1. 1 INT. LIVING ROOM - MORNING A girl is sitting on her couch in her living room. Around her are tissues, it seems she's been crying. In front of her sits her phone on the table. CARTER *Sighs* Alright. She picks up the phone and turns it on. CARTER Let's do this. I can do this. She clicks some icons and types in a phone number. The tone rings, it continues to ring and goes to voicemail. The voicemail message plays and the tone dial ring goes off. Hey. CARTER She hesitates. CARTER It's me. I know that you weren't expecting this. I wasn't either. I didn't plan on calling but I had to tell you before it was too late. She frowns and deletes the message. Frustrated, she throws down the phone and collapses back onto the couch. CARTER C'mon. This is dumb. I should be able to do this. She sits back up and grabs the phone again off the floor. She dials the same number and waits as it rings again. She sighs again. CARTER Ok hey again. Or not again. because I didn't send my last mess- ok not relevant. It's Carter. I'm calling because I really needed to talk to you. I just couldn't do it in person. It wouldn't be good for either of us. But I know that I need to tell you this. We've know each other a long time, well you know that but, I feel like I can tell you 1 2. this. You're really important to me and I didn't wantThe message cuts off. Crap. CARTER She puts down the phone back onto the table. She stares at the phone for a moment before getting up. CARTER I can't do this right now. She walks over to her kitchen and opens the refrigerator. She pushes aside some cartons and tupperware and pulls out a leftover soup tub. She takes off the cap and pours it into a bowl. She opens the microwave and slides the bowl in. She pushes in one minute and presses the start button. She leans back on the counter as she waits for the soup to cook. She pushes the open button and takes the soup out. She brings it over to the table and puts it down. She walks back and rummages through the drawers for a spoon. She finds one and goes back and sits down in front of the soup. She begins to eat slowly. CUT TO: 2 INT. KITCHEN - LATER THAT DAY She gets up with a now empty bowl and walks over to the sink. She puts it in and turns on the faucet. She doesn't wash the bowl. She walks back to the living room and takes a seat back on the couch. She stares at the phone. She groans and throws back and stomps her feet. CARTER How am I supposed to do this. She sits up abruptly. She grabs the phone off the table and makes another call. It rings twice before someone answers. It's a woman's voice. Hello? MOM CARTER Hey! It's me. I need help. MOM 2 3. Carter? What's wrong? Did something happen? CARTER No. No, nothing happened mom, I just wanted to ask for advice. MOM Oh thank god, well what did you want to talk about? CARTER Well. Here's the thing. CUT TO: 3 INT. LIVING ROOM - NOON Carter hangs up the phone call with her mom. CARTER Well that didn't help at all. She's still holding the phone and she hesitate for a moment before dialing and waiting for the ringing. It goes to voicemail again and she closes her eyes in relief. Hey! CARTER She cringes at her over enthusiasm. CARTER How are you? I know I don't call as often as I should. She has a 'wtf' moment and hangs up the phone again. CARTER Ok, ok, ok? I can do this? That's what you said earlier. Shut up. She picks up the phone yet again. It rings, and goes to voicemail. CARTER Justin? Hey you must not be by your phone right now, but you never are what did I expect. She uncomfortably chuckles. CARTER 3 4. I know I don't really ever call you, but this one's important. I figured you deserved more than a text. She leans back and puts her feet up on the table. She knocks over a cup of water. Shit! CARTER She pulls back her leg, throws off her blanket and scrambles to pick up the cup. She looks at the puddle of water on the floor and stands up. She walks over to her kitchen and puts down the cup on the counter, grabbing the roll of paper towels and walking back. She leans down and rips a paper towel to wipe up the water. As she finishes she stands back up, and walks back to the kitchen, throwing away the used paper towel and putting the roll back in it's place. She walks back into the living room and lays down on the couch. She pulls the blanket over her body and grabs the tv remote. She turns it on and goes to Netflix. She begins to watch television. Every once in a while she glances at her phone, guiltily. She falls asleep. FADE OUT. FADE IN: 4 INT. LIVING ROOM - LATE AFTERNOON Carter is lying on her couch in a sleep. She stirs around. She stills before rolling over and haphazardly reaching for her phone on the table. It turns on and she looks at the time. She's startled. She sits up abruptly. CARTER Oh crap. Crap. Crap. Not good. How did you fall asleep you idiot. She smacks her head and groans. CARTER That was a mistake. She opens her laptop and makes a FaceTime call. It rings and someone answers on the other end. 4 5. CARTER Hey Oliver. OLIVER Hey Carter, what's up? CARTER Ok I'm in a bit of a pickle and I need some directional help. OLIVER My area of expertise. Shoot. CARTER I'm trying to figure out what I'm supposed to say in my voicemail for Justin. Oh. Yeah. Oh. OLIVER CARTER OLIVER Well that shouldn't be too hard. CARTER Exactly what my mom said and completely untrue. OLIVER Well what do you have so far? CARTER Well listen to some of my previous voicemails. She plays her previous messages. Oliver makes confused faces on the screen. OLIVER What the hell? What is wrong with you? CARTER I know! I mean they're not awful but I don't know I get nervous and then stop. I don't know what to do! OLIVER Not awful? Why would you consider sending any of those? And to Justin of all people? Are you a monster? 6. CARTER Well...I didn't think they were that bad... OLIVER Ok scrap every thought you have in your head right now. Ok. CARTER OLIVER I will write you a message and all you have to do is read it. CARTER Perfect. I knew I could count on you. OLIVER How are you even managing to live right now? CUT TO: 5 INT. LIVING ROOM - LATER THAT EVENING CARTER Are you sure this will work? It seems, impersonal. OLIVER Don't make this any worse. Just listen to me. Have I ever lead you astray? CARTER I mean I guess not...I just don't want to hurt his feelings. OLIVER Hurt his feelings? Carter he does not give a shit about what you do. CARTER That hurts. She looks down sadly. OLIVER It's the truth though. Just read the script I sent you. 5 7. CARTER Ok. You're sure this gets the message across? OLIVER Completely. She sighs. FADE OUT. Black screen. Audio comes in. She says this solemnly. CARTER Hey Justin. It's me. Carter... She pauses. Her tone of voice changes, it's more upbeat. CARTER I just wanted to call and let you know that I won't be coming into work tomorrow. I have a cold. I'll see you Friday!