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Group Therapy

Sometimes the cure to writer's block is to eavesdrop.


EXT. SAN FRANCISCO COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY - MORNING


MADDIE, a high school student slumps back against a black metal patio chair, looking down at her phone.


JESSICA breezes in. She looks slightly older. Wearing a white button down and cuffed jeans.


JESSICA

Hey! You look sophisticated.


MADDIE

Nicest thing you’ve ever said to

me.


JESSICA

Ugh, sorry I’m late.


MADDIE

I expected that. You’re kind of a

late person. It’s ok. We’ll move

past that.


JESSICA

So... there’s already this annoying

situation.

That’s why I texted you, something

shitty happened, let’s meet up

tomorrow and talk about it.


MADDIE nods her head.

JESSICA (CONT’D)

Ok, um.

(beat)

Oh yeah, ok. SPENCER.

We went back to the car and I was like, Ok. If we sit here in the car and don’t do anything, we’re going to make a bad decision. So we drove to a neighborhood and drove around a bit.


MADDIE

You should’ve played uncomfortably loud music, so nothing could happen. Something not good.

2.


JESSICA

Miley Cyrus early days. No, Hannah

Montana. I actually really like

Miley Cyrus.

(beat)

No, I love her.


MADDIE

You would have to. Or, you know.

Blink 182.


JESSICA

Or like Nickelback?


MADDIE

Yes. You should’ve blasted

Nickelback all the way up.


JESSICA

I texted him that I was afraid of

spontaneously traveling back in

time...I talked to my mom. Like,

will you talk me out of this?


MADDIE

That’s ridiculous.


JESSICA

She was like, that’s like when you

were eleven, expecting to get a

letter from Hogwarts in the mail

that you’ve been accepted.That’s a

Story. I looked it up and there’s this

blog from 2009 from this Swedish

dude and it’s frightening. Like if

you went back in time...some

fucking crazy shit.


MADDIE

So, are you in a relationship now?


JESSICA

Kind of? It’s more sex than a

relationship. It’s like an

obsession.


MADDIE

Look at you breaking the rules.


JESSICA

We’re rule-breakers.


MADDIE and JESSICA reach across the table for a high-five.


JESSICA (CONT’D)

So, I was with SPENCER, and I was

like, “I think you and EMMA have an

arrangement.”

And he was like, An arrangement?

What’re you talking about? He tried

to change the subject. So I asked

him again, “Do you have an

arrangement with EMMA?”

MADDIE

Bad liar.

JESSICA

He just made fun of me for saying arrangement.

MADDIE

Such a bad liar.


JESSICA

So when we were walking from group to the cafe I asked her if she was in a friends with benefits

situation with someone.

And we both said “SPENCER” at the

same time.


MADDIE’S mouth hung open.

MADDIE

Things are clicking...


JESSICA

I’m just gonna have to say what’s

going on. Like, I’m not very good

at hiding my feelings.


MADDIE

Things are clicking...


JESSICA

He’s literally a Shakespearean

character! Like he falls in love

with someone in a day.


MADDIE

I think it’s really interesting

that Spencer, consciously made the

decision. Not just two people. But

two people in the same group. I’d

be interested to see if he tried

things with other group members.


JESSICA

Honestly, I feel like... I don’t

know.


MADDIE

Don’t stop at two, you know. Like

if you’re going to do this, don’t

stop. Just keep going.

(beat)

Yeah, I think that... yeah. I think

that it’s highly possible he has a

roster.


JESSICA

Yeah, absolutely.


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