The Jealous Brother (B Side: Converting My Sister)
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SCENE opens on Gina and David, two 18-year-old high school seniors, as they walk home from class holding hands. Both are dressed in their school uniforms. Gina has been secretly dating David for a few months now and is totally smitten by him: he is handsome, sweet, on the football team, and very popular at school. But she comes from an ultra-conservative family and is afraid of their relationship going public. Her father is a prejudiced man and, as the head of their house, if he were to find out about David, she doesn't even know what he would do. As they walk home, down one of the back roads they take to spend more time together, David pleads with Gina to stand up to her father. Graduation is almost here, they're both 18 now, and there is no reason why they cannot just run away together at the end of the year. Gina buries herself in David's chest, about to cry. She apologizes for her family being so ignorant and tells him she loves him. As she says this, a car pulls up behind them and screeches to a halt. The window rolls down and Jeremy, Gina's older step-brother, yells angrily out the car for her to get in. David looks concerned and asks who it is. Gina looks petrified and, breaking away from her boyfriend, tells him she'll call him later ... she must go. It's her brother. She runs into the car and it speeds off past the confused teenage boy.
Inside the car, Jeremy drives without looking at his sister. He seems furious. There is a long awkward pause as she sits beside him and fiddles with her school girl skirt. Finally, he slams on the brakes, and turning the car off, barks at her 'Who the hell was that?' Gia shrinks back and tells him it was just a boy from school. No big deal. Jeremy studies her for a moment before grabbing her face. 'I told you to stay away from boys like that, Gia.' He orders. 'You know what your father will do when he finds out.' Gia yanks his hand off and replies 'There's nothing to find out, Jeremy. He was just walking me home. You don't need to make a big deal out of it.' There is another awkward silence as Jeremy stares his sister down, seething. 'Why is it that you don't want to spend any time with me anymore ... but I find you on some dirt road being fondled by a ...' Gia cuts him off and pleads with him that it's normal for step-siblings to have other friends. The word 'step' seems to ignite something in Jeremy and he explodes.
'So, that's what I've reduced to now ... just a step-brother? I spend all your life protecting you, is your older brother and now I'm like, what, not even good enough for that? I'm being demoted?' Sensing her brother's jealousy, Gina tries to backtrack ... she apologizes for what she said, she tells him that she loves him, that he has always been there for her, that she appreciates him. Jeremy looks smugly ahead. 'This is the last time I'm going to tell you -- I don't want to see you with that boy again!' Gia crosses her arms and says 'fine, let's just go home please.' Jeremy turns the car back on and they drive off. Later that evening, Gina sits in her bedroom studying when there is a knock on the back door. It's David. Nervously, she lets him inside and asks him what he's doing there. David tells her that he was worried about her, about what happened earlier that day, and why she wasn't answering her texts. Gia begs him to leave before her parents come home. They're at choir practice and should be back within a few hours. David stands his ground and demands to know why his girlfriend wouldn't answer her texts all night. Gina explains that her older step-brother freaked out when he saw them together. He threatened to tell her father. David offers to beat him up and, laughing nervously, Gia falls into his arms. She tells him no, Jeremy is harmless ... he is just a little possessive. He never had many friends growing up. It will all blow over soon.
They start kissing. Gia seems nervous about him being in the house, but David keeps pushing, reminding her that two hours alone is a long time ... they should take the opportunity while her parents are out to be together. They always talk about messing around, but they can never do it ... so, if she really likes him, she'd want to take advantage too. You can see how persistent and horny David is. Nervously, Gia agrees and guides him over to her bed. As he takes off her pajamas, she asks if he has a condom. He tells her he didn't think to bring one but that shouldn't stop them. It'll be ok. She is hesitant but, seeing how excited her boyfriend is, agrees just this once to not use one.
Scene opens on Rick, a good looking All-American college guy, as he finishes shaving in the mirror. A birthday present sits on the counter beside him, with a card to his younger step-sister. Over a series of detail shots, you hear Rick singing to himself and muttering about her -- today is her 19th birthday, she's become such a beautiful young woman, she's going to love his present, he has always had feelings for her ... ever since their parents got married years ago, and how good it's going to be to finally fuck her. It sounds as if he is practicing a speech, something he's been wanting to say forever. The phone rings. Rick sees the caller ID is his sister, Jessica and, wiping the last of the cream off his neck, smiles and answers. A split screen shows a locked-off mid-shot of each sibling as they have their conversation. Rick greets her enthusiastically and asks if she is excited for the family BBQ tonight, she's going to love his present. She laughs awkwardly and tells him that the BBQ is cancelled. She asked their parents to leave for the weekend as her gift instead ... so she can finally get the house to herself. You can see Rick's look of disappointment ... until Jessica asks if he will still come over. They can get into all kinds of trouble with their parents gone and, besides, she has something important to tell him. His eyes light up and he eagerly agrees, saying he'll be over in an hour. The split screen ends on Jessica's side of the conversation as she hangs up the phone. She nervously walks to her bed and collapses on her back, revealing a rainbow bracelet on her wrist. She tugs at it and bites her lip.
Scene cuts to Rick walking into the family's house, present in hand. Hearing him enter, Jessica runs over and jumps on her brother, bear hugging him and saying how much she missed him. He looks at her lustfully, as he hands over her present and starts to half stammer through his speech. But Jessica is distracted and nervous, shushing him and pulling him upstairs to her bedroom. She must tell him her secret now, she can't wait any longer.
The step-siblings sit on the bed. As Jessica starts to talk, Rick awkwardly gets her to open the present. It's a lacey camisole. The tomboyish Jessica looks at it sideways as Rick calmly places his hand on her knee and gets ready to make his move. But, to his shock, the secret she reveals has NOTHING to do with him. It's her. She is a lesbian. Rick can't hide his disappointment and Jessica takes this as a negative reaction. She asks him for his support and advice on what to do about their homophobic parents. She doesn't want to hide who she is but she is very afraid they will kick her out if they learn the truth.