Digital Ischemia

26/08/2012

Unsettled

Filed under: What You Wish For-S — Teepwriter @ 11:32

EXT. BENACHAR HILL – DAY

Bright, windy.  Innes drops on to sloping grass, gazing across the estate, down the glen.  Jade burbles in a sling on his back.  Polly rests beside him, carrying Finn asleep.  A plane glides the horizon.

INNES
It a’ looks right fae here, apart fae… that.

POLLY
One for Will to explain.

INNES
How will I get work?

POLLY
There’s no need yet, until you’re settled.  We have money.

Innes stifles his disorientation.

INT. BENACHAR HOUSE KITCHEN – DAY

Finn and Jade squirm in their high chairs.  Polly scoops mush into each reluctant mouth in turn.  Innes concentrates to fill a glass from the tap.  He brings two full glasses to join others on the table, glances out.

INNES
I see Will’s carriage!

Innes strides out.  Finn and Jade turn to the window, beaming.  Polly aborts her spoonful.

SFX: click and clunk of front door opening and closing.

Innes ushers Will to the table, fidgets with a glass.

WILL
Hello guinea pigs.

POLLY
Good morning, your omniscience.

Will looms his face at Finn and Jade.  They squeal.

POLLY (CONT’D)
Get any sleep?

WILL
No!

INNES
Will ye take a cup ae water?

Will eyes the full glasses before him.

WILL
Uh, thank you.

INNES
I shall get ye a fresh yin.

Innes strides to the tap, grabbing an empty glass.

WILL
And how are you?

POLLY
Adjusting.

INNES
I am pleased tae see your carriage.

Polly disapproves.

WILL
I wondered if you’d like a look; Pol said you’re a fine driver.

Innes brings a glass of water with a grin.

INNES
I ha’e nae cowped in eighteen years!

Will chuckles with a wary glance to Polly.

INT. BENACHAR HOUSE POLLY’S BEDROOM – DAY

Early morning light creeps over the bed.  Polly opens her eyes, reaches around behind her.  Innes cuddles into her, nuzzles into her shoulder, runs his hand over her skin.

POLLY
(mumbling)
What would you like to do?

Innes halts.

POLLY (CONT’D)
I mean like travel or explore or… learn?

INNES
I dinnae need these.  I am happy wi’ ye and the weans.

POLLY
Yeh, we can all go together, wherever.

INNES
Dinnae push at me!

Polly, mortified, twists to kiss, soothe Innes.  She strokes down his body.  He reciprocates with forceful passion, drags her across him, presses against her.  She arches over him, resisting the aggression.

Innes closes his eyes, subsiding.  Polly relaxes, slides her hand to caress his lips.  He shudders away.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE – DAY

Drizzle.  Will recoils from the closed front door, irritated.  He strides around the side of the house, scans the garden.  He glimpses movement, darts to it.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE GARDEN – DAY

Polly and Will face at awkward distance, separated by mire.  He fumes.

POLLY
He took them over the hills.  Hopefully that’s not changed.

WILL
I was going to…  I thought…

Polly tilts her head, creases her eyebrows, fathoming Will’s distress.  He flings an arm wide, deflating.

WILL (CONT’D)
You’re right!  You’re right.  I don’t like it.

Will spins away from Polly.  She despairs.

WILL (CONT’D)
He’s their father.  I see Jade in him.

POLLY
I still need you.
(beat)
To defend me against Andrea!  She’s decided I fell for a sordid one-night with a student.

WILL
A fan.

POLLY
You see?!  How many folk has she shared that slander with?!

WILL
I’m just happy to be ruled out of her justice campaign.

Will is entirely not happy.

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