Today, Beacon Hills High School prepares to welcome a new student! Several new students, in fact; a whole class of them. As summer gives way to fall, so too does freedom give way to restriction. Get in your seats, everyone.
Juliet goes with Matt.
"So Byrne tells me you're thinking of joining up?"
He starts the car.
"I was, yeah. You guys talked a lot?"
"You know how he is. Or do you? I can't keep track of your complicated web of popularity nonsense, things were simpler when I went to high school. You were cool or you weren't, and I wasn't. Easy."
Juliet fidgets. Not appreciating being ignored.
"I guess so, yeah."
"You, what's your name? Are you thinking about trying out?"
"Juliet Salvatore. Trying out for the lacrosse team? I didn't even know I could."
"Maybe you can't, I don't know. If you're any good, I'll check."
"I'm good. But unfortunately unable to play. I have a mood disorder. Sometimes I get too excited and I can hurt myself, or others. It's a thing."
"Whatever you say. So what's up with the two of you?"
"We just wanted to hang out outside of school. That's what cool kids do in our day, Coach Finstock."
"We were taking pictures of the Preserve, very fun and wholesome stuff."
"I'm not your parents. You could have been painting the trees with each other's blood for all I care, as long as you were safe."
"Sure. So when are tryouts, anyway, I haven't seen any flyers."
"Whenever I decide to have them."
"Oh! I was hoping to take some pictures of tryouts, maybe a video? I mean, I was thinking about actual games, but that's still a ways off, right?"
"The first game is next weekend."
"But you haven't had tryouts yet?"
"Are you critiquing my coaching technique? I already have most of the team, newbies get benched anyway."
"This is not me judging, this is me being totally clueless about lacrosse."
She looks at Matt.
"Is there a particular position you want to play?"
"Like he said, new players go on the bench. I'll just be happy to be there."
"A good attitude. I knew I liked you for a spot on the team."
She smiles at Matt and takes his hand again. "I'll be happy to watch you sit then," she laughs.
To Coach: "So how'd you get roped into this anyway? Not really in your job description, is it?"
"Picking up future lacrosse players is in my job description."