(the text in this poem is stylistically all lowercased)
The Realm of Possibility: Smoking by David Levithan
storyboard by Riley Morris
In the first scene, Daniel and Jed are buying cigarettes with a fake id. "it would have never occurred to me (Daniel) to smoke. but one day we're at 7-11 and jed says "buy a pack"
Jed and Daniel go to Jed's car and they realize that Daniel forgot matches, yet he finds ones for candles in his car. ",,,the smoke i've known is vanilla scented. i think he (Jed) will laugh but instead he tells me he loves the way I am."
Daniel & Jed sit on a bench and share one of their cigarettes. They agree to only smoke one at a time. "i hold the cigarette like i'm in a black-and-white movie. but when jed lights the match, it spreads to color, his skin in the campfire light, the spark of his eyes as he leans into me." During this time Daniel also reflects upon how he and Jed met during art class and their early history together.
Jed and Daniel sit in the park and enjoy their last cigarette as they hear footsteps within the darkness. "we are quiet tonight, but in the same silence, we hear the footsteps together, too many of them, and loud, i can tell from the way they walk, the way that jed and i don't really walk, that they're guys from our school, and i am scared, in a way that jed is not scared."
The three boys reveal themselves and Daniel realizes that one of them is his homophobic best friend Pete. "pete just looks up at me. i say hello, ask him what's up. and all he can say back to me is "you're smoking?" he says this seriously and i laugh. he doesn't join me and i feel us becoming untied. the guys move on, one or two of them making jokes about me and jed, about "interrupting". pete does not look back." After this scene, the story ends with Jed asking Daniel how he is and Daniel making the realization that he has made a life suitable for him, and that the memories of past relations linger, like smoke.