Buddies


Now this is how things should go down between Kelsey and Shane.

[Fifteen minutes goes by and Kelsey is sitting in the living room waiting nervously for Shane’s arrival.

Shane knocks at the front door and Kelsey lets him in.]

[Kelsey greets him and then they go upstairs to her room.]

[Shane’s sitting on Kelsey’s bed and Kelsey is sitting on her computer chair, looking down at the floor nervously.]

Shane: So what’s up you wanted to talk to about something important I’m guessing?

Kelsey: Yeah I have something I want to tell you.

Shane: Kels say no more, you’re finally coming out this is wonderful. So is there a girl you like or something?

[Shane smiles and winks.]

Kelsey: No, I’m not a lesbian, but I am coming out to you though.

[Shane looking confused.]

Shane: Huh?

Kelsey: I’m transgender.

[Shane examines Kelsey for a moment and then smiles a large smile.]

[Shane points his finger at her and wags it.]

Shane: I knew that there was something you were having trouble coming to terms with. So how long have you known?

Kelsey: A few years now.

Shane: Cool, cool, so is that why you broke up with me? Or are you into girls as I’ve suspected all along?

Kelsey that is part of the reason I broke up with you in junior high, and yes I do like girls.

[Shane leaps up from her bed and jumps up and down with excitement.]

Shane: Yes! I knew it! I knew that you were attracted to girls. So you got any lined eh?

[Shane winks.]

Kelsey: Well there is this one girl.

[Shane smiles even wider than before.]

Shane: Oh who is it?

Kelsey: Greta Rucksford.

[Shane looks excited.]

Shane: Really?

Kelsey: Yes.

Shane: Does she know?

[Kelsey suddenly looking very shy and nervous says…]

Kelsey: No are you crazy.

[Shane puts his hands up.]

Shane: Whoa hey sorry, I saw you getting into her car after school and I just thought.

Kelsey: Nope there’s nothing going on between us, she was just giving me a lift.

[Shane looking a little disappointed.]

Shane: Dang really?

[Kelsey nods.]

Shane: Okay, well I have some questions for you about this transgender thing.

[Kelsey rolls her eyes and smiles.]

Kelsey: Of course you do, well go on.

Shane: Okay, so would you get a sex change?

Kelsey: Yes whenever I can get the money together.

Shane: Okay, would you where those binders, packers, and use the those little medicine spoons to learn how to pee like a dude?

Kelsey: Yes, yes, and yes.

[Shane lets out an obnoxiously long, Ooh.]

[Shane getting even more excited as he thinks of more questions to ask.]

Shane: I’ve got a good question for you.

[Kelsey shakes her head and rolls her eyes.]

Shane: Do you have a name for yourself?

Kelsey: Yes.

[Shane wide-eyed with excitement.]

Shane: What is it? What is it? Tell me, tell me.

Kelsey: Alright down boy down. It’s Chester.

Shane: Shane Marcus how’s it going Chester Beckman?

[Chester shakes Shane’s hand.]

[Chester in a more masculine voice.]

Chester: It’s going well and yourself my fellow guy?

Shane: Quite well, it’s a great day to be a man eh?

Chester: Yes wonderful.

[Shane and Chester laugh.]

Chester: I can’t believe you’re so cool with this. I just came out to my grandparents and they freaked.

Shane: You’re my best friend naturally I would support you.

Chester: I’m glad, thanks.

[Shane smacks a hand to Chester’s shoulder.]

Shane: Of course buddy.

[Shane: Looks at the time on his phone.]

Shane: Shoot I’ve got to get going.

Chester: Okay.

Shane: But don’t worry buddy I got your back and I’ll always be here for you.

Chester: Thanks man.

Shane: Yep.

[Shane and Chester give each other a one-armed hug and fist bump. Afterward Shane exits the room and leaves for home.]

The boyfriend scene revision


One wonderful thing about having an audience for your blog is that you can receive great feedback about something you’ve posted. Remember that “A good boyfriend but a great buddy” post I put up last week? Well I got to thinking about it and decided that it wasn’t at all real, so I did a revision for that scene. Let’s see what you think of it this time around.

[Shane’s sitting on Kelsey’s bed and Kelsey is sitting on her computer chair, looking down at the floor nervously.]

Shane: So what’s up you wanted to talk to about something important I’m guessing?

Kelsey: Yes, um you see I- I don’t really where to begin.

Shane: Oh boy it’s one of those talks, so why do you want to break up with me?

Kelsey: Well it’s certainly not what you’re more than likely thinking I’m sure. You see I like girls.

Shane: So I picked a lesbian out of the bunch, great.

Kelsey: Oh no, no, no I’m not a lesbian.

Shane: Didn’t you just tell me that you like girls?

Kelsey: Yes, but I’m not a lesbian.

Shane: So your bi? Or you think your bi?

Kelsey: No I’m not a lesbian and I’m not bi.

[Kelsey takes a breath.]

Kelsey: I’m transgender.

Shane: What?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOUR TRANS?!

[Shane’s eyes darted back and forth as he began to get angry.]

Shane: Are you kidding me right now is this some sort of joke?

[Kelsey annoyed.]

Kelsey: Oh yeah Shane I just thought that I would invite you over and jokingly tell you that hey I’m Trans.

Shane: You must be fucking insane. WHO THE HELL WOULD WANT TO CHANGE THEIR SEX.

[Kelsey is looking angry, but trying not to yell at Shane.]

Kelsey: Shane, please try to understand how hard this is for me to tell this, this isn’t easy for me.

Shane: WELL THIS ISN’T EXACTLY EASY FOR ME EITHER. I DID JUST FIND OUT THAT MY GIRLFRIEND WANTS TO BE A MAN.

Kelsey: I had to tell you, I couldn’t keep lying to you.

[Shane looking as though he wanted to hit Kelsey.]

Shane: Just exactly how long have you felt this way?

Kelsey: For years.

Shane: How many? Before you met me or after?

[Kelsey explodes with anger.]

Kelsey: WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?

Shane: BECAUSE IF THIS STARTED TO DEVELOP AFTER I STARTED DATING YOU THEN IT’S MY FAULT.

[Kelsey showing a little sympathy.]

Kelsey: Shane it wouldn’t be your fault if I did start to feel this way after I met you.

Shane: Actually yes it would.

Kelsey: why what makes you think so?

[Shane looking as though he was about to rant and rave.]

Shane: BECAUSE THEN THAT WOULD MEAN I PICKED A TRANSGENDER FREAK AND THAT, THAT I ALMOST HAD SEX WITH YOU. AHH!

[Kelsey gets up from her computer chair and gets up in Shane’s face.]

Kelsey: OKAY FIRST OF ALL YOU DIDN’T ALMOST HAVE SEX WITH ME AND SECOND I’M GLAD THAT I FOUND OUT WHO YOU REALLY ARE; BECAUSE I DON’T ASOCATE WITH DICKS LIKE YOU.

Shane: YEAH WELL AT LEAST I HAVE MY HEAD ON STRAIGHT YOUR SICK AND GAY. YOU PROBABLY WANTED TO FUCK ME. WELL FUCK YOU I DON’T PLAY FOR THAT TEAM.

Kelsey: WHAT?! I’M NOT GAY ASSHOLE.

Shane: YOU’RE STRAIGHT AS A GIRL SO THAT WOULD MEAN THAT ONCE YOU TURN INTO A GUY THAT WOULD MEAN THAT YOU LIKE GUYS.

Kelsey: That doesn’t mean that, I’m going to be gay.

Shane: Yeah sure it doesn’t.

[Kelsey ready to explode in a burst of anger.]

Kelsey: WELL I’VE GOT SOME GOOD NEWS FOR YOU I’M NOT INTO GUYS, I’M INTO GIRLS. YEAH THAT’S RIGHT THAT’S ANOTHER THING THAT I WAS GOING TO DISCUSS WITH YOU.

Shane: IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYWAY I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU; IT’S OVER!

Kelsey: YEAH NO SHIT.

Shane: I’m out of here. Have a nice life FAG!

[Shane leaves without another word, and Kelsey slams her bedroom door shut. She collapses onto her bed and begins to cry.]

A good boyfriend but a great buddy


[Shane’s sitting on Kelsey’s bed and Kelsey is sitting on her computer chair, looking down at the floor nervously.]

Shane: So what’s up you wanted to talk to about something important I’m guessing?

Kelsey: Yes, um you see I- I don’t really where to begin.

Shane: Oh boy it one of those talks, so why do you want to break up with me?

Kelsey: Well it’s certainly not what you’re more than likely thinking I’m sure. You see I like girls.

Shane: So I picked a lesbian out of the bunch, great.

Kelsey: Oh no, no, no I’m not a lesbian.

Shane: Didn’t you just tell me that you like girls?

Kelsey: Yes, but I’m not a lesbian.

Shane: So your bi? Or you think your bi?

Kelsey: No I’m not a lesbian and I’m not bi.

[Kelsey takes a breath.]

Kelsey: I’m transgender.

Shane: What?

Kelsey: I- I- I’m transgender and I am not attracted to boys.

Shane: So this is a break up then?

Kelsey: Wait you’re not mad?

Shane: I’m angry about the break up, but I’m not mad that you’re Trans.

Kelsey: Really?

Shane: Yeah.

Kelsey: Wow you’re taking this a hell of a lot better than I thought you would.

Shane: How did you expect for me to react?

Kelsey: Well I didn’t think that you would be this calm.

Shane: Come on Kels you know me better than that. When have you ever seen me make fun of anyone with a gender identity crisis?

Kelsey: Never.

Shane: I’ve never told you this, but I have a cousin that’s transgender.

Kelsey: You do?

Shane: Yeah, she wants to be a woman and she use to date women when she use to identify as a man, but then once she came out she told the family that she was interested in men.

Kelsey: Whoa.

Shane: Yeah, when he first came out I didn’t understand him at all, but then once we actually sat down and talked about it I was finally able to understand it. From what I understand it’s a long a difficult road to go down.

Kelsey: Yeah, I’ve read all about it.

Shane: So you know that this is not going to be a walk in the park?

Kelsey: Yep I know and I’ve already got a sample of it when I came out to my grandparents.

Shane: Oh, what happened?

Kelsey: They hate me and now want nothing to do with the family.

Shane: I’m sorry Kels.

Kelsey: My mom said that it was for the best anyway.

Shane: She’s absolutely right; you don’t need that kind of negative energy around you. This whole transition is going to be difficult enough.

Kelsey: Yeah, I know, it sucks though.

Shane: It’ll be okay, and who knows they might actually come around one day.

Kelsey: Maybe.

Shane: So what’s going to happen with you? Are you going to start dressing like a guy and start using the guy’s bathroom?

Kelsey: Soon I will, but for now I think I’ll just start with the clothes and haircut.

Shane: I understand it’s something that you have to ease into.

Kelsey: Exactly.

[Shane smiles and nods.]

Shane: So do you have a name for yourself yet?

Kelsey: Yeah it’s Chester.

Shane: Sup I’m Shane nice to meet ya Chester.

Chester: It’s nice to meet you too dude.

[Shane and Chester laugh.]

Shane: Just so you know, even though we’ve officially broken up, I’d still like to be your buddy.

Chester: Alright my first buddy as a dude.

[Shane laughs.]

Shane: And if anything happens at school when you come out, don’t worry I got your back.

Chester: Cool thanks man.

Shane: No prob.

[Chester and Shane give each other a one-armed hug and fist bump.]

Shane: So I’ll see you at school tomorrow?

Chester: for sure.

Shane: Sick, oh and if you need help with any type of guy stuff, or have any questions just ask.

Chester: Alright thanks.

Shane: No prob, see ya.

Chester: See ya.

[Chester and Shane fist bump each other than Shane goes home.]

Pauly the Cockatoo


cockatooMeet Pauly my new favorite character in my screenplay.

He’s a cockatoo with attitude and he’s not afraid to show it.

He is just one of those characters who loves to cause trouble for Chester and he does a great job of doing so when you’re first introduced to him.

Daisy: Okay so Kelsey has opened up about something which was very difficult for her to do, and I think that we should all applaud her for that.

George: Yes, we’re aware that, that wasn’t at all easy for you to say Kels so good job.

Sally: Good job, she’s transgender.

[Pauly the cockatoo begins to squawk and flap his wings.]

Daisy: Settle down Pauly.

Pauly: (squawks) Transgender, transgender (squawks) she’s transgender (squawks).

[Kelsey slaps her hand to her forehead and shakes her head.

Narrator: That bird.

Mom bought this pet cockatoo when I was ten and named him Pauly, and God I hate that damn bird. He always manages to get me into trouble, and he still does it to this day whenever I visit my folks.

I love this bird, I love his little attitude and everything about him.

Of course this will not be his only appearance in the screenplay. Pauly’s purpose is to bring a bit of laugher into each scene that he’ll be apart of, and he does at either when the tension is high in a scene, or dramatic. So during those difficult moments you’re able to get a good laugh from this little cockatoo.

If this screenplay were to ever transition into movie form I think everybody would get a kick out of Pauly.

After all who doesn’t love a bird with attitude.

Chester scene 7 part 3


Today I’ve finally been able to pick up where I left off with my screenplay, so I thought I’d share the end of scene 7 with y’all.

[Kelsey and Lester walked back down stairs and as they entered the kitchen they heard the doorbell ring.

Lester went to answer the door while Kelsey finished setting the table.]

[Grandpa Carl and Grandma Sally entered the kitchen with Lester following in behind them.]

Sally: Well Carl would you take a look at our granddaughter; my goodness she’s blossomed into a young woman.

Carl: Oh my yes she has, you must feel so proud Daisy.

Daisy: Oh yes I’m very proud of my little girl.

[Daisy walks over to the table and gives her parents a hug.]

Daisy: You two look terrific.

Sally: So do you dear.

[Sally looks her daughter over from head to toe.]

Sally: Oh.

Daisy: What is it mom?

Sally: Nothing.

Daisy: Oh okay.

Sally: It’s just that it looks like you’ve gained a couple of pounds there sugar pie.

[Daisy looking offended.]

Daisy: Actually mom I’ve just lost fifteen pounds.

Sally: Oh well then you look great.

[Sally smiles a very phony smile.]

Daisy: So mom how long will you two be staying with us again?

Sally: Goodness dear didn’t we just go over this when I called you this afternoon?

Daisy: Yes, but silly me I forgot.

Sally: Well we’ll be staying with you for a week.

[Daisy trying to hide for disappointment says.]

Daisy: A week, a whole entire week, well, that’s, that’s wonderful.

Sally: Yes now sweetie could ya move out-of-the-way, we want to greet Kelsey.

[Grandpa Carl and Grandma Sally both gave Kelsey big hugs.]

Narrator: Grandpa and Grandma loved me to pieces but after I tell everyone my secret, it makes me wonder if they’d ever hug me like this again.

[The kitchen door opens and more conversations begin when George comes home from work.]

[George has a big smile on his face when he walks in and sees his in-laws.]

George: Well hey there Carl and Sally, I didn’t know that you two were coming down for a visit.

[George gives them hugs.]

George: How have you both been?

Carl and Sally: Wonderful.

George: That’s terrific.

[George greets Daisy and the kids.]

Narrator: One great thing about dad was that he was always in a great mood; in fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in a bad one. He was always smiling, laughing, and cracking jokes. He was the only person that could break the tension between us and family members if a fight was about to breakout.

George: Hey babe, is dinner almost ready? I’ve had a long day and I am starving.

Daisy: Yes it is, everybody take your seats while I get it on the table.

[Daisy puts her fresh salad on the table, baked chicken, mashed potatoes, and hot dinners rolls that were fresh out of the oven.]

Sally: Ooh, everything looks so delicious sugar pie.

Daisy: Thank you mom.

[Everyone eats their dinner in silence and the only time there was conversation is when somebody asked for something.]

Narrator: Dinner was so silent and that was kind of creepy, but this usually happened when our grandparents would come for a visit. You could cut the tension in the air with a knife.

Once mom put desert on the table I had made up my mind I was going to tell them and just get it over with. With it still eerily silent around the table what came blurting out of my mouth sent shocking and puzzled stares my way.

[Kelsey blurts out quickly.]

Kelsey: I’ve been struggling with this for a few years and I thought that I should just let you all know that I am transgender.

[Grandpa Carl and Grandma Sally looks at Kelsey with puzzled faces.

Daisy and George look at Kelsey and are looking a little shocked.]

[Lester darts his eyes back and forth nervously between his parents and grandparents, and then rests his eyes on Kelsey, at a total loss for words.]

Daisy: What was that pumpkin?

[Kelsey makes sure to slow her next sentence down a bit.]

Kelsey: I’ve thought about this a lot and I thought that I should just let you all know that I’m transgender.

[Daisy and George look at Kelsey for a moment and then breakdown laughing.]

Daisy: Oh honey I know.

George: Yes it’s been obvious to us for quite a while now.

Kelsey: WHAT?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN OBVIOUS?

Daisy: Oh sweetie you use to walk around the house shirtless when you were little; because you wanted to be like your brother.

Lester: Oh yeah I forgot about that. It’s true you totally did dude.

George: Yeah you even said to us that you wanted to be a boy.

Kelsey: I did?

George: Oh yeah.

Daisy: Hey remember when Kelsey use to go into Lester’s closet and dress up in his clothes.

[Daisy and George laugh as they reminisce.]

Sally: Transgender.

[Sally takes a startling breath.]

Sally: You mean that you want to be like one of those freaks that, that.

Carl: Who wants to change their sex?

Kelsey: Actually Grandpa it’s really a matter of feeling comfortable and I don’t feel comfortable as a female.

[Carl shakes his head in disgust.]

Sally: But that’s the way God made you. Why would you want to destroy his work?

Kelsey: Grandma I think that God made me transgender because he knows that I’m strong and maybe I’m supposed to be a trailblazer.

[Sally becomes aggravated.]

Sally: You’re such a pretty young lady Kelsey and I, I frankly just don’t understand this one bit.

Daisy: Okay mom and dad you’re in shock from the news, why don’t we all just finish eating and then continue this conversation.

[Sally and Carl give Daisy dirty looks, as they angrily dug their folks into their pieces of Apple Pie.]

[Everyone ate in silence to the sounds of folks scratching the bottom of plates.]

Chester scene 7 part 2


[Kelsey hears her brother’s truck pull up in the driveway and she goes downstairs to greet him.]

[Lester and Mom are talking as Kelsey comes downstairs.]

Lester: Dinner smells great mom.

Mom: Thank you honey why don’t you sit down it’ll be ready soon.

[Lester sits at the kitchen island.]

Lester: Am I in your way mom?

Mom: No sweetie you’re fine.

[Kelsey walks into the kitchen.]

Lester: Hey, how was your day of school?

Kelsey: It was good, how was yours?

Lester: Draining, I’ve got three major homework assignments from three of my professors.

Kelsey: That sucks.

Lester: Well whatever it’s college so.

Mom: Would you two mind setting the table?

Lester and Kelsey: Sure.

Mom: Thank you; be sure to set two extra places please.

Kelsey: Two extra? Who’s coming over for dinner?

Mom: My parents.

Lester: Grandpa and Grandma are here?

Mom: Yes, I got a call from your grandfather at around 1:30 this afternoon, and apparently they’re coming in for a surprise visit.

Kelsey: Oh, for how long?

Mom: I think he said they’d be staying a week.

Kelsey: Oh, Hey Les? Could I see you upstairs for a minute?

Lester: Sure.

Kelsey: Cool, we’ll be right back mom.

Mom: Okay.

[Kelsey and Lester hurry up the stairs and to her room.]

Kelsey: A surprise visit?

Lester: Chester it’ll be-

Kelsey: A week Les man, a week!

What am I going to do?

Lester: Maybe you could postpone your announcement.

Kelsey: No I’ve already made up my mind and if I go back on my decision then I’ll never be able to get up my courage to tell them again.

Lester: Okay so tell them.

Kelsey: Tell them, you know what our grandparents are like.

Lester: Their only a little closed-minded.

Kelsey: Only a little closed- ARE YOU NUTS?!

Do you remember how much they always made fun of a gay person if they saw one out on the street or if there was a gay person on TV? They would say, hey would you look at the fagot and laugh.

Lester: Well you’re not gay.

Kelsey: Do you actually think that that’s what they’ll focus on?

Lester: Okay, you’re right I retract my last statement.

[Kelsey groans and collapses on her bed.]

Kelsey: I have to tell them, no matter how the grandparents are going to react.

Lester: Alright I’ll support you one hundred percent, but you do know that mom and dad will be on your side no matter what right?

Kelsey: I think so.

Lester: They will be.

Kelsey: Okay.

Lester: We should get back downstairs to set the table.

[Kelsey groans.]

[Lester pulls Kelsey up from her bed.]

Lester: Come on it’s not going to be as bad as you think.

Kelsey: I hope that your right.

Characters and Direction


I’ve been thinking about Chester and what’s been on my mind over the past… Hmm I think it’s been a little over a month since I started working on this screenplay, so what’s been on my mind with Chester for over a month are my characters and direction that the story is going in.

I’m most proud of my characters, and I’m really starting to like them they’re all pretty humorous/quirky in their own way; which if this screenplay ever sees the light of day should translate well on the big screen.

As of right now the character I’m loving the most is Kelsey/Chester’s mother, and there’s once scene I can’t get out of my head.

Kelsey: Well Ma I think I’m just going to head up to my room, and start my homework.

Mom: Okay-

[Mom stops peeling her carrot and puts the peeler and carrot on the counter.

She looks at Kelsey suspiciously.]

Mom: Do your homework? I always have to tell you to do your homework.

What do you want?

Kelsey: Nothing.

Mom: Mmmhmm so there’s no party you really want to go to?

Kelsey: Nope.

Mom: Concert somewhere out-of-town.

Kelsey: Nope.

Mom: Then you want to do something or go somewhere with Shane?

Kelsey: Nope.

Mom: Okay then something must be bothering you?

Kelsey: Nothing’s bothering me.

Mom: I feel like you’re withholding information from me then.

Narrator: When Mom either really wanted to know what my brother and I were up to, or if there was something bothering us that we refused to talk about. She would pull out the same old line about “Withholding information.” This usually made us spill our guts right away; because her tone of voice was always so serious when she said it. It was like she already knew that we were lying, but there were times when that line didn’t work and this was one of those times.

Kelsey: I’m not withholding information; I just want to get my homework done.

[Mom gives Kelsey a look; which suggested that she was scanning her to tell whether or not Kelsey was lying. When Mom can’t read Kelsey she goes back to making dinner.]

Mom: Alright I guess there’s always a first time for everything; I just thought that I would never see the day.

[Mom opens the window and arches her neck out the window to look up at the sky.]

Kelsey: Mom what are you doing?

Mom: Checking for flying pigs. Hmm, nope no flying pigs, hell must’ve frozen over then.

[Kelsey shakes her head and gives a little chuckle and then walks upstairs to her bedroom.]

Okay well maybe that scene’s a little corny, but I thought it was pretty funny.

I’m also really loving the direction of the screenplay it’s already had a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The only issue I may have with the direction of Chester is the mix of drama and comedy. Because being transgender is such a serious topic there has to be drama, but I also want Chester to have a lighthearted side to it, not drama, drama 24/7. That’s the only big challenge I think I’ll have is mixing it up without making it sound like being transgender is a joke.

It should mix well though I’m just going to have to go at the lighthearted stuff carefully. I do think that this screenplay should be pretty good and hopefully enlightening too. It’ll be a mix of drama/comedy/enlightenment/heartwarming all in one.