Dog House

INT. TRAIN – EVENING

A woman, CLAIRE blonde, late 20’s, dressed in business attire looks out the window as the city passes by. Claire’s phone beeps a message tone and the screen lights up. She clicks a button and a graphic pops up next to her of a text message speech bubble under the name MARK.

MARK (TEXT)
What’s up pretty lady.

Claire starts typing on her phone and another speech bubble pops up under the previous one with her text in it.

CLAIRE (TEXT)
This pretty lady doesn’t want to talk to you.

MARK (TEXT)
Someone’s still mad hey? So I’m guessing we’re not laughing about this yet?

CLAIRE (TEXT)
What gave it away.

MARK (TEXT)
By my calculations you should be on the train home. Have you passed North Melbourne yet?

CLAIRE (TEXT)
No, why?

MARK (TEXT)
Get off at North Melbourne station my beautiful face will be waiting for you.

CLAIRE (TEXT)
Beautiful face? That doesn’t sound right. I don’t think so, too mad.

MARK (TEXT)
Awww c’mon Snoopy.

CLAIRE (TEXT)
Snoopy?

MARK (TEXT)
It’s my new nickname for you.

CLAIRE (TEXT)
Are you calling me a dog?

MARK (TEXT)
Well you are the most beautiful bitch I’ve ever seen.

CLAIRE (TEXT)
That was pretty smooth.

MARK (TEXT)
I know I almost slipped over just typing that. You at North Melbourne yet?

CLAIRE (TEXT)
Almost.

MARK (TEXT)
Are you going to get off the train?

CLAIRE (TEXT)
I’m thinking about it.

MARK (TEXT)
Does it help if I do this, c’mooooooon. C’moooooonnnnn.

CLAIRE (TEXT)
No. This better not be a trick.

MARK (TEXT)
Of course not. You there yet?

The train stops at North Melbourne station and Claire steps out onto the platform.

CLAIRE (TEXT)
Yep, I just got off the train now. Where are you?

MARK (TEXT)
Oh shit! You really did it? You got off the train? LOL, I can’t believe you fell for that! I’m not at North Melbourne!

In the distance behind Claire a man steps out from behind a pillar and slowly creeps up behind her.

CLAIRE (TEXT)
Are you fucking kidding me! What kind of arsehole does that?

Behind Claire a phone DINGS.

MARK
The kind that’s standing behind you.

Claire playfully hits Mark.

CLAIRE
You prick, I knew I shouldn’t of got off that train.

MARK
Ow, ow careful muscles I think you’re breaking bone.

CLAIRE
Well you deserve it.

MARK
Can I buy you a cup of coffee?

CLAIRE
No, but you can buy me a green tea…and a muffin!

MARK
You have yourself a deal Snoopy.

The two start to walk towards the exit.

CLAIRE
Seriously what’s with calling me Snoopy?

MARK
Well I am in the doghouse.

CLAIRE
Wouldn’t that make you Snoopy?

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