1 INT. HOME – DAY 1

Angela (21) and Dina (16) are two sisters living with their mother in a two bedroom apartment on the east side of LA. Their mother is a nurse, working long night shifts. She prepares for a night at work.

                       MOM

             Angela! Angela! Come on, I’m almost

ready to go.
Angela enters the living room.

                       MOM

             Did you get everything you need?

                       ANGELA

             No, I need to go to the grocery store

and pick up a few more things.

                       MOM

             Things like what?

                       ANGELA

             I forgot the plantains and the coconut

milk, for the rice.

                       MOM

             I told you to double check that you

had everything.

ANGELA
I know and I forgot.

                       MOM

             Well at least you’re using coconut

milk now. You know your rice is usually…

Mom gives her a look that indicates that her food isn’t good.

ANGELA Ok ma, we get it.

                       MOM

                  (giggles)

Well, we all start somewhere. Angela is not amused.

 

                   MOM

         Oh but when Drake says it, you all for

it, huh?

                   ANGELA

         He said, “Started from the bottom now

we here”

                   MOM

              (chuckling)

Well he was half right.

Angela is still not amused. Mom drops something from her purse.

MOM
Pick that up for me.

Angela bends down to pick it up. REVEAL a tattoo- a tramp stamp- on Angela’s back. Mom scoffs, Angela realizes she has seen it and quickly moves to cover it up.

                   MOM

         Angela, when are you gonna get that

         off your body?

ANGELA
It’s not cheap to get it removed.

                   MOM

         Well you’ve had that job for almost a

year, you should have enough for at least a first session, a consultation, something.

                   ANGELA

         Well, I have other things I’m spending

money on.

                   MOM

         Your phone bill and the little bit you

give me for groceries aren’t real bills. You’re not in school, you’re supposed to be saving up to go back. You gotta start getting serious. He’s the past what’s holding you back?

Angela is visibly annoyed.

2.

You don’t

         Clearly I

Mom packs the rest

ANGELA
have to do that.

MOM do.

of her stuff and goes to get her jacket.

          MOM

He is the past right?

ANGELA Obviously, ma.

          MOM

Ok, well start acting like it, and get

rid of that thing. I’ll look at some removal places on my lunch break.

MOM
I gotta go before I’m late. Don’t lose

my keys, ok?

ANGELA I won’t.

2 INT. ANGELA AND DINA’S BEDROOM- DAY 2

Dina is sitting on her bed, phone in hand, scrolling aimlessly. Music plays out loud and Dina mumbles along.

MOM Dina! I’m leaving.

Mom comes to the door.

MOM
Dina, I said I’m leaving. Come, give

me a kiss.

DINA Ok, ma.

Dina and her mother kiss goodbye.

 

  1. Dina lays back down on her bed and continues scrolling. A

text pop

up on the screen.

          DYLAN

You still coming over tonight?

DINA Yeah, I can’t wait.

          DYLAN

I got a little surprise for you when

you get here.

          DINA

Oh? Can I get a hint?

DYLAN
Just trust me, girl. I gotchu.

Dina smiles to herself.

3 INT. LIVING ROOM -DAY 3 Dina joins Angela on the couch, watching TV, eating snacks.

MAURY SHOW You….ARE THE FATHER.

Dina laughs.

                       ANGELA

             Is this the one where he swore he was

             in the Army when the baby was

             conceived?

                       DINA

             Yeah, the lie detector said that was

some bullshit and his ex came on and said he was actually working at Burger King the whole time.

Dina begins texting furiously.

                       ANGELA

             Who are you so into?

(pause)

 

DINA What?

ANGELA I said…

Angela snatches Dina phone out of her hands.

                   ANGELA

         Who are you so into?

Dina and Angela wrestle. Dina finally gets the phone back. Her and Cassandra’s conversation is on the screen.

DINA
It was Cassandra, damn.

                   ANGELA

         You’re still friends with her?

DINA
My best friend? Yeah.

ANGELA
I’ve seen girls like her. They’re

there for the fun shit, but they’re not loyal.

DINA
You don’t know her.

                   ANGELA

         I know she snitched on you when you

all got caught smoking.

DINA
She made a mistake. Haven’t you ever

made a mistake.

ANGELA
Not one like that. And you forgave her

immediately. You gotta make people earn your trust.

                   DINA

         Can you hop out your feelings? She’s

my friend. People mess up, you’re so judgmental.

Angela turns somber.

  1.  I’m

Angela looks

I’m Can No.

ANGELA
just saying…be careful.

at the time.

ANGELA
going to the store.

I-

DINA ANGELA

  1. 4  EXT. SIDEWALK- EVENING 4 Angela exits the car, leaving the keys in the ignition, and pulls the grocery bags out of the trunk, dropping one as she’s carrying way too many. She pulls out her phone and dials Dina’s number. ANGELA
    Dina, come out here and help me.

DINA (O.C.)

Coming. Dina comes outside.

ANGELA Take these.

Angela hands her two bags and takes the rest up to the apartment.

  1. 5  INT. KITCHEN-DAY 5 Angela grunts as she places three bags on the kitchen counter. She begins unpacking her purchases and hears the trunk of a car slam, followed by the sound of the ignition. She rushes down the stairs to find Dina driving away, the two grocery bags lying on the sidewalk. She begins to run after her, shouting.
  2.                        ANGELA
  3.              Dina!! What the fuck, Dina!

 

Dina ignores the stop sign at the end of the street, speeding away.

  1. 6  INT. LIVING ROOM- EVENING 6
  2.                        ANGELA
  3.                   (on her phone)

Dina, if you do not get your ass back here right now, I swear to God. You are out of your mind. Mama is gonna kill you when she finds out.

  1. 7  EXT. CAR. OUTSIDE DYLAN’S ROOM.- NIGHT 7 Dina sits outside of Dylan’s house in her car looking into

the mirror. She does her

8 INT. DYLAN’S ROOM- NIGHT

Dylan and Dina walk into She stands near the door.

DYLAN Sit down.

makeup as she prepares to go inside.

8 his room. Dylan sets up the music.

Dina walks over to the bed.

                   DINA

         Are you scared or something?

(laughs)

Dylan walks behind her.

DYLAN Relax.

He takes off her jacket and throws it to the other side of he room. He wraps his arm around Dina’s shoulders.

DYLAN
What I promised you.

Dina takes the bag of Xanax pills.

                   DINA

         How much do I take?

 

DYLAN Just one for now.

Dina and Dylan each take one. Dina looks around for some water in her bag.

DYLAN Oh, here.

Dylan hands her a cup. Dina takes a sip. It’s a mixed drink. Dina reacts.

                       DYLAN

             What’s wrong? You don’t drink anymore?

DINA
No I just wasn’t expecting it.

DYLAN
Well, I’m full of good surprises.

9 INT. DYLAN’S ROOM-NIGHT-CONTINUOUS 9

Dylan is

laying back on his bed. Dina sits up.

          DYLAN

You feel chill as fuck, don’t you?

DINA Yeah I do.

          DINA

How much does one of these cost?

DYLAN Hmmm. Like 30

DINA For one?

DYLAN
Yeah, it’s like…government

regulations. It’s hard to get but my brother knows a guy.

DINA
Oh shit, I didn’t realize. Do you want

me to-

 

DYLAN
No, you don’t have to pay me.

DINA Oh. Ok.

DYLAN
You could come closer though.

Dylan grabs her hand and pulls her closer to him, digging his face into her neck and reaching under her shirt. Dina pulls back.

DINA
I like this song.

(pause) Who’s it by.

DYLAN I’m not sure.

Dylan attempts to move closer to her but she pulls back again.

                   DINA

         It says it on your phone, right?

DYLAN
Uh, probably. But we’re a little busy

         now, don’t you think?

                   DINA

         Yeah, but it’s right on your phone, I

can just-

Dina gets up to check and Dylan grabs her arm, pulling her back down.

DYLAN
No it’s cool. I’ll check.

Dylan walks over to his phone and turns the music up. He lowers the lights as he makes his way back to the bed.

Dylan joins her on the bed. The door busts open. ANGELA

DINA!

 

                       DINA

                  (stunned)

             Angela, what’re you doing here?

                       ANGELA

             Did you really just ask me that

question. Get out of the bed now.

                       DYLAN

             How did you get in?

ANGELA Shut up.

Angela grabs Dina’s arm and pulls her out of the bed.

DINA
Ow, what the fuck.

ANGELA Let’s go.

Dina picks up her phone and stumbles out the door with Angela leading the way. Dylan sits back on his bed, shrugs and shakes his head.

10 EXT. CAR.- NIGHT

ANGELA Get in the car.

(pause) NOW.

Dina and Angela get into the car. Angela grabs Dina’s face and inspects it.

                       ANGELA

             What did you take?

Dina pulls her face away.

DINA Nothing, god.

ANGELA
Dina, what. did. you. take?

DINA Just

10

 

(pause) Some xans.

          ANGELA

Did you drink?

DINA A little.

          ANGELA

You’re not supposed to drink and take

xans. If that idiot cared about you, he would’ve told you that.

DINA
He’s actually a nice guy.

          ANGELA

How old is he?

DINA He’s only 20.

          ANGELA

     (chuckles)

I guarantee he’s not a nice guy.

DINA
You don’t even know him.

ANGELA
There’s a car in his driveway. A nice

guy would’ve picked you up. Come on, Dina. Think, just a little.

DINA
It’s his dad’s car, he can’t drive it.

          ANGELA

But you can drive your mom’s? Do you

hear yourself?

          DINA

I like him, Angela, ok?

ANGELA
I know that. What I’m saying is he

doesn’t like you.

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DINA You’re so rude.

ANGELA
Dina, I once liked a dumb ass too. So

much that I got his name tatted on me and that guy got me caught in his mess and-

(pause)
He really fucked things up for me.

DINA I’m not you.

ANGELA
No, but you could be. These boys, they

take advantage. You can’t just follow what you feel. You have to think too.

DINA I do think.

                   ANGELA

         Ok, so what do you THINK he was tryna

do with you?

                   DINA

              (silent)

Angela turns the ignition.

                   DINA

         Are you gonna tell ma?

ANGELA I have to, Dina.

DINA
You really don’t. I thought you had my

back.

                   ANGELA

         So you want me to save your ass from

that dummy, a DUI, and Ma? You ask for so much. Put your damn seat belt on. Let’s go.

 

  1. 11  INT- LIVING ROOM – NIGHT 11 Angela sits on the couch, watching TV, dozing off. The door opens and Mom walks in. ANGELA Hey Ma.

MOM
Hey honey, I thought you’d be asleep.

ANGELA
No, just watching TV. I left some food

for you on the stove.

MOM
Thank you. For the food

(pause)
and for taking care of everything tonight.

Dina listens to their conversation from the bedroom door.

                       MOM

             Everything went ok, right?

ANGELA
Yeah, everything was fine. Me and Dina

just watched Netflix and she went to bed.

MOM
Good, good. I’m glad.

ANGELA

Yeah
(pause)

I’m gonna head in. Good night, ma.

MOM
Sweet dreams, honey.

ANGELA You too.

  1. 12  INT. BEDROOM-NIGHT 12 Angela enters the bedroom where Dina is now pretending to

 

sleep under her covers. Angela settles in and stares at the ceiling for a while.

ANGELA
You could just say thank you.

DINA Thank you.

FADE OUT.