BEDROOM. EARLY-MORNING HOURS
A DOG sleeps on a neatly made bed.
A CLOCK reads twenty to six.
A SHELF OF BOOKS holds such classics as Dante's Inferno,
Beyond Good and Evil, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Dark
Knight Returns. A FRAMED DIPLOMA, dusty and unkempt, hangs
askew on the wall. A snapshot of a girl is stuck in the
corner, and a bra weighs one end down. A PHONE sits quietly
atop a bundle of laundry. It suddenly explodes with a
resounding ring-once, twice, three times. A CLOSET DOOR swings
open, and a half-clad figure falls out. THE PHONE rings yet
again, and a hand falls upon the receiver, yanking it off
the trash can, O.C. THE RUMPLED FIGURE lays with his back to
the camera, phone in hand.
Hello... What?... No, I don't work
today... I'm playing hockey at two.
THE DOG yawns and shakes its head.
Why don't you call Randal?... Because
I'm fucking tired... I just closed
Jesus... What time are you going to
come in?... Twelve... Be there be
A PICTURE OF A GIRL leans against a trophy. The picture is
decorated with a Play-Doh beard and mustache.
Swear you'll be in by twelve and
I'll do it... Twelve... Twelve or I
THE PHONE RECEIVER slams into the cradle. THE RUMPLED FIGURE
slowly sits up and remains motionless. He musses his hair
THE DOG stands and wags its tail. A hand pats its head. The
Rumpled Figure lays down on the bed. We now see his face. It
is the face of DANTE and this is Dante's room; this is Dante's
life. DANTE grabs the dog and wrestles it.
Next time, I get the bed.
He releases the dog and sits up.
BATHROOM. MINUTES LATER
A steaming shower fills the room. The dog licks water from
KITCHEN. MINUTES LATER
A towel-dressed DANTE opens the fridge and peers inside. He
grabs a half-empty gallon of milk and closes the door.
KITCHEN. SECONDS LATER
Chocolate milk mix is heaped into a tumbler. One scoop, two
scoops, three scoops, four scoops.
BEDROOM. A MINUTE LATER
DANTE gulps his breakfast while feeling inside the closet
for some clothes. Some chocolate milk spills on the floor.
THE DOG laps at the small puddle of chocolate milk.