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FADE IN:


INT. PSYCH WARD CAFETERIA - DAY


PATIENTS are seated around the room. Most are eating their lunches -- a tray of meatloaf and mashed potatoes and blueberry Jell-O. Some are talking among themselves. JIMMY (16) sits alone at a table in the far off corner of the room. He’s hunched over and writing in a notebook. He pauses and turns his head to the window. He briefly studies the bars on the windows.


BECKETT (OS): They say they put those bars on there for our safety…


Jimmy, startled by the intrusion, quickly closes his notebook and turns his focus to BECKETT WELSH (18), a kid from the Bronx, infamously known around the mental hospital as being a pill-poppin', mischief-causin' lunatic.  


BECKETT:…But really it’s to make this place feel like a prison.


Jimmy doesn’t speak.


BECKETT (CONT’D): You’re new here, aren’t you?


JIMMY: Actually, I’ve been here twenty-nine and a half days.


BECKETT: So then, you are new.


Beckett pulls up a chair from another table and sits down across from Jimmy.


BECKETT (CONT’D): (extending his arm/hand) The name’s Beckett.


JIMMY: (shaking the outreached hand) Jimmy.


The handshake lasts a little too long for comfort; Jimmy pulls away.


BECKETT: (keeps smiling) So, Jimmy……….What’s wrong with you?


-- CUTAWAY --

INT. DOCTOR’S OFFICE - DAY

Jimmy and his MOTHER and FATHER are seated across from the DOCTOR.


DOCTOR: I’m sorry to have to tell you but…….Your son’s poetic.


Mother breaks down in tears, as Jimmy’s Father embraces her to console her.



INT. PSYCH WARD CAFETERIA - DAY (CONTINUOUS)


JIMMY: Nothing.


BECKETT: Same for me. But what do they say is wrong with you?


JIMMY: (sighs)...

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