INT. JON’S ROOM – 5:40AM
Saturday morning, JON, a senior in high school, wakes up to the annoying beeping sound of the alarm he set up the night before. He slams his hand on the alarm clock and lazily gets out of bed, dragging his feet across his small room to his closet. He doesn’t have very many clothes. Sluggishly, he puts on a neon green store uniform. He then grabs his phone off the desk by his bed, where his homework is neglectfully scattered across. Every paper has an “F” circled in red ink on it.
INT. LIVING ROOM – 5:46AM
JON runs down the stairs once he is dressed, but stops at the bottom, seeing his mom sleeping on their disheveled couch. She is still in her work clothes.
She came home late again…
INT. TOMMY’S ROOM – 5:47AM
JON walks back upstairs into his little brother TOMMY’S messy room where he is sleeping. JON sat down at the foot of his bed and carefully shakes TOMMY awake.
It’s time to get up, bud.
TOMMY rubs his eyes, yawning. TOMMY turned to his side with his back facing JON.
Is Mom sleeping on the couch again?
Yeah…she had to work late last night. I’ll have to make breakfast early because me and her both have work today, and I don’t want to wake her up.
Annoyed, TOMMY didn’t say anything and just laid motionless in his bed.
But—uhm—hey…at least that means we get to eat whatever we want. Like, we can do something stupid like mix all the cereal together into one box—or, maybe we could steal some of Mom’s candy—she’ll never know. We can eat until our stomachs ache! Whattaya say, bud?
TOMMY giggled faintly and turned a bit towards JON.
No…I don’t want to steal from Mom. I wish she would eat breakfast with us. I miss her. It’s so unfair…I hate her job!
TOMMY became angry.
I know, I know, me too…but, you know me and Mom have to work. If either of us didn’t, we wouldn’t be happy. We wouldn’t have anything. It just…has to be this way—at least until I graduate high school. Maybe then we can—
JON stopped himself, not wanting to upset TOMMY anymore or make him a promise he can’t be sure he can keep. There is an awkward silence before JON finally speaks.
Uhm, do you want me to make pancakes?
At the mention of pancakes, TOMMY’S ears seemed to perk up. He sat up and eagerly shook his head in agreement.
EXT. OUTSIDE OF HOUSE – 6AM
After eating breakfast with TOMMY, JON opens the door to a beaten-up red truck. The cheap paint job has chips and scuff marks that only come with age. He places his phone in a cup holder and his coffee mug in the other, starts the car, and pulls out of his Mom’s driveway. He blows on his coffee before he takes a sip.
Close up on coffee brand logo.
INT. MOM’S TRUCK – 6AM
As JON is driving to “Generic Store” for work, he fiddles with the radio, flipping through the stations to find something he likes. He doesn’t find anything because we don’t have the rights to play anything. Instead, he just aimlessly taps his fingers on the wheel as he drives.
Suddenly, his phone rings.
JON picks up his phone, looking to see who it is, and answers it once he sees that it’s his boss.
Mornin’, Jonny. How are ya?
JON was confused as to why his boss is calling him while he is on his way to work.
I’m fine, I’m on my way now…and you?
Good, good—I’m doing good. Listen, kiddo, I have some bad news. Now, this is nothing personal, but—I don’t think you’re dumb. I’ll just get to the point. I’m firing you.
Close up of JON’S confused face.
Wait…what? Are you serious? Why? What did I do?
Nothin’ personal, Jonny. You’re a fine employee, but times are tough these days. Can’t win em’ all. Oh, ‘ang, sorry—I have to go. Have a nice day.
Boss hangs up.
Uhh…what just happened?
Out of frustration, JON throws his phone down on the passenger seat and turns his truck around to go back home.
JON then suddenly makes another sharp turn and continues to go to “Generic Store.” JON speeds up the truck slightly. Insert shot of truck driving down the street.
He…he can’t just do that! I need this job! I need to get it back!
EXT. GENERIC STORE PARKING LOT: FRONT OF STORE – 6:16AM
JON pulls into the parking lot and steps out of the truck. The parking lot is empty.
Wide shot of empty store parking lot.
JON angrily makes his way to the door, but it is boarded up. There is yellow caution tape everywhere.
Close up on items in the store windows.
JON looks around for someone or something—anything that could give him a clue as to what happened.
Then, JON sees smoke coming from inside the store.
Fade out to black after shot of JON’S concerned face.