The Cutting Room Floor
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EXT. THE FROSTS' FRONT PORCH - NIGHT
The camera moves in on RILEY FROST, a beautiful 17-year-old girl with long dark hair, crying on the porch step.
The gossip has spread far and wide. My secret girlfriend publicly dumped and outed me at the same time, and now I'm on social death row. But that's not the worst of it. My favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn, was murdered at school. Now I'm beginning to feel like I'm trapped in a whodunit movie. And I can't help thinking that Ms. Dunn's killer is close by.
CLOSE UP: DESMOND BRANDT
DEZ, a handsome 17-year-old boy, peers through his window at RILEY.
I do this a lot--watch my life through the eyes of a director. I want to be that one person in charge. I wish I didn't crave control. But I do . . . badly. And though I might not be able to control Riley, I can help get her to where she needs to be. Convince. Persuade. Protect. I'll make Riley love me, even if it means I have to play the villain.