EXT. LAS ANGELES GHETTO ALLEY - NIGHT
TONY’S DAD leans against the wall very casually with a disgusted look on his face. He looks down at his watch and sees 9:34pm. He pulls out his phone, quickly dials, and puts it up to his ear abruptly. TONY’S DAD Hey dear. Have you heard from Tony? NATALIE (O.S.) No. I havent heard anything. Coach has been working them late because they have a big game this weekend. TONY’S DAD Well I’m waiting at the usual spot. Should I wait? NATALIE (O.S.) He is a grown boy. I think he will be fine to walk home alone for once. Just come home, your favorite TV show just started anyway. TONY’S DAD Alright. I’m just gonna go on ahead. NATALIE (O.S.) ok see ya soon TONY’S DAD bye (hangs up his phone and slips it into his pocket) Tony’s dad turns the corner of the street and heads down the alley holding 5 plastic grocery bags that seem to be about to break. He moves in and out of all the trash dumpsters and loose debris. He makes another turn deeper into the alley. He gets a perplexed look on his face. HEAD GANGSTA #1 (O.C.) I aint fucking with you anymore (Hear the sound of a gun pistol cocking) HEAD GANGSTA #1 CONT’D (O.C.) I told you I needed this money
HEAD GANGSTA #2 (O.C.) some shit came up and I lost the money. Ill have it soon. Tony’s dad continues forward to see the groups of gangstas in a standoff with Head Gangsta #1 pointing his gun right at Head Gangsta #2’s dome. Tony’s dad steps on a cover to a trash can and startles the gangstas. Sensing immediate danger the ganstas turn and shoot. Tony’s dad takes a bullet to the chest and drops to the ground in agony. He lets out an enormous scream and the gangstas pick up their shit and run. Tony is seen walking into the same alley that his dad was seen walking into 20 minutes earlier. Tony is carrying his black athletic duffle bag over his shoulder. He clears the sweat off his forehead and wipes it on his bright orange basketball jersey. He slowly hobbles down the same path as his father and then he spots him. Tony drops his bag and runs to his father who is laying in a puddle of his own blood. Tony drops over his bloody father and begins to sob. Tony’s father lays motionless. 2
INT. TONY’S BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING
Tony’s eyes slowly open. Tony rolls over looks at his alarm clock sitting on the corner of his messy desk. It reads 8:15. TONY ugh... Fuck school. (mutters) Tony rolls back over and pulls the comforter over his head. NATALIE (O.C.) TONY! You’re going to be late for school again. TONY Who cares anymore? (mutters to himself) I hate school Tony crawls out of bed and picks up a sweatshirt off the floor, smells it, and throws it on. He grabs his backpack, walks out the door, and heads down stairs. NATALIE Tony youre going to be late again. Do you need a ride, honey?
TONY No. I can just walk. NATALIE Are you sure? School started 20 minutes ago, I could get you there quicker. TONY It doesn’t matter mom. I don’t care about school anyway. NATALIE Don’t say that Tony. You need to care. Tony walks out the door and slams it in his moms face. Tony’s mom sighs with a sad look on her face. 3
INT. HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
Tony slowly walks up the steps of the school and opens the big wide front doors. He walks to his locker, throws his bag in, and slams the locker door. He walks into class and doesn’t even look up at the teacher. He walks straight to his seat and plops down. TEACHER (Stops in the middle of a sentence) Tony! nice of you to join us. TONY Yeah sorry. I slept late again. TEACHER Great excuse. Thats going to be your 4th tardy. We should maybe talk after class. TONY Sounds awesome! The teacher goes back to teaching. MATT (leans over to whisper to Tony) Dude whats up?
TONY Nothing dude. Just got to sleep late again. MATT Why? You up late playing xbox again dude? haha TONY Why do you care what I was doing man? MATT I’m just wondering man. Calm down. TONY Fuck man. Just quit worrying about me all the time. MATT Woah dude. Sorry man. Chill TONY Whatever dude. (turns back and looks at the teacher) The bell rings and all the students pick up their books and bolt out the door. Matt looks at Tony nods as if to say "peace". Tony doesn’t even aknowledge Matt’s friendliness. Tony stays to talk to his teacher. TEACHER (walks over from closing the door to address Tony) So whats is going on? TONY Nothing, just haven’t been sleeping a lot lately. TEACHER Why is that? TONY Just haven’t. Why do you care? It’s not your problem. TEACHER Well your grades have been slipping ever since... (he awkwardly pauses)
TONY Ever since what? Ever since my dad died? Is that what you were going to say? TEACHER Well I didn’t want to say it... (he looks down in shame) I know it is tough. Nobody is expecting you to get over this tragedy. I just don’t think you should distance yourself from people who love you. TONY I don’t think you should involve yourself in my business anymore. I will be fine. Just tell me how many detentions I have for these stupid tardies. TEACHER Well normally it would be 5 detentions already. But i would be willing to make an exception in your case, Tony. TONY I don’t need your charity. Ill do 5. Tony gets up from the chair and walks straight out the door without even looking at the teacher. He slams the door behind him. 4
INT. TONY’S HOUSE - DAY
Tony’s mom walks in the house and sets down her jacket and a few bottles of prescription medicine on the table. She walks up the stairs into Tony’s room to begin to clean. She picks up Tony’s sheets that are laying on his floor and make his bed. She grabs all the clothes laying on his floor and throws them into the laundry basket and walks it down to the laundry room. She starts throwing his clothes into the washing machine, pulling out all the things he had left in his pockets. She pulls out some pens and a pack of gum from his jeans. Then she comes across a wad of 20 dollar bills wound up with a rubber band. She finishes putting all the clothes in the washing machine, takes the contents of the pockets, including the money, and puts all of them on his desk in his room. She goes downstairs to being making dinner. (CONTINUED)
Tony walks in the door and heads straight to his room. He spots the wad of cash sitting on his desk and he knows his mom must have found it. He walks downstairs to see what’s going on. NATALIE How was your day at school today? TONY Ughhh.. it was alright. (sensing that his mom was about to pop the question about the money) NATALIE Well good. (she turns around with a tomato in hand. She slams it on the cutting board and chops it in half) So when did you become so rich? TONY Oh yeah...umm. So you saw that, eh? NATALIE Yeah. I saw it. What’s it from? TONY Uhm. I was tutoring this kid in math and he finally paid me. NATALIE Ohhh ok Tony. 5
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM - DAY
The bell rings an Tony, along with the rest of the class, grabs his books and walks out. He walks straight passed his locker and out the doors. He walks out to the football stadium and goes under the bleachers. Just as he walks up another boy appears. He slips him a small prescription bottle and the boy gives him some bills. TONY How much is this? BOY It is the usual 40 dollars man.
TONY 40 dollars? I told you the price has increased to $60. BOY 60 bucks for 30 pills? That’s fucked up man, I know tons of people I could go to for cheaper. Fuck that man. TONY Fuck that? Fuck you man. All these other people don’t have the real shit that I have. I need this money dude. BOY Why is this so much better? TONY I get this shit straight from the source dude. Ever since my dad died, I have been getting these Xanex to calm my anxiety. These are the highest dosage they make. BOY (pulls out one more 20 dollar bill from his pocket) Fine dude. 60 bucks it is. I can’t argue with the quality of these pills. If they are strong enough to calm your psycho ass, they must be good. TONY Good. It’s gonna be 60 from now on man. (snatches the 20 from the boys hand and stuffs it in his pocket. He turns and walks back to the highschool.) 6
INT. HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM - DAY
2 Weeks Later. Tony is sitting in class and he pulls out his note pad where he keeps track of his money earnings. He adds another $150 dollars to his total. Just then he principal comes on the intercom.
PRINCIPAL (O.S.) Excuse me, is Tony Workman there? TEACHER Yes he is right here. PRINCIPAL (O.S.) Could you send him down to the office? Tell him to bring his things. TEACHER Yes sir, he will be right down. Tony grabs all his books and stands up, letting out a sigh. TONY What is it this time? (he walks out the door towards the office.) 7
INT. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - DAY
Tony reaches the principal’s office and opens the door to reveal 3 cops accompanied by a german shepard drug dog. He sees a little bag of weed and 3 prescription bottles. COP #1 Hello son. How are you? TONY Uhhh.. (just sits down and looks at the floor) COP #1 We had our drug dogs go through the school and he was particularly fond of your locker. (looks at the drugs on the table) After opening your locker, we found out why that was. TONY I’m prescribed to that Xanax and the rest of it isn’t even mine. (Tony begins to whine) I don’t want to go to jail.
COP #1 Its not yours huh? Well it was in your locker, so you are responsible for it. And we’ll see about the jail. First we will have to get you in front of a judge. Do you have any more of it on you? (begins to pat Tony down and comes across a wad of almost $1000 dollars) What is this from? COP #2 It looks a lot like drug money to me. You happen to be selling these drugs Tony? TONY Can i just go home? (puts his head in his hands) COP #1 Well were gonna have to take you to the station. Stand up so we can get some cuffs on you. TONY No! Why? ughhh. I can’t go to the station my mom will kill me. (he gets up and turns around) COP #1 Sorry son. But we have to do it. (grabs his cuffs and slaps them onto Tony’s wrists) The cops and Tony walk out to the parking lot and the cop puts Tony in the back of his car and drives off to the station. 8
INT. TONY’S HOUSE - DAY
Tony’s mom is sitting at the table looking through an array of prescription bottles and the phone rings. She gets up and answers it. NATALIE Hello? COP #1 (O.S.) Hello is this Mrs. Workman?
NATALIE Yes. May I ask who is calling? COP #1 (O.S.) Yes, this is Deputy Scott Brown down here at the sheriffs department. We have Tony down here. NATALIE What!? Why is that? COP #1 (O.S.) We did a random drug dog screening of the high school today and found a decent dose of drugs in your son’s locker Mrs. Workman. NATALIE No no no. There has been a mistake. Those Xanax are his, he is prescribed to those. COP #1 (O.S.) That is not all the drugs we found Mrs. Workman. And we also found a lot of money, meaning he had intent to sell. NATALIE (puts the phone down and begins to cry) This can’t be happening... 9
INT. DOCTORS OFFICE - DAY
The scene opens with Natalie crying in the doctors office. She’s sitting across from his desk while he is showing her some papers of her test results. DOCTOR I’m so sorry I had to be the one to tell you this. Your test results show that your cancer is already at a stage 4 and progressing rapidly. If you don’t get this under control you’ll have major complications with your health. NATALIE (crying) I don’t have the funds to afford cancer treatment. How much money (MORE) (CONTINUED)
NATALIE (cont’d) and how long do you think I would have to gather the money ? DOCTOR You’ll have to pay a decent amount of money to start out with. But your insurance will take care of the rest after while. NATALIE Even if I found a way to gather the money what if I don’t have insurance ? DOCTOR (shaking his head) Well the only thing I can tell you to do is reach out to anyone that is willing to help you. I am concerned for your health and worried if you don’t get help the situation can get worse. 10
INT. NATALIE’S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM
Natalie walks in the house from the doctors office. Tony can tell that something is wrong just by looking at her face. He suspects it’s from her cancer results. TONY Mom what’s wrong ? NATALIE I just got back from the doctor. TONY And... What did he say ? NATALIE (takes a deep breath) The cancer is progressing more rapidly then I expected. TONY (holding her hand while looking her straight in the eye) Where do you go from here ?
NATALIE I asked the doctor that and he said I have to be ready to pay a decent amount of money for treatment. TONY Mom ! just tell me all the money you need. Money is not an problem when it comes to your health. I have a shit ton of money saved under a crack in my floor. NATALIE No. I won’t take your drug money, it’s wrong and against everything I stand for. I’ll find a way to gather it myself. TONY I don’t care what you stand for and what your morals are. you’re taking this money. The only reason I have been selling drugs is for your cancer treatment. NATALIE There are better ways to get money then selling drugs. TONY Yes I know this but you needed quick money so I sold drugs. NATALIE (sighs heavily) Only because it’s my only option at this time I’ll use the money. 11
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
Natalie walks into the hospital with Tony closly following her. She walks up to the front desk and talks to the clerk. They go and sit in the waiting room. TONY Are you nervous? NATALIE No. I’ll be ok.
TONY Im proud of you mom. You’re very strong. NATALIE Thank you Tony. and thank you for doing what you did, by getting me this money TONY You are the only reason I would ever do that, mom NATALIE (smiles) thank you.. The nurse walks in and calls Natalie’s name. They both stand up and walk into the back of the hospital. The nurse shows them into their room. The doctor then walks in. DOCTOR Hey Natalie, its nice to see you again. NATALIE Hello. DOCTOR Im glad you were able to come up with the money to do this treatment. It is very important to your health. NATALIE (looks at Tony) me too... me too DOCTOR Well we are ready to get started so Tony if you don’t mind waiting in the waiting room. Natalie I’m going to put you under anesthesia. TONY good luck mom (walks out of the room)
INT. WAITING ROOM - DAY
Tony sits down in the waiting room and tries to get comfortable. Hours and Hours pass and he remains sitting. He gets up and stretches periodically. Changes seats. Lays down. He is clearly very worried. Then the doctor comes in with a sad look on his face. DOCTOR Hello Tony. TONY hey doc. Whats up? why is it taking so long? DOCTOR You better sit down. I have some bad news. TONY no im fine. Ill stand. Tell me doc. Shes ok right DOCTOR well. no tony. We lost her. TONY NO. No. you said this treatment wasnâ€™t dangerous. Your kidding me, right? DOCTOR Well I said it has a high success rate. We did everything we could TONY (falls to his knees) This cant be happening... The doctor walks away and leaves tony sitting on his knees sobbing.