Sunday, May 6, 2018

BECOMING EMILY - Writing Sample 3 - Mike meets his partner at the Bar

INT. BAR - DAY

Joe stands at the bar with a brand new, unopened bottle of whiskey and a shot glass in front of him. Jillian stands to one side, pretending to clean and ignoring Joe.
Joe looks from the bottle to the clock. It’s not quite ten in the morning. He fidgets, looking at his phone, putting it back on the bar. Watching the TV. He looks from the clock to the bottle and back again.

INSERT CU - CLOCK turns 10AM

Joe shrugs and picks up the bottle.

JOE
Double digits. Fuck it.

He cracks the seal on the bottle and starts to pour himself a shot.

JILLIAN
Hey, Joe - you catch that game last night?

JOE
Which one’s that, Jillian?

JILLIAN
Oh, hell, I don’t know, who’s your team?

JOE
I don’t really have one, Jillian.

He sets down the bottle and regards the shot glass in front of him. He can smell the whiskey from where he’s standing.

JILLIAN
Really? Everybody’s got a team. Some of the guys here don’t wear anything but their team colors.

JOE
That a fact?

JILLIAN
Yep. You know, maybe it’s their kids, or when they were kids that made them that way, but some of these guys bleed for their home team, know what I mean?

JOE
I sure do, Jillian.

He picks up the shot and moves like he’s going to knock it back.

Mike intercepts it and takes it away from him, knocking it back himself. Joe watches him without making any protest.

MIKE
Thank you, Joe. Aahh - you do like the expensive stuff.

He signals Jillian over, pulling out a few bills.

MIKE (CONT’D)
Hey, Jillian - good to see you - yeah, we won’t be needing this anymore, but could you get us some espressos? Double for my friend here, okay?

Jillian nods, relieved to see him, she quickly clears the booze off the bar.

JOE
You’re late.

MIKE
Looks like I made it on time. What caused it this time?

Joe waits for Jillian to deliver their espressos and exit.

JOE

I want to tell you about my daughter. And don’t judge me, Mike, just listen.


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