Continue this story. It's been in my head for the past fifteen years. I will post another chapter soon!
James grew up on the island. He is a hard worker and keeps himself very busy as a kid, always fleeing the toxic enviorment of his parents, drunk and abusive and showing no love to him nor his sister, only bruises and complaints. He gets close to Chad, but as Carson enters the story is exposed to the wonderful drugs that numbs his pain within, a pain that breaks him apart in his earlier years. As a child he is noble, first there with his friends even letting his sister tag along, for as children they share a painful bond of survival in their parents house. However this bond once so noble is betrayed as James goes deeper into his downward spiral. He becomes Jeolous of his sister's relationship with Chad, and discovers in himself tendencys he can't deal with, that the drugs help with. He gets friendly with Travis, because Travis is going through the same thing, and is passionate with him only in secret, which places a horrible weight on his shoulders, and with the drugs, and his bitterness towards Chad tears apart his very being.
Jessica grew up on the island with her brother, she deals with her parents uneasily and scared as a child. Like her brother she tags along and does everything she can to avoid her parents drunken ways, including making them drinks. When Chad moves to the island an instant connection is made. He becomes her saftey net. A romance blossims, and she spends alot of her time away fron home. Seeing her brother go downhill fast upsets her, because in doing this she loses the only amount of saftey in the household, for her brother, knowing of her new relaitionship with Chad becomes violent to her. Yet Jessica is very patient, always giving people more chances.
In her junior year she gets pregnet, and is in fear of her parents finding out, Chad, the father is always there for her, and she loves him very much. Jessica is about love. She loves her brother, her parents, even though they are so wrong to her. She also has close ties with Peter, and Erin from her youth is like her big sister and best friend. She is the innosent of the story, and departs tragically.
Erin grew up on the island with her best friend and neighbor Travis. As a girl she is very tomboyish, and in fact hates dresses, or anything girl related. She is a "big sister" to Jessica, helps Chad get aquainted with the rest of the group and is always there to meet Peter's Taunts and agressions. Her parents, unlike James and Jessica's are not drunks, but spend about 90% of their time at the country clubs, for Erin's parents are very well known and high up on the social ladder of the island and in wealth for that matter. Erin however, doesn't pride herself on being a rich girl and hates when anyone makes references to her about it.
After the arrivial of Carson, watching her best friend give a cold shoulder to her and instead turns to drug use, Erin feels gravely hurt and betrayed, but keeps it all inside. She instead focouses herself deeply in schools and her dreams of becoming an astronaut. Highly gifted, she graces through academics, and eventually gets accepted to MIT on a full scholarship.
The Death Of Travis and Jessica hits her pretty hard, but she was suffering from the moment Travis turned her back on her, and insteads turns all this hurt into helping Jessica out, basically everyone else but herself. After she loses the two closest people to her heart, Chad tries to come in to it, and she is annoyed and pushes him away, secretly though she wants him very badly in her life. This is reveled at the present part of the story. For when Erin graduated, she completly shut and locked the door to her past, but coming back opened the wound for all that pain to come back in. Yet she does find her true love with Chad, and with him starts a family.
Travis grew up on the island. He is very quiet and at the beganning very close to Erin. He doesn't say much but the loyality to his friends are there. Travis Parents, friend's with Erin's spend most of their time at the Country Club and "being rich" as Travis describes it. He is very self relient, and like Erin, an only child. Unlike Erin, he prides himself on his parents wealth and is very spoiled. He doesn't wait to brag about it either. With the arrival of Carson and the drugs, Travis finds out that he may be gay, and his homophobic, republican father will never accept this, so he uses them more heavily, and finds James has the same problem. Together the share a secret and sexual affair. Yet this is undercover from their high school existance. With no reasources except the drugs to deal with his feelings, Travis starts to fade. He feels ashamed even in Erin's pressance. He dares not tells anything of his secret life and in the end it breaks him. Depression engulfs him, and sucide seems the only way out. In the end, when his breakdown is in full force, he takes Jessica with aside at a party and wants to rape her to see if he can feel anything from a woman, but gladly she is too strong for him, and he needs a weopen to get his way. His maddness becomes the end of him.
Carson is the villan of the story. He moves from Los Angeles, and swoops into the group. Not impressed with the Island and bored out of his mind, he shows the men of the group what his family's legacy is all about-drugs and how "They really set you free" as he says. Starting out with low key drugs like Pot, as the guys enjoy, Chad elimnates competion for friendship by making fun of Chad, calling his a "mama's boy" and when Travis, James and Peter continue to use, Carson instrucks them to just forget about him, because "guys like that will ruin your repetiton, or knark on you and I know a knark when I see one." Travis and James obey, Peter, determined to play sports without having to worry about UA's, backs out, but Carson lets him because Carson respects Peter and deep down fears him. Carson, who's father has access to "The Hard Core Shit" as Carson puts it, gets them into more dangerous drugs, ie, Cocaine, Crystal Meth. Carson, happy with splitting the group and finding new buddies to use with, still feels threatned by Chad, and fibs to James about him telling him "If some guy was bragging about how he banged MY sister, I would beat his ass bad" Therefore, James does just this, listening to Carson's every word, as does Travis. Yet Karma eventually comes back to Carson, following the deaths of Travis and Jessica, Father and Son are prisoned, but the damage and influence linger on like a black oil slick on the ocean that is the groups friendship.
Thats it guys. Crossposted into theyearsbetween
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Sonny begans and narriates our story. He is very quiet and distant in his later years. As a child he is very active. Yet, at the arrival of Carson, and as the group grows more high up in the Socail standards, he is rejected. A hard worker for his family's farm, he keeps to himself, and always has a walkmen on, for music is how he grounds out (and I might add the same is true for the author) Watching the group fall apart and fight from a distance, he starts to feel very helpless about it, but is there for Chad when needed, mostly for Peter, his best friend.
Peter is a smartass, a very rough exterior on the outside, very bellgirent, a tough guy with short man syndrome who isn't afraid to pick a fight, but also isn't afraid to help out a friend. The only thing Peter fears is showing his true feelings. There is a very soft interior to him, that he doesn't let anyone know about. He keeps himself busy and is your typical jock, bragging about the girls he scores. He is the smart one who with the exception of Pot doesn't go any further down unlike Travis and James, he takes with him a lot of guilt however when he witness Chad get beat down at the school. Even moreso later when Jessica and Travis have the accident. He eventually becomes a football coach at the high school where he graduated, as he tells Chad and Erin he could never leave the island, its too much of a part of him.
Chad is the new kid in the group, just moving to the island from the large American Rome that is New York City, and abandoned by his father. His grandfather, whom his is very close takes on the role, seeing Chad's hardship with the Divorce encourages Chad to "Live life when your young" He quickly bonds with its members. He has an instant connection with Jessica, spending their first night together under a sleeping bag. He is very compassionate to her needs, and over the years knows that she will be with him forver. A loving soul, Chad's starts to form great hate for Carson from the first moment he meets him, then as he takes James and Travis under a deadly path, Chad starts to yearn for the old days before Carson, this increases over Time. In his softmore year, Chad loses his Grandfather and now feels alone in a big aspect. His blossiming relationship with Jessica supports him, but he is worried for her saftey, for James with the drug use, and abuse at home has gotten very protective. Losing Travis and Jessica is devestating for him. He tries to take his own life, but remembers what his grandfather said. So he turns to Erin, and becomes her support.
Okay guys, my coworker finally signed in but more later, no the actors pictured are not going to be in the movie (unless I am lucky) but I needed a face to go with the chracters)
So I am finally coming back to my coming of age story The Years Between. I am writing it as a screenplay. I have a few friends in the film industry but I keep coming back to this, I want to finish it.
So here is the Act and Plot Point Breakdown as instructed in "How To Write A Selling Screenplay" by Christopher Keane