The New You

EXT. BACK ROAD – DAY

A mid 20’s woman, JULIA, rides her bike awkwardly down a back road. She’s bundled up in a puffy coat and what looks to be a kids helmet and is clearly struggling as she fights to continue to peddle. Her phone rings in her pocket. She answers it as she continues to ride.

JULIA
(out of breath)
Hello?

INT. SAMANTHA’S BEDROOM – DAY

A girl of similar age, Julia’s best friend SAM, lounges on her bed wearing a baggy singlet and pyjamas.

SAM
Hey Jules, what’s up with your voice? Have I interrupted something?

INTERCUT BETWEEN JULIA AND SAM

JULIA
Oh hey Sam, no I’m just going for a ride.

SAM
What, you don’t exercise.

JULIA
I do now it’s all part of the new Julia. I’m getting fit Sam, I’m going to turn it all around.

Next to Sam sits a slice of cake, she takes a spoon and eats a bite.

SAM
(mouth full)
That’s cool.

JULIA
What are you doing?

SAM
I’m eating cake.

JULIA
Why, it’s ten in the morning?
SAM
I got it on special from the shop near my house, chocolate mud cake.

We see that next to the slice sits the rest of the cake in a plastic container.

SAM (CONT’D)
Three ninety nine. I think I’m going to eat the whole thing. Do you want to come over and have some?

JULIA
What? No. I told you this is the new me.

SAM
The new you doesn’t eat cake?

JULIA
No. She has green juices for lunch and knows what her lats are. She has a pedometer and eats foods like kale and quinoa…that’s a thing right?

SAM
The new you sounds a lot like a confused version of the old you.

JULIA
Well I feel fantastic. You should be out here riding with me, it’s gorgeous.

Sam looks at her cake.

SAM
It’s pretty gorgeous in here to. Where are you? It sounds like your dying.

Julia stops and sucks in some much needed oxygen.

JULIA
I’m actually just around the corner from your place.

SAM
Cool, you should come over.

JULIA
Well I could use a break. I must of ridden twenty kilometers by now.

SAM
What does your pedometer say.

JULIA
Hold on I’ll check.

Julia clicks a button on the pedometer attached to her handle bars. It reads two kilometres.

JULIA (CONT’D)
Oh my god I’ve ridden two kilometers. How can I hurt so much after two kilometers? Okay, I’m coming over.

SAM
Yay, I’ll have some cake and a spot on my bed ready for you.

JULIA
That sounds nice.

Both girls hang up. Julia gets back on her bike and continues to huff and puff as she awkwardly rides forward once more.

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