Catch Up Drinks

EXT. DINING ROOM – NIGHT

A bunch of early 30 something year old’s sit around a dining room table. They each have a drink in front of them and on the bench behind them sits evidence of previous drinking. One of them, DANIEL, is standing up sorting through the contents of a board game. Clockwise around the table from him sits STEVE, AMY, CHRIS, TINA, and APRIL.

CHRIS
So how does this work? I’ve never played a drinking board game before.

STEVE
More like bored game.

CHRIS
That’s exactly what I said.

STEVE
Oh right, I said it like B-O-R-E-D, because board games are really boring. It would have made more sense if you could read what I’m saying.

TINA
Come on Steve this will be fun.

STEVE
Why? Why will it be fun?

DANIEL
Because I’m turning it into an awesome drinking game that will knock your socks off.

TINA
And he knows a few things about knocking socks off. Although sometimes we like to leave them on.

APRIL
Eww Tina, keep your depressing sex life to yourself. Now all I can imagine is the two of you wearing nothing but socks.

TINA
Are they on our feet?

APRIL
They were. Oh gross, get it out of my head. I need another drink.

AMY
Another one for me to please.

April stands up, walks to the adjoining kitchen and goes to the fridge.

STEVE
I don’t understand why we can’t just drink, why do we have to try and jazz it up by including a board game. A typically unjazzy object?

DANIEL
I don’t know, just for something different. We’re getting older, the days of us simply sitting around getting drunk are behind us.

CHRIS
Yeah, now we do it with board games.

AMY
Well I agree with Steve, board games are PFTTTTT.

Amy makes a fart noise with her mouth.

STEVE
Ames, you’re sweet but you’re really drunk and just kind of, ruining my argument.

CHRIS
Yeah baby when did you get so drunk?

AMY
When we were all doing shots earlier. Remember we all yelled shots.

CHRIS
Is that what that was? Sweetie no one was doing shots with you.

AMY
But I love you.

Amy paws at Steve drunkenly but affectionately.

CHRIS
I love you too, but drunk you is, well, she scares me. Let’s just sit you back down.

Chris repositions Amy into her seat. April returns and puts a drink in front of Amy who happily starts drinking from it.

STEVE
But seriously why do we have to try and make drinking more grown up? We’re all just hoping to end the night in the same state Amy is now.

AMY
Wooooo.

STEVE
Why do we keep trying to make it more adult? We had wine and cheese night the other week which just resulted in all of us throwing up a lot of cheese. The time before that we had picnic drinks.

TINA
Oh I liked that one.

STEVE
You vomited on a duck.

TINA
I don’t remember that.

STEVE
Why can’t we just continue to deny growing older and proceed to have our catch ups where we simply ride ourselves off well into our forties?

APRIL
You like strip poker right?

STEVE
Of course, who doesn’t? It’s poker but with boobs.

APRIL
Right so how about we make it a strip/drinking/board game.

STEVE
You’re a genius. This is why I married you.

CHRIS
How about it Dan, can you make it work.

DANIEL
Chris I’m the board game king, I can make anything work.

TINA
He sure can.

APRIL
(disgusted)
Ughhh.

STEVE
So are we all agreed? Strip, drink, board game thing?

Steve looks around at everyone as they each nod until he gets to Amy who has passed out.

STEVE (CONT’D)
It’s unanimous. To never growing up.

The group cheer and click their drinks together.

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