Monday, April 28, 2008

Lief Takes a Fall


THE FIRE IN BRADFORD

Act II. Scene Four.


INT. STILL IN LEIF AND CELIA' S HOUSE.
THE PROFESSOR IS SITTING ON THE C-SHAPED CHESTERFIELD WITH A LARGE DANISH COFFEE TABLE IN FRONT. CELIA IS SITTING ACROSS FROM HIM IN A CHAIR. SHE IS WEARING A FULL-LENGTH PAISELY DRESS. SHE HAS HER KNEES TOGETHER IN A VIRGIN POSE.
SHE IS NERVOUSLY SIPPING AT HER COFFEE. SHE CRADELES THE MUG WITH BOTH HANDS WHILE SHE SITS KNEES TOGETHER.

CELIA

I hope you don't think I'm a loose woman.

PROFESSOR

Celia, I've met some. You're not.

CELIA

We've been seeing too much of each other. Let's go back to the writing circle. Let's go out with other people.

PROFESSOR

What is that supposed to mean?

CELIA.

Come on. This opera. Tristan and Iseault . SHE PLAYS WITH HER CUP.

PROFESSOR.

Hm.

CELIA

David, I really like you. I don't want to go to work this morning. I don't have any friends any more. I like being with you.

PROFESSOR

So you tell me we should go out with other people. Say what you mean, Celia.

CELIA

I am very, very fond of you.

PROFESSOR

Uh, how could I tell? HE SMILES.


BEAT


PROFESSOR

Mutual amiration society.

THE PROFESSOR BENDS ACROSS THE TABLE AND KISSES HER.

SHE KISSES BACK..

THERE IS A SUDDEN CRACKING SOUND FROM A TRAP DOOR IN THE CEILING. A MAN'S SHOE CAN BE SEEN THROUGH THE NOW DISTENDED DOOR. A VTR CAMERA CLATTERS TO THE FLOOR, JUST BEHIND
CELIA, WHO STARTS.

PROFESSOR

What the hell.

LIEF(FROM OVERHEAD)

Celia, I can't find that insurance policy.

CELIA (PICKING UP THE CAMERA FROM THE FLOOR) SHE GIGGLES.

What were you going to do, photocopy it?
CELIA BURTS INTO LAUGHTER.

THE PROFESSOR IS TOTALLY BEWILDERED.

PROFESSOR

I thought Lief was away.

CELIA.

He was. But he came back early, in the middle of the night. You were asleep. Said he'd forgotten something.

PROFESSOR (WHO IS GETTING A BIT EDGY)

Forgotten what? To take videos of us?

CELIA

David!

SHE SUDDENLY RELAXES. SHE LEANS BACK, WITH LEIF MUMBLING SOMETHING THROUGH THE DISTENDED TRAP DOOR.

LIEF

Sorry I almost hit you witth the camera.
I still can't find it!

CELIA.

It's up on the pigeon hole. Stand up. See it?

CELIA (TO THE PROFESSOR):

Tacky, isn't it?

TIGHT SHOT OF DAVID'S BEWILDERED FACE.


FADE

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10 comments:

the walking man said...

What a great scene. This is developing nicely Ivan. Honestly; you really have found the groove in this and it is quite entertaining. Congratulations.

Peace

mark

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Well thanks.

Coming from a long-suffering writer, it's encouraging.

Don't know who this guy Art is, but he seems to be extracing an awful price on the psyche.

Been crazy as a loon for a week.

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

smiles

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Tara,

You been peepin"?

Just like my Lief in the play.

But he's got a camera!

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

I am hanging about. Just letting time slip through and reading a bit. Final three exams start in 90 minutes. Wish me luck?

T

Donnetta Lee said...

I agree with Mark. Looks like you've found the groove! Wow yet again.
Donnetta

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Been out shopping.

I'm sure you will have done well on he exams,Tara.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Donnetta,

Thanks.

Funny how it all turns around.

Thirty years ago, I "ran away from home", maybe to write a play.

Now I am half a block away from "home", back nearly at the same old place.
We shall not cease from all our wandering, and arrive at the same place"...?"
Old T.S. seemed to know all about it.

Charles Gramlich said...

The weirdness just keeps flowing. Well done.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Thanks, Charles.

Coming from a real prof, that's compliment!