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INT. KIM AND NIKKI'S DORM ROOM - COMMON AREA - LATE AFTERNOON

KAT is standing by the mini fridge, eating a yoghurt. She is wearing an oversize t-shirt and nothing else.

ENTER KIM.

KIM
Oh, hey, Kat.

KAT
Hi.

KIM
Sleeping over?

KAT
Nah, I just came by to hang out for
a little while. Need to get to the
library.

KIM
Cool. Is Nikki around?

KAT
No, yeah, she's sleeping, I think.
Sorry...

KIM
That's okay. Will you tell her I'm
bringing Andrew back here tonight?
Or I can just put it on her message
board.

KAT
I'll tell her.

There's a KNOCK on the door. The girls look at it, then at each other.
KAT looks down at her t-shirt and bare legs.

Kim smiles.

KIM
I'll get it.

ENTER LOGAN. He is a tall, jovial-looking guy. He smiles and nods to KAT.

LOGAN
Hey. I'm meeting Nikki here. I know
I'm a little early, but I was hoping
she'd be ready for our date now. She
in?

KIM looks back and forth between LOGAN and KAT.

KIM
Oh, but I thought...

KIM looks at KAT, who is frowning slightly.

KIM
(slightly frantic)
Nikki! Someone here to see you!

EXIT KIM. She dashes into her room and closes the DOOR quickly and quietly behind her.

ENTER NIKKI. She is wearing a PJ of tank top and boxer shorts, her hair thoroughly mussed. For a second she only sees KAT and smiles sleepily. Then she sees LOGAN and jumps.

NIKKI
Logan, oh my god! What are you doing
here?!

NIKKI ducks quickly back into her ROOM and emerges again wrapped in a sheet. KAT sighs.

LOGAN
Hey, baby! I wanted to pick you up
for our date. I know I'm early, so
just take your time. I can wait.

LOGAN sits on the sofa. KAT sighs and starts towards Nikki's ROOM.

NIKKI
No, Kat, don't...

KAT
It's fine, let me just get my
clothes and I'll be out of your
hair.

NIKKI
Kat, you don't understand.

KAT
No, actually, I think it's you who
don't understand! Don't you
understand!? How RUDE it is to call
me over only HOURS before you're
going on a DATE!?

NIKKI
Kat, please.

KAT
You know, you've said it plenty of
times, but it's actually true. You
ARE a bitch.

LOGAN
Whoa. What's going on?

KAT brushes past NIKKI into Nikki's ROOM.

NIKKI
No, Kat, don't... Logan, look! I
don't know what your game is. Maybe
one of your teammates hit you really
hard on the head. Don't you remember
our CONVERSATION?

Behind NIKKI, KAT slips into jeans and a hoodie.

LOGAN
What, you mean our little argument?
Look, babe, it's okay. You got a
little upset. It's fine. I forgive
you.

NIKKI
I didn't get upset; I broke up with
you.

LOGAN
Look, I'm just saying. Breaking up
just because we had an argument.
That's like, not PRODUCTIVE. Let's
just try again.

KAT exits Nikki's room. Nikki tries to stop her.

NIKKI
Stop.

KAT
No. I'm leaving.

NIKKI
Can't you just let me speak?!

KAT
I ALWAYS let you speak! I've been
letting you run off at the mouth for
TWO YEARS, Nikki!
(she deflates)
You know, we still haven't even
kissed.

LOGAN
(aside)
Whoa!

KAT
God, I've been such an idiot. I
should have just given you up when
we switched dorms. Clean slate. No
more mess.

NIKKI
I didn't make a date and then call
you! There was no date. God, you're
twisting everything around!

KAT
No, YOU'RE the one who's twisting
everything! I don't even care that
you're going on dates.

NIKKI
Well, you BETTER not care. You're
the one who's dating that feminazi
Trish.

KAT
Do you even hear yourself? I'm not
dating Trish! We stopped seeing each
other, like, months ago.

NIKKI
Why the fuck didn't you tell me
that? I thought we were friends. I
thought friends TOLD each other shit.

KAT
I didn't tell you because you never
asked, Nikki! You never asked.

They both fall quiet.

LOGAN
Look, I'm not sure what you just
decided, but *I* haven't been in a
threesome. Yet.

They both stare at him, incredulously.

LOGAN
Hey, I'm not saying, like, decide now
or anything. But you are totally
welcome to give me a call. Anytime.

NIKKI
(to Logan)
Get out!

KAT leaves. LOGAN remains, staring at Nikki. NIKKI sighs, running a hand through her hair.

 

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

KAT is slouched over a table, staring at a book. NIKKI sits down next to her, tossing a bag of candy on the open book.

NIKKI
Look, I'm sorry.

KAT doesn't reply, keeps her gaze averted.

NIKKI
You know I never apologize for being
me. But I'm sorry you were hurt. I
didn't mean to yell at you. I don't
want you to give up on me.

KAT
Oh my god. You just don't want to
lose your fuckbuddy.

NIKKI
No, that's not true. I mean, not
that you aren't amazing for that.
But I'm okay without my fuckbuddy.
I'm not okay without my friend.

KAT
We're friends?

NIKKI
Well yeah. I mean, aren't we? We
might not be very good at it, but we
can be better.
(she mimicks Logan)
Look, I'm just saying. Fighting is
not PRODUCTIVE.

KAT smiles.

KAT
Why did you even date that guy? He
was so awful.

NIKKI
(shrugs)
He had a giant dick.

KAT
Oh my god, gross.

NIKKI
But I talked to him, and I'm pretty
sure he thinks I'm a giant lesbo now.

KAT
But you're not.

NIKKI
Hell, no. Still love the cock.
But I mean -- that doesn't mean I
don't want to fuck girls, too...

KAT
Oh, wow. You've only been in college
for two years before you realize
that?

NIKKI
(nudges her)
Shut up. Anyway, I'm sure he got the
message this time. We are definitely
broken up for real now. In case you
care.

KAT
I don't know, am I supposed to care?
Do you want me to care? I'm pretty
sure if I were your friend I wouldn't
want to dictate who you dated or
slept with.

NIKKI
No, friends care about that stuff.
They get to say to each other,
"Hey, you're dating a total moron.
Stop that."

KAT
But friends don't sleep with each
other.

NIKKI draws Kat's BOOK towards herself, brushing the candy aside.

NIKKI
Sure they do. We do.

KAT
No, I SERVICE you, and you TOLERATE
me getting off in your presence.
That's how far we've come. I'm not
sure that's enough for me.

NIKKI
So you want me to eat you out?

KAT
Not if you don't want to!

NIKKI
Well, maybe I do want to. I've
definitely been thinking about it.
But you never asked! And I didn't
want to say anything, because...

KAT
Why?

NIKKI
Well, what if I suck at it? What if
I hate it? What if I like it so much
I'll never want to lick dick again?
What if you try me once and I'm
really bad and you decide there's no
reason to hang around?

KAT snatches the BOOK from NIKKI, brandishing it at her.

KAT
Oh my god.

NIKKI
What?

KAT
You like me.

NIKKI
What? No.

KAT
You like me. You want to make love
to my pleasure cave.

KAT pokes her with the BOOK. NIKKI bats it away.

NIKKI
Ew. No.

KAT
But you're afraid I won't like you
back.

NIKKI
Well, do you?

KAT
Nikki.

KAT puts the BOOK down.

KAT
I've been hanging around for two
years.

NIKKI
So?

KAT
I like you a lot.

They smile at each other, finally.

NIKKI
Oh wait.

KAT
What?

NIKKI
I don't like kissing. You said we
haven't even kissed yet, but I don't
do that. Wet. Tongues wiggling
around. Nasty stuff.

KAT
What! What are you on about? Kissing
isn't nasty. It's nice. Soft. Sweet.

NIKKI
Alright, look, you've already talked
me into munching rug, can we just
give it a rest with the changes? For
a little while? Thank you?

KAT sighs, puts her arm around Nikki and draws her close. NIKKI rests her head on her shoulder.

KAT
I don't want you to not see other
people. If that's something you want.

NIKKI
Didn't we have this conversation?

KAT
No, we didn't.

NIKKI
So you'd be okay with me dating guys?

KAT
Sure.

NIKKI
Girls?

KAT
Yeah...

NIKKI
Do I have to let you know right now?

KAT
No. But just. Let me know before
they come to pick you up for a date.

NIKKI
I DIDN'T PLAN that!

KAT
No, I know.
It's just. I've never actually known
you dating just one person.

NIKKI
Well, I've never been serious about
anyone before.

KAT looks at her, but NIKKI keeps her head on her shoulder.

KAT
I'm just saying if you were poly,
that would be okay too.

NIKKI
God. Poly. That sounds like a VD.

KAT
Shut up. Polyamorous. Means you can
be in love with more than one person
at a time.

NIKKI
Aren't you a fancy know-it-all.

KAT
It's Trish. She knows. You should
try actually talking to her sometime.

NIKKI
Are YOU? Poly?

KAT
I don't know. I haven't figured it
out yet.

NIKKI
I guess there's a lot of stuff we
need to figure out.

KAT
That's okay.

NIKKI
We'll figure it out together.

Pull back on the two of them, leaning against each other by the table. NIKKI reaches out for the candy. Fade to black.