EXT. LIBRARY - DAY SARA, a young woman, is standing near the library steps strumming her guitar and singing a song. A short distance from her, COLE sits on a park bench. He is tapping his fingers nervously on the handrest and occasionally looks in her direction. His eyes linger on her when he sees her looking the other way. He takes a deep breath, stands, and walks towards her. She looks up and smiles as he approaches. He smiles back and pauses for a moment before dropping a coin in her open guitar case and walking away. INT. APARTMENT - DAY JEFF, a fellow student and Cole's roommate, leans his chair against the wall and laughs at Cole, who is standing near the door with his jacket still on. JEFF I just don't get it. What the hell's so difficult about just asking the girl out? COLE I don't know. I still know nothing about her. Maybe she's got a boyfriend or something. JEFF Aw gee, well maybe you should ask her. COLE I can't just do that. I just have to get to know her a little better first. JEFF Oh yes, of course. So tell me, what wonderful things did you two talk about today? COLE Well, nothing really. But she does recognize me now, she smiled when she saw me. JEFF Well of course she bloody well smiled, you're probably her best customer. Exactly how much money have you spent on this girl so far? It's like one of those peek-a-boo theaters. You know, the ones where you have to put the coins in the slots so the shutters will open for a few minutes and you can see the dancing lady. COLE Tomorrow will be better. I'll talk to her tomorrow. I promise. JEFF Oh, so you're going to make this a daily thing now? Are you certain you can afford it? Maybe you can list her as an expense on your student loan forms. EXT - LIBRARY - DAY Sara is singing once again and Cole is sitting in the same spot on the bench. He is flipping through a paperback book but seems to be simply choosing pages at random. Sara pauses in between songs and he gets up and approaches her. She looks up from her guitar. There is a moment of awkward silence. COLE Hi. SARA Hello. Cole smiles slightly, nods, and then walks away, silently cursing himself. Sara stares after him in confusion. INT. APARTMENT - DAY JEFF So, did you talk to her? COLE Yeah. Jeff motions with his hand for Cole to continue, but Cole remains silent. JEFF And what did you say? COLE I said "hi." Jeff throws up his hands in disgust. JEFF You really are hopeless. Do you want me to ask her out for you? Is that it? Hell, I'll ask her out for myself just to show you how easy it is. Come on, what's the worse that can happen, eh? She tells you to get lost? Fine, no great loss. You just make it worse by dragging it out so long. Why does it have to be such a big deal? COLE Look, I know all that. But it doesn't matter. I can use logic 'til it's coming out my ears but it doesn't help the fact that my heart is going a mile a minute and my tongue has two left feet every time I want to say anything to her. JEFF So what do you want to do, write her a note? COLE Hey, that might be a good idea. Jeff groans and smacks himself in the forehead with his hand. JEFF God, that would be just like you. The girl's gonna call the police on you, you know, she'll think you're stalking her or something. Gonna include a photo with that note so she knows who you are? EXT. LIBRARY - DAY Cole is sitting on the bench with a folded piece of paper in his hand. He stares at the paper as he flips it over and over in his fingers. He stands up quickly, dropping the note in his pocket, and runs right into Sara who had just been approaching him. COLE Oh God, I'm so sorry. SARA No, that's all right, it was my fault. Cole sees Sara bending down to pick up a folded piece of paper. She hands it to him. SARA This must be yours. COLE Oh, no, it can't be. It must be for you I think. SARA No, it's definitely not mine. She quickly places the note in his hand and walks away. Cole lets out a disgruntled groan and turns in the opposite direction. He flips the note over in his hand for a moment and then tosses it into a garbage can. INT. APARTMENT - DAY JEFF I told you the note was a stupid idea. COLE Well I still think it could've worked. You can't get tongue-tied in a note. JEFF Look, I'll be your agent, okay. I'll approach her and tell her all about you and then we'll set up some grand meeting, okay. Of course I will expect some sort of commission. Cole continues pacing, ignoring the sly grin Jeff gives him. He puts his hands in his pockets and pulls out a folded piece of paper. He stares at it in confusion and then a look of realization comes over his face. He drops the note and runs out the door. Jeff just shakes his head as he watches Cole go. JEFF I will never understand that guy.