SCENE 1, INTERIOR. LATE AFTERNOON, FIFTH GRADE CLASSROOM. The school day has ended, and most of the students have gone home for the day; however, two boys remain getting help on their variable homework from Math class at the back table. As one of the boys finishes up, his teacher requests his paper to check over the problems he’s already done.
TEACHER: So, did you work out these last few problems, Joey?
[The teacher indicates several problems which are incorrect and have no work shown for them. The boy nods his head as he looks at the incorrectly-answered equations].
JOEY: Um, yeah…
TEACHER: Really? [Pause] You seemed to have missed quite a few of them…
JOEY: I did, Mr. Z, really. I swear.
TEACHER: Really? I didn’t think you did stuff like that.
[The boy’s face is blank for a second, and then takes on a look of shocked horror].
JOEY: No, I mean, I worked the problems out. I don’t swear; I swear!
[The boy stops in midsentence and covers his face with his hands].
TEACHER: Wait, so do you swear or don’t you swear?
JOEY: [The boy looks up with a confused grin on his face]. No, I don’t swear?
[The teacher nods appreciatively and starts to look over the boy’s assignment once-again].
TEACHER: You promise?
JOEY: [The boy nods]. Yeah, I swear.
Fade to black.