by Adbas Will
A philosophical drama about a homeless teen who "takes a shot" out of his comfort zone.
EXT. AN ABANDONED PARK – MIDDAY
A diverse group of lower middle-class males ranging from ages 18 to 23 play an intense game of 5 on 5 full-court basketball.
A SERIES OF SHOTS
--The sneakers/legs of the group of males as they compete.
--The males sweaty faces.
A homely older man age 60 to 65, Caucasian, white beard, in good physical health, watches the game while picking up trash with a grappler.
JUNE, among the group of males, 18, black, athletic height, thin, tenacious and with subtle depth, fights to get open…
I dreamed that I was falling and enjoying every second. Is every shot I make, really one missed?
June receives the ball, makes a strong move to the basket, and athletically alters his layup and scores.
EXT. SAME AS PREVIOUS – EVENING
The older man appears out of the greenery holding a saw and dragging one large tree with a rope to an oversized shed.
I landed on my feet and awoke to the same smell of burning vanilla wax. I used to see my face in the table she shined on Sundays. Now, home is where I lay my head.
EXT. SOMEWHERE NEAR THE ABANDONED PARK – CONTINUOS
While lying near a shopping cart and soiled blankets, June gazes into the night sky with his head resting on his basketball.
When the stars shined like the Lofton’s table, I slept like a baby. No matter how dark it is, there’s always a way out.
--The night sky with no visible stars
INT. OVERSIZED SHED – CONTINUOS
SAKES, the older man, sagacious with a mature imagination, serious facial language, pulls a pull-chain light switch on. MOSES, a grayish male rabbit, Sake’s pet and life partner, rattles his cage.
Say there, Moses. I suppose you want me let your people go. Is that the cause of your emotion?
Sakes feeds Moses sunflower seeds and watches him animatedly in the cage.
Oh no, I can’t play. We’ve got work to do...
A tool box falls from a shelf and opens. This alerts old Sakes.
Something all mighty wants me to use them, hmm?
Sakes interprets Moses’ movements as an indication of trouble.
EXT. OVERSIZED SHED – CONTINUOS
Sakes looks through a small hole carved on the shed wall.
EXT. SAME ADBANDONED PARK – CONTINUOUS
With his shopping cart close by, June finishes doing sprints on the basketball court.
--His breathing heavy face with sweat
--His sweat dripping in a puddle
Sakes appears in the puddle’s reflection.
A startled June withdraws toward his cart.
My mother knows I’m here.
That explains it.
--June’s shopping cart
June grabs a box cutter from his cart and shows Sakes the blade.
You’re not taking my money.
You defend your few dollars when without many you still breathe?
I’m defending myself. I earned it and gotta’ eat.
You are very good, but you don’t understand it, which means you’re wasting time. The game is taking you no further than this place.
What about you, old man?
June grips the box cutter and holds the blade over his forearm.
I chose this.
June stabs himself.
June tosses the blood stained box cutter to old Sakes who catches it.
You chose this?
June gets to his feet and eagerly prepares to flee.
Help! Help! This man attacked me!
Few know of this place, not even the pub owners up the road. No one hears you except for something all mighty.
Sakes moves toward June.
Come on, son.
(Holding back tears, aggressive)
Get away from me! I ain’t your son. I wasn’t the Lofton’s son or my father’s. What makes you think I’m yours, huh?!
(Waits for a response)
Yea, that’s what I thought, old man.
Your pain clouds your judgment, keeping you in the dark. Stars might be visible upon the dark sky, but we still can’t see like we can in total light.
(A long pause)
See that tree over there?
--A leafless tree
A season ago, it had leaves. It loses them every fall only to regain new ones. Every time we fall, we are to arise ready to receive something more fulfilling. That’s why something all mighty created the season.
Who are you?
Tonight is your denouement. Your conclusion will begin tomorrow, the answer to who you will be in the next season of your life. That person is one who will have a purpose and wisdom to surpass tribulation. Would you like to know him?
Answer my question first.
Come with me.
Sakes pulls a handkerchief out from his pocket and covers June’s blood running wound.
Don’t you want to know my name?
Sakes begins guiding June toward the shed.
INT. OVERSIZED SHED – MORNING
Sakes nails thick pieces of perennial wood together. With his forearm wrapped, June stands from resting.
I told you, Moses, that he’s no stranger.
Moses rattles his cage.
You should tell him my name.
Call him “son.”
June scowls and goes to the door.
Stop coping and try forgetting.
(Grabs a bark spud)
There’s a tree out back.
I’ll show you how. Here.
Sakes tries handing June the bark spud.
I should press charges on you for cutting me last night.
Sure, if I did.
Your prints are on the weapon.
Besides, there are no laws here.
There are laws everywhere.
EXT. OVERSIZED SHED – CONTINUOS
June locates his cart.
INT. OVERSIZED SHED - CONTINUOS
He’s still stubborn, Moses, after all he’s been through.
You’re right. He is vulnerable. Any ideas?
Moses rattles his cage. Sakes spots something.
EXT. SAME ABANDONED PARK - CONTINUOUS
June pushes his cart across the basketball court, appearing to be leaving the area. Then suddenly, he stops. Sakes emerges in the background holding June’s basketball.
Sakes moves toward June dribbling the ball fairly skilled.
I used to be better at this. My sport was soccer. All we need is a little kick to achieve a goal. Motivation.
Sakes picks up his dribble.
You achieve yours? You live in a shed. You’re just like me, old man. Lost.
One’s location has little to do with his state of mind, but more to do with his purpose.
What do you want from me?
Help me rebuild...
What? How? You’re crazy, old man.
We all are to a degree. Imagining, like tribulation can, brings us closer to the remarkable truth about ourselves. Some never find it. Instead, they choose to find ways to cope with their pain. The others that are chosen are left with a choice to either use their power for good or evil. Free will. That’s the cause of our insanity.
Huh? Good, evil, pain? They’re a part of us forever. They make us human. The only choice we have is to use them to our advantage. I don’t know that much about life, but I know I’m not about to let you hustle me out of mine.
I’m near the end of my life and remain with the choice to either wallow in the pain of my past, embrace hate to become evil, or persevere for the sake of the good in us all. Now, I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know that today, like yesterday, I choose to persevere.
(A long pause)
You told me that you wanted to know your purpose. You’ve become indecisive as I see that you’re now prepared leave.
Therefore, I trust my word more. Your conclusion will be simple. You will remain a wallower and, your experiences vain.
Sakes passes the basketball to June.
Who are you?
The old man that just passed you the ball in hopes that you take the open shot...
June eyes the basket.
Remember that by following through, you will have a less chance of missing. But...
If I don’t take the shot, then I have no chance to win.