by Gordon Plant
Based on screenplay by Gordon Plant
Story by Gordon Plant
REVISED FINAL MARCH, 2011
NARRARATOR I AM INVARIABLY LATE FOR APPOINTMENTS, SOMETIMES AS MUCH AS TWO HOURS. I’VE TRIED TO CHANGE MY WAYS, BUT THE THINGS THAT MAKE ME LATE, ARE TOO STRONG, AND TOO PLEASING. I, JIM, WENT TO HENRY G. IZATT SCHOOL FOR MY MIDDLE YEARS, AND THE CURRENT HABIT I HAVE TODAY, OF ALWAYS BEING LATE, ALL STARTED ON A MONDAY MORNING, BACK IN OCTOBER OF 2010. JANITOR TIM TAUGHT ME AN IMPORTANT LESSON THAT MONTH, AS DID MY HOMEROOM TEACHER, MR. MANNESS. THAT DAY IS UNFORGETTABLE. AND THIS IS HOW IT ALL STARTED.
FADE IN SOMETIME IN HISTORY: 1A EXT. HENRY G. IZATT, FRONT DOORS-DAYTIME Loud, happy and cheerful. Students are talking to each other. 1B Jim walks towards Henry G. Izatt’s front door. Jim believes he has a lot of time to get to his first class, when he really doesn’t. 1C School bell rings for first class, right after Jim is thinking this. FADE OUT
FADE IN 2A INT. HENRY G. IZATT MIDDLE SCHOOL, FRONT FOYER-DAYTIME Worried, edgy. Jim runs around the first left corner in the school, up the stairs. 2B Jim turns fully around, when reaching the first corner on the right, at the top of the stairs. FADE OUT FADE IN 3A INT. HENRY G. IZATT MIDDLE SCHOOL, HALLWAY LEADING TO THE ORIGINAL GRADE NINE HALLWAY-DAYTIME Jim sprints full speed towards the original grade nine hallway. 3B Jim doesn’t realize there is a wet floor sign, ten feet in front of him. 3C Jim trips over the wet floor sign, and falls on the ground. FADE OUT FADE IN 4A INT. HENRY G. IZATT MIDDLE SCHOOL, HALLWAY LEADING TO THE ORIGINAL GRADE NINE HALLWAY-DAYTIME Jim lay on the ground, hurt, and wetly concerned. Jim worries the students in his class will laugh at him, if he shows up to class wet.
JANITOR TIM Are you ok there son? JIM
Yah, I guess. I’m really late for class though. JANITOR TIM
Well, who’s your teacher? JIM
Mr. Manness. JANITOR TIM
4F Oh, Mr. Manness, he’s an alright guy. I’ve known him since I came to this school eight years ago. I’m sure he will understand. JIM 4G
Well I don’t know, sometimes he can be pretty harsh. JANITOR TIM
Haha! Well son, I have an idea. You seem like a pretty nice boy, and I think if I talk with him, he will totally understand your situation. Where’s your classroom?
5A INT. HENRY G. IZATT MIDDLE SCHOOL, HALLWAY LEADING TO THE ORIGINAL GRADE NINE HALLWAY-DAYTIME Nervousness, relief. 5B Jim and Janitor Tim walk through the hallway, leading to the original grade nine hallway. 5C While walking towards the original grade nine hallway, they talk about the global sport, soccer. FADE OUT FADE IN 6A INT. HENRY G. IZATT MIDDLE SCHOOL, ORIGINAL GRADE NINE HALLWAY-DAYTIME Worry, anxiousness. 6B Jim and Janitor Tim walk towards Mr. Manness’s classroom. 6C When Jim and Janitor Tim get to the door, they stop talking, and Janitor Tim knocks on the door. 6D The door to Mr. Manness’s classroom, opens by itself. Jim and Janitor Tim, each take one step into Mr. Manness’s classroom.
7A INT. HENRY G. IZATT MIDDLE SCHOOL, MR. MANNESS’S CLASSROOM-DAYTIME Spookiness. 7B The classroom is in total darkness, and nothing in the classroom is visible. At this time, the first twenty five seconds of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony plays.
JANITOR TIM Maybe he’s changed?
CUT OUT FADE IN
8A INT. HENRY G. IZATT MIDDLE SCHOOL, MR. MANNESS’S CLASSROOM-DAYTIME The lights turn on in the classroom.
MR. MANNESS Oh, sorry, I wasn’t expecting any visitors. Our class is just having a Halloween party right now. JANITOR TIM
8C Oh, that’s ok, don’t worry about it. I was just coming to your classroom, on the behalf of your student Jim. 8D Anger, worriedness. 8E Mr. Manness looks at Jim. 8F Jim stays silent, looks back at Mr. Manness, and waits for Janitor Tim to begin talking. JANITOR TIM 8G
I just came to your classroom, to explain Jim’s lateness.
8H Mr. Manness looks back at Janitor Tim. 8I
MR. MANNESS Oh yah?
8J Mr. Manness looks at Jim with a somewhat disappointed look. 8K Mr. Manness looks back at Janitor Tim. JANITOR TIM 8L
I just wanted to explain that Jim is only late, because of me.
8M Relief. Jim looks at Janitor Tim, and listens. JANITOR TIM 8N
The reason he is late, is because I had him go the long way to your classroom. MR. MANNESS
Oh. Well, then I guess his late is excused. JIM
Thank you Mr. Manness!
8Q Funniness. Mr. Manness gives Jim dirty look. MR. MANNESS 8R
Just kidding Jim. You and Janitor Jim are both welcome to our classes Halloween party.
8S Happiness. Jim, Janitor Tim and Mr. Manness, smile at the same time, to the camera. 8T All three of them walk further into the classroom, smiling. FADE OUT