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Ga-go, Part two of that same play, the suspensefull climax. (Other) by Jeremi B. Handrinos
DISSOLVE TO INT. CLASSROOM â NEXT DAY
Ferdinand sits in the back of the class,
taking notes as a Teacher lectures.
Blondie throws a paper ball at Ferdinand, and hits him in the head.
The other Boys snicker while Ferdinand pretends to ignore it.
And thatâs how it was.
Every day I was picked on, made fun of, and humiliated.
The next day weâd wake up and do it all over again.
EXT. FIELD -- DAY -- SERIES OF SHOTS
The Boys learn how to tie knots.
The Boys run an obstacle course.
The Boys play soccer.
The Boys do push-ups and sit-ups.
The Boys run around a track.
Ferdinand is the worst at each event.
INT. BUNKS â NIGHT âSERIES OF SHOTS
The boys are playing chess
The boys make their beds for inspection
The boys shine their shoes, and fix their uniforms.
The boys grooming and showering and writing letters.
The boys in the classroom learning.
Ferdinand is the best student and the most organized.
CLOSE UP ON FERDINAND IN BED -- EVENING
Ferdinand lies curled in his bed, crying softly.
I cried myself to sleep every night for a year.
Thank god I at least was better in the classroom than any of the other
boys. That kept me motivated that sooner or later Iâd catch up and be
accepted by the other boys.
And that day came not soon after.
That was the day Emilio arrived.
EXT. FENCING ARENA -- DAY
Ferdinand and the other Boys take instruction from the Fencing Teacher.
It is slightly gloomy but a beautiful grey day nonetheless in early
At which point, the lunge, which many believe is the only way to secure
victory, becomes useless.
The Fencing Instructor demonstrates the move on a dummy.
Excuse me, sir?
The Fencing Teacher halts his demonstration.
Standing next to the Secretary is EMILIO VASQUEZ, 13, Filipino. Handsome,
athletic, and physically more mature than most of the other Boys.
What, get on with it?
We have a new arrival.
The Major said for him to join class immediately.
The Secretary leaves. The Fencing Teacher
waves over Emilio.
Do you know how to Fence? Ah...
Emilioâ¦ A little, sir.
How about you give us a demonstration?
That way we can gauge your skill, Master Emilio.
Sir, it would be my honor.
The Fencing Teacher tosses Emilio a sword,
then he raises his own.
The Fencing Teacher slices towards Emilio with a few jabs.
Emilio blocks them easily, and parries.
The Fencing Teacher attacks again, this time more intense.
Emilio again blocks the swings, and then slices back as equally intense.
Not expecting the attack, the Fencing Teacher stumbles back upon the
slick grass. the Boys laugh. Embarrassed, the Fencing Teacher regains
A lucky strike, Master Emilio.
But letâs see how you do when I donât hold back.
The Fencing Teacher attacks with a flurry of swings, pushing Emilio back.
The Boys watch intently as the Fencing Teacher dominates Emilio --
Suddenly, Emilio ducks a fierce swing and launches into his own attack.
Caught off guard, the Fencing Teacher struggles to defend himself.
Emilio advances relentlessly, until he swats the Fencing Teacherâs
sword away. He smiles, holding his sword at the Fencing Teacherâs
Do you yield sir?
Yes, for now
Everyone is stunned silent. One young man even faints.
After a moment, Emilio lowers the sword, tosses it to the Teacher, and
takes his place in line breathing effortlessly.
Out of breath and struggling to get up and regain his composure wipes
the moisture from his rear.
Uh, most impressive Master Emilio.
As you can see class, Master Emilio has been trained to immediately take
the offensive once an opponent lowers his guard, as I just did for the
sake of this demonstration.
The Boys in line all snicker. Ferdinand gazes at Emilio in amazement and
INT. CAFETERIA -- DAY
Boys chatter and eat their lunches. Ferdinand stands in line waiting to
get his tray of food. He looks over his shoulder and sees Emilio eating
alone at a table.
Emilio kept to himself, mostly. Although they admired him, the other
boys were afraid to approach him. Ferdinand starts towards Emilioâs
table, then loses his nerve and sits away from him, but close enough to
still watch him.
INT. PREP SCHOOL -- DAY -- SERIES OF SHOTS
Ferdinand watches Emilio give an answer during class.
Ferdinand admires Emilio as he excels during P.E.
Ferdinand steals glances at Emilio during Church.
We see the boys next to one another in the choir singing, young and in
falsetto. and crisp tenor. Then our view goes to the rest of the choir
then around the church, then full circle back to the boys, but the boys
are now in their late teens singing in baritone and full tenors.
And so it went on. I kept my eye on Emilio, but was too shy to introduce
myself. While he mostly kept to himself.
INT. WRESTLING MATS -- DAY
The Boys sit against the wall as the Wrestling COACH lectures to them
about muscle and strength, and attitude.
Until one day...
The coach claps his hands together and whistles.
All right, partner up, and weâll go through these moves one at a time.
All of the Boys immediately partner up.
Emilio taps Ferdinand on the shoulder, surprising him.
Youâre my partner.
Emilio walks to a spot on the mat.
Ferdinand hesitates, and then catches up to him.
You know who I am?
Do you really think I wouldnât notice the only other
Filipino boy in the entire school?
TWEET! The coach blows his whistle for them to begin.
All right, first move is a double-leg take down. Letâs go.
Emilio and Ferdinand get into wrestling stance and start to circle each
other and bat hands.
What are you waiting for?
You want me to go first?
Ferdinand lunges forward, grabs Emilioâs legs awkwardly, and tries to
force him down. Emilio doesnât budge.
What are you doing?
They break the hold.
What do you mean?
Wrestling is not about strength itâs about flexibility.
Go lower, harder, and you wonât have to really on power.
You think Iâm weak like the other boys do.
Ferdinand starts to walk away.
Emilio grabs Ferdinand and yanks him back.
Do you know why the other boys pick on you?
Yesâ¦ Of course Iâ¦ Why?
Because, your holding back on purpose, and who wants to be partners in a
situation where all involved should be giving as much as possible, but
Try it again.
Ferdinand and Emilio drop into wrestling stance again.
They begin to circle each other.
Come on, Ferdinand. Donât hold back. Take me down.
Ferdinand lunges again. Emilio grabs him and shoves him back almost
knocking him on his tush.
This isnât fencing. Donât think speed,
be speed, without hinting.
Does the cat tell the bird when it will spring
upon itâs back?
Oh, I see. I was wrestling like a fencer,
and fencing like a wrestler.
Now that makes perfect sense, and this whole time I thought it was my
lack of strengthâ¦ It was my strategy.
So come on! Donât be a thinker! Take meâ¦
But Ferdinand has already lunged and grabbed Emilio
From behind the knees and yanked him up, knocking him
right off of his feet.
THUD! Emilio smacks down on the mat.
Ferdinand looks at Emilio's face in amazement.
All right. Now youâre getting it.
Coach walks by, obviously impressed.
Good work, Cortez.
Youâll make team captain this year if you keep hitting like that, and
that's a promise.
Really? Thanks Coach.
Ferdinand helps Emilio up. They drop into another wrestling stance and
practice holds on one another for the rest of practice. The coach
whistles the boys to end the day, and for showers.
INT. GYM SHOWERS AFTER WRESTLING PRACTICE
Boys are organizing lockers and taking showers and getting dressed
Emilio is almost totally dressed and just finishing tying his shoes.
Ferdinand is still in the shower with the blonde boy and his toadies.
Look at that guys the China mans got an erection for somebody in the
Ferdinand takes no notice since he obviously doesnât.
Some of the other boys laugh while a few others mouth derogatory insults
and innuendos. Like homosexual and queer.
Even if that was true. Which, it is not. I wouldnât
Be able to get an erection anywhere near your fat ass
What was that?
He said that âhe wouldnât be aroused by yourâ¦â
Shut up! I was talking to him idiot.
EMILIO comes over to the shower entrance.
He said, mind your own business
Emilio and the blonde boy stare at one another.
They size each other up and stink eye one another.
Emilio walks slowly into the shower not even caring that he is getting
his uniform wet.
The other boys get the hell out of his way just from the sheer shock of
his behavior. He gets right up in the blond boys face.
Maybe, but it sounds to me like youâre the one who is jealous, and
From the looks of things, it shows.
All of the other boys start laughing, because, like Emilio, they notice
that the blonde boy has an erection. The blonde boy embarrassed punches
Emilio and a huge melee breaks out in the showers involving the whole
From that point on Emilio and me were inseparable.
He helped me with sports and gym, and I helped him in class.
We even made plans to travel Europe together after graduation, but those
plans were doomed to never come
to pass, Iâm afraid.
EXT. AND INT. MONTAGE OF FERDINAD & EMILIO
Outside of a cafÃ© playing chess and drinking coffee.
The two of them studying and giggling in the library.
Them at the beach swimming, and hanging out with friends.
Them walking the streets of Spain and watching bullfights.
Them talking intimately on a bluff counting stars.
DISSOLVE ON THE NIGHT SKY TO
INT. EMILIOâS ROOM â DAY
Emilio is gazing out his window at the stars.
Emilio is at the desk doing a paper when the mail arrives.
He reads the letter and is clearly disturbed by it.
You look like someone just broke your heart, or stole your bike. Whatâ
s the matter? Did your Mommy die?
Noâ¦ My father.
Emilio begins writing several letters and packing up his stuff
immediately and rushed.
Could you make sure that Ferdinand gets this letter?
I know weâve had our differences, but itâs very important.
I have to take the train tonight, and heâs on watch, and this is an
Absolutely, I understand completely.
You can count on me, Emilio.
Emilio leaves in his dress blues and hat,
and with his bags out the door and down the hall.
As soon as heâs out of the room, the blonde boy
Opens, and reads the letter intently,
then he throws it away with a chuckle.