Bus Stop

EXT. BUS STOP – DAY

In an outer city suburb street two men sit at a bus stop bench. An old man, PADDY, who chose one fashion forty years ago and never changed it and a young man, VERN, who sits nervously, headphones in his ears, dressed in a suit that’s just a bit to big for him.

PADDY
What’s your name?

Vern eyes the older man askew for a second and sees him starting at him. He pulls out a headphone and holds it temporarily in his hand.

VERN
What?

PADDY
I said what’s your name?

VERN
Oh it’s Vern.

PADDY
Vern? I’ve never met anyone called Vern before.

VERN
I get that a lot. I’m named after my Grandfather.

Vern goes to replace his earphone back in.

PADDY
I like it.

Vern pulls his earphone away from his ear again.

VERN

Thanks very much.

The headphone once more moves hopefully towards his ear.

PADDY
I’m Patrick but everyone calls me Paddy.

Vern lowers his hand, but doesn’t let go of the headphone.

VERN
Nice to meet you.

PADDY
Where you off to today Vern?

VERN
I’ve got a job interview in the city.

PADDY
Oh right.

Paddy’s silent for a beat and Vern’s hopeful hand begins to rise.

PADDY (CONT’D)
You a businessman then?

Vern’s hand drops to his lap once more.

VERN
Not really, I did an arts degree at University which hasn’t really got me anywhere so I’m going for a salesman job.

PADDY
Oh right, and what company would that be for?

VERN
Mitchell’s glass windows.

PADDY
Well that’s redundant.

VERN
You think windows are redundant?

PADDY
No the name. Glass windows. Of course their glass! You should tell them that in your interview.

VERN
Yeah maybe. Vern looks down at his headphone.

PADDY
I’m joking lad. You need to relax.

VERN
Sorry, yeah. I am a bit nervous. It doesn’t even start for two hours, I’m only heading in now because I’m so worried about being late.

PADDY
You want some advice?

VERN
You know anything about windows? Other than calling them ‘glass windows’ is redundant.

PADDY
No, but I was a salesman for fifty years.

VERN
What? Really?

PADDY
Yep, one of the best too.

VERN
I would love some advice.

Vern takes the remaining headphone from his ear and places it in his lap with the other as he turns to face Paddy.

PADDY
Confidence. Whatever else you are make sure you’re confident.

VERN
But I’m not confident.

PADDY
Then fake it. Here, stop hunching, that’s right. Now when you’re sitting lean back a bit and separate your legs more, have them wide apart. You’re opening yourself up to the people interviewing you, it shows you’re confident, you’ve got nothing to hide. Works for selling things too. It’s all about the body language.

VERN
Yeah, that makes sense. Anything else?

PADDY
Yes, make sure you smile a lot. No, not that crazy fake smile. A relaxed smile like you’re sharing a joke. That’s better.

VERN
Okay, great, this is great. What else?

The bus pulls up at their stop. Vern half rises but Paddy doesn’t move.

VERN (CONT’D)
Don’t you need to get the bus?

PADDY
No, I’ve got no where to be.

Vern thinks for a moment, then waves to the driver and sits back down.

VERN
I’ll get the next one, I still have plenty of time. You were saying?

Vern rolls his headphones around his iPod and puts it away inside his satchel as he listens to Paddy. The pair disappear behind a hill as the bus continues down the road.

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