INT. CLINIC ROOM - DAY SCENE: A STIFF, METAL CHAIR WITH TAN VINYL BACK AND SEAT. SUBJECT (MID-20S, FEMALE) SITS WITH HER LEFT LEG BENT VERTICALLY; HER RIGHT TUCKED PERPENDICULARLY UNDERNEATH THE LEFT ANKLE. SHE FORWARD BENDS TO THE LEFT AND HUGS HER KNEE. EYES GAZE UP AND BEGIN SLOWLY PANNING THE ROOM SHE HAS OCCUPIED A HUNDRED TIMES BEFORE. SUBJECT'S VOICES FROM HER PAST SPEAK IN QUICK SUCCESSION (IN OFFSCREEN V/O) AS SHE TAKES IN THE FAMILIAR FEATURES OF THE ROOM. SUBJECT INHALES. VOICE 1: Quarter life crisis VOICE 2: Foot in the door VOICE 3: Your story is incredible VOICE 4: Having someone else's... SUBJECT EXHALES. VOICE 5: People your own age VOICE 6: All you've been through VOICE 5: Well, with "Google" on your resume... VOICE 4: God, you're so young SUBJECT INHALES. VOICE 7: This is nothing compared to what you've been through VOICE 5: Of course you haven't advanced like your coworkers VOICE 6: Don't idealize the past VOICE 1: You'll be able to do anything SUBJECT EXHALES. VOICE 8: If you feel stuck, why can't you just move? VOICE 10: Wow, that's amazing that 'they' can do that! VOICE 5: Comorbidity SUBJECT INHALES. VOICE 2: Normal 25-year old things VOICE 9: Short leash VOICE 4: What if the answers you seek aren't... SUBJECT EXHALES. VOICE 3: You've been so unlucky. VOICE 11: Do you know anything about who... VOICE 12: Are you feeling better? SUBJECT INHALES. VOICE 3: Stable VOICE 5: No restrictions VOICE 7: Why am I always calling you with bad news? SUBJECT EXHALES. VOICE 6: Let go VOICE 3: But how do we move forward? VOICE 4: You never could have known SUBJECT INHALES. VOICE 7: Safety net VOICE 6: Stop taking responsibility SUBJECT EXHALES. VOICE 2: Now, try to stay away from this place, ok? VOICE 1: Half your life... SUBJECT INHALES. VOICE 1: You had the heart of an 80 year old woman. SUBJECT EXHALES. VOICE 3: You have the heart of a 52 year old woman. SUBJECT QUICKLY INHALES. VOICE 4: How does it feel? BLACKOUT. SUBJECT'S OFFSCREEN VOICE: Words, words, words. JUMP-CUT TO SUBJECT'S FACE, EYES ON FIRE, LOOKING SLIGHT RIGHT OF CENTER. SUBJECT'S OFFSCREEN VOICE: Just. FADE OUT.
Currently Listening To: "Words Fail" by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. From Dear Evan Hansen. Performed by Ben Platt.
Don't you dare not listen through to the end.