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Tim

- by Ragnar Brynjúlfsson © 2000

Luke and Tim are best friends, but Tim wants to be more than best friends. He's head over heels in love with Luke, but he just can't muster the courage to tell him. Being young, gay and in love is not always easy, but some feelings are just too strong to be kept inside.

Dreaming

There is a big moon on the horizon, and we can see Tim jumping between poles sticking out of a lake. He stops and balances on top one leg atop a pole, then jumps to the next one. He is distracted by his friend Luke.

Luke

Tim! Hi!

Tim

Hi, Luke.

Luke comes rowing past him in a small boat.

Tim

(thinking)

...he's so cute...

As the though bubble bursts above Tim's head, and he looses his balance, and begins to fall. He keeps falling, seemingly not landing in the water. Then he wakes up.

Tim

(thinking)

Maybe I should tell him...

Morning

Tim puts on his clothes and goes to the kitchen, where his mum is making breakfast ready.

Mum

There's a card from your father on the table.

CARD

Dear Tim, Finally after sailing half the way around the world, I've arrived at Havenport. I would like it very much if you could come and meet me here. Love Dad.

Mum

I would prefer you didn't go.

Tim

I want to go.

Mum

You know your fater, one day he decides this and the next...you know. You'll be lucky if he shows up!

Tim

Mum...I'm going. It been over a year since I saw him.

Mum

But if he's drunk...like last time? Remember?

Tim

Then he'll be drunk!

Mum

And you'll be on your own in Havenport.

Tim

I'll manager mum. I'll just take the train back home or something. Anyway...he won't be drunk. I just know it.

Mum

I wouldn't be so sure of that...

Tim

Mum...you just don't like him! He is MY dad okay...and I want to meet him.

mum

Can't you at least take someone with you? I don't want you to be alone there.

Tim

MUM! I don't need a baby-sitter! I'm not a kid any more.

MUM

Invite Luke with you...or someone. I'll even pay for your tickets.

Tim thinks for a moment.

Tim

...maybe I'll do that.

Life and death in the park

Tim and Luke are relaxing in a park. Tim is busy drawing some patterns on Luke's arm.

Luke

You know, when I die...I want to be buried in Tibet.

Tim

You are not about to die yet.

LUKE

I konw...but when I do.

Do you know how they bury their dead? They cut them apart and feed them to the birds...even grind the bones. Then the brids fly away with the souls of the dead. I think it's beautiful.

Tim

I think it's disgusting.

Luke

I think it's cool. It's much more disgusting to get dug 6 feet under ground.

Tim

I think I don't want to die in the first place.

Luke

The Tibetans don't see death as something bad. They believe that you get reborn.

Tim

Yeah. If that's true! Call me in your next life.

Luke

Sure.

Tim

You're crazy.

Shopping sister

Tim is buying some candy at the local store.

tim

(thinking)

I've made a decision. I'm going to tell Luke I'm gay, and maybe later I'll tell him I'm in love with him.

Tim is so occupied with his own thoughts, that he does not notice a woman wanting to get past him.

Woman

Excuse me.

Tim let's her past, and the woman's kid sticks his tongue out  at Tim.

Tim

(thinking)

And now I just need one more thing...just in case.

He grabs a packet of condoms from a nearby shelf, and distractedly goes to the teller, not noticing that Lisa, Luke's sister, is working there today.

Lisa

Hi Tim!

Tim

Lisa!

Lisa

(reading)

Ten Lubricated Condoms.

She looks at Tim with a mischievous smile.

LISA

Impressive.

She presses the button on the calling system, and her voice comes crackling through all the speakers in the store.

Lisa

Counter 5...I need the price for a packet of...uh....

Tim

NO,NO!!!

Lisa

...never mind.

Tim

NONONO!!!

Lisa lets go of the button.

Tim

(irrirtated and embarassed)

Can I have them back please.

LISA

Who are you going to use them with.

Tim

That's none of your business!

Lisa

I bet she's beautiful, blond like a princess.

Tim

I don't know yet.

Lisa

(teasingly)

You're not going to use them ALONE are you?

Tim

NO!

Lisa

Guys are such perverts.

Tim

Uh. You're not going to tell luke about this?

Lisa

I don't tell my brother everything, though maybe.

Tim

Please.

Lisa

Okay, since you're so sweet.

Tim

Thanks.

Lisa

...but only if you tell me who you are going to use them with.

Tim turns around to walk away, muttering from the corner of his mouth.

Tim

Luke!

Billboard improvement

It's late at night, and Tim and Luke are climbing up on to a roof where there is a big toothpaste billboard.

Tim

You stand watch while I sketch it up...okay.

LUke

Okay.

Tim starts spray painting on the billboard, while Luke sits at the edge of the roof.

Tim

(thinking)

Now!

TIM

Luke.

Luke

Yeah.

Tim

Uh...

Luke

What?

Tim

I...

Tim finish what he's trying to say, drops the can, and then rather flustered, changes the subject.

Tim

Could you help me paint.

Nightmare

We find our self in the French revolution where Tim has his head stuck in a guillotine. A menacing hooded executioner is shouting at him angrily.

Executioner

Why didn't you tell him?

Tim

I...I...

EXecutioner

Why didn't you tell him?

Tim

I was going to...I...

EXECUTIONER

WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL HIM?

Tim

It wasn't my fault...I...

The crowd is getting impatient, and has begun shouting at the stage.

Crowd

Kill him! Chicken! Cut off his head! WE WANT BLOOD!

Tim

I couldn't just...

The executioner grabs the handle of the guillotine.

Tim

No WAIT! You don't understand.

The executioner pulls the handle with a smile, and the sharp blade comes hurtling down towards Tim's neck.

Tim

AAAAAAAAA....

SFX

THUD!

Confession

Luke is sitting in Tim's room, drawing some rather bad looking characters.

LUKE

I wish I could draw as well as you.

He holds up the drawing he has just made.

Tim

Luke.

Luke

Yeah.

Tim

I think I'm gay.

Luke

That's ok...I guess.

Luke draws a squiggly line on a new piece of paper.

Luke

Why tell me?

Tim

Just because.

Luke

Because what?!?

Tim

Nothing.

Luke

NOTHING!!!

Luke jumps out of his seat and at Tim, pinning him to the bed.

Luke

You fancy me, don't you...?

(pause)

Dont you?

Tim

Luke I...I...think I love you.

Luke hesitates for a moment, then leans forwards and kisses Tim on the lips.

Luke

Tim, I'm straight. I love you as a friend, nothing more.

You'll just have to find somebody else.

Leaving for Havenport

Tim's mum is seeing the two boys of at the train station.

Mum

Take care.

Tim

Sure.

Mum

Call me, if there is...anything.

Tim

Yeah, maybe.

Mum

Bye.

TIM LUKE

Bye!

Tim and Luke settle down in their seats as the trains speed of.

Luke

Your mum is real worried about this.

TIM

She doesn't like my dad. She calls him a drunk and a bum.

Luke

And is he?

TIM

Sometimes.

Luke smiles.

Luke

Did you bring the cans like I asked you.

TIM

Yeah, why?

Luke digs out a folded together picture of a big corn silo from his pocket.

Luke

Take a look at this. Visible from all of Havenport. We just climb up the laddeer, paint and vanish.

TIM

You know I'm a little afraid of heights.

Luke

It'll be nothing. I'll hold your hand if you want to!

Irritated, Tim slaps the picture back in Luke's lap.

TIM

Ok...if dad doesn't show...we do it.

Luke

...or if he's drunk.

TIM

Yeah...or if he's drunk.

Havenport

The two boys are standing down by the docks, waiting for Tim's dad.

TIM

Fuck! He's not going show.

Luke

...you okay?

TIM

Yeah, never mind.

Suddenly a small sailboat arrives.

Dad

Hey...could you grab the ropes.

TIM

Dad!

On board the sailboat, Luke, Tim and his dad are chatting.

Caption

Later.

TIM

Where are we going?

Dad

Just to the marina...it's not very far.

Put your stuff in the bunker up front. There should be enough space for the two of you there.

Tim and Luke carry their luggage through the boat, making their way to the bow, where they find a small double bunker.

Luke

That's our bed?!?

Tim smiles coyly and looks at Luke.

Luke

Don't get any funny idaes! We'll just be sleeping there.

Tim climbs into bed, smiling.

TIM

Sleeping together.

LUKE

With the emphasis on sleeping.

TIM

Don't worry, I may fancy you, but I'm not about to rape you!

The SILO

Tim and Luke look up at the ladder up the side of the huge corn silo.

Luke

Ladies first.

TIM

I can't do it.

Luke

You're going to do it.

TIM

It's a very long fall.

Luke

Then don't fall...just climb.

TIM

I can't.

Luke

I'll make it worth your while.

TIM

Oh...what the hell.

Nervously Tim begins climbing the ladder. After a long climb they reach the top, with Tim lying flat on his stomach.

Luke

Here.

He throws Tim a paint can.

TIM

You're crazy.

We better get this over with.

Tim looks for a moment at the big blank wall, and then begins painting.

Luke

I liked your father.

TIM

Yeah...he drank a little too much though.

Luke

I liked his stories, the more he drank, the more fatnastic they became.

TIM

Like the last one...before he fell asleep.

Luke

I single handedly killed that shark with my bare teeth I tell you, bare teeth!

TIM

More like a goldfish if you ask me.

LUKE

Pitty he fell asleep. In his next story he would probably have been abducted by aliens or something.

TIM

Dad vs Moby Dick.

LUKE

Moby Dick?!? Zoundz like a queer pornstar.

Irritated, Tim throws a paint can at Luke, which he just manages to catch.

TIM

Give me a hand with this...will you.

Luke gets up to help Tim.

LUKE

Your dad doesn't know you're gay, does he?

TIM

No.

Suddenly a loud voice comes from below.

Police officer #1

THIS IS THE POLICE! Get down from there immediately.

Tim and Luke look at each other in shock, and somehow instinctively Luke takes the can he's holding and throws it down from the silo at the police officer, with Tim on his heals trying to stop him. The officer puts the hand held horn he was holding in the way, to block the can, but the can breaks open when it hits the horn, and covers the officer in paint.

TIM

Shit.

Luke

The door.

Police Officer #1

STAY WHERE YOU ARE!

(to himself)

They're dead!

Another officer begins climbing the ladder on the side of the silo.

The boys have found their way to a door at the top of the silo, that leads to a stairway in the building next to it. Outside the officer that got hit with the paint, is waiting, baton in hand.

They reach the bottom of the stairs, and open the door, only to find the officer outside charging at them angrily waving his baton. Luke instantly closes the door again.

TIM

Come.

They walk up the stairs one floor. Tim smashes a window at the back of the building, and Luke looks rather nervously down.

LUKE

I'm not jumping down there.

TIM

Neither am I...come.

Luke follows Tim as they sneak past the door, and continue to the basement. The officer outside is still angrily hitting the door with his baton.

Police officer #1

This is the police.

In the basement, Tim and Luke find some old lockers they can hide in.

TIM

Can you close it.

POLICE OFFICER #1

OPEN!

The officer that climbed the ladder, has finally reacher the front door, and nervously opens it from the inside.

POLICE OFFICER #1

Where are they?

Police officer #2

They jumped out a window at the back.

POLICE OFFICER #1

When I get my hands on those two....

In the dark and tight locker downstairs, Luke takes a hold of Tim's shoulder, turning him towards himself.

POLICE OFFICER #1

...I'm going to kill them!

Luke leans forward and kisses Tim gently on the lips.

LUKE

I hope this made it worth your while.

Back at the boat

Tim and Luke go back to the boat, where Tim's dad is sleeping on deck.

LUKE

Should we just leave him there?

Tim

He's used to sleeping on deck.

LUKE

Ok.

The boys go inside the boat, and get ready for bed.

TIM

Jesus...we could have gotten ourselves arrested.

LUKE

Arrested? We could have been killed.

TIM

Yeah...and I didn't even manage to finish the graffiti.

LUKE

That's all you worry about.

Luke takes of his sweater.

LUKE

I guess it's bed time for me.

TIM

That cop was totally red in the face.

LUKE

The paint was oragne, so it must have been anger.

TIM

Hehe....

Luke climbs into bed, wearing just his boxers. Tim is following him with his gaze. Then he climbs in next to him.

TIM

Make some space.

That cop could have caught us.

LUKE

I know but he didn't.

TIM

I don't know what I wuld have done had he hurt you.

LUKE

You'd probably have crapped your pants...hehe...

They smile, and look at each other.

LUKE

Forget about it.

They like there for a moment.

LUKE

Good night.

TIM

Good night.

Luke closes his eyes to go to sleep. Tim is still awake, looking at him, but eventually he too falls asleeps.

Luke's hand sneaks out from under his sheets and feels around on top of Tim's, feeling for his crotch. Tim awakens with a start.

TIM

What are you doing?

LUKE

(innocently)

I just wondered if you were hard from being in bed with me.

TIM

Fuck off!

Tim grabs a pillow and stuffs it in Lukes face. Luke retaliets by smacking him with the pillow, and then jumping on top of him again, pinning him to the bed.

LUKE

Give up?

TIM

Nope.

Luke's face goes from playful to serious for a moment.

LUKE

Tim.

He relaxes his grip and leans forward, kissing Tim. This time it's not playful or teasing.

LUKE

I am.

DREAMING in the rain

We find our self sometime in the 17th century again. It's raining heavily. Tim is wearing tattered clothing, but has a big umbrella to keep himself dry. Luke, is wearing high class clothing, but is standing barefoot in the rain. Tim reaches his hand towards him, and he takes it.

Under the big umbrella, they kiss in the rain.

-- THE END --