INT. SEA-TAC AIRPORT TERMINAL - DAY
Business as usual. Scores of weary travelers, toting their
suitcases and duffle bags, are scurrying about the terminal
in all directions.
MELODY, 24, shuffles her way wearily through the crowd with a
large duffle bag strapped over her hearty shoulder. She is 5'
10", dressed sloppily, wearing men's jeans, a white t-shirt,
and airline-approved flip-flops. Her messy, greasy hair
struggles to reach shoulder length, and her face has the five
o'clock shadow of an unshaven man.
CYNDI, 25, Melody's childhood friend, eagerly waits near the
main entrance. She is 5' 9", slender, well made-up and nicely
Mel, over here!
Melody navigates the crowd, gaining momentum as she sees
Cyndi waving her arm in the air. Both are excited.
They briefly embrace, hesitantly, almost as though meeting for the
You look even better than your
Aww, thank you. It's so good to see
you. Are you ready?
Melody nods. They hug again and then exit the terminal.
EXT. AIRPORT PARKING LOT - DAY
Cyndi and Melody, sharing an umbrella in the rain, are
walking from the terminal to Cyndi's car.
So how's everyone back in the wheat
fields? What's Wayne been up to?
It's Wichita. Same ole narrow
minded ass-holes, and Wayne's the
ass-holiest of 'em all.
How'd your parents take it when ya
How do ya think? Dad thinks I'm
dead now. And Mom, she thinks I'm
havin' a phase.
It took a while for my parents to
come around, but they eventually
did. Yours will too.
Huh, you didn't see the look in his
eyes. It was like I yanked his
heart right out of his chest.
Sometimes I wish I could take it
all back, you know?
Cyndi gives a nod of understanding and opens the trunk of her
car, into which Melody tosses her duffle bag.
INT. CYNDI'S CAR IN TRAFFIC - DAY
Melody is quiet, watching nervously as Cyndi negotiates the
heavy city traffic with little apparent effort. Cyndi glances
over as Melody remains quiet, nervous, wide eyes glued to the
traffic as the radio plays softly in the background.
Hey, did ya hear about Bruce
Jenner? Crazy, right? I wonder what
his, oops, her name will be?
I know you're scared. I was scared
too. But it gets easier, I promise.
You can't believe how trans
friendly they are up here. It's
like we're not freaks at all.
It sounds amazing. I don't really
have any friends anymore, you know,
Cyndi glances at Melody, smiles and gently pats her leg.
We've been friends since 1st grade.
Ain't nothin' gonna change that.
Melody takes hold of Cyndi's hand with a tight, manly grip.
Melody tries to speak but is suddenly choked-up with tears.
The car stops at a red light. Rain is falling.
It's okay. I know how you feel. I
didn't think I'd ever have friends
again either. But you're in Seattle
now, girl. You'll make friends fast
and easy. Here...
Cyndi reclaims her hand, reaches into her purse, takes out a
tissue and hands it to Melody. Traffic resumes.
(sniffling and stuttering)
And I'm not even on hormones yet.
They both laugh.
This ain't Kansas, girlfriend.
Welcome to the Emerald City.
The clouds break. The rain stops and Seattle's skyline comes
into view, shiny and illuminated, with Puget Sound glistening
and the Olympic Mountains resting in the background.
A pale half-rainbow can be seen over the water.
INT. CYNDI'S APARTMENT, LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Cyndi is piled on the living room sofa in pajamas, diligently
working on a bowl of ice cream. Melody enters; bathed, clean
shaven and wearing a baby blue nightdress. She is refreshed.
Melody nods, then skips playfully to the sofa and plops down,
reaching to the table for her dish of Rocky Road. Cyndi
You are adorable.
I ain't no lesbian, you know.
Cyndi grabs a PILLOW from the sofa and playfully flings it
into Melody's face.
Don't flatter yourself. I'm not
hitting on you, Melvin.
Melody sets her ice cream on the table and lunges playfully
at Cyndi, who quickly puts her bowl on the table. They play
wrestle as if teenage boys.
Really, Earl Bob, you're gonna
fuckin' deadname me, Earl Bob?!
Melody gets Cyndi pinned beneath her on the floor near the
coffee table. Both are laughing heartily.
Okay, I give up! No more
deadnaming, I promise!
Melody releases Cyndi, who quickly rises and attacks Melody,
pinning her to the floor in the same manner.
And if you ever call me Earl Bob
They stare into each other's eyes, and then break into
hysterical laughter. They get up and return to the sofa, and
their ice cream.
Ain't it weird that we're, like,
still the same as when we were
kids? But now we're girls.
We spent most of our childhood
sneaking into Rebecca's room and
stealing her clothes. We were
always girls, just pretending to be
boys 'cause we had to.
We had to like monster trucks and
And guns and dirt bikes.
And boxing and cockfighting
Yeah, as if there's a difference.
They laugh, and continue eating their ice cream.
The evening of laughter and catching-up passes quickly. Cyndi
readies the sofa for sleeping. Melody re-enters.
I'll never be able to repay you for
Cyndi finishes tucking the sheet. Yawning, she walks over and
Repay me for what? I'm just glad
you're here. Make yourself at-home,
INT. CYNDI'S APARTMENT, BATHROOM - DAY
Melody and Cyndi are in front of the mirror putting on
makeup. Cyndi notices that Melody is struggling with
You gotta be careful when you're
puttin' on eyeliner. Here, gimme.
Cyndi takes the eyeliner from Melody and looks at it closely
with a chuckle.
What the fuck is this? I've seen
Sharpies with better tips.
They laugh. Cyndi tosses the cheap eyeliner in the trash and
grabs a high-quality eye marker from her kit.
Now, let me show ya how to do this.
Cyndi works artfully on Melody's eyes.
How many did you say were coming
Five or six. Will you stop
Sorry! Are they all trans?
No, of course not. But Joe is.
Cyndi smiles mischievously.
So, trans and cis folks, they...?
We're trannies, not vampires.
You don't need to be nervous.
They're all cool, I promise. We're
just gonna have some dinner and
drinks, maybe dance a little.
Cyndi turns Melody towards the mirror.
And with those eyes...
Wow! You're good.
What can I say? I am an artiste!
Now, let's go max out a credit card
INT. LARGE SHOPPING MALL - DAY
Cyndi and Melody are shown in a montage, shopping at various
stores, visiting salons and boutiques, eating at the food
At the end of the montage, while approaching the mall
restrooms, Melody stops and looks nervously back-and-forth
between the mens and ladies room entrances.
Cyndi rolls her eyes, shakes her head with a smile, and takes
Melody by the hand, leading her into the ladies room.
INT. CYNDI'S APARTMENT, LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
The evening's festivities are underway. Cyndi and Melody are
looking great, entertaining five of Cyndi's friends.
JOE, 27, short and skinny, enters. He has taken an immediate
interest in Melody and is standing beside her near the
(loudly, over the music)
Hi, I'm Joe. Melody, right?
Melody nods her head and leans down towards Joe's ear.
A moment of awkward silence amidst the lively, festive
So, Wichita, huh? Never been much
outta the Northwest myself.
If I were from the Northwest, I'd
never leave either. Kansas sucks.
Melody and Joe dance and, during the evening's festivities,
continue to converse and become increasingly attracted to one
Hours pass. The evening ends and guests are leaving. Cyndi
and Melody are standing at the door with goodbyes, nice-to
meet-ya's and handshakes as guests exit.
(out the door to departing
Drive safe, you guys. Thanks for
Joe is the last to leave. He approaches Melody.
I had a great time tonight. Ya
think maybe we could have coffee or
lunch or something sometime?
Joe reaches his hand up to Melody's shoulder. She is nearly a
foot taller than he.
Can I kiss you?
Melody agrees and bends down to kiss him. Cyndi smiles the
grin of a satisfied matchmaker. Joe turns to the door and
grabs his coat.
Ooh, girl, you gotta tell me
EXT. SEATTLE - DAY
A young couple in love. Melody and Joe are shown in a montage
at various locations in Seattle on dates, shopping, dining,
riding the ferries, etc.
Sitting on a bench at a park that overlooks the water,
sharing an umbrella in the sunlit drizzle, Joe presents
Melody with a gift.
So, I was remembering last night,
when you said how afraid you get
sometimes, you know, after comin'
out and all.
Joe takes a small, plush COWARDLY LION DOLL from a sack and
hands it to Melody.
For whenever you're feeling afraid,
and you need a little courage.
You're gonna make me cry.
My mom thought I loved The
Wizard of Oz. You know...girl.
Anyway, a little gift from your
I love it. Thank you.
INT. CYNDI'S APARTMENT, KITCHEN - NIGHT
Melody enters, carrying a shopping bag. Cyndi is stirring a
pot on the stove.
Hey. Hungry? I got some mac and
cheese cookin'. Someone looks
Oh my god, I never thought I could
be happy like this. I mean, look
what Joe gave me today.
Melody takes the COWARDLY LION DOLL from the bag and hugs it
For when I'm scared and need
Aww. I'm so happy for you.
Cyndi walks over and gives Melody a hug, then goes to the
refrigerator. A somber expression suddenly replaces her
Oh, before I forget, there's a
letter for you, over on the table.
Looks like it's from your mom.
Melody picks up, opens and reads the letter. The joy in her
eyes quickly dissolves as she reads.
What is it?
It's my dad. He had a heart attack.
Melody tries to be stoic, but tears drip down her face as she
lets the letter fall to the floor.
Oh, god, I knew something like this
No, but he's still in the hospital.
And it's my fault!
Cyndi gets as much into Melody's face as she'll allow.
Now you listen to me. This ain't
your fault, Mel. You understand me?
This is NOT your fault!
Cyndi tries to comfort Melody, unsuccessfully. Suddenly,
Melody walks to the closet and grabs her duffle bag. She
storms frantically around the apartment, gathering her
Don't go like this! Wait 'til
morning. You're too upset!
Will you take me to the airport?
Of course, but...
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
INT. HALF-EMPTY COMMUTER JET, EN ROUTE - NIGHT
Melody is crying at her window seat. She stares out at the
darkness as FLASHBACKS of fun times she had with Cyndi and
Joe play through her mind.
INT. MELODY'S PARENTS' HOUSE IN WICHITA - DAY
The doorbell rings. MARY, 54, opens the door to reveal
Melody, bedraggled with teary, makeup-smeared eyes and lack
Good God, boy, you look like ten
miles of bad road! Get in here,
Melvin Lee, before the neighbors
get an eyeful.
Melody steps in and hugs her mother. Mary quickly recoils,
disgusted, gently pushing her child away.
Momma, will you please call me
I most certainly will not!
Mary closes the door, turns and faces Melody.
Now you listen to me, young man.
I've tried real hard to look the
other way while you indulge your
ridiculous fantasies, but I've had
it with this nonsense.
Nonsense? Fantasies? Did you even
open the book I gave ya?
Oh, for Pete's sake, Melvin, will
you grow up? Boys are boys and
girls are girls. Now I'm sorry that
doesn't suit your fancy, but this
family needs you now. So man up!
Melody's expression shifts from frustration to despair. Her
cried-out eyes manage to well-up again.
I'm awful tired, Momma. I think
I'll go lay down for a while. Okay?
Melody turns and walks down the hall, crying, dragging her
duffle bag on the floor behind her. Mary watches with her
arms crossed, shaking her head.
INT. MELODY'S PARENTS' HOUSE, KITCHEN - DAY
Melody enters the kitchen. She is wearing gray men's sweats.
Melody's siblings, WAYNE, 28, REBECCA, 26, FREDDIE, 19, and
SARAH, 15, are seated around the dining table eating lunch.
Mary is up refilling iced tea glasses.
Good afternoon, sleepyhead.
Why ya gettin' mad at me, Momma?
He's the one put Daddy in the
hospital, bein' a fag.
Don't make him feel worse about it.
He knows it's his fault. I'm sure
he feels awful.
Melody remains silent and stoic as Mary serves her a sandwich
and glass of tea.
Well, that's all behind us, ain't
it Melvin Lee? Things can get back
to normal now.
Can I see Daddy today?
Oh, I don't think so, son. He's
still so weak and the sight of you
Give him another heart attack?
It'll never be normal again, Momma.
You heard what people say about
him. Oh look, there's poor, retarded
Melvin, the idiot that thinks he's
Ooh, that's hard-core, dude.
Well, that's the kinda shit people
are sayin', now ain't they.
Are ya happy with yourself, and
what you're doin' to the family?
What the fuck is wrong with you?
Melody remains quiet, but anger is boiling.
There's a girl at school who used
to be a boy. She uses the girls
bathroom and everything.
The very idea! Boys and girls using
the same lavatory. Why, it's
disgusting and unnatural.
It's an abomination in the sight of
God is what it is.
Just like you.
Ya know, Melvin, the preacher says
people with your, well, affliction,
can be healed with somethin'
called, what was it Momma,
Conversion therapy, dear.
That's right, son. Now, I've talked
to Pastor Hawkins and he says
Melody suddenly erupts from her chair, sending it toppling
behind her. An inadvertent table bump causes Wayne's iced tea
to spill onto his plate and into his lap. Sarah and Freddie
both chuckle to themselves.
Why can't you all just accept me
for who I am!?
Melody storms out of the kitchen, kicking the fallen chair
out of her path. The others look at one another, puzzled,
while Mary tends to Wayne and the spilled tea.
Trannies get periods?
INT. MELODY'S BEDROOM - DAY
Melody crawls into a fetal position atop her squeaky
childhood bed and sobs.
(crying and sniffling)
I can't do it anymore! I just can't
do it anymore!
Melody rolls off the bed and starts digging through her
duffle bag. Shaking with fear, she takes out a PILL BOTTLE,
stares at it for a moment and then empties its contents into
her cupped hand. She digs into the duffle bag again. While
doing so, she happens upon the COWARDLY LION DOLL that Joe
gave her and becomes suddenly still.
For whenever you're feeling afraid,
and you need a little courage...
Melody stares at the doll for a moment, then hugs it tightly.
Her sobs turn to tearful chuckles. She slowly tilts her
cupped hand and the PILLS trickle onto the carpet below.
She repacks her duffle bag and quietly slips out the
INT. SEA-TAC AIRPORT TERMINAL - DAY
Cyndi and Joe wait anxiously in the hustle and bustle,
watching the overhead signs for Melody's flight info.
Melody emerges from the gate, happy and confident, fully made
up, looking fabulous in an ensemble she and Cyndi picked out
a few days prior. She sees Cyndi, but not Joe. Melody and
Welcome home, girl. You look
Thank you. Where's...?
Joe, obscured by his small stature, suddenly emerges from
behind Cyndi and looks up lovingly at Melody.
Couldn't forget about your little
wizard, could ya?
Cyndi, with her matchmaker's grin, steps aside.
Melody gives Joe a hearty bear hug, his feet flying in the air as she
twirls him around like a rag doll. She sets him back on the
floor, then bends down and they kiss passionately.
(on the verge of tears)
I was so scared and so alone and I
saw my Cowardly Lion and...
Joe smiles warmly and reaches up to wipe a tear as it falls
from Melody's eye.
No more fears. No more tears.
Joe and Melody embrace and kiss again. Then the three of them
exit the airport terminal, each with misty eyes and wide