This is the first version of the opening for Imaginary Travel, my effort for Script Frenzy this year. I’m moving in a slightly different direction at the moment, but I wanted to get something out on the Interwebs to share with the world. Comment away! Let me know if I’m on the right track.
IMAGINARY TRAVEL OFFICES – DAY
The slick front room of Imaginary Travel is covered in
tasteful posters advertising vacations in Wonderland, Naboombu, and the Shire.
DAVID MADISON leans over his desk, engaged with the couple
across from him who are planning a vacation.
Well the Isle of Naboombu is always a great choice for first
timers. The locals love having visitors.
We were thinking something a little different...(pauses
uncomfortably) My wife here suggested I ‘go to Hell.’ We talked about it, and
well, we thought why not?
We thought it would be exciting! Maybe just what we need to
get that spark back...
There’s just one problem with that plan. (DAVID squirms) Hell
isn’t an (stressing this point) imaginary place.
Well I don’t believe in Hell, so it’s imaginary to me right?
I’m afraid it doesn’t work that way. If it did, my colleague
over there would be sending everyone to Heaven. He doesn’t believe in that
David motions to the next desk over where TYLER UNGAR is
shaking the hand of a client, clearly just ending a transaction.
IMAGINARY TRAVEL OFFICES / BREAK ROOM – DAY
Tyler is standing in the featureless break room talking with
fellow employee Trisha. Tyler holds a mug with the molecular model of caffeine
on it. Posters for OSHA and employee vacations hang on the walls.
Seriously, he was trying to tell that family that the reason
we don’t have a vacation to Hell is because it’s a real place! Apparently no
one wanting to visit a world of eternal suffering isn’t a good enough reason.
And it’s not like Satan would abide by the proper treaties anyway.
Well he is entitled to his own opinion...
Just because he believes in the place doesn’t make it real.
(clearly not won over by this line of reasoning)
Garret, mid twenties, smartly dressed, enters the staff room.
Tyler! I’m so glad I found you! I’m moving out!
I was going top tell you this morning, but I always forget
you get up before noon.
Yeah. (dryly) I have a job.
I have a job. Well I had a job until this morning.
Lord. (exasperated) They fire you from Quick Copy?
No. I quit. But that’s not the point.
Hurry up and get to it then will you?
You remember George?
The faux hawk guy you met last month?
No. That’s Tom. He’s old news. No, George, from Shane’s party
Oh. Right. BMW guy.
Yeah. He’s asked me to move in with him!
(jumping up and down
Um...doesn’t he live in Idaho?
Of course not! (waits a beat) He lives in Montana. On a
ranch! George love horses AND BMWs. And he’s a total sweetheart. But of course
that presents a tiny little problem...
Like that lease renewal we just signed?
I already talked to the apartment office. Since it’s a joint
leases, you just need to find a new roommate to sign on with you.
And where am I supposed to find one of those?
That’s the best part. I’ve totally worked it out for you. See
when I was on my way in here I ran into one of your coworkers. His lease is up
and his current roommates are going to bum around Europe for a while so he
needs a new place.
You don’t mean who I think you mean?
(going over to the break room door)
Heya David, come on in!
Rally Garret, he is your solution? In what scenario does this
Tyler and David sit in a booth at the local fast food burrito
I love my roommates, but they’ve decided to up and
I know the feeling!
Sorry man, that’s a shitty move your roommate pulled.
But it’s lucky he ran into me! Its been so long since I had
to find a place to live, I’ve almost forgotten how. And I hate doing recon and
finding a new roommate.
I know! It took me a month and 27 applicants before I found
Garret. Just didn’t factor in his penchant for running away.
Well there is that.
We just seem like such an odd pairing. The gay atheist and
the chaplain student living together.
Look, you’re a good guy. If you got a good head on your
shoulders and good heart that select care about.
Well I can’t really say no to that.