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Memories
By Earl C. Thompson   
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Last edited: Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2007

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This is the story of two people who were in love when they were kids; they are now reminiscing on the old days.


FADE IN

INT. RESTAURANT Ė DAY

The restaurant is partially empty. LORAINE LIVINGSTON, an attractive looking young lady, around thirty-five years of age, is sitting by herself in a corner. She has a book she is reading.

INSERT: BOOK

The tittle on the book is ďMemoriesĒ The authorís name is Steve Harvington.

BACK TO SCENE:

STEVE HARVINGTON, thirty-five years of age, good-looking, he is lean and fits neatly into his jeans and tee-shirt. He walks up to the table Lorraine is seated around and holds onto a chair in front of her.

STEVE
Youíre not waiting on someone,
are you?

Lorraine looks up at him.

LORRAINE
No.

STEVE
Do you mind if I sit?

LORRAINE
Go ahead.

STEVE
Thanks.

Steve pulls up the chair and sits.

STEVE
Itís a beautiful day, isnít it?

Lorraine lays the book on the table. She looks at him.

LORRAINE
I guess it depends on what youíre
looking for in a day.

STEVE
Youíre right.

Steve leans forward, clasps his hands together and puts his elbows on the table. He looks Lorraine straight in the eyes.

STEVE
You know, I have the ability to
tell someone their age, where they
are from, and their profession by
just looking at that person.

Lorraine appears unimpressed.

LORRAINE
Iím listening.

STEVE
Okay, take you for example. I know
that you were born on the May, the
seventh, seventy one. I know that
youíre from Scarborough in Canada
and that youíre a nurse.

Lorraine is obviously not impressed.

LORRAINE
Well, it must be a coincident, I happen
to have the same ability, but I can go
a bit further. I can tell you your name.

Steve sits back and forces a smile.

LORRAINE
Let me see, your name is Steve
Harvington, you were born on May,
the seventh, seventy one, youíre from
Scarborough in Canada and youíre a
writer.

Steve chuckles forcefully.

STEVE
So you do remember?

LORRAINE
Of course I remember. But Iím afraid
I canít say the same thing for you.

STEVE
I know I am right.

LORRAINE
Steve, Iím a day older than you are.

STEVE
Are you serious?

LORRAINE
Why would I lie?

STEVE
For years Iíve had the belief that
we were born on the exact same date.

LORRAINE
Well, you were wrong.

STEVE
I would have lost my life. I would
have bet that we were born on the
same date.

LORRAINE
Well maybe they would have saved
your life when they realise that
you are off by just a day.

Steve appears thoughtful.

STEVE
Maybe.
(He looks at her, this time
with more enthusiasm.)
When I heard your voice last night
I couldnít believe I was actually
talking to you. How long has it been?

` LORRAINE
About twenty years.

STEVE
Itís been that long, has it?

LORRAINE
Yeah.

STEVE
Well, Iím a different person now.

LORRAINE
Yeah, I can see.
(She takes up the book and
looks at it.)
Youíre a writer.
(She looks at him)
Where did this come from? I didnít
see this when we were growing up.

STEVE
Neither did I.

A waitress comes up.

WAITRESS
Are you ready to order as yet?

LORRAINE
Weíll call you when weíre ready.

WAITRESS
Sure.

The waitress leaves them.

STEVE
I guess I wanted to be someone
different.

LORRAINE
Weíre all different, Steve.

STEVE
You know what I mean.

LORRAINE
When we were kids, you used to get
yourself into so much trouble.

STEVE
Yeah, and I wanted to change that.
I wanted attention, but then I realised
that there were other ways to get
attention than being bad.

LORRAINE
Mom used to like you, you know, but she
thought that you were going to get
yourself into trouble.

STEVE
So many people thought that I was
going to get myself into trouble.

LORRAINE
You were really terrible, Steve,
believe me.

STEVE
Well, Iíve changed.

LORRAINE
Obviously.

STEVE
You remember when I put that
Metal thing on the stove and asked
you to hold it and you did?

LORRIANE
How could I have forgotten something
like that? I was lucky that it didnít
leave a scar.

STEVE
Even though I was punished for it, I
wanted to say I was very sorry.

LORRAINE
I have forgiven you. You remember that
practical joke you played on Peter?

STEVE
Which one was that?

LORRAINE
The one when you almost scared him to
death by telling him his mom was dead,
thatís the reason why everyone was
crying.

STEVE
That was cruel; I almost gave him a
heart attack.

LORRAINE
Has he forgiven you?

STEVE
Yeah, the last time I went to
Scarborough, I saw him and we talked.

LORRAINE
Did he remind you of that time?

STEVE
No, and I didnít bring it up, I swear.

LORRAINE
I believe you. How is Sandra?

STEVE
My sister?

LORRAINE
Yeah, she used to tell me to stay away
from you, because you were no good. She
told me that I shouldnít allow your good
looks to fool me, she said youíre from
the devil.

STEVE
My sister was jealous of me; I was my
momís favourite, and it caused a lot of
jealousy.

LORRAINE
And you were also the only one in your
family to have gone to college.

STEVE
Yeah, I really got a lot of fight as a
kid; my siblings were jealous.

LORRAINE
Have they changed their perspective of
you now?

STEVE
Yeah, they have. We get along famously
now; everyone is my friend.

She looks at him.

LORRAINE
You havenít changed much; you still
look as good as you were back then.

Steve smiles mischievously.

STEVE
Are you saying I look like that same
little guy you used to get into trouble
over?

LORRAINE
I used to get beating to stay away from
you; my mom used to say that you were
no good. She was impressed with you
when it comes to your school work, but
she just hated that you used to play
so many practical jokes on people.

STEVE
That was just me back then, but Iíve
changed, Iím serious, I havenít
played any practical jokes on anyone
since college days.

LORRAINE
Yeah, after you played it on that guy
who beat you so bad, you had to go to
the hospital.

Steve looks at her, a bit serious.

STEVE
Who told you about that?

LORRAINE
Steve, this is Lorraine, the girl
who was in love with you when we were
kids. When you left Scarborough, I felt
like a part of me left with you. I had
to find a way to keep in touch.

STEVE
Well, that was one of the reasons why
I decided that I would stop playing
practical jokes on people.

LORRAINE
I really did miss you, Steve.

STEVE
And I miss you too.

LORRAINE
Why havenít you gotten married?

STEVE
I could ask you the same question.

LORRAINE
And I would tell you that it was
because of you.

STEVE
It must have broken your motherís heart
to know that the same guy she used to
punish you over, is the same guy you
ended up falling in love with.

LORRAINE
Steve, my mom knew from the beginning
that I was crazy about you. She was
always saying I was too young to be
in love.

STEVE
You remember that time when you gave
me your lunch money and ended up
walking from school because you had
missed your bus?

LORRAINE
Yeah, and my sister told my mom it
was because I was talking to you
why I missed it. My mom punished me
that day.

STEVE
Man, I was something else when I
was a kid. May be your mom still hates
me.

LORRAINE
Mom never hated you, Steve, and you
know that.

STEVE
But she always wanted you to stop
talking to me.

LORRAINE
It was because my mom knew the way I
felt about you. She just didnít think
it was right for me to have felt that
way about you when I was so young.

STEVE
Well, things are going to be different
now, I guess.

LORRAINE
Would you like to have something to
eat now?

STEVE
Yeah. We have so many memories to
catch up on.

Lorraine calls the waitress over.

LORRAINE
Yeah, we do.

They gave the waitress their orders.
















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