Digital Ischemia

17/06/2012

Antecedent

Filed under: What You Wish For-S — Teepwriter @ 15:51

EXT. BENACHAR HILL TRACK – 1863, SUMMER, DAY

Heat haze.  Polly ambles toward the lush foliage obscuring the house, dangling the book.  She blots her brow, pushes her hair from her face.

SFX: rumble and crash of high stone wall collapsing.

Polly grabs her skirt, scurries toward outbuildings.  In the b.g. a collapsed old wall is a pile of stone and wood rubble, a cloud of dust.  She bolts toward the barn.

A figure sways toward her through dust: Innes.

POLLY
(gasping to herself)
Are you alright?  Please be alright.  (CALLING)  Are you alright?

INNES
I am fine.

Polly and Innes halt a few paces from each other.

POLLY
Harry?

INNES
Away for a rod.  It needs tae settle.  May I walk ye by the burn?  It is bonny.

POLLY
Ah, yes.

EXT. BENACHAR BURN – DAY

Polly and Innes meander along a narrow path beside the burn.  He lets her lead.  She flaps the book to distract from her nerves.  He watches her.

INNES
Harry is mere bothered than the horse.  Are ye calmer?

POLLY
I am sorry to be so anxious.

INNES
You are braw tae worry for me.

Polly halts, faces Innes.  He meets her.

POLLY
I can not seem to help it.  I can not seem to be calm around you.

Polly reaches out, touches Innes’ hand.  He takes her hand, meets her eyes, smirks.  They drag each other, giggling, scampering between shrubs down the burn bank.

Polly and Innes teeter at the water edge.  They gaze at each other, daring, grab each other, kiss.

DISSOLVE TO:

Innes lounges on the burn bank.  Polly rests her head on him, pretends to read the book.

INNES
What do ye teach when ye are no’ tutoring spoilt weans?

POLLY
Cognitive Psychology.

INNES
What is that?

POLLY
How our brains make us behave.

INNES
Who wants tae ken?

POLLY
People, like doctors, to help people with problems with how they think or act.

Innes presses his lips, nods approval, lapses into concern.

INNES
What will your faimly make ae me?

POLLY
I have only a father.  He would love your talents.

INNES
He would nae disapprove?

POLLY
Of what?

Innes glances away, smirks, shakes his head.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE – NIGHT

By lamplight Polly and Innes sneak up to the front door.

POLLY
Will we get away with this?

INNES
We are a’ready found oot!

Polly is aghast.

INNES (CONT’D)
Mister Dudgeon hears the horses.  He kens when I go.  Every yin kens I am sweet for ye.

POLLY
I am so sorry!

INNES
I am no’!

Polly falls into Innes, hugging him.  He kisses her hand.

INNES (CONT’D)
Haste ye back, Stac Polly!

Polly giggles, stretches to peck Innes’ lips, pushes the front door.

INT. BENACHAR HOUSE HALL – 2013, DAY – CONTINUOUS ACTION

Daylight streams in.  Polly shimmies in, hugging herself, in painty T-shirt and dusty jeans.

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2 Comments »

  1. I may require some guidance on scripts. 1863? 2013? Are those dates? Continuous action? My mind is telling me Polly is jumping between long ago and present day, perhaps dreaming?

    Comment by Houston — 21/06/2012 @ 11:59

  2. Thanks for reading. For a quick introduction to screenplay format: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Movie_Making_Manual/Screenplay_Format#Elements_of_the_screenplay
    If you want to get familiar with reading screenplays: http://www.dailyscript.com/
    Good to hear what you reckon is going on. Any more thoughts welcome.

    Comment by crookeddeviant — 24/06/2012 @ 16:34


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