A Measure of Time

I thought I would post a few excerpts from my written work for school this year in this post and the following ones. Hope you all enjoy.

FADE IN:

INT. MIDDLE CLASS ARIZONA HOME – NIGHT

JOANNA sits by herself in the corner of a large sectional in a dimly lit living room with high ceilings. She is nestled down in the plump corner cushions and her legs are drawn up to her chin, her arms wrapped around them tightly to secure them. She looks afraid. The clock on the side table next to her reads 10:00 P.M.

Her FATHER opens the front door slowly and walks even slower into the room. He stops when he notices his little girl on the couch and their eyes meet. He slowly walks over to her without closing the door behind him and sits down at the end of the sofa a good distance from her. JOANNA watches him wring his hands and bow his head.

FATHER

I have something really
important to tell you, baby.
(His voice is barely a whisper)

The FATHER shifts uncomfortably and tries to look up into the JOANNA’S eyes again but fails and looks down again.

FATHER (CONT’D)

You know how your mother has
been sick a lot lately…

JOANNA

Daddy, where is mommy? Why
didn’t she come home with
you?

JOANNA lets go of her legs and stands up, looking to the front door expectantly.

JOANNA (CONT’D)

Mommy?!
(She yells at the door)

JOANNA takes a step forward and clenches her fists. She is shaking now. The FATHER has put his head in his hands.

JOANNA (CONT’D)

MOMMY?! WHERE ARE YOU?!
(She yells at the door again
louder this time)

The FATHER starts sobbing softly into his hands. He is also shaking now. JOANNA looks back at him terrified and confused and then takes another step forward.

JOANNA (CONT’D)

Mommy?!
(Her voice cracks on this
yell)

FATHER

(Looks up at his daughter and
yells)
Stop yelling! She is not
here! Can’t you see she’s
not here?!

JOANNA looks at the FATHER like she has been smacked in the face and the room goes silent. It starts to rain outside.

The light in the room grows even dimmer and the corners of the room grow darker. JOANNA starts crying.

FATHER (CONT’D)
I’m sorry, baby… I’m so
sorry. I couldn’t bring her
home this time. I’m sorry.
(He chokes out quietly)

The FATHER gets up and kneels down in front of JOANNA. He takes her little hands in his big ones and looks up at her tear stained face. She is still shaking but she has stopped crying now.

FATHER (CONT’D)

I have something I need to
tell you. You know how I have
always said that our lives
here on earth are short?

JOANNA nods and sniffles.

FATHER (CONT’D)

You remember how your mommy
moved out here first to get
the house ready for all of
us and we were without her
for a while?

JOANNA

Is mommy going to die?

The room goes silent again and thunder is heard in the background. Fresh tears start to roll down the FATHER’S face as he squeezes his daughter’s hands tighter.

FATHER

The doctors said she has
six months before she
leaves us.
(He whispers)

JOANNA

I want to go with her,Daddy.
(She buries her head
in his shoulder)

FATHER

I know, baby girl, I know.
We will just have to wait a
little longer this time.

The FATHER pulls JOANNA into a hug and they both silently cry together. Lightening flashes through the windows and more thunder is heard in the background and the rain grows heavier and louder.

FADE OUT

END OF SCENE

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