Writer - Jess Salamone
INTERIOR - CLASSROOM - DAY
5 STUDENTS sit in their desks, looking at their phones and conversing amongst themselves.
JARED pulls out a pack of gum, takes a piece and chews it.
Hey man, want a piece of gum?
Greyson looks around as if secret information has just been leaked. He slouches and grabs a piece fast.
Are you crazy?! You can't just whip that shit out here.
(scoffs and laughs)
Calm down, it's just gum.
Just gum? JUST GUM? Man I'm telling
The TEACHER enters the classroom.
Okay class, pencils up. The test will begin now.
As Jared is putting the gum away students around him take notice. Greyson is more slouched now.
The student aggressively mimes taking gum out of a wrapper, putting it in her mouth and chewing it. Jared nods and hands her a piece. The student keeps her hand out and Jared puts a second piece in her hand.
He puts the gum on his desk and looks at his test. There is calm for a moment.
SOUND EFFECT: Lawnmower
Groundskeeper is outside the window of the classroom.
HEY KID! Can I get a piece?!
Jared looks around, shocked that no one is reacting. The teacher looks up from her papers and-
Jared? Come to my desk.
Jared looks nervous. Student 3 is still next to his desk. He puts the gum into his pocket and walks over to him.
Greyson gives him an "I told you so" look. Jared approaches the desk.
I'm sorry I know -
The teacher motions with her finger for him to come closer.
Can I get a piece of gum?
Was that all?
Yep! Keep up the good work.
Jared is baffled, goes back to his desk.
Just as he's sitting, the classroom phone rings. The teacher answers.
(talking into phone)
Hello? Oh yes, Jared? Star student.
Jared, the Principal wants to see
He rolls his eyes. Greyson is slouched so low in his seat you can barely see him.
Jared steps outside. Principal is on the other side of the door.
Jared, hi -
Come onnnnn - what is it? Do YOU want a fucking piece of gum too?
I'm sorry to tell you this but... I just got news that your parents have both passed away in a tragic car accident.
Jared is silent, blank, devastated.
But since you brought it up... can I get a piece?
Jess Salamone is an aspiring screen and satire writer. Visit her site at Jess-Salamone.com