INT. THE TWINS' BEDROOM - MINUTES LATER
Emily bursts in through the door and flops down on her bed.
Joanie is on the window seat, reading.
I'm going to the prom with David!
Joanie puts down her book.
David asked you to the prom, how
did that happen? He's been
walking on egg shells around you
since the now infamous mistletoe
Well, he didn't exactly ask me
out. I just put it out there that
I needed a date for the Prom, and
Kyle was very snotty about
telling me he had better taste.
I'll bet he was. Then what did
He said he couldn't dance, and I
said that I would teach him.
Well, good luck with that.
Have you got a date for the prom?
Joanie picks up her book and pretends to read.
Joanie, I said..
I know, I heard you.
No... I guess not...not anymore...
Emily walks over to the window seat and kneels beside it.
she takes the book away from Joanie.
What's up with you Jo Jo?
You've been secretive and jumpy
for the last month. You don't
talk to me anymore, about
anything. We used to tell each
other everything. You sneak off
right after school, and I don't
know where you've gone. You show
up at home hours later and you
won't tell us where you've been.
Did you get involved with drugs
after we promised we wouldn't?
I hope you don't really think I'm
that stupid. No, I'm not doing
drugs! I'll swear on a bible if
That won't be necessary, I believe you. Just tell me what is
I..I can't.. I was so stupid.
People have always thought that I
was the smart twin.. the good
twin.. nobody knew, not even
you.. that I was the jealous
What are you you talking about Jo
Jo? You're not making sense.
Joanie puts her feet up on the seat and huddles defensively
into the cardigan that she has worn for two days.
Never mind, just leave me alone.
Why don't you go shopping for a
perfect prom dress, to impress
your perfect boyfriend. Then you
can have the most perfect night
of your perfect life at your very
own perfect prom!
Joanie bursts into tears and tries to climb over her sister
to get away. Emily grabs the cardigan, and it falls off
Joanie's shoulders. A hideous purple bruise is revealed on
the inside of her arm, from the elbow to the shoulder.
Oh my God, what happened to you?
You are not leaving this room
until you tell me absolutely
She sits Joanie back down on the window seat, and hugs her,
being careful to avoid the inside of her arm. Joanie is
sobbing bitterly. Emily waits until the storm subsides.
What happened to your arm?
Joanie wiped her eyes with the tissues Emily gave her, and
gave a great sigh of resignation.
I've been seeing Jeff pike.
Are you crazy? That guy is a
You dated him for six months.
I only started dating Jeff because
David didn't seem to be
interested, so I wanted to make
him jealous. It wasn't working,
so I tried to break up after a
month. Jeff just wouldn't take no
for an answer. He wouldn't leave
me alone.I finally got rid of him
by threatening to get a
restraining order put on him.I
told you all this at the time,
weren't you listening?
I was, but Jeff had always been
nice to me, polite and
flattering. I just wanted to go
to my senior prom. I didn't go to
the junior prom, because nobody
asked me. You turned down three
boys before you chose one. Nobody
sees me,only you. We look alike,
but everyone makes a big fuss
over you, and I might as well be
invisible. I'm so jealous of you
sometimes, that I actually hate
People notice me because I make
them. I'm right in their faces.
You're shy, you keep your head
down when you walk. no one can
see how beautiful you are.
Besides, you're not invisible.
You've got lots of friends, more
than I do, that's for sure.
Yeah, but they're mostly girls.
What good is that going to do me?
I needed a date for the prom, and
Jeff asked me. I said yes. I was
going to go home and tell you,
but Jeff didn't want me to.
I'm interested in hearing his
He said that there was bad blood
between the two of you.You
completely misunderstood him. He
cared about you, but you were
just using him to make David
jealous. I knew that part was
true. I never did think that was
being fair to Jeff. I told you so
at the time.
I know you did, and I admit that
it was wrong. After one month I
tried to break up with him, and
he wouldn't let me. I told him
that I wasn't the girl for him,
and that I was interested in
someone else. He still wouldn't
let me go.
I know you told me all that, and I
believed you, but I just wanted a
boyfriend. I knew he wasn't
perfect, but he was nice to me
and took me to the movies. For
the first three weeks he accepted
it when I said no. After that, he
started putting his hands all
over me, and I didn't like it.
How did you deal with it?
I pushed him away. I only dated
him for five weeks. I broke up
with him two days ago. We were in
the equipment shed at the school.
We used to meet there after class
just to talk and kiss. I never let
him go any further than that.
Joanie, what were you thinking?
That shed is way at the other end
of the football field. You were
I know, but Jeff isn't much bigger
than me. Pushing him away had
always worked before.He had never
forced me, but when I told him I
didn't want to date him anymore,
he went ballistic!
Joanie is becoming more and more agitated. She gets up off
the window seat and paces the room.
He grabbed me from behind when I
went to the door. I was taken by
surprise, and I didn't have a
chance to fight back. He held my
arms and kneed me in the back of
my knees. My legs buckled, and
he..he ..pu.. pushed me on the
Joanie is now face down on her bed. She weeps uncontrollably
into her pillow. Emily rubs her neck, tries but fails to
comfort. At last, Joanie sits up and wipes her face with
the damp washcloth that Emily has brought her.
I rolled away, but he pinned me on
my back. He knelt on my arms and
sat on my stomach.
Emily sits on the bed with her twin and holds her while she
forces herself to tell the rest of the ordeal.
He tried to rip my blouse off, but
I spit in his face. He jerked back
and one knee fell off my arm. I
pushed him away and kneed him
good in the groin. As I ran out
the door, he shouted that it was
my word against his.
Why didn' you tell dad? You can
have him arrested. You should
have showed dad that bruise.
I can't prove anything. Jeff will
just say that he didn't do it.
He'll say that I led him on, that
I wanted it. The fact that I
wasn't actually raped will give
him the advantage. He'll say that
he never even touched me.
Since there were no witnesses, I
guess it really is your word
against his. That doesn't mean
that he's going to get away with
it though. We're going to tell
David and Kyle. I'm sure they can
come up with some legal way of
making sure that Jeff leaves you
I'm afraid they might do something
that will get them put in prison.
David and Kyle are big guys. Jeff
is a wimp. They could pulverize
him in seconds.
They're both trained to keep their
tempers under control. They are
bound to run into situations
where keeping their temper is
going to keep them alive.The guys
are still over on David's deck, so
I'm going to march you over there