Nine years! Nine years I labored over my screenplay, Remember Tomorrow, a coming-of-age dramedy about a group of teens working at a haunted Build-A-Bear with a cyborg cat. One swipe of raspberry iced tea onto my laptop and – zap! – it’s gone. Except for the last page:
REMEMBER TOMORROW 9/19/05 pg. 177.
Pepper tosses her arm crutches aside and joins Jesse, Tex, Tiffany-Ann, D’ontrell, and Robo-Cat in a group high-five.
FREEEZE FRAME on high-five:
PEPPER: Went on to write a best-selling series of “tween” novels based on her experiences that summer at Build-A-Bear.
TEX: Stood up to his dad and quit the football team to pursue his dream of dancing in Cirque du Soleil Zumanity.
D’ONTRELL: Graduated from Johns Hopkins Univ. with honors and works at UCLA Medical Center where he is a black doctor.
STEPHANIE: Married Trevor and had 3 children.
TREVOR: Married Stephanie and had 8 children. Facing multiple paternity suits.
TIFFANY-ANN: Swore off materialism and donated her inheritance to a charity for homeless/disabled cheerleaders.
BIG DEBBIE: Finalist on Season 14 of The Voice. Kicked off of the show for sexually assaulting Blake Shelton.
JESSE: Quit as assistant manager and started his own company, Construct-dat-Rabbit. Heavily sued by Build-A-Bear.
LOOSE TINA: Rediscovered her faith in family and the Church of Christ LDS. Currently leader of an outlaw polyandry clan.
JERSEY: Joined Marines. Killed by friendly fire in Iraq.
LEONARD: Joined Marines. Killed Jersey in Iraq.
SPYDER: Left MS-13 to become a substance abuse counselor for disadvantaged youth in South Los Angeles. Killed by Leonard.
MR. BLATZ: Remained store manager despite constant pranking from staff. Lost hand in stuffing machine accident. Living off settlement money in Florida with his “friend,” Narong.
DR. FANG: Abandoned his nefarious plan to destroy Build-A-Bear and eliminate its pesky employees. Owns a vape shop in Ojai.
LI’L FANG: Had a nervous breakdown without Dr. Fang and his plots to give his life meaning. Recovering from e-cigarette overdose.
IRIE MIKE: Turned his “stupid” idea – a smart phone you can eat sushi off of – into a multi-billion-dollar company. Smokes hella weed all day in Switzerland.
ROBO-CAT: Elected twice to the U.S. Senate before becoming Vice President. Ascended to President after assassination of President Affleck.
GHOST OF AARON BURR: Haunts the Pinewood mall to this day, mysteriously embroidering stuffed animals with wisdom for young adults and occasionally strangling somebody.
DOUG: Still a virgin.
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