EXTRACT FROM MY SCREEN PLAY – PRECIOUS VESSELS

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SCENE EIGHT

 

INT. THE HOME OF THE ALAKIJA’S – KITCHEN. EVENING

 

We see ENIOLA cooking in the kitchen. Few minutes later, her husband, THOMAS walks in unawares and tiptoes towards the direction of a large glass bowl containing sizeable pieces of fried chicken. He Opens it gently and just as he was about to take some, she turns impulsively.

 

ENIOLA

(Smiling)

Caught in the act.

 

THOMAS

(Playfully)

Don’t be ridiculous, I merely wanted to check

If the meat was well fried.

 

ENIOLA

Thank you Mr Inspector; your mind should be at rest

that a seasoned cook is in charge. There is no

cause for alarm. Don’t you ever forget my nick-name,

olo wo sibi.

 

THOMAS

Darling, sincerely, I want a piece of the spicy chicken.

 

ENIOLA

         (Moving closer to him)

For your child-like sincerity,

You will get more than a piece.

(She opens the large dish)

Here, take only two pieces; and don’t come asking

for more or else, I’ll ground you from this kitchen.

 

The young man helps himself with the meat an just as he was returning to the sitting room, his cell phone rings.

 

THOMAS

(Into Phone)

Hello, who is this?

 

EXT. SHOPPING MALL. EVENING

We see JAMES, a young man in his early thirties leaning on a railing. A cell phone glued to his ear with one arm while he holds a paper bag with the other.

 

JAMES

(With a feminine voice)

You are talking to a lost but found friend.

 

INTERCUT BETWEEN THOMAS AND JAMES

 

THOMAS

Sorry lady, I don’t think your voice sounds familiar.

 

JAMES

Come of it Tommy! Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten

about me completely.

 

THOMAS

Wait a minute; is that James?

 

JAMES

Who else can it be? Well, I’m back in the country

to carry on with our unfinished business.

 

THOMAS

(Trembling)

Okay… let… let me call you… back…

 

END OF INTERCUT

 

THOMAS looks around him restlessly. With a feeling of insecurity, he moves away from the sitting room to the bedroom.

With trembling hands, he dials the number.

 

INTERCUT BETWEEN THOMAS AND JAMES.

 

THOMAS

Hello?

 

JAMES

That’s my man. I was just about calling you.

I thought you would never call back;

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Tommy,

I really missed you. Where can we meet?

 

THOMAS

Hey look here James; I’m a married man now.

Whatever we felt for each other, was in the past.

 

JAMES

(Laughing hoarsely)

We’ll see to that lover boy!

 

THOMAS

It’s over between the two of us. Period!

 

END OF INTERCUT

 

THOMAS terminates the call abruptly and looks up only to find his wife staring at him.

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