Temca Academy, Part 14

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:
(reads)
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.
(stops reading)
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 jump rope.

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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