AN: Based on true events.
INT. DORRIAN’S RESTAURUANT - NIGHT
Late summer, 1986. Dorrian’s, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is busy.
You stole from me, Rob. That’s why I wanted to meet you.
ALEX (16) plays with a cold drink glass. Anxious. Impatient. She looks at her watch.
Instead, I saw her.
Then, she watches as a group of girls, older than her, all enter. JENNIFER LEVIN (18) is among them. Wearing a white skirt and top, and a denim jacket. Alex watches as Jennifer and her friends approach the bar to order drinks.
Alex watches them, and Jennifer in particular, for a while. We move to Jennifer’s perspective. She and her friend JESSICA stand at the bar as they wait for drinks.
Some night, huh?
My mom cried this morning.
When she saw all the boxes in my room. I told her she knew this day was coming.
Just then, Jennifer’s eyes drift to Alex, alone at a table.
Just a sec.
Jennifer rolls her shoulders back, takes a deep breath, and walks over to Alex.
Alex looks up, slightly scared.
Jennifer pulls something out of her jacket pocket. A friendship bracelet. She hands it to Alex.
Let’s be friends.
Jennifer gives her a condescending smile and walks away. Alex shakes it off, confused at what just happened. As
INT. DORRIAN'S RESTAURANT - BATHROOM - NIGHT
Alex sits in a bathroom stall, taking a deep breath. She squeezes her eyes shut.
INT. ALEX’S APARTMENT - HER BEDROOM - NIGHT
A few days earlier. ROBERT CHAMBERS (19), brown-haired, blue eyed, handsome, rolls over to face Alex. She’s only half awake.
I have to go.
What? What time is it?
I have to go.
Robert sits up and begins to get dressed. Alex sees it’s past three in the morning.
I need cab fare.
In the hallway. My purse. There’s a fifty and a five. Take the five.
He kisses her quickly and stands up.
I’ll see you later.
He leaves. Alex sighs and goes back to bed.
INT. ALEX’S APARTMENT - HALLWAY - DAY
Morning. Alex walks into the hallway, something possessing her to check her purse. She does. And goes through her wallet. It’s empty.
She puts her purse down, and her face falls. She curses under her breath. Then, she goes over to the phone and begins to dial a number.
INT. DORRIAN'S RESTAURANT - NIGHT
The same night as before. Alex goes back and sits where she was before, growing more anxious. Off to the side, Jennifer is taking pictures with her friends.
Alex takes the friendship bracelet out of her purse for a moment before putting it back. Just then, Robert appears in the restaurant. Alex stands up, her heart pounding.
The two catch eyes. Only for Robert to talk right by her. Immediately, Alex starts to seethe.
She notices Jennifer and her friends have stopped taking pictures. Jennifer has begun to eye Robert, now sitting at the bar. Alex sees the look on Jennifer’s face, and realizes.
Alex takes a deep breath and turns back to Robert. She confidently marches up to him, holding something in her hand. Condoms.
Robert looks back at her.
I hope you find someone else to use these with because it’s not going to be with me!
She throws the condoms in his face. Everyone’s watching as they go everywhere. People laugh. Robert is clearly humiliated.
He sees that Jennifer’s laughing too.
Alex stands there for a second, in disbelief about what she’s just done.
The other patrons continue to laugh. Alex takes her purse and leaves the restaurant, her face flushed.
She looks over her shoulder to see Jennifer and Robert talking. Smiling. laughing. She takes a deep breath and continues out of the restaurant.
EXT. DORRIAN'S RESTAURANT - NIGHT
Alex stands outside of Dorrian’s, eying the details of a warm, breezy New York night. And Central Park across the street.
She leans against the side of the restaurant and begins to cry.
They said... if I hadn’t angered you like that, you wouldn’t have snapped. But how I was supposed to know?
Alex looks back towards the restaurant one last time. She dries her tears and begins to walk away.
I figured, if she wanted you, you could have you. I’m sorry, Jen.
INT. DORRIAN'S RESTAURANT - NIGHT
The others have seemingly forgotten about the incident. Robert and Jennifer continue to talk.
Aren’t you leaving for college or something?
Next week. You’re staying here?
I’m going to miss New York.
Just then, Jennifer’s friends, including Jessica, approach.
We’re going to take off.
Okay. I’m going to stay.
Get home safe. I love you.
I’ll call you tomorrow.
Jessica smiles and waves.
Nice to see you, Rob.
He gives Jessica a slight wave back. He and Jennifer watch as Jessica and the others leave.
Jennifer turns back to him. Just then, Robert sees a condom on the floor. One they didn’t clean up earlier. He picks it up and puts in his pocket. He sighs deeply. Bites his lip.
Jennifer puts a hand on his shoulder.
Do you want to get out here?
For a moment, we linger on her smile.
FADE TO BLACK.