“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 5

An ongoing daily series of scenes for a Steve Jobs biopic.

It’s a narrative experiment. It’s not going to follow a neat dramatic arc. It’s going to be a little episodic and random. Much like the subject matter.

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California modern. Exposed post and beam construction, walls of glass, and simple roofline. Smartly styled and affordable.

The kitchen, an airy space with modern appliances and clean cabinetry, opens onto the living area. Sunlight floods in.

Paul Jobs is finishing his breakfast at the round table, dressed in an ill fitting shirt and tie. Patti, 9, is picking up her books, dressed and ready for school. Clara is cleaning up and getting ready to leave for work.

Paul calls out to his son.

Come on, Steve. You don’t want to be late for school again.

Jobs, 11, steps into the kitchen. Thin, wispy. Wearing blue jeans and green flannelette shirt. He hasn’t slept a wink. His fists are thrust into the pockets of his jeans. His voice low.

I’m not going to school.

Paul is not sure whether to be worried or annoyed. Clara checks Jobs’ forehead with the back of her hand.

Are you not feeling well?

I’m sick and tired of being picked on every day.

Patti stops packing her books.

You’ve just moved to Crittenden. Why not give it chance?

I want to go to a different school. I want to go to a better school.

Steve, you can’t just transfer to a new school.

Why not? You’ve already moved me up a grade. Why can’t you move me to another school.

Well, we have to move to a new school district for a start. That means buying a new house and —

— moving to Cupertino Junior High?

Well, what I wanted to say was —

It’ll be great for Patti too when she has to go to junior high. She’ll love it at Cupertino.

Patti looks excited. Jobs smiles.

Jobs had skipped a grade and moved to Crittenden Middle School in order to remain challenged and stimulated. Instead he was being bullied every day.

The older children would taunt him about his adoption. Tease him that his mother never loved him.

Clara pushes his hair off his forehead with her fingers.