Mike is a long-time supporter of procrastination and enjoys doing as often as he can.
This is a test, the first attempt at a script. It's short, but I wanted to work on the format. I'm working to make an experimental conversation into a story. The next two parts will be in another post coming soon.
A large open office with desks facing each other and manual typewriters. Two people sit face to face typing.
(stops typing and looks around)
Hey Bill, you got any white-out?
(while continuing to type)
No, and you don’t either. The boss doesn’t like that stuff.
(Bill hands Jane a clean sheet of paper)
(looks at the paper without taking it)
This sucks. I’ll never finish if I have to keep starting over with every mistake.
The boss will look past typos, but he won’t look past breaking his rules. I know this is an adjustment, but just give it a try, and you will get used to it.
I miss my laptop.
(Jane takes the sheet of paper and loads it into the machine.)
(looks past Jane to the window)
I used to say the same thing. I missed my Mac, but very few people can say they work directly with God, and to do that you have to follow his rules. About two years ago, I just sold all my tech, and now I don’t even have a cell. In a way, it's freeing………... in a way.
(looks at Jane)
Are you ready for your big meeting? Do you know what to expect? It’s essential to follow the rules when meeting with the boss, and I can’t help but wonder if you are ready?
(starts to type)
I’m either ready or not. I know all the rules, including the white-out thing. What I’m doing now are my notes for the meeting. My script.
(starts to type while staring at Jane)
This is the most important thing I will ever do. I come to work every day, and every day I sit here trying to think about how I can make the world a better place. Now I have an idea, and all I have to do is face God and propose my miracle.
Firstly, I wouldn’t call it your miracle or even a miracle. Stick with your script, know every aspect of your proposal, and let him decide just keep an open mind, and most of all, don’t over-explain.
But isn’t this whole proposal thing about me explaining my proposal?
Don’t try and explain to an all-seeing, all-knowing being. This is about you and your willingness to follow through with this proposal. You’re selling you, not the proposal.
What are you typing?
I’m just typing my name over and over, trying to think of an idea that can top my last idea. I’ve been here for years, and I haven’t had one proposal approved.
The lobby of the office building. Jane is at a coat check-in. She turns over her phone and signs a paper. A woman walks past her on the way to an elevator.
(waving her hand)
Hey, wait Jill. Wait.
(turns and holds the elevator door open)
(stepping into the elevator)
Hey, you busy?
When am I not busy?
(Jill looks at Jane)
OK, But let me say no, there is no way you can get out of this.
(in an exasperated tone)
I’m just two days away from my proposal. I don’t have time to play tour guide.
This is a part of the job, woman up, and do it.
It’s just two or three hours, and when you’re done, you won’t have to do another for a year.
(in an exasperated tone)
In two days (in a whisper), I’m talking to God.
And what will you say when she asks about you blowing off a part of your job?
(the elevator door opens)
This is my floor, but you’re needed in the lobby.
(Jill pushes the lobby button and steps out of the elevator)
(in a mocking tone)
You’re needed in the lobby.
Jane steps out of the elevator and walks over to the reception desk. A woman is standing behind the desk and a man standing in front. Both are politely laughing.
Maybe when your tour is over, we could talk some more. (pause) Maybe over coffee?
That sounds like fun. Maybe we make that something stronger like lunch or dinner?
(walks over to the two)
OK, flirt on your own time. Right now, this time is my time, and I’m not going to waste it waiting to see if you two hooks up.
(Winks at Amee. Turns to Jane)
You must be Max, my mentor, nice to meet you at last.
(Carlos puts his hand out)
(looks at his hand but doesn’t offer her own)
No, I’m not Maxine, she’s still out overseeing her proposal. My name is Jane; I work in (pause) well, we’ll get to that. I want to take this in order so you can take in every part of this job.
(Carlos puts his hand back down)
(With one finger, she waves at him to follow her over to the coat check-in. Carlos and Jane walk over to the check-in. The man behind the desk hands Jane a clipboard and a tray.)
(hands the clipboard and tray to Carlos)
Every morning you need to stop here and turn in any electronic devices like your phone (points at his Apple Watch) or that fancy watch.
(takes the tray and puts his phone and watch in)
So, every day?
Yes, no electronics of any kind allowed, no phones, fancy watches, fit bits, cameras, MP3 players, Ipods (pause) anything that uses electricity.
(looks Carlos up and down)
You’ll learn all this in orientation, but there are a lot of rules to follow working here. A big one is the dress code. Nothing with a nationality such as the American flag or a sports ball logo. Most men wear a suit.
(Carlos looks down at his white polo shirt with the Jets logo)
I don’t own a suit. Why do I need to dress up to go to work?
(crosses her arms)
If I were you, I’d buy one. This is a place people come to do serious work that affects the world. Right now, right here, you need to understand that and take this seriously.
(Elevator doors open and a Hispanic man in a gray suit steps out)
(points at the man)
That’s Juan. He’s on his way to taking over PMS.
(raises his eyebrow)
(Rolling her eyes)
Planetary Management Systems on the second floor. That is where we’ll start.
(Jane and Carlos step into the elevator. Jane presses the B1 button)
I thought you said the second floor.
Their offices are on the second, but the management system is in the basement. God’s Xbox.
© 2019 Michael Collins aka Lakemoron
Michael Collins aka Lakemoron (author) from The Village of Lakemore, Summit County, Ohio on October 10, 2019:
Sorry about that. I was working on this while doing laundry and dealing with the typical night time stuff. This format is forcing me to change how I think, and it just takes time. I will keep going and add to this asap. Thank you for your input.
Ryan Jarvis Cornelius from Hollywood Florida on October 10, 2019:
Short but looks well. I actually was looking for more.