Scene: Ocean Shores High cafeteria, lunch period. Otto Rocket is sitting with his "best bro", Twister, while they wait for Ottos sister, Reggie, and his girlfriend, Twisters cousin, Cleo to join them.
Cleo: (covers his eyes with her hands): Guess who?
Otto (taking her hand and kissing it): Whats up babe?
Cleo: The senior class is putting up Romeo and Juliet as our school play for this year! Reggie and I are auditioning!
Otto: I think you'd make one fine Juliet. But Rocket girl? She's more into sports than all that. Imagine doing classic literature!
Reggie (bites her lip and looks down): You know I've always liked Shakespeare, Rocket boy. I probably won't get a part anyway.
Twister (shyly) : Don't say that, Rocket girl, you'd make a beautiful Juliet! (notices everyone at the table giving him a strange look) I mean, you're really talented. I'm sure you'll get a great part. I mean... where's the squid anyway? (nervously starts to play with his fork)
Reggie (Rolls her eyes) :Where else? Off with Sherry, as usual. They'll meet us at the Shack after school.
Cleo: Reg and I will be late though, cause we've got auditions.
Otto: Good luck babe, I can't wait to see my leading lady on stage (wiggles his eyebrows)
Cleo: Flattery gets you everywhere, Otto Rocket (gives him a quick peck on the cheek as she stands up to leave )
Twister: Good luck Reg. I know you'll do great.
Reggie: Thanks Twist, I think I'll need it.
(The girls leave. Twister rests his head on the table, embarrassed)
Otto: Bro, you have a thing for my sister?
Twister (Turning red): NO! I was just trying... to make her feel better. You were going on about Cleo definitely getting the part, you were making her feel bad.
Otto: Since when did YOU care if she felt bad.
Twister: Of course I do, she's a good friend!
Otto: Well you do know that if you hit on her, I'd have to pound you.
Twister (nervous): Hey, I didn't pound you for asking my cousin out!
Otto(getting up to leave): Relax bro, I was just joshing. Anyway you were right, she is just a good friend.
Twister (to himself): Yeah, a good friend... a good, beautiful, nice, smart... friend.
At the Shore Shack later...
Sam: Hey guys, sorry I missed you at lunch. Sherry and I were just busy... working on scenery for the senior play.
Twister (smirking): Right...
Otto (smirking): Is that what you call it?
Sam (blushing): What?! Er... where's Reg and Cleo?
Twister: Auditioning for the senior play.
Sam: Really? They're both going out for Juliet?
Otto: Yea. Cleo's gonna be the hottest Juliet the school's ever seen bro.
Sam: Well, I'm surprised and impressed, Otto. Never thought you'd be so mature about it.
Otto: Mature about what?
Sam: The fact that Cleo wants to play Juliet. You do realise that there are quite a few kissing scenes in the play.
Otto (look of horror): SQUID! WHY didn't you tell me earlier! Oh man, now I'm gonna have to watch my girl glomp on another guy on stage! Not cool bro.
Twister: Cheer up, Otto man. Maybe she won't get the part.
Sam: Yes, there is a distinct possibility that Reggie could get it.
Otto: Rocket girl? Please, she'd never be able to play that girly role.
Sherry: Well I just saw her audition, and she was fantastic. The best one there.
Twister: Really? Reggie did that well?
Sherry: Yup. Otto probably has nothing to worry about. I don't think anyone could have beat that audition.
Otto: Reggie? Hmmm...I guess I never thought of her that way...
Sam: Well, lots of guys have, you know.
Twister (in a disturbed tone): Lots of guys?
Sam: Yeah, even your brother, Twist. Don't tell me you haven't noticed how he looks at her.
Otto: LARS! NO WAY! YOU KNOW HOW HE IS WITH GIRLS!
Twister: YEAH! IF HE DOES, HE PROBABLY JUST LIKES HER BECAUSE HE'S HOT. He doesn't care about how smart she is, or how sweet, or...(he breaks off when he notices the other three are giving him a strange look again)
Enter Reggie and Cleo
Reggie: Hi guys! What're you all talking about?
Twister: The play... how'd the audition go, Rocket girl?
Reggie: Well, it went OK. Cleo will probably get the lead though.
Cleo: Are you kidding, girlfriend? I did NOT know you could act so well! Come on, let's hit the waves. I'm determined to beat at least ONE of the Rockets in SOMETHING today (tugs on her boyfriends dreadlocks teasingly).
Otto: Beat a Rocket? No way, no how. (Grabs his board and chases his girlfriend across the beach towards the ocean while the others follow, Twister lagging behind)
Twister: So, Reggie's audition was good, huh. Well I knew she could do it. That girl can do anything once she puts her mind to it.
Reggie: Twist... you coming?
Twister: In a minute, Rocket girl.
Reggie (grabbing his hand, dragging him towards the others): Come on, you're missing a great swell!
Tito: Have a good time, little cuzzes. (to himself) I wonder how long those two will take to realise what's going on. Ray's not gonna be happy.
The next day, Otto, Cleo, Twister, Reggie and Sam are walking towards the bulletin board to check the results of the audition. Reggie and Cleo are definitely nervous. So are Otto and Twister, but for opposite reasons.
Otto (to himself): Man, if Cleo gets the part I'm gonna have to whomp whoever plays Romeo. Hope Reggie gets it.
Twister (to himself): I know she really really wants this part. But why do I feel funny at the thought of her kissing a guy on stage? Oh man... I don't really have a thing for my best bro's sister... do I? (aloud) Don't worry Reg, everyone says you did fantastic. I'm sure you'll get the part.
Reggie (nervous smile): I hope so. I've never really done anything like this before.
Cleo: CONGRATULATIONS, GIRLFRIEND. I KNEW YOU'D GET IT! (gives her a hug. Both girls squeal, excited)
Otto: YOU DIDN'T GET THE PART? Er... i mean... aw... you didn't get the part?
Cleo: Can it, Otto. I'm playing Lady Capulet.
Twister (suddenly uncomfortable): So whose playing Romeo?
Sam (scanning the list, and giving Twister a pitying look, he knows Twister has had feelings for Reggie for a very long time now): Trent.
Reggie (shocked): Trent?
Otto: Guess it worked out perfectly for you huh, Regina? (smirks)
Reggie (shoves him lightly): You WOULD bring that up. I'm never gonna live that down, am I? It's been five years!
Otto: Reggie and Trent, sitting in a tree... bro, you OK?
Twister (suddenly flushed, appears to be grinding his teeth): huh? Yea i'm fine bro. Hey listen I've got to go report to Mr Craft about the AV club before class, so I'll catch up with you all later ok?
Twister (to himself, as he rushes in the direction of the teachers' lounge: Oh man... not only is she kissing a guy, she's kissing TRENT. Prince Trent! I can NOT catch a break. Hope Mr Craft is around, and Mrs John too. I wanted to ask them something.
Later that day, during the first rehearsal...
Trent: Hey Reg. Never thought we'd be working together like this, huh? (suave smile) I didn't know you were into classic theatre. Makes me glad I tried out.
Reggie (slightly uncomfortable and unsure of how to react): Yea, I've always liked theatre. Guess you could say I've got eclectic tastes.
Trent: Well, Miss eclectic tastes how about we-
Twister: Hi, Rocket girl!
Trent: Rodriguez! What are you doing here?
Twister: I thought I'd film the play, and rehearsals too to make a complete dvd for the school to release. It would raise funds, and I'd get the experience of making and editing a proper film (inwardly) and I get to keep an eye on you, pretty boy.
Reggie: That's fantastic Twist! We'd totally be working together!
Mrs John: Places everybody. Lets start with rehearsal now. Maurice, would you like to set up your camera in front of the stage, or will you be filming backstage?
Twister: I'll set up one frontstage, and bring one with me backstage. That way I'll be able to get more footage.
Reggie (in a whisper, as Trent begins to say his lines onstage): It's so awesome that you're here Twist. I feel so strange being involved in something like this for the first time. You being here makes it all so much less foreign...
Twister (looks straight into her eyes): Glad to be there, Reg.
They both look into each other's eyes, feeling this strange sense of contentment and connection, when...
Trent (giving them a hard glare): Regina, don't you think we should be rehearsing our scene now. Act one, scene 5?
Reggie (snapping out of it): Sure, Trent. (Heads up to the stage, with Twister slightly flushed, and very angry working on the camera)
Trent: If I profane with my unworthiest hand. This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand. To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
Twister (inwardly): HE'S GONNA KISS HER!
Reggie: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much. Which mannerly devotion is this? For saints have hands which pilgrims do touch (touches his hand and the two of them place their palms together) and palm to palm is holy palmers kiss.
Twister (seeing red): Oh no... I can't believe I have to sit here and watch this. Why don't they just get a room already!
Trent: Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
Reggie: Aye sir, lips that they must use in prayer.
Trent: Oh then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do, lest my faith turn to despair.
Reggie: Saints do not move, though grant for prayers sake.
Trent: Then move not, while my prayers effect I take (leans in to kiss her, just as his lips are about to touch hers...
Mrs John: Hold on now Romeo. We'll have no actual kissing until opening night.
Trent: What? Why not?
Mrs John: Because I don't want the PTA coming after me about encouraging the actions of a pair of hormone ridden teenagers.
Twister (inwardly): I love you, Mrs John.
Mrs John: Ok, guys anyway I think we've done enough for today. Make sure you get your lines for Act 1 memorised over the weekend.
Trent: So, Reg, you want to get together to practice the lines over the weekend?
Reggie: That would be great! It's so much easier to practice the lines when you're reading them out with someone. How's Sunday?
Trent: I can't make it Sunday, what about Saturday night?
Twister: She can't make it Saturday, It's Tito's birthday dinner, remember?
Reggie: Oh yeah! What about Friday?
Trent: I'm busy Friday as well. I guess we'll just have to go it alone for this weekend. Pity, I was looking forward to practising this scene some more with you (winks and heads out the door)
Twister: If you don't mind, Reg, I'll be glad to practice with you tonight.
Reggie: You-you would? Don't you have plans?
Twister: Nah, Otto and Sammy will probably be heading out with Cleo and Sherry anyway.
Reggie: Haha yeah! We should totally hook up... that would save us the embarrassment of being the fifth wheels all the time.
Twister(blushing): Haha yea we probably should. Anyway I'll see you tonight Rocket Girl, or should I say Juliet?
As they are walking home...
Reggie (inwardly): Oh man... why did I have to say that? He must think I'm a total shoobie!
Twister (inwardly): She was just JOKING! So WHY did your heart have to skip a beat when she mentioned hooking up with you? Trent's better looking, Lars is older and more popular with girls... oh man... I just hope I don't make a dweeb of myself on our date tonight... wait it's not a date! When we run lines tonight I mean...
That night, Twister takes particular care to get dressed, leaving his hat behind for once, and wearing a pressed polo with jeans. Reggie, too, decided to wear a skirt for once, and a touch of makeup. Otto has already left for his date with Cleo when she lets him in, taking in his much improved grooming.
Reggie: Looking good, Twist. Someone might think you were playing Romeo for real here.
Twister (nervous laugh; he'd been staring at Reggie from the moment she opened the door. ) : You look beautiful Reg.
Reggie (blushing): Thanks... so you wanna come in, so we can start?
Reggie: OK, um, so you have to look at me, and start off the way Trent did onstage, OK?
Twister: ummm... ok... (looks deeply into her eyes) If I profane with my unworthiest hand. This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand. To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
Reggie (gazes deep into his eyes as well): Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much. Which mannerly devotion is this? For saints have hands which pilgrims do touch (touches his hand and the two of them place their palms together) and palm to palm is holy palmers kiss.
Twister (by now starting to get nervous, but can't tear his eyes away): Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
Reggie: Aye pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer (they don't break eye contact for a second).
Twister (moving closer): Oh then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do, lest my faith turn to despair.
Reggie (in a whisper): Saints do not move, though grant for prayers sake...
Twister (also in a whisper): Then move not, while my prayers effect I take (on impulse, he cups her face in his hands and kisses her, she willingly returns the kiss)
After several minutes, they pull back, giddy smiles on both their faces
Twister: Um Reg...
Reggie (smiling at him): We'll talk when we finish the scene. Read your next line.
Twister (blushing furiously): Oh sure... Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.
Reggie (mischievous grin, she knows what is coming): Then have my lips the sin that they have took!
Twister (confused): Sin from my lips? Oh trespass sweetly urged! (breaks into a grin as he reads the next line) Give me my sin back again! (He kisses her again, more surely and passionately than before)
After they pull away reluctantly...
Twister: Man this Romeo dude sure was smooth.
Reggie (raising an eyebrow): Apparently he's not the only one.
Twister: Reg, I... I've been wanting to do that for a long time now.
Reggie: How long?
Twister: So long, I can't remember ever not wanting to do that. You're amazing Reggie Rocket. I think... I think... I think I'm in love with you.
Reggie ( a teasing smile on her face):Twist... I don't think I feel the same way.
Twister: You... you don't?
Reggie: I don't think I do... but I know I do
Twister: I'll get you for that Reggie Rocket (starts to tickle her)
Reggie (screams): NO! (He carries on tickling her, as she tries to defend herself. In the process, he pulls her close and kisses her)
Twister: I love you Reggie Rocket.
Reggie: I love you too, Twister Rodriguez. (They look into each other's eyes, oblivious of Raymundo, Reggie's father, standing behind them)
Ray: How's rehearsal, guys?
Reggie (blushing): Well... dad, we kinda have something to talk about.
Ray: I figured as much. You're too young to date, Rocket girl.
Reggie: I'm already a senior, dad. And you've known Twister his whole life.
Twister: Yes...Ray...Mr Rocket... Ray... I've always loved Reggie, and I'd die before I ever hurt her.
Ray (frowning slightly): Well, Reg, you'd better see him out, and Twist, I DO know where you live.
Twister (gulps): Sure... see you Raymundo.
Reggie: Twist... you won't mind when I have to do scenes with Trent, would you? I mean I can't suddenly drop out of the play.
Twister: I get that...I'll be honest with you, I don't like it. But at least you guys don't have to kiss during rehearsal. And I'll be there to make sure he doesn't try anything.
Reggie: Twist, I'm sure he won't anyway. You've got nothing to worry about. This Rocket girl is all yours.
Twister: And that's just the way I like it (pulls her close for a kiss)