95k: Alec Baldwin / Tori Amos
[ FADE IN ]
[ ESTABLISHING SHOT - U.S. NAVAL DESTROYER – DAY ]
[ EXT. DESTROYER DECK – DAY ]
[ A Navy Captain, named MIKE, collects his thoughts while watching out yonder. Naval Lieutenant Commander, named JEFF, joins him. ]
[ Mike salutes Jeff, who returns the courtesy. ]
Jeff: Good to see you!
Mike: Welcome aboard!
[ Both officers shake hands. Jeff lights a cigarette. ]
Jeff: She’s a real beauty, isn’t she?
Mike: Yes, she sure is.
Jeff: How fast can she go?
Mike: They tell me she can do 30 knots, if she’s got the mind too…
Jeff: So she’s fast and beautiful?
Mike: Yes – that she is.
[ Jeff pulls out a pack of Marlboros and Mike takes one. Jeff lights it with his Zippo.]
Mike: Is that a new lighter?
Jeff: Why, yes! She is!
Mike: She looks like a good one.
Jeff: Thanks! She lights easily and she stays lit; even in rough winds like this.
Mike: She is a rough one today. Say, where did you get her?
Jeff: Sears! She was on sale.
Mike: You know, I like Sears. She’s a good store.
Jeff: She is! Isn’t she? In fact, she’s got everything you need – from tires to brooms… in fact, I just got me a new broom.
Mike: Really? How is she?
Jeff: She’s fine! She sweeps good!
Mike: Say, what happened to your old broom?
Jeff: Her bristles fell out. I had to throw her away.
Mike: Hmm… Maybe you should have burned her? For firewood!
Jeff: I thought about it, but her handle was painted. She might have given off some fumes.
Mike: That’s true.
Jeff: How’s that cigarette, Mike?
Mike: Eh, she’s fine. But I think I’m going to put her out –- she’s given me cancer.
Jeff: I hear you.
[ Both extinguish their cigarettes. ]
Mike: Well, I better to go. I have to write a letter to my little girl.
Jeff: How old is “it” now?
Mike: Five, would you like to see a picture of “it”?
Jeff: Sure would!
[ Mike pulls out his wallet and points inside. ]
Mike: There, that’s “it” right there.
Jeff: Boy, “it” has really got big? Hasn’t it?
Mike: Yes, “it” just lost its first baby tooth.
Jeff: Time sure flies, doesn’t she?
Mike: That she does.
[ Mike departs as Jeff ponders out on the blue yonder. ]
[ FADE OUT ]
Submitted by: Cody Downs