Will turns to Scout. "So, are they like, out?" "They are now," Scout says. The Steel Drums of Non-Gay Love play a slightly altered tune, now that they've been exposed. "Wow," Will says. "That's bold." Exhale.
Terri looks towards Will and Scout and nods her head. She asks what's up with them. Verve says something but I didn't hear it because my mouth was on my television licking his nipples. Verve says he thinks they're strange. Scout exhales and lies on his back next to Will. Terri says that she thinks they think they're the strange ones. Verve's nipples sing me a happy song. Yay!
Sars calls. "Hey, before you go, don't forget to pack your anvil." I tell her I don't have an anvil. "You watching Young Americans?" "Yes." "Is there a big chess piece on your screen right now?" I look. "Yes." "Well, you've got an anvil now. Have fun."
Will and Scout sit in a mostly dark room playing a game of chess. Will takes Scout's bishop with his knight. Scout asks what Bella's mom was like. Will nods, makes a face, nods, and says she wasn't very "mom-like." He says she was different. He reminds Scout that she left when they were six. I don't get it. Did she leave on Bella's sixteenth birthday? Scout takes Will's knight with his own knight and calls check. Will asks why Scout wants to know. "'Cause I know where she lives. She sent Bella a package. Bella threw it in the trash. I ripped off the address." This is like the opposite of Dawson's Creek. Instead of big, long, talky sentences with impressive vocabulary, these kids are all Cro-Magnon with the "Me like sister. Sister mad. Me sad sister mad. Me do things to make it all worse. Me have strong chest. You sleep with teacher. Me talk pretty one day." Will asks why Scout would do that. Scout says that Will knows why he'd do that. "Because as long as there's any doubt..." As we do an extreme close-up on Scout pushing a pawn slowly up one square, Will says, "You can't get over it." Will looks down, shakes his head, smiles, blinks, shakes his head. Scout says he can't get over it as long as it's "one man's word against another's." He says he doesn't know what to do. "How 'bout nothing?" Will offers. "But it's her mom," Scout whines. Will's bishop takes Scout's knight as he reminds Scout that she is Bella's mom, so it's her problem and her decision. Scout wiggles his head and blinks. He takes another pawn as he says this affects him as well. Will blinks, lowers his head, blinks, blinks, blinks, shakes his head, and blinks. Scout stares, blinks, stares, half-smiles. Will says that Bella's been through "enough." He moves his queen next to Scout's king. "Checkmate." Scout quickly looks up and blinks. He looks down. Will blinks. He blinks again. I may never stop crying.