Several years ago, I wrote the beginning of a screenplay. Maybe the total page count went to eight. All the scenes were pure description and action. The action, though, was of a woman bathing. She then washed her hands. It then cut to a man walking on sand. Very dull action. Not sure what I was thinking back then.
The excerpt I’m posting today has one short action scene, almost reminiscent of a Charlie Chaplin film. Prior to this scene there’s a moment that segues into a flashback. This moment can easily be interpreted as sexual. I can tell you it isn’t. And no, Will is not pregnant…just in pain.
INT. LOG CABIN - MORNING Damian closes the battery cover on the cassette player. Glances over at Charlie whose curled up on the floor, snoring a way. A grin takes over Damian's face. He pushes play. Mozart's Requiem in D Minor broadcasts. EXT. ISLAND WATERFRONT - MORNING A fishing pole stands up right, lodged in the sand. Will yawns and lies down. Stretches. Rubs his belly. MATCH CUT TO: BEGIN FLASHBACK EXT. SCHOOLYARD - DAY JESSICA, a bright-eyed curly-haired girl bundled in winter gear, rubs Will's belly. WILL Does it feel weird? JESSICA Feels normal to me. Jessica withdraws her hand. WILL It hurts. JESSICA Go see nurse Kate. WILL Why do you call your mother, "Nurse Kate"? That's creepy. END FLASHBACK EXT. ISLAND WATERFRONT - MORNING Mozart's Requiem in D Minor intensifies. A sharp bend in the fishing pole. Will crawls over to it. Lifts it out of the sand. Tugs the pole side to side. The bend in the pole intensifies. Will digs his feet deep in the sand. Struggles with the strength of whatever might be caught on the hook. Sweat drips down his arms. Looses grip on the pole. It flies into the water. He goes after the pole but it moves too fast. Will kicks the water, screams and shouts. He stops short. Squints. In the distance, a speed boat approaches at a rather rapid pace. Will runs out of the water, hides behind a shrub. The speed boat continues straight on course. Will runs into the woods.