Prize winning entry from ‘C’nema Paradiso Script Writing Competition, 2009
By Pranava Boyidapu
EXT. FRONT STEPS OF NATASHA’S HOME – DAY
NATASHA is sitting on the front stairs dressed in a long figure hugging black dress and lost in thought.
NATASHA (voice over)
No wedding. Just a funeral. Now that the funeral is over, it’s all over.
The day turns to night, as she sits there. She gets up and goes inside the house and shuts the door. She opens it in a moment dressed like a bride, in a beautiful satin white dress full with the veil. And walks down the stairs, out of the camera view.
INT. BLACK PEARL BAR – NIGHT
NATASHA shoots a whiskey. Camera angle covers her profile as she shoots her whiskey and orders for another. The camera goes revolute over the back of head to the other side and brings into view a LITTLE GIRL dressed in a bridal dress with a veil sitting next to NATASHA. Camera zooms in on the LITTLE GIRL and shifts every time to focus the person speaking.
You look upset. Is something wrong?
Why do you care? Besides aren’t you under-aged to be here?
My dad owns this bar. And he loves me. He prefers I stay here.
But why are you upset?
I m not upset. And it’s not your business. Did your dad tell you not to disturb his customers?
He loves me too much. He wants me to do whatever I want. And besides I am a nice sweet girl. Everybody thinks so. Really! I am. So you can be nice to me. And I’ll be nice to you. I promise.
Oooo I am so happy that you are nice to me. Yeay you’ll solve all my problems
NATASHA gets up to leave.
Wait! You must wait. I don’t like being here alone. And I feel you are the only one I can speak to here.
Oh! So that’s your problem. Listen kid, I am sorry but you’ve got to find someone else. I am not in the mood right now. So see ya!
But wait! You are a bride! So am I! We should talk. Please stay.
You are right. It will be fun to talk to a co-bride. Let’s have some fun.
NATASHA takes her seat.
So tell me all about your wedding.
Well, I fell in love with this guy Sam. We ran into each other in funny circumstances actually. I went to a farm house with my friends and we were generally having fun when we realized we had a thief in the house. We caught him and tried to call the police. And since we could not get them on phone, two of my friends drove to the city. And somehow it happened that I was left alone with the thief who was tied up. We spoke on for three hours and I guess that’s when I fell in love with him
NATASHA has dreamy eyes.
I know what you mean. I always dreamed of a romantic story like this. You know the one where a thief like the Zorro jumps into your balcony and steals your heart away.
They sign together with dreams in their eyes and a soft smile.
But I always thought I was different. My fairytales start like that. But they never end like that.
I always hated the damsel in distress. I want to be the strong one. And make all the difference to life and death.
Yeah. You know what happens to damsels in distress? The guy thinks he’s almighty and cheats on you!
Huh! To think he could cheat on me and get away with it.
He cheated on you?
Of course not! Like he could! I caught him even before he could try.
I saw him flirting with his secretary. And before he could sleep with her I made sure he couldn’t.
A maniac glint comes in her eyes.
I taught him a lesson. It was a simple task though. Baked him cookies. He was allergic to peanuts.
(With a maniac laugh)
When I grow up I want to be like you.
Today was his funeral and I cried like everyone else.
I m glad that I stayed back to talk to you. It’s nice to know someone understands you, even thought they might be much younger than you.
INT. BLACK PEARL BAR – NIGHT
TODD FISCHER (OWNER OF BAR) is watching NATASHA with a friend.
Oh my god! She’s talking to herself or her other self or whatever.
Call her back in here and ask her to help around she might get her mind of her other self.
NATASHA darling! Come over and give a hand will you? The traffic is increasing.
She moves over to help with the drinks dressed in her bridal gown.