INT. STUDIO APARTMENT – DAY

Skate talks on the phone while sitting at an art table. The tiny room is full of neatly organized shelves of comics, the walls covered in posters, half hip-hop, half comics.

SKATE
The Whale at eight. I’ll be there.

Skate hears a KNOCK at the door.

SKATE
No, I don’t need any money.
Someone’s at the door, bro. See
you tonight.

Skate puts down the phone and opens the door. It’s Felix holding Skate’s portfolio.

SKATE
Felix. What’s up, man?

Felix sulks into the room.

FELIX
I tried, Skate. I can’t write. I
don’t know if I can-

Skate gives Felix a big, awkward hug. Felix is uncomfortable.

SKATE
(holding Felix)
You must’ve been going through some
serious pain, man. I felt it,
Felix. I felt your pain.

FELIX
So…you liked it?

SKATE
Aw, hell no. Stopped reading
halfway through. The art wasn’t
bad, though.

Felix pulls away from Skate.

SKATE
You should do some variant covers
for Pendragon. The fan boys would
love that.

FELIX
There weren’t any scenes that stood
out?

Skate sees the look of despair in Felix’s eyes. He picks up the graphic novel and casually flips through it.

SKATE
Hmm…your chick was a hotty. I’d
feel like shit if I lost a piece
like that my own damn self.
Skate finds a particular page.

SKATE
You know what part I did like?
Right here. The part where you made
a case for working things out.

FELIX
Was this before the first break-up
or the second?

SKATE
There was a second break up? Dude.

FELIX
Let me see.

Skate hands Felix the graphic novel open to a specific page.

ON PAGE
An inked establishing shot of an elementary school at dismissal.

ANIMATED FLASHBACK

EXT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – DAY

Faith hands a plastic bag of soiled clothes to a SOCCER MOM. ROBBIE, 5, stands next to the mom, wearing a winter coat and shorts.

FAITH
I’m sorry we only had shorts.

SOCCER MOM
No worries. I’ll send a spare pair
of jeans in with him tomorrow.

ROBBIE
Bye, Ms. Robbins.

Faith waves goodbye as they walk away.

FAITH
(to herself)
Hope I don’t have to wipe your ass
again tomorrow.

INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – FAITH’S CLASSROOM

Faith enters. It’s a large, well-decorated kindergarten classroom. Faith picks up the eraser, about to erase the chalkboard, when she sees-

ON CHALKBOARD
“10 Reasons You Can’t Leave Me
1.) Stan Lee deserves two parents.
2.) My family loves you, yours tolerates me.
3.) You’ve turned me into a spooner.
4.) The sex. (Come on.)
5.) My addiction to your macaroni.
6.) The ring fund. (Five percent there!)
7.) The apartment will go to shit without you.
8.) So will I.
9.) I used to make you happy.
10.) I love you.”

Faith scans the list, then turns around.

Sitting Indian style on a rug in a corner of the room is Felix. He’s half-playing with a couple of action figures. Faith walks over to him.

FAITH
What are you doing here, Felix?

FELIX
Will you sit?

Faith sits on the rug next to him. He puts down the action figures.

FELIX
I’ve been thinking about everything you’ve been saying. How we’re not connecting like we used to.

FAITH
Yes.

FELIX
How it seems like the spark is gone.

FAITH
Uh-huh.

Felix struggles to find the next words.

FAITH
And?

FELIX
I Googled it.

FAITH
Googled what?

FELIX
Losing spark. Not connecting like
used to.
(hopeful)
And I found out that what we’re
going through is perfectly normal
in long term relationships. We’re
just in a rut.

Faith picks up a princess doll, and fidgets with it.

FAITH
What if it’s more than that? What
if-

FELIX
We’ve gotten too comfortable since
moving in together. You’ve walked
in on me on the can, and I’ve
bought your tampons. You’ve been
working hard at school, and I’ve
been killing myself with the comic.
There are your spark killers.

Faith stops playing with the doll and tosses it into the toy
box.

FELIX
We just need to try a little
harder. Focus on each other.

FAITH
But what if-

FELIX
We can work through this, baby! If
anyone can, we can. It might take a
little time and effort, but if you
still love me, if you still love
us…we’ve got to make it work.

Felix looks to her for a response. No emotion.

FELIX
Nothing?

FAITH
I think…I think I need time to
process.

FELIX
(disappointed)
Okay.

Faith sees Felix’s reaction and her face lightens. She grabs him by the shirt and pulls him toward her.

FAITH
Come here.

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