Pretending to Make Believe: A Short Screenplay

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FADE IN:

INT. APARTMENT. DAY.

LIZA and MARK, mid-twenties, are sitting on their couch, having a conversation.

LIZA
Question.

MARK
Shoot.

LIZA
Say you’re on a boat.

MARK
I’m on a boat.

LIZA
Yeah. And you –

MARK
But I’m not on a boat. I’m lying by saying I am. You made me lie.

LIZA
No no, PRETEND you’re on a boat.

MARK
Oh. OK.

LIZA
So you’re on a boat, and you see a beautiful woman drowning in the sea. Do you –

MARK
I’m on a boat in the sea? What kind of boat is it?

LIZA
Uh, a big one. So do you –

MARK
Well, how big? I mean, to be in a boat on the sea is dangerous, and –

LIZA
You’re on a cruise ship. OK?

MARK
‘K.

LIZA
And you see this woman drowning. Do you –

MARK
Where’d she come from?

LIZA
What? Uh, the cruise ship. She fell off. And she’s drowning. Do you –

MARK
Why is no one helping her?

LIZA
NO ONE SAW HER FALL, OK? Can I finish my question?

MARK
All right.

LIZA
Thank you. So this beautiful woman is drowning. And you can save her, but the catch is, you will then have to leave me and marry her. Would you do it?

MARK
How do I save her?

LIZA
You throw her one of the life preservers from the ship. Do you save her?

MARK
Why do I have to marry her?

LIZA
We’re pretending, Mark. It’s make believe. Do you save her?

Mark contemplates for a moment as Liza studies his face. Finally Mark looks up.

MARK
How beautiful is she?

LIZA
I give up.

FADE OUT…

Created: Dec 23, 2010

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