Secrets

By Phinehas Hodges | Drama
A couple reveals their deepest secrets to each other. But then, she breaks down from the trauma.

Filmmaker Phinehas Hodges tells the story of Kate and Ben, a young couple who plays a game to come clean on embarrassing secrets.

It starts innocently enough. Kate tells him she used to throw away her high school boyfriend’s embarrassing clothes. When he’d ask her about it, she would pretend not to know, then help him look for it.

Ben asks if Kate threw away his Crocs. She pauses, then swears she didn’t.

Ben then reveals when he sees an obese person in a wheelchair, he has thoughts of killing himself instead of letting himself get so fat. Kate doesn’t think it’s that bad. In fact, she admits she harbors those same thoughts, too.

Then, she begins to wonder what other messed up thoughts people carry in their minds.

She tells Ben she loves the smell of her dirty underwear — and she picks them up to sniff when nobody’s looking. Ben jokingly judges her, and as punishment, Kate makes him tell another secret.

He does. He says the best sex he had with his ex-girlfriend was a time he fantasized about her sister.

Kate continues and tells him she used to lie all the time as a kid. She’d lie for no reason. If a car was blue, she’d say red. Or she’d tell people her name was something different.

Ben brushes it off as just being a kid. But then, Kate then begins to break down. She says she needs to tell him everything, which freaks him out a bit. He sits up.

Kate says when they first met, she lied about liking the “The Godfather.” She also cares that Ben is still friends with his ex-girlfriend. Then, she admits she threw away his Crocs.

Before Ben can take it all in, Kate says she got an abortion last week. He’s in shock, but can’t tell if she’s serious or lying.

Kate then reveals she was sexually assaulted by her foster-brother when she was eight. He said they were playing a game, but when she resisted, he continued. It took her a long time to allow someone to touch her without jumping.

Ben tries to calm Kate down. But she begins to panic, telling him not to touch her before storming out. Ben calls her but she doesn’t pick up.

The next morning Kate texts him and they meet up to talk.

Finally, Ben shows a vulnerable side, telling her his secret is that he doesn’t have any secrets. He’s boring and he worries she’ll realize it and leave him. Then, he tells her he loves her.

Kate says she’s scared he’ll leave her, too. She feels she doesn’t deserve him.

Amid the empty coffee shop, they share an embrace and then a kiss.




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