Dylan Diveley LIFESOURCE TREATMENT “Devoted best friends Doug and Mike devise a plan while on summer vacation to live like vampires in order to ignore that fact that Doug is soon to die. “ In their own houses, DOUG (18) and MIKE (18), simultaneously get a bloody nose as they wake up in the morning. Though Doug doesn’t look to have slept at all. Doug’s room is brightly lit, curtains open. Mike’s are closed and thick, no light at all. The two get ready for school. Doug does everything on his own as his emotionally empty mother, LUCY (40) sits in the dark of her bedroom, windows covered by layers of paper, candles strewn about the space. Mike, although completely functional, is aided quite a bit by his mother, SARA (42). She fetches his towels, delivers his laundry, and readies his breakfast. He spends a good amount of time tweaking every angle of his appearance. On the way out, Mike’s mother and his father, RICK (43), make a celebration as he leaves for his last day of high school. He’s unenthused but puts on a face for the camera. Lucy’s feelings aren’t quite the same and she asks Doug “Have you told him yet?” He answers no and leaves to pick up Mike. On the way to school the two butt heads of whether or not they’ll miss it. Doug seems to look back a bit more fondly, while Mike seems indifferent. They attend a class where a fellow classmate, JAKE (18), a 5 foot red headed jock, calls Doug a fag. Doug reacts coolly and turns the tables, and Jake runs out. MARISSA (18) curiously questions Doug, where he goes on to argue that despite his and Mike’s close and practically exclusive relationship, it isn’t gay. Later at a graduation practice session their principle, MISS PILLO, delivers a speech wishing them all the best in the future, remarking all the things they’ll go on to achieve. Doug is oddly sucked into the speech while Mike just sits, and doesn’t listen. KRISTA (18) notices a tattoo on Mike’s wrist. He’s resistant to acknowledge her, but tells her that he and Doug have the same one. Finally they go off to an open lunch, but first Doug insists on walking around the school just one more time. He goes alone as Mike goes for food. He goes to his locker where “DOUG W 2008 – “ is etched in the door. He scratches in 2012 at the end, gives it a long look, and closes it. He meets up with Mike and the two decide to leave. Before they can, Marissa catches them and invites both to a party at her house. Mike clearly doesn’t want to go, but Doug says sure, egging Mike into it.
They leave school and go to a hill not far away. There’s no one there. Mike and Doug smoke pot as they watch the school in the distance. They remark whether or not they’ll visit it again one day. Doug certainly wants to. They work their selves into wrestling match where Doug takes control. Later at the party Doug finds Mike drinking alone down at the pool. He surprises Mike however who falls into the pool. Mike does nothing to work his way out and just lets himself sink. Doug immediately dives in and brings Mike back up. He can’t explain himself but lets Doug know that he wants to get away, out of town. Doug says he has a plan. The next day they graduate where Mike’s parents enthusiastically hound the boys after the ceremony. Lucy is nowhere. Right after, the two embark on a road trip. They drive from day to night, documenting the fun and boredom of the car ride before arriving at Doug’s river cabin. They settle in as Doug shows Mike old items from the past. Mike asks if this is where Doug’s father ran to. Doug brushes off the question and insists they go out to eat. At the BBQ Bar Mike meets LILLY (19) as Doug goes off to make a call. He mistakes her for a waitress, which she’s both taken back and flattered by. She’s oily, but naturally gorgeous, shiny, and clean. She sits to talk with Mike who hides behind a menu. Even with out his response she talks anyways and says she likes his vibe. Outside, Mike finds Doug yelling on the phone with Lucy. He hangs up and the two leave for the cabin. The next morning Doug finds Mike outside by a large willow tree, where there’s a gravestone for Doug’s dad. Mike goes on to speak of his fear of the future, and Doug promises to have the answer. Later on Mike is walking around town alone, clearly upset and conflicted. He bumps into Lilly where he then questions her if she’d accept immortality if given. She isn’t sure but says it’d have to be for the right reason. He returns to the cabin where Doug waits upstairs in the candlelit dark. Mike tells him “Yes”, Doug smiles. The next day they wake up different. Their canine teeth just a tad sharper. Bite marks on their matching tattoos. They go outside into the sunlight and sit at the end of the dock. They speak of their new life and adjusting to new rules and symptoms. Mike seems nervous, scared, but still excited. Later that week they go to a game bar. It’s an old favorite spot of Doug’s so he shows Mike around. Lilly is already there and Mike introduces the two. Doug shows no
charm towards her and acts very wary. The three play a game of monopoly as Mike sits awkwardly in the middle. Lilly and Doug gleefully compete. Mike knocks the board accidently, so they leave, Doug impressed by Lilly’s skill. She invites the two to a local party the next night. Before they exit Mike finds himself especially drawn to Lilly. Not so much in looks, but in appetite. His body growls. Mike and Doug return to the cabin. They find more items, including a stuffed bear, and play games. Mike’s body rumbles again. Instead of letting it go on, Doug proposes they just feed off one another, for now. They drink from each other’s necks and find a new sense of energy. Doug takes Mike out the next day for a journey around town. They visit locations pictured in an album containing photos of Doug, his mother, and his father. That night Mike takes a bath to get ready for Lilly. He asks Doug to count how long he can hold his breath underwater. Something he liked doing with his dad. He brings up Marissa’s party and reveals how he felt in no hurry to get out of the pool. Mike leaves with Lilly and Doug stays behind. She brings him to a dance party where she gets him to loosen up. She asks about his tattoo and he immediately describes the inked design as something symbolic of his relationship with Doug. Lilly then tells him about “her Doug”, an old best friend who packed up and left town. Meanwhile, Doug leaves town and heads back home, with the stuffed bear in the passenger seat. At the party, Mike and Lilly kiss. The days go on and the two grow closer. Doug and Mike continue to feed of each other. However their appearance gradually seems to look weaker. Lilly questions it and gives a box of snack food to Mike. Inside the cabin has become crowded with old boxes and artifacts strewn about the living room. Mike trips over them when he comes back from a night with Lilly. Doug seems to hover down the stairs where he confronts Mike about his connection to Lilly. He defends its innocence and that it reminds him of his and Doug’s relationship, the way she seems to understand him. Anger builds and they break into a brutal wrestling match, fighting to feed, and Mike takes the upper hand and overpowers Doug. Doug seems proud. Later Doug shows Mike that he discovered more things around the house. Like a photo of Doug with a graduation outfit taped over it. He figures that his Dad still tried to be there even when he ran away. Mike then questions how long they plan on staying. He insists they’ll obviously have to return. Doug disagrees. Soon Mike really begins to question the things they’ve done, but Doug works him into trusting that everything will turn out.
Another night Mike is going out with Lilly again. Doug lets it slide but clearly lets it be known he’d rather Mike stay. By now Doug seems different. He’s weaker and out of it. He’s struggling with something and looks sick. Mike lets him feed off him, in an attempt to perk him up, then he leaves. While Mike is gone, Lilly comes knocking. She enters looking for the two and finds Doug. She came to surprise Mike but he tells her he left. Looking desperate, he lunges for her and bites her. After, he throws her into the basement. He takes off his bloodstained clothes and collapses against a wall. Mike returns and finds Doug passed out. He doesn’t know what to do, then a BOOM comes from the basement. He discovers Lilly, who runs off. He chases her, confused, and sees what Doug did to her. She cries to him and he pleads for her to not tell anyone for now. Back inside, Doug appears to be dying. Even despite his disgust over what he did to Lilly, Mike still tries to feed him back into consciousness. It doesn’t work. Mike tells him he was supposed to be forever. Doug struggles with his words but tells him that they “they”, will be forever. He then vomits a stream of blood into Mike’s face, before completely degenerating, and dies. Mike processes everything in shock. He goes to the shower to rinse off the blood. He thinks of the times they shared up till this very moment. The blood completely rinses away and reality checks back in. Their teeth, nothing more than slightly sharpened points. And their summer nothing more than a cover up to forget the fact that Doug was dying. A swan song to their relationship. Outside by the willow tree Mike digs a grave. After, he goes through the cabin and cleans up the mess, putting things back in their place. When he’s finished he sits on the rooftop, surveying the scene. Lucy pulls up to the house and gets out of her car. She has the stuffed bear with her. She buries her son next to her husband but gives the last bit of dirt to Mike. Lilly watches from the distance. The two see one another, and despite her wounds, she seems to comprehend. Mike gives a farewell to the cabin and is driven home by Lucy. He enters his house, goes to his room. He pulls back his curtains as his parents call for him, the light blinding him as he smiles.