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PLEASE NOTE: THE WRITTEN PARTS OF THE STORY TAKE PLACE IN BETWEEN WHAT HAPPENS IN EACH VIDEO CLIP.
ONLY VIDEOS THAT HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITHIN THEM HAVE SOUND, THE REST ARE MUTE.
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IN THE THUMBNAIL FOR THE VIDEO BELOW, DAKOTA IS ON THE LEFT AND ELIAS IS ON THE RIGHT.

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EXT - HIGH SCHOOL QUAD - DAY

DAKOTA and ELIAS walk over to a rectangular picnic table where MARCO, ROBERTO, COREY, and KENNY and two other teammates are sitting.

KENNY
Damn, it makes my day when they serve up this circle pizza.

COREY
You good? I can barely finish this.
Fake ass pepperoni.

DAKOTA
Why you eatin’ it then?

COREY
You know I’m cheap as hell.

ELIAS
Can’t argue with that.

MARCO
Man, we work too hard at practice to be feeding our body these crappy lunches. Gotta get this A+ chicken sandwich.

ELIAS
Can’t afford those food carts everyday, man.

DAKOTA
It’s not that bad. I think it’s worth it.

COREY
Like, would you rather pay four bucks just to eat something slightly better than the free lunch?

DAKOTA
Slightly?! Your taste palette is non-existent.
That’s slightly better than prison food… maybe.  

KENNY
Anybody else notice the sky just got hella dark.

COREY
I’m just gonna throw this pizza out. I can’t.

ELIAS
I might just sprint down to Jimmy’s real quick and get a bagel.

It slowly starts to drizzle but quickly turns into pouring rain. They all run under the awning and it gets packed with everyone out on the Quad all scrunched together under the covered area. KENNY is on the edge of the barrier, taking his final bites of the pizza.

ELIAS
Hopefully practice gets cancelled today.

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EXT - TRAIN TRACKS - DUSK

DAKOTA and ELIAS walk alongside train tracks on the way home from school as it continues to drizzle.

DAKOTA
You bought tickets to that Tame Impala show on the 30th yet?

ELIAS
Yeah. I almost didn’t, but I couldn’t miss Currents live.

DAKOTA
(laughs) Nice. That venue’s pretty chill, too.

DAKOTA
Yeah, I had some money after I sold those Jordan’s I never wear.

DAKOTA
Word.

They continue walking in silence for a moment.

ELIAS
Bro, I think days should be like at least 30 hours long.

We don’t get enough time to do things outside of school.

DAKOTA
Yeah 30 wouldn’t be bad. I’d even be cool with like 27.

ELIAS
That wouldn’t be bad at all.

DAKOTA
Damn, COACH really made us practice in the rain again.

ELIAS
Man you know unless it was a thunderstorm he wouldn’t stop.
And even then, only ‘cause he wouldn’t wanna get sued.

DAKOTA
True story.

ELIAS
You saw KENNY’s cleats after he fell in the mud pit though?

DAKOTA
Oh man. Those are probably going in the trash…

ELIAS
Word. Speaking of trash…

You tryna go see that new Fast and Furious movie soon?

DAKOTA
(laughs) Nah, you know I only like French New Wave films.

ELIAS
Bro, the only movies I've ever seen you watch are the Transformers.

DAKOTA
Aye, the ones with Shia and Megan Fox are fire.

CUTS TO:

EXT - BASEBALL FIELD - DAY

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EXT - OUTFIELD - DAY

ELIAS is sitting in center field, changing into his chancletas. His iPhone and water bottle are also sitting in-between his legs. As he switches, DAKOTA walks over to him.

DAKOTA
Dude, look at this. MARCO just showed me.

DAKOTA reaches down to hand him the phone. It shows a YouTube clip of SANDERSON, the star athlete of their rivals East Palo Alto. He's standing with one of his teammates, LEONARD, on another baseball field after a game they've just finished. A local news reporter is also next to him, and she asks him a question.

REPORTER
Hey SANDERSON, congrats on the 5-2 win against Sacred Heart. I know we’re only into a few games into the season, but how are you feeling about the big rivalry game in a few weeks against Carlmont?

SANDERSON
I mean, you see we just handled Sacred Heart, last year’s champions. Dealing with a team led by those rookies DAKOTA and ELIAS… shouldn’t be a problem.

ELIAS and DAKOTA look at each other and start cracking up.

DAKOTA
What is he, a sophomore? Callin' us rookies..

ELIAS
I’m finna hit him up on Twitter right now and make this game a little more interesting.

DAKOTA
Word? Don’t forget his handle.

ELIAS
I can only imagine what it is...

DAKOTA
@therealSanderson

ELIAS
(laughs) Of course. What a tool.

DAKOTA
So what’s the bet gonna be?

ELIAS
Losers team has to jump into Lake Topango.

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EXT - PARK - NIGHT

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INT - TAQUERIA - NIGHT

DAKOTA orders some tacos while ELIAS gets a quesadilla. They sit down and wait for their order.

ELIAS
Feels so good to get out of those uniforms every day, man.
I mean, not always “uniforms” (makes an air quote gesture). But even the practice clothes feel like they’re own sort of uniform, you know?

DAKOTA
Yeah. I mean I don’t mind the gear too much. But it does always feel great to get out of them and take a shower and put on new shit.
Well, not “new” (makes air quote gesture) but “fresh.” (laughs)

ELIAS grabs a piece of DAKOTA’s shirt as he starts to comment.

ELIAS
I don’t know if I’d say it was “fresh” (he lets go of the shirt and makes one final air quotes gesture), but word.

They both laugh.

CUTS TO:

EXT - MARCO’S POOL - NIGHT

KENNY, MARCO, ROBERTO, COREY, and a few other players are about to attempt a seven-man pool dunk. There are several other friends of the team hanging out: JUNIOR, REMI, and MARIA.

MARCO starts with the basketball on the opposite end of the basket. He jumps in the pool, and in mid-air passes the ball to ROBERTO, who catches the ball and does a 360 spin while jumping in the pool. At the same time, he passes it to KENNY - who dives for the ball inside the pool and isn’t able to catch it. DAKOTA and ELIAS walk in as they see KENNY dive for the ball and fail.

MARCO
Ah, you fucked it up again.

DAKOTA
Yeah that was a terrible dive, man.

COREY
Ayeee look who’s here, the royal couple.

DAKOTA
Ayeee look it’s the benchwarmer.

COREY
Why you coming at me foul, bruh?

DAKOTA
Nah but for real, let me get KENNY’S part.
I think I can do that on the first try.

Some of the friends hanging out chip in on the conversation.

JUNIOR
Why are y’all even doing this. End up injured before the big game. The school would not let you live that down…

MARIA
Even COACH alone would never let you hear the end of it.

REM
Doesn’t matter if you’re on a team or not, this shit is dumb.
Crack your head open just for a few Vine loops.

KENNY
A few hundred thousand Vine loops.

ROBERTO
A FEW HUNDRED MILLION VINE LOOPS!!!!

COREY
That’s not even possible, man.

DAKOTA
Look, we’re not gonna get injured. This is over water, we’ll be aight. Y’all tryna do this or what?

They get ready in their positions to do it again. ELIAS sits down with KENNY on the side with the others.

KENNY
Everything I do, I gotta think “How does this affect baseball” -
it’s annoying man.

ELIAS
Bro. It’s ridiculous. All my life, especially the past few years.
I couldn’t even hit up a concert the other night because even though we didn’t have a game I was just so dead from practice all week and games last weekend that I couldn’t do it.

KENNY
Happens all the time. I just feel dead.

The boys try out the dunk but fail on the first try. They get ready to attempt it again.

MARIA
You guys did Ms. Ramano’s essay yet?

KENNY
Yeah, did it last night.

MARIA
Really? She just assigned it yesterday…

ELIAS
We’re actually lowkey some of the best students in school.

MARIA
Yeah, right. (laughs)

KENNY
Nah, seriously. COACH won’t let us play with anything less than a B.

ELIAS
In every class. We gotta stay on top of it.
But damn bro, that paper isn't due until Monday.

KENNY
I know, I just like my weekends to be free you know.
Sunday is my Netflix day after practice and games all week.

The boys doing the dunk start to try again but REMI yells out that the phone froze and wasn’t recording.

ELIAS
Bro, I don’t even have time for Netflix that much. I wish. Sunday is usually just with my fam and they like to be out the house.

MARIA
You guys see that email poll for the senior hoodie designs yet?
It’s like they got a fourth grader to design them.

ELIAS
(laughs) Word? Nah, not yet.

MARIA
They’re not final, it’s just mockups, but they need someone to --

All of a sudden the boys try the pool dunk again. MARCO passes it mid air to ROBERTO, who does his spin while jumping but the ball slips out of his hands as he falls into the water.

DAKOTA
Alright one more time, we got this.

CUTS TO:

EXT - HIGH SCHOOL - DAY

CUTS TO:

EXT - BASEBALL FIELD - AFTERNOON

The team is stretching on the field before they begin workouts. ELIAS is sitting on the grass in his usual spot, in center field, stretching his legs. COREY and DAKOTA are sitting to his right doing the same stretch. After a few minutes of stretching they get up and begin their conditioning workouts. ELIAS, DAKOTA, COREY, MARCO and ROBERTO stand next to each other in a line and begin to do suicides. After about seven repetitions, ELIAS starts to fall behind the group. He then stops after he finishes the lap, and catches his breath and looks around at everyone working out while wiping the sweat off of his forehead with his t-shirt. After about 30 seconds, when the group gets back to the line as they begin another lap, ELIAS joins back in, but does it at a much slower pace than his group. DAKOTA looks back and sees ELIAS behind speed, so he stops and starts to jog backwards. ELIAS looks at him and shakes his head with a smirk, and then starts to run faster than everyone.

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INT - ELIAS’ LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

ELIAS walks in the door of his house after the team has driven over to East Palo Alto to tease the other team before their big matchup soon in a couple games. He plops his bag of gear on the floor and collapses on the couch. He shuts his eyes for a few minutes and then turns on the TV. His sister, JEANETTE, and her friend, MICAELA, come down the stairs after a moment.

JEANETTE
How was practice?

ELIAS looks back and shrugs.

ELIAS
It was fine. The usual.

MICAELEA
You're just getting back now?

ELIAS
Yeah. We stayed a little extra.

JEANETTE
You got an away game tomorrow, right?

ELIAS
Yeah, Santa Cruz.

MICAELA
(looking down at phone) LEZ said she’ll meet us there.

JEANETTE
Alright we’re gonna dip to St. James. You probably gonna be knocked out by when I come back so I’ll see you tomorrow night after the game.

ELIAS
Alright. Save me a few onion rings if you guys get.

JEANETTE
Probably not but ok. Mom and Dad went to that spot on Camino.

The door shuts from JEANETTE and MICAELA leaving. ELIAS goes and checks the fridge for leftovers. His phone gets a notification from the team’s group iMessage. He opens it up and sees a meme of the crying Jordan face photoshopped over SANDERSON’s face. ELIAS shoots a “lmaooo” back. He’s about to put his phone down when he sees DAKOTA chip in with a comment. “First SC, then EPA 🙏” he writes.

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EXT - ELIAS’ ROOM - MORNING

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INT - COACH’S OFFICE, LOCKER ROOM - DAY

COACH is sitting at his desk, sipping coffee. The door is open. ELIAS knocks before entering.

COACH
ELIAS! Damn you look tired. I keep telling you guys to get your sleep. I know you need to stay up to watch Pretty Little Liars but you gotta turn the lights off after that and get some shut eye.

ELIAS
I knew I shouldn’t have tweeted about that…

COACH
But no, then you have to go online and go on forums and argue about what just happened in the show.

ELIAS
Alright, alright.  

COACH starts to get up and take a few steps over to a whiteboard on the side of his desk.

COACH
On a more serious note… I got some ideas after practice yesterday. Wanted to run them by you.

COACH looks at the board and starts to draw as he talks.

COACH
So I was thinking for today’s game that we move KRIS from left to third and then bring in MARCO from right to catcher. And then --

ELIAS
And then COREY to shortstop…

COACH
Huh? Where would you go?

ELIAS
Home.

COACH
Home plate? I didn’t know you wanted to catch.
OK sure why not, I’ll move MARCO to second instead and GARY to --

ELIAS
No. I mean like.. 4520 Oakhill Drive.

COACH looks down and his voice starts to trail off as he finishes what he was saying.

COACH
-- right field. And we have the shift on against WILLIAMS..

COACH puts the cap back on the marker slowly and goes back to his chair, which is turned the opposite direction of ELIAS from when he got up. He sits down, sitting with his back to him for a moment. They’re silent.

COACH
Can’t say I even saw the first two strikes.

ELIAS
It’s nothing on you.
I’m pretty good at hiding things, I guess.

COACH swivels back around in his chair to face ELIAS. He opens his mouth like he’s about to say something and then stops.

ELIAS
My bad that this is a surprise.
Just… can’t do it anymore.

COACH
But.. senior year? It’s two more months, kid.

ELIAS
You know, adults always tell you that high school is to be this magical time of your life and to fully enjoy it but then they also tell you - no offense - things like “sticking it out two more months.”

COACH
Adults give some good advice and some not so good advice, but one thing that’s undeniable is that everything has its ups and downs - even the stuff you love the most.

ELIAS
But then people push it too far and fall out of love. Which has already kinda happened with me. I don’t wanna completely lose my love for baseball. Everyone’s always too scared of losing what they know and seeing what else there is. I’m done waiting.

COACH
Hmm… damn.
I mean, I thought you guys were riled up for the EPA game at least.

ELIAS
It would’ve been cool to play and crush them..
But I really don’t care anymore.

COACH
You know, that’s a selfish attitude.

ELIAS
(laughs) I’ve only been staying on the team for the past year for my teammates. They’ve been my family. But sometimes you have to be “selfish” and do what’s right for you. And that’s what I’m doing.

ELIAS walks out and closes the door behind him.

He walks over to the baseball lockers and looks back at COACH’s door one time. He reaches into his locker and takes all his things and stuffs it in his backpack.

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EXT - KAREN'S CAFE - MORNING

CUTS TO:

EXT - FRONT OF HIGH SCHOOL - MORNING

DAKOTA is sitting in the back of the bus by the window. He’s on his phone choosing music for the ride to the game at the other school. He goes through a few different playlists but before he can decide on a song, the bus starts moving. DAKOTA is startled. He looks around confused. He puts his headphones around his neck and walks towards the front of the bus. He looks at the seats as he goes. ELIAS is known to have K.O’d early on the bus a few times, so maybe he had just picked a random seat and fell asleep. But there’s no sign of him. DAKOTA reaches the front, where COACH is sitting.

DAKOTA
Uhh, COACH..

COACH
Yeah I know, just go sit down.

DAKOTA
🤔

He looks around one last time as he walks back to his seat. DAKOTA sits down and pulls out his iPhone and checks the time. He puts his headphones on and looks through his limited offline music selection. He settles on Death Grips. He then opens up iMessage and sees that ELIAS never replied to his last text half an hour ago. “broski want me to scoop you some sunflower seeds for the game?” Too stubborn to send another text after being ignored, he closes the app.

Knowing they have a somewhat long drive to the opposing team’s school for the game, DAKOTA opens up his Snapchat and sees a Featured Story. “Kylie prepares to drop her R&B album before her North American tour.” DAKOTA shakes his head. He sees ELIAS updated his Story ten minutes ago. He opens the snap. The first one is a selfie in the car with the text reading “Coffee coffee coffee coffee” against a thin black bar. The next one is a video of him at Karen’s Cafe, which starts out on the line he’s waiting on and then quickly and comically zooms in on the donuts in the back behind the counter. The third one shows ELIAS from a first-person perspective get out of his car and starts walking. At the end of the clip, he pans up the camera and reveals a movie theater. The final one shows a poster of American Honey.

DAKOTA finishes watching the Story, confused. He opens up iMessage again and decides to hit up ELIAS now. He types out “wait you got a third strike on the dress code?” and is about to press send when he realizes that ELIAS is in the movie so probably won’t respond. He deletes the words, turns off his phone, and looks out the window.

CUTS TO:

EXT - SANTA CRUZ HIGH SCHOOL - DAY

The bleachers are packed with students and parents from the home team. Hardly anyone from Carlmont has made the hour trek down state from their turf up north. The home team runs in the field to start warmups and the crowd goes wild.

DAKOTA finishes stretching and heads into the dugout as the game is about to start. He takes some Big League Chew out of his bag and then takes a bat and takes a few steps over to the batter’s circle. He practices his swing. COREY, one of his teammate’s, walks over to COACH - who is at home plate talking with the umpire. DAKOTA can overhear the conversation.

COREY
Wait, COACH, um -

COACH
It’s right, don’t worry.

COREY
You mean I’m really starting?

COACH
That’s what it says, ain’t it?

COREY
Let’s goooooooooo.

COREY starts to sprint away. DAKOTA raises his eyebrow.

COACH
And get used to it.

COREY
Huh?

COACH
You heard me. Gonna be like this for the rest of the season.

DAKOTA lowers his bat and walks over to COACH, who has just started to walk out back to the dugout.

DAKOTA
Hey, whatever he did - I’m sure it’s not that serious, COACH.

COACH
Son, it wasn’t my decision..

DAKOTA
To what?

COACH
Quit.

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EXT - ELIAS’ BACKYARD - AFTERNOON

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INT - HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - NIGHT

ELIAS is sitting in the school’s large auditorium, which is packed for a Model UN event. He’s there to see his sister, JEANETTE, who’s part of the club. Her turn isn’t for another few minutes, so ELIAS is just sitting there waiting. He gets a text on his phone.

COREY
“Bro, you good?”

ELIAS sees the three iMessage bubbles continue COREY’s still writing.

COREY
“COACH told me you out for the rest of the year.. Not gonna lie, I was kinda hype. But also worried too you know, haha. You aight?”

ELIAS laughs and waits a second to reply, leaving some suspense.

ELIAS
“Hey Core, I’m… not doing… So well”

COREY
“😰”

ELIAS
“My leg man… Doc said I might not walk again”

All of a sudden, ELIAS’ phone lights up with a call from COREY. He steps outside of the auditorium. The call was already missed but COREY calls back again, right on cue. ELIAS answers and puts on a fake sick voice.

ELIAS
Hey man…

COREY
YO ARE YOU GOOD BRO WHAT THE HELL YOU MEAN YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO WALK AGAIN WHAT HOSPITAL YOU AT IMA COME THROUGH --

ELIAS
Uh.. it’s this one in Daly City. Had to see a special doctor.

COREY
Wait, what’s wrong with your voice though?
Thought it was your legs.

ELIAS
Oh, yeah they gave me these pills.. Got me a little loopy.

COREY
Ayeeeee. I see you.

ELIAS’ voice goes back to normal.

ELIAS
Nah man, I was just messin with you.
I’m actually fine.

COREY
Oh, no pills?

ELIAS
Nah, nothing at all. My legs are good money.

COREY
Bruh....

ELIAS
😂😂😂

COREY
Damn, you really had me.

ELIAS
My final prank as a team member.

ELIAS finishes the call and heads back into the auditorium, his sister is in the middle of her part.

JEANETTE
-- needs to decline to about 4.8 billion metric tons annually by 2025 if our country is to meet its pledges under the Paris accord, according to The New York Times.

BARRON (OPPONENT)
Yeah, but look at all the jobs being lost.
Do you want to keep seeing unemployment rise?
We have to walk a careful line of balancing this.
Our obligations fall to our citizens over other countries.

JEANETTE
Do I like to see people lose their jobs? Of course not.
But do you want to see our whole planet eliminated?

BARRON (OPPONENT)
Fine. Let’s say climate change is a real thing --

ELIAS gets a notification on his phone. It's a text message from COACH telling him not to forget to clear out his locker.

JEANETTE
-- this may be a debate, but whether “it’s real or not” is not what we're here to argue about. It's a fact.

BARRON (OPPONENT)
Whatever. I don't know what you're so paranoid about,
it's not like our government isn't helping out at all.
They just gave a billion in tax incentives to the solar industry.

JEANETTE
Yes, but that's going to be phased out between 2019 and 2022.

BARRON (OPPONENT)
Look, between this and automation - we're losing jobs left and right.
What is your solution then?

JEANETTE
We can still create jobs and be eco-conscious! Look at the gigantic Tesla factory expected to employ --

ELIAS looks at his phone and sees another text from COACH.

COACH
Nevermind, I see you already handled it.

A second message quickly comes in right after.

COACH
COREY wasn't quite prepared to take your spot. But if he turns out to be halfway a decent player as you.. at least on the field.. I'll take it. If you change your mind before the EPA game, just say the word.

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INT - DINER - NIGHT

ELIAS and his sister JEANETTE drive to their local diner after the event. They sit in a corner booth, which has the only working jukebox still left in the restaurant. They put on “Hey Ya!” By Outkast.

ELIAS
That part in the debate right before you went up - talking about the cows and the methane levels - that was wild…

JEANETTE
It’s so messed up.

ELIAS
It got me thinking… I think I’m gonna finally go vegan.

JEANETTE
Yeah, right.

ELIAS
Nah, seriously. Between that talk and this scene I saw in American Honey, I’m really over it.

JEANETTE
I wish I believed you.

ELIAS
They gotta add that new Beiber to the jukebox.

The waitress walks up to the table, with a note pad and a pen ready to write in the order.

WAITRESS
Evening, kids.

JEANETTE
Hi! I’ll have a double stack of chocolate chip pancakes with berries.

WAITRESS
Ew.

JEANETTE
What?

WAITRESS
Anything else?

JEANETTE
Um.. some water. Ice. No lemons.

ELIAS
I’ll take the caesar salad.

WAITRESS
Ok great, thanks. I’ll be back your drinks.

JEANETTE
Damn, you really growing up.

ELIAS
I gotta piss though, I’ll be right back.

ELIAS walks over to the bathroom. JEANETTE takes her phone out and sees a text notification. On the way to the bathroom, ELIAS talks with the WAITRESS briefly.

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EXT - REDWOOD CITY BOARDWALK - NIGHT

The baseball team decided to go to the boardwalk for a couple hours that night, a tradition following afternoon games. DAKOTA is playing High Striker, using his frustration as strength to try to hit the base hard enough to ring the bell and win the prize - or really just to get his anger out. The team lost against Santa Cruz, blowing a lead in the 5th when a grounder went through COREY’s legs (who was, admittedly, nervous) when there were men on second and third. Santa Cruz went on to score three more that inning and Carlmont never had the strength to come back.

Some of the team comes over and ROBERTO offers DAKOTA a piece of their funnel cake.

COREY
Bro, wanna get in on this go kart race?
We need a fifth for this round.

DAKOTA’s silent for a second. He takes one last big swing at the game and puts the hammer down.

DAKOTA
Yeah, let’s go.

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INT - DINER - NIGHT

ELIAS comes back from the bathroom. JEANETTE’s already put her phone down on the table and is looking through the jukebox again.

ELIAS
You tryna make it back in time to finallyyy watch another episode of The Wire?

JEANETTE
I’m not sure if I’m gonna crash right away after this meal and the event, but maybe.

ELIAS
Cool. Did you notice that one kid representing… I think it was Germany… he looked like Bodie.

JEANETTE
Yooooooooo! Oh my god I thought the same.

ELIAS
(laughs)
So how’d you think it went by the way?
Like your part..

The WAITRESS brings over the water’s.

JEANETTE
Um, it was pretty good.
I was happy with how I did.

ELIAS
Word, I thought it was solid.

JEANETTE
The only thing is like.. even though I know it’s fake in a sense, in terms of people HAVING to stick to a certain stance / position, I still sometimes get so annoyed that people can be so blind to some of the most basic issues. Like how anyone can deny climate change and want to continue destroy our Earth is beyond me…

ELIAS
I know you just said it yourself, but remember that he was just saying a position. He might actually believe it’s real like you, but there are people that don’t - so he’s just representing them.

JEANETTE
I know, I’m the one in Model UN. It just gets annoying.

ELIAS
Isn’t that kinda the point? To fight about everything?

JEANETTE
Not exactly.. But touché.

ELIAS
Well if we don’t watch The Wire tonight, I’m gonna have a lot of time to now…

JEANETTE
Huh? You still got two months, boy. Nice try.

ELIAS
You ever get tired of being on Model UN?

Like having that commitment and having to be around the same people all the time?

JEANETTE
Eh, not really. Sometimes they get annoying but overall I like it. Pushes me to be more on top of my shit.

ELIAS
Word.

JEANETTE
And I want to be up to date and knowledgeable on everything going on anyway, so it’s a good excuse for me to not slack.

ELIAS mumbles something as he looks away.

JEANETTE
What?

ELIAS
I.. quit today.

JEANETTE
The team? Did you even go on the bus to Santa Cruz?

ELIAS
Nah.

JEANETTE
Wow. I did think it was kinda weird that you were back so early from it but I thought maybe it had been one of those --

The WAITRESS brings their food over and sets it down. She hands ELIAS a cheeseburger with tons of toppings on it.

JEANETTE
(laughs) Of course you switched it to the burger.
Um, but yeah one really early morning games.
I swear I heard the door close from your room a few times at the usual marks, too? And you were gone when I woke up.

ELIAS
Yeah, that was just to talk to COACH.

JEANETTE
Oh damn.

ELIAS
That was a fun conversation.

JEANETTE
(laughs) I bet he was thrilled to lose one of his captains.
The week before the big rivalry, too.

ELIAS
Oh yeah, he loved it…
Funny thing, that wasn’t even the hardest conversation I had today.

JEANETTE
Lemme guess: DAKOTA.

ELIAS
Bingo.

JEANETTE
Damn. He didn’t take it well I assume?

ELIAS
Let’s just say I’m gonna have to find a new ride to school.

JEANETTE
Damn, so no more of the morning Snapchat post’s from DAKOTA of you dancing on the way to the car. That might be the biggest loss of all…

ELIAS
(laughs) Yeah, probably not.

JEANETTE
Slow ass bus, here you come.

ELIAS
Word. He’s pretty annoyed.
Doesn’t really understand.

ELIAS starts to look at his phone, while they continue to talk, to check his last text with DAKOTA.

JEANETTE
Not sure I do either.

ELIAS
I don't know.

While checking his phone, ELIAS notices he's been removed from the team's group iMessage thread.

ELIAS
I just kinda felt it in my stomach.