SCENE opens on Kris, a shy 18-year-old girl, as her car slowly creeps to a stop in a corner of her school’s parking lot. A box of homemade cookies sits wrapped up on the passenger seat beside her. The nerdy teenager sinks down in her chair, trying to avoid students as they pass. She is waiting for the bell to ring before getting out because she doesn’t want anyone to see her. When it does, the girl breathes a sigh of relief and slowly gets out of her car. She grabs the cookies, nearly dropping them, and walks towards the door with her head down. Alex, another student in her class, quietly enters the frame and runs up to her, offering to carry her things. She looks timidly at him before handing over the box and her books. But just as he takes them, another student named Derek comes flying in and knocks the stuff over. He laughs hysterically and makes fun of Alex for being nice to the nerd. In a panic, Kris bends over to pick everything up when Derek hikes up her skirt and starts to tease her about her ‘granny panties.’ Even Alex starts laughing. The boys run inside and leave Kris cowering over her mess. She picks up a cookie and starts to cry before slowly becoming expressionless and turning to stare at the door. She crumbles the cookie in her hand.
March 20, 2018