Make Him Swim Scene 29

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SCENE 29: LEM COMES OUT TO HIS DAD

INT. LEM’S BEDROOM-NIGHT

Lem’s dad sat at Lem’s bed with two beer bottles in hand.

LEM

I guess you heard

everything. We have thin

walls. I can’t change

anything, I love Chai.

I love him dad. I need him

to be happy. He will complete

me.

LEM’S DAD

When I married your

mom, I thought I made a

mistake.

We’re both young,

I said to her, maybe

we shouldn’t get

married.

We’re just teenagers,

what do we know

about life and about love?

Looking back, I’m glad

I married your mom.

I don’t have any regrets

son. And the best part

of loving your mom

is that I got you.

A son who at this

moment is telling me

that he found

someone who can

make him happy.

(Hands a beer bottle

to Lem, they toast

their bottles)

Someone who will

complete him.

Give me more credit,

I’m your dad Lem.

I’m not just your buddy sitting at

your bed right now.

I’m your father.

I’m all in at whatever that

will make you happy

and complete.

LEM

Are you disappointed

dad, because I’m gay?

LEM’S DAD

You might not have

seen me, but I’m always

there in all your swim

competition.

I’m the president of

your fans club.

I’m your loudest cheerleader.

How can I be disappointed

with you?

Lem, you are my son

and will always be my

son, regardless of who

you are and who you love.

LEM

And mom? Do you think

if she’s alive right now,

she’ll be disappointed?

LEM’S DAD

She will scream, she

always wanted to have

a daughter. (smiles at Lem)

LEM

I love you dad.

I haven’t asked him yet,

but I’m sure he will say yes.

LEM’S DAD

We are at a new phase

now Lem, I wish your mom

was here right now.

Our son had found love.

What are the chance of

finding love in today’s

age of instant?

Lem’s dad reach out at his pocket, he gave Lem a gold ring, this is the ring of Tawat’s dad.

LEM’S DAD

I meant to give this

to you sooner.

I always kept it on my

pocket.

I just didn’t find the

right moment, until now.

Give this to him.

LEM

(Notices the scratch mark

at the side of the ring)

Was this ours?

Handed down through

generations, our family

legacy defined by a single

ring.

LEM’S DAD

I was at the pawnshop,

few days after your mom

left us. I was lonely,

heartbroken, and then

a young guy who was also

there browsing at the shop,

caught my attention.

He approached me and just

casually talks to me.

He ask me why I was

at the pawnshop.

I told him, I’m just lonely

and sad. He said,

he has something that

will cheer me up.

He sold me that ring.

His selling phrase,

“This ring will make you

happy” And so Lem, that

ring will make you happy,

will make both of you happy.

LEM

I love you dad.

You don’t know how much

this means to me, to have

your love and support

in moments like this.

LEM’S DAD

I’m your dad Lem,

this is part of what I

signed up for.