The Days Never Know is a multi-character drama that simultaneously follows the lives of a group of friends on the day they graduate high school, as well as their struggles with facing that fatal day as their ten year reunion approaches.
On the surface, The Days Never Know is a simple story, nothing more than a chronicle of the lives of six people over the course of a few days. Yet, beneath that simplistic surface is the very heart of the story itself: how the choices these characters make, and the events that transpire over these few days, will stay with them for a decade. That is what interests me most in writing: creating complicated characters who live in a rather simple world.
Each of these characters have their own end-goal in mind, that something they’re hoping to find by the end of their ten year reunion. But what few of them realize, is their own actions may once again set off a chain of events that can’t be stopped. While some of them may indeed get what they had originally wanted, it will come at a price that may be too much.
Scribd – The first 22 pages of the script (can be read in browser or downloaded)
Looking back now, it’s surprising for me to realize that it’s been eleven years since I first sat down to write this. I started writing this in January of 2003. I was sixteen, and had just found out that I was going to be switching to a different school for the remainder of my high school education.
I felt as though an important part of my life was being taken from me. Like several characters in this script, a few years of my high school life were exceptionally important to me; not because of where I was attending school, but because of who I was surrounded by.
So as I was sitting in my pre-calculus class, only able to think about how I would soon be in a different school, surrounded by people I did not know, I started thinking about the relationships I had formed over my time there. I considered these people my best friends, even family, yet I was aware enough to know that after high school was finished, we would all go our separate ways.
It was that realization that stopped me from paying attention to my math teacher, and to start developing a set of characters, and their story, on a piece of graphing paper. At that time, all I could think about was my small group of friends, and where we would all be after high school. Would we still be as close as we had been then? Would we wind up where we wanted to be in life after? Obviously, I had no idea what would actually happen, but those questions drove me to start writing about a group of friends who experienced a tumultuous time in their life, and how that event would stick with them for years.
I became very invested in the story, because I wanted to believe that the characters would still care about each other, even after a decade. And so, with a general idea of a story I wanted to tell, I began developing characters and a story that could somewhat reflect my own experiences.
While this now-developed script does not contain any events that myself (or my friends) experienced while in high school, I intentionally designed these characters to reflect several aspects of my own personality that I feel have shaped me during these years since graduating high school; some traits are commendable, while others are downright pathetic. It’s important to note that none of these characters are actually based on people I know; while some may have been framed on close friends, the majority are nothing more than representations of me at various points in life.