Digital Ischemia

20/10/2012

Choices

Filed under: What You Wish For-S — Teepwriter @ 09:15

EXT. UNIVERSITY GROUNDS – DAY – ESTABLISHING

INT. UNIVERSITY WILL’S OFFICE – DAY

Polly exaggerates creeping in.  At his desk, Will starts from reverie, strides to the door, abruptly closes it, looks away.  Her eyes follow him with consternation. 

POLLY
You summoned me?!

WILL
I require a sounding board.

POLLY
Oka–

WILL
(frenetic)
–Can’t discuss this with anyone else.  Unique, positive response to environmental radio-magnetic waves.  But when they’re cancelled, the clarity!  The lucid precision!  The…

Will faces another direction at random.

POLLY
What?

WILL
Some form of energy that you align your mental focus with?

Polly rearranges her face around an epiphany.

POLLY
What you wish for?

WILL
You recall when we measured your brain electrical activity: lower frequency, greater amplitude, fewer harmonics.  I spent years training mine to operate like yours.  How opportune and infuriating to have all the measuring kit around.  I have so much to learn… and all the time!  Ultimately it’s the chicks: what do you need to survive?

POLLY
Chicks?

WILL
Empirically parapsychological powers in their first few days.

POLLY
More to be understood.  What do you need to survive?

DISSOLVE TO:

Will sways, rooted to the floor, alone.

WILL
You.

EXT. UNIVERSITY GROUNDS – DAY

Dark grey clouds.  Polly scurries, hunched, alone.

POLLY (V.O.)
My overwhelming, irreducible thought that first time on the track?  To find a perfect man who wasn’t you.

Polly laughs maniacally, presses a finger to her eye.

EXT. BENACHAR BARN – DAY

Innes grabs the door frame, gazes toward town.  Storm clouds loom, trees sway.  The wind turbine is still.  He strides toward the house.

INT. UNIVERSITY WILL’S OFFICE – DAY

Dim, gloomy.  Will squints to read pages, leans toward the window.  He glances out, drops the paper, flees.

INT. WILL’S HOUSE STUDY – DAY

Dim, gloomy.  Will, drenched, frets over the small, intricate, metal and glass device on the table.

SFX: wind howls outside.

EXT. BENACHAR HILL TRACK – DAY

Overcast, squally.  Innes dawdles, rubbing his head, arms.  He spies the house, apprehensive.  In the b.g., Polly herds Jade and Finn to the front door.  Innes is captivated, spurs himself toward them.

INT. BENACHAR HOUSE KITCHEN – 2018, WINTER, DAY

Immaculate, pan simmering.  Polly rests a bag on the floor, takes in the unexpected surroundings.  Innes strides in with a bundle of dirty clothes.  Jade and Finn follow with smaller bundles.

INNES
Hello!

Innes halts.  Jade and Finn march past.

JADE
We’re helping.

Polly watches, astonished.  Jade and Finn fall against the washing machine, wrestle their bundles into it.

INNES
Biddable weans!

Innes smirks at his words.

POLLY
Cooking too?

FINN
Carrots.

Jade skips away, dragging Finn.

INNES
They washed the carrots.

Polly raises her eyebrows.  Innes leans to her.

INNES (CONT’D)
Are ye pleased?

Polly beams, grabs Innes, draws him into a long kiss.  He flushes, rubs a hand through his hair.

Innes shuffles crockery.  Polly slides her arms around him, moves in, kisses him.  He trembles against her.  She pushes her hand into his trousers.  He flinches, regains balance.  She checks his expression.  He covers.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE – SUMMER, EVENING – ESTABLISHING

Orange glow radiates warmth.  A toy lies abandoned.

INT. BENACHAR HOUSE KITCHEN – EVENING

Polly scurries, tidying and cleaning.  She lifts pieces of paper adorned with children’s art, grins, perplexed.

WILL (O.S.)
Hello?

POLLY
Kitchen!

Polly grabs putty, presses the art to cupboard doors, glances to the hall doorway.  Will falters in.

POLLY (CONT’D)
Andrea said you took leave?!

Polly assesses Will with concern.  His faint light-heartedness dissolves.

WILL
I…  Wh…  Vanessa’s gone.

POLLY
Where?

WILL
I don’t know.  I mean she left me.  Can you believe that?

Polly moves toward Will.  He controls a surge of upset.

WILL (CONT’D)
Please just be normal.  I’m trying to… tell people.

Polly shakes her head in commiseration, snakes her arms to hold Will.  He trembles with tension against her.

DISSOLVE TO:

Alone at the table, Polly gazes at nothing.  Innes slides up beside her, caresses her face, nods upstairs.

INNES
All is quiet.  And ye?

POLLY
Will was here.  He apologised for not staying but he’s… quite upset.

Innes is jolted.  Polly is distressed.

POLLY (CONT’D)
Vanessa left him.  He’s in pieces.  I never imagined the depth of his feeling…

Innes reaches around Polly, reeling.

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