(scene opens in basement)
Me: (quietly walking up behind Bigs, checking laptop screens for shenanigans) Are you both in class?
Both: (doesn’t move, wearing headphones) Yeah.
(shot Beta’s screen tiled with screens bearing kids’ names)
Beta: I’m in music class, the teacher is about to start
Me: (to Alpha) What about you?
(Alpha’s screen a single shot of an empty room)
Alpha: I’m watching my favorite YouTube. “Drying Paint”
Me: (doubles up laughing)
Beta: (to Alpha) Wow. You made her laugh.
Alpha: I didn’t just make her laugh. I got the wheeze out of her.