Mating Game-Part Two
Written by: Juana
Story Summary: Game night turns into a truth fest. Noel is unable to contain his anger any longer and forces Felicity to face up to the truth…temporarily forgetting his past isn’t exactly untarnished.
Disclaimer: I do not own the characters from Felicity...they belong to the brilliant writers and creators of the hit WB show.
FELICITY:(vo) Sally...Game night at Kelvin was…..a nightmare. Being in CA with Ben was so easy. One room…One guy to be with. Last night with Noel and Ben in the same room was nerve wracking to put it mildly. I felt like the guy with the blind fold in front of the firing squad. I understand the necessity of that blindfold now. It’s so much easier if you don’t see it coming….and Sally the events that transpired on Game night….I didn’t see them coming.
FELICITY AND NOEL ARE SERVING DRINKS TO EVERYONE. FELICITY GETS TO BEN AND LYSSA.
FELICITY: (uncomfortable) What can I get you?
LYSSA: Just soda for me thanks.
BEN: I’ll have a beer.
JULIE WALKS OVER TO FELICITY WHO GETTING A BEER OUT OF THE ICE CHEST.
JULIE: So what do you think of my date Felicity?
FELICITY: (looks over at Julie’s new guy Tate) He’s really good looking….almost too good looking. I wouldn’t be able to stand having someone that gorgeous as my boyfriend.
JULIE: Yeah…it’s a little nerve racking at times…but believe me when I say his kiss makes it all worth while.
FELICITY: Really….that good?
JULIE: Felicity….when he kisses me….God….I just melt….my insides just completely quiver.
FELICITY: Wow….is it getting hot in here? (puts soda she has in her hand up to her forehead)
BEN WALKS OVER TO FELICITY AND JULIE.
BEN: Hey….I just need to get that soda for Lyssa.
FELICITY: Um…Sorry…here you go. (hands Ben soda she was rolling around on her forehead)
BEN: (gives Felicity a weird look)Thanks.
BEN WALKS AWAY.
JULIE: Do you think something is wrong with Ben?
FELICITY: I don’t know. Why do you think there is?
JULIE: He just seems different lately…and I don’t think him and Lyssa are getting along very well.
FELICITY: You don’t?
JULIE: No…it’s just a rumor…but word out there is that he’s seeing someone else behind Lyssa’s back.
FELICITY: That’s what people are saying?
JULIE: Yes…I’m sure it’s just complete crap though…Ben is a good guy. Besides you and Ben are like twins these days…you would know if something was going on.
FELICITY: Right…I would definitely know.
JULIE: So what do you think?
FELICITY: ( in a daze) About what ?
JULIE: Ben…do you think he’s cheating on poor Lyssa or not?
NOEL WALKS OVER.
NOEL: Hey we’re just about ready to start…are you coming?
FELICITY: Yeah…lets play.
EVERYONE IS SITTING ON ONE OF TWO COUCHES IN THE LOUNGE. NOEL HAS ARRANGED THEM SO THAT THEY FACE EACH OTHER. BLAIR AND ELENA, JULIE AND TATE, NOEL AND FELICITY AND BEN AND LYSSA ARE ALL THERE.
NOEL: Okay…first we are going to divide into teams. Elena was afraid people would group into their normal cliques so…don’t blame me this was her idea. Everyone’s names are in this bowl and names for teams are being drawn at random. Okay here’s the first team (Noel picks out first four slips of paper) First team is (opening paper) Elena (opens next paper) Tate (opens next paper) Felicity and last but not least (opens last paper and jaw drops) Ben. That makes team two me, Julie, Blair and Lyssa.
ELENA: Okay so everyone move to your appropriate couches and we’ll begin.
NOEL: (comments sarcastically to Elena as he passes her) Great idea Elena…remind me to thank you when I get back to my room….where I keep my heavy ammo.
ELENA: It’s a game Noel…it’s harmless.
NOEL: Somehow I knew that was what you were gonna say.
FELICITY, ELENA, TATE AND BEN MOVE TO ONE OF THE COUCHES…WHILE NOEL, JULIE, LYSSA AND BLAIR GATHER ON THE OTHER.
FELICITY: So what game are we playing?
ELENA: First game is pictionary.
JULIE: Okay…does anybody here besides me care that Felicity is an artist?
NOEL: Would seem to give them a big advantage.
FELICITY: (kidding) What do you want me to do….draw with my left hand? (both Noel and Julie nod yes) You’ve got to be kidding you want me to draw with my left hand?
FELICITY: (voice over to Sally) Every thing seem to be going okay. Noel and Ben we’re keeping their distance from one another….and I was having a pretty good time. As the night wore on though…people got a little looser from the alcohol and inhibitions we’re pretty much being thrown….no shoved out the window. And Sal as is the norm with any party involving spirits….people starting acting really giddy and childish.
ELENA: Okay…so we’ve pretty much kicked your booties in every game. Tell you what…we’ll let you losers pick the next one.
JULIE: Okay…how about a little game of truth or dare?
NOEL: No thank you…I think I’ll keep my secrets to myself.
BLAIR: Then how about a high school favorite….spin the bottle.
NOEL: More like a grade school favorite.
ELENA: Okay…Then truth or dare it is.
FELICITY: (voice over to Sally) So there we were Sally…playing truth or dare….and me and Ben with so much to hide. All I could hope for was that no one would ask the hard questions…the ones that would with out a doubt trigger my guilt mechanism….and turn me into that spaz I become when I try to cover the truth.
ELENA: I have an idea…instead of picking someone at random…we’ll draw names from the bowl to decide who we ask the question…just to keep things…
NOEL: Random…we know. You really love this bowl thing don’t you?
ELENA: Noel…you can go first.
NOEL: (picking name) Elena….okay…Elena…truth or dare?
NOEL: Okay…I dare you to down two shots of tequila.
ELENA: No problem.
NOEL POURS THE SHOTS FOR ELENA AND SHE DOWNS FIRST ONE SHOT AND THEN ANOTHER.
ELENA: Ugh…I think I’m gonna be sick….just you wait Noel.
NOEL: I think I’m gonna like this random picking thing.
ELENA: (draws a slip of paper) Tate. …okay Tate truth or dare?
TATE: Truth…I hate tequila.
ELENA: Okay…have you and Julie…done the nasty?
TATE: (laughs) No…there was nothing nasty about it. Okay…I believe it’s my turn now. (picks a slip of paper) Noel….truth or dare?
TATE: Okay…Noel I dare you to give Lyssa here a big kiss.
LYSSA BLUSHES AS NOEL AKWARDLY GOES OVER TO HER AND GIVES HER A KISS.
NOEL: Okay…that wasn’t too awkward. (picks slip of paper) Felicity….truth or dare?
FELICITY: Truth. I think.
NOEL: Okay…(looking straight at Ben) Felicity….have you ever cheated on anyone?
FELICITY: (Voice over to Sally) God…Sally…I wanted to crawl under the couch. He knew…I don’t know how…but somehow Noel knew that I had been unfaithful to him….I don’t know what I was thinking but I decided to face the music….but not on Noel’s terms.
FELICITY: Um…can I talk to you for a second Noel?
NOEL: We’re right in the middle of a game here Felicity….answer the question.
FELICITY: I don’t want to play this game anymore.
FELICITY GETS UP AND WALKS INTO HER ROOM SHUTTING THE DOOR.
NOEL: (turns on Ben) Maybe you can answer the question Ben. Has Felicity ever cheated on anyone?
BEN: Noel…you’ve had a little too much to drink. I think we should all just call it a night.
NOEL: Don’t bother Ben…I’ll answer it for all of you. Yes…Felicity has cheated on someone….and guess what that someone is me.
BEN: Noel…come on your drunk.
NOEL: And you Ben are a CHEATER!
LYSSA : What is he talking about Ben?
FELICITY: (Voice over to Sally) I could hear it all through my door…Noel was being so loud…and I decided it was time to put a stop to it…before it got out of hand. Problem was I was already too late.
FELICITY WALKS BACK OUT.
FELICITY: Stop it Noel! Just stop it!
NOEL: No…Felicity…I think it’s time everyone knows what you and Ben have been up to.
LYSSA: Ben? What’s going on here?
BEN: All right Noel…if it’s honesty your looking for here…let’s talk about Thanksgiving weekend.
BEN: I mean Noel and Julie’s Thanksgiving weekend.
BEN: Come on Noel…tell her.
FELICITY: (looking at Noel) Tell me what?
NOEL: This is not about me…this is about you and Felicity…..I know about your Thanksgiving weekend.
LYSSA: Ben…you better start explaining now.
ELENA: (fed up) Allow me. Since your all so hell bent on destroying each other here. Felicity…over Thanksgiving Noel had a little fling with Julie…and Noel knows about yours and Ben’s Thanksgiving and Christmas trysts because he listened to a tape you were making for Sally. There I think that covers just about everything. Everyone satisfied now? Come on Blair…we’re leaving.
BLAIR: Naw man…it’s just getting good.
ELENA: Now Blair!
ELENA AND BLAIR LEAVE THE MAIN ROOM. JULIE, TATE, LYSSA, BEN, FELICITY AND NOEL ARE STANDING STARING AT EACH OTHER.
TATE: Okay…well this obviously is some serious crisis that in no way involves me…so I’m gonna leave.
JULIE: Tate…please wait. I can explain.
TATE: Julie…I really like you…but I’m sorry this is just too much. I can’t help you deal with this….because frankly I’m not sure how to process this exactly.
TATE WALKS OVER TO ELEVATOR AND PUSHES BUTTON. AS SOON AS ELEVATOR GETS THERE HE GETS ON AND LEAVES.
FELICITY: (voice over to Sally) It was horrible Sally….the five of us just trapped in this complete mess. No one seem to know what to say…or who to be mad at. Or even who to talk to first.
LYSSA: Well…I’m with Tate. This may involve me more than him…but frankly Ben…I didn’t see this coming and I am completely unprepared to deal with it.
BEN: You're leaving?
LYSSA: Yes…and please don’t bother trying to call me. If I want to talk to you I will give you a call.
LYSSA EXITS OVER TO ELEVATOR WHICH IS OPEN AND PUSHES BUTTON TO TAKE HER DOWN.
BEN, FELICITY, JULIE AND NOEL ARE STILL STANDING THERE.
FELICITY: I second that. I don’t know what you were hoping to accomplish here tonight Noel…but it seems to me that in your present state of mind…it’s not a good idea to hash this out.
FELICITY STARTS TO WALK AWAY.
NOEL: Don’t walk away from me Felicity…you owe me some answers.
FELICITY: (turning around) It seems to me like we’ve all got some secrets we’ve been keeping…I don’t know what to feel right now. Angry at you…or Ben…or Julie…or myself. I just can’t give you the answers now Noel….I don’t want to be around any of you right now.
FELICITY WALKS INTO HER ROOM…SHUTTING AND LOCKING THE DOOR. BEN STARTS TO WALK AWAY BUT NOEL GRABS HIS ARM.
NOEL: Where do you think your going?
BEN: Home. Let go of my arm.
NOEL: (lets go of Ben’s arm) Why did you do it Ben?
BEN: Yo'uer not gonna like the answer Noel.
NOEL: I think you owe me some sort of explanation.
BEN: Because I love her. But even knowing that…I was willing to stay away…until you cheated on her.
NOEL: I told you that was a mistake.
BEN: It’s water under the bridge Noel. Felicity and I have something really good. I’m sorry I know this isn’t what you want to hear.
NOEL: You are a Jack ass. (Noel attempts to slug Ben, but misses and slams his fist into the wall)
JULIE: Noel…are you okay? (runs over to him)
BEN: Nice try. Give it up Noel…you have no grounds to play the martyr here.
BEN WALKS OVER TO ELEVATOR AND PUSHES THE BUTTON. NOEL GETS UP AND WALKS OVER TO HIM.
NOEL: This is not over Ben….you think you’ve won…but you haven’t. It’s not over between me and Felicity.
BEN: Yes…it is. See if you can follow me on this Noel….the things you know….about me and Felicity…they don’t even scratch the surface of what she and I have….comprende?
NOEL: What are you saying?
BEN: That Felicity and I spent a month together in Palo Alto…as a couple….You figure it out.
ELEVATOR OPENS AND BEN WALKS INTO IT AND PUSHES THE BUTTON TO MAKE THE DOOR CLOSE. NOEL IS STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ELEVATOR WITH JULIE.
CUT TO FELICITY CRYING IN HER ROOM.
FELICITY: (Voice over to Sally) Talk about airing the dirty laundry…Noel has pretty much put the entire wardrobe out there Yes…I cheated on him…but guess what Sally it seems he’s been cheating on me too! I don’t know whether to be angry or oddly enough relieved. I mean this would open up things for me and Ben…who apparently has been privy to Noel’s infidelity from the word go. I feel like everyone that I trusted and believed in have been doing nothing but lying to me….just like I’ve been lying to them. But Sally what bugs me the most is Ben. Why didn’t he tell me about Noel? Out of everyone involved I thought I could at least trust him to be honest with me.
NEXT MORNING: ENGLISH CLASS.
FELICITY WALKS IN AND SEES FIRST JULIE AND THEN BEN SITTING TWO ROWS BEHIND HER. AFTER A MOMENTS PAUSE FELICITY GOES TO SIT BY HERSELF IN THE FIRST ROW.
SALLY: (Voice over to Felicity) Felicity….complex situations lead to complex problems. I don’t know if this will help you or not…but maybe your answer isn’t figuring out who to trust again…but maybe figuring out who you are….I think it’s confusing to you…what happened …because it was completely out of character for you. You've spent your wholelife developing morals and ethics that you pretty much tossed aside for the past two months to be with Ben. The questions you should be asking yourself are oddly enough the selfish ones. Do I want to be with Ben? Do I want to be with anyone? What is going to make me feel better about this situation? Once you figure those things out the rest will fall into place. When I was contemplating being unfaithful to John and he found out…he forced me to take a look at who I was…and it really helped me to see that I had been doing some pretty self serving things. Please don’t get me wrong here…I’m not placing any blame here. I just don’t want you to think that because Noel was unfaithful to you too that the playing field is even. Because nothing about this situation was fair to anyone…Please try and remember that trying to place or avoid blame here will only make things worse. Love Sally.