At night, Tate McRae walks down the steps in the back of the restaurant with a trash bag. She throws it in the garbage and stares at the twentysomething man (Mason Cutler) standing by the door. He picks up a cardboard box and they pass by each other on the steps.
She leans against the counter in the kitchen. As he walks by her, she pulls her to him. He puts her hand on her chest. She swipes it away. He leans into her in the hallway. As they walk, she takes some frosting off a dessert and licks it off her finger. She straddles him as they make out by the wall.
They make out in the dining area. As they dance, they cover their mouths. He pulls her hair and pushes her to the ground. She removes his hand from her face. He smashes a plate and takes her in his arms, kissing her stomach. They continue to dance. He pushes her, grabs her arms and carries her. Hands on her knees, she breathes hard as he runs his head along her back.
Tate McRae leaves a voicemail on the restaurant’s answering machine, letting her manager, the twentysomething man, know she won’t be in for her shifts for the rest of the week. The twentysomething man texts her, asking her if it was about last night. She puts her knuckles over her mouth and turns her head. Why couldn’t he leave her alone?
She tells herself it was a mistake. He didn’t mean it. They slept together and it got rough. She should’ve screamed or said something, anything. But she didn’t. It was a flirtation that had gotten out of hand. She liked him and it was what she wanted, wasn’t it?
A second twentysomething man brushes past her in class and she jumps. She grabs her backpack and leaves class as the professor walks in. Sitting in the car, she hits the steering wheel, imaging it was the twentysomething man’s face. She shouts at him to go away and that he’s such a jerk. A police officer taps on the window and asks her if she’s okay. She rolls down the window and says, “bad breakup.” He recommends her to go home and feel better. She says she’s going right now and turns the key in the engine.
Director: Sam Sulam Year: 2021