LINDA and PETER walk into FRAME. They arrive home from an
evening out. Linda is noticeably anxious.
I had such a good time tonight.
Yes. So did I.
You have a lovely apartment.
Not when my roommates are here.
Yeah but no one is here now, this
weekend. They are all away.
Another awkward pause.
Is it okay if I run to the bathroom
and freshen up.
It's down the hall to your left.
Linda leaves FRAME. Peter sits on the couch and tries to
make himself appear casual. When Linda walks back in, Peter
stiffens. Linda sits down next to him. An awkward pause
You know, you invited me up to your
apartment, and that is quite nice
of you, but...
Oh, there's no pressure for us to
Well, I'm a little nervous.
Really, I am very... harmless. We
can just talk if you'd like.
No. I don't want to talk. I
really don't want to be a wimp
about this. I have to... I have
OK. OK. Listen, I want to get
through the first step. You know,
you have to take the first step.
So I will close my eyes and I want
you to kiss me. On the lips.
Nothing too elaborate. OK?
And then... well, here goes.
Linda faces Peter with her eyes closed. Peter moves in for a
kiss. As Peter gets close, Linda falls out of FRAME. Linda
is totally unconscious on the couch. Peter goes wide eyed,
trying to wrap his head around what he is seeing.
Peter touches Linda on the shoulder. Suddenly Linda wakes
Oh rats... did I just... how long
was I out?
Probably not long, right? I mean
otherwise you would have called an
ambulance. But I see you are still
on the couch. So look I have a
little problem. I fall asleep at
random moments, usually when I am
nervous. It's called narcolepsy.
It can be a real bummer.
Like right now. I mean I don't
want it to interfere with our
OK. I've never known anyone...
Let's not talk about it. If I talk
about it, it will make me angry.
Do you have pills...
Everyone wants to know if I have
pills. Of course I have pills.
But they don't work. And I ran out
Coffee. I can make you a strong
cup of coffee.
You see, people think coffee will
keep me awake. Coffee doesn't
work. The pills don't work.
Shit... this is going to be a lousy
night. I am like the worst
possible date you could have.
No. No. You are great. You have
a little problem. We all have
Linda is getting near tears.
I feel so alone sometimes.
Oh shit... oh shit.
Linda looks at Peter.
Linda falls back fast asleep again. Peter does not know what
to do. A long moment. Linda awakes. She sits up and takes
a deep breath, like she is trying to summon a zen state. She
turns and looks at Peter. She grabs him and gives him a huge
and somewhat long kiss. She pulls away gently. Peter is
Wow. That was great.
Peter falls back onto the couch, unconscious.
Linda shakes Peter. Peter opens his eyes. He smiles.
I was just kidding.
Linda does not know how to react.
I just don't want you to feel
Peter's remark hits Linda in a soft spot, and she almost
starts to cry again.
Why don't we take our clothes off
and get right to it then. That
way, after... we can sleep
CUT TO BLACK.