Alex, a teenager who experiences life and its surprises...
| Opening scene is of the hustle and bustle of Suva City.
EXT. MHCC- DAY
ALEX TIKO. 20. Average built. Rectangular glasses. Short
black hair. Nervously pacing back and forth while
occasionally scanning the busy crowd of people. Wearing a
bag and clutching his phone.
Geez, where the heck is this fella?
Makes a call while staring towards Tappoo City and sees the
face he anxiously had waited for. Puts his phone away and
runs toward that person, stopping by the roadside.
Chris! What the heck? Do you know
what time it is now?
CHRIS BALE. Same age, slightly chubby. Medium black hair,
his best friend. Struggling to cross the road while carrying
two duffel bags.
Hey man, sorry I overslept. When's
the bus leaving again?
Uh like in 10 minutes! Of all days
to be late...
OK chill will ya? We'll make it.
Both hurry to a waiting taxi and bundle in.
(to the driver)
ANZ National Stadium, as fast as
INT. TAXI- DAY
As the taxi nears their destination, Alex is uneasily trying
to catch a glimpse of the bus.
I don't see the bus. You don't
think its left already, right?
Chris looks at his phone.
Three minutes left.
Its gone! They've left without us!
Eh? So early?
Alex looks at Chris unbelievably as the taxi arrives.
EXT. ANZ NATIONAL STADIUM- DAY
The taxi stops in the car park and Alex jumps out, looking
around, panicking. Chris gets out and joins him.
Do you have anyone's number? Quick,
Huh? Call who?
Alex looks as if he's about to have a meltdown.
Someone who might be on the bus!
Oh, geez why didn't you say so?
Chris takes his phone and scrolls through his contact list.
Seriously, you don't have anyone
else's number except mine? Gosh, I
feel so special!
You know I hardly talk to them so
why should I keep their number?
Well duh, obviously for emergency
cases like this!
Have you found anyone yet?
Hmm...Ian said he wasn't coming,
Nina's sick, Paul's gone to
Chris dials the number and Alex leans in to listen.
Evan? Hey where are you guys? In
school? Huh? How come?... Oh
OK...could you tell the driver to
hold on? Alex and I are coming. OK
Why is the bus in school?
Adam thought it would be better to
meet there instead. Sheesh, this
guy...didn't even tell us.
Both hurriedly board the taxi and head off again.
EXT. YAT SEN CAR PARK- DAY
Taxi arrives and stops.
INT. TAXI- DAY
Alex lets out a sigh of relief and gets off. Chris digs
around in his pockets and brings out some coins.
Woo...OK, here you go. Thanks.
Chris gets out and tries to catch up to Alex.
INT. BUS- DAY
As they both enter, shouts of remarks fire at them.
Gosh, you guys.
Chris Bale, always late.
We should have left you guys...I
Student 3 laughs.
OK guys enough already geez. We're
here, let's go!
Alex finds a seat and plops down hugging his bag. Chris
stuffs one of his bags into the above compartment and sits
with the other at his feet.
If we had missed the bus, I would
have killed you.
Aw, you don't mean that do ya?
Alex gives him an annoyed look as the bus pulls out of the
INT. BUS- DAY (LATER, TRAVELLING)
Alex looks out the window at the passing scenery. Music
plays while mixed with the chatter of others on board. Chris
is eating a packet of chips and waves it in front of Alex.
Do you want some?
(looks at it)
Chris shrugs and stuffs a mouthful, crumbs dropping onto his
Wonder what Tsulu's gonna be like.
I googled it, looks nice enough.
Uh-huh...so, what are your plans
for next year?
Going to USP, you?
It's a secret.
Huh? What do you mean?
I'll tell you later.
Are you not planning to go to uni?
I am, just that I'll tell you about
Why not now?
Alex continues to stare out the window. The warm afternoon
sun and breeze causes his eyes to slowly close and he drifts
off to sleep.
Alex hears an echo of Chris's voice.
Then it becomes clear.
Get up! We're here!
Chris points at Alex's cheek.
You might wanna clean that up.
Alex wipes off the drool and follows Chris out of the bus to
reception with the others to check-in.
INT. ROOM- NIGHT
Alex, Chris and two other boys enter. A window and two sets
of bunk beds are all there is. Chris rushes over to one and
throws his bags on top.
Top bunk's mine!
Alex puts his bag on the lower bunk and lies down. The other
two, MATT and TOM do the same.
Chris, why'd you bring two bags?
We're here for only a night you
Chris walks to the window and looks out.
Its filled with goodies, in case I
get hungry...don't worry I'll share
with you guys.
When's dinner? I'm starving!
It's at 7.
Tom looks at his watch.
45 minutes to go.
Guys, let's go exploring!
Chris goes to Alex and tugs at him.
C'mon man! Where's your sense of
Please let me sleep. After all you
put me through today.
Hey, I'm sorry about that. My alarm
clock was really weird. Plus, I
paid the taxi fare so I should be
I'm not mad, just tired.
Why are you tired? You slept on the
Chris starts to pull Alex out of bed. Alex grabs onto the
Alex, we've been friends for as
long as I can remember and you
won't go with me?
EXT. AROUND TSULU- NIGHT
Alex and Chris are walking about and checking out the place.
This place is so cool!
Yeah, its like a small town here.
Chris is pointing at a sign outside a shop.
They've got that new Magnum
flavour, the champagne one!
We're gonna have dinner soon.
Shouldn't you have actual food
Alex, how can I deny my rumbling
tummy something so delicious that
I'm salivating as we speak?
Chris runs to the shop and enters while Alex goes after him
and waits outside.
INT. SHOP- NIGHT
Chris walks to the fridge and gets the ice cream. He then
goes to the cashier and pays. The cashier checks his coin.
Excuse me, that's $2. You only gave
me a dollar.
Huh? Isn't that a two dollar coin?
The cashier shows him the coin.
Ay karaik...why they gotta make
these coins the same eh?
The cashier smirks while Chris digs around in his pockets
and finds only a 10c coin. He smiles sheepishly and calls
out to Alex.
Chris gestures for Alex to enter the shop. Alex goes in.
I'm short of a dollar. Do you have
any money with you?
What happened to all yours?
That taxi fare wasn't cheap you
know...and I spent most of it on
Alex sighs, taking a coin out of his pocket and hands it to
EXT. SHOP- NIGHT
Thanks man... I owe you.
Chris holds his ice cream as if it were a bar of gold.
Never mind it.
In that case...
Chris unwraps the ice cream and takes a bite.
Do you want some? I bit this side
so you can try some here.
Chris points at the still uneaten part.
I'll wait for dinner.
You sure? This is yummy!
EXT. AROUND TSULU- NIGHT
They continue to explore Tsulu while Chris enjoys his ice
We should be getting back. My
Right, me too. All that walking is
working up an appetite.
Geez, I'm surprised you're still
hungry after all those snacks.
Chris suddenly jumps in front of Alex and looks him in the
I've got a monster inside of me...
Chris giggles hysterically.
EXT. BALCONY OUTSIDE DORMS- NIGHT
Everyone is gathered, some distributing the food onto
plates, others chatting. ADAM is trying to get everyone's
Guys, we're gonna have dinner
No one seems to be listening.
Dinner is about to be served...
He walks to the table and searches for something. He finds a
serving spoon and a pot.
Adam bangs the serving spoon against the pot. This time the
chatter dies away and everyone looks at him.
Finally! OK, everyone take a plate
each, juice is there and if you
want seconds, just help yourself.
After this, we're gonna build a
bonfire by the poolside beach. That
Everyone lines up to get a plate and then huddle in their
little groups. Alex and Chris get theirs and sit near the
balcony railing overlooking Tsulu.
This smells sooo good!
He eats a few forkfuls and sighs.
What are your plans for the break?
My parent's anniversary is coming
up...and Grandpa's staying with us
for two weeks.
Chris's forkful of food stops in mid-air.
Oh yes, my nightmare is coming
Alex eats. Chris's face shows a sign of worry.
I feel for you man, I really do.
What kind of Grandparent doesn't
like their own Grandkid?
Dunno. Maybe his old age is making
him cranky. Or he just plain
doesn't like me for some reason.
At least you got Mrs. Ward there
with you,..and your sis since your
parents are busy and all.
Yeah. You should come over more
often during that time. He won't be
able to do anything to me while
Matt spots them and walks over with his plate and sits down.
You guys know about the going back
in time thingy video right?
A piece of food flies out from Chris's mouth. Matt clearly
disgusted, flicks the offending particle off his arm while
Chris gives an apologetic smile.
As I was saying. They're gonna show
pictures and videos of the class as
far back as possible. You know
since we're going our separate ways
I didn't hear anything about that.
Guess Adam forgot to mention it.
Anyway everyone's gonna be at the
common room for that. I'm thinking
Cos its gonna be embarrassing
that's why! No doubt they're gonna
bring up the time I pooped in
Hey man, there's nothing bad about
that. Its all part of our memories
Now that you mentioned it, I kinda
forgot about that time!
See what I mean? That was like in
Class 2 so I think no one remembers
that...but this video thing is
gonna remind everyone again!
OK, if that's what you want then
yeah...you can hide out in our room
until its over.
Yup, good thing I brought my PSP
He's hanging with Joseph and them.
They're also not going to the video
thing. They gonna be playing cards.
You know, I don't get why you and
them don't wanna go to the video
thing. I mean that's what this
whole break-up party is about man!
I didn't want to come in the first
place. But since Summer was so...
Oh man...seriously? Just because of
her you came?
What? She's going to New Zealand
soon and it'll be my last time to
Geez..you can still see her on
Facebook you know.
Matt takes a bite of his food while Chris mutters away.
Have you guys decided what to study
I'm doing Law.
Whoa, Law?! Chi chi man...Lawyer
What about you, Chris?
I can't decide really...I've always
wanted to be a pilot but then I
watched Criminal Minds so I thought
maybe a Detective. And then I saw
how cool doctors were with their
white coats and stethoscopes.
Geez Chris...make up your mind.
I dunno! Maybe I should close my
eyes and pick one out.
And you, Alex?
Ah, no doubt about that you
Mrs. Chand would have been proud of
you. I don't know how you liked her
class, so boring.
It's the teacher, not the subject.
Anyway, waiting for the FSLC
results is nerve wrecking.
I just hope I pass...I'm not aiming
too high but a pass on the dot is
all I ask for.
Adam is tapping on the pot to get everyone's attention
Guys, I forgot to mention that
we're also having a trip back down
memory lane in the common room. So
please make your way there after
I'm done. Chris, hurry up.
Alex gets up and drinks. Chris nods and stuffs his mouth
with his last bits of food. Choking, Matt passes a cup of
juice for him to drink.
Thanks, woo almost had an accident
Set, let's go.
INT. COMMON ROOM- NIGHT
Everyone is seated, waiting. A laptop and projector is set
up with Adam standing next to it.
We live in a circle of life. We're
born, learn to walk and talk, go to
school, graduate and get a job.
Then we get married, have kids and
raise a family. Then it starts all
We've all been together since
kindergarten. While some of you
joined throughout the years until
now. For the last 13 years, you all
were my second family away from
home. I'm sure most of you would
share my sentiments.
After tonight, we will be going our
separate ways. Some, overseas and
the rest, here in Fiji, to continue
on this circle of life.
Its been a wonderful journey
...I wish you all the best and one
day we will meet again.
Adam plays the video. At the end of it, an applause breaks
out followed by a cheer.
EXT. TIKI POOL- NIGHT
Everyone is gathered. Some swimming, others sitting around
and some building the bonfire. Alex and Chris sit at the
pool edge, feet in the water, overhearing various
OMG I totally forgot all about
Matt's poop incident! I can't
believe someone took a picture of
I remember I was sitting behind him
and asked for his sharpener when I
smelt something funky. At least we
got the whole afternoon off!
Man, that picture of Carl, Sean and
Fred with their cardboard trays
going around selling for our Bring
N Buy...that was gold!
That time we prepared for talent
quest was so fun. Even cooler when
Remember how we made Ms. Ledua cry
during Teacher's Day? So emotional
that speech Adam gave back then.
And when we were about to sit for
FSLC where Mr. Yadua gave us that
pep talk in the PEMAC room...isa.
Alex gazes around.
After that video I'm feeling so
nostalgic, it's crazy.
Yeah, it helps you think about all
those things we did together as a
class. Adam was right, it was like
a second family.
Mmmhmm...we should go to school and
take some pictures.
The only thing I'll not miss about
school is Mrs. Nui, that bully.
Alex laughs and nods.
That evil witch, always putting me
on toilet duty and on detention
just cos I was eating in class.
She was nice to me though.
Only because your parents gave her
Alex smiles and leans back, looking up.
Wow, look at all those stars!
Both of them look up and admire the beautiful night sky.
Wanna know something cool?
I learnt in Church that God's
thoughts toward man are more in
number than the stars in the sky
and the sand on the beach. Pretty
Yeah, you should join sometime.
Hey, come this Sunday. We're having
a Sports Day Competition.
Sounds great but...
But what? I know you're free on
Sundays playing League of Legends.
Unless you got a very good excuse.
I won't be able to go...
Why? Got something planned?
Leaving? What are you talking
We're going to Canada...
...and we're not coming back.
Dad got a job offer that he
couldn't refuse... Aren't you gonna
Is this one of your pranks? Cos if
it is you nearly got me there.
Alex, do I look like I'm bluffing?
Chris stares Alex seriously in the eye and Alex looks as if
his whole world came crashing down.
So that's why you didn't want to
tell me yet.
I didn't want my leaving to spoil
the break-up party.
When are you leaving?
Both of them stare ahead. The others are gathering for a
picture in front of the bonfire which is burning away.
They're taking a photo, c'mon let's
Getting out of the pool, they make their way to take the
group photo. There's a bit of shuffling around as people get
into position. Once its done, Alex and Chris walk over to a
bench and sit.
When did you find out that you were
Last week. Sorry I didn't tell you
earlier, I didn't know when or how
It's OK. I'm not angry, I'm happy
You're a great friend, Alex, one
could ever ask for. I'll email you
as often as I can.
Who's gonna be my partner in crime
when you're gone?
Alex gives a little laugh.
Don't worry, I'm sure you'll make
another friend in USP.
I wanna watch TV...I'm going back
Sure, it'll be my last time to
watch Shortland Street anyway.
They both laugh as they make their way back to their room.
INT. ROOM- NIGHT
Alex, Chris and Matt are siting on the floor. Varieties of
snacks are open and being eaten.
I can never get tired of eating
Twisties. I was born to eat them!
Chris pops a handful into his mouth. Alex is munching on a
Milky Bar while Matt has a lollipop stuck between his lips.
I think UFOs is better.
Chris throws him a surprised look.
No, Twisties is better. They come
in different flavours.
Chris counts off his fingers.
There's Chicken, Cheese, Pizza and
Extra Cheese! And then there's the
Blue Tongue one.
OK, OK. This Milky Bar is a bit
plain. I prefer the Milk n Cookies
Chris, why did you buy so much
snacks? We won't be able to finish
I'll give the leftovers to the
others tomorrow...for breakfast!
Chris laughs and Twisties bits fly out. Alex and Matt look
at each other then at Chris.
I'm going to sleep.
It's been a long day, I'm tired.
Matt gets up and heads to his bed. Alex also does the same.
You guys are such party poopers.
The night's still young!
Chris after watching them both in bed starts to pack up the
snacks and puts them back into his bags.
INT. ROOM- EARLY MORNING
Alex is having trouble sleeping. Sounds of gentle snores
fill the room. Suddenly, there's a commotion of noise from
outside the common room. Alex slides out of bed and stands
next to the door listening.
Why's it so noisy?
Alex shuffles back to bed, lies down, trying to block the
noise with his pillow. He then gets up again after a while,
taking his iPod out of his bag, he goes to stand by the
window staring out.
Westlife's song "Too Hard to Say Goodbye" plays. Alex closes
his eyes and flashbacks of him and Chris are shown. Scenes
of them sitting together in class, taking the bus home,
playing video games, and having lunch behind the Home
(singing along quietly)
"I can't turn the page or hold back
It's too hard to say goodbye.
There will come a day I'll have to
And I'll have to make it on my own.
Just can't say goodbye"
He then looks at Chris and his eyes get teary.