Life's Too Short - Script (Re-Mix)

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INTERIOR - HOSPITAL ROOM - EVENING


DAUGHTER and MOTHER in hospital room. They look as though
they have been visiting for a long time today. Get the sense
this has been a routine. Regular visits and regular times
lasting for hours. MOTHER doesn't have many machines hooked
up to her, but has oxygen available and a drip and heart
monitor. DAUGHTER holds a newspaper but isn't reading it,
they are just engaged with one another in a peaceful silence.
There is a book on the table in front of her. MOTHER is very
very sick. Every word is a struggle. There is a natural
decline and drift as the scene progresses.


DAUGHTER
Do you want me to read you the
headlines and you can decide what
stories you're interested in?


MOTHER
Not tonight. I'm feeling tired.
Enough talk of business.


DAUGHTER
Wow, I don't believe I've ever
heard you say anything like that
before. That's practically
blasphemy for a Collins, isn't it?


MOTHER
(smiling) Perhaps. But I know the
business is in good hands. I'm not
worried.


DAUGHTER
Yes, great hands. (smiling) I've
got buyers lined up down the block.
I'm going to retire and move to
Fiji the minute your back is
turned.


MOTHER
(laughing gently) If that's what
you want, that's fine by me.


DAUGHTER
I don't think so, no. I wouldn't
like to let it go. I am my mother's
daughter, after all.


MOTHER
You work too hard.


DAUGHTER
Pot, Kettle?


MOTHER
When you were small I felt it was
so important to make a life for us
that I missed out on a lot. You
missed out on a lot. But...
(pauses for a beat) There are two
things we can never have enough of.


DAUGHTER
Yes, money and power, right?


MOTHER
No, my dear. Time and love. (she
drifts off finally, only by
DAUGHTER'S reaction do we know
she's gone)


DAUGHTER
(hesitates) I'm sure you're right
about time. But there has been
enough love, Mother, there's been
enough love.

Created: May 06, 2013

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