Repeat: A Short Screenplay (Act II)

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INT.-LIVING ROOM-NIGHT
David is sitting in a chair reading a book. Monica strolls in.

MONICA
(antagonistic)
You know, David, I’m really getting sick and tired of-

DAVID
(doesn’t look up)
Our fighting?

MONICA
Yes, how did you-

DAVID
We already had this conversation.

MONICA
Oh, really? And-

DAVID
Who’s fault was it?

MONICA
Yes.

DAVID
It was-

MONICA
Mine?

DAVID
Yes, exactly, how did-

MONICA
I know you were going to say that?

DAVID
Yes.

MONICA
Because you just said we-

DAVID
Already had this-

MONICA
Conversation.

DAVID
Right.
(snaps book shut)
Goodnight.

He gets up and walks past the idle Monica.

INT.-BEDROOM-NIGHT

David is asleep with Monica lying next to him, wide awake. She taps him on the shoulder. David grunts.

MONICA
David.

He grunts again.

MONICA
DAVID!

David mumbles something and rubs his face. He turns over.

DAVID
(sarcastic)
Yes, darling.

MONICA
We really need to do something about our arguing.

DAVID
We really do.

MONICA
Oh, so now I’m right?

DAVID
When was that even a discussion?

MONICA
You should know, you seem to keep track of all our discussions.

DAVID
Hold on, let me get my log book.

MONICA
Is that a joke?

DAVID
Was it funny?

MONICA
I’m not amused.

DAVID
I guess not then.

Monica rolls over to face away from David. David taps her on the shoulder, just like she did to him.

DAVID
Monica.

MONICA
I’m trying to sleep.

DAVID
So was I.

MONICA
Very funny.

DAVID
That wasn’t a joke.

Monica pulls the covers over her face. David gives up and lies back down, but he doesn’t close his eyes. After a moment, leans over and taps Monica again. She grunts.

DAVID
A daddy cucumber brings his toddler cucumber to the supermarket. The little cucumber sees a sugary cereal he likes. He pleads with his father, “Daddy can we PLEASE get this cereal.” The daddy cucumber looks down and says, “Sorry, buddy, not this time.” The little cucumber folds his arms and gets all huffy and he stomps and stomps and says, “I want it, I want it, I want it!” Then the daddy cucumber looks down and says, “Hey! Don’t be fresh with me!”

Silence. Monica folds the covers down.

MONICA
What the hell was that?

DAVID
What do you think it was?

MONICA
A joke?

DAVID
Yeah.

MONICA
That was terrible.

DAVID
Don’t you get it?

MONICA
Yeah, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to laugh.

DAVID
(lies down)
I thought it was funny.

MONICA
Good for you, buddy.

DAVID
Don’t be fresh with me.

Silence.

MONICA
Nope.

DAVID
I think I’m getting an ulcer.

MONICA
Well if you are, then its your fault.

DAVID
Right. Goodnight.

Black.

Created: Dec 22, 2010

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