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.

CELIA

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

PROFESSOR

Of course not.

CELIA

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.

PROFESSOR

What is that supposed to mean?

CELIA.

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

PROFESSOR.

Hm.

CELIA

David, I really like you. But.. it's Lief. Lief's jealous of you.

PROFESSOR (SOMEWHAT MOCKINGLY)

Nooo.

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.

PROFESSOR

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.

CELIA

I am very, very fond of you.

PROFESSOR

Uh, how could I tell? HE SMILES.


BEAT


PROFESSOR

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.

PROFESSOR
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.

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 to take videos of us?

CELIA

David!

SHE SUDDENLY RELAXES. SHE LEANS BACK. LIEF IS MUMBLING SOMETHING THROUGH THE DISTENDED TRAP DOOR OVERHEAD..

LIEF
Sorry I almost hit you with the camera.
I still can't find that insurance policy.

CELIA.

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.

CURTAIN



.....................INTERMISSION.............................

12 comments:

TomCat said...

How can anyone be such an air head as Celia?

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Funny about girls like that.

They somehow make you think that you are the airhead.
...Maybe the drugs.

the walking man said...

Ivan...If this scene follows the one that immediately preceded this post there is some ambiguity here.

The Professor would not be clear headed enough after waking up from his boot up, unless she was injecting him with B-12 to enhance his afternoon performance. In the stage directions Celia should have a mug of tea or coffee waiting for him as he wakes which would symbolize the clearing of his head to the audience.

What I liked is that Celia is starting to show a bit more of human side and is becoming a touch less predatory in this scene. Whether it's because she is bored or having second thoughts it comes through as a different mindset for her as presented so far.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Mark,

Thnx.

Mona said...

HA! A sting operation!

The professor might lose his job with his reputation!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Oh Mona. That is brilliant.
The professor does have powerful enemies, even outside of academe.

TomCat said...

Must be that, Ivan.

I'm rushing through to let you know that I've moved Politics Plus to http://www.politicsplus.org/blog

You're in the new blogroll there. Would you please update me in yours?

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Noted, TomCat.

I've got to make a few changes around here too, like getting Mozilla and Firefox instead of creaky Explorer. I cannot get U-Tube or flash.
Since my son the techie left town, I am all thumbs at anything technical even if it's an easy download.
And there is a full moon out!

Crazier than a stranded mink in high heat on a sandbar!

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