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The Raft

- by Ragnar Brynjúlfsson © 2011

Nathan is in love with his best friend Devon, he just hasn't told him yet. Together they've built a raft, on which they plan to sail to a nearby island. A perfect opportunity for Nathan to confess his love.

1 - Intro

Caption

Day 1

Nathan, a teenage boy, is standing under a tree, with a big backpack at his feet. In his hand he has a condom he's studying with interst. Suddenly, his friend Devon comes out of the bushes.

DEVON

Been waiting long.

Nathan quickly hides the condom in his pocket.

NATHAN

No, I just got here.

Devon

Let's go.

NATHAN

Ok.

Nathan puts on his backpack and the two of them get going.

NATHAN

Did you remember to bring all the food?

DEVON

Yeah!

NATHAN

Did you get some wine too, like you said?

DEVON

Yeah, I stole some from my mum.

NATHAN

She's going to kill you when she finds out.

DEVON

Wait!!! There is one thing we forgot...

Devon

Girls! We don't have any girls along.

Nathan

GIRLS?!? Don't you know that women on ships are bad luck?

Devon

Naah...that's just stupid superstition.

Nathan

I like it just the way it is. Just the two of us. We built the raft, we sailt it!

Devon

What if it was the right girl?

Nathan

Uh?

The boys are standing on a cliff overlooking the raft, and see a girl standing on deck.

Nathan

There is someone there!

NATHAN

It's a girl!

Devon waves at the girl, which waves back at the boys.

DeVon

Uh...that's Janet. She's coming along for the trip.

Nathan

WHAT?!?

DEVON

I was trying to tell you.

Nathan

When?!? Half way across to the island? You could at least have asked!

Devon

I know, but....

Nathan

You weren't supposed to tell anyone! It was OUR secret!

Devon

I didn't think you would mind.

Nathan

You didn't think I'd mind?!?

Nathan

What's wrong with you? What would you've said if I had just brought someone along?

Devon

Look...Nathan, it's not the same thing. I like her...

Nathan

AND?!?

DEVON

AND there are more important things in life than this trip. You see, I think she likes me, and I...

Nathan

You just want to FUCK HER!

Devon

Yeah, and what's so wrong with that?

Devon

Look, if I have to choose between a beautiful girl, or sailing with a friend, the girl always wins. That's just the way it is!

Nathan

Hrmpf!

Nathan

What do you know about it? You haven't even been with a girl!

DEVON

EXACTLY! Which is why this is even more important to me. UNDERSTAND!

Nathan

Just go with your fucking girlfriend then! Piss off!

Devon

Suit yourself, I'm sure we'll manage fine without you.

Devon climbs down, leaving Nathan behind in tears on the cliff. He then clmibs aboard the raft and gives Janet a peck on the forehead.

Janet

Isn't Nathan coming?

Devon

Nah! He chickened out.

JANET

Because of me?

Devon

Don't worry about it.

We Nathan sitting on the cliff overlooking the raft.

Devon

He'll come.

Janet and Devon get the raft ready, and Devon pushes off. At that moment Nathan comes running and jumps onboard.

Nathan

WAIT!

He almost falls in, but Devon grabs his arm and saves him. They share a quick smile, the argument seemingly forgotten.

They throw their stuff on deck, and start to get the ready.

Devon

I guess we're all ready to sail then.

Nathan

One thing is still missing.

Devon

What's that?

Nathan

The figurehead!

Nathan pulls out an old teddy bear from his backpack.

Devon

A teddy bear?

Nathan

Devon, meet Robert. Robert, Devon.

Devon

Figureheads are supposed to be sexy topless mermaids. Not teddy bears!

Nathan

But I've had him since I was a kid, and I just though he would be perfect.

Devon

Well, he is kind of lacking in the boob department. Hehehehe...

Janet comes up behind Devon and slaps him on the back of the head.

Janet

I prefer him to some big boobed bimbo! What do you say Natha?

NATHAN

The teddy it is then.

Janet takes Nathan with her to the bow of the raft, where they proceed to tie Robert in place.

Janet

Shit, I'm sorry! I had no idea Devon hadn't told you about me.

NATHAN

Don't worry. I'm pissed at him, not you.

1 - Sailing

Caption

Later

Nathan drops a piece of wood in the water near the bow of the raft, and Devon times how long it takes to pass along the side of the boat.

Devon

Four seconds!

Nathan

How fast is that?

Devon

I don't know, how do you calculate it?

Janet is holding the steering oar andf looks happy. Devon climbs the mast.

Nathan

Do you see anything?

Devon

No, nothing at all. no ship, boat or land for miles. Only ocean.

Devon

Climb up and see.

Nathan climbs up.

Nathan

Wow!

Devon

Nathan, I'm glad you decided to come along anyway.

NATHAN

I wasn't going to let you drown alone.

Janet

(shouting up to the boys)

Can you take over the steering oar? It's getting kind of rough.

Devon

I'll be right down!

Devon

(to Nathan)

Thanks.

Janet and Nathan are looking at the map.

Janet

If this wind keeps up, we should be at the island in one or two days.

The raft is picking up speed and the waves are gradually getting bigger. Devon is at the steering oar, and we see a close up of Nathan holding the stop watch and shouting.

nathan

2 seconds!

Janet

(at the bow)

...that would be...8 knots. Isn't that a bit fast for this old thing?

NathaN Devon

What do you mean old thing?!? It's brand new!

A big wave splashes over the bow of the raft hitting Janet square in the face.

JANET

DEVON!

Devon

It's not me, it's the ocean.

Janet

(upset)

I'm going inside!

The raft is gradually getting dwarfed by the steadily growing waves.

Devon

Do you think she's okay?

NATHAN

It was only a little water.

DEVOn

I'm going to go check on her.

NATHAN

I'm sure she's fine.

Devon

Janet, are you okay?

Janet

EEEEeeek! I'm half naked in here.

Janet throws a shoe that hits Devon in the face.

NATHAN

I told you so.

Devon

Ouch!

2 - Morning Calm

The three of them are lying in a heap on the floor of the raft, sleeping. Janet is holding onto Devon's hair, and Nathan has his arm around Devon. Nathan wakes up, and looks nervously around, but then can't resist the temptation and kisses Devon on the neck. Devon mumbles something, and rolls over, scaring Nathan who moves away. Janet is observing this in secret.

Nathan goes outside, stretching in the morning sun. The weather is calm. He splashes some seawater in his face, and then notices that the wind is picking up, so he goes back to the steering oar and sets a course.

Inside the hut Devon and Janet have awoken.

Devon

Good morning.

Janet

Morning.

Devon slowly stretches over and puts his arm around Janet. She obviously does not like it, and pushes his arm away.

Janet

Mmm....

Not deterred by the rejection Devon tries again, but this time around Janet buries her head in her sleeping bag. Devon holds on to the sleeping bag, and is clearly a frustrated. Eventually Janet gets fed up with all this and pushes the sleeping bag on top of Devon, pushing him away at the same time.

Janet

That's it, I've got to go pee.

2 - Janet Almost Drowns

Janet comes outside, pulling her shirt in place.

janet

Good morning. I'm going to go pee, don't look okay.

Janet walks to the bow of the raft, while Nathan looks away whistling. Suddenly, he hears a scream followed by a splash.

Janet

Aaaaa....

Nathan runs to the bow of the raft, but sees no sign of Janet.

NATHAN

(shouting)

JANET!

Janet

GASP!

Nathan hears Janet surfacing behind the raft, so he quickly runs back, grabbing a piece of rope as he goes.

NATHAN

Grab a hold of the rope!

He throws the rope to Janet, who just manages to grab a hold of it. She's pulled under as she does, but clambers onto it for dear life. Nathan gradually pulls her in and helps her out of the water. Janet hugs Nathan, holding on to him tightly.

JAnet

Thank you. You just saved my life.

NATHAN

It was nothing, really.

Devon emerges from the hut, oblivious of all the action taking place on deck.

Devon

What's going on here?

2 - Spin the bottle

The three of them are relaxing on the foredeck.

NATHAN

I think drowning would be a nice way to go.

JANET

No, it's not! I almost drowned and it's not nice!

Devon

Yeah, but you only almost drowned.

Janet looks at him dismayed.

Nathan

At first it's all panic and horrible, but once your lungs fill with water it's nice.

Devon

What's nice about having water in your lungs?!?

NATHAN

It's supposed to be lika a drug or a dream. You're just floating there in pure bliss.

Devon

More like sinking! Hehe...

Devon

I still thikn my way is the best.

NATHAN

Having a ton of fireworks strapped to your body and getting shot into the air, is NOT a nice way to go!

Devon

At least I'd go out with a band.

NATHAN

How would you like to die, Janet?

JANET

What? Why? Are you planning to kill me...

NATHAN

Hehe...no seriously.

JANET

I don't think I want to die at all!

Devon drops the bottle of wine he's been drinking on, onto the deck.

Devon

Anyone want to play spin the bottle?

Janet Nathan

Not really.

Devon

Oh, come on, it'll be fun.

Devon

You can begin.

Devon hands the bottle to Nathan. Nathan takes the bottle, leans forward and spins it. They all look at it in anticipation. The bottle stops pointing at Janet.

Janet

You forgot to say what the one the bottle points to should do.

Devon

It's too late now! Janet, it's your turn.

NATHAN

Awww.....

Janet

Okay, the one the bottle points to should...pick his nose and EAT IT!

NATHAN

That's gross!

Devon

It could en up pointing at you, and then you'd have to do it yourself.

JANET

So!

They all watch the bottle spin, and come to a halt pointing at Devon. Devon smiles, and digs his finger deep in his nose, sucking it off afterward.

Janet Nathan

Eeeeew!!

Devon

Hey, you made me do it.

Devon

Okay, my turn. The one the bottle points to....should....

Devon

Kiss me!

NATHAn

But you just ate your own snot!

Devon

So!

Again they watch the bottle spin, and this time it ends up pointing at a rather shocked Nathan.

Devon

Well, come on then.

Nathan looks nervously at Janet, who just smiles back at him. He then leans cautiously forward and gives Devon a quick peck on the lips.

Devon

What kind of kiss was that?

Devon grabs Nathan and kisses him hard, pushing him down on his back. At first Nathan is shocked, but then he begins to enjoy it. Devon puts the bottle in Nathans hands.

Devon

Your turn!

2 - Wanking in the night

Caption

Later

The boys are lying on the deck looking at the stars.

Devon

I don't get girls. Janet says she like me, but she doesn't want want to do anything.

NATHAN

Maybe she just doesn't know how you feel.

DEVON

Maybe...but I can't wait! We'll be at the island in a day or two, and then who knows?!?

NATHAN

It's not like she'll magically disappear when we reach the island!

DeVon

No, it's just...I thought...

Devon

I was hoping I would be getting some during this trip.

NATHAN

And you're not?

Devon

NO! And it's driving me mad. Lying so close to her in there and still...

Devon

Awwww...I don't know what to do.

NATHAN

You could...you know...just....

NATHAN

...wank-off instead!

Devon looks at Nathan.

Devon

Nah...it's not the same. Anyway, there is no privacy here, you or Janet are always around.

NATHAN

We could...you know...do it together.

Devon looks at Nathan again, then looks away.

Devon

Nah...I don't feel like it.

NATHAN

Why not? I wouldn't tell anyone or anything. It would be just between you and me.

Devon

Why? Are you queer or something?

NATHAN

NO! I waas just thinking, that's all. It's not like I get to beat off for days either.

3 - Sunshine come around today

CAPTION

Day 3.

The wind has dies down, and Devon and Nathan are swimming underneath the raft looking at some fish. Or rather Devon is looking at the fish, while Nathan is mostly looking at Devon. They surface around the bow of the raft, where Janet is relaxing in the sun.

DEVOn

Com'on join us. The water is great.

Devon pushes himself out of the water, partially exposing his behind as he does so.

Janet

I don't like swimming where I can't see the bottom.

NATHAN

You can see Devon's bottom from here...hehe.

JANET

Hihi...

DEVON

Very funny.

Devon pulls his pants up, and grabs a towel to dry off. Nathan pushes himself away from the raft.

NATHAN

Com'on Devon.

DEVON

Nah...I'm going to dry off for a bit.

Nathan, dives down again, this time actually looking at the fish. Janet looks up at Devon as he dries off.

DEVON

Well...do you like what you see.

Devon does lots of muscle poses, trying to show up his somewhat limited musculature.

JANET

Hehe...stop posing, you might break something.

DEVON

Hehe.

Devon lies down next to Janet. She looks over his body where he is lying.

JANET

Your back is getting quite burned. Let me put some suntan lotion on it.

DEVON

Sure.

Janet, begins smearing lotion over Devon's back. He smiles with pleasure, enjoying her attention. She covers his entire back and the back of his legs. Then she slaps him on the butt.

JANET

Turn around, let me do your front.

DEVON

Mmmm...I don't think that's such a great idea.

JANET

Why?

DEVON

You know! Down there.

Devon indicates down with his eyes, and smiles embarrassed. Janet, becomes red in the face when she realizes he's hinting at that he has an erection.

JANET

(covers her mouth)

Oh.

Nathan surfaces again, next to the raft, and climbs aboard. He gets up and grabs a towel. Both Janet and Devon look up at him.

NATHAN

Ahhh...that was great.

JANET

Emmm...I think I've had enough sun for today.

I'm going inside.

She gets up, with Devon staring at her. She smiles and winks at him, then hurries under the sail. Devon jumps to his feet, his penis tentpoling his shorts. He grabs Nathan's shoulder.

DEVON

(whispering)

Did you see that?

NATHAN

What?

DEVON

She winked at me. She wants me!

NATHAN

Maybe she just had something in her eye.

DEVON

No. This is it Nathan. This is it!

Devon turns and runs towards the hut. Nathan runs after him, and grabs his arm.

NATHAN

Wait!

DEVON

What?

NATHAN

Devon, I...I....uh....

Nathan looks down and sees Devon's erection.

DEVON

Com'on, com'on... I don't have the time. This is it, man.

NATHAN

Just one second, okay.

Devon watches impatiently as Nathan pulls out a condom from the pocket of his pants, that were lying on deck.

NATHAN

Take this.

Devon accepts the condom, and looks at it skeptically.

DEVON

Why do you have this?

NATHAN

I always have one on me, just in case.

DEVON

Thanks!

Devon gives Nathan a big playful kiss, and then vanishes underneath the sail and into the hut.

NATHAN

(quietly to himself)

Fuck!

Nathan walks silently to the front of the raft and sits down, his legs dangling of the bow alongside Robert the teddy.

NATHAN

I guess it's just you and me then.

We zoom out and see the whole raft gradually nearing the island.

3 - Alternative ending

JANET

Eeeeek...get that thing out of here.

DEVON

But Janet....

JANET

Get out!!!

DEVON

Janet?

Devon comes out of the hut with his head bent down, and walks over to where Nathan is sitting, slumping down next to him.

DEVON

Here.

Devon hands Nathan back the condom, but Nathan doesn't take it.

NATHAN

You keep it, I won't be needing it.

DEVON

Me neither, it seems.

Devon throws the condom overboard, and smiles at Nathan. We see the raft slowly drifting along in the sunset.

NATHAN

I wonder if we'll ever reach that island.

(The end)