SCENE 1, INTERIOR. MORNING. CLASSROOM. The teacher has just called up his second reading group. Five kids get up from their desks and move over to sit at the kidney-shaped table as the teacher passes out their books on reptile defenses. As the kids open their books, the teacher begins a discussion on some of the defenses they read about the day before.
TEACHER: So what defense have you guys been the most impressed with so far?
GIRL 1: I think that having poisoned fangs is a great way to protect yourself.
GIRL 2: Yeah, that’s probably the best protection.
BOY 1: The camouflage of some lizards and snakes is pretty cool.
BOY 2: It’s weird that some lizards’ tails come off so they can get away.
JOEY: I love the lizard that shoots blood out of its eyes; it’s awesome!
[There is a pause for about two seconds before the boy starts to make squirting noises and pantomimes liquid shooting out of both of his eyes. The entire table is silent for a beat; the other students and the teacher all look wordlessly at the boy.]
TEACHER: Joey, that is so creepy.
JOEY: You know what, Mr. Z? It sure would be cool if you could do that, too.
TEACHER: What, shoot blood out of my eyes?
JOEY: Yeah, but pepper spray!
TEACHER: Now why in the world would I want to do something like that?
JOEY: Well, you know…to spray the bad kids in class.
TEACHER: I think I’d prefer anti-kid juice.
JOEY: [Nodding] And then you’d spray the whole class with it, right?
TEACHER: Nope. I think I’d need it for only one student, Joey.
Fade to black.