Happiest Season

Happiest Season

2020 film by Clea DuVall
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  • Abby: What did you mean last night? When you said you could relate.
    Riley: That was just a comment based on an assumption that I was making about you and Harper.
    Abby: I think it's probably an accurate assumption. You don't have to talk to me about this stuff. Like, I know it's weird.
    Riley: So, what has she told you?
    Abby: That you dated in high school. That you were her first girlfriend. That's about it. Is there more?
    Riley: Yeah, a little. I mean, yeah. Growing up we were totally inseparable. We were best friends, and then freshman year we became more than friends. We started dating, but nobody knew that, obviously, and we would leave these little love letters in each other's lockers. And one day one of Harper's friends found one of the letters and she asked Harper what it was about, and Harper basically just said that I am gay and that I wouldn't leave her alone. And then within a couple of days, everyone in school found out and everybody was so awful to me.
    Abby: I'm sorry, that's... I'm sorry.
    Riley: Yeah, so, the thing that I can relate to is being in love with somebody that is too afraid to show the world who they are. But that was a long time ago.
    Abby: Yeah.
  • Harper: I hate that you're gonna be alone on Christmas. I'm gonna miss you.
    Abby: Hey, I'm gonna miss you, too.
    Harper: We could just stay up here.
    Abby: I'd do that.
  • Tipper: I'm sorry about all this mess.
    Abby: What? No, this is so nice.
    Tipper: Better than your room at the orphanage?
    Abby: Oh, I wasn't in an orphanage, because I was 19 when my parents died.
    Tipper: Oh. One of the lucky ones.
  • Harper: Riley!
    Riley: Harper.
    Harper: Sorry, um, Riley, this is Abby. Abby is my
    Abby: Orphan. Roommate. We... I am an orphan, but we live together. As friends, um, like acquaintances.
    Harper: Oh, please stop.
    Abby: Yeah.
    Riley: Nice to meet you. So, I'm just gonna sneak on by you guys.
    Abby: Was that "the" Riley?
    Harper: Okay, that one really wasn't my fault.
    Abby: Well, who knows, maybe another one of your exes will bring out dessert.
  • Abby: My parents loved Christmas. We would do all the stuff. We would decorate and do the tree and watch, like, every Christmas movie. After they died, I couldn't really bring myself to acknowledge Christmas.
    John: Hmm.
    Abby: The holidays were just a huge reminder of them not being here. So I really thought maybe this year with Harper and meeting her family, you know, that it would just feel different. I don't think that she loves me as much as I thought she did.
    John: Hey, Harper not coming out to her parents has nothing to do with you.
  • Abby: Should I have some sort of cover story or something?
    Harper: Oh, no. Just be you.
    Abby: Okay.
    Harper: I mean, but don't, you know, say that we're together, obviously. And, um, you know, maybe don't mention that you're... um...
    Abby: Gay?
    Harper: Yeah. Yeah, I think, actually, it might be better to just avoid it. But don't lie. You're a very bad liar.
    Abby: No, I'm not.
  • Harper: What's going on in here?
    Abby: I just woke up thinking about going home with you and got very excited about Christmas.
    Harper: Oh... baby, you don't have to come with me.
    Abby: Well, I want to.
    Harper: No! No, no, no. I feel like I really put you on the spot last night, and I understand how you feel about Christmas because you lost your parents. You just don't have to
    Abby: (interrupts) No, I genuinely want to go. I get to go meet the people that made my favorite person.
    Harper: Okay, but who's gonna look after all those pets?
    Abby: John's gonna cover for me.
    (long pause)
    Abby: I know why you're worried. But don't be! I am all in on Christmas.
    Harper: Good!
  • Abby: What are you doing on your phone?
    John: I'm sorry, I left a gentleman alone in my apartment so I'm tracking him to make sure he leaves.
    Abby: You're tracking him?
    John: Yeah, I track everybody. If the NSA can do it, so can I.
  • Harper: Come with me.
    Abby: Where?
    Harper: To my parents' house for Christmas.
    Abby: Oh, really?
    (pause)
    Abby: I've got the pets to sit.
    Harper: Oh my God, get someone to cover for you! I want to wake up with you on Christmas morning. And if that doesn't convince you to love Christmas, I'll never bring it up again.
    Abby: Deal. Yeah!
    (kisses Harper)
  • Abby: How are you here?
    John: When are you going to get this? I have been tracking you.
    Tipper: Hello?
    John: Hi!
    Tipper: I'm Tipper, this is my home. Are you the ex-boyfriend?
    John: Yes, I am John. Abby's heterosexual ex-boyfriend and I have come to get her back.
    Tipper: I see. Well, it would have been nice to have known you were coming, but since you are here... enjoy!
    John: Thank you so much!
    (Tipper exits)
    John: Okay, I nailed that and she is fabulous.
    Abby: What are you doing?
    John: That phone call earlier was a cry for help. I'm here to rescue you. Please get your things.
  • Riley: Great party.
    Harper: Yeah.
    Riley: You okay?
    Harper: I'm so sorry.
    Riley: (shakes Harper's hand) Merry Christmas.
    Harper: Merry Christmas.
    Riley: She's a really good one.
    Harper: Yeah.
  • Abby: Oh! You're room's in the basement?
    Jane: Oh, yeah. I had night terrors. They put me down here so I wouldn't wake everyone up.
  • Abby: Thank you for trying to get me to like Christmas. I love that you love it. I'm just so content taking care of other people's pets when they're away for the holiday.
  • Riley: What is happening?
    Abby: I don't know. Yesterday I never felt closer to another person in my entire life, and now I don't know her. I thought she loved me and was happy, but I see her here and she's so terrified of what everyone thinks. It's just making me wonder who the real Harper is. You know?
    Riley: Maybe they both are.
    Abby: I was gonna ask her to marry me tomorrow.
    Riley: (consoles Abby) I'm gonna get you a real drink. Okay?
  • Jane: I am something! And guess what. I like myself! And maybe you all don't because I'm not fancy. But whether you like it or not, I'm a part of this family, and I will not be left out anymore!
  • Abby: You can be totally honest with me. Like, about anything. Seriously. I can take it.
    Harper: Okay. Then you should know that it is very difficult to sit next to you at dinner and not be able to kiss you.
  • Abby: Hey
    (wakes up Harper)
    Harper: What's wrong?
    Abby: Just making sure you're okay
    Harper: Why wouldn't I be?
    Abby: I don't know. You weren't answering me, so I was...
    Harper: I know, but you knew I was out with my friends.
    Abby: Yeah, but I didn't know you were going to be out until 2 in the morning. So I'm just checking on you.
    Harper: Okay.
    (pauses)
    Harper: I'm sorry, I didn't know I had a curfew.
    Abby: What is going on with you?
    Harper: Nothing. Nothing, I just don't know why you're keeping tabs on me.
    Abby: Keeping tabs on you?
    Harper: Yeah, it just feels a little suffocating.
    Abby: I'm suffocating you? Oh, I feel really suffocated in the closet you shoved me back into!
    Harper: You agreed to this!
    Abby: We were practically already here!
    Harper: (whispering) Would you please be quiet!
    Abby: I was gonna...
    (pauses)
    Abby: If I knew part of what I was agreeing to was you hanging out with your ex-boyfriend all night, maybe I wouldn't have.
    Harper: I feel like we just need some space.
    Abby: You need some space? Okay.
    (exits)
    Harper: Abby!
  • Harper: Abby!
    Abby: How did you even...
    Harper: I tracked you. John taught me.
    Abby: I just want to go home.
    Harper: I know! I just, please let me say this. You are my family! You are the love of my life. I was terrible and I wish that I could undo everything, but I promise you I will make it up to you. I will spend the rest of my life making it up to you, and I won't hurt you like this again. But please, give me another chance. I want to build a life with you. Please?
    Abby: But, what about your parents?
    Harper: I don't care what they think. I only care about you. If I have you that's all I need. Be with me?
  • Tipper: What is going on!
    Sloane: Yeah, what is going on? Harper, do you want to tell them, or should I?
    Harper: Don't, Sloane!
    Sloane: Why? It's not good timing?
    Tipper: Girls, stop that this instant!
    Jane: Come one, guys. Just hug it out.
    Harper, Sloane: Shut up, Jane!
    Harper: Don't do this, Sloane!
    Sloane: All this because you're scared to not be the favorite. Pathetic!
    Ted: Sloane, you're making a scene!
    Sloane: I am? You think she's so innocent? All of this is happening because Harper is... Harper is a lesbian! Abby's her girlfriend.
    Harper: She is lying! I am not a lesbian!
    (party goes silent as Abby leaves)
  • John: Hey, Harper not coming out to her parents has nothing to do with you.
    Abby: How could it not?
    John: Remind me, what did your parents say when you told them you were gay?
    Abby: Um, that they loved and supported me.
    John: That's amazing! My dad kicked me out of the house and didn't talk to me for 13 years after I told him. Everybody's story is different. There's your version and my version, and everything in between. But the one thing all of those stories have in common is that moment right before you say those words. When your heart is racing and you don't know what's coming next. That moment's really terrifying! And once you say those words, you can't un-say them. A chapter has ended, and a new one's begun. You have to be ready for that. You can't do it for anyone else.
    (pauses)
    John: Just because Harper isn't ready doesn't mean she never will be, and it doesn't mean she doesn't love you.
  • Riley: What are you drinking?
    Abby: Oh, it's a spiced... alcohol.
    Riley: Gross, can I have some?
    Abby: Yeah.
  • Harper: Abby! Hey, can we just talk for a second?
    Abby: No, I have to go. I can't. I can't do this for you anymore. But merry Christmas! Enjoy your family and enjoy Connor.
    Harper: What? No! I don't want him! I don't want Connor, I want you!
    Abby: Then what was that?
    Harper: I don't know! Why are you huddled in a corner with Riley?
    Abby: None of this has anything to do with Riley! This is all happening because of you, Harper. You not telling your parents about us is a choice that you made!
    Harper: It is not that simple!
    Abby: Do you know how painful it's been to watch the person that I love choose to hide me?
    Harper: I am not hiding you! I am hiding me! Okay? Our entire life we have been expected to be these perfect, golden children. Love in our house wasn't something we just got for free. It is something that we competed for and if we veered off their course, we lost it. I know it's messed up! Okay, I get it. But they're my parents! And I'm scared that if I tell them who I really am then I will lose them. And I know that if I don't tell them, I will lose you. I don't want to lose you!
  • Tipper: Abby, what are you doing in the closet?
    Abby: Oh, I must have been sleepwalking!
    Tipper: Oh, that can be very dangerous. I once took too many Ambien and I bought a racehorse online.
  • Tipper: Kids, what are you doing back there?
    Magnus: Playing hide-and-seek like Abby and Aunt Harper.
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