Saturday, February 27, 2010
Neighbourhood watch. Act I, scene five. THE FIRE IN BRADFORD
THE FIRE IN BRADFORD
Act I. Scene FIVE.
INT. MORNING. 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 GREY SILK BLOUSE AND A FULL-LENGTH, NEARLY VICTORIAN PAISELY SKIRT. SHE HAS HER KNEES TOGETHER IN A VIRGIN POSE.
SHE IS NERVOUSLY SIPPING AT HER COFFEE. SHE CRADLES THE MUG WITH BOTH HANDS WHILE SHE SITS KNEES TOGETHER. ALMOST A VIRGIN POSE. SHE IS RUNNING AN INDEX PAINTED FINGER AROUND THE RIM OF HER CUP.
I hope you don't think I'm a loose woman.
Of course not.
I don't know about this relationship. It's kind of crazy.
SHE SUDDENLY PUTS HER COFFEE CUP DOWN AND LOOKS SQUARELY AT THE PROFESSOR.
We've been seeing too much of each other. Let's go back to the writing circle. Let's go out with other people.
What is that supposed to mean?
Come on. This soap opera. Tristan and Iseault . (SHE PLAYS WITH HER CUP).
David, I really like you. But.. it's Lief. Lief's jealous of you.
PROFESSOR (SOMEWHAT MOCKINGLY)
SHE TAKES A SIP OF HER STEAMING COFFEE. HER EYES ARE DOWN.
CELIA. SHE SUDDENLY LOOKS UP AT THE PROFESSOR
I don't want to go to work this morning.I'm going to phone in sick.... Lief and I Idon't have any friends any more. I like being with you.
So you tell me we should go out with other people. Then you say you want to stay with me his morning. Say what you mean, Celia.
I am very, very fond of you.
Uh, how could I tell? HE SMILES.
Mutual admiration society.
THE PROFESSOR BENDS ACROSS THE TABLE AND KISSES HER.
SHE KISSSES 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 GIVES A START.
What the hell.
LIEF VOICE(FROM OVERHEAD)
Celia, I can't find that insurance policy.
THERE IS A SUDDEN RATTLE AS A VIDEO CAMERA FALLS THROUGH A TRAP DOOR OVERHEAD
CELIA (PICKING UP THE CAMERA FROM THE FLOOR) SHE GIGGLES.
What were you going to do, take a copy of it with the webcam?
THE PROFESSOR IS TOTALLY BEWILDERED.
I thought Lief was away.
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 to take videos of us?
SHE SUDDENLY RELAXES. SHE LEANS BACK. LIEF IS MUMBLING SOMETHING THROUGH THE DISTENDED TRAP DOOR OVERHEAD..
Sorry I almost hit you with the camera.
I still can't find that insurance policy.
Try that pigeonhole. It should be right in front of you.
CELIA (TO THE PROFESSOR):
Tacky, isn''t it?
THE PROFESSOR STAND UP. HE FACES US WITH A BEWILDERED LOOK.