Fade up on ducks. Scout and Bella sit on a pier, half-naked. Bella explains that it's not that her dad doesn't like him, he just doesn't like Rawley guys. "He thinks guys like you use girls like me..." smirk, look down all coy and shit, "for sex." Scout says that's stupid. Bella gets insulted. "So you don't wanna have sex with me?" Scout asks if that's a trick question. Bella then says, "Eyebrow, smirk, look away and show some teeth." Scout asks what she's thinking. "You so don't wanna know what I'm thinking," she says. Man, why does everything have to be so damn drawn-out between them? Just say things! Say them! Dammit! He says he really does. She says he really doesn't. He says he really does. She says he really doesn't. Oh, come on. No, you come on. Well, I told you to come on first! No, I did! No, you didn't! Cute! Smirk! Pecs! "Okay...I was thinking...is this the guy I'm gonna spend the rest of my life with?" Then she's all embarrassed that she told him that and he says, "No, I love that! That is...awesome!" and continues with similar romanticism. She says that she's only known him "what, five minutes?" and that she now sounds like "something out of a Jane Austen novel." He says something about her being brave and how happy he is that she said that and that he'd never tell her what he was thinking. Smirk, head wiggle, pursing of lips. Baby voice. She says she already knows. Coy smile. Exhale. Smirk. Running, chasing, catching, pulling, kissing. Puking, praying, carving, hair-pulling, knitting, renouncing of religion, bashing forehead into brick, screeching, sobbing, flipping to HBO to watch Mr. Show reruns.
Scout chases Will to the study hall and announces he's had a "newsworthy day." He shouts that he's in love with Bella. Will really doesn't care because he figures Scout was the snitch that told Finn that he cheated on the test. Scout swears that he didn't, and the fight continues with the same "did not/did too" point/counter-point for like, five minutes. I'll spare you. We've grown closer, I think, at this point. I could never hurt you. Sometimes Will has a Southern accent. I will say this though. These two boys are screaming at each other in a closed boys' dorm. An RA should be on their asses in two minutes. Breaking curfew and shit. Fifteen-year olds are watched like hawks in those places. Will tells Scout to stay out of it and storms off. During the close-up on Scout afterwards, we can see him furiously bite chunks of flesh from the insides of his cheeks in an effort to draw tears, but it doesn't work.