Eight years ago, I, Monica, was a very shy college freshman in upstate New York who mostly stayed in her second-floor dorm room during the first month or so. Mike, sort of goofy and a bit nerdy, was the boy down the hall. You’ve seen enough romantic comedies. You know how this story ends.

INT. DORM ROOM – AFTERNOON – ESTABLISHING SHOT

Sunlight filters through windows. MONICA, 18, sits at desk doing homework. Her side of the room is covered with five X-Files posters. CALIN, 18, a nice girl, who has a boyfriend back in her hometown, walks in and lies on MONICA’s bed.

CALIN: Hey, have you seen the kid in the lounge down the hall?
MONICA: Yes! He is always in there.
CALIN: I am going to find out why he is always in there.

MONICA returns to her homework, seemingly uninterested. CALIN walks down the hall to the lounge, which is near the bathrooms. CALIN returns.

CALIN: The Kid in the Lounge is a sophomore. His name’s Mike.  He likes doing homework in there. Says it’s a great way to meet people. He’s cute. He lives down the hall next to the lounge.

FADE IN — INT. DORM ROOM — AFTERNOON, NEXT DAY

MONICA, wearing different clothes, sits at desk, same position. Knock on door. MONICA turns around and sees MIKE, 19.

MIKE: Is Calin here?
MONICA: No, she’s at diving practice.
MIKE: I’ll come back another time.

SAME ROOM — NIGHT, NEXT DAY

MIKE: Is Calin here?
MONICA: She is at equestrian practice, sorry.

MIKE looks around her room and notices the five X-Files posters on wall.

MIKE: You like X-Files, don’t you?
MONICA: (laughs) Yeah, I love it! I’ve been interested in it since middle school.
MIKE: I watched it growing up with my mom.

Show MIKE and MONICA enthusiastically trading X-Files stories.  CUT TO MONICA and MIKE ballroom dancing.

CUT TO MIKE AND MONICA dancing at their wedding.

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