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.
Angela! Angela! Come on, I’m almost
ready to go.
Angela enters the living room.
Did you get everything you need?
No, I need to go to the grocery store
and pick up a few more things.
Things like what?
I forgot the plantains and the coconut
milk, for the rice.
I told you to double check that you
I know and I forgot.
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.
Well, we all start somewhere. Angela is not amused.
Oh but when Drake says it, you all for
He said, “Started from the bottom now
Well he was half right.
Angela is still not amused. Mom drops something from her purse.
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.
Angela, when are you gonna get that
off your body?
It’s not cheap to get it removed.
Well you’ve had that job for almost a
year, you should have enough for at least a first session, a consultation, something.
Well, I have other things I’m spending
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.
Mom packs the rest
have to do that.
of her stuff and goes to get her jacket.
He is the past right?
ANGELA Obviously, ma.
Ok, well start acting like it, and get
rid of that thing. I’ll look at some removal places on my lunch break.
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.
Dina, I said I’m leaving. Come, give
me a kiss.
DINA Ok, ma.
Dina and her mother kiss goodbye.
- Dina lays back down on her bed and continues scrolling. A
up on the screen.
You still coming over tonight?
DINA Yeah, I can’t wait.
I got a little surprise for you when
you get here.
Oh? Can I get a hint?
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.
Is this the one where he swore he was
in the Army when the baby was
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.
Who are you so into?
ANGELA I said…
Angela snatches Dina phone out of her hands.
Who are you so into?
Dina and Angela wrestle. Dina finally gets the phone back. Her and Cassandra’s conversation is on the screen.
It was Cassandra, damn.
You’re still friends with her?
My best friend? Yeah.
I’ve seen girls like her. They’re
there for the fun shit, but they’re not loyal.
You don’t know her.
I know she snitched on you when you
all got caught smoking.
She made a mistake. Haven’t you ever
made a mistake.
Not one like that. And you forgave her
immediately. You gotta make people earn your trust.
Can you hop out your feelings? She’s
my friend. People mess up, you’re so judgmental.
Angela turns somber.
I’m Can No.
just saying…be careful.
at the time.
going to the store.
- 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.
Coming. Dina comes outside.
ANGELA Take these.
Angela hands her two bags and takes the rest up to the apartment.
- 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.
- Dina!! What the fuck, Dina!
Dina ignores the stop sign at the end of the street, speeding away.
- 6 INT. LIVING ROOM- EVENING 6
- (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.
- 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.
Are you scared or something?
Dylan walks behind her.
He takes off her jacket and throws it to the other side of he room. He wraps his arm around Dina’s shoulders.
What I promised you.
Dina takes the bag of Xanax pills.
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.
What’s wrong? You don’t drink anymore?
No I just wasn’t expecting it.
Well, I’m full of good surprises.
9 INT. DYLAN’S ROOM-NIGHT-CONTINUOUS 9
laying back on his bed. Dina sits up.
You feel chill as fuck, don’t you?
DINA Yeah I do.
How much does one of these cost?
DYLAN Hmmm. Like 30
DINA For one?
Yeah, it’s like…government
regulations. It’s hard to get but my brother knows a guy.
Oh shit, I didn’t realize. Do you want
No, you don’t have to pay me.
DINA Oh. Ok.
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.
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.
It says it on your phone, right?
Uh, probably. But we’re a little busy
now, don’t you think?
Yeah, but it’s right on your phone, I
Dina gets up to check and Dylan grabs her arm, pulling her back down.
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
Angela, what’re you doing here?
Did you really just ask me that
question. Get out of the bed now.
How did you get in?
ANGELA Shut up.
Angela grabs Dina’s arm and pulls her out of the bed.
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.
Dina and Angela get into the car. Angela grabs Dina’s face and inspects it.
What did you take?
Dina pulls her face away.
DINA Nothing, god.
Dina, what. did. you. take?
(pause) Some xans.
Did you drink?
DINA A little.
You’re not supposed to drink and take
xans. If that idiot cared about you, he would’ve told you that.
He’s actually a nice guy.
How old is he?
DINA He’s only 20.
I guarantee he’s not a nice guy.
You don’t even know him.
There’s a car in his driveway. A nice
guy would’ve picked you up. Come on, Dina. Think, just a little.
It’s his dad’s car, he can’t drive it.
But you can drive your mom’s? Do you
I like him, Angela, ok?
I know that. What I’m saying is he
doesn’t like you.
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DINA You’re so rude.
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-
He really fucked things up for me.
DINA I’m not you.
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.
Ok, so what do you THINK he was tryna
do with you?
Angela turns the ignition.
Are you gonna tell ma?
ANGELA I have to, Dina.
You really don’t. I thought you had my
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.
- 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.
Hey honey, I thought you’d be asleep.
No, just watching TV. I left some food
for you on the stove.
Thank you. For the food
and for taking care of everything tonight.
Dina listens to their conversation from the bedroom door.
Everything went ok, right?
Yeah, everything was fine. Me and Dina
just watched Netflix and she went to bed.
Good, good. I’m glad.
I’m gonna head in. Good night, ma.
Sweet dreams, honey.
ANGELA You too.
- 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.
You could just say thank you.
DINA Thank you.