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1 EXT. - RESTAURANT 1
Customers are filing into a restaurant for lunch. There are
also tables of patrons outside on the restaurant patio. The
music from inside the restaurant can be heard through
speakers positioned outside. Along with the music, the
chatter of the customers, both inside and out, could be
heard.
2 INT. - RESTAURANT 2
Some customers are waiting by the hostess station at the
front door for the first available seating. Every table in
the restaurant, along with every stool along the bar were
taken. The sound of the music and customer chatters starts
to fade as one conversation in particular can be heard.
3 INT. - RESTAURANT BOOTH 3
The conversation being heard is between two women sitting at
the back booth on the bar side of the restaurant. MICHELLE
PAXTON, Black, early 30’s, very attractive, is telling her
best friend, THERESA RICHARDS,Black, mid 30’s, equally
attractive, of the recent tensions being felt recently
between her and her husband as they eat their lunch.
MICHELLE
The clincher was when he started
throwing up some stuff from an
argument we had more than a month
ago. I’m like, damn are you still
harping on that old shit.
THERESA
I don’t care how much guys talk
that shit about forgetting
birthdays and anniversaries; hurt
their damn ego though, I bet that
nigga won’t ever forget.
MICHELLE
(between bites of her
sandwich)
Yeah. I hear you. I’m just pissed
that after all of this time he’s
still bringing this shit up.
THERESA
Well what exactly did you say that
had his boxers so tied in a bunch?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 2.
MICHELLE
(washing down her sandwich
with a sip of her drink)
You have to understand that I was
really mad at the time.
THERESA
(nodding as she sips her
drink)
MICHELLE
Well I might have called his
company an extravagant hobby.
THERESA
(cringed face)
Damn, Chell. Talk about kicking
the man while he’s down. Wasn’t
that around the time that that deal
fell through?
MICHELLE
(head downcast)
I know. I know.
The waitress, White, early to mid 20’s, walks up and begins
to remove dishes out the ladies way.
WAITRESS #1
You ladies need anything else.
Both women shake their head.
THERESA
But, you can the bill whenever
you’re ready.
WAITRESS #1
Sure thing.
Once the waitress walks away, Michelle continues with her
conversation.
MICHELLE
I was just so mad. He works 8
hours a day and then comes home and
works on projects until 12, 1,
sometimes 2 in the morning. I
never see him anymore. We never
spend any time together anymore.
Michelle stops to take another sip of her drink.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (3) 3.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
I never meant to hurt him
though. If there was some way to
go back in time and take it back, I
promise I would.
THERESA
I know you didn’t. Not to cut off
such a heartfelt moment but without
looking too obvious, take a look at
the guy sitting at the bar. Dark
skin, dark suit, close fade.
As if looking toward the door for an expectant visitor,
Michelle turns and takes a look. She sees a very good
looking guy sitting at the bar finishing up his lunch. Just
as Michelle looks his way, she makes eye contact with the
man. The man flashes a million dollar smile, to which
Michelle returns.
MICHELLE
(blushing)
Ok now that I’ve embarrassed myself
for the day, what?
THERESA
(looking back periodically)
That is one fine specimen of a
man. I swear I just love a BMW.
MICHELLE
(quizzically)
A BMW?
THERESA
Heck yeah. A Black Man who’s
obviously Working.
Both women share a laugh. While they are laughing, the
waitress returns and drops the check while removing the rest
of the dishes. The two women steal another glance at the
guy and Theresa continues to comment on how good looking the
man is.
MICHELLE
With the stable of men you already
have at your disposal, I know
you’re not recruiting?
THERESA
As long as I’m breathing, I’m
recruiting. I don’t think I’ve
ever seen him in here before, have
you?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (4) 4.
MICHELLE
(giving the man another look)
Nope. I’ve never seen him before.
The waitress returns to pick up the bill but, she is also
carrying two glasses of a frothy drink that she sits in
front of the ladies.
WAITRESS #1
(as she’s picking up the bill)
Sandy told me to bring you guys
over some of your "medicine". Do
you ladies need any change back?
THERESA
That’s all you. Thanks sweetie.
Both ladies turn and give a holler and a wave out to the
bartender working who has sent them over drinks. The
bartender waves back in return.
Theresa turns back to face her friend and sees that Michelle
still has a worried look on her face.
THERESA (cont’d)
Ok. Well you know what I always
say for things like this. If you
need to cry, go ahead, then figure
out what you’re gonna do.
MICHELLE
That’s just it. I don’t know what
to do.
THERESA
Try the ’Guilty Man’ approach.
MICHELLE
The ’Guilty Man’ approach.
THERESA
Yeah. Think about when a man has
really fucked up. What does he
do? That’s when he wants to run
your bath water and try to cook you
dinner. Hell, if he’s really
fucked up, you might get jewelry.
MICHELLE
(laughing)
You’re so damn silly sometimes.
Theresa continues to glance over at the man at the bar as
she sips her drink and laughs with her friend.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (5) 5.
THERESA
His fine ass is still looking.
MICHELLE
Hey! I thought we were talking
about me here.
THERESA
I’ve already told you. ’Guilty
Man’. Be extra nice to him. Give
him a back massage while you’re
wearing lingerie and stilettos.
Theresa takes another sip and another look at the man at the
bar.
THERESA (CON’T)
Hell, if you really want him to put
it all behind him, suck the shit
out of his dick. I mean make his
eyes roll in the back of his
head. Make him feel like there’s
something growing deep inside him
and it’s about to explode.
MICHELLE
(shaking her head)
Well thank you Dr. Phil.
Theresa stops laughing and gets serious. She reaches inside
of her purse and pulls out her cell phone. While she is
scrolling through her phone book with one hand she’s
searching her purse again with the other hand.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
What are you looking for?
THERESA
I just thought about a guy I met a
few weeks ago.
MICHELLE
That fine one at the bar just
triggered something huh?
Finally finding the entry she was looking for, Theresa comes
out of her purse with an ink pen.
THERESA (CON’T)
No. I don’t know if I told you
about him but I met him while I was
out stepping one night. He told me
he was a family counselor. If you
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (6) 6.
THERESA (CON’T) (cont’d)
really don’t know what to do but
want to catch things before they
get worst, you might want to give
him a call.
Theresa grabs one of the restaurants matchbooks from the
holder on the table and writes the man’s name and number on
the inside cover. When she hands it to her, Michelle stares
at the number for a beat before putting it in her pants
pocket.
MICHELLE
Come on, it’s going on two. We
need to be heading back.
Both women grab their purses and head for the door. When
walking out they wave again to the bartender and let her
know they’ll see her tomorrow. As they’re walking out
Theresa takes another look back.
THERESA
Mr. BMW seems to have liked what he
saw. He checked us out the whole
time we were walking out.
MICHELLE
(hitting her friend on the
arm)
You are a mess. You can’t help
yourself from flirting sometimes
can you?
THERESA
Hey, I’m only gonna live this life
once. I might as well enjoy it.
MICHELLE
A damn mess. Go ahead girl and
I’ll talk to you later on.
THERESA
Alright. Talk to you later.
Both women walk off in opposite directions back to work.
4 EXT. - PAXTON HOUSE 4
Michelle is pulling up to her house. When she hits the
button for her automatic garage door opener she finds her
husband’s car and realizes that he is home early.
7.
After parking the car, Michelle exits the garage before the
door closes back and heads to the front door of the house.
5 EXT. - PAXTON HOUSE, FRONT DOOR 5
Michelle unlocks the front screen door and stops to pick the
mail up. She then unlocks the front door and enters the
house.
6 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, FRONT HALL 6
Michelle puts the days mail on the table they have in the
front hall. She looks in the living room, in search of her
husband, to find it just as it was left this
morning. Michelle turns and hangs her coat up in the front
hall closet before carrying her purse and bag with her into
the kitchen.
7 INT - PAXTON HOUSE, KITCHEN 7
Michelle puts her purse down on the counter just above where
her husband’s bag is placed on the floor. She turns and
looks around the kitchen until her eyes fall on the door to
the den that doubles as her husband’s office.
8 INT - PAXTON HOUSE, DOORWAY BETWEEN KITCHEN AND DEN 8
Michelle sees her husband sitting with his back to the
doorway wearing a baseball hat at his computer working.
MICHELLE
Hey baby. How was your day?
The husband grunts but does not speak.
MICHELLE (cont’d)
You didn’t say anything when I came
in. You must not have heard me
huh?
The husband sits silently and continues to work.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
You’re just going to sit there and
not say anything?
The husband continues to work.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 8.
MICHELLE (CON’T) (cont’d)
(shouting)
I can’t believe you’re acting like
this. What do you want from
me? I’m sorry for the things I
said but, I can’t take them
back. I support you and your
dreams now and I always have. But,
dammit, while I’m supporting you,
you have to remember to make time
for me and you never do. If I
thought we were gonna end up being
room mates, I never would have
signed up for this. If you don’t
want this anymore, that’s fine but
just say it. As your wife I at
least deserve that much.
Michelle turns and runs through the kitchen and straight up
to her bedroom.
9 INT - PAXTON HOUSE, MASTER BEDROOM 9
Michelle storms in the room and slams the door behind her
before throwing herself on the bed and crying into a
pillow. While she cries, she thinks back to the things
she’s just said to her husband and it makes her cry harder.
After a while, Michelle grabs a hold of herself and decides
to dress for bed. She stands from the bed and pulls off her
blouse before slipping her gown over her head. Before
pulling off her pants, Michelle takes everything from her
pockets and puts it on the dresser. While removing money
and loose change she comes across the match book with the
counselor’s number in it. She looks at it for a moment
before placing it on the dresser with the other things from
her pocket. She finally pulls off her pants and climbs into
the bed. She reaches over and turns off the lamp on the
nightstand.
10 INT. - OFFICE, CUBICLE 10
Michelle is at work on the telephone with Theresa.
MICHELLE
I don’t know what happened. I just
lost control of myself.
THERESA (O.S.)
What do you mean? What did you do
now?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 9.
MICHELLE
I just lost it.
THERESA (O.S.)
What do you mean you lost it? You
didn’t kill him and still bring
your ass to work did you?
MICHELLE
Of course not. You’re so damn
silly. I’m serious here.
THERESA (O.S.)
Ok. I’m sorry. Go ahead. What
happened?
MICHELLE
(whispering)
Hold on.
Michelle puts Theresa on hold and places the receiver back
on it’s cradle. Another office worker slowly walks past her
cubicle, smiling and looking suspicious. Michelle picks the
phone back up.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
Hey, Reese?
THERESA (O.S.)
Yeah, I’m still here.
MICHELLE
Sorry about that.
THERESA (O.S.)
That’s ok. So, finally, tell me
what happened.
MICHELLE
When I came in he was sitting at
his computer working. I came
trying to be cool with everything
and asked how his day was and what
not. No matter what I said he
didn’t say anything. He just sat
there and kept working. I japped
out and ended it by telling him
that if he didn’t want this, he
should end it.
THERESA (O.S.)
Damn Chell. I’ve told you about
letting feeling get a hold of your
tongue like that.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (3) 10.
MICHELLE
I know.
THERESA (O.S.)
Ok. Liquid lunch today. My
treat.
MICHELLE
That sounds perfect. I feel like I
could use 3 Captain and cokes
today.
THERESA (O.S.)
Cool. I’ll get there a little
early to get our table.
MICHELLE
That’s fine. I’ll be there at 1.
THERESA (O.S.)
Later.
The two women hung up. Michelle went back to work on the
document on her computer. After a moment, a clerk , a young
Black male in his early 20’s, from the mail room appeared at
her cubicle.
MAIL CLERK
Hey Michelle. What’s going
on? Sign here.
The clerk hands Michelle a clip board with a space for her
to sign as he turns to retrieve a package from his cart.
MICHELLE
I’m good. How about yourself?
MAIL CLERK
I’d complain but, it wouldn’t do
any good.
Michelle signs her name and hands the board back as the
clerk turns back around with a bouquet of assorted flowers
in a vase.
MAIL CLERK
(smiling)
Here we go. Somebody’s loving them
some Michelle.
MICHELLE
(surprised)
Who’s this from?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (4) 11.
MAIL CLERK
I don’t know. There’s a card
inside. Watch out now!
The clerk pushes the cart away. Michelle opens up the
plastic wrapped around the top of the flowers and pulls out
the card. She smells the flowers and smile. The card had a
simple message and was left unsigned.
Just a little something for a woman that deserves the
world.
Michelle sat puzzled for a moment and with almost a flash,
she smiles and smells the flowers. She leaves the flowers
sitting on her desk as she attempts to go back to work.
11 INT. - RESTAURANT BOOTH 11
Michelle walks in, smiling from ear to ear, to Theresa
waiting for her in their regular booth. Theresa is already
drinking her cocktail and there is one waiting for Michelle.
THERESA
After the conversation we had
earlier, I wasn’t expecting to see
a smile like that. What gives?
Before Michelle could answer, their waitress, a slightly
heavy set hispanic woman in her mid 20’s, walks up.
WAITRESS #2
Hey Chell. What’s going on?
MICHELLE
Nothing much. How are you feeling
today.?
WAITRESS #2
Pretty good. My head is banging
from partying too much last night
but I’m a big girl. I’ll make it.
They all nod in agreement.
WAITRESS #2 (cont’d)
Looks like you ladies are doing the
liquid lunch today. Is everything
okay?
THERESA
(looking at Michelle)
I guess it is.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 12.
MICHELLE
(smiling)
Yeah. Everything is great. Can we
get an order of potato skins?
WAITRESS #2
Coming right up.
The waitress heads off to go and put their order
in. Theresa turns her attention to Michelle who is still
smiling.
MICHELLE
So how about a little bit after we
talked earlier the mail clerk
brings me the prettiest bouquet of
flowers.
THERESA
Flowers? I thought you said you
cursed him out?
Michelle reaches into her purse and retrieves the card that
came with the flowers.
MICHELLE
I did. Take a look a the card.
Michelle hands the card to Theresa. Theresa reads it and
hands it back to Michelle
THERESA
It’s not signed.
MICHELLE
No but look at what it says. ’To a
woman who deserves the world.’
THERESA
I must be missing something. What
about that makes you think he sent
them.
MICHELLE
Well, one of the things I said to
him was that as his wife I at least
deserved him to tell me that he
didn’t want me.
THERESA
Okay.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (3) 13.
MICHELLE
(smiling)
I think it’s his way of saying that
as his wife I deserve the world.
The waitress returns with the potato skins and plates for
the ladies.
WAITRESS #2
Do you ladies need anything else?
Both the ladies shake their head saying no in unison. The
waitress grabs the nearly empty glasses.
WAITRESS #2 (cont’d)
Let me refresh these for you two.
THERESA
Thanks sweetie.
The women continue to talk as they eat their potato skins.
THERESA (CON’T)
Well if they are from him I’m glad
for you. I might have to put the
’Emotional Outburst’ into my
repertoire.
The women laugh.
MICHELLE
(between bites)
I’m just excited. I can’t wait to
get home tonight. I feel like I
did the first time I got ready to
go out with him.
THERESA
Look at you, all giddy and stuff.
MICHELLE
This morning things looked so
bleak. Now though.
The two ate for a moment before either spoke again.
THERESA
(whispering)
Don’t look now but, I think we’ve
got an audience of one again.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (4) 14.
MICHELLE
Mr. BMW’s back?
THERESA
Sitting his fine self right smack
in the middle of the bar looking
just as good as he wants to. Oh.
Theresa is slightly startled as the man makes eye contact
with her and gives her a half wave. She shyly waves
back. Michelle turns around to see the man staring in their
direction. She smiles and quickly turns back around.
MICHELLE
Caught you staring huh?
Michelle laughs as she takes another sip before putting more
potato skin in her mouth.
THERESA
You just witnessed testament to
just how fine that man is. I
haven’t blushed since I was in high
school.
The women finish the rest of their drinks and potato skins
before Theresa waved to the waitress for the bill.
WAITRESS #2
Hey ladies. The guy over there at
the bar already took care of the
tab for you.
All three of the women turned to look toward the bar. The
man that occupied the stool in the middle of the bar was now
gone.
WAITRESS #2 (cont’d)
He was there just a few minutes
ago.
THERESA
(obviously stunned)
The first time we’ve ever seen that
guy was yesterday. Who is he, do
you know?
WAITRESS #2
I don’t know. He started coming in
a couple of weeks ago; usually for
lunch, every now and again after
work. I really thought you two
knew him.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (5) 15.
MICHELLE
Nope. Maybe he felt the heat
coming from Reese as she lusted for
him when she saw him.
THERESA
Hey. I know you ain’t
complaining. You just got a free
meal out of it.
All of the women laugh.
WAITRESS #2
Well ladies, if I find anything
out, I’ll be sure to let you know.
The waitress walks away. The women take their last sips
from their glasses.
THERESA
Hell. Bills paid so let’s go.
MICHELLE
Okay.
The women grab their purses and start walking to exit the
restaurant.
12 EXT. - RESTAURANT 12
The two women take the few steps to the sidewalk in
silence. Once on the sidewalk, they stop to talk for a
brief moment before leaving.
THERESA
Didn’t you say that those flowers
came with an unsigned card?
MICHELLE
Yeah. Why?
THERESA
Don’t you find it kind of ironic
that on the same day you receive
flowers with a card unsigned, some
handsome man you’ve only seen a
couple of times pays for your
lunch?
MICHELLE
Don’t you kind of think you’ve read
too many romance novels?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 16.
THERESA
I’m serious.
MICHELLE
So am I.
THERESA
We’ve got a few minutes. Let’s
walk those drinks off.
The two women head off down the street as Theresa explains.
THERESA (cont’d)
For all you know he could have
asked one of the waitresses or
bartenders where you work? It’s
not a secret that we’re regulars in
there.
MICHELLE
I don’t think so. I’m telling you,
I think he sent them.
THERESA
You know I always say that God
doesn’t close a door without
opening a window. Maybe instead of
Mr. BMW we should call him the Fly
cause it looks like that’s how he’s
getting in.
They continued to walk for a while in silence. They finally
made it back to corner they started from by the restaurant.
MICHELLE
I still think he sent the flowers.
That’s the only logical thing to
me.
THERESA
Well if that’s what you’re set
with, you know I’m with you. I
hope this means that he’s ready to
work with you to work things out.
MICHELLE
(smiling)
That’s what I’m hoping it means
too.
THERESA
Let’s head back to the plantation.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (3) 17.
MICHELLE
(laughing)
You’re so silly. I’ll give you a
call later on and give you an
update.
THERESA
Talk to you later.
The two women return to work walking in opposite directions.
13 INT. - OFFICE, CUBICLE 13
Michelle can’t take her eyes off the flowers while she tries
to work. She stops working on the project on her computer
and pulls out a pen and scratch pad of paper. On the paper
she began to write out a list of grocery items.
After finishing the list, she takes a look at the time on
her computer screen. The clock read 3:13 PM. Michelle shut
down her computer and puts the list she’s just written into
her purse before grabbing her jacket.
She walks to the cubicle directly across from her.
MICHELLE
Hey, if anyone comes looking for me
tell them I had a tooth ache and
left.
CO-WORKER
Gotcha.
Michelle turns and walks out of the office.
14 INT.- GROCERY STORE 14
Michelle is walking down an aisle of various wines. We see
that the basket is already full of other groceries. She
stops and makes a selection, adds it to her basket and walks
to a check out lane.
15 EXT. - PAXTON HOUSE 15
Michelle hits the automatic garage door opener and sees that
her husbands car isn’t there. As she pulls into the garage
and parks, she looks at the clock on the dashboard. The
clock reads 5:20 PM.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 18.
MICHELLE
Good. That should give me about 2
hours before he gets home.
Michelle closes the garage door, opting to go in through the
kitchen with the groceries.
16 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, KITCHEN 16
Michelle has changed out of her clothes and is in the
kitchen getting dinner prepared. When she puts her dinner
in the oven she glances at the time on the stove. It’s 5:57
PM.
17 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, DINING ROOM 17
Michelle is placing the settings on the table. She pulls
out two silver candle holders and place them and 2 white
candles in them. The vase of flowers she received at work
earlier are sitting in the very center of the table between
the two candle holders. The bottle of wine is chilling in a
bucket of ice off to the side. She straightens the end of
the tablecloth before giving the table a last look and
leaving the room.
18 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, KITCHEN 18
Michelle checks the pots on the stove and the fire under
them as well as checking the food in the oven. She smooths
her hair back.
MICHELLE
I know I gotta look a mess.
19 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, MASTER BATHROOM 19
The shower is running and there is a light steam in the
room. The shower stops and Michelle’s hand reaches from
behind the shower curtain and grabs a towel. She opens the
shower curtain with the towel wrapped around her. She wipes
the mist from off of the mirror and start to pin her hair up
into a very simple but sexy bun.
19.
20 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, KITCHEN 20
Michelle is dressed in an oversize t-shirt and house
shoes. She checks on the food in the oven and turns the
dial down to warm before closing the oven back. She turns
her attention to the pots on the stove and begins to empty
the contents of each pot into a china bowl with a lid.
21 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, DINING ROOM 21
Michelle places the covered bowls on the table. She grabs a
box of matches from on top of the china cabinet and strikes
one before lighting both candles.
22 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, MASTER BEDROOM 22
Michelle is looking in the mirror on top of the
dresser. She is now wearing a very sexy form fitting black
dress with spaghetti straps. She runs her hands over the
dress and smiles at her reflexion.
23 INT - PAXTON HOUSE, DINING ROOM 23
Michelle places the large covered china dish with the main
course on the table. She is soft jazz playing in the
background. She stops to smell the flowers she received
earlier and pulls one from the vase. She breaks off the
bloom and turns to a wall mirror to affix it in her
hair. She looks at her watch. It’s 7:23PM.
MICHELLE
(sitting down)
He should be home any minute.
She takes the seat at the furthest end of the table facing
the doorway between the dining room and the kitchen so that
there’d be a clear view when her husband came in.
The camera tightens in on the face of her wristwatch. Time
is seen passing by. The camera pans back to see the
wristwatch now showing 10:12 PM.
24 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, KITCHEN 24
Michelle is seen standing by a telephone mounted on the wall
in the kitchen. She is no longer wearing the black dress
but, is now in pajama pants and the t-shirt from
earlier. On the other end of the phone a voice mail is
clicking on.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 20.
VOICE MAIL #1 (O.S.)
You have reached 773-905
Michelle hangs the phone up. She reaches for a plate out of
the dish rack and makes herself a plate from the dishes that
have been removed from the dining room and are now back in
the kitchen. Michelle sits down at the kitchen table and
eats a lone plate while watching the evening news.
25 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, MASTER BEDROOM - MORNING 25
Michelle wakes up to the sun shining in on her face through
the window blinds. She turns over to find that her
husband’s side of the bed is still untouched. Looking
puzzled she gets out of bed and pulls on her robe and house
shoes before heading downstairs.
26 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, KITCHEN 26
When she gets in the kitchen, Michelle’s eyes immediately
fall on her husband’s bag sitting on the floor beside the
counter where it always is. Sitting on the counter above his
bag are his keys and wallet. On the back of the chair
Michelle ate her lone dinner in the night before his jacket
is hanging. Michelle walks to the den in search of her
husband.
27 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, DEN 27
Michelle’s husband is laying on the sofa completely covered
by a blanket with only his feet sticking out hanging over
the end of the sofa. Michelle starts to say something then
decides against it. She heads back into the kitchen.
28 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, KITCHEN 28
Michelle is listening to the morning news playing on the
television while she waits for the coffee that is brewing in
the pot on the counter. Taking a seat in the chair with her
husband’s jacket hanging on it, Michelle notices that there
is a paper sticking out of his inside pocket. She pulls the
paper out. In a very feminine handwriting is a telephone
number. Michelle immediately jumps up and grabs her cell
phone from her open purse also sitting on the counter. She
enters the number and the phone begins to ring.
VOICE MAIL #2 (O.S.)
(woman’s voice)
Hi. I’m not available right now
but, if you leave your name, number
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 21.
VOICE MAIL #2 (O.S.) (cont’d)
and a brief message, I’ll return
your call at my earliest
convenience. Thanks so much and
have a great day.
Michelle hangs up the phone. Looking visibly distraught she
runs out of the kitchen.
29 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, MASTER BEDROOM 29
Michelle is crying silently as she quickly dresses.
30 INT. - OFFICE, CUBICLE 30
Sitting in front of her computer screen, Michelle has a hard
holding her concentration. Pieces of the last few days kept
coming to mind.
31 FLASHBACK 31
32 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, DEN 32
The husband continues to work.
MICHELLE
(shouting)
If you don’t want this anymore,
that’s fine but just say it. As
your wife I at least deserve that
much.
33 FLASHBACK 33
34 INT. - OFFICE, CUBICLE 34
Michelle opens up the plastic wrapped around the top of the
flowers and pulls out the card. She smells the flowers and
smile. The card had a simple message and was left
unsigned.
Just a little something for a woman that deserves the
world.
22.
35 FLASHBACK 35
36 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, DINING ROOM 36
Michelle places the large covered china dish with the main
course on the table. She stops to smell the flowers she
received earlier.
She takes the seat at the furthest end of the table facing
the doorway between the dining room and the kitchen so that
there’d be a clear view when her husband came in.
37 FLASHBACK 37
38 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, MASTER BEDROOM - MORNING 38
Michelle wakes up to the sun shining in on her face through
the window blinds. She turns over to find that her
husband’s side of the bed is still untouched.
39 FLASHBACK 39
40 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, KITCHEN 40
Michelle notices that there is a paper sticking out of his
inside pocket. She pulls the paper out. In a very feminine
handwriting is a telephone number.
41 PRESENT DAY 41
42 INT. - OFFICE, CUBICLE 42
Michelle looks at the time in the bottom corner of the
computer screen; 11:22AM. She reaches for the phone and
dials a number.
MICHELLE
Hey Reese. Let’s go to lunch in 10
minutes.
THERESA (O.S.)
It’s a little early isn’t it? I
just finished drinking coffee about
30 minutes ago.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 23.
MICHELLE
I know but, I need it.
THERESA (O.S.)
What’s wrong?
MICHELLE
I’ll tell you when we get there.
THERESA (O.S.)
Okay. Give me about 15 minutes.
MICHELLE
okay.
43 INT. - RESTAURANT BOOTH 43
Michelle is already sitting in the booth sipping a drink
when Theresa arrives. There is a drink waiting for Theresa.
THERESA
You didn’t say this was a liquid
lunch.
MICHELLE
I needed it. I’ve already ordered
the potato skins.
THERESA
Wow. What happened? Yesterday we
were all excited.
MICHELLE
I was. I even left work early and
went by the grocery store to grab
all the things to fix his favorite
dinner and a bottle of wine.
THERESA
(laughing)
I’ve had your cooking. It’s not
that bad.
MICHELLE
I’m serious here Reese.
The waitress comes over with the ladies potato skins and
plates. It is the same waitress from the day before
yesterday.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 24.
WAITRESS #1
Hey Reese. What’s going on?
THERESA
Nothing new. How about yourself?
WAITRESS #1
Same old. Just waiting on quitting
time so I can start my weekend.
THERESA
I hear you.
WAITRESS #1
Well you ladies let me know if you
need anything else.
The waitress walks off.
THERESA
Ok. My bad. Go ahead and finish.
MICHELLE
So I cook dinner, chill the wine,
set the dining room table and even
do my hair up and put on a sexy
little black dress. And I wait.
And wait.
THERESA
Well what time did he finally come
in?
MICHELLE
I don’t know. I ended up eating by
myself in the kitchen before going
to bed.
THERESA
Are you serious? Where was he at?
MICHELLE
I don’t know but I have a good
idea.
THERESA
What do you mean?
MICHELLE
When I woke up this morning he was
stretched out in the den asleep on
the sofa.
Michelle takes a sip of her drink.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (3) 25.
THERESA
And how does that let you know
where he’d been?
MICHELLE
His jacket was hanging on the back
of one of the kitchen
chairs. While I was sitting there
waiting on the coffee I noticed a
paper sticking out of the inside
pocket. I pulled the paper out and
there was a woman’s number on it.
THERESA
(totally surprised)
Get the fuck out of here! I think
we both need another drink.
Theresa looks around and when she spots the waitress she
also raises up her glass to indicate they needed more
drinks.
THERESA (CON’T)
How do you know it was a woman’s
number?
MICHELLE
Well for one, the handwriting was
all curly like a woman’s.
Michelle takes the final sip of her drink before the
waitress walks up and takes both glasses replacing them with
fresh ones.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
Not to mention, I called the number
back and got a woman’s voice mail.
THERESA
If you killed him and brought your
ass on to work this time, I’d
understand.
Michelle takes another long sip of her drink.
MICHELLE
I didn’t kill him.
THERESA
Well what did you do?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (4) 26.
MICHELLE
I got dressed and left.
THERESA
You did what?!?!
Theresa now takes a long sip and sat back and looked at her
friend.
MICHELLE
What was I supposed to do?
THERESA
Waking his as up with a pot of hot
grits would have been great for
starters.
MICHELLE
Reese!
THERESA
And the home wrecking slut gets off
scott free?
Michelle just shrugs her shoulders.
THERESA (cont’d)
I say we at least get some revenge
on the whore.
MICHELLE
Revenge?
THERESA
Yeah. She’s gotta learn that she
just can’t go around fucking other
people’s husband’s and getting away
with it.
MICHELLE
Quit tripping Reese.
THERESA
I’m serious. We can find out who
she is and spray paint words like
’whore’ and ’slut’ on her car. Or,
we could pack up all of his shit
and leave it in a burning heap on
her door step with a message saying
’he’s yours now’.
Michelle starts laughing.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (5) 27.
MICHELLE
I’m just damn glad that we’re
friends and not enemies.
THERESA
Well see there, part of my job is
done. You’re laughing and that’s
always a good thing.
MICHELLE
(smile fading)
Laughing felt good but, I have to
face reality. I have to find a
lawyer.
THERESA
Are you sure you’re not jumping the
gun? Maybe now is the perfect time
to give that counselor a call.
MICHELLE
If he’s already going outside for
anything, there’s nothing left.
Both women sit back and sip their drinks and eat their
potato skins as they think about everything.
THERESA
Maybe I wasn’t too off with
thinking the fine guy was a secret
admirer who sent the flowers.
MICHELLE
I don’t know what to think anymore.
The women finish their drinks and are standing up from the
booth when the waitress walks up.
THERESA
Here you go sweetie. This should
cover it.
Theresa hand the waitress some bills.
WAITRESS #1
Thanks ladies. You two have a
great weekend.
The two friend walk out of the restaurant.
28.
44 EXT. - RESTAURANT 44
Theresa stops walking a few paces past the doorway.
THERESA
So, you want to meet here after
work?
MICHELLE
I don’t think so. I don’t feel in
a real social mood. I’ve got
something I’ve been working on at
work. I might work late and try to
finish it early.
THERESA
Work? Are you sure?
MICHELLE
Yeah. I’ll be fine.
THERESA
(looking skeptical)
If you say so. Promise you’ll at
least give me a call sometime over
the weekend.
MICHELLE
I promise.
Theresa hugs her friend.
THERESA
I’m really sorry Chell.
MICHELLE
Me too.
Michelle turns and walks off.
45 INT. - OFFICE, CUBICLE 45
Michelle is sitting at her desk. There is a web page of
local divorce attorneys on the screen. She picks up her
phone and dials a number when she finds what’s she’s looking
for.
RECEPTIONIST (O.S.)
Goldstein, Belky and
Associates. How may I help you?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 29.
MICHELLE
Yes, I was calling for a
consultation regarding a divorce.
RECEPTIONIST (O.S.)
Well alright. Mr. Belky handles
that and currently he is out of the
office but if you give me your name
and phone number, I’ll make sure he
returns your call at his earliest
convenience.
46 INT. - OFFICE, CUBICLE 46
Michelle is walking back into her cubicle with a cup of
water. She takes her seat and looks at the time on the
computer screen. The clock read 3:21PM. She picked up her
phone and entered a number.
THERESA (O.S.)
This is Theresa.
MICHELLE
Hey Reese. I’ve changed my
mind. I do need a drink when I
leave her and I need to leave here
soon.
THERESA (O.S.)
I knew you were gonna call.
MICHELLE
What’s wrong?
THERESA (O.S.)
After I got back I got a call from
this guy I met last week. He asked
if I wanted to go out after work
and I said yes.
MICHELLE
That’s ok. Go ahead and go out.
THERESA (O.S.)
No way. It’s not everyday your
best friend finds out that her
husband is a cheating dog. I’ll
cancel with dude.
MICHELLE
No. Really. Don’t do that. I’m
cool.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 30.
THERESA (O.S.)
Well I’m gonna at least come and
have a couple with you.
MICHELLE
If you want but don’t cancel your
plans for tonight.
THERESA (O.S.)
Ok.
MICHELLE
I’m leave here by 4 so I’ll see you
when you get there.
THERESA (O.S.)
Ok. See you in a bit.
Michelle hangs up the phone and turns her attention back to
the document she was working on on her computer screen.
47 INT. - RESTAURANT 47
Michelle walks in the restaurant to find the after work
crowd has come in early. The bartender sees Michelle
looking toward the back booth that’s already occupied.
BARTENDER
Hey Chell. Here you go over here.
The bartender pointed out a seat at the end of the
bar. Michelle makes her way to the stool and grabs the
seat.
MICHELLE
You can tell when it’s Friday in
here.
Michelle is looking around at how crowded the place is.
BARTENDER
Tell me about it. Is it just you
or is Reese coming too?
MICHELLE
Reese should be here shortly.
BARTENDER
(whispering)
This guy to your left should be
moving soon.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 31.
MICHELLE
(smiling)
Thanks
BARTENDER
Should I fix Reese’s now?
MICHELLE
Sure. Go ahead.
The bartender walks off to fix the drinks. Michelle looks
around the place again. Just as the bartender is returning
with the drinks, Theresa walks up.
THERESA
Hey there.
BARTENDER
Hey Reese, what’s going on?
The bartender turns to the guy to the left of Michelle.
BARTENDER (CON’T)
Hey there Darlin, you think this
young lady could get that stool?
GUY
Sure.
The guy stands up and lets Theresa sit down.
THERESA
Thanks sweetie.
BARTENDER
Do you ladies having anything to
eat?
Michelle and Theresa both looked at each other and shook
their heads simultaneously.
MICHELLE
No. I think we’re fine.
BARTENDER
Ok. Let me know if you change your
mind.
The bartender walks off to take other drink orders.
MICHELLE
I called a lawyer.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (3) 32.
THERESA
Damn Chell. And you’re sure you’re
not moving too fast?
MICHELLE
I really think I’m doing the right
thing.
Theresa holds up her glass to toast.
THERESA
Fuck it then. To the first day of
your new life.
Michelle raises her glass and clinks it with Theresa’s.
MICHELLE
So who is this you’re going out
with tonight?
THERESA
(smiling)
This guy I met when I went out
stepping last Friday at the spot on
Stony Island. He’s not bad
looking. About my age. He said he
a bus driver.
MICHELLE
That’s not bad.
THERESA
Yeah, but that just looks so much
better.
Theresa nods her head to the other in of the bar. The good
looking guy must have come in through the rear entrance and
was now taking a seat at the opposite in of the bar. He
sees both of the women looking his way and flashes his
million dollar smile. Both women return the smile.
THERESA (cont’d)
For all you know, that could be
your secret admirer right there.
MICHELLE
I still don’t think so.
THERESA
You’ll never find out until you two
talk. If you’re serious about
filing for divorce then you better
get serious about the single life
you’re about to jump back into.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (4) 33.
MICHELLE
I hadn’t thought about that.
THERESA
Well think about it. You could at
least use him to get some practice
flirting in.
MICHELLE
Practice flirting?
THERESA
Yeah. You’ve been out of the
circuit for a while. You’re gonna
need some practice.
Michelle takes another look at the man at the other end of
the bar while she takes a long sip from her glass.
MICHELLE
Naw. I’m not feeling too
’man-friendly’ right now.
THERESA
I guess. But just remember that at
some point with thing going the way
they are you’re going to have to.
MICHELLE
Yeah. I know.
Theresa looks at her watch as she takes a sip from her
glass.
MICHELLE (cont’d)
If you need to be heading out, I
understand.
THERESA
How about you come with us?
MICHELLE
I’m not about to play the third
wheel.
THERESA
Really. We’re just going to catch
a movie before going back to the
spot on Stony to do a little
stepping.
Michelle continued to shake her head no.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (5) 34.
THERESA (CON’T)
(reaching into her purse)
I can call him and see if he has a
friend.
Michelle reaches out and takes Theresa’s phone from her
before closing it up and dropping it back into her purse.
MICHELLE
No way. I’m fine. You go ahead
and go out with the guy like you
planned. I’m going to have another
one or two then head home.
Theresa stared at her friend before looking at her watch
again.
THERESA
Are you sure because I do need to
be hitting it? I wanted to freshen
up and change before he picked me
up.
MICHELLE
I promise. I’ll be fine.
Theresa finishes off her glass and drops a few bills on the
bar to cover her drink.
THERESA
Make sure you call me before this
weekend is over.
MICHELLE
I will.
Theresa reaches in to hug her friend and whispers in her
ear.
THERESA
(whispering)
You need to quit play and holla at
dude’s fine ass.
Michelle pushes her friend away.
MICHELLE
(laughing)
Girl get out of her.
Michelle continues to laugh as she watches her friend walk
out the door. She turns back around and signals for the
bartender to come down.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (6) 35.
The bartender wipes off the bar while removing Theresa’s
glass and the bills she’s left.
BARTENDER
You having another one.
Michelle nods her head. From behind her a man calls out a
drink order.
MAN
Can I get a Guinness?
BARTENDER
Sure thing.
The bartender walks away.
MAN
Is anyone sitting here?
Michelle shakes her head scoots over.
MICHELLE
No.
The Man sits down and when Michelle turns and sees the
person sitting next to her. The man is a tall, with a dark
caramel complexion. He is very handsome. A look of total
shock and disbelief are clearly displayed on her face.
The bartender returns sitting their drinks in front of each
of them.
BARTENDER
Here you go handsome. Do you want
to pay now or run a tab?
MAN
Let’s run a tab.
BARTENDER
Let me know if either of you need
anything.
The bartender walks back down the bar.
Michelle turns her head to look in the opposite direction of
the Man sitting next to her.
MAN
So how are you doing today?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (7) 36.
MICHELLE
(only half looking at the man)
Fine.
MAN
This is a pretty nice place. Do
you stop in here often.
MICHELLE
Yes.
Waitress #2 from yesterday’s lunch walks up to Michelle.
WAITRESS #2
Hey Chell. Is Reese still around?
MICHELLE
Nope. She’s already gone.
WAITRESS #2
Remember the guy who picked up the
tab for you guys lunch yesterday?
MICHELLE
Yeah.
WAITRESS #2
(pulling a piece of paper from
her pocket)
He was just at the end of the bar
and he asked if I’d give this
number to Reese. Can you pass it
along to her?
MICHELLE
Sure.
The waitress hands Michelle the paper.
WAITRESS #2
Thanks.
The waitress walks away. Michelle tucks the slip of paper
into her purse and takes a sip of her glass.
MAN
(extending his hand)
My name is Chance.
MICHELLE
(questioning look on her face)
Chance?
Michelle never accepts his extended hand.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (8) 37.
MAN
(smiling smugly)
Yeah. As in ’you should give me a
chance’. I’m sorry, I didn’t catch
your name.
MICHELLE
(obviously annoyed)
Because I didn’t throw it.
Michelle turns almost completely away from him, taking
another sip of her drink. The man leans in to her.
MAN
I hope I’m not being too forward
but you are hands down the most
beautiful woman in here. I’d be
honored if you’d allow me to take
you out to dinner tonight.
Michelle turns around to face the man.
MICHELLE
Dinner?
MAN
(smiling)
Never know, maybe I’ll get your
name too.
Michelle looks at the man as if he’s a foreign object that
she’s never seen before. However, when the man smiles she
finds it hard to resist.
MICHELLE
I guess.
She turns back around and finishes off her glass.
MAN
Let me pay for that for you. We
should probably get moving. I’ve
got reservations at the Seasons.
She turns back to face him again.
MICHELLE
Reservations at the
Seasons? Sounds like you already
had plans for tonight. I don’t
like playing the role of runner up.
The Man laughed.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (9) 38.
MAN
You’re not runner-up. I made these
reservations over a month ago for a
business meeting I was supposed to
have. I wanted to impress
them. But the meeting feel
through. Figured I’d still go and
enjoy the meal. Now, I get to
enjoy it with a beautiful woman by
my side.
Michelle gave a slight smile be for turning away again.
The Man called the bartender over.
BARTENDER
You ready for another one?
MAN
No. Let me pay for that one and
whatever her tab is.
BARTENDER
That’s going to be $15 all
together.
The man hands the woman a few bills.
MAN
There you go.
BARTENDER
Thanks handsome. Come back again.
The man lifts Michelle’s jacket off the back of the chair
and holds it up to assist her putting it on.
Michelle allows his assistance and slips into the
jacket. The two head out of the restaurant.
48 EXT. - RESTAURANT, SIDE WALK 48
The Man hails a cab. One immediately stops in front of
them. The Man holds the door open for Michelle and climbs
in after her.
39.
49 INT. - CAB 49
MAN
The Four Seasons on Michigan Ave.
CAB DRIVER
(Arab accent)
Four Seasons? No problem.
Michelle and the Man ride in silence all the way to the
restaurant. Once in front of the hotel, the Man passes some
bills through the grill and exits the cab, holding the door
for Michelle.
50 INT. - FOUR SEASONS LOBBY 50
Michelle steps through the revolving door totally impressed
with the lavishness of everything. The Man steps up on her
side and takes her by the hand and lead her to the elevator.
51 INT. - FOUR SEASONS 11TH FLOOR, RESTAURANT 51
When the elevator doors open, Michelle is once again taken
aback by the grandness and ambiance. The step off the
elevator and the man steps to the maitre d’.
MAITRE D’
Good evening sir. How may I help
you?
While the Man is giving his information to the maitre d’,
Michelle stands and continues to take it all in.
The Man walks up and slightly touches Michelle on her arm,
bringing her out of her daze.
MAN
The table is ready. Come on.
The two follow the maitre’d to a very comfortable booth in
the rear of the restaurant with a spectacular view of Lake
Michigan.
Michelle and the Man start out with two glasses of white
wine while they look over the menu.
As time is seen lapsing:
Michelle and the Man have conversation while drinking their
wine.
The waiter is seen taking their order.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 40.
The order seen being delivered.
The two continue to enjoy their wine and conversation as the
waiter clear the table.
MAN (cont’d)
I don’t know about you but I’m
really enjoying myself.
MICHELLE
I am too.
MAN
Excuse me. I’ll be right back.
The Man stands up from the table and walks away. Michelle
becomes lost in thought again looking out over the lake.
The Man walks back up just as the waiter is walking over
with the bill.
MAN (cont’d)
(taking the bill)
Thank you. Hold on one second.
The man pulls out his wallet and hands the bill and his
credit card back to the waiter. The waiter nods and walks
away.
MICHELLE
As long as you were gone I was
starting to wonder if you’d left
and stuck me with the bill.
The Man laughs.
MAN
I wouldn’t do that. I had
something to take care of right
quick.
MICHELLE
I want you to know that I’ve really
had a great time with you tonight.
The waiter walks back up with the Man’s credit card and an
ink pen for him to sign the bill. The man signs and the
waiter nods and walks a way.
MAN
Well, it doesn’t have to end if you
don’t want it to. We still have
more than half a bottle of wine
left.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (3) 41.
MICHELLE
I’d love to but, I’m already a
little tipsy and the thought of
traveling home drunk just doesn’t
appeal to me.
MAN
I was thinking something more along
the lines us taking this bottle of
wine and finishing it upstairs.
MICHELLE
Upstairs? What kind of business
meeting did you have planned?
The Man starts laughing again.
MAN
It’s not like that.
MICHELLE
(crossing her arms)
Then what is it like?
MAN
Before I excused myself, I was
sitting here thinking about how
much I was enjoying my time with
you and how I wasn’t ready for it
to end. So, in hopes that you’d
say yes, I went and rented a room.
MICHELLE
You did what? Do you really think
it’s that easy after...
The Man holds up his hand.
MAN
I’m sorry for being so
presumptuous. I’m just enjoying
myself. I’m sorry. Let me find
the waiter to recork the bottle and
I’ll escort you out.
The Man begins to look around for the waiter. When he spots
him, he signals for him to come over.
MAN (cont’d)
Is it possible to have this bottle
recorked?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (4) 42.
WAITER
Of course sir. One moment.
The waiter takes the wine bottle and walks away.
MICHELLE
I’m sorry for coming off so harsh.
MAN
(looking out of the window)
No. You have every right to.
MICHELLE
If the offer still stands, I’d love
to join you upstairs.
The Man turns to face Michelle.
MAN
Are you sure?
MICHELLE
(slightly blushing)
Yes.
The waiter returns with the bottle recorked.
MAN
I sure am sorry to keep putting you
through the hassle but is it
possible to have this bottle opened
again and delivered to room...
The Man pulls his wallet out and hands the waiter a few
bills while looking at his key card.
MAN (CON’T)
If it could be delivered to 46B
that’d be great.
WAITER
Of course sir.
The waiter takes the bottle away again. Michelle and the
Man head back to the elevators. They are holding hands.
52 INT. - FOUR SEASONS 46TH FLOOR HALLWAY 52
When the elevator door open, again Michelle is taken aback
by the lavishness. When they step off of the elevator they
walk to their right. Michelle notices that this floor
doesn’t have all the doors of the other floor. They walk up
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 43.
to the only doors on the floor. Michelle speaks just as the
Man is opening the door.
MICHELLE
What kind of floor is this that it
only has a few rooms?
The Man gets the door opens and allows Michelle to walk in
before he answers.
53 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE, LIVING ROOM 53
MAN
It’s the presidential floor. These
are Presidential suites.
MICHELLE
(in total awe)
The Presidential suite.
Michelle turns and looks at the Man with her jaw
dropped. She walks further into the room and begins to run
her fingertips over the various furniture in the
room. Behind her, the Man closes the door and steps further
in and turns on the flat screen television. Michelle comes
to a halt in from to the bay window with an awesome view of
the city’s skyline.
MICHELLE (cont’d)
It’s beautiful. Absolutely
beautiful. But why so much?
MAN
I actually started not to. But
then I started thinking that if you
did say yes, I wanted it to be
special.
A knock comes from the door.
MAN (cont’d)
What could be more special than
this?
The Man walks over to the door and opens it as Michelle
continued to take in the view. The Man hands the room
service person a bill as he takes the bottle of wine from
him before closing the door.
MAN (cont’d)
Should I pour you another glass of
wine?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 44.
MICHELLE
Yes, please.
Michelle walks over and takes a seat on the sofa facing the
television. The Man joins her on the sofa and hands her a
glass. He raises his glass to toast.
MAN
To whatever tonight may bring.
Michelle tips her glass with his and they both take a
sip. The Man sits his glass down on the coffee table and
walks though an adjourning doorway. After a few moments,
Michelle hears water running. When the Man walks back into
the room, Michelle has a quizzical look on her face.
MAN (cont’d)
I don’t know about you but, I love
Jacuzzis.
Reaching for his glass of wine on the table.
MAN (CON’T)
Now you’re more than welcome to
join me but, I understand if you
don’t. I mean.....
Taking a sip of his wine.
MAN (CON’T) (cont’d)
You still haven’t even given me
your name yet.
Smiling, the Man walks back into the other room. After a
few moment Michelle hears another television come on as well
as the jets of the jacuzzi.
Michelle continues to sit there for a while before
standing. Instead of going into the room that the Man was
in, she went into another adjoining room.
54 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE - GUEST ROOM 54
Michelle enters what must be the suites guest room. A very
plush yet cozy room. Michelle tips further into the room
and straight for the bathroom.
45.
55 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE - GUEST BATHROOM 55
Michelle finds a terry cloth robe hanging on the back of the
door. She takes the robe and heads back into the guest
room.
56 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE - GUEST ROOM 56
Michelle begins to undress and replaces her clothes with the
robe she’s taken from the bathroom. Once totally undressed
with the robe on Michelle walks back out to the common area.
57 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE, LIVING ROOM 57
Michelle stops to refresh her wine glass before proceeding
into the master bedroom.
58 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE, MASTER BEDROOM 58
Again Michelle is taken aback by the decor of the room. As
she slowly makes her way to the master bath, her fingertips
run across the soft comforter on the bed. She stops just at
the doorway of the master bath.
59 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE, MASTER BATHROOM 59
The Man, already sitting in the jacuzzi, looks up to
Michelle standing in the door. He begins to smile.
MAN
I was starting to think you weren’t
going to join me.
Michelle slowly walks over to the side of the jacuzzi. The
man reaches his hand out to which Michelle hands him her
glass of wine. She then lets her robe fall slowly to the
ground before she carefully steps into the jacuzzi and
lowers herself in.
Once in the jacuzzi, the Man hands Michelle back her glass
of wine.
MAN (cont’d)
Thank you for being here.
MICHELLE
(blushing)
Thank you. This room is absolutely
beautiful. This is a night I won’t
soon forget.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 46.
MAN
I’m glad.
The Man grabs the remote control and surfs the channels a
bit. While he’s flipping through the channels, the takes
glances of Michelle out the corner of his eye. He stops
surfing on an old rerun of Good Times. He looks again at
Michelle.
MAN (cont’d)
You look a little tense. Why don’t
you turn around and let me massage
your shoulders for you.
Michelle hesitated for a moment but finally took a sip and
then slow repositioned herself so that her back was to him
and she was sitting between his legs.
The Man begins to massage Michelle’s shoulders. As he
continues, Michelle closes her eyes and begins to roll her
neck to the left and right. One of those times that her
head is rolled to the right, the Man kisses her neck. Very
slowly at first as his hands slowly slide from her shoulders
to her breast.
Time is seen passing by:
Their passion heating up in the jacuzzi.
They move from the jacuzzi to the master bedroom’s four
poster bed.
They make love.
Everywhere.
60 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE, MASTER BEDROOM -
MORNING 60
Michelle wakes up looking slightly discombobulated. She
sits up in the bed and looks around as it all comes back to
her.
MICHELLE
Chance.
Michelle looks to see the other side of the bed is now
empty. She quickly jumps out of her bed and pulls the bed
sheet around her and runs into the other room.
47.
61 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE - GUEST BEDROOM 61
Michelle hurriedly puts on her clothes and rakes her hands
through her hair.
62 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE, LIVING ROOM 62
Michelle grabs her purse from the coffee table and runs out
the room.
63 EXT. - FOUR SEASONS, SIDEWALK 63
Michelle comes through the revolving doors onto the
sidewalk. She looks up and down the street.
DOORMAN
Would you like me to hail you a cab
ma’am?
MICHELLE
Yes, please.
The Doorman whistles and throws his hand in the air. A cab
almost instantly stops in front of him. The doorman opens
the door for Michelle who does not hesitate to climb in.
64 INT. - CAB 64
MICHELLE
The parking garage at State &
Madison.
The cab driver nods his head and pulls away from the
curb. Michelle leans her head back against the seat.
MICHELLE (cont’d)
(whispering)
I can’t believe it.
Michelle holds her head up and see the cab driver looking at
her through the rear view mirror.
The cab finally comes to a stop in front of the parking
garage. Michelle hands the driver a few bills.
MICHELLE (cont’d)
Keep the change.
Michelle climbs out of the cab and walks into the garage.
48.
65 INT. - MICHELLE’S CAR 65
Michelle is driving southbound on Lake Shore Drive.
MICHELLE
I can’t believe it.
66 FLASHBACK 66
67 INT. - RESTAURANT 67
The Man sits down and when Michelle turns and sees the
person sitting next to her. The man is a tall, with a dark
caramel complexion. He is very handsome. A look of total
shock and disbelief are clearly displayed on her face.
68 PRESENT DAY 68
69 INT. - MICHELLE’S CAR 69
MICHELLE
I can’t believe it.
70 FLASHBACK 70
71 INT. - FOUR SEASONS 46TH FLOOR HALLWAY 71
The Man gets the door open and allows Michelle to walk in
before he answers.
72 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE, LIVING ROOM 72
MAN
It’s the presidential floor. These
are Presidential suites.
73 PRESENT DAY 73
74 INT. - MICHELLE’S CAR 74
MICHELLE
I can’t believe it.
49.
75 FLASHBACK 75
76 INT. - FOUR SEASONS, PRESIDENTIAL SUITE, MASTER BEDROOM 76
Various scenes of them making love
77 PRESENT DAY 77
78 INT. - MICHELLE’S CAR 78
MICHELLE
I can’t fucking believe it.
Michelle continues to drive on toward home.
79 EXT. - PAXTON HOUSE 79
Michelle hits the garage door opener when she pulls into the
drive way. As the door rises, she sees her husband’s car is
parked in the garage. Michelle looks down at the time on
the dashboard as she pulls into the garage. It says 7:33.
MICHELLE
Maybe he’s still out jogging. God,
I hope I can get a shower in before
he gets back.
She shuts the car off.
MICHELLE (cont’d)
(shaking her head)
I just can’t believe it.
The camera is trained on Michelle’s face and slowly starts
to tighten in on the sky beyond the back window of the car.
80 INT. - PAXTON HOUSE, KITCHEN 80
The camera still focused on the sky now pans back to reveal
Michelle now standing in her kitchen looking out of the
window. The clock on the stove shows that it is now 9:14
AM. Michelle is now wearing a track suit with a tank top
underneath. She is staring out of the window totally lost
in thought when she is brought back by someone touching her
arm and whispering in her ear.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) 50.
MAN
(whispering)
Last night was the shit.
The Man kisses Michelle on her cheek. Michelle steps away
from his hold and turns to face him.
MICHELLE
Last night was perfect.
She steps over to the table and takes a seat.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
I mean everything; dinner, the
hotel. Sex was some of the best
I’ve ever head but,
Michelle looks up so that she has locked eyes with the man.
MICHELLE (CON’T) (cont’d)
But one night of great sex can’t
erase the past few weeks of
silence, celibacy and
neglect. Waking up to you not
there just reminded me of that was
real.
The man/husband takes a seat next to Michelle and takes her
hand in his.
MAN/HUSBAND
Baby, I’m sorry I didn’t wake you
before I left. I wanted to
surprise you.
MICHELLE
Oh. You surprised me alright.
MAN/HUSBAND
I just left so that I could get
here and grab us a change a clothes
for the day. But, once I got here
I thought that I’d surprise you
with breakfast even if I wasn’t
there. I called the room and got
no answer so I called the front
desk and they said someone fitting
your description had just left out.
The man/husband kisses Michelle’s hand.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (3) 51.
MAN/HUSBAND (CON’T)
I knew you were headed home so I
decided to get my jog in. I really
do apologize.
The man/husband moves in to kiss Michelle but she moves out
of the way.
MICHELLE
Ok, so you’re sorry about this
morning.
Michelle stands and walks back to look out of the window.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
Last night was nothing like the
past 5 weeks.
MAN/HUSBAND
I know I’ve been wrong. You might
not believe me but I’m sorry for
behaving the way I have been.
Michelle turns to face the man/husband as he sits with his
head in his hands. The raises his head and continues.
MAN/HUSBAND (cont’d)
You know, that argument we had when
you called the company an
’exaggerated hobby’ it hurt my
feelings but it also made me
think. I started thinking about
the time and energy I’ve put into
it and what it’s gotten me.
The man/husband looks up to find Michelle looking at him.
MAN/HUSBAND (CON’T)
But, the other day when you just
blew up you said some more things
that made me realize that I’ve
really been acting like a
dick. You’re my wife. And I love
you. And I don’t want anything
coming between that.
MICHELLE
You don’t want anything coming
between us?
MAN/HUSBAND
No. I don’t.
Michelle moves to the coffee pot and begins to pour a cup.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (4) 52.
MICHELLE
It’s a little too late for that
isn’t it?
MAN/HUSBAND
What are you talking about?
Bringing her cup to the table. She takes a sip and looks
the man/husband right in his eye.
MICHELLE
I know all about her?
MAN/HUSBAND
All about who?
MICHELLE
Your other woman.
MAN/HUSBAND
My other what?
The man/husband jumps up from the table with enough force to
shake the table and spill some of Michelle’s
coffee. Michelle jumps up, to avoid the coffee getting on
her, and goes to grab paper towels.
MICHELLE
It’s ok. I’m not even mad.
MAN/HUSBAND
No it’s not ok and why aren’t you
mad? What are you even talking
about?
Michelle goes about cleaning up the coffee from the table
and the floor.
MICHELLE
I found the woman’s number in your
pocket yesterday morning.
Michelle stand and tosses the wet paper towels in the
garbage before taking her seat again.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
I found the number. I called it
and got a woman’s voice mail.
Michelle takes another sip of her coffee.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (5) 53.
MICHELLE (CON’T) (cont’d)
You know, before we got married we
promised that if we ever decided we
wanted something else, we’d end the
relationship and not cheat on the
other. I thought you were a man of
your word.
The man/husband starts to laugh.
MICHELLE (CON’T) (cont’d)
Oh, now it’s funny huh?
MAN/HUSBAND
(still laughing)
It’s funny to see just how far and
how fast you mind can run away from
you.
Michelle is visibly angry by his laughing.
MICHELLE
My mind’s running away from me?
MAN/HUSBAND
Just a little.
The home telephone begins to ring. Michelle starts to get
up to go and answer it but is stopped by the man/husband.
MAN/HUSBAND (cont’d)
Let the voice mail picked it up.
Michelle reluctantly takes her seat.
MAN/HUSBAND (CON’T)
I can’t believe you just left
yesterday, thinking I was cheating
on you.
MICHELLE
I’m sure. Reese thought I killed
you and came on to work.
MAN/HUSBAND
Damn. You told Reese? You better
hurry up and call her and tell her
things are alright before I go
outside and find her ghetto ass has
busted my windows or something.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (6) 54.
MICHELLE
How can I tell her everything is
alright when I don’t even know that
it is?
The man/husband takes his seat back next to Michelle. He
takes her hand in his again and begins to explain.
MAN/HUSBAND
The number you found was a woman’s
number.
Michelle looks mad all over again and crosses her arms over
her chest.
MAN/HUSBAND (cont’d)
Slow down. It’s Dr. Jameson’s
number.
MICHELLE
Dr. Jameson? Who is that?
MAN/HUSBAND
She’s a therapist who I found
through the referral source at
work.
Michelle uncrosses her arm and reaches out for the
man/husband’s hand this time.
MICHELLE
A therapist?
MAN/HUSBAND
Yeah. A therapist. I just
realized that I was on the slippery
road to self destruction and if I
didn’t talk to someone soon, I
might lose everything.
MICHELLE
Oh, baby. You know you could have
come and talk to me.
MAN/HUSBAND
Because you were part of the reason
I was feeling the way I did. I was
starting to feel like I was joking
myself with the company. Not to
mention slowly losing you.
The man/husband stands up, walks over to the fridge and
opens it looking for nothing in particular.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (7) 55.
MAN/HUSBAND (CON’T)
I just hate being a loser.
Michelle stands and walks over to the man/husband.
MICHELLE
You’re never a loser and don’t ever
let me hear you say that again.
Michelle hugs him from behind. The man/husband closes the
fridge and turns around to return the embrace of
Michelle. Michelle reaches up and kisses the man/husband on
the cheek. She breaks the embrace and heads back to her
seat.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
So what did the therapist say?
MAN/HUSBAND
Let’s just say that the experience
was proof positive that there must
be something in the ovary havers
handbook.
Michelle starts to laugh.
MICHELLE
(laughing)
What do you mean?
MAN/HUSBAND
Well I started telling her what I
thought was wrong she was really
receptive. But, yesterday when I
told her about how you japped out
on me night before last and what
you said, she chastised me like I
was a little boy caught stealing
from the collection plate at
church.
Michelle start to laugh again; harder.
MICHELLE
What did she say?
MAN/HUSBAND
She said that with the attitude I
was coming in with I should have
married myself because I was acting
really selfish. She said that if
I really loved you I’d better get
my shit in order before I lost you.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (8) 56.
Michelle starts to smile.
MAN/HUSBAND (CON’T)
After hearing it put like that I
had to put my thinking cap on and
come up with something.
MICHELLE
So you came up with last night.
MAN/HUSBAND
Yeah. I thought back to when we
were dating. Remember when we used
to talk about going to a bar and
doing some role reversal like we
didn’t even know each other.
Michelle’s smile begins to widens as she remembers those
times.
MICHELLE
Yes. I remember.
MAN/HUSBAND
Last night was simply my attempt to
save the marriage.
Michelle jumps up again and gives him a tight hug and kisses
him deeply.
MICHELLE
Baby, I love you and I’m sorry that
I ever thought you were cheating on
me.
MAN/HUSBAND
It’s ok baby. We have too much
future ahead of us to let this
little stuff slow us down.
The man/husband breaks the embrace and starts to walk over
the to the telephone.
MAN/HUSBAND (CON’T)
Now, I’ve already got us a bag of
clothes in the trunk of my
car. Let me check the messages and
we can get going. I’ve got a lot
of quality time planned for us
today.
The man/husband presses the button for the speaker and dials
into the voice mail.
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (9) 57.
MAN/HUSBAND (CON’T) (cont’d)
It’s too late for breakfast in bed
but I’ve got massage therapist
scheduled to come up for two full
body massages at 1.
The telephone voice mail clicks in and begins with the
messages.
VOICE MAIL #3 (O.S.)
You have 1 unheard message. First
unheard message
MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)
Good morning Ms. Paxton. This is
Lloyd Belky from Goldstein, Belky &
Associates. I’m returning your
call from yesterday regarding a
free consultation for a possible
divorce. I’ll be in the office
until 3P.M. I can be reached at
area code 312.....
The man/husband turns to look at Michelle who has frozen in
her tracks as he discontinues the call. The man/husband has
such a hurt look on his face.
MICHELLE
When I thought you were cheating on
me I called a lawyer. If I
couldn’t be the only one I wanted
out. I’m sorry.
Michelle kisses the man/husband on the cheek.
MICHELLE (CON’T)
If you’re willing to put everything
before last night behind us, I am
too.
The man/husband turns and heads toward the back door. He
turns back around to face Michelle.
MAN/HUSBAND
Forget everything before last
night?
The man/husband begins to smile.
MAN/HUSBAND (CON’T)
Maybe you had a bit too much to
drink yesterday. We just met last
night, remember? My name is
Chance.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (10) 58.
The man/husband extends his hand to Michelle.
MAN/HUSBAND (CON’T) (cont’d)
I’m still waiting to caught your
name.
Michelle takes his extended hand.
MICHELLE
You’re going to be catching a lot
more than my name tonight.
Still holding his hand, she pushes the man/husband out of
the door with the other hand before turning around and
closing the back door behind them.
THE END

Comments:
 
rbouncha   rbouncha wrote
on 6/11/2011 9:11:27 AM
First off if your going to write a long script make sure to properly correct the formatting of the writing. Or else no one is going to bother reading all the paper because honestly it's hard to follow. I can tell you spend a lot of time writing this story so i'm going to be quite honest with your writing with both the positive and the negative. The positive just like StarPoet said it does convey a lot of realism and message between communications and relationship. You give good details of the writing and sometimes give the characters their thoughts and feelings. The negative side of the writing is the use of profanity. I felt like your just using profanity because it works for american movies that are popular. Trust me, I try going that route before and it made me hate it even more to write something that doesn't motivate me to write more creatively. Again don't be force to write something that is a need and just focus on your writing. Because I can tell that your vocabulary is very good so write what you feel like is good rather than the popular trend.

Trenchtownrock   Trenchtownrock wrote
on 3/25/2010 12:53:11 PM
You have much talent my friend..you inspired me with this piece....nice development throughout..good work.

StarPoet   StarPoet wrote
on 2/27/2010 7:32:05 PM
Wonderful write and read. I like this a lot for its realism and the message you convey. I think that good communication, which is the basis of any good marriage/relationship is the underlying message you are trying to get across by using the husband's silence. Wayyy cool story and I commend you highly for this.

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This is one of the first screen plays I ever tried to write. I'm hoping to get brutally honest feedback and critiques as I'm getting ready to try another script for a story idea i have.
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