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A Failed Attempted Suicide Last edited by skippingemma, on 04/16/2008. 1 comment. More scene info.

FADE IN:

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INT. MARGOT'S LIVING ROOM - AFTERNOON

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A group of people stand in the entry way of a living room as MARGOT, 17, paces in front of them.

Margot

I thank you all for coming. This means a lot to me. I only wish that you could have shown this much appreciation for me in my everyday life. And I hope that someday you will understand. The reason I brought you all here today, was that I wanted you to know that I am in no means blaming you. I am blaming myself. I also prefer to communicate in person, rather than in writing, or by phone. So I hope you appreciate this as a kind gesture, and in no means my desire to hurt you in any way. I mean, if anything, this is my way of showing you that I really do love you, even if you make me feel unappreciated most of the time, I do understand. Anyway, thank you all for everything, and I love you all.

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Margot pulls out a gun from her bag aims it on the side of her head, and pulls the trigger. Everyone gasps. But nothing happens. She tries again, nothing happens. She opens her eyes, her mom falls to the ground and bursts into tears.

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MARGOT (CONT'D)

FUCK!

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Margot lowers her gun and storms out the front door slamming it shut. She marches down the neighborhood with the gun in her hand, scaring a family who is unloading their groceries on their front lawn.

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EXT. MARGOT'S NEIGHBORHOOD-AFTERNOON

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margot (v.o)

Story of my life. I fail at everything. I've always been a bad student, I've always been picked last for sports teams, I've never made my parents proud about anything, or anyone proud about anything for that matter, and I've never even had a boyfriend. My life fuckin' sucks and I can't even manage to end it properly. God, I'm such a fuckin' loser...My name's Margot by the way.

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Margot walks through the neighborhood and reaches a terrain of trees. She sprints from tree to tree and finally lands on a pile of leaves. She throws her gun and hits the tree in front of her. She sticks her head on the tree she is sitting under and slowly drifts to sleep.

FADE OUT:

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FADE IN:

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EXT. TERRAIN IN MARGOT'S NEIGHBORHOOD - MORNING

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Margot wakes up to the sound of construction workers drilling nearby. She is laying down and she looks around her, slightly confused and sighs. She slowly props herself up, picking the bits of leaves in her hair, and sits for a minute in her groggy state. She then stands up and walks towards the gun in the pile of leaves a couple of feet away from her, picks it up, and starts walking home.

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int. margot's parent's home - morning

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Margot slowly opens the door, and starts walking towards her room. Her mom spots her and runs out of the kitchen and grasps her tightly in her arms.

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mom

God, thank god you're okay. I have breakfast waiting for you in the kitchen.

Margot watches as her mom walks back into the kitchen. She is disgusted at the inhumane way in which her mom handled the situation. She continues her walk across the hallway,stops for a beat, and looks into the crack of her parent's room next door. Her father is smoking his cigar and looking out the window. She looks down, and continues her way into her room. She sets her bag down and flops herself onto her bed on her stomach, and swings her back onto the bed, her fingers interlaced, her stare stuck on the ceiling.She moves her eyes towards the window on her right, and shifts her body. She then notices a book on her bedside table. She grabs it, reads the back, chuckles, and opens it. It's a self-help book her sister had left her. Inside the front cover she reads: "Read it, you need it. Love, Your Sister". She chuckles again, and puts it back on her bedside table. She takes her cell phone out of her pocket, and presses on number 5 speed dial.

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margot

Hey...Wanna hang out?

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ext.park- noon

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Margot and her friend GIA,17, are strolling down the park pathway.

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gia

I'm hungry.

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margot

So am I.

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gia

Let's grab something to eat.

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MARGOT

Do you have any money?

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gia

No. Do you?

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margot

No.

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(beat)

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margot (CONT'D)

Why'd you ask me if I wanted to go eat if you don't have any money?

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gia

I don't know, I guess I was just thinking out loud really.

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margot

Hmm.

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(beat)

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margot (CONT'D)

Well I have five bucks in my pocket wanna grab some fast food?

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gia

Yes.

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ext. mcdonalds - afternoon

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Margot and Gia are sitting on a table in front of McDonald's eating a feast from the dollar menu.

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gia

How's your sister?

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margot

She's good...I haven't really seen her much lately, but she left me a book with a note in it before leaving.

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gia

What book?

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margot

Just a self-help book.

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gia

Haha that's funny.

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margot

Well she said I needed it.

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gia

Do you?

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margot

Nah, I don't think I need it. Well sure I can get kind of depressed and annoyed easily but it's really my surroundings that make me that way it's not my fault.

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gia

Well maybe you should start reading it. Maybe it's more of an inner problem rather than your surroundings.

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margot

(emitting a very long sigh) Uuuuuuugggggghhhhhhhhhh. Yeah maybe.

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gia

Maybe it will teach you how to be happy and less annoyed...

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margot

Haha, maybe. (rubbing and patting her belly) Ugh, I'm fuuuuullll.

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gia

Me toooooo.

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margot

Well thanks for the talk.

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gia

(laughs) We didn't really talk about anything.

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margot

(laughs) I guess...but it still felt nice to talk to someone. What are you doing tomorrow?

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gia

Nothing really.

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margot

Wanna hang out?

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gia

Sure!

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int. margot's room - night

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Margot is laying on her bed, staring at the ceiling. Her mom knocks on her locked door.

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mom

Honey?! Dinner's ready!

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margot

I just told you I ate already!

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mom

(yelling much louder than necessary)Okay honey just don't take too long or you're food will get cold okay?

She walks away. Margot rolls her eyes. Margot then rolls over to her bedside table and grabs the book her sister had given her. The title reads: "Why your life sucks and what you can do about it". Margot chuckles and opens the book.

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margot

Why my life sucks..."Reason Number 1: You give your power away"...what's that supposed to mean...

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She turns one page.

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margot (CONT'D)

"Reason Number 2: You expect it to suck"...Haha well yeah cause I know it's gonna suck. How is this supposed to help my life?

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margot (v.o)

And then it dawned on me. This stupid book wasn't going to miraculously change my life for the better. I had to go pursue the life I wanted. Just like in that movie "The Pursuit of Happiness". If I wanted to be happy, I had to go find happiness, hmm...but what exactly is happiness?

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She has a pensive look on her face.

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margot (v.o) (CONT'D)

That's it! I didn't know what happiness was, so I had to pursue it! I had to figure out what happiness was in order to be able to be happy.

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Margot swiftly props up and sits on the edge of her bed with a determined smile on her face.

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margot (v.o) (CONT'D)

I was to begin a quest. A quest to find happiness.

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EXT. CIRCUS PARKING LOT - DAY

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Margot is marching down the circus parking lot as Gia tries her best to keep up.

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GIA

So tell me why we're going to a circus again?

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margot

I told you! I'm on a quest to find happiness.

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gia

Right.

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Gia barely dodges a car pulling out of a parking spot.

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gia (CONT'D)

And how are you going to find happiness in a circus again?

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margot

(panting) It's a QUEST Gia, I don't know yet exactly but we're about to find out.

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Margot presents her tickets at the ticket booth. The woman in the booth rips the tickets and lets them in. After taking a step forward Margot back pedals to the booth.

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margot (CONT'D)

Oh wait! I was wondering. Would it be possible to interview a clown after the performance?

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The woman in the ticket booth looks at her confused as she smacks her gum, slightly irritated by her question.

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ticket booth lady

I don't know, honey. You'll have to ask the presenter or someone in charge of the show. I don't know anything that goes on with anything, I'm only here to sell tickets and rip em' up when they pass through alright?

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gia

(almost to herself) Yeesh, no need for the monologue woman.

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Margot sighs and marches into the circus lot with Gia by her side.

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gia

Where are we going?

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Margot

We're trying to find a clown. Tell me if you spot one.

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gia

You know I used to be afraid of clowns! It was weird. I literally had a phobia of them, I couldn't get near one. I'm so glad that ended. It was a pretty stupid fear, clowns aren't even scary nor are they supposed to be so I really don't understand why I was so afraid of them really, it was the strangest thing-

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Margot comes to a halt stopping Gia with one arm and pointing with the other to a clown sitting on a chair in the corner section of the circus lot. He is creating balloon animals.

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margot (CONT'D)

Clown!!

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Margot struts to the clown.

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MARGOT (CONT'D)

Hi, Mr. Clown. I wanted to know if I could possibly interview you today, I'm on a quest to achieving happiness, you see, and I feel that you would be able to help.

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The clown continues to twist the end of a balloon, finishing the tail of what looks like a dog balloon animal. He then looks up at Margot with a stretched smile.

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clown

I would love to take part in your quest to happiness. Is that okay Fred?

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A guy sitting next to him with a badge and walkie-talkie clipped on his pants checks his watch.

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fred

Sure go ahead, don't take longer than 15 minutes though, they'll be calling us in pretty soon..

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ext. under a large tree in the circus lot- day

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Margot and Gia sit on a chair across from the clown, under a broad willow tree. The clown maintains the stretched smile. Gia stares at him with a terrified look on her face, examining every trait from the heavy bags under his eyes to his pronounced crow's feet indented in the corner of his eyes. She clenches her hands on the chair as if on the defensive in case he makes any sudden movements.

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clown

So Whaddya wanna know, kiddo?

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margot

Well, how do you stay so happy? How do clowns lead such a happy life?

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The clown chuckles. Gia's eye twitches.

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clown

It's all about appearance doll. See this face?

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He points to his own face.

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margot

(slightly confused) Um, yeah...it's nice?

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clown

No hun, the smile. See this goofy smile plastered on my face 24/7? That's the secret. Keep it up as long as you fuckin' can and people will think your the happiest fuck on campus!

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The clown pulls out a cigarette and lighter and lights his cigarette. After one puff he startlingly throws it on the grass and puts it out. Gia, completely startled by his sudden heaps of movement leaps off her chair and stands behind it.

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gia

(to herself) I can't do this...

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She walks away. The clown is still putting out his cigarette.

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clown

Sorry 'bout that. I forgot we were in the circus lot for a second there!

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Margot stares at him as if trying to decode what he's saying. She writes what he says in her notebook.

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margot

Okay, so you basically fake your way through happiness?

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clown

Pretty much, it's hard to be really happy in this fucked up world. But like I said, people think you're happy so you start to believe it too.

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Fred walks towards them several feet away from the tree.

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fred

Yo Gil! Come on we gotta get this show started!

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clown

I'm coming, I'm coming! (to Margot) Look, if you need any more help with this go see my friend Mike. He'll help you. He's probably the happiest guy you'll ever meet! Here's his number.

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He takes the pen she's holding and writes Mike's number on her notebook.

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margot

Thanks.

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clown

Nice meeting you.

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The clown walks away with a huge grin on his face as Gia walks back to Margot.

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gia

Did you get your answers?

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margot

Kind of, I guess...

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gia

So what's next?

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margot

We're gonna see Mike. I'll call him and schedule a meeting, hopefully we'll get to see him tomorrow.

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gia

Alright. I just passed a cotton candy stand wanna go get some?

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margot

Hell yes!!

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gia

You sound happier already! Are you sure cotton candy isn't your answer to happiness?

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margot

(chuckles) Maybe..

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INT. MARGOT'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

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MARGOT (CONT'D)

(on the phone)Hi Mark, my name is Margot. Gil gave me your number so I could contact you for a meeting. I'm on a quest to seek happiness and he told me you could possibly supply me with what I need. Anyway if you could give me a call back that would be great, my number is 310.521.1225. Thank you, I look forward to speaking with you.

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She hangs up. Someone knocks on her door.

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margot (CONT'D)

Yes?

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margot's mom

Can I come in?

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margot

(sighs) Yes.

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Margot's mom opens the door and walks in.

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margot's mom

Hi honey, how was your day?

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margot

It was good mom, pretty good. Whats up?

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margot's mom

Nothing sweetie, can't a mom come over and ask her daughter how she's doing?

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margot

Well yeah, but I mean...

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margot's mom

I mean gosh, I feel like I never hear from you anymore, or know what you're doing anymore. (crying) I just want to be a part of my daughter's life, is that such a crime? Is that not what mother's do nowadays? Cause I just can't seem to keep up with anything anymore. (balling) You just keep growing, and pretty soon you'll be out of this house and then what will I do? I'm gonna be alone here with your father folding clothes and cooking him dinner until we all shrivel up and die in our living rooms!

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margot

Oh god Mom, why do you have to be so morbid? (sighs) Look, I'll always be here for you. Right now I'm just trying to figure out who I am and I'm forming the person I'm going to be for the rest of my life, and you can't really be a part of that process. I need some space and I need to get through this, but once that phase is over we'll be close again, okay?

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margot's mom

(wiping her tears) How'd you get so wise?

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margot

You mom, I'm sure I got it from you.

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Margot's mom smiles.

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margot's mom (CONT'D)

I'm gonna go check on the casserole, it should be ready in a couple of minutes if you get hungry..

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margot

Thanks mom.

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Margot's mom leaves and closes the door.

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EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD - MORNING

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Door bell rings. Muffled steps walk towards the door. A scruffy man with uncombed hair and a leather jacket opens the door.

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mike

You must be Margot and Margot's friend, come in...

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Margot and Gia walk into Mike's living room.

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margot

Thank you.

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gia

Gia.

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mike

What's that?

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gia

My name. It's Gia.

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mike

(chuckles) Right, Gia. Nice to meet you.

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Gia ignores him as she scans his living room noticing the rolex watch on his chipped desk and a gray cashmere sweater resting on a multicolor bong. She then looks under the living room coffee table and sees a shih-tzu chewing on a pair of Ray Ban glasses.

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gia

Um...you're dog's eating your glasses..

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mike

Oh yeah, he does that all the time. He always goes for the Ray Bans..

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Gia looks at him with a disgusted look on her face. Is this guy for real??

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mike (CONT'D)

Alright girls take a seat, and let's get down to business.

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Margot and Gia walk to the black leather couch and take a seat. Gia is uneasy.

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mike (CONT'D)

Can I offer you girls anything? Some water, coke, sprite?

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margot

No we're good but thank you.

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Margot pulls out her notebook and pencil.

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mike

(chuckles) Looks like you came prepared!

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margot (CONT'D)

Yes I am, I'm ready to learn whatever you've got for me!

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mike

(chuckles) Great, great. Well I hope you can write fast cause I've got a lot here for ya! First of all I like to know my people before we get into anything, so I know exactly what I'm dealing with here, you get me?

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margot

Oh? Do people come to you about this often?

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mike

(laughs) Are you kidding me?? I am the KING of all kings! People come to me for this stuff all the time! There ain't anybody who can provide as much as I can hun! So what's your situation?

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Margot finishes writing the date on the upper left corner of her notebook.

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margot

Well my life kind of sucks, or I find that it sucks most of the time, and I'm just tring to find a happier place. I feel that it's time I find a way to be a more happy person.

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mike

Alright alright, I get ya I get ya.

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He gets up and walks to a set of drawers on the wall of his living room.

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mike (CONT'D)

I gotta tell you I don't really deal with girls your age, but Gil spoke pretty seriously of you so I promised I'd take care of you, so here we go.

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He opens one of the drawers and starts rummaging through it.

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mike (CONT'D)

I'm not even gonna ask you if you've done this before because it doesn't matter. Good weed is good weed. In this case I'm thinking either the Big Bud or the Super Skunk would be good candidates in your situation. Otherwise I'd suggest the White Widow, but you guys look like first timers so it might not be the one for you unless you tell me otherwise cause god this stuff will take you up so high you'll be dancin on Venus butt naked...Actually the butt naked part would happen here on earth if you're anything like me when I smoke this stuff..

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He laughs. Margot and Gia look at each other terrorized.

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margot

Um, I'm sorry but I think you've got the wrong idea...we're not here to get some drugs from you sir, I'm on a quest to seek happiness without use of any substances.

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She looks at Gia.

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margot (CONT'D)

I think we should go.

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They start rushing out.

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mike

Wait hold on! Alright, so Gil probably misinterpreted what you meant. If you're looking for true happiness I've got the guy who'll tell you how it is. Here's his number.

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He takes Margot's pen and writes down a number in her notebook along with an address.

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mike (CONT'D)

There's his address. He's at work right now if you want to swing by and talk to him, he'll be happy to help if he knows I sent you. Just say Mike sent you and he'll help you with anything you need.

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ext. morgue parking lot - afternoon

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Margot and Gia are sitting in the Margot's car in the parking lot of a morgue.

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gia

Um, are you kidding me?? There is no way we are going in there Margot.

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margot

Man, these are fucked up people.

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gia

What are we gonna do?

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margot

Well, I mean we're here, so might as well go in...

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gia

Margot! Margot, listen to me. I had to sit through a discussion with a depressed and freaky as fuck clown, I went to the house of a goddamn God of all drug dealers, and NOW WE'RE IN FRONT OF A FUCKING MORGUE!!! I think your pursuit of happiness ends here okay??

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int. morgue hallway - afternoon

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Margot and Gia are walking behind LARRY, a man in his 50s who is wearing a polyester plaid sweater with dark navy blue pants.

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larry

Sorry for the stench, one of our co-workers brought four eggs in a zip lock bag and forgot them so they rotted and infected the whole hallway cause it was next to a vent.

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Gia looks at Margot with a terrified look on her face.

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larry (CONT'D)

Just didn't want you thinking it was decomposing corpses! HAH!

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gia

Oh god...where's the restroom??

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larry

Restrooms are down that hall to the right.

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Gia runs to the indicated door.

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margot

So how did you get into this?

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larry

Well I needed to make money and I heard that this was the place to do it! HAH!

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margot

Oh.

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larry

Also I wanted to be a doctor and I lived right by a morgue so I interned there once and the rest was history.

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margot

I see.

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Larry leads Margot to his office.

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larry

Please take a seat. So my buddy Mike told me you were on a quest to find happiness huh?

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margot

Yes, thank you for taking the time to see me.

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larry

Oh that's no problem, works been pretty slow lately. Looks like people are really looking after themselves HAH!

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Margot uncomfortably shifts in her seat.

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larry (CONT'D)

But I remember when I was your age, and believe it or not I went through the same kind of stuff you're going through. I thought the world was out to get me, and my life seemed as dull as a rock. And then I started working here! And it changed my life. At first I felt sorry for these poor fellows as I layed them on my tin tray and prepped them for their burial..

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Margot winces.

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larry

But then I thought: 'Hey it happens!' And it's gonna happen. And all you can do is enjoy the life you have, and embrace your surroundings cause honey nothing lasts forever and you better make the most out of it!

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Margot looks at Larry for a beat, pulls out her notebook and writes something in it.

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margot

You know what? That actually makes sense. (chuckles) I can't believe that the first think that makes sense is coming out of a guy who work at a morgue! No offense..

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larry

None taken! So when I found out you guys were coming, I prepared a little tour for you guys if you're interested!

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margot

Oh wow, that's um, really nice of you but I think this is as much as I can take for one day...

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larry

Really, that's it? But your just got here I don't think I've taught you anything yet!

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margot

Well trust me, you taught me much more than the other guys. Besides I really should get home my mom will start to worry.

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larry

Alright, let me walk you to the door. What happened to your friend?

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margot

Oh, she's probably still in the restroom. This whole morgue thing makes her stomach turn.

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Margot and Larry walk out of the office and through the hallway to the entrance of the morgue. Gia is sitting on the floor next to the door.

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gia

Oh great! You guys are done. Let's go, Margot.

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Margot turns to Larry.

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margot

Well it was nice meeting you!

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She reaches to shake his hand.

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larry

Oh I don't know if we should shake hands I just finished cleaning a big one!

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Margot and Gia look at him disgusted.

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larry (CONT'D)

HAH! I'm only kidding, give it here.

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He shakes Margot's hand and reaches to shake Gia's hand who reciprocates reluctantly. Margot and Gia then walk out of the morgue and into Margot's car.

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gia

So what'd you learn?

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margot

Well, I guess I learned that in order to be happy I have to fake my way through a smile, and smoke real good weed!

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They both laugh as Margot starts the ignition and drives out of the parkway.

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margot (CONT'D)

I've also learned that I'm only going through an ordinary teenager phase and it won't last forever. I just have to learn to enjoy what I have and be grateful for just living!

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gia

Whoo! Yeah! We're livin' baby!

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margot

Thanks for coming along on this journey with me!

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gia

Haha no problem!

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Margot drives to Gia's house and drops her off. She then drives back home, parks in the driveway, and opens her front door where she's welcomed by a sweet smell of dinner roaming from the kitchen. Her mom is setting up dinner on the table.

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margot's mom

Hey honey! How was your day?

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Margot

Oh it was you know, same ol' same ol'. What's for dinner?

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margot's mom

Chicken pot pie. Are you hungry?

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MARGOT

Starving!!

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FADE OUT:

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