The story is basically separated into three days. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. With many flashbacks thrown in for good measure.
Dan and Edgar are hanging around a hospital waiting to find out Julie's fate. They talk about the past which gives way to earlier portions of the story.
A few days earlier, Dan and Julie are having a fight. She leaves the apartment in a rush to get away from his overbearing emotions and is struck by a car.
Dan and Edgar are far away from the troubles they will have in the week to come. They are at a party in a Church. It is here Edgar finds the girl his "whole world stops for." It is also here that Dan finds out about Julie's past with Jeff.
than a week before:
Most all earlier scenes that will be talked about by the characters will not be presented in a live action format. For instance, when Dan and Edgar talk about grade school, you will see what they are talking about acted out, not by child actors, but rather by cartoon animated versions of them. (The restaurant scene is NOT animated, yet it happens about 2 months before.)
THE NEXT BREATH:
A SLACKER LOVE STORY
This is a story about Dan and Edgar, two best friends. The two men help each other work our their fears concerning love [girls,] life and spirituality [drugs.] They both must deal with problems that arise within relationships with the female gender.
Dan must learn to cope with his girlfriend, Julie, and her not knowing what she wants out of the relationship. To grow, Dan must also learn to look beyond judging her past romantic life and begin to trust in the future. Dan is too stubborn to apologize to Julie. He stays quiet when he should be calling out to her, he dwells on his indecision.
Edgar must move forward in his ability to trust in the female gender. He has never let himself get close enough to a girl for any type of meaningful relationship. Something about the girl he meets at the Church party changes his whole outlook and he tells her things about himself he has never let out before. Edgar had a relationship with Pamela, but he just dropped her without even telling her why or what for.
Question: Why are people so insecure and untrusting?
Nemesis: Male insecurities plague the two men in their quest for love. Also, since they lead a particularly non-legal lifestyle, they must also face officers of the law.