Written by: Juana
Story Summary: Ben and Felicity have decided to try and keep their friendship despite all the obstacles. Felicity and Ben come to the realization that that might not be as easy as they originally thought. Julie drags Felicity to a mixer at Tate’s dorm where fate steps in and delivers some good things Felicity’s way for once.
Disclaimer: I do not own the characters of Felicity. They belong to the brilliant writers and creators of the hit WB show.
INT. FELICITY’S DORM ROOM-NIGHT
FELICITY COMES IN THROUGH THE DOOR AND THROWS HER DEAN AND DELUCA HAT ON THE DRESSER. SHE PICKS UP HER TAPE RECORDER AND GOES TO SIT DOWN ON THE BED TO RECORD A TAPE TO HER CONFIDANT AND FRIEND SALLY.
FELICITY: (Voice Over recording to Sally) Dear Sally, I got your last tape and I just want to say thanks and you're right. Ben is definitely a keeper…..probably Lyssa’s keeper but as the saying goes you can’t always get what you want…..or is that a song? Anyway I’ve decided to heed your advice this time….rare I know. I’ve usually already zoomed past it by the time I get your tape…..okay I’m rambling now. The point is I’m giving Ben his space to do what he thinks is right and necessary and Sally it’s killing me. Especially at work where it’s pretty close quarters behind the counter.
CUT TO DEAN AND DELUCA EARLIER THAT DAY.
BEN IS WALKING PAST AND ACIDENTALLY BRUSHES UP AGAINST FELICITY. THE ELECTRICITY BETWEEN THEM WOULD LIGHT AN ENTIRE CITY BLOCK.
BEN: Sorry….I never realized before how cramped it is back here.
FELICITY: Yeah me either.
FELICITY AND BEN LOOK AT EACH OTHER WITH PURE PASSION BRIMMING IN THEIR EYES. FELICITY BREAKS GAZE FIRST.
FELICITY: (holding customers Latte) Um….I better get this to the customer.
BEN: (steps slightly over) Yeah….good idea.
CUT BACK TO FELICITY’S DORM ROOM. AND HER RECORDING TO SALLY.
FELICITY: (Voice over recording to Sally) I mean one single, innocent brush up against me from him and my brain and body go into overload. I couldn’t concentrate for the rest of my shift…..I was screwing up orders so bad that Javier ask me to step into the back room…..never a good sign.
CUT BACK TO DEAN AND DELUCA. EARLIER THAT DAY.
JAVIER AND FELICITY ARE IN THE BACK ROOM.
JAVIER: Felicity….sweetie what is going on with you. The woman asked you for a decaf coffee…plain and you give her a double expresso…..are you trying to ruin me?
FELICITY: Javier….I’m sorry….it’s just that I’m a little distracted today.
JAVIER: Tell me something I don’t already know….what is going on in here? (points to her head)
FELICITY: It’s more what’s going on in here (points to her heart)
JAVIER: Are you having an attack of the heart?
FELICITY: No...It’s just this thing with Ben. It’s the first time we’ve really had to work together since we decided to just stay friends.
JAVIER : Oh….you and Benjamin. I should have known. The sexual tension between you two is filling up the room. Makes me want to go find Samuel and …..well you know.
JAVIER: What?….I’m not allowed my fantasies? Anyway back to the problem at hand….what are we going to do to make you back into my Felicity….employee of the month.
CUT BACK TO FELICITY’S DORM ROOM. THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR. FELICITY GETS UP OFF BED TO ANSWER.
JULIE: Hi….Can I come in?
FELICITY: Sure. What’s up?
JULIE WALKS INTO FELICITY’S ROOM AND SITS OVER BY THE WINDOW.
JULIE: Not much. I was just wondering what you were doing tonight?
FELICITY: Tonight? Not too much. I just got back from work….as you can see.
JULIE: This may be none of my business….but are you okay? You seem kind of …..I don’t know….not yourself.
FELICITY: It’s kind of a long story…..about Ben.
JULIE: How’s that going?
FELICITY: Horrible. We’ve pretty much decided to remain friends and he’s staying with Lyssa.
JULIE: Because of the baby?
FELICITY: Yep….but you know what…..I don’t really feel like rehashing this tonight….I’m sorry.
JULIE: Don’t be….actually my original reason for coming here was to invite you out tonight.
FELICITY: Really? Where to?
JULIE: To a mixer at the Brinkley dorm.
FELICITY: Who do you know from the Brinkley dorm?
FELICITY: Oh Julie that’s great….you and Tate worked things out.
JULIE: Yeah. Felicity I’ve never been so smitten by anyone in my life. I can’t believe my luck.
FELICITY: That is good news Julie.
JULIE: So will you come?
FELICITY: I don’t know. I’m not sure if I’m ready for a mixer.
JULIE: Please. You need to get out and have some fun….meet new people.
FELICITY: You know what….maybe your right. Just give me like twenty or so minutes to take a shower and change and I’ll meet you in the common room.
JULIE: Okay. Hurry though Tate is expecting me soon.
FELICITY: I’ll be extra super speedy.
JULIE EXITS HER ROOM AND FELICITY GOES TO TAKE HER SHOWER.
CUT TO FELICITY WALKING BACK INTO HER ROOM AFTER HER SHOWER. AS SHE OPENS THE DOOR SHE SEES NOEL SITTING ON HER BED.
FELICITY: (surprised) Noel? What are you doing in my room?
NOEL: We need to talk Felicity.
FELICITY: I don’t like you just helping yourself to my room Noel.
NOEL: Funny there was a time when you did.
FELICITY: Things have changed Noel…you and I both know that.
NOEL: Yeah…but why….everything seemed to be going so perfect.
FELICITY: It was an illusion Noel…things were never perfect….not even close.
NOEL: Because of Ben?
FELICITY: Noel we have to face facts here. Ben is not the only reason that things didn’t work out for us.
NOEL: But he was a big part of the reason.
FELICITY: Noel….please. Let’s not do this. Let’s not try and assign blame for the destruction of our relationship.
NOEL: It’s just so easy for you. You aren’t having the trouble letting go that I am.
FELICITY: I’m sorry Noel….I really am…but I can’t change how I feel.
NOEL: No more then I can change how I feel….and what I feel right now is pain.
THERE IS A KNOCK ON FELICITY’S DOOR.
FELICITY: That’s going to be Julie. I’m sorry Noel…but I still want to be your friend.
NOEL: My friend? God that sounds so condescending.
FELICITY: (Opening door as she speaks) Well it’s not meant to….I care about you….(surprised at whose at the door) Ben?
BEN IS STANDING AT FELICITY’S DOOR AND SEES NOEL STANDING IN HER ROOM AS SHE OPENS IT FOR HIM.
BEN: Um…this looks like a bad time….I’ll just leave.
FELICITY: Wait….please. Noel was just leaving.
NOEL: (disgusted) I was?
FELICITY GLARES AT NOEL.
NOEL: Fine….I was.
NOEL WALKS PAST BEN AND GIVES HIM A LOOK OF PURE HATE. BEN WALKS INTO FELICITY’S ROOM AND SHE CLOSES THE DOOR.
BEN: (Notices she is wearing a robe) I guess I caught you at a bad time.
FELICITY: No…it’s okay. I just took a shower.
BEN: So….what was Noel doing here?
FELICITY: Is that why you came here Ben? To talk about Noel?
BEN: No….against my better judgement….I came here because of what happened at work today.
FELICITY: I’m sorry. What do you mean?
BEN: I can’t speak for you Felicity….but working with you today was….nothing short of torture.
FELICITY: Excuse me?
BEN: I was having a really….really…really hard time concentrating with you in such close proximity.
FELICITY: Oh…that. Believe me I understand.
BEN: Any way so I came here to tell you that I’ve come to a decision.
FELICITY: A decision? About what?
BEN: I’ve decided to quit Dean and Deluca. I gave Javier my two weeks tonight.
FELICITY: What? Ben no! You can’t do that. You need the money…especially with a baby on the way.
BEN: I’ll find another job.
FELICITY: Where? Ben please don’t do this because of me.
BEN: I’m sorry Felicity….I just can’t go through another day like today.
FELICITY: Then I’ll quit.
FELICITY: You heard me…I’ll quit. I still have the job in the school office….and I can always find another one to subsidize it.
BEN: But you love working at Dean and Deluca.
FELICITY: Yeah I do…but if that’s the only way…then so be it.
BEN: (touched) You would do that for me?
FELICITY: Yes…I would.
BEN: (comes over and gives Felicity a hug) God you are so great.
BEN CONTINUES TO HUG FELICITY AND SUDDENLY THEY BOTH BECOME VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. SHE STEPS OUT OF HIS ARMS AND IMMEDIATELY HIS HAND COMES UP TO TOUCH HER FACE. BEFORE THEY BOTH COMPREHEND WHAT IS HAPPENING THEY ARE IN EACH OTHERS ARMS AGAIN AND BEN IS KISSING HER PASSIONATELY. THIS CONTINUES UNTIL THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR. BEN AND FELICITY BREAK APART AT THIS SOUND.
BEN: Oh Jesus….Felicity….I’m so damn sorry.
FELICITY: It’s okay Ben….I’m…okay.
BEN: I just….I didn’t mean….for that to happen.
FELICITY: I know….it wasn’t exactly premeditated on my part either.
BEN: It’s just that you smell so good…and I …..I am ……weak…..a total….loser.
FELICITY: Ben will you please stop over analyzing this….I’m gonna get the door.
FELICITY STARTS WALKING OVER TO THE DOOR. WITH HAND ON THE KNOB SHE TURNS AROUND.
FELICITY: It just happened okay….no harm done.
FELICITY OPENS DOOR AND JULIE IS STANDING THERE.
JULIE: Hey….I was starting to get worried about you….why are you still in your bathrobe?
AT THIS MOMENT JULIE NOTICES BEN IN THE BACKGROUND.
BEN: Hey. (to Felicity) I should go. But Felicity I don’t want you to quit.
FELICITY: I don’t want you to quit either.
BEN: I know….don’t worry we’ll work something else out. I really have to get out of here now though.
BEN WALKS PAST JULIE.
BEN: Bye Julie.
JULIE: Bye Ben. I’ll see ya.
BEN EXITS TO ELEVATOR. CUT TO INT. OF FELICITY’S ROOM. JULIE WALKS IN.
JULIE: What was that all about?
FELICITY: It’s complicated. Give me like two minutes and I’ll put myself together.
CUT TO BEN’S APARTMENT. BEN WALKS INTO THE LOFT. SEAN IS SITTING ON COUCH WATCHING TELEVISION.
SEAN: Hey. Got a second. We have some house things we need to discuss.
BEN SITS DOWN ON THE CHAIR ACROSS FROM THE COUCH.
BEN: What’s up?
SEAN: We are getting a new roommate.
SEAN: Yeah. It’s getting too hard to make the mortgage on this place with just the two of us.
BEN: Oh. I’m gonna pay you back the money I owe you.
SEAN: I know. It’s just some of my ideas haven’t quite been taking off like I’d hoped. I really thought I had something with the Lacto cereal…but it hasn’t tested very well.
BEN: Imagine that.
SEAN: So…I put an ad up at all the dorms and I have found someone to move in.
BEN: Already…I mean this is just the first you even told me you were looking.
SEAN: I tried to tell you….But man Lyssa is here and attention hungry like twenty fours hours a day.
BEN: Yeah I know. I’m sorry.
SEAN: It’s cool. I understand that she is carrying your baby. I try and cut her some slack.
BEN: Thanks man…I appreciate that.
SEAN: I have to wonder though….how are you doing?
BEN: Me….fine…couldn’t be better.
SEAN: Felicity called.
BEN: What? When?
SEAN: A few minutes ago….said to tell you that you left your hat there.
BEN: Oh….it’s not what you think.
SEAN: I think nothing….it’s totally your business.
BEN: It was innocent….well mostly.
SEAN: Completely okay….don’t have to explain. I’m just the messenger.
CUT TO BRINKLEY DORM. FELICITY AND JULIE WALK INTO THE MIXER. TATE SEES JULIE AND WALKS UP TO HER.
TATE: (kisses Julie) Hey sweetie.
JULIE: (blushing) Hi.
TATE: So I see you manage to drag Felicity along.
FELICITY: Yeah…it’s my fault we're late….sorry.
TATE: No harm done. Follow me I have someone I want you both to meet.
FELICITY AND JULIE FOLLOW TATE OVER TO THE DRINK TABLE. A TALL, GOOD LOOKING BLOND GUY WITH INTENSE EYES IS STANDING DRINKING A BEER. TATE TAKES THEM OVER TO HIM.
TATE: Gals this is Eli. Eli this is my Julie and her friend Felicity.
ELI REACHES OUT TO SHAKE HANDS WITH JULIE FIRST AND THEN EXTENDS HIS HAND TO FELICITY. FELICITY TAKES IT AND AS ELI SHAKES IT YOU CAN SEE THE SPARKS FLY BETWEEN THE TWO.
ELI: Felicity….nice to meet you.
FELICITY: (clearing throat) Um….you too.
TATE: Eli is my roommate…..until tomorrow at least.
FELICITY: Tomorrow? Are you moving?
ELI: Yeah…but never fear it’s just a few blocks from here. (to Tate) You are welcome anytime man.
TATE: (sarcastically) Thanks. Actually we both applied for the same place that he’s moving….apparently he’s just more likeable.
ELI: That’s what they tell me. (to Felicity) So would you like something to drink?
FELICITY: (Voice over recording to Sally) So Sally. I’m not over Ben. Not hardly. But knowing that I need to move on with my life….Well I met this guy at the mixer Julie dragged me to…..Eli. He’s very cute….scratch that he’s not just cute….he’s sexy. I can see this going somewhere if I can just release the memories of what Ben and I shared.
FELICITY AND ELI ARE SITTING ON A COUCH IN THE COMMON ROOM TALKING AND DRINKING.
ELI: So I kind of have two passions….my medical studies and my art.
FELICITY: This is so bizarre…..I am a med. student too and I have loved art all my life. I can’t believe that your passions mirror mine so closely.
ELI: Some would say that’s fate.
FELICITY: And what would you say?
ELI: That I knew the minute I shook your hand that even if we had nothing in common we would still have one compatible desire.
FELICITY: And what would that be?
ELI: The desire to get to know one another.
FELICITY: My you are charming.
ELI: And you are intoxicating.
FELICITY: I think that’s the alcohol.
ELI: Maybe….but I don’t think so.
ELI LEANS IN AND LANDS A SOFT KISS ON FELICITY’S MOUTH THAT SENDS A SHIVER DOWN HER SPINE.
ELI: And that’s just the beginning.
FELICITY: You mean it gets better?
ELI: You have my money back guarantee.
ELI LEANS IN AGAIN TO KISS HER. THIS TIME A LITTLE MORE PASSIONATELY. FELICITY RESPONDS BACK WITH EQUAL PASSION. ELI BREAKS THE KISS.
ELI: So do you want that refund?
FELICITY: No….I would have to say I’m completely satisfied.
SALLY: (Voice Over recording to Felicity) Dear Felicity. I don’t think you need to release your memories with Ben….just sort of put them in perspective and put them away for the moment for safe keeping. Eli huh? New man….new memories….could be good….just take it slow and be honest with him. He may just turn out to be something really special.