A Feature-Length Screenplay

Mia is a pudgy 5th grader with a penchant for gossip and neon tracksuits. Oh, and an emotional support chinchilla named Parmesan who goes everywhere with her. Mia only has one friend at school, Beth, but she’s pretty mean and usually ditches Mia for the cooler girls. It’s OK because Mia prefers to hang with the older ladies in town. At one of Mrs. Steinberger’s infamous Tupperware parties, Mia’s friend Deb pulls her aside to whisper that she’s in danger! Huzzah for some drama, since spying on class cutie AJ was getting pretty boring! The next day, Mia goes to meet Deb but finds only her abandoned bike in the woods. Where the holy heck is Deb? Can it be that a 12-year old and small rodent are the ONLY ones who can crack this case?  Also, when will Beth stop being such a bully? Who does AJ really have a crush on? And how does one stretch a very lame allowance to meet the ice cream needs of a growing girl?  It’s up to Mia and Parmesan to find out.


DEB
I’ve figured some things out, some scary things. About people we know- people we know and love and thought we could trust.

MIA
How about I come by the store later, we eat some gelato-

DEB
I’m on a diet and besides, I don’t feel safe at work.

MIA
Listen up, Deb. Meet me behind the bathroom shack at the lake at 3 o’clock on the dot.

DEB
Is it safe?

MIA
It’s a bathroom shack at a lake, Deb. Very few people bother to get out of the water, if you know what I mean. Plus, there’s usually an ice cream truck around then.

DEB
What?

MIA
Since we aren’t getting gelato.

DEB
Okay. Thank you, Mia. You’re the only one who gets it.

MIA
You’re welcome. And don’t forget-

Mia leans in close towards Deb.

MIA (CONT’D)
The ice cream truck is cash only.

Deb looks at Mia, confused.

MIA (CONT’D)
My allowance got taken away and I need a sweet treat in the afternoon.

DEB
Fine, just don’t be late. 


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