Best Date Ever

Best Date Ever

INT. BAR — EVENING

Two guys, JEFF and ADAM, sit at a table. A pitcher of beer and two glasses stand between them.

ADAM
So? How was it?

INT. CAFE — EVENING

Two girls, JULIENNE and CHLOE, sit at a table. A mug of tea rests in each of their hands.

CHLOE
And? How was your date?

EXT. PARK — DAY (FLASHBACK)

Jeff sits on a bench, a large flower in his hand. He fidgets with the flower, sniffs his breath.
Julienne approaches wearily.

JULIENNE
Jeff?

Jeff looks up, smiles broadly.

JEFF
Julienne, right?

Julienne extends a hand. They shake.

JULIENNE
Nice to meet you.

JEFF
Wow, you look even better
than your profile picture!

JULIENNE
Thanks. Uh– you too.

JEFF
So. Oh right! This is for you.

He hands Julienne the flower.

JULIENNE
Thanks. So where are we going?

INT. BAR — EVENING

Jeff exhales loudly.

JEFF
It was… awesome.
Maybe my best date ever.

INT. CAFE — EVENING

Julienne rubs her forehead.

JULIENNE
Horrible. Just awful!

EXT. PARK — DAY (FLASHBACK)

Jeff stands. He is 3 inches shorter than Julienne.

JULIENNE
So, what do you want to do?

JEFF
Your profile says you like art, so
maybe we should go to the gallery?

JULIENNE
That sounds nice.

INT. BAR — EVENING

Jeff pours himself some more beer.

JEFF
She is so smart! She knew
everything about the paintings!

INT. ART GALLERY — DAY (FLASHBACK)

Julienne and Jeff walk slowly in between paintings and sculptures. Jeff stops in front of an Otto Dix painting.

JEFF
God, that’s ugly! I bet I could
paint better than that.

JULIENNE
But that’s the point. It’s
a representation of the
hideousness of post-war
Germany.

JEFF
He could have at least used nicer colors.

JULIENNE
That’s an interesting interpretation.

Julienne walks towards the exit. Jeff follows.

JEFF
Now this kind of modern
art I don’t get at all.

Jeff points to a sign near the door. It says: MAXIMUM CAPACITY 40 PERSONS

JULIENNE
I don’t think this is part of the exhibit.

JEFF
Modern art is shit.

INT. CAFE — EVENING
Julienne throws her hands up.

JULIENNE
It was really embarrassing.
I just wanted to get out of there.

INT. ART GALLERY — DAY (FLASHBACK)

Julienne stands bored and stares at Jeff who is scrutinizing a drinking fountain.

JULIENNE
Should we go?

JEFF
(to himself)
Fucking artists.
(to Julienne)
Ok, let’s go.

INT. BAR
Jeff sips his beer proudly.

JEFF
So I handled myself pretty well.

ADAM
Chicks love cultured dudes.

JEFF
Exactly.

EXT. ART GALLERY — EVENING (FLASHBACK)
Jeff and Julienne stand awkwardly.

JEFF
So you hungry?

JULIENNE
Not really.

JEFF
You’re too skinny! C’mon!

JULIENNE
I should really get going–

JEFF
Pretty please?!

JULIENNE
(resigned)
If you need to beg…

INT. CAFE
Julienne flicks her hair as Chloe sips.

JULIENNE
He could not take a hint.

CHLOE
Can they ever?

INT. DIVE RESTAURANT — NIGHT (FLASHBACK)
Jeff stares are Julienne while she examines the menu.

JULIENNE
I’m sorry, but I can’t eat
any of this. I’m vegan.

Jeff explodes into laughter.

JEFF
I’m sorry. I just thought that was
something they made up for TV.

JULIENNE
No. I actually don’t eat animal products.

JEFF
But why? Animals are delicious!
Waitress! Another beer please!

Julienne rolls her eyes as Jeff grins at her dozily.

INT. BAR
Jeff readjusts himself in his seat.

JEFF
She’s just so different. She’s
like no one I’ve ever dated.

INT. CAFE
Julienne sets her cup down to prove a point.

JULIENNE
He’s a complete animal. Like no
one I’ve ever been out with.

INT. BAR
Adam fills his beer glass from the pitcher.

ADAM
Did you screw her?

INT. CAFE
Chloe pushes her tea cup away.

CHLOE
How’d you get rid of him?

EXT. JULIENNE’S HOUSE (FLASHBACK)

Julienne and Jeff stand in front of the door, Julienne awkwardly so, Jeff confidently.

JEFF
It’s kinda late, I guess I should
probably just crash at your place.

JULIENNE
My mother is staying with me.

JEFF
She can sleep with us, too.

Jeff shoots Julienne an exaggerated wink and laughs to himself.

JEFF (CONT’D)
Seriously though,
can I call you?

JULIENNE
I have your number.

JEFF
Good! Call me.

Jeff tries to kiss Julienne, but she expertly dodges his mouth before heading quickly inside. Jeff takes a deep breath, walks away with a huge smile.

INT. BAR

Jeff leans back, satisfied. Adam stares at him, awestruck.

JEFF
She’ll call.

INT. CAFE
Julienne finishes her tea.

JULIENNE
I already blocked him on facebook.

THE END

©Lauren Greenwood 2013

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