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SAMUS’ WORLD: THE SERIES

SEASON 1

BY

EDWIN BETANCOURT

SAMUS’ WORLD CHARACTER LIST (in order of appearance)

  • Samus Ortiz - (Mid- Late 20’s). He is the protagonist. A writer for ‘L&G Daily’. He is openly Gay. He’s smart, sarcastic, cunning, headstrong and honest. He has a soft tenor speaking voice which he is very self-conscious about.



  • Dylan Bregar- (Late 20’s- Early 30’s). He is a Free Lance photographer who enjoys looking at the world through the lens of his camera. He is from New Jersey and that is evident by his accent. He is a mystery that not even Sherlock Holmes can solve.



  • Belky Allen- (Early 40’s- Late 50’s). He is the founder and Editor-in- Chief of ‘L&G Daily’. He is smart, headstrong and hates surprises. Although he is founded New York’s top selling LGBTQ Paper, he does not identify as LGBTQ but he is a strong ally.



  • Gustin Allen- (Late 20’s- Early 30’s). He is Belky’s only son and he is the calmer one in the family. He is the Editor of ‘L&G Daily’ and has many new ideas that could renovate L&G but his father shoots them down at every chance he gets.



  • Ursula Bextor- (Late 20’s-Early 30’s). A free spirit who wears her heart on her sleeve and doesn’t care who knows. She is fierce, sassy and doesn’t hold her tongue for anyone. She identifies as Pansexual but doesn’t like to label herself as anything. She is best friends with Samus and has known him since they were 3 years old. For some odd reason she speaks with an English accent and nobody knows why, since she is from Detroit.



  • Phillip Ellis- (Mid 20’s). Samus’ online date. He is tall and a bit of an emotional wreck.



  • Carlito Reyes- (Early 20’s). Samus’ foil. He was best friends with Samus until he slept with Samus’ ex Ethan, causing Samus and Ethan to break up. He is still dating Ethan. He is a contributing writer for L&G Daily’s competitor Hesh’e Magazine.



  • Parker Myers- (Mid 30’s-Early 40’s). A very handsome man who often gets called a ‘DILF’ by people and it’s a term that he hasn’t embraced because he’s shy. He is an online date for Samus.



  • Mary- (Late 50’s). An older woman who strongly believes romance is beautiful. She loves seeing two people, no matter their sexual orientation, in love.



  • Tara Angler- (Mid 20’s- Early 30’s). She is the owner of the LGBTQ club ‘Guilty Heart’ a club notorious for its ‘Speed Dating Extravaganza’, which has a proven track record of helping people finding love. She is a kid at heart and enjoys being everyone’s friend. She is in a serious relationship with Ursula. She identifies as a Lesbian and is not afraid to announce it to anyone who asks.



  • Thomas Redfield- (Late 20’s). An active gaymer with very bad manners and no self-awareness of his behavior. Another online date for Samus.



Speed Daters (In order of Appearance)

  • Greg- (Mid 20’s). A cocky Pervert who thinks his jokes are funny.

  • Matty- (20’s-30’s). Believes his best approach should be asking a Gay man their sexual position rather than introducing himself.

  • Will- (Late 20’s- Mid 30’s). Hates Effeminate Gay men.

  • Daniel- (Late 20’s). A clueless Gym Buff.

  • Doug- (Late 30’s). Just a man in need of drugs.

  • Hector- (Early 30’s) A man who wants a hookup with no strings attached.



EPISODE 6- “THE LAST?” {SEASON FINALE}

FADE IN:

INT-HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM-MORNING



PRESENT DAY”- Appears on the screen

We revisit the hospital waiting room and come across TARA seated on a chair and talking into her cellphone.





TARA

(on the phone)

Dylan, I promise you he is fine!...Yes I am certain...He would kill us both if you miss that deadline. Look, I’m sure he’ll understand why you’re not here…….Which is why you’re going—





We watch as URSULA turns the corner walking over to TARA. She looked flustered as if she just received news she didn’t want to hear.







TARA (CONT’D)

(still on the phone)

Ursula just got in, I’ll call you later. (she hangs up the cellphone and stands up. She walks over toward Ursula) Where have you been? I’ve been calling your phone.



URSULA

I’m sorry Dahling. I had to go out and get some air. I hate hospitals. (looks around and sighs) Any news?



TARA

Samus is awake. (she smiles as Ursula lets out a small gasp) He was just speaking to Detectives earlier. I was going inside to see him but I wanted to wait for you.



URSULA

Then let’s go. Lead the way!







TARA nods and she begins to walk down the hall as URSULA follows close behind.







DISSOLVE TO:

INT-SAMUS’ APARTMENT- MID DAY



FOURTEEN HOURS EARLIER”- Appears on the screen



GUSTIN closes the apartment door as SAMUS walks out of the kitchen and sits on the sofa.





SAMUS

So what brings you to my neck of the woods?



GUSTIN

(walks over to Samus)

Something huge that I’m hoping you’d be a part of.



SAMUS

(jokingly)

No offense Gustin but you aren’t my type.



GUSTIN

Ouch! (smiles and joins Samus on the sofa) No...um. Do you know who Ralphael Ooga is?



SAMUS

I feel like I should, but I don’t.



GUSTIN

He’s the founder of ‘Hung OUT Studios’. They are the largest Gay Pornographic studio today. They even beat out ‘Milky Lips’ and ‘Stallion Road’...no pun intended.



SAMUS

(nods as if he was paying close attention to every word, but he just didn’t care about the information being given to him) And...what does this have to do with my articles?



GUSTIN

My father invested money into the wrong companies. I found out that he gave more than thirty six thousand dollars to some company named Aries. Which by the way isn’t a real company at all. (beat) Anyway, he sold half of L&G Daily in order to maintain the print versions.



SAMUS

(shocked)

What?! When did this happen?



GUSTIN

Three days ago. I just found out this morning. He has an entire presentation set up for Monday where he’s going to lay off half of the contributing writers...which includes you.



SAMUS

I’m being fired? (pauses) This time for real?



GUSTIN

(nods apologetically)

Afraid so, Kid. Raphael wants to bring in his writers and...well he wants to take control over ‘Boy With A Broken Heart’...he actually wants to write it himself.



SAMUS

He can’t do that!!! (beat) Can he?



GUSTIN

(nods)

He can. Your column is trademarked with L&G. Thus making it their property. Plus you never really put your face on it, so as far as the readers can tell-



SAMUS

(looking away slowly)

--I’m nothing more than a Ghost.



GUSTIN

But hope is not lost my young Padawan.



SAMUS

(snaps out of his moping stare and looks at Gustin)

How so?



GUSTIN

(places the manila envelope on his lap and smiles widely)

Inside this envelope is a contract for ‘The Misfits of NYC’.



SAMUS

You started a punk Rock band?



GUSTIN

(chuckles shaking his head)

Nope, something even better. It’s my very own website that I’ve been working hard on for about six years now. I created every section, layout, picture, whatever you see on this site was done by me. (beat) This site is everything L&G lacked. My father created that news company to focus on Gay and Lesbian news and throughout the years it went from educating the community to now sexually exploiting them.



SAMUS

But isn’t this a conflict of interest for you?



GUSTIN

(shakes his head smiling)

I turned in my resignation to his assistant. When he sees it he’s going to be pissed. But this site is important for so many reasons. I rethought the idea you had about educating the LGBTQ Community and decided what would be better at educating them?





SAMUS shrugs his shoulders not able to come up with an answer and GUSTIN smiles and sits up on the sofa in excitement.





GUSTIN (CONT’D)

I’m partnering with a local high school for a ‘Writers Of Tomorrow’ section, where students can submit their articles about any topics of their choosing. This would highlight not only the proper representation of LGBTQ writers in this medium, but also how united the community can be with the younger generation. But in this envelope is a contract for you. I want to bring you on board and give you your own column.



SAMUS

(smiles)

Wow you really did think this through didn’t you?



GUSTIN

I did! But I have you to thank. You really opened my eyes on how amazing Journalism can be when it can also be inspirational. (hands Samus the envelope) I’m not expecting you to sign this as soon as possible, but please at least think it over.



SAMUS

(takes the envelope nodding)

Honestly? I would love to be a part of this! But what will I write about now that I’ll no longer be able to write as ‘Boy With A Broken Heart’?







GUSTIN

Make it less whimsical and more...real to an extent. The last article you wrote you stated you were seeing someone, correct?-





SAMUS nods his head as GUSTIN gets up from the sofa.





GUSTIN (CONT’D)

-Then write about how the Boy with the ‘Broken Heart’ is getting a second chance at happiness. Many people-not just within the LGBTQ Community- are scared of finding love again after heartbreak. It will do wonders. Trust me.







SAMUS gets up and nods placing the envelope on the sofa. He hugs GUSTIN.





SAMUS

Do you really think I have what it takes to be able to...do something this big?



GUSTIN

(pulls away from the hug)

Do I think you have what it takes? No. Do I believe you have what it takes? Yes I do. It’s time you start believing in yourself too.





GUSTIN walks over to the door and opens it.





SAMUS

Oh don’t worry about closing it; I have to take the garbage out.



GUSTIN

Okay no problem. Remember Kid, you are special. Don’t forget that. (he exits.)





SAMUS smiles to himself as he walks into the kitchen and pulls the garbage bag out of the garbage bin. He ties the bag and heads back toward the door and freezes as he spots PARKER MYERS standing in the doorway. PARKER held a piece of paper in his right hand and had a sinister look in his eyes.





SAMUS

(shocked)

What the hell are you doing here? How the hell do you even know where I live?



PARKER

I work at the DMVs. All I had to do was just enter your name in the database.



SAMUS

(aside)

Glad no laws were broken there.



PARKER

(smirking in a creepy way)

I was waiting by the stairs for you to come out and surprise you...but apparently, you were too busy entertaining others. (beat) So...who is he?





PARKER enters the apartment slowly and closes the door behind him. He smirks and shows SAMUS the sheet of paper, which was actually a picture of SAMUS talking to DYLAN.







SAMUS

(looking at the picture and then back at Parker)

You were following me?!



PARKER

(warns)

Don’t change the subject.(approaches Samus) Ever since I first laid eyes on you...I knew you were the one. But you- (waves his finger at Samus)- you were bad and you ditched me.



SAMUS

No, I ditched you and your crazy mother.



PARKER

(rubs his head chuckling in a crazy and unstable manner) That-That isn’t a nice word. You shouldn’t call someone that. (smiles returning back to his professional demeanor) Okay, so as I was saying. You ditched me and I was mad at first. So mad that I wanted to teach you a lesson, but then I figured seeing you again was a gift in itself.



SAMUS

You need to get the hell out of my house! NOW!



PARKER

(smirking and he throws the picture of Samus and Dylan on the ground) I know all about you and Dylan Luca Bregar. But tell me something Sam-Sam Baby--Can I call you that?



SAMUS

(quickly)

No!



PARKER

Too late. (smirks)Tell me, do you know everything about Dylan? Like where he lived? His family history? What he does for a living?



SAMUS

That isn’t any of your damn business.



PARKER

I know it isn’t. (takes out an envelope from the inside of his jacket)





We see the front of the envelope has DYLAN LUCA BREGAR written on it. PARKER hands it to SAMUS, but instead of grabbing it SAMUS glares at him. He slowly walks past SAMUS not taking his eyes off of him. PARKER places the envelope on the kitchen table and smirks.





PARKER (CONT’D)

I sure hope you aren’t scared. I’m not here to hurt you. I just want you to know, that I love you and I know you love me.





SAMUS

(glares at him)

The only person who will ever love you-as much as you clearly love yourself- is your own mother!







PARKER

(nods and turns away from Samus and heads for the door) One thing. (stops walking with his back facing Samus) If my mother never showed up to interrupt our date, would you be looking at me like the way you look at Dylan?



SAMUS

Probably not. If this is the crazy side of you that was buried deep inside, we were going to crash land into Splitsville long before then.







PARKER nods and he turns around with tears in his eyes.





PARKER

I am so sorry. I didn’t mean to come here and harass you. (he walks back over to Samus and gets down on his knees in front of him) Please say you forgive me. I cannot live without you forgiving me! If you hate me, then my life isn’t important anymore.



SAMUS

(in disgust)

Please just get up and get out and be happy I don’t call the cops.





PARKER nods and slowly gets up on his feet. As he does this he takes out a knife from the inside of his jacket pocket and stabs SAMUS in the stomach.





SAMUS

(in shock and pain)

GAH!



PARKER

(smiling as he whispers in Samus’ right ear)

If I can’t have you, no one else can.





PARKER pulls the knife out of SAMUS’ stomach and watches as he falls to the ground. He looks at the blood on the knife and drops it gasping in regret. He bends down and kisses SAMUS’ head apologizing and turns around running out of the apartment and shutting the door behind him, leaving SAMUS to bleed out.





CUTS TO:

ONE WEEK LATER: PRESENT DAY”- Appears on the screen



EXT-A BLOCK OUTSIDE OF SAMUS’ APARTMENT BUILDING



We watch as TARA and URSULA walk down the street. URSULA is holding a ‘Get Well Soon’ balloon and TARA is holding a box of cake in her hands.





URSULA

I can’t believe those bloody Doctors kept Sam-Sam in the hospital for an entire week!



TARA

Well it was for his safety. That sicko attacked Samus in his own home. I don’t blame the Police and Hospital for wanting to keep Samus for longer. And it worked too, they caught him last night.



URSULA

Caught him? The bloody wanker shot himself in the head! That’s not catching him, that’s him getting off way too easily if you ask me. He should’ve had the balls to get arrested and do his time, so I can be there in the front row watching as he gets fried on the chair.



TARA

Look babe, no matter what happened to him, let’s just be grateful Samus is alive and well.



URSULA

Are you mad? That poor kid is upstairs by himself with a bloody hole in his stomach! I don’t necessarily see how that is him doing “well”!



TARA

And that wound will heal in time. So like I said babe, be grateful he’s alive.





We watch as they continue walking down the street.





URSULA

(rolling her eyes)

Ugh! Fine!



TARA

Thank you. (pauses) Besides he’s not alone. I left him with Dylan.



URSULA

(stops walking in shock)

You did WHAT!?





CUTS TO:

INT-SAMUS’ APARTMENT- (SECONDS LATER)



We enter SAMUS’ apartment and we return to the spot where SAMUS was lying days before. There was no blood and no sign of an attack.



Giggles could be heard from the sofa and we look to find DYLAN and SAMUS kissing each other.





SAMUS

(winces a bit in pain)



DYLAN

(quickly releases Samus and sits up)

Oh my Gosh, did I hurt you?



SAMUS

(shaking his head smiling)

No, I keep forgetting how much pain I’m in once the painkillers wear off.



DYLAN

(smiles)

Yeah that will do it to ya. (caresses Samus’ face) Listen, Sammi, I really am happy you’re alive. You scared the shit out of me back there.



SAMUS

(gazes back at Dylan)

I’m glad I’m alive as well…in a strange way, I saw you while I laid in the hospital...I heard your voice…The morning of the attack, you asked me something. Do you remember what it was?



DYLAN

(nods slowly)

Yeah I do.



SAMUS

Ask it again. Please…So I can answer.



DYLAN

(he sits up on the sofa and softly speaks)

Samus...will you be my boyfriend?



SAMUS

(nods)

Yes! Yes I will!





SAMUS leans in and kisses DYLAN softly. The buzzard rings a few times and DYLAN sighs slowly backing away from the kiss.





DYLAN

(gets up from the sofa and walks over toward the buzzard and presses it) That must be your friend Ursula, aka ‘The One That Hates Me’.



SAMUS

She doesn’t hate you. She is just worried for me. You can’t blame her for caring.



DYLAN

Well as I have told her numerous times before, I am not like your ex.



SAMUS

(shrugs)

You still can’t blame her. But if it helps I’ll speak to her and maybe you two can get mani pedis together.



DYLAN

(looking at Samus with a blank looks)

Please tell me you’re joking.





SAMUS shrugs his shoulders and the doorbell rings and a few knocks are heard. DYLAN opens the door and standing in the doorway was URSULA and TARA.



URSULA

(To Dylan)

Took you long enough. What were you doing Dahling, trying to find the door?



DYLAN

(smirks shaking his head slowly)

No, I found it very easily...I was just debating whether or not I should open it for you.



URSULA

(sticks her tongue out at him and enters the apartment)

(To Samus)

Oh Dahling! How are you? Have you been changing your bandages?



SAMUS

Yes I have! I may have never been stabbed before, but I do listen to Doctors.





DYLAN looks over at TARA and she smiles at him apologetically. She hands him the box of cake.





TARA

Please forgive her, she’s been cranky since she saw the news about...you know.



DYLAN

Trust me she’s not alone. If I had it my way I would’ve snapped that piece of shi-scum’s head off.





TARA enters and closes the door behind her. We watch as DYLAN goes into the kitchen. He places the box on the table and notices the envelope with his name on it. He lowers his eyebrows unsure of what it was. He looks out of the kitchen and quickly places the envelope inside of his pants.





CUTS TO:

LIVING ROOM



URSULA

(sitting down on the sofa)

Dahling, how are you doing?



SAMUS

Well it sucks to be stitched up, sucks even harder when I laugh. So I’m trying this thing where I just see episodes of that new Kevin James’ show, and since it’s not funny I don’t laugh.



TARA

(nods sitting next to Ursula)

And how are you feeling?



SAMUS

(to Tara)

I want to say better now that...Parker’s gone, but I don’t know. I mean I’m happy to be alive and even eternally grateful for all of you guys.





URSULA and TARA smile and they look at each other. TARA remembers something.





TARA

Crap! I totally forgot to buy the drinks for the toast.



URSULA

(turns to Tara)

Are you seriously going to have a bloody toast after something like this happened?



SAMUS

(smiling softly)

No silly. It’s to toast to the fact that I have accepted an amazing offer to have my own column. It will be called, Samus’ World.



URSULA

(gasps in excitement)

Oh Dahling, that is amazing! Congratulations! (she leans in and hugs Samus carefully. Pulls away and glares at him) Why wasn’t I the first to know?



SAMUS

You were supposed to be the first, trust me. But it seems Dylan has a big mouth.







DYLAN

(entering the livingroom)

That ain’t the only thing big about me.



SAMUS

(shocked)

Babe!



URSULA

Ugh!



TARA

Penis Joke. (covers her ears)(sings)La, La, La, La, La!



URSULA

(To Dylan)

Dahling, why don’t you go with Tara to pick up some wine. She could use the extra help.



TARA

(Puts her hands down)

Oh that would be awesome D-Dawg!



DYLAN

(smiles nodding)

Sure thing T-Bah! Let me just pee first. (He kisses Samus’ forehead and walks into the bathroom)





DYLAN enters the bathroom and closes the door behind him. The voices of SAMUS, URSULA and TARA can be heard on the other side. We watch as DYLAN turns the bathroom sink on and takes the envelope out of his pants. He opens it and we watch as he reads it. He shakes his head shocked anyone found out the truth.





DYLAN (CONT’D)

Son of a bitch! (Frantically places everything back inside of the envelope and stuffs it back in his pants.)







We watch as DYLAN flushes the toilet and splashes some water on his face. He dries it off with a hand towel and glares at his reflection.



The secrets he thought he buried were now in the envelope he held. He worried more people knew about this but it didn’t matter, because he knew he had to deal with this his way.



He turns off the water and practices putting a smile on his face. He walks out the door.







DYLAN

(re entering the livingroom)

Ya ready to go T-Bah?



TARA

(gets up from the sofa nodding)

Yessir!



DYLAN

(Walks over to Samus and leans in toward his lips)

I’m getting you water, a fruit basket and pudding. No changing my mind.



SAMUS

Ugh! You know me so well. (smiles and kisses his lips.)





DYLAN smiles and waves at URSULA and they both walk over toward the door. They leave closing the door behind them and URSULA smiles looking at SAMUS.





SAMUS (CONT’D)

(lowers his eyebrows)

What? Do I have something on my face?



URSULA

No...I am just so happy you’re alive, Dahling.(she hugs him softly)





We watch as SAMUS and URSULA hug and the VO plays:





SAMUS (V.O.)

It’s during life changing events that you find out who your true friends really are. And it isn’t until you know who they are, that you start to see them more as family. The family that will see you and accept you at your worst and still love you.-





*Cuts to:

GUSTIN in his apartment typing on his laptop:





SAMUS (V.O.) (CONT’D)

-The friends that have more faith in you than you do in yourself. -







*Cuts to:

TARA and DYLAN walking down the street chatting and laughing. We watch as TARA takes out her cellphone and speaks into it and DYLAN takes the envelope out and rips it into pieces. He throws it into a nearby garbage can:



SAMUS (V.O.)

-And even with these friends, sometimes you have to hope and pray that the people you let inside of your inner circle, are really trustworthy and have no intentions on hurting you.-







*Cuts to:

MARY MYERS lying on the floor in her apartment crying loudly:



SAMUS (V.O.)

-But we always have to remember that keeping these friends in our lives is important because, we are never promised tomorrow. We are only given today and one life to live. –





*Cuts back to:

SAMUS and URSULA hugging each other:



SAMUS (V.O.)

-That’s why you need real friends and family in your life. To make you smile and forget all about the negatives. True friendships are hard to find, like love, but you know in due time when the right people have entered your life. And when that happens, you know more than anything that you can all face life together.-



URSULA pulls away from SAMUS and she looks down wiping her eyes.





URSULA

Sam-Sam….We have a situation…I’m Pregnant.







SAMUS gasps and there is a silence amongst them both







SAMUS (V.O.)

No matter what happens next.









BLACK.



END OF EPISODE.



END OF SEASON.

Thank You 



Thank you all so much for reading the first season of this amazing story!

The first episode of Season 2 will premiere next Monday (5/21)!!!!

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