SWEENEY Nothing here. Is everything all right over there? DANNY Everything's fine. SWEENEY How's it comin'? DANNY I'm doing it right now. CMRIS Who is it, dude? DANNY (covering the receiver) It's Sweeney. CHRIS Who?! Why is he calling here!? Fuck you, Sweeney! Asshole! JASON (grabbing the receiver) Get a fucking job, you reggie! Danny grabs the receiver back and yells at his friends. DANNY You fuckers are going to get me booted! (into the receiver) Dr. Sweeney? I'm sorry, man. SWEENEY Just make sure it's on my desk tomorrow, Danny. DANNY It'll be there, alright!? SWEENEY It better be. Sweeney hangs up abruptly. Danny slams the phone on the hook, gives it TME FINGER, and looks at his friends. DANNY Let's go. CUT TO: EXT. CAMMERON'S HOUSE PARTY - NIGHT A TRUCK sits across the street. INT. TRUCK - DEREK AND SETH They sit in the car as a band JAMS from Cam's house. Shiftless Seth throws on a black CRO-MAG t-shirt and tosses his work shirt in the back. He wolfs down a burger as Derek rolls his foot on a basketball on the floor. SETH You're an idiot if you ask me. DEREK I'm not asking you. SETH What if he writes something stupid and that nigger turns you in? Jesus. He didn't testify, Der. They can use that shit and re-try you. Derek takes a long stare at Seth, who devourshis burger. DEREK Sweeney's not gonna do anything, Seth. He helped get me released. Seth is a pathetic vision to Derek. Derek stares at him for several moments. DEREK I'm out, Seth. Seth wipes his mouth and casually meets eyes with Derek. DEREK I'm only going to tell you this once so pay attention. I'm done, Seth. I don't want you to come near me...near Dan...I want you to leave my family alone. Seth stares and laughs at Derek. SETH You're serious. DEREK I'm dead fucking serious. No more phone calls, no more visits, no more nothing. Seth doesn't know what to say. DEREK We don't exist as far as you're concerned, Seth. SETH I can't believe I'm hearing this shit come out of your mouth. DEREK Believe it, Seth. Believe it. I spent over three years away from my family. My family, Seth. For what? SETH For your country, fuckhole, that's what. I'd do a hundred years before I felt like that. Seth gets out, slams the door, and walks to the party. SETH You're a motherfucking traitor! Derek stares out the window and sighs. EXT. STREET - DEREK'S POV He watches the house. Suddenly, Danny, Chris and Jason skate up to the residence and follow Seth inside. DEREK What the--? Shit. INT. CAMMERON'S HOUSE - THE FRONT DOOR CUT TO: DICK NIXON plays a punk version of WHITE CHRISTMAS as skins slam dance. EXT. CAMMERON'S BACK PATIO - A SKINHEAD His face is tattooed with crow's feet and prison ink. CASSANDRA, a frail, older, English woman with green hair and multiple piercings, approaches JASON at the keg. CASSANDRA You're full of shit! JASON If he ain't here, he's comin'. INT. HOUSE - MORE SLAMMING Chris, Danny and Jason pound beer and huck DARTS at a picture of O.J. SIMPSON. Seth violently slams past the kids. Derek walks in. CHRIS Yo! What's up, Fat Seth!? Seth throws Chris against the wall. SETH I'm not fat, cockwart! I'm husky! CMRIS Okay! I'm sorry, bro! DANNY Take it easy, dude! Seth then grabs Danny hard by the shirt. Chris and Jason stare at him like he's gonna hurt him. DANNY What're you doin'?! DEREK Your brother's a piece of shit! Seth sees Derek enter and he releases Danny. Seth mixes into the party and SLAM DANCES into ten other skins. Danny follows Seth towards the keg. DEREK'S POV. He analyzes the crowd. Quickly, Chris recognizes him. CHRIS Holy shit. Father Vinyard!? JASON Son of a bitch. Derek looks at the two kids. JASON I'm Jason and that's Chris! We're friends with your brother! They stick out their hands but Derek prefers to check the scene. CHRIS You're a fuckin' god, man! JASON No shit! DEREK Do me a favor. Grab Danny and get outta here! The two boys look at each other and LAUGH. CHRIS We just got here, man! DEREK You what!? Chris looks at Derek like he's dead. DEREK You don't have any homework?! JASON School doesn't exist anymore, Father. Derek stares at him, not really knowing what to do. CHRIS I wrote you. Two letters while you were in there! Did you get them?! Derek ignores them and weaves his way through the crowd, causing many an individual to double-take. Chris and Jason look on in wonderment. EXT. LARGE, OPEN SHED AREA - A CROWD TIGHT ON CAMMERON ALEXANDEr. The older, white trash skin furiously bangs his sticks on the drums to the song. Cam's hair is still long but now he's got a swastika between his eyebrows like CHARLES MANSON. He wears TROY AIKMAN'S DALLAS JERSEY and a BLACK COWBOY HAT. DEREK'S POV. He pans right to check out the crowd. A man pisses out the window. Then to a distinct woman. IT'S STACEY. Her head is now completely SHAVED but she's still gorgeous as ever. Derek indulges her for a few moments until he turns and walks away. He bumps into a girl and knocks her drink. CASSANDRA Excuse fuckin' me! DEREK Sorry. She smiles at Derek as the SONG comes to a close. CASSANDRA Derek? DEREK Cassandra. CASSANDRA Oh my God! They said you might be here but I didn't fucking believe 'em! CURTIS, the M-16 on the side of his head perfectly intact, walks by Derek. He walks past Derek with his young son on his shoulders. CURTIS I hope what I heard ain't true, man. You better hightail it the fuck outta here if it is. After a moment, Derek looks away and Curtis heads off. CASSANDRA You gotta chop that mop, Der! Cassandra lights a brown menthol cigarette. CASSANDRA (exhaling) Stacey's meandering around here somewhere! Have you seen the bitch?! Derek shakes his head. DEREK The only person I've seen is Seth. CASSANDRA Oh God. I'm sorry. DEREK'S POV. He sees Cameron puts his arm around her and kiss her. Cameron sticks his hand down the back of her pants, smiles, pulls it out, and licks his finger. Derek watches as Danny delivers a beer to Cammeron. Ca puts his arm around Dan and they go into the bedroom. Stacey looks at Derek and follows them. LIZZY (0. S. ) Are you going in there? Derek looks down to see Lizzy and Kammi. LIZZY Can you tell Danny that Lizzy's looking for him? Derek can only stare at the girl's youth. INT. LARGE BEDROOM/OFFICE - A SHRINE TO HITLER DEREM'S PoV. He stands in the doorwell and listens. White Power paraphernalia cover the walls. Articles, posters, everything. The room has a bed, a couch, a glass coffee table and a desk with a computer on it. Organized stacks of papers, pamphlets and magazines are strewn throughout the floor. Cameron sips a beer and talks with Dan. Stacey listens in the background. CAMMERON He won't do anything'drastic I hope. DANNY I gotta do that paper though. CAMMERON I thought you already turned that fucker in? DANNY My teacher cried to Sweeney, man. have to do another one. Cammeron laughs. CAMMERON Oh man. Fucking Sweeney. STACEY (chiming in) Meanwhile, niggers and spics do their reports on Malcolm X and fucking Fidel Castro. Cameron laughs again but then becomes quickly serious. CAMMERON Sweeney's got an agenda, Danny. And it's all a load of crap. You hear me? He's all about brainwashing. Don't get fucking fooled by it. DEREK (O.S.) What the hell are you doing here, Dan? They all look over. CAMMERON (smiling) Hey. I was wondering when he was going to show his face. Derek doesn't lift his eyes from Danny. DEREK What did I tell you, Dan? DANNY I had to check it out, Der. Come on. CAMMERON He'll be all right, Derek. Derek shoots Cameron a look and tries another way. DEREK There's a redhead out there looking for you. Go talk to her. Danny gets up and walks out. Cam looks to Stacey. CAMMERON You go with. Derek seizes his brother with the eyes as he exits. Then Stacey. STACEY Welcome back. He just closes the door on her. Cammeron looks for his cigarettes. CAMMERON You made it, man. When I heard they threw you in General Population I thought it was curtains. DEREK It wasn't too bad. CAMMERON So what's all this self-righteous, born-again shit I'm hearing then? Derek doesn't blink. Cameron smiles and points to a chair. CAMMERON Have a seat, Derek. Relax. TIGHT ON CAMMERON. He sparks up a cigi to break Derek's uncomfortable stare. CAMMERON How was it in there with all those fuckin' monkeys, man? You're lucky they didn't kill you. DEREK I agree. CAMMERON Who runs the place? The monkeys or the wetbacks? DEREK The Mexicans. CAMMERON It's a fuckin' vacation for them in there, hunh? DEREK They were really organized. I'll tell ya...it was impressive. They-- INT. HOUSE BATHROOM - DANNY AND LIZZY CUT TO: The two make out. She sits on the sink and wraps her legs around him. They stop and smile at each other. LIZZY I like you. DANNY I like you, too. CUT TO: INT. CAMMERON BEDROOM - SAME Derek and Cam converse over the coffee table. CAMMERON They're fuckin' peasants, Derek. All of them. (then) So what's up, man? I'm hearing a lot of shit about you. DEREK Be careful with me, Cam. You don't know what's going on with me. CAMMERON Fuckin' talk to me then. We're family here. Let's work it out whatever it is. DEREK I'm family, Cam? Is that why you came to see me all the time up there? Cameron smiles but doesn't know what to say. CAMMERON I had to distance myself from you after that. DEREK Fuck you, Cameron. You're a fucking chicken hawk...praying on kids. CAMMERON I don't pray on fucking anyone. DEREK No. You fucking use them. To filter your insanity. Cameron smiles in disbelief. CAMMERON You and Danny are like brothers to me, Derek. Come on, man. DEREK He's not your brother, Cameron. All right? He's my brother. (after a beat) You hear me, Cam? CAMMERON (exploding) Fuck you, Derek! Fuck you! Don't think you can threaten me with this shit for a fuckin' second! I'm more important to him now then you ever were. Derek EXPLODES. With his feet, he pushes the GLASS COFFEE TABLE hard into Cammeron's knees. Cam screams in agony. Derek SLUGS him in the face and Cam RETALIATES with two of his own. They wrestle around the room and push their way into the BATHROOM. INT. TINY BATHROOM - DEREK AND CAM Derek takes Cam by his long hair and SMASHES his face into the mirror. IT SHATTERS. Derek follows with a solid punch to the kidney. DEREK You gonna listen?! CAMMERON I'm gonna fuckin' kill you. Derek bangs Cam's face against the mirror ONCE MORE. DEREK Shut the fuck up! You're gonna stay away! That's what you're gonna do! Derek rinses Cam's bloody face off by PLUNGING it into the toilet. He pulls him back up and they face the mirror. DEREK It's over. Derek stares at him in silence. CAMMERON RETALIATES. He forcefully backs Derek into the wall behind him. He throws two punches at Derek -- one in the stomach and one to the face that opens his lip. He misses on his third and Derek gets the upper hand. BACK TO THE MIRROR. Derek prepares to crash Cam's face into the shards of glass one last time. The final blow. As Cam screams, Derek launches him forward then pulls back at the very last moment. Derek, noticing Cam's condition, throws him into the tub. Derek throws him a towel, grabs one for his lip, and exits. EXT. SHED AREA - A GROUP OF 20 NAZI'S They SALUTE the band and chant as they tune up for another set. The singer inquires about his DRUMMER. Derek pushes his way through and spills a few beers cn the way. Cassandra smokes a cigarette with a few random skins as Derek passes by. RANDOM SKIN Hey Derek!? DEREK What?! CASSANDRA (exhaling) Jesus, Der. What happened? CURTIS (psychotically) Where's Cammeron, man?! DEREK I haven't seen him. Cassandra looks at him curiously and then focuses her attention to the bedroom. STACEY (O/S) Hey! Derek turns around and faces her. DEREK (pointing his finger) Stay away from me. STACEY Don't point your fucking finger at me. DEREK I'm serious, Stacey! Stay away! She grabs and pulls on his shirt. STACEY What are you gonna do?! Hunh?! Hit me?! Kick me as I roll on the fuckin' ground screaming?! (then) That bullshit with Cammeron is nothing, Derek! DEREK I don't care. Stacey looks deep into his eyes and can feel it. STACEY Goddamn you, Derek! Those two niggers deserved what they got. They deserved to die! And just like Cameron and Seth and a million others out there...I'll believe that 'til the day I fucking die. I will. Nothing will ever change that either. Derek breaks from her grasp and walks away. EXT. PATIO - DEREM'E POV He looks over to the kegs. Through the sliding glass window, he sees Seth taking a "tap hit" off the keg. All the guys in the b.g., INCLUDING DANNY, count and cheer. Seth sucks the tap while skins count in the background. Derek walks out and watches Dan pump the keg. ET AL Forty-five! Forty-six! Forty- seven...! Seth removes his mouth from the tap and belches like a pig. All the guys laugh. SETH (grabbing Danny) Why the fuck did you pump it?! I coulda gone for a minute at least! Danny looks over and meets eyes with a bloody Derek. He FREEZES while everyone turns to look Derek over. DEREK Let him go, Seth. Seth sees blood on Derek's face and shirt and takes a moment to identify the source. He draws his 9mm Baretta and points it at Derek's head from four feet away. SETH Where's Cameron? Derek stares directly into the BARREL. DANNY (frightened) Seth, man!? Come on! Seth puts the gun directly to Derek's cool head. SETH I'd be doing America a great fucking favor, let me tell you. STACEY Do it, Seth. Seth glances at her and Derek quickly GRABS the pistol. A shot goes off and people hit the deck. Derek wrestles the pistol away and punches Seth in the STOMACH. Falling to the ground in pain, Derek cracks him in the face once more and it's over. INT. CAM'S BATHROOM - CASSANDRA AND CURTIS They walk in and look at Cammeron, bleeding in the tub. Curtis pulls the METAL TOWEL HOLDER off the wall and storms after Derek. Cassandra laughs. CASSANDRA You got fuckin' guests out there, Cam. EXT. PATIO - SAME Derek tosses the gun over the fence and looks to Danny. DEREK Come with me right now. He looks at his brother. He then sees Curtis and three other skins come through the house. Derek stares at Dan and hauls ass down the back alley. DANNY'S POV. Curtis arrives and tends to Seth rather than go after Derek. Confused and mildly embarrassed, Danny bolts back into the house to get his board. CUT TO: EXT. VENICE BLVD. - SLEEPING HOMELESS Danny passes them on his board as he conguers the cracks in the street at an incredible rate. He turns the tight corner and cuts off a turning car. The man yells. Danny spots his brother walking twenty yards up on the left-hand side of the street and crosses. Approaching quickly, he skates faster and faster as Derek nears a BUS STOP BENCH. Hearing the board, Derek turns to face the clickity clack behind him. DANNY LUNGES FROM HIS BOARD AND TACKLES DEREE. The two crash into the street as a car henks from the inside lane, barely missing the duo. Danny punches his brozher in the face. DANNY Fucking asshole! Derek gets on top of his brother, spots a speeding car heading right for him, and pulls his brother to the sidewalk. Just in time. DEREK What the luck are you thinking!? DANNY What are you thinking!? Friends don't fight friends, Der! They stick together! DEREK They're not friends, Dan! DANNY What the hell are they then?! Derek picks his brother up and sits him on a BUS STOP BENCH. DEREK Just sit there and relax for a second. DANNY I don't wanna relax! You looked like an idiot back there! Derek stares and sits next to him. Cars and homeless randomly pass in the b.g. Danny looks at his brother, transfixed in thought. DANNY What's happened to you, Derek? TIGHT ON DEREK. He looks into his brother's eyes. DISSOLVE TO BLACKNESS: INT./EXT. CHINO PRISON - ESTABLISHING SHOTS FILING OUT OF THE CELL. The morning drill. His roommate, an old Latino guy, right behind. Derek's eyes cast among the inmates, noting everyone and looking for a friendly face. He notes a familiar tattoo, catches the guy's eye and nods. WALKING THROUGH THE CAFETERIA. Derek with his tray. A sea of tables divided by race. He spots a tiny island of white guys at a distant table. He looks at STEVIE THE LEADER, but gets a nod from the HUGE ARYAN next to him. Derek moves to sit with them. A WIDE SHOT OF THE YARD. From a distance, he approaches the Aryan corner. They casually greet each other. Derek then looks over to the HUGE ARYAN from the cafeteria and to STEVIE MCCORMICK, the crazy looking leader. Derek walks over and shakes their hands. CUT TO: INT. PRISON LAUNDRY ROOM - MORNING Derek quietly folds towels with a young, chattering black man. YOUNG MAN You got lucky, man. I was in the kitchen for a year before making it in here. Pots and motherfucking pans... disgusting beef stroganoff shit... boiling hot water...fuck that! (looking over) My name's Lamont, man. Derek doesn't even look at LAMONT. Stone cold, he continues folding. LAMONT I got your back. Righteous white Cracker with attitude. Just like the Judge who sentenced me, man. Lamont laughs but then becomes serious. LAMONT If your smart though you'll remember one thing. You're the nigger in here. Not me. CUT TO: EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY DEREK'S POV. He sees Stevie McCormick conferring with a Mexican gang leader. The Mexican hands Stevie a joint through a handshake. Derek turns and talks to two white guys who seem impressed. Stevie walks up and takes a hit off his joint. STEVIE I was just talking about you. You're Cammeron's boy? Derek turns and stares at him. DEREK His boy? No, I don't think so, man. I'm not anybody's boy. STEVIE Well...you know what I mean. DEREK Nooo, I don't know what you mean. Derek and Stevie lock eyes. Stevie sneaks a hit and offers Derek. STEVIE Here, man. Relax and have a hit. Derek stares at him. DEREK Nooo...how about you getting that fucking shit awax from me? Stevie looks at him, ready to kill. The other two can't believe Derek's gall. Stevie shrugs. STEVIE You got a problem, man? DEREK Excuse me? Do I have a problem? No, I don't have a problem. Do you have a problem? STEVIE No. I don't. Stevie stares at Derek and walks off. He turns back again and he and Derek lock eyes. He walks back to his group. DEREK Who the fuck are you? Derek turns back to the other two and they are already walking away. Derek looks at the two and back to Stevie. Stevie sits with HUGE ARYAN and says something to him. CUT TO: INT. PRISON LAUNDRY ROOM - EARLY MORNING Lamont in mid-conversation. LAMONT But I won't go down on that shit. No way, no how. You ever been with a soul sister? Derek looks over and meets his eyes. Lamont sees this and laughs. Just for a second. LAMONT Oh shit! Sorry, man! Forgot who the luck I was talking to there for a second. (after a beat) Let me ask you this one though cause I don't know the white man's take. You like eating pussy? Derek can't help but smile. LAMONT Oh man! You sick fucking bastard! You sick pig! DEREK And you don't!? Shut up. LAMONT Man...you don't know shit about the brothers. We won't go down on that shit if the bitch was holding a gun to our fucking head. Derek laughs and the two continue to converse. CUT TO: EXT. PRISON QUAD - DAY A group of White Aryans are gathered in the yard. Derek plays basketball with a mixed assemblage, including Lamont. Derek continues to look over every now and then at Stevie and his group. Stevie suddenly smiles towards Derek. Not understanding what it's all about, Derek turns 'around. Standing there is HUGE ARYAN and his STOCKY FRIEND.. They proceed to beat the shit out of Derek right in the middle of the court. The players circle as Derek rolls on the ground. He gets bombarded with kicks and punches, a few even coming from randoms on the court. CUT TO: INT. LAUNDRY ROOM - MORNING A beat-up Derek quietly folds. Lamont stays quiet. He glances over but knows Derek isn't in the mood. CUT TO: EXT. CAFETERIA - AFTERNOON LUNCH Derek looks over to the white table and they something amongst themselves. They break into laughter. Derek thinks about eating somewhere else, but there's nowhere to go. He walks BACK over to the white table and looks at STEVIE. STEVIE How's your face, man? Everyone laughs. Derek sits and eats, his tail between his legs. STEVIE That'll teach you. Don't be a prick to your superiors. CUT TO: EXT. NARROW PRISON CORRIDOR - LATE AFTERNOON Stevie walks by himself and smokes a cigarette. He turns a corner and standing there waiting for him is DEREK. Derek stares him down. STEVIE What do you want? DEREK I'm right here, man. You wanna have it out with me, let's go. Just me and you though. STEVIE Man...you are a stupid motherfucker. You know that? When are you--? Derek cracks him in the face and Stevie falls to the ground. DEREK Stupid?! You have anything else to say, you little pussy! Hunh?! STEVIE Fuck you! Derek kicks the man a few more times and takes off. A few black prisoners laugh at Stevie from the PING PONG TABLE. CUT TO: INT. PRISON SHOWER - MORNING Derek puts his head down under the warm water and closes his eyes. From out of nowhere, he is slammed out of frame to the floor. HUGE ARYAN'and his STOCKY BUDDY from earlier proceed to beat him. Bathers leave and after a few moments, Stevie's boys drop their TOWELS. HUGE ARYAN Well well well. A virgin. DISSOLVE TO: INT. SHOWER - LATER Derek lies on the tile floor, bloody and beaten. HUGE ARYAN You ain't so tough now, are you? The two men smile at each other, kick him and exit. After a few seconds, LAMONT enters with the cart and picks up dirty towels. He spots Derek laying on the tile. LAMONT Motherfucker. What now, man? He tends to Derek. He picks him up, throws him over his shoulder, and carries him off. LAMONT Shit, holmes. (carrying him) Hang on to me, man. You're heavy. INT. PRISON INFIRMARY - EVENING Derek lies on a table, silent. A Mexican DOCTOR examines his ass. DOCTOR Well, you do have some tearing down here. Christ. Okay. I'm gonna have to stitch you up so I'll be back. The doctor passes Dr. Sweeney on his way out. Derek hears Sweeney talk to the doctor and turns his head. The two look at each other for a long moment. Sweeney sits down next to him and puts his hand on Derek's shoulder. Derek finally breaks down and sobs. CUT TO: INT. HOSPITAL - LATE NIGHT Sweeney and Derek in mid-conversation. A small lamp shines off their faces. SWEENEY Honor and loyalty run thick, Derek. Not skin color. Skin is thin. I don't get you, man. I don't. (after a beat) I got my Doctorate in Education...not in medicine. But if you think babies come into this world evil...you're fucked up, Derek. You're way to smart to believe that shit. (then) There's nothin' more beautiful Derek, nothin' more pure, nothin' more innocent...than a baby. DEREK They killed my father, Sweeney. SWEENEY Jesus Derek. Use that brain God gave you for chrissake. What are you gonna do? Seek revenge your whole life and become a lifer in here. That's what these guys are like, you wanna be like them? Fucking little boys in prison? Think, man. None of your guys back home give a shit about you. (after a beat) They only care about your brother. The new blood. And he sure as hell can't take care of himself like you could. Derek looks at the man with regret. DEREK Get me outta here, Sweeney. Sweeney looks at the young man, heavily weighing his options. The two lock eyes. CUT TO: EXT. PRISON QUAD - DAY Derek reads by himself on the cement stairs by himself. A shadow approaches from behind. VOICE How you doin', man? Derek turns his head and sees LAMONT standing there. DEREK All right. (after a beat) How are you? LAMONT I'm fucking incarcerated, man. With a bunch of faggots. How you think I'm doin'? Derek looks at the young man and can't help but laugh. Derek slowly gets up and limps past Lamont. LAMONT What are you gonna do, man? Derek looks at him for a few moments, still shaken. DEREK I'm not going to do anything. CUT TO: INT. PRISON VISITING ROOM He looks through the window at his mother. Together they pick up the phone. TIGHT ON DEREK. He can feel her pain more than he can feel his own. He forces a smile. DEREK Hey Mom. DORIS Hello. The two sit there and stare at each other for a few moments. DORIS Dr. Sweeney called me. He spoke with a guy on the parole board here. (then) He thinks you might be getting out soon. Derek nods and stares at his mother, broken. DEREK How are the others? DORIS Davina's good. UCLA Math major. (frustrated) All three of you have always been so great in school. I wonder why all this-- DEREK What about Dan, Mom? How's he? DORIS He's doing the same stuff you were doing, Derek. Hanging out with Cammeron, getting into trouble. It brings back a lot of sad memories. And I can't do anything...he won't listen to me. He needs you. Derek stares at his mother like it's the last thing he wanted to hear. DISSOLVE TO: INT. PRISON CHECK-OUT - DAY Derek gives back his prison garb. LAMONT APPEARS. Through the partition we see Derek say goodbye to Lamont: and walk out to his awaiting family. DISSOLVE BACK TO: EXT. STREET - NIGHT - PRESENT Danny tearfully stares at his brother, speechless. DEREK (after a long beat) You're my best friend, Danny. You're my only friend. And I just want what's best for you. The two rub heads as DEREK puts his arm around him. Danny squeezes back and Derek kisses him on the top of the head. CUT TO: EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - THE COPS Danny skates up to the front gate and looks at them. COP #1 How the hell...? Derek slaps the roof on the passenger side and scares the hell out of the officers. COP #2 Son of a bitch. DEREK Pretty shitty assignment you got. COP #1 Out of respect for your father. DEREK Oh yeah? What the hell do you know- about my father? The two men sit there speechless as Derek walks over to an awaiting Danny. INT. VINYARD HOUSEHOLD - A SLEEPING DORIS She snores on the couch. The clock on the wall reads eleven as the boys ENTER. Danny goes to his room whale Derek heads for the girls in the living room. He genzly shakes Davina. DEREK Hey. Wake up. She looks at him, delirious. DAVINA What? DEREK Time for bed. INT. OPEN BEDROOM - DEREK'S POV Dan types at the computer as Derek escorts Davina and Doris to bed. INT. DAVINA BEDROOM - SAME Davina plops herself down and falls asleep instantly. DORIS Goodnight. DEREK Goodnight, Mom. CUT TO: INT. BATHROOM - LATE NIGHT Derek stares at himself in the mirror. A million thoughts race through his head as computer keys echo in the b.g. He looks at all of his tattoos and SCARS. TIGHT ON HIS UPPER BODY. He stares at the SWASTIKA on his tit. He puts his hand over the tattoo to see what he looks like without it. He turns on the shower and gets inside. 129 INT. SHOWER - TIGHT ON DEREE As he soaps himself down, the soap slips out of his hand and sits on.the bottom of the tub. He looks at it a long time before he bends over to pick it up. He immerses his face into the shower faucet and thinks to himself. INT. BEDROOM - TIGHT ON DANNY He sits back down at the computer and looks back at his brother as he dries off. Danny thinks to himself and types a sentence. DANNY (V/O) There was only one person who loved Derek more than me. DISSOLVE TO: INT. VINYARD HOUSEHOLD - MORNING - FLASHBACK The place is immaculate. DENNIS VINYARD, the father of the household, eats his breakfast in his LA COUNTY FIREFIGHTER UNIFORM. Vintage fireman material: muscular, receding hairline, zero facial hair. Handsome. A pretty and well-dressed Doris SINGS while she scrambles eight eggs with mushrooms and peppers. DANNY (V/O) That was Dad. They were best friendS. Fathers and sons are never best friends...but they were.. YOUNGER DANNY stares at his larger-than-life father with a cap turned backwards. Doris breaks from song and yells to the back. DORIS Breakfast! DENNIS Okay! Let's go, Davina! Derek! DORIS So what's this all about, Dennis? Dennis doesn't hear because his attention is on Danny. YOUNGER DEREK, donning a flat-top haircut and no tattoos, walks into the kitchen. The smiling athlete has his backpack and blue VENICE HIGH gym bag. He drops it all onto the ground and sits at the table. DENNIS Good morning. DEREK Good morning. Doris sets food in front of her two sons and they both go to work. Young Danny eats quietly. DORIS What about this gang stuff? DENNIS Jesus Doris...it's not that big of a deal. All departments have to take a precaution class on gang patrol today. DEREK What for? DENNIS A guy was shot yesterday in Inglewood...changin' a valve on a hydrant. LAPD is worried that more firefighters will become targets. That's what this bullshit is about. (sipping his coffee) A good father this guy was though and now he's in intensive care because of some goddamn--! They've pretty much declared war on LAPD and us. DORIS Why you guys though? I can see them but the fire department? DENNIS They think we would rather let a building burn down over there than fight it. So now we got two fights goin' on at one goddamn time. Dennis takes a bite of his eggs and explodes. DENNIS (to the bedroom) Dayins! Get in here! DAVINA (O.S.) I'm coming right now! Jesus! DENNIS I'll tell you one more thing. This "affirmative blaction" shit is driving me up the fucking wall. Firefighters gettin' 99's on their tests while rappers who score a goddamn 62 walk away with the job. DANNY Don't we have to have "affirmative action?" DENNIS Not when a job requires ability. No. DORIS A lot of people say otherwise, Danny. Including me. DENNIS A lot of people don't know shit, either. Doris just stares at the back of her husband's head like she wants to smack it. He turns back and disarms her with a look. DENNIS If I'm fightin' a brush fire... surrounded by thousand degree flames...who would I want watchin' my back? A guy who scores a 99 or a guy who scores a sixty? (then) You don't see half the NBA with whites, gooks and spics. DORIS Nooo...what you don't see are minorities on the boards of Fortune 500 companies cause whites won't stand for it. DENNIS Doris! I'm tired of your damn argument! You sound like an idiot! DEREK Sweeney actually had a pretty good take on affirmative action the other day. DENNIS (smiling) Really? I didn't know you spoke "African", Derek? Where'd you learn that shit? Johannesberg? Dennis laughs and Derek eventually smiles. Danny looks at them, not really understanding. Doris stares down Dennis. DORIS Honey? Please don't speak that way. They don't-- DENNIS How am I speaking, Doris!? Hunh?! I'm speakin' fineP (quickly to Derek) Hey. Don't let that him confuse you over there, Derek. Look at me. This shit he's pulling is a load of crap. Hey. Look at me, Derek. I mean it. If we keep givin' niggers everything, there'll be nothing left for us. Derek and Danny stare at their father, not knowing how to react. DORIS You can be a stupid son of a bitch sometimes. DENNIS And then we have naive fools like her. DORIS I really hate you with a passion some times. An upset Doris exits the room past YOUNG DAVINA. Dennis looks to Derek. DENNIS You know what I mean though, right? DEREK (nodding) Yeah. DAVINA (to the family) Good morning. She sits. Her lips glare excessively this morning. DENNIS Well...good morning, Miss Monroe! (smiling) Look at you. You look like a star. DEREK I like that color, Davina. DAVINA Thanks DENNIS You did like it. Dennis reaches over and wipes it off with his napkin. DAVINA (whining) Come on, Dad. DENNIS Yeah. Well you're lucky I'm letting you wear that crap on your eyes. I love you but you're too young. DAVINA That sucks, man. DENNIS It totally sucks. And we all sympathize with you, too. Everyone laughs but Dan, still shaken over his mother. DENNIS (Shifting to Danny) You got practice today? Danny shakes his head no. DANNY Coach's sick. DENNIS You wanna go to Der's game with me? DANNY Sure. DENNIS (quickly to Derek} Santa Monica High tonight, right? DEREK Yep. DENNIS Perfect. (to Danny) Ben'll whip us up a couple of double deckers and we'll head over. DANNY (smiling) Okay. Dennis smiles, reaches over with a fatherly hand, and messes up his hair. BACK QUICKLY TO: INT. BEDROOM - DANNY - PRESENT He stops typing and almost cries. He leans back in his chair and and stares himself in the side mirror. He feels his bald head, almost exploring. CUT TO: EXT. BEN'S BURGER SHOP - LATE NIGHT A white homeless man in an ARMY JACKET sits outside begging for change. Seth and Cameron, both beat-up, drunk and bloody, stare at the man. HOMELESS MAN Spare change for a cheeseburger? SETH Get a job and buy one why don't you. HOMELESS MAN God bless you. SETH Fuck you. Seth stumbles into the shop. Cam stares at the homeless man, psychotically. HOMELESS MAN Fifty cents is all I ask. Vietnam, man. I was in CAMMERON Really? So you've had what? Thirty years to get your shit together? HOMELESS MAN All I want is something to eat. CAMMERON There are plenty of fuckin' dishwashing jobs out there, Vietnam boy. Go get yourself one. In the background, BEN THE OWNER and Seth shake hands. HOMELESS MAN Did I do something? CAMMERON You're a disgrace to the white race. If Adolf Hitler was alive...God bless his soul...he would have you shot. HOMELESS MAN Fuck you then. Now and forever. Fuck you. Cameron knees the weaker man square in the face. The man slopes down to his side, unconscious. As an afterthought, Cameron kicks him several more times. CAMMERON Noooo. Fuck you. QUICKLY TO ACROSS THE STREET. Little Henry and two of his friends watch Cammeron's brutality from their bikes. They turn in the opposite direction and hurry off. INT. BURGER SHOP - CAMHERON AND SETH CUT TO: Seth eats a burger and chili fries at the same time. Cameron smokes across from him and watches Seth eat like a pig. He takes a look at the homeless man outside who still lays motionless. Cam feels his BANDAGED FACE. CAMMERON I think I need to go to the hospital. SETH Seriously? CAMMERON I don't know. I think so. SETH Where's Stacey? CAMMERON Who gives a fuck? Seth takes a bite and chews. SETH Derek's a fuckin' traitor pussy. CAMMERON Well...we might be pussies too if we got treated the way he did. SETH What do you mean? CAMMERON Stevie McCormick called...old school Venice bro. He's at Chino...doin' life. He hated Derek. (exhaling) Said he was a fucking blow-up doll in there. SETH (overwhelmed) Fucking A. Seth continues to eat. Cammeron looks out the window and hates what he sees. CAMMERON Oh Christ. You gotta be kidding me? SETH What? CAMMERON'S POV. A large, mature and sharp-looking BLACK MAN helps A BEAUTIFUL BLOND out of a RED BMW. THEY KISS. Cammeron is at a loss for words. Cam puts out his cigarette as the couple ENTERS. CAMMERON (looking at the two) Is there anything sacred in this country anymore? Jesus Christ. Hey. Stop feeding your face for a second and look behind you. Seth turns his head and stares at the interracial couple. He turns back to Cam and sings a verse from the famous atevie Wonder song, EBONY AND IVORY. Cameron laughs. The black man turns and looks at the two. CAMMERON Can we help you with something? Do you have any questions about the menu? BLACK MAN No questions. CAMMERON I recommend either the "Big Ben Burger" or the "Chicken Taco Special." Ben'll replace the dark meat with the white meat if you ask nicely. BLACK MAN (fed up) What's your problem, pal? CAMMERON I ain't your fucking pal first of all. Secondly...I don't have problems. People who luck with me have problems. WHITE GIRL Come on. Let's get out of here. CAMMERON Hey! What a great idea! You got a clever little whatever it is there. I'd listen to it if I were you. BLACK MAN You're not me. CAMHERON (smiling) And I thank God Almighty every day for that, believe me. SETH Excuse me? Tyrone? BLACK MAN My name's not Tyrone either. SETH Whatever. Why can't you stick to your own race? WHITE GIRL (disgusted) Jesus Christ! Where do you assholes come from?! CAMMERON What the luck difference does it make where we come from, bitch? I'm from a place called America. A place that used to be a nice place to live before it became fuckin' Africa-America. BLACK MAN You ignorant mother-- Seth quickly gets out of his chair and makes his gun totally visible to the couple. SETH You got a fuckin' death wish, asshole? Do you? Make your move now if you do. If you don't...get the luck out of my sight. Cause I'm real close to shoving my piece up your girlfriend's stinky pussy. The black man stares at the gun sticking out of Seth's belly. He grabs his girlfriend and walks out of the joint. Seth sits back down and the two laugh. Cameron looks over at Ben and raises his hands in the air. CAMMERON (smiling) Everything's hunky dory, Ben! No problemo. Only us white folk. CUT TO: INT. BEDROOM - A DIGITAL CLOCK It reads 2:36 a.m. Shiftless Derek lifts a sleeping Danny off the computer keyboard. He helps him into the bottom bunk, tucks him in, and watches him snooze. DEREK (softly) Did you "save" it? An asleep Danny nods. Derek slowly walks back into the bathroom to grab his towel off the floor. He looks at his SWASTIKA TAT in the mirror and sighs to himself. He turns off the light and exits. CUT TO: INT. BURGER JOINT - SETH AND CAMMERON Seth finishes his display of gluttony. CAMMERON It wouldn't irritate me so much if the ratio was a little more even. SETH What's that? CAMMERON (going mad) Ebony and Ivory back there! Almost all of those orange kid relationships are black man and white women and I'm fucking sick of seein' it! I wouldn't mind so much if it were more even. SETH Huge dicks, Cam. That's all it is. CAMMERON I used to think that too but...it's gotta be more, man. It has to be more than the fact they they carry a big load. Chicks aren't that shallow, are they? It's politically correct... that's what it is. White women...bein' seen with the coloreds...it's great for their image. Bitches today want to be known as bein' fuckin' color blind. SETH They get off on it. CAMMERON And you can't really blame Tyrone. SETH Why the fuck not? CAMMERON Well...how'd you like to drag around some fat fly girl? I wouldn't. SETH No shit. (imitating) Oh go girlfriend! Don't be puttin' up wid dat, girl! Oh stop girl! Seth and Cammeron laugh and head outside--leaving a mess on the table. EXT. ACROSS THE STREET - THE CHEROKEE FROM EARLIER The white vehicle gets passed by cars left and right. INT. CHEROKEE - HENRY'S POV Henry sits up front with JEROME, nervous and scared. The three thugs in back lock and load.