Temca Academy, Part 17

INT. CAFETERIA. NOON.

Anielle joins Toci, George, and Joshua at a table. She notices an advertisement on the table. She picks it up and reads it.

ANIELLE:

“Methods of Coping with Fear and

Anxiety. Guest lecturer, Doctor

Ashanti Zink, tells us how to

conquer our fears. Don’t lose

hope! This Wednesday at seven p.m.”

They’re worried more people will

drop out.

TOCI:

We should go. The other two fear

mongers might be there.

ANIELLE:

Yeah, to see if these tips will

be helpful. Textbook answers usually

don’t seem to help. What we need

is counter their fears with good

times. Remember how agonized Ebony

was with everyone having so much fun?

GEORGE:

(bitterly)

She should’ve followed you back to the

game.

TOCI:

Let it go! It could’ve happened

to anyone!

JOSHUA:

No, it wouldn’t You were the only

one who was scared. Well, there

was that one weird girl who thought

a volcano was exploding.

ANIELLE:

I don’t get it. You’ve faced all

kinds monsters, but you break down

when it starts raining cotton balls…?

GEORGE:

Hey! They have a really weird

texture and it makes that horrible

crunchy sound! I can’t stand it!

No one knows what to say. After a moment, Joshua bursts out laughing.

TOCI:

Be nice! Any one of us could

be attacked by our biggest fears!

JOSHUA:

Yes, and anyone could trip over

a little girl’s doll trying to

run away from the evil cotton balls!

Anielle starts to laugh too. Even Toci stifles her laughs.

GEORGE:

Well, what are you afraid of?

JOSHUA:

(sarcastically)

Fuzzy little kittens-their fur

reminds me of cotton balls!

Joshua laughs, and George throws a piece of food at him.

GEORGE:

Come on, seriously.

JOSHUA:

I don’t wanna say. I don’t

wanna jinx our luck.

ANIELLE:

Luck? What luck? We haven’t

gotten lucky at all this

semester!

Toci and George start to object.

ANIELLE:

Oh, you know what I mean.

(beat)

Wait! Ebony left the game,

but a fear thing still happened.

That means one of the two other

fear mongers was also at the game!

They must’ve been close to that

girl who dropped the doll.

Joshua snickers.

TOCI:

Don’t worry; I’m sure his jokes

will get old after a while.

JOSHUA:

I will never get bored of that!

GEORGE:

You’re mean to me when you’re

sober!

ANIELLE:

Are you suggesting that he

starts drinking again so he

can be mean to me again?

GEORGE:

That would be great.

Anielle throws a piece of food at him. The four laugh.

 

INT. LECTURE HALL. NIGHT.

The four attend the fear lecture, located in a lecture hall above the cafeteria. A decent amount of people attend. The four look around for anyone suspicious. ASHANTI (a middle aged, African-American psychologist) walks into the room.

ASHANTI:

Good evening. The school has

asked me to help boost morale.

Fear and anxiety seem to be

rampant. One of the best ways

is to talk it out. Your school

has some excellent councilors.

Actually, one of our councilors,

Kristof Darkin, is with us tonight.

He wants to meet you all.

A man in the front row turns around to reveal KRISTOF (an Eastern-European man with oily, slicked back hair, devious eyes, and sallow skin). Kristof smiles mischieviously. The four eye him suspiciously. Ashanti continues her lecture.

 

INT. CAFETERIA. NIGHT.

Everyone is leaving the lecture hall. The four come out discussing the lecture.

JOSHUA:

That was a waste of time! She

told us ways to relieve stress,

but she didn’t say anything on

how to conquer fear.

ANIELLE:

Which is why we’re gonna show

people how to forget their fears

and have a good time. Any ideas?

TOCI:

Well, we can throw some wicked

parties at the Dog House. Maybe

we can also hire a comedian.

JOSHUA:

We could hand out cotton balls and

have them throw them at George!

GEORGE:

I can’t wait to find out your fear!

I’ll never stop teasing you!

ANIELLE:

You both are being counterproductive.

Out of seemingly nowhere, Kristof comes over and rests his icy hands on George and Toci’s shoulders.

KRISTOF:

You really ought to go to your

dorms. This building gets scary

when it’s empty.

He laughs mischievously and leaves.

TOCI:

He’s creepy. But totally right.

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