SCENE 1, INTERIOR. NOON, CLASSROOM. The room is silent as the teacher eats his lunch alone, enjoying a few moments of solitude. As he uses his chopsticks to eat his teriyaki chicken, the classroom door opens. A fifth grade boy sees him and immediately moves across the room with a huge smile on his face and is obviously very excited. He sits down at the table across from his teacher.
JOEY: Mr. Z, did you open your fortune cookie yet?
[The teacher glances down to the plastic-encased cookie sitting on his lunch tray].
TEACHER: Um, no…not yet. Why?
[The boy leans in and whispers].
JOEY: Because. fortunes. are. awesome. And they come true too…but only if you eat them after reading.
[The teacher does a double take].
TEACHER: Did you just say you eat them?
[The boy nods his head with a grin].
JOEY: Yep, if you eat them, they come true; it always works.
TEACHER: And just where did you hear this?
JOEY: Everybody knows it…and it works too!
JOEY: Yep, my last fortune said, “You will meet new people.”
TEACHER: ...and did you meet new people?
JOEY: Yep, the very next day.
TEACHER: [Mildly sarcastic] Wow, imagine the chances of that happening…
JOEY: Yeah, I know; isn’t it awesome?
TEACHER: Joey, I just have to ask…were they cool people?
[The boy gets a bemused look on his face as he thinks back].
JOEY: Actually, they weren’t…
TEACHER: So you ate a fortune and it was granted, but it wasn’t a good one. Well, to me it sounds like you got a little bit ripped off, to be honest.
JOEY: Yeah, but sometimes fortunes are awesome.
TEACHER: Well, this is way too much of a gamble for my liking…maybe you’d better take mine.
[The teacher hands the fortune cookie to the boy who tears off the plastic and snaps the cookie in half. He gently takes the fortune from the broken cookie straightens the slip of paper].
TEACHER: So, what’s your fortune?
JOEY: [Reading with a monotone voice]. Your luck will soon be at a high point...
TEACHER: Well, Joey…maybe you’ll meet some cool people after all…
JOEY: Actually, it’s your fortune, Mr. Z…and you just did.
[The boy grins and holds the fortune out to the teacher who smiles back].
TEACHER: Well, I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t eat it…
[The boy and the teacher both break into laughter].
[Fade to black].