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SAMUS’ WORLD (SEASON 2) CHARACTER LIST [SPOILER FREE]

Samus Ortiz: (26 years old). Still recovering from the attack which took place a month ago (Season 1), he is heavily focusing on his work and his love life with Dylan, even after everything around him is falling apart.



Ursula Bextor: (Late 20’s-Early 30’s). After revealing she was pregnant to Samus, she is left to choose between whether she wants to be with her ex-boyfriend Kyle or stay with Tara. To make matters worse, the pregnancy starts to make her think about the mother who gave her up for adoption when she was 2 years old.





Dylan Bregar: (29 years old). Dating Samus and is happy with every day that passes. Unfortunately he is soon about to find out what happens when the secrets he have tried to hide, starts to come out; threatening his relationship with Samus.



Gustin Allen: (Late 20’s- Early 30’s). The creator and editor of the upcoming Misfits of NYC. He is not afraid to tell it how it is. He is doing his best to make his paper much more appropriate and family friendly- even if it means stopping his team from killing each other.





Dirk Wagner: (late 20’s-early 30’s). He is a pretentious rich guy who is joining Misfits of NYC as the ‘Sports Columnist’. Not much is known about him other than the fact he is anti-LGBTQ, calls anyone that disagrees with him a ‘Libtard’-although he isn’t registered as a Democrat or Republican and doesn’t vote.



Ethan Vyler: (late 20’s-early 30’s). He is Gustin’s silent partner and the Publicist for Misfits of NYC. He is a former drug addict that is three years sober. He also has a secret past that could definitely shake up the Misfits of NYC gang.





Kyle Gater: (mid 20’s- late 20’s). He is the lead singer of the Rock band, Gemini Head and he is also Ursula’s ex and the father of her unborn baby. He is a rocker that dresses more like a member from Fall Out Boy.



Tara Angler: (Mid 20’s- Early 30’s). She is Ursula’s girlfriend and the owner of the LGBTQ nightclub/bar Guilty Heart.



Constable Wyatt: (late 40s-early 50’s). A silly, Sherlock Holmes type character that is the owner of his own Private Investigator firm. He isn’t a Constable at all but he wants people to refer to him as such.



Carlito Reyes: (early 20’s). The ex-best friend and self-proclaimed ‘rival of Samus’.



Diego Curtis: (late 20’s). He is a self-proclaimed Instagram model. Cruel, rude and thinks only with his penis unaware whose feelings he hurts along the way.



Frederick Nicker: (late 20’s). He is a frequent club goer but enjoys spending his down time playing Harry Potter online games.



Max Kerver: (early 20’s). He is a young Gay male who wants to have fun and live his life but he is caring for ailing mother and he isn’t able to do much socializing outside of the social apps on his phone.



GEO: (late 20’s- early 30’s). He is a gym rat and a painter on the side. If he is online he’s looking for a hookup and nothing more.



Raphael Anoz: (mid 30’s). He is the former contestant of the first ever Gay reality show Finding My Prince. He is a good looking man but sadly he cannot read or write and he’s just famous more for his looks.



Daniel: (mid 20’s). He is the waiter at the local café Samus often frequents. He enjoys talking to Samus because he has a huge crush on him. Doesn’t like Dylan.



Ramos: (mid 30’s). He is a hopeless romantic hoping to find his Mr. Right.



Female Reporter: She is just heard.



Max’s Mother: She is just heard.



Aubrey: (late 20’s) She is a mysterious woman that has a few secrets of her own.



Thomas Redfield: (Late 20’s). An active gaymer with very bad manners and no self-awareness of his behavior. He is from Season 1, Episode 4.



Vivian: (Late 50’s). A Southern Belle that is excited to work for Misfits of NYC.







































Episode 1: “Hello Again, Friend of a Friend”

FADE IN:



INT-IN AN APARTMENT IN NYC- NIGHT



We enter a completely dark and quiet apartment. The faint sound of a middle-aged woman coughing is heard. We enter a bedroom to find MAX KERVER lying in bed and texting on his cellphone.





Appears on The Screen:

SWKing:“Hey ur really cute! Where r u at?”





MAX smiles to himself as he reads the text on the phone and he texts back blushing a little. He finishes texting after a few seconds and then stares at the screen smiling and waiting for a response.



Appears on The Screen:

MK1: “Well I’m originally from Heaven but God kicked me out because I was singing Pat Benatar’s catalogue. LOL! So now I live in Queens.”





A few seconds pass and MAX receives another text.



Appears on The Screen:

SWKing: “lol! Well God is a damn fool. I’m Tom.”



A few seconds pass and MAX reads his phone screen and starts texting again.





Appears on The Screen:

MK1: “Nice to cyber meet you Tom. I’m Max. Can I say something? You are very cute. Almost too cute. Are you a Catfisher? If so please tell me now because I do NOT want to go through that again. Lol!”





MAX smiles to himself as he sends the message and he taps his fingers on the back of the phone anxiously waiting for the response. He was worried that the answer would come out that this mystery person was indeed a Catfisher and that was the last thing MAX wanted to know.



Appears on The Screen:

SWKing: “No, I assure U I am not a catfisher. Maybe if u invite me over u can find out for urself.”





MAX smiles and he texts away on his phone and he sends the message.







Appears on The Screen:

MK1: “I wish I could but it’s pretty late and I’m taking care of my mother who just had her first round of chemotherapy. Maybe tomorrow? I’m heading to that new club in the Village. Maybe we could meet up there?”





MAX once again sends the message and waits for a response.





Appears on The Screen:

SWKing1: “Alright that sounds great! I heard about that club 2. I’ll be there at 7pm. I’ll be wearing a blue hoody and black fitted jeans. I’m sure you can spot me amongst the Twinks.”





MAX smiles to himself and chuckles a bit as he reads the screen. He nods to himself as he continues to text and then he sends the message.





Appears on The Screen:

MK1: “LOL! Sounds like a plan!”







MAX’S MOTHER (OFF SCREEN)

Max! I need a cup of water! Make sure it’s not too cold!





MAX lets out a sigh of frustration and he texts quickly as he gets up from the bed and heads over to the door.





Appears on The Screen:

MK1: “Brb!”









MAX throws his phone on the bed and walks out of the bedroom.

We pan over to the left of MAX’s room where a rainbow flag was proudly displayed on the wall.



BLACK















SCENE II

FADE IN:



INT- SAMUS’ APARTMENT- THE NEXT MORNING



We enter the apartment of SAMUS ORTIZ early in the morning. The coffee table in the living room was covered with eight mugs once filled with coffee, three bags of marshmallows-all three bags were open but all were half eaten, which is strange considering they are all the same flavor- and a bag of chips was also opened and half eaten.

We see that SAMUS is seated on his sofa, alert and awake as he types at a slow speed.



SAMUS (V.O)

It has been a month since a deranged psychopath stabbed me. The wound is healing nicely-which I have to thank Dr.Pullman for his patience with me. Also for not allowing me to flatline…again. Did you know that I actually died twice? Weird right?

Anyway, through those thirty days many things have changed. How have things changed you ask? Well grab some popcorn, a drink and take a seat as I go down the list.





CUTS TO:

INT-URSULA’S APARTMENT- UNKNOWN DAY



We find URSULA BEXTOR seated in her dining room with TARA seated across from her and KYLE GATER on the right of TARA. URSULA is speaking to them both –inaudibly- as the V.O plays.





SAMUS (V.O) (CONT’D)

After Ursula told me she was pregnant, I initially thought she had gotten inseminated by a Doctor-with her there is no telling what she’ll do next. But no, truth was, she hooked up with her ex, Kyle, a few weeks before I was stabbed.

She thought nothing of it because he was only here in the city with his band Gemini Head for a week. She told me she felt the symptoms but thought it was the consequences for her trying out some new restaurant, without me.

It wasn’t until I was practically flat lining in the hospital that she decided to take a pregnancy test. The test came back positive and Ursula had no idea what to do. She had two options in her mind. Keep the baby, tell Tara- the woman she loved- that she was pregnant by her ex-boyfriend- the man she loved- or… you know.

Although she came to me for advice, I told her to ‘Follow your heart and go with the decision that will make you happy’. Deep right?

Well she decided to sit both Tara and Kyle down and tell them the truth…I wonder how that went.





We watch as TARA gets up from the chair as if she was going to walk out of the dining room but she instead punches KYLE and lunges at him, as URSULA screams out for her to get off of him.





DISSOLVES TO:

INT- A LOCAL CAFÉ- UNKNOWN DAY



We find GUSTIN ALLEN seated at an empty table texting away on his phone as he pauses and takes a sip of his coffee.





SAMUS (V.O)

Gustin has remained very dedicated to bringing ‘Misfits of NYC’ to fruition and I don’t blame him.

Unfortunately, with ‘L&G Daily’ now known as ‘Sticky & Sweet Daily’, the pressure to compete with a blog site about Adult Film stars struggling to be taken seriously in our world, was at an all-time high.

He told me that he had an old friend who could help with the publicity needed to get the word out about ‘Misfits’ and he was also going to be a silent partner with Gustin and help support this start up project.

I just hope he isn’t some rich douche bag, who believes he’s God’s gift to the world. We don’t need any more of those guys around.







We watch as ETHAN VYLER enters the café. A smile spreads across his face as he spots GUSTIN. GUSTIN looks up from his phone and greets ETHAN with a smile.







GUSTIN

(smiles and gets up from the chair)(jokingly) It’s great to see you again Mr. Bruce Wayne.



ETHAN

(rolls his eyes smirking) No one calls me that anymore.







Both men hug each other and after a few seconds they break away and sit down on the chairs to start their meeting.







CUTS TO:

INT-SAMUS’ APARTMENT- PRESENT



We return back to SAMUS typing away on his laptop.





SAMUS (V.O)

As for me? Well I’ve been focusing heavily on what to make ‘Samus’ World’ about and let me tell you, it is not as easy as ‘Boy With A Broken Heart’. I don’t know what it is, I guess it’s maybe because I’m at a new point in my life that I don’t want to think about my past, or maybe that I’m not entirely sure if I have what it takes to write my own column.

I know I sound hypocritical and I’m changing my mind more times than a Christian couple at a Swingers party, but I know deep down this is what I want…I’ve worked pretty hard to get to this point. And I cannot have anything screw that up.

After my name was leaked to the media from my attack, I was interviewed by numerous news outlets and I have more than six hundred followers on Twitter, so now that I have an audience, the pressure to come up with an amazing content has me losing sleep. But this is the life of a writer. Sleepless nights and arguing with the voices in your head……What? You don’t have voices in your head? It’s just me?...Ah that makes sense.







SAMUS’ concentration is cut short as his cellphone-located on the coffee table- rings. He finishes typing a sentence and he reaches onto the table and grabs the phone. He answers it and places it on his right ear.







SAMUS

(on the phone) Hello?



DYLAN

(on the phone) Good morning good looking.





The screen splits and we see DYLAN lying in bed talking on his cellphone.





SAMUS

(on the phone) Hey babe! How’s San Diego?



DYLAN

(on the phone) Shockingly wet. The meteorologists lied when they said it would be sunny…Then again I shouldn’t have trusted someone named ‘Sunny Hurricane’.



SAMUS

(on the phone) (smirks) Well it could be worst. You could walk outside of the Hotel and a huge gust of wind could whisk you away to Oz.



DYLAN

(on the phone) To see the Wicked Witch of the West? No thank you. I see her twice a year and her name is ‘Mom’. (laughs) (beat) So what you wearing?



SAMUS

(on the phone) Seven layers of skin.



DYLAN

(on the phone) Hmm…sarcasm this early in the morning? (pauses) Samus Ezekiel Ortiz, did you pull an all nighter?



SAMUS

(on the phone) (slowly) What? Noooooooooo



DYLAN

(on the phone) Yes you did, you little liar! (Sits up on the bed) What were you doing last night? Were you at the club? Who were you with? Were you drinking?



SAMUS

(on the phone) (rubs his eyes smiling) Would you calm down Anderson Cooper? I wasn’t at the club. You know two things freak me out at the club. One, Manbabies buying me drinks and insulting me when I tell them I’m not interested. And two, sweaty men rubbing against me.

(beat) I pulled an all nighter because I’m still trying to figure out what the hell to write about for ‘Samus’ World’. I’m getting so desperate that I was actually reading Perez Hilton’s blog and you know I only read sad gossip sites when I’m bored.



DYLAN

(on the phone) (he lets out a sarcastic gasp) You were on Perez Hilton’s site? Oh no this is definitely an emergency.



SAMUS

(on the phone)(laughs) Oh hush up!



DYLAN

(on the phone) What inspired you to come up with ‘The Adventures of a Boy With A Broken Heart’?



SAMUS

(on the phone) Personal Pain. (beat) I’m sure something will come to me; I’m just trying to stay sane.





DYLAN

(on the phone) Well I have faith in you. I just wish you would get some rest before you go from Lois Lane to Harley Quinn in three seconds.





SAMUS

(on the phone) Hey! Why do I have to be two female characters? That’s stereotyping!



DYLAN

(on the phone) You know what I mean, silly.



SAMUS

(on the phone) Blah Blah Blah!







DYLAN laughs at SAMUS’s response and there is a knock on DYLAN’S hotel room door.





DYLAN

(on the phone) It has appeared that my room service has arrived. I will call you later on tonight, as I’ll be taking the red eye back to the city.

In the meantime, get some rest, please babe.



SAMUS

(on the phone) Okay fine! I’ll get some rest. But if Gustin replaces me with an even talented writer I will be suing you. Do you hear me Mr.Bregar? I will sue you!

DYLAN

(on the phone) Yes Mr.Ortiz. I’ll make sure you punish me by any means necessary. Now get rest.



SAMUS

(on the phone) Have a safe trip babe.





SAMUS hangs up the phone and he throws it back on the coffee table and lets out a sigh to himself. He looks back at the laptop screen and lets out another sigh.















SCENE III

FADE IN:

INT-THE HALLWAY IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING- A FEW MINUTES LATER



URSULA BEXTOR walks down the hallway nervously and mumbling inaudibly to herself. It was evident that she was about to do something she didn’t want to voluntarily do, but she had no choice in the matter.

She approaches an apartment door and thinks to herself before she knocks on it.



After a few seconds, the apartment door opens and standing in the doorway is KYLE GATER. He has a black and bruise on his right eye and URSULA lets out a gasp.







URSULA

Aww, Dahling I am so sorry. I had no idea Tara was going to react that way.



KYLE

Yeah I kind of figured that out, when you decided to tell her about you and I sleeping together.



URSULA

(nods solemnly) Can I come in? There’s something we need to discuss.





KYLE steps aside and URSULA enters the small apartment looking around. KYLE waits until URSULA enters and he closes the door slowly.





KYLE

(turns around to face Ursula) So what brings you here?



URSULA

(she nervously inhales and exhales going through the thoughts in her mind.) After you left the apartment, I spoke to Tara and decided that the best thing for her and I, would be if we both stopped seeing each other.



KYLE

(confused) Her and you? Or you and I?



URSULA

Her and I. I um…let’s just say I’m single again.



KYLE

I-I thought she was the one for you? I mean you did cheat on me with her…which in a kind of ironic way; you cheated on her with me.



URSULA

Yeah but I decided to follow my heart and in doing so I asked Goddess for a sign. Some form of guidance and she gave it to me.



KYLE

(still puzzled by the words but wanted to seem as if he understood exactly what was happening.) Goddess gave you a sign? What sign could she have given you that made you choose me over Tara?



URSULA

Do you remember the night you and I hooked up?



KYLE

(nods slowly smiling) Yes I do. I mean although you and I were black out drunk, it was that night that I realized that- (pauses and looks down at his feet, mumbling)- I wanted to be with you.



URSULA

I went home that night and although I should have felt guilty about it, I didn’t. It felt right and it felt as if it was meant to happen. As if the universe wanted us to reconcile.



KYLE

(lets out a chuckle and walks over to his sofa) Reconcile? If your definition of reconciling is I walking around with a shiner that your ex-girlfriend gave me as ‘reconciliation’; then I may have missed that in Webster’s Dictionary.



URSULA

No…I…um…well…(she straightens her posture and looks him in the eyes) Kyle…I’m pregnant.



KYLE

(He looks at her as if she magically grew an extra head in the seconds they were talking to one another)

Y-You’re pregnant? With a fetus? A baby?



URSULA

Well unless an alien has somehow impregnated me, then yes it is with a human child and it is yours.





KYLE slowly nods his head and he decides to walk over to the apartment door clearly processing the information he just received. URSULA watches his every move carefully and out of concern.





URSULA

Are you okay Dahling?





KYLE

Yeah, yeah I’m fine. Just um…trying to figure out if today is Monday or Thursday.



URSULA

Today’s Tuesday.



KYLE

(gulps and nods) Ah okay…Um excuse me for a second.





KYLE raises his right index finger up in the air as if he had an intellectual thought he was going to share. But within a second and without a warning, he faints on the ground causing URSULA to gasp.





URSULA

(looking at him) Um..Dahling?





SCENE IV

CUTS TO:

INT-GUSTIN’S APARTMENT- 5 HOURS LATER (EVENING)



GUSTIN opens his apartment door to find SAMUS seconds away from knocking.





SAMUS

What are you, psychic?



GUSTIN

(softly nudges Samus out in the hall as he steps out and closes the door behind him) We have a huge problem!



SAMUS

Yes I agree, but I have no idea why people keep casting Tom Cruise in films.



GUSTIN

No not that! Inside I have Dirk Wagner. He’s a very smart Sports Columnist from Harvard-



SAMUS

Well he can’t be all that smart if he’s back in New York City after graduating from Harvard to be a columnist. (beat) No offense.



GUSTIN

Yeah well tell his lawyer that. Apparently, he had a deal with my dad about writing for L&G and after my dad sold the paper, Dirk decided to come back to the city. So now I have no choice but to let him work for me. If not, I have to pay him $3.8 Million.



SAMUS

(shocked) That much just to write about sports? What the heck was your father thinking?









GUSTIN

(shrugs) I’m his son and I don’t even know. (shakes his head) Anyway, I wasn’t interested in putting a sports section into the paper and now I’m going to have to. What should I do?



SAMUS

You’re asking me for advice?



GUSTIN

Yeah Kid. I trust you more than I trust my father and given everything, he’s put us through, you can see why.



SAMUS

(nods slowly) Okay, well…I say let him write the sports column. Once he sees that no one cares for the Sports Section then he’d realize moving back here was a waste of his time and he’ll quit by the end of the year.



GUSTIN

And if he doesn’t?



SAMUS

Then I’d suggest we come up with an alibi.





GUSTIN glares at SAMUS for fifteen seconds, clearly not finding his joke funny but at the same time he was panicking.





SAMUS(Cont’d)

(nervously giggles) I’m kidding, geez. If he doesn’t quit by the end of the year you can part ways with him. Tell him that your vision for the ‘Misfits of New York City’ doesn’t include his section or better yet his writing. He can’t sue you if you gave him a chance and did everything by the book. He’s going to have to hit the road with the clothes on his back and his pride.



GUSTIN

(gasps in excitement at the idea) Yes! I’m not really firing him but instead I’m just going to go against his ideas…Then we all win.



SAMUS

Exactly!





GUSTIN claps his hands together and he kisses SAMUS on his forehead in excitement.





GUSTIN

You freaking rock!



SAMUS

(nods smiling proudly) Yes, yes that is true. (beat) Now can we go inside, because I really have to pee.





GUSTIN opens the door to his apartment and both men enter. They stop short as DIRK WAGNER comes out of the kitchen to greet them.





DIRK

(to Gustin) I was wondering where you went. The roast you’re cooking seems to be burnt. I hope you don’t mind but I took the liberty on ordering Pizza.



GUSTIN

(through clenched teeth) Sure, because I didn’t spend three hours preparing that roast.



DIRK

(turns to Samus) And who are you? Are you an intern?



SAMUS

(smirking) No, I’m usually the one interns fear. (beat) I’m Samus-



DIRK

Samus? (ponders) Now where have I heard that name before?



GUSTIN

(interjects) Well he did write the column: ‘The Adventures of a Boy With a Broken Heart’, which was an instant hit over at L&G Daily as well as the internet.





SAMUS looks over at GUSTIN and smiles as if he was telepathically thanking him for the compliment.





DIRK

(shakes his head) No that’s not it. I don’t read blogs, that’s beneath my intellect.



SAMUS

(sighs to calm himself down) I was stabbed last month and almost left to die. Maybe you’ve seen me on the news?



DIRK

(looks at Samus and shrugs) Maybe. Either way, you definitely don’t look like a Samus.



SAMUS

Thank you? (beat) Um excuse me. (to Gustin) Where is your bathroom?



GUSTIN

Third door on the right.





SAMUS nods and he passes by DIRK and heads down the hall as the doorbell rings and GUSTIN turns to face the door. He opens it and smiles as ETHAN is standing in the doorway holding a bottle of champagne.





ETHAN

Is this where the party is?





GUSTIN laughs and gives ETHAN a friendly handshake-one that was only familiar to them.





GUSTIN

You know the party is here bro! Come on in!





ETHAN enters the apartment and smiles at DIRK, who was glaring at him as if he was trying to find something that was physically wrong with ETHAN.





GUSTIN

(closes the apartment door) Ethan this is our brand new Sports Columnist, Dirk. Dirk this is our co editor in chief and Public Relations Manager, Ethan.



DIRK

(glares at Ethan) Why do you have two titles? (to Gustin) I thought this meeting was ideally for Contributing Writers only. Was I mistaken?



ETHAN

(to Dirk)Well, you seem fun.







GUSTIN takes the bottle of champagne out of ETHAN’S hand and he motions for both DIRK and ETHAN to sit on the sofa and he leaves them both in the living room as he walks into the kitchen.

While we watch as both men sit down on the sofa and stare awkwardly at each other, the V.O plays.











SAMUS (V.O)

If this was life finally working out for me then I am beyond thrilled it is finally happening. I mean sure I’ve said it in the past that life is cruel and a jokester since the beginning of time, but was I wrong?

I have always said that I believe things happen for a reason.





CUTS TO:

We return back to KYLE’s apartment and we see URSULA walk out of the bathroom with a cold wet rag in her hands. She walks over to the living room to find KYLE seated. She smiles and places the rag on his forehead and he looks at her smiling and places a hand on her stomach.







SAMUS (V.O)

Sometimes we have to get a sign from the universe in order to help us make a huge decision that could change our lives, although scary, for the better.





CUTS TO:

DYLAN is seen walking down a street in the evening and he approaches a blonde woman and smiles as she sees him. He walks over to her and kisses her lips. They both enter an apartment building talking amongst themselves.





SAMUS (VO)

Other times we have to just sit back and let life work itself out, because everything that is done in the dark, always comes out in the light to reveal itself; in due time.







CUTS TO:

We return back to GUSTIN’S apartment and we stare at the bathroom door. We hear as the toilet flushes and the sink turns on. After a few seconds the bathroom sink turns off and the door opens.

SAMUS turns the light off and walks out of the bathroom.







SAMUS (V.O)

But a majority of times, life can throw an unexpected curveball your way and you have two options. Either hit that curveball and get a ‘Home Run’ or stand there and get a strike.







SAMUS walks out into the living room with a smile on his face and he pauses in shock. ETHAN quickly rises to his feet in surprise and guilt as he and SAMUS stare at each other.





SAMUS

(gasps in shock) Ethan?





SAMUS (V.O)

Life just pitched me a curveball in the form of my ex-boyfriend…Yep I got a strike.



FADE OUT





SCENE V



FADE IN:

INT- MAX’S APARTMENT- CONTINUING



We reenter Max’s apartment and the sound of a mattress squeaking could be heard.





SAMUS (VO) (CONT’D)

Maybe I should take back what I said about Life. She is a cruel and unfunny jokester! I’ve always believed in Karma and with all the good I do in this world, I always thought good things would happen around me. But that’s my fault. Nothing in life is certain. The only thing certain in this life-







We enter MAX’s bedroom to find a mystery person on top of MAX as the bed continues to squeak. As the illusion of sex is being implied, we look to find MAX struggling to breathe as the mystery person (who’s face is NOT revealed to the viewers) is strangling him with their bare hands.

After a few seconds of trying to push the Mystery person off of him, MAX stares at the mystery person as he lets go of his last breath and dies; causing his body to go limp.

The mystery person releases their grip on MAX’s neck and gets off the bed. The mystery person opens the bedroom door and walks out of the room whistling a tune as they walk away from MAX’s dead body, finally exiting the apartment.

We stare at MAX’s lifeless body staring up at the ceiling with a look of pain and hurt on his face.











MAX’S MOTHER (O.S)

Max I can’t find the remote!....Max I’m thirsty can you refill my cup with chipped ice again?...Max?...Max please, I have to watch my stories…Max?







We pan away from MAX’s lifeless body as his mother calls out his name. Unaware that her one and only son was murdered a few rooms away from her.







SAMUS (V.O)

-Is death.









BLACK

















END OF EPISODE 1.













































EPISODE 2: “CLOUD NINE ON FIRE”



FADE IN:

INT-GUSTIN’S APARTMENT-EVENING



We return back to GUSTIN’s apartment to find ETHAN and SAMUS standing in the living room as DIRK is seated on the sofa clearly impatient with the drama that was about to ensue.







ETHAN

(nonchalant) Wow Samus it’s been a long time. It seems you’ve lost some weight…You look amazing.



SAMUS

And it seems you’ve found it. Although I’m a bit surprised you could find anything given the fact you barely found the definition of ‘monogamy’.



ETHAN

I read your last article at L&G and I was offended when you referred to me as ‘an incompetent sack of a man’.



SAMUS

I was offended too. Belky made me edit down my original statement. He said it wasn’t really family friendly.



ETHAN

(smirks to himself) Ah that quick wit. I’ve missed it. (sits back down on the sofa) Actually no I didn’t.



DIRK

(lets out an impatient sigh) I assume by this unimportant banter you two know each other?



SAMUS

(ignoring Dirk’s comment) What are you doing here? Are you here to- (pauses and lets out a gasp) You’re the Silent Partner?



ETHAN

(Smirks proudly and places his right index finger on his nose) And here I thought you weren’t great at finding the truth out.



SAMUS

Oh, you and I both know I excel at that. Even when I found out you were sleeping with a stray dog covered in fleas.



ETHAN

The dog has a name.





SAMUS

I don’t speak ill of the dead.



DIRK

(irritated) Would you two get a room or something? You’re really bringing down the mood and energy here.



SAMUS

Shut up Dirk!



ETHAN

You’re really going to just disrespect Carlito like that? There was a time when he was your best friend.



SAMUS

(laughs) Are you seriously preaching loyalty to me? Because with that same breath and with that same rulebook, I’m sure you will find a rule that states to never cheat on your boyfriend with his best friend!



ETHAN

I guess I wouldn’t have cheated if my boyfriend made room for me in his pursuit to be a writer.



SAMUS

Time for you? I’m sorry was that in between you mooching off of your daddy’s money or you coked out every Friday night?





ETHAN opens his mouth to respond back but he stays silent when GUSTIN is heard walking towards the room.





GUSTIN

(returns holding three glasses of wine and a bottle of champagne in his hands. He also has a water bottle under his left arm.)

Sorry I took so long. I couldn’t find the wine glasses, then I realized once Miranda moved out she took the good China with her.







GUSTIN places the champagne and glasses on the table.





GUSTIN (CONT’D)

(to Ethan) I know you don’t drink buddy so here’s your poison. (throws the water bottle at Ethan lightly)



ETHAN

(catches the water bottle) Thanks, man.







GUSTIN

(nods and looks at both Samus and Dirk) Alrighty, so did everyone get to properly introduce themselves?





SAMUS and ETHAN nod and DIRK rolls his eyes. His body language displays the fact he didn’t want to be there but he had no choice.





GUSTIN (CONT’D)

Okay then. (claps his hands together loudly) Let’s get this meeting under way!





GUSTIN opens the champagne bottle unaware that SAMUS and ETHAN were glaring at each other from the across the room.









SCENE II

TRANSITIONS TO:

INT-GUSTIN’S APARTMENT- (a few minutes later)



Across the room was a large pizza box that still contained a few slices in it. On the laps of all four men were empty plates.

GUSTIN is seated in the middle of the living room speaking inaudibly as he reads from a binder of ideas he organized the previous night.

DIRK is nodding yet it was clear he wasn’t paying attention to a single word that was being said.

SAMUS takes a long sip of the champagne, trying his best not to show GUSTIN that he secretly wanted to jump across the table and beat the crap out of ETHAN.

ETHAN takes a small sip of his water bottle and nods listening to GUSTIN’s words.





GUSTIN

I know my dad has done things a whole lot differently during his run at L&G Daily and I have no doubt that he is living every single day regretting his decision to sell the paper.



DIRK

(scoffs) Are you kidding me? That man sold the entire site for $22.9 million! No offense but your father is celebrating somewhere, glad he got the hell out of the city when he had the chance.





GUSTIN

(takes a calming breath and glances over at Dirk) Thank you for that. I am well aware of my father’s compensation but unlike him, I don’t ever plan on selling out. Especially with the dream team we have- and could possibly get.



ETHAN

Not to mention my connections with various media outlets and the who’s who in the industry. (beat) Oh! (turns to Gustin) I was going to discuss this with you in private but I think the time is appropriate now.





ETHAN clears his throat as if he was about to make an announcement and SAMUS rolls his eyes.





ETHAN (CONT’D)

I spoke to a realtor who happens to be a friend of mine and he is showing me a few locations tomorrow for potential offices.



GUSTIN

(to Ethan) Oh that sounds like an amazing idea bro, but I can’t afford to purchase a space for us, at least not yet.



ETHAN

(smiles and dismisses his words) Oh don’t worry about it. I’d love to invest in the space. I mean after all I am the silent partner. (beat) But since I am investing in ‘Misfits in NYC’, I need to make sure that I am not making a mistake.



GUSTIN

(nods) Sure bro, that’s understandable.



ETHAN

Well…since we’re here-with the exception of Dirk- I would love to discuss Samus’ contribution.



SAMUS

(glares at Ethan) What about my contributions?



ETHAN

(to Samus) Well I know you were behind ‘Boy With A Broken Heart’ and the reception was amazing. Unfortunately, now that Sticky & Sweet Daily has the rights to that column, what exactly will you be able to add to Misfits?



GUSTIN

(to Samus) Honestly, I’m a bit worried about that as well. I have faith in you Kid, I always have; but I just want to make sure you have a game plan.







ETHAN smirks at SAMUS as if he had just scored a point by kissing up to the teacher. SAMUS rolls his eyes and looks at GUSTIN.







SAMUS

I have an idea and-



ETHAN

(interjects) And while I’m sure your idea is amazing and original, you have to understand that I need to make sure I invest my money and time into a business that will thrive. ‘Boy With A Broken Heart’s’ formula about finding love and independence after a break up is redundant. (chuckles) Hell, I think they covered the same thing in ‘Sex & The City’.





We watch as SAMUS inhales and exhales deeply and as he does this, the V.O plays.





SAMUS (V.O)

Deep breaths Samus. You escaped death once, you do not want to waste your life away in prison for killing him. He isn’t worth it. Just smile and make your point. We’ll push him in front of a speeding bus later.





SAMUS smiles and looks at ETHAN.





SAMUS

(to Ethan) I agree with what you’re saying and I understand how important your investments are, but I assure you I have an amazing idea that will benefit us all; including the readers.



GUSTIN

I would love to hear about this.



SAMUS

As Gustin knows, the new column I’ll be working on is entitled ‘Samus’ World’. Yes this will be a bit more personal because I’m not hiding behind an avatar like I was doing with ‘Boy With A Broken Heart’.

This time I will be writing about my everyday life as a Gay 26 year old living in New York City. While the romance aspect of my life might be in the back burner a bit, I want to focus on raw story telling of not only my life but the lives of everyday LGBTQ individuals living here in the city.









GUSTIN

(nods listening carefully to every word) Okay, but keep it upbeat. I know during these times there is a lot to take in but I want to make sure Misfits of New York City is a beacon of hope for not only the LGBTQ adult readers, but also for the younger generations reading it.

Let the news keep all that negative crap.



SAMUS

(to Gustin) I understand one hundred percent and with that in mind, I also want to interview various trailblazers who could serve as inspiration for the LGBTQ Community.



ETHAN

Like who? If you haven’t noticed many of these-(he places his fingers in the air to illustrate air quotes)- “celebrities” are only LGBTQ when it comes to promoting a new film. Hell, half of them- (uses his fingers again for air quotes)- “come out” just to score more fans. One minute they’re Gay hoping to make a difference in the world and then the next minute they’re posing half naked on some magazine.

Not to mention these screenwriters only include such characters for the ratings to get boosted up or simply to get the recognition of GLAAD.



SAMUS

(reluctantly agrees with Ethan) That is true, but I won’t conduct interviews with those celebrities or any for that matter. (to Gustin) I will focus on the local LGBTQ individuals here in the city. The ones who sacrifice their livelihood to make a difference for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.



DIRK

(raises his right hand as if he was going to ask a question) Um, I’m not Gay or Bisexual so that statement doesn’t pertain to me. I am a heterosexual man.



SAMUS

(shoots Dirk a glare) Do you want me to get you a speakerphone so you can shout it from the rooftops, because I don’t think the kids over in Alabama heard you.





DIRK drops his hand down and sighs taking another sip of the champagne.





GUSTIN

(shakes his head smirking) I honestly think that is an amazing idea Samus. This is something you’re up to the task for?





SAMUS

(to Gustin) Of course! Why wouldn’t I be?



GUSTIN

(In concern) Well Kid, you were attacked by a stranger and I want to make sure that you are well enough to dive back into speaking to the public. You’re a bad ass writer, but your mental health and wellbeing comes first.



SAMUS

(smiles gratefully) Thank you for everything Gustin and I promise you I am one hundred percent capable of doing this.





ETHAN rolls his eyes at how positive both men were being and he clears his throat once again.





ETHAN

While that does sound like a modest and wonderful idea, I just want to make sure that this paper runs smoothly considering how well known Samus is to the public.



SAMUS

(to Ethan) I don’t think me being on the brink of death should be used to promote Misfits. It should heavily rely on the creativity and originality of everyone involved.



ETHAN

There is no such thing as bad publicity Samus.



SAMUS

There is such thing as having a soul…find yours.





ETHAN glares at SAMUS and GUSTIN claps his hands together doing his best to break the tension in the room, but between DIRK not wanting to be there as well as ETHAN and SAMUS’ shaky past; the tension was like a heavy fog.





GUSTIN

Based off everything we discussed here, I am proud to say Misfits seems like it’s going to shape up to be an amazing project. I am beyond excited and cannot wait to get our first issue out there.



DIRK

And when exactly will that be?



GUSTIN

I am looking to get the first issue online by the beginning of next month. Once I have all of our ‘T’s crossed and ‘I’s dotted, of course.





DIRK

In the meantime, will we be taking part in these mindless pow wow meetings as well?



GUSTIN

(sighs and turns to Dirk) I promise the next time we have a meeting I won’t invite you. (beat) Alright! We got pretty further than I initially thought. I’ll call in during the week to check in on everyone. (rises up from the sofa) (to Samus) Can you hand in your article this Friday?



SAMUS

(thinks about it and nods) Sure! There’s this huge Singles Party for Gay men happening at Tara’s club. I could interview some of the guys there and cover the party.



ETHAN

Would that be ideal? You’re attending a Singles mixer- (smirks)- You sure you would actually get a story out of it and not spend a majority of time trying to find a boyfriend?



SAMUS

(bites the inside of his cheek and looks at Ethan) I would never do that to the guy I’m currently seeing. After all, I know how to remain faithful and loyal.





ETHAN’s smile fades quickly as he hears that SAMUS is currently dating someone.





GUSTIN

Ugh! Cheaters will never win in life. They’re vile and disgusting.



SAMUS

(looks at Ethan smiling as he nods his head agreeing with Gustin) Oh they’re the worst. But I always believe no matter what they do, Karma will come for them sooner or later. Unless she’s slowly but surely, prepping for sooner.





ETHAN’s eyes widen a bit in shock as SAMUS smirks and he takes another sip of the water bottle, realizing then and there that SAMUS wasn’t the broken, sad and lonely guy he cheated on years ago.









SCENE III

CUTS TO:

INT-URSULA’S APARTMENT- THE NEXT MORNING



We find URSULA seated on her sofa shaking her head in disbelief at what she just heard.

SAMUS is seated a few feet away from her on the sofa.







URSULA

Are you bloody kidding me? Your ex is now a silent partner for your new job? So he’s like your boss?



SAMUS

Sort of. Gustin will approve whatever content I give him and make any necessary edits to it but Etha- (pauses and inhales deeply stopping himself from saying anything else)-I mean, He-Whom-Shall-Never-Be-Named, will be there to also assign contents as well as help with Public Relations etcetera, etcetera.



URSULA

But you will still have your own column?



SAMUS

Oh ofcourse. The Son of a Gun tried to undermine that idea as well. It didn’t work in his favor though.



URSULA

That is crazy! I don’t think I could ever work with my ex.



SAMUS

(looks at her) Which one? Tara or Kyle?





URSULA smiles realizing she never updated SAMUS on the events which took place the previous night. She sits up on the sofa in excitement.





URSULA

I totally forgot you and I haven’t spoken yesterday. Well, I sat both Kyle and Tara down and told them the truth and before I knew it Tara got up and pulled a bloody Rocky Balboa on him.



SAMUS

(gasps) No!



URSULA

Oh yes. It was a horrid experience but I sat with Tara and told her that I no longer want to be with her and now…I’m with Kyle.



SAMUS

What? Just like that? How did that happen?







URSULA

Surprisingly he didn’t resent me at all because I hurt him to be with Tara. Instead, he fell in love with me that one night we hooked up.



SAMUS

Aww in some twisted way it’s like a Hallmark channel movie, the one that comes on Valentine’s Day.



URSULA

(nods smiling) I know! It’s weird because I honestly thought that he hated me.



SAMUS

Now what about the baby?



URSULA

I decided to keep the baby and Kyle is more than happy…although he did manage to faint when I told him the news but at the end of the day we’re together.



SAMUS

And how is the living arrangement going to work? Are you guys going to move in together?



URSULA

We haven’t discussed that yet. Right now we’re trying to take things slow and steady…which is ironic since I’m already pregnant and slow and steady seems a bit late.



SAMUS

Kyle is a great guy. Most would’ve made a run for the hills upon hearing something crazy like this. You have a good guy on your hands.



URSULA

(smiles nodding in agreement) I know. He’s a keeper. I was a complete and total fool to let him go the first time.



SAMUS

And the universe brought you two back together. In a very shocking way.





URSULA nods agreeing with SAMUS’ comment and she adjusts herself on the sofa. There was something that weighed heavily on her mind and she was debating internally whether or not she wanted to tell SAMUS what that was.



URSULA

Sam-Sam…(she pauses and looks down at the floor trying to find the right words to say) Ever since I found out I was pregnant I started to think a lot about my childhood.



SAMUS

What about it?



URSULA

Nothing special. I’m not thinking about the rays of sunshine warming my back as I played in the backyard of my house, but I’ve been thinking a lot about my…mother.



SAMUS

(shocked) The one that gave you to your nextdoor neighbors and never came back?



URSULA

Yes. I’m not sure if it’s because now that I’m pregnant I’m experiencing insane flashbacks of what it feels like to have a mother figure around- or in my case never have around; or if maybe I’m just going through a crazy phase.



SAMUS

It’s to be expected Urse. You’re going to be a mother and you’re experiencing flashbacks to your childhood, in hopes you don’t subconsciously become like your mother.



URSULA

It’s that and…I feel like I deserve answers as to why she abandoned me.



SAMUS

(lowers his eyebrows)Do you think she’s still alive after all these years?



URSULA

(shrugs) I don’t know. But I hired a Private Investigator to look into whether she is or not. I need to know why she left me. (quickly becomes frantic and emotional) Was I a burden for her? Or maybe she didn’t like me or maybe-



SAMUS

(places a hand gently on her right shoulder) That is a whole lot of maybes. (beat) You aren’t your mother. This baby has not only you as its mother but Van Halen as his father.-





URSULA giggles.







SAMUS (CONT’D)

And not to mention me as its Uncle. This child is going to be alright. So stop all that crazy pregnancy worrying.





URSULA

You’re right. I’m sorry Sam-Sam. I promise no more drama for me. (wipes her eyes) So how are you and Dylan doing?



SAMUS

(sits back on the sofa) We’re good. He’s currently at home sleeping.



URSULA

He’s sleeping? It’s almost noon. (smirks) Dahling, did you keep him up all last night?



SAMUS

(laughs and gasps playfully) I’ll have you know Ursula, I am pure.



URSULA

(smirking) You’re as pure as Britney Spears’ live vocals.



SAMUS

(laughs) Okay fine! But he and I haven’t really…made love. He was in San Diego doing some photo shoots for the designer Bella Devior.



URSULA

That woman is treacherous.(looks at him as if he was crazy) Wait you two haven’t done it? Why not? You two have been dating for what…close to two months? And you’re telling me he hasn’t laid down the hammer once?



SAMUS

Okay I am officially blocking MTV from your cable subscription and no. He and I have decided to wait until we are both ready.



URSULA

Who the bloody hell does that?



SAMUS

Two people who want to experience getting to know each other a bit better. There are many couples out there who have been dating for more than nine months who have remained abstinent.



URSULA

Yeah, Christian girls who are trying to get into Heaven. Dahling, men like him don’t just wait until they are ready. While you’re holding out he’s probably getting his off somewhere smashing some hairless grenade he picked up on Grinddate.



SAMUS

Whoa! This pregnancy is sure making you sound like the cast of Jersey Shore.



URSULA

Forgive me Dahling, I just don’t want to see you hurt again. I have my reservations about Dylan, but I have a feeling he’s the one for you.



SAMUS

And I know all those crazy, MTV scenarios you mentioned were you worrying, but I’m okay. Dylan’s okay. At this point in my life, I’m just going to let the Universe work its magic and see what happens.



URSULA

(smirks) Looky who all of a sudden sounds like the Dali Lama.



SAMUS

(conceitedly) I know, right?





SAMUS’s phone rings and he takes it out of his pants’ pocket. He looks at the caller ID and smiles. He answers it.





SAMUS (CONT’D)

(on the phone) Hey you. I was just talking about you.





The screens splits and we watch as DYLAN is walking down a busy NYC street in a hurry.





DYLAN

(on the phone) (smirking) Ah so that was why I heard ringing in my ears.



SAMUS

(on the phone) Don’t get cocky Mr.Bregar. How was your flight?



DYLAN

(on the phone) Tiring and long.



SAMUS

(on the phone) I can imagine. (pauses as he hears a few noises in the background) Are you outside?



DYLAN

(on the phone) Unfortunately. I have to make sure the photos I took are published, printed, and sent off to Bella before the deadline.



SAMUS

(on the phone) I did hear she was a diva. (beat) Are we still on for tonight?



DYLAN

(on the phone) An exhibit dedicated to espionage. Oh you bet we are on for tonight. (smiles) Plus the offer from Groupon expires at midnight.





SAMUS

(on the phone) (laughs shaking his head)Thank God for good ol’ Groupon. (beat) Okay sounds like a plan. I just hope you don’t stand me up Mister.



DYLAN

(on the phone) I promise I won’t.





We watch as DYLAN notices AUBREY standing in front of a store and he quickly grows nervous.





SAMUS

(on the phone) Goody!



DYLAN

(on the phone) Alright babe, listen I have to go. I’ll see you tonight.



SAMUS

(on the phone) Okay no problem. I’ll see you then.



DYLAN

(on the phone) Alright babe. See you then.



SAMUS

(on the phone) Okay love you too.





SAMUS hangs up the phone and places it on the table and he smiles sitting back on the sofa.





URSULA

Are you glowing? I can’t believe you two are already exchanging ‘I love yous’.



SAMUS

(smiles and it takes only a few seconds for him to realize what he blurted out and he gasps) OH CRAP!







CUTS TO:

EXT-A NYC STREET- DAY



DYLAN places the phone in his pocket and he looks around nervously as he walks over to AUBREY.

AUBREY wasn’t paying much attention to anyone that was behind her as she was texting away on her cellphone.

DYLAN clears his throat and puts on a smile as he approaches her.









DYLAN

(nervously) Heeeey!





AUBREY turns around and gasps in excitement as she sees DYLAN.





AUBREY

(hugs Dylan tightly) Hey! I wasn’t expecting to see you here!



DYLAN

You and I both. (he pulls away from the hug) But what are you doing here? I left you in San Diego. Are you okay? Did something happen with your dad?



AUBREY

(smiles) No my dad is great. A pain in my ass but other than that he’s great. I’m actually here on business. Then an old college friend of mine called to meet up for Brunch so I decided why not?



DYLAN

Oh sounds like fun.



AUBREY

Eh. (shrugs) The coffee was horrible but the eggs were shockingly delicious.





DYLAN nods and he looks around nervously. AUBREY smiles wide and she grabs DYLAN’s right arm.







AUBREY (CONT’D)

Dylan, I want you to meet my college friend.





We watch as ETHAN steps out of the store and smiles at AUBREY and DYLAN.





AUBREY (CONT’D)

Ethan, this is my fiancé Dylan. Dylan this is my old college dorm mate Ethan Vyler.







ETHAN smiles and extends his right hand and DYLAN returns the smile and shakes it firmly.





ETHAN

(shaking Dylan’s hand) It’s nice to meet you.



DYLAN

(shakes Ethan’s hand) Likewise man.







We watch as all three people stand face to face in the sidewalk speaking inaudibly amongst each other as the V.O plays.







SAMUS (V.O)

There are many mistakes we make in our lives. Whether it’s calling someone the wrong name, forgetting someone’s birthday or telling someone you love them too, even though it was never said in the first place.

These mistakes can alter the relationship between those involved forever. Whether it changes the relationship for the best or worst, it’s up to the people involved.

These are mistakes that can happen to probably two thirds of us. There is one mistake that we tend to make which could definitely be bad. And that’s trusting a complete stranger. It isn’t easy trusting a complete stranger because you never know what their true intentions are-











CUTS TO:

INT-AN APARTMENT IN NYC-EVENING



We watch as a mystery man knocks on an apartment door twice and waits patiently. Footsteps could be heard from the other side of the door and then it opens and GEO stands in the doorway wearing a shirt covered in white and blue dried paint.





GEO

(smiling until he sees the person standing in front of him) Hey wait a minute! You aren’t-







The MYSTERY MAN’s face is still not visible to us. We watch as he pushes GEO into the apartment and takes out a knife from his pants pocket holding it firmly in his right hand.

Without a warning the MYSTERY MAN stabs GEO repeatedly and his scream echoes throughout the apartment and his screams quickly die down.

We pan over to a rainbow flag that laid on top of a nearby dresser and stabbing noises could still be heard. A small amount of blood splatters onto the rainbow flag.









SAMUS (V.O)

-Until it’s too late.





BLACK















END OF EPISODE 2.





























































EPISODE 3: “TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET IF ONE OF THEM IS DEAD”

FADE IN:

EXT-A CAFÉ IN NYC- MORNING (THE NEXT DAY)



We watch as SAMUS walks down the street humming to himself. As he does this, the V.O plays.





SAMUS (V.O)

A new day is supposed to be filled with new problems right? Like an episode of ‘Law & Order: SVU’, each episode is a new case, with a new twist and a celebrity guest star who we all know is obviously the killer. The only thing that stood the same was the cast- well just Mariska Hargitay.

Yesterday’s problem was dealing with the discovery that my ex is the silent partner to my new job and then I accidentally told my boyfriend that I loved him.

Thankfully Dylan cancelled yesterday’s outing to the museum-which was probably due to the mishap of me professing my love to him, but I’m not mad.

As for right now? Well I had other matters to attend to.







SAMUS walks over to the café’s door and opens it letting out a sigh of relief as he spots GUSTIN walking over to the table with two cups of iced coffee in his hands.

SAMUS smiles and walks over to him as GUSTIN places both cups on it.

GUSTIN hugs SAMUS. After a few seconds they break the hug and sit down in the chairs facing each other.







GUSTIN

Thank you for meeting with me. (slowly slides one of the cups toward Samus) Double chocolate Mocha with three scoops of sugar just the way you like it.



SAMUS

Aww you know me so well. (smiles taking a straw and unwrapping it)



GUSTIN

It’s a gift and a curse. (looks at Samus and unwraps a straw and places it inside of the cup)



SAMUS

I hear you. (beat) So what do I owe this lovely pleasure of getting a free drink?









GUSTIN

(Smiles) I was doing a lot of thinking and I wanted to ask-with your permission of course- would you be up to going on a retreat next month?



SAMUS

(jokingly) Are you trying to pray the Gay out of me? Because let me tell you, it hasn’t worked for the past 26 years when my grandmother did it and I highly doubt it’ll work now.


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