China: A Short Screenplay

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FADE IN:


INT. UNIVERSITY. DAY.


SOPHIE, mid-twenties, sits at a table by a window across from her boyfriend PETER, also mid-twenties. They're looking over their notes. Peter looks up.


PETER: What do you think about China?


SOPHIE: What do I think of it?


PETER: Yeah.


SOPHIE: It’s a country.


PETER: True.


SOPHIE: They don’t speak English there.


PETER: Also true.


SOPHIE: It’s a long plane ride away from here.


PETER: That’s true as well.


SOPHIE: Do you want me to list off everything I know about China?


PETER: No –


SOPHIE: Because I could.


PETER: I’m aware. But no thanks.


SOPHIE: Why’d you ask me about it?


PETER: Would you want to go?


SOPHIE: Do you know how expensive that would be?


PETER: Pretty expensive.


SOPHIE: Very expensive. We can’t afford it right now. We both have tuition.


PETER: That’s your excuse for everything. We never spend any money, because whenever I say something like “We should rent a movie!” You say “Tuition.” I say “We need new pillow cases!” And you say “Tuition.” “Let’s dance!” “Tuition.”


SOPHIE: I don’t say “Tuition” when you say “Dance.”


PETER: But you’re thinking it.


SOPHIE: Only because you always step on my feet when we dance.


PETER: But if you let me take dancing lessons, that wouldn’t happen.


SOPHIE: Tuition.


PETER: I saw that one coming, just so you know.


SOPHIE: Congratulations. Now get back to researching.


PETER: You’ll think about China?


SOPHIE: Research.


PETER: I sense a new favourite excuse coming on.


SOPHIE: Research?


PETER: Research.


SOPHIE: Now you’re catching on. How about doing it?


PETER: I –


SOPHIE: Research.


PETER: I totally walked into that one, didn’t I.


SOPHIE: Research.


PETER: Right.


FADE OUT…

Created: Jan 02, 2011

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