friend, and as a friend I need to tell you to stop letting your feelings get in the way of a meaningful friendship!

Sophie doesn’t say anything, she just looks at Simon, still angry.

Simon: We were not dating when I started to date Laurie.

Sophie: Two weeks, Simon! It took you two weeks to date her when you were done with me! How was I suppose to feel knowing that the guy I liked, and cherished as a friend, would abandon me when a new girl comes by! I can’t ever trust you, Simon.

Simon: *yells* I didn’t do anything to you!

Sophie is taken back by Simon’s anger. She has never seen him as angry as she sees him now.

Simon: For fuck’s sake, what else do I need to do to let you know that I’m fucking sorry?

Laurie: *from afar* Babe?

Laurie walks towards Simon and Sophie.

Sophie: You know what you can do? Leave me the hell alone.

Before Laurie can get to the duo, Sophie walks off, and away from the food court area. Laurie watches on as she tries to give Simon a hug.

Laurie: Everything alright, babe?

Simon: *annoyed* I’m fine.

Simon walks away from Laurie, and walks in the opposite direction of where Sophie went. Laurie is upset at Simon’s reaction. She walks towards her friends at the table, who are looking to see what’s going on.

Laurie: I swear, Sophie is always pissing Simon off, and it’s not fair to me.

The other girls nod their head, agreeing with Laurie. Laurie sits in her spot at the table, surrounded by the girls who try to comfort her.

The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenager Rumor: A Scene.

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Mollie doodles in her notebook during her social studies class. She’s bored, wishing this period would be over. She looks around the classroom at her classmates; some of them are actively listening and taking notes from the board, while overs are secretly on their phones, sleeping, or doodling in their notebooks, like her.

On the other side of the room, Milo is taking notes in his notebook and every now and then looking at Sophie, smiling. She would smile back at him, also taking notes in her notebook while listening to the teacher. I between note taking, they pass notes to each other to talk to one another.

The two teens don’t think anyone is watching them communicate in the class until someone sitting behind them, Ronnie, was watching to the two pass notes.

The bell shortly rings afterwards and the class packs up their things and goes to their next period, which is lunch.

Ronnie walks out of the classroom and sees Milo and Sophie walk down the hallway together, towards the music rooms. Ronnie turns around and heads towards the lunch room.

In the lunchroom, Mollie gets her food tray and walks to her usual table. She sees Ronnie sitting there with Davy, one of her athlete friends. Mollie sits across the able from them and greets them.

Mollie: Man, “Fries-day” is literally the best day of the week.

Ronnie: You don’t have to tell me twice!

The girls laugh and continue to eat their lunch.

Davy: So Veron, are you going to practice tomorrow?

Ronnie: Yeah, *to Mollie* We’re gonna do week 6 of the project tomorrow, right?

Mollie: Yeah, we just gotta figure out where we wanna go. I don’t just have 8 places around the neighborhood that mean a lot to me.

Ronnie: Honestly, there’s nothing exciting about the neighborhood in the first place.

Laurie, Simon, and the rest of Laurie’s friends pass by Mollie’s table. They don’t pay no mind to the backpacks on the floor next to Mollie and Ronnie, they just step over them and continue walking to the table. Mollie rolls their eyes.

Mollie: I am not looking forward to Laurie going to Waverly. Like, can she just go somewhere else?

Ronnie: Laurie is too self-centered to actually not go to a school where people pay attention to you.

Mollie: I heard Simon didn’t get in.

Ronnie laughs out loud.

Ronnie: I’m not surprised, there’s not a creative bone in that meathead’s body.

Mollie almost chokes on her chocolate milk laughing at Ronnie’s comment. She wipes her mouth and sees the group sit at their usual table, but Mollie notices something almost right away.

Mollie: I’m shocked to not see that girl Sophie being a minion with the others.

Ronnie turns around and looks at the table. She turns back and faces Mollie.

Ronnie: She’s probably with that guy she’s always with; your friend?

Mollie: *confused* My friend?

Ronnie: The music guy, has the twists in his hair?

Mollie: Milo?

Ronnie: There you go.

Mollie doesn’t say anything at first; she clearly tries to understand what’s going on.

Ronnie: They were being hella giggly in social studies. Like, they were passing notes to each other and everything. Also, after class, they both walked towards the music rooms together.

Mollie is dumbfounded at this information.

Mollie: I mean, i know they are partners for the project, but–

Ronnie: I don’t know, Mol. They looked really friendly with each other. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were secretly dating or something.

Mollie’s eyes widen at the thought. She doesn’t say anything else, the girls just eat the rest if their lunch.

During their gym period, Davy and a couple of other boys are playing basketball in the school yard. One of those boys is Simon. Once they finish a game off, the guys take a moment to drink some water and take a breather before they start a new game. One of the other guys comment Simon on his shooting skills, which Simon shrugs off as just “pure talent.”

The group of boys look at the girls who sit at the wall, braiding each other’s hair and talking. Laurie hangs out with her girl friends.

Davy: So how are you and Laurie going to stay together if you guys are going to different schools?

Simon: We’ll make it work, but if it doesn’t; it doesn’t.

Davy: You’re not worried she’ll find another guy?

Simon looks at Davy, Davy tries to not stare at Simon for too long.

Simon: *teasingly* If you’re tryna steal my girl, you’re gonna have to at least be more secret about it.

The boys laugh, even if Davy is uncomfortable at the response. The boys look at the other direction of the gym, where the other people are playing badminton and other sports. Sophie is one of them. SImon stares at her a little too long. Davy notices.

Davy: I think Sophie’s dating somoene.

Simon: What?

Davy: I heard that Sophie is secretly dating some kid in our class. Some music guy. The one that hangs out with Mollie’s friend?

Simon looks at Sophie, who is laughing and having fun playing on the other side. Simon is visibly angry at the sudden news.

The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenage High-School Decisions: A Scene.

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Class is in session and this particular 8th grade class is reviewing some work for an upcoming test. Milo rests his head on his hand; he is clearly bored as he doodles in his notebook. Once the teacher stops talking, she faces the class and makes an announcement.

Teacher: Now that we were able to do some reviewing for your midterm, I wanted to end the class period handing these out.

She walks to her desk and picks up a pile of envelopes. Milo’s eyes widen.

Teacher: These came in earlier today and I know many of you are curious and anxiously waiting decisions for high-school…

The crowd uproars in chatter, they are all interested and anticipating the decisions.

Teacher: Now, I expect you guys to stay in your seats, and no yelling or screaming. I understand your excitement, but please keep it to yourself until your lunch period.

The teacher begins to hand out the envelopes to students. Milo stares at the teacher as she does; Mollie notices it and rolls her eyes.

The teacher is now at Milo’s desk; she shuffles through the envelopes.

Teacher: Milo Kamalani… *takes the envelope out of the pile* Here you go.

Milo takes the envelope and opens the envelope quickly. He unfolds the paper and reads what the paper says:

Waverly High-School of the Performing Arts - Vocal/Band Duo Major

Milo’s eyes widen in shock. He smiles and tries his hardest to keep his composure. He looks around to see everyone looking at their letters and see their reactions.

During the lunch period, Sophie walks to get her food from the lunch counter. She picks up a tray and walks towards her usual table.

She sits down and sees Laurie in a bad mood. Simon looks nervous trying to comfort her, but doesn’t say anything when Laurie begins to wipe off tears from her eyes.

Sophie: Hey, what’s going on?

Laurie: *annoyed* Yeah, Simon – tell her what’s going on?

Simon: I didn’t get into Waverly High.

Sophie doesn’t look as surprised, but plays along when Laurie starts crying.

Laurie: We were supposed to go to Waverly together, babe!

Simon: I know, but maybe they just didn’t want me to go there…

Sophie walks the interaction between the two. Her eyebrows rise up when she hears Laurie got accepted to Waverly.

Simon: Did you get accepted to Waverly, Soph?

Sophie: *coldly* I did.

Simon: *to Laurie* See, babe! Sophie’s gonna be there with you!

Laurie: *bratty* I don’t care about Sophie being there! I care about you being there!

Simon continues to try to calm down Laurie. Sophie’s appetite disappears, so she gets up and picks up her tray.

Simon: Where are you going?

Sophie: I’m going to go to one of the music rooms and do some work for this project…

She walks away from the table and throws her tray of good away. Before she can turn around and leave, Simon is right behind her.

Sophie: *startled* Bloody hell, Simon.

Simon: Please can you stay with Laurie? She’s driving me mad.

Sophie: I think as her boyfriend, that’s typically your job to stay with her when she’s sad.

She cross her amrs around her chest.

Sophie: From my memory of audition day, I don’t remember seeing you auditioning there.

Simon: I didn’t want to.

Sophie: So you lied to Laurie and told her you didn’t get in?

Simon: *annoyed* I didn’t want her to be mad at me. You know I never wanted to go to that school.

Sophie: I know.

Sophie walks away from Simon without saying anything else. She walks out of the lunchroom.

Sophie walks down the hallway of the music rooms, clearly looking for someone. She stops at one of the doors and sees Milo practicing something on his guitar. She smiles and knocks on the door. Milo looks up and sees Sophie standing by the window. Milo unlocks the door and lets Sophie in.

Milo: What brings you here, Scout?

Sophie: I didn’t feel like eating with Laurie and them today.

Sophie places her bookbag on the ground and sits in a chair across from Milo.

Sophie: Apparently, Laurie is sad because Simon didn’t make it into Waverly.

Milo: She’s going to Waverly?

Sophie nods her head and Milo sucks his teeth. Sophie raises an eyebrow as she looks at Milo.

Sophie: You made it into Waverly?

Milo doesn’t say anything; he just smiles. Sophie gasps and stands up from her seat, giving a hug to Milo.

Sophie: I’m so happy for you! I know how much work you put into that audition.

Milo: Thanks, Scout. I got in as a duo major; vocal and band.

Sophie: *eyes widen* That’s amazing… as long as you don’t take a spot on violins, we can still be friends…

Milo smirks; he knows what Sophie meant by that.

Milo: No violins, just percussion.

Sophie smiles and gets excited in her seat.

Sophie: I’m so happy that we’re going to Waverly!

Milo: *smiles* Me too.

After school, Milo is seen carrying his guitar case on his back with his books in his hands. He looks around, looking for somebody. When he sees the person he’s looking for, he waves his hand.

Milo: Mol!

Mollie stops and looks at Milo. She looks in the other direction and walks away with Ronnie. Milo takes in a deep breath and walks away from the school.

The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenage Screw Up: A Scene.

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Milo stands in the kitchen, looking at his father and Jennifer, who sit at the kitchen table. He doesn’t say anything or move, he just stands there in hopes one of his parents says something first. They don’t.

Milo: *nervously laughs* Home before midnight! Parents in those movies where the teenager breaks their curfew would… love…that…

Milo Sr and Jennifer don’t respond. They sit there, not amused with Milo.

Jennifer: *to Milo Sr* So, do we ground him now, or yell at him for lying to us about tonight?

Milo Sr: Why not both?

Jennifer: Works for me.

Milo panics and drops the act, he drops his bag onto the floor.

Milo: I’m sorry, I had to finish the project, I swear I wasn’t gone for that long I–

Milo Sr: You still lied to us, Milo! You also ditched Mollie’s party to *air quotes* finish the project.

Jennifer: There has to be more to this story than you’re telling us.

Milo: No! I swear!

Milo kneels to the floor to open his bookbag and pulls out his notebook. He flips through the pages to show his dad and Jennifer. After some time, Milo Sr and Jennifer believe him, but still is skeptical about Milo’s motive.

Milo Sr: Milo, it’s the fact that you missed Mollie’s birthday party. Mollie’s your best friend, she was asking about you all night.

Milo: She’ll be fine, she’s always over here anyway and I can make it up to her–

Jennifer: Milo, that’s not the point! You lied to us. We had no idea where you were tonight!

Milo: *annoyed* Well I went out to finish my project! Is that so bad to do?

Jennifer: When you’re coming home at 10 at night without us knowing!

Milo Sr: Pep.

Jennifer gets up from her chair and walks out of the kitchen once she hears Micah come out of his room. Milo and hid dad are the only ones left in the kitchen. There’s a long pause before anything else is said.

Milo Sr: Is there more to this project than you’re telling us?

Milo: *off-guard* What?

Milo Sr: Is this more about the person you’re doing the project with?

Milo doesn’t know how to answer the question. Milo Sr takes a deep breath.

Milo Sr: Milo…

Milo: *defensive* It’s just a stupid project that has to get done! That’s it!

Milo Sr: To me, it sounds like you have a crush on this girl you’re working on this project with.

Milo: *angry* No! You’re wrong! Just–

Milo grabs his bookbag and tries to walk past his father.

Milo Sr: *shouts* You;re still ground, Milo.

The door slams shut. Milo Sr takes off his glasses to rub his eyes. Jennifer enters the kitchen after Milo leaves to go into his room. Jennifer sits down next to Milo, brushing his dreadlocks away from his face.

Milo: We’re in trouble, Pep.

Jennifer doesn’t say anything, she just listens to Milo talk.

The following Monday, Milo walks in the hallway in school, towards his locker. He looks up to see Mollie at her locker, getting her things together before class.

Milo: Yo, Mol! You wanna go get pizza after school? I do have to be home before 3:30 so maybe we can just–

Mollie slams her locker shut, and looks at Milo.

Mollie: I’m busy.

Milo: … Okay, how about tomorrow?

Mollie: *annoyed* No.

Mollie zips up her backpack and tries to walk in the other direction.

Milo: What’s wrong with you today?

Mollie: Hmm, I don’t know, maybe it’s the fact that my own best friend missed my birthday to go out with one of the plastics and *air quotes* finish your project.

Milo: Who told you that?

Mollie: It doesn’t matter how I found out! You really ditched me to hang out with one of Laurie’s dumb friends! Like, are you stupid, Milo?!

Milo: Look, I promised her we would finish up the project on Friday!

Mollie: And it couldn’t have been another day? It had to be on my fucking 14th birthday?!

Milo doesn’t say anything. Mollie turns around in disgust.

Milo: Wait, Mol!

Mollie: No, Milo. Clearly you don’t care about me, so why should I care about you? Go hang out with that bitch–

Milo: *defensive* Sophie isn’t a bitch!

Mollie scoffs in disbelief.

Mollie: You’re really sticking up for a girl who you only met like three months ago on this stupid project? Whatever. See you when I see you, traitor.

Mollie walks off and leaves Milo standing near the lockers. In the other direction, Sophie looks at Milo and the argument that he had with Mollie. She turns around towards the other direction, sad.

The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenage Tightrope: A Scene.

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Milo is seen in his room, getting ready to go out for the night. He stares at himself in the mirror, fixing up his hair and glasses. A knock is heard on the door; it’s his dad checking up on him.

Milo Sr: You ready, bud?

Milo: I guess.

Milo Sr: You’ll be fine, Milo. It’s only Mollie’s house.

Milo: Yeah, with everyone she knows… *sigh* Dad–

Milo looks at his father, not completely himself.

Milo: I really don’t feel good to go out tonight.

Milo Sr: It’s Mollie’s birthday party though.

Milo: I’ll text her or something; she’s probably gonna be with all of her friends anyway to notice me not there.

Milo Sr takes a deep breath in.

Milo Sr: Are you sure you want to do this?

Milo: Please. I just don’t feel good.

Milo Sr: *sighs* Alright. Jennifer and I should be back from the party around 10 to put Micah to bed. Behave yourself. Get some rest. We’ll call you to check to see how you’re doing.

Milo: Thanks, dad.

Milo Sr smiles at his son and walks towards the front door and out of the house. Once the door is shut, Milo runs to his phone and dials up a number.

Milo: Hey, you wanted to work on the project tonight? *pause* Mollie wasn’t bothered, she knows we gotta graduate. *pause* I’ll meet you there.

Milo hangs up the phone and gathers his bookbag to go out.

Milo and Sophie sit on a ledge near the pier in Brooklyn Heights. Their breath is visible in the cold, winter air.

Milo: You picked the coldest place to be, Scout.

Sophie: *laughs* Hey, you told me to pick the next place.

Both teens look out into the water; across the waters is the sight of all of the lights brightly lit in Manhattan.

Sophie: I don’t think I got into Waverly.

Milo: *looks at Sophie* Why do you say that?

Sophie: *hesitant* I just feel like everyone is better than me. Like I don’t deserve a spot in their school or something.

Milo: Just because you don’t dance ballet or sing in a choir? So what? You play an instrument.

Sophie: Yeah, and how many girls actually make it into the bad at that school? I mean, you’ve seen their performances!

Milo: And?

Sophie: I just don’t see myself being one of the few girls in their ensemble. *sigh* Maybe he was right.

Milo: Who?

Sophie doesn’t say anything at first.

Milo: *puts two-and-two together* Simon.

Sophie: He was always the better player. I always took his advice seriously because no matter what he would tell me, I always got better because of it…

Milo wants to say something, but he sees Sophie’s head already in a different place. He knows to now just listen.

Sophie: I came here the night I find out he was dating Laurie. I was so upset. We fought over the phone and told me that Laurie was prettier. More talented. Better than I would ever be.

Milo: Sophie–

Sophie: –And I believed everything that he said. Why wouldn’t I? Everything he’s told me before always was right. So I came here right before the summer started. I jumped and swam deeper and deeper to the bottom. I felt truly alone. I don’t remember how I got out of the water; I just remember coughing and trying to catch my breath on the pier.

Milo is at a loss for words. He takes his legs away from the edge and folds them. He moves Sophie’s legs out of the edge as well.

Milo: Did you ever tell anyone?

Sophie shakes her head.

Sophie: If my mom ever found out I did that, she would send me back to the UK to live with my nan. Something like this in Korean culture is extremely looked down upon.

Milo: Did you ever tell Simon though?

Sophie: No.

Milo: Sophie… why are you still friends with Laurie after everything she’s caused you?

Sophie: *annoyed* What other choice do I got? It’s either be friends with her and get saved the bullying, or go against her and have my life be a living hell.

Milo: I’m your friend!

Sophie: And you best friend hates my guts, so really; are we friends? Or do you just tolerate me for the project nowadays?

Milo: *mad* I’m here with you when I could be with my best friend at her birthday party, Sophie. Don’t act like I don’t care about you. If you didn’t think I did, you wouldn’t have told me your story.

Sophie’s eyes water up, she looks out into the ocean and doesn’t say anything. Milo just looks at her.

Milo: I… really fucking care about you, Sophie.

Sophie wipes her eyes and begins to get up. Milo follows her gestures.

Sophie: I- I should get going, my mom will–

Milo grabs Sophie by the arm and hugs her tight. Sophie is hesitant at first, but then slowly puts her arms around Milo. They share a moment together. After the hug, he looks down at her.

Milo: You’re… so pretty. So talented, and funny and a great friend.

Sophie smiles and kisses Milo’s cheek.

Sophie: Thank you.

Milo smiles and walks away from the pier with Sophie.

Milo is shown running down a block towards a house. He runs up the steps of the house and begins to unlock the door with his keys. He walks through the studio towards the back way of the apartment, and quietly walks the stairs. He reaches the door where the kitchen is located and tries to sneak his way into the apartment. He turns around and screeches.

His dad and Jennifer stand in the kitchen, looking at their son.

The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenage Pity Party: A Scene.

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Kids chatter in the classroom as they sit with their partners to discuss their projects with one another. While everyone is carrying on conversation with each other, Milo and Sophie sit silently at their table. Milo twirls around his pencil as Sophie plays with the eraser on the desk. Milo looks at Sophie when he finally hears her speak.

Sophie: So, how did your audition go?

Milo: It was cool… yours?

Sophie: It was… cool as well.

Milo: Cool.

Sophie drops the eraser and sighs.

Sophie: What are we doing? We’re supposed to be friends.

Milo: Are we not?

Sophie: By the way you’re acting towards me, it doesn’t feel like it. I wanna be able to talk to you about the audition. I wanna be able to do this project without feeling awkward. I wanna hear you call me Scout again!

Milo can’t help but smile at the last sentence Sophie said. Sophie faintly smiles back.

Sophie: I’m sorry.

Milo: I’m sorry too.

Sophie: Friends?

Sophie hold out her pinky finger towards Milo. He looks down at it, smiles, and then reaches out for it with his pinky finger.

Milo: Friends.

Sophie smiles as they make up by pinky swearing their friendship. They hold onto each other’s fingers just a little too long. They slowly release each other and get back to business.

Sophie: So, the project–

Milo: You pick the place.

Sophie: *confused* But, it’s your turn to document a place.

Milo: We’ll start this project again on your place… I also need to think of another place so I rather you go first.

Sophie: Friday?

Milo: Friday.

Sophie laughs and Milo feels giddy inside. The feeling goes away when someone calls out his name. He looks up and sees Mollie coming over with her partner, Ronnie. Milo looks up and sees the girls walking over to his table.

Mollie: Yo, are you free on Friday? Of course you’re free — anyway, you’re coming to my party, right?

Milo’s eyes widen. Mollie reads them.

Mollie: You totally forgot about my birthday; what kind of best friend forgets their best friend’s birthday?

Before Milo can say anything, he sees Laurie and the rest of the girls come towards Sophie’s table. Once Laurie reaches the table, she rolls her eyes at the sight of Mollie.

Laurie: Come on, Soph, I’m done with the project for today.

Mollie rolls her eyes and coughs an inaudible insult. Laurie looks at Mollie.

Laurie: Was I talking to you, Castro?

Mollie: Was I talking to you, Whoring Warren?

Sophie and Milo’s eyes widen at the comment. Laurie is furious.

Laurie: You know no one is going to show up to your self-pity party, right?

Mollie: *sarcastically* Man, to even think that I’ll be hanging out with my friends at my party instead of sticking my tongue down a nasty jock’s tongue for most of the party really must make my party uncool and boring. *to Simon* Did you enjoy her tongue touching your tonsils?

Simon: You better watch who you’re talking to, bitch.

Milo stands up from his seat. Sophie looks mortified.

Milo: Have some respect for a girl, dude.

Simon: *to Milo* Why don’t you go wear panties and skirts with your best friend, asswipe.

Milo: At least I don’t have to flaunt my masculinity to feel superior.

Sophie: *worried* Milo–

Milo: You know what type of guys do that? Guys that don’t feel manly enough.

Simon: At least I got a girlfriend. Who do you got? Some tomboy best friend that probably likes other girls *touches Sophie’s shoulder* You better be careful, she might just try to kiss you.

Sophie forcefully shoves her shoulders away from Simon’s hand.

Mollie: Whatever, meat head.

Simon: You wanna act like a guy, I’ll treat you like a guy–

The teacher calls out for the students and the chatter dies down. They all look at the teacher as she tells the students to take their seats. Laurie and Simon move away from Milo and Sophie, as well as Mollie and her project partner. Milo looks at Sophie, who is visibly angry.

Milo: I’m- I’m sorry, Scout.

Sophie: Why must you start with him? It’s better if you let him talk about of his bum. He shuts up faster.

Milo laughs at the response. Sophie smiles at it as well.

Sophie: So, no project Friday?

Milo stays silent. The bell rings and everyone gathers their things to head out of the classroom.

Sophie: *sullen* Have fun at Mollie’s party.

Milo tries to call out for Sophie, but she leaves with her friends. Milo rubs his eyes in frustration.

The Teenage Tell-Tale.

The Teenage High-School Auditions: A Scene.

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It’s the day of the Waverly High auditions; the hallways are lined up with perspective teenagers awaiting to do their auditions for admission. Many of them are in costumes, dresses, formal attire, and leotards. Milo stands on line in his average clothing, looking around at the competition. He’s nervous and beginning to doubt himself.

A voice shouts out his name and he quickly turns around. He lets out a breath of relief as he sees who it is. Mollie has her hair up in a clean-looking ponytail with a skirt, Converse sneakers, and a chunky sweater.

Milo: Mollie? You actually showed up?

Mollie: I wasn’t gonna miss this audition for nothing!

Milo smiles; he’s incredibly happy that after everything that happened between them and herself, Mollie is here.

Mollie: You’re ready? You look like you’re about to shit your pants.

Milo rolls his eyes. That’s his best friend; Mollie Sue Castro.

Milo: *deadpans* Haha. i’m ready… nervous, but ready!

Mollie: You think you’re gonna make it in?

Milo: Do you think you’re gonna make it in?

Mollie: I do!

Milo: Well I do too!

Student: Cool, you may now kiss the bride!

The two teenagers look behind them. Mollie knows who it is; Milo doesn’t.

Mollie: Hey, Ronnie! I didn’t know you were auditioning?

Ronnie: You know I had to put my art skills into this tired looking school!

Mollie laughs and turns over to Milo.

Mollie: Milo, this is my friend Ronnie!

Ronnie: Short for Veronica.

Milo: Oh! You’re Mollie’s partner for the project?

Ronnie nods her head.

Mollie: She passes the vibe check.

Milo: It’s nice to meet you, Ronnie.

Ronnie: You too! *to Mollie* Remember we have to do week 4 of the project after school tomorrow.

Mollie: Oh yeah! I gotchu.

Ronnie and Mollie wave bye to each other and part their ways. Milo looks at Mollie.

Mollie: What?

Milo: *teases* Looks like I’ve been replaced.

Mollie: Oh please, I’m stuck with you for life. Ronnie is a cool chick. She skates! Well, skateboard, but still. She’s pretty chill.

Milo: Glad that someone was able to pass your incredibly hard “vibe check”.

Mollie pushes Milo as he laughs. The line begins to move towards the auditorium.

The group of students walk into a room next to the auditorium. No one says anything to each other. Milo and Mollie look around the room and see familiar faces from their school. Mollie rolls her eyes once she sees Laurie and her friends enter the room. Laurie is dressed in a very sparkly and elegant dress with her friends all wearing the same costume. Milo also looks in their direction and is surprised to not see Sophie with the girls. He looks around the room to see if perhaps Sophie even ever walked into the room; nothing. She was nowhere to be found.

Mollie: Earth to Milo?

Mollie knocks Milo’s head like it were a door. Milo snaps back to reality.

Mollie: Who are you looking for?

Milo: No one, I’m just seeing who’s here.

Mollie doesn’t suspect anything. Milo is attentive at who enters the room and who leaves.

One by one, the students leave the room to head out to their audition. Milo gets more and more nervous as the room gets more empty. Another small group of students enter the room. Milo notices Sophie within that group. He smiles.

Teacher: Milo Kamalani?

Milo looks toward the door at the teacher. He gets up from his seat as Mollie pats his back for good luck. He walks out the door and enters the auditorium. He looks around; it’s definitely the biggest auditorium he’s ever been in.

Milo opens his eyes as he sees Sophie looking down on him.

Sophie: Milo?

Milo sits up with his guitar and blocks the sun with his hand. He looks in Sophie’s direction.

Sophie: Tell me about your music.

Milo: *laughs* I only play music, I haven’t created anything yet.

Milo places his guitar to the side and faces Sophie, who is sitting on her knees and her jacket covering her legs.

Sophie: That’s still your music though. You seem like you’re incredibly passionate about it.

Milo: I am. I still haven’t decided what I wanted to do for the Waverly audition.

Sophie: You have to do what you feel is right.

Milo: Yeah, but…

Milo gets up from the grass and brushes the grass and dirt off of hi clothing. Sophie gets up with him.

Milo: I just feel like what I do right is so lame compared to other people.

Sophie: *stern* Hey.

Sophie looks up to Milo; the height difference becoming noticeable in between them. He looks down at her.

Sophie: Your best is your best, and it can’t be compared to other people because that’s YOUR best.

Sophie picks up Milo’s guitar and hands it to him.

Sophie: Play me something.

The teacher escorts Milo towards the stage, and Milo walks up to it. He faces the audience and sees the committee sitting at a table. Milo plugs his guitar into the amplifier and takes a deep breath.

Milo: Hi, I’m Milo Kamalani, and I’m auditioning for the Vocal & Band Duo Major.