The Twins

INT. THE TWINS' BEDROOM - DAY

               June 1968 - the girls are 15, Kyle is 17.

               The girls are sitting on a deep window seat, sharing a hand
               rolled cigarette. The window is wide open. They blow their
               smoke out the window. The door slams open and Kyle comes
               storming through it.

                                          KYLE

               (shouting)

               Are you girls crazy? I can smell marijuana all the way out
               in the hall! I can't believe you're using drugs in this
               house! Dad is a cop. He busts junkies all the time! What do
               you think that's going to do to his career if drugs are
               found in his house?

                                          EMILY
                              Mom and dad won't be back from
                              Toronto for two more days. There
                              won't be any trace of it when
                              they get home. They'll never
                              know.

                                          KYLE
                              They will if I tell them. Both of
                              you will be grounded for life.
                              Dad might even be forced to bust
                              the two of you for possession.

               The girls glare at their brother. Joanie defiantly takes a
               deep drag of the joint and blows a smoke ring.

                                          JOANIE
                              Dad won't bust us. He won't
                              believe you anyway.

                                          KYLE
                                     (coldly)
                              Are you willing to bet on that?

               Kyle strides purposely across the room and takes the
               cigarette out of Joanie's hand. He puts it out in a can of
               root beer that he had carried into the room with him.

                                          KYLE
                              David is not going to be impressed
                              with this, Emily.

               That gets her attention. concerned, she gets up off the
               window seat.

                                          EMILY
                                     (appalled)
                              What would he think of me? he
                              hates drugs! You can't tell him,
                              promise you won't tell him!

                                          KYLE
                              I won't promise anything unless
                              you promise to quit messing with
                              drugs.

                                          EMILY
                              I promise, I promise! We only
                              tried it because some guy at
                              school gave it to us for free.
                              I'll never do it again. It didn't
                              even make me happy or anything,
                              just a little dizzy. Please don't
                              tell David!

                                          KYLE
                              Joanie, do you promise?

                                          JOANIE
                              I don't care if you tell David.
                                     (smirking)

               Emily laughs, Kyle is visibly surprised.

                                          KYLE
                              This isn't like you at all,
                              Joanie. You're usually the one
                              that obeys all the rules. The
                              weed must be making you bold,
                              unreasonable.

               Joanie sits up on the window seat, hugging her knees, still
               defiant.

                                          JOANIE
                              I don't care what you think.

                                          KYLE
                              Maybe not, but you'll care what
                              mom and dad think when I tell
                              them what you've been up to.

               Joanie is finally affected by Kyle's threats.

                                          JOANIE
                              You can't tell them! I've been
                              asked to my very first dance next
                              weekend, and I can't go if I'm
                              grounded!

                                          KYLE
                              Then promise that you'll stay away
                              from drugs.

                                          JOANIE
                              Fine. I promise. I don't like the
                              taste and it only makes me cough,
                              anyway.

                                          KYLE
                              Good. I believe you for now, but
                              I'll be watching you both. You
                              better not do something this
                              stupid ever again!

The End

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