Fortune Told

EXT. RENAISSANCE FAIR – DAY

A girl, ERICA (26), wanders through the almost but not quite medieval world of a renaissance fair. Around her are various tents for games and food sellers, people walk past in costume although Erica is not dressed in one. A jousting match is going on up ahead of her but Erica takes a path to the side into the fridge of the nearby woods.

One dark purple tent sits out here. Erica stops, then approaches it to see a sign out the front that reads ‘FORTUNE TELLER’.

Inside sits an old woman behind a small table. She looks more like your grandmother than a typical fortune teller. She is rotund with fluffy white hair, glasses, a sweet smile and wears an apron.

The fortune teller sees Erica approach.

FORTUNE TELLER
Hello Miss, I don’t suppose you’d like your fortune told.

Erica walks in front of the woman.

ERICA
Well that depends can you actually tell me my fortune?

FORTUNE TELLER
Well maybe I can, I’m happy to give it a go.

Erica sits.

ERICA
Well alright but I warn you I don’t believe in any of this kind of stuff so if you’re planning on telling me about how I’ll meet my prince charming and live happily ever after you can save your breath.

FORTUNE TELLER
Oh I’m not that kind of fortune teller, I only tell you one specific part of your future.

ERICA
And what’s that?

The fortune teller smiles sweetly at her as though about to offer cookies.

FORTUNE TELLER
Your death girl.

ERICA
Excuse me?

FORTUNE TELLER
I tell you exactly when and how you’re going to die.

Erica scoffs.

ERICA
You don’t really expect me to believe that do you?

FORTUNE TELLER
Oh I don’t know, maybe this is all just a bit of silly fun. Or maybe I know things you’re not capable of understanding.

ERICA
Yeah alright, I’m going to chose to remain skeptical about that. What sort of things could you know?

FORTUNE TELLER
Well I know your parents divorced when you were eleven. I know you once broke your arm when you hit a bee hive with a rock causing them to chase you over a cliff.

Erica’s face turns still, her eyes widening showing the truth of what the fortune teller is telling her.

FORTUNE TELLER (CONT’D)
And I know that you came to this renaissance fair today to meet someone but they have in fact stood you up. He’s cheating on you Erica, you should get rid of him.

Erica swallows hard.

ERICA
What is this? What game are you playing? Is this some lame reality show?

FORTUNE TELLER
Reality show? No, well, it is reality, but it’s not a show. Look around if you wish, you won’t find any cameras.

ERICA
So I’m meant to believe you knew all those things about me because you can see them?

FORTUNE TELLER
Believe it or not it’s still true.

ERICA
Hold on, all those things were in the past.

FORTUNE TELLER
Quite right, like I said I can only tell you one specific part of your future, that being you death.

Erica considers her words.

ERICA
So you can see the past entirely then?

FORTUNE TELLER
Indeed.

ERICA
Alright when did I eat for breakfast.

FORTUNE TELLER
You didn’t have breakfast, but you did eat half a tub of ice cream in bed last night so I doubt you were very hungry.

Erica sits shocked.

FORTUNE TELLER (CONT’D)
(happily)
So, would you like to know about your death?

ERICA
I, I don’t know?

FORTUNE TELLER
Sure you do. Think about how nice it’d be to go through every day without the worry of death. You could be fearless.

Erica considers her words.

ERICA
Maybe, but I could also just be full of fear. Once you tell me, the clock starts ticking. I’ll live the rest of my life waiting for that day.

FORTUNE TELLER
But the clock’s already ticking, wether you like it or not we’re all waiting for that day. But I can remove that fear from every single day of your life except the last. You could do practically anything and be sure in the knowledge that you wouldn’t die. Just say the word and I’ll give you this gift.

Erica thinks.

ERICA
No. No that’s not a good thing. That fear is important to live. It drives you, we do so much more because we know any day could be our last. And it causes us to appreciate what we have, we hold on to things tighter and value them more when we think we could lose it all in an instant. It makes life, life. Without the fear of death we would just go through the motions like any other animal. We wouldn’t strive to be more, or, or to create, or to understand the world around us. I could live each day without the fear of dying, yes, but would it really be living? No, no that’s no gift, that’s a curse.

The fortune teller smiles at Erica

FORTUNE TELLER
Clever girl. You’re quite right. It has been a curse, but one that will be over soon enough.

Erica motions as though about to ask her something but the fortune teller cuts her off.

FORTUNE TELLER (CONT’D)
Now since you don’t want my services you best be on your way. I see I have another customer coming and that man of yours has finally arrived, he’s at the turkey leg booth.

ERICA
Oh okay, ummm, thanks?

Erica stands and walks down the path. She passes the woman’s next customer, another young girl at a similar age to herself. She walks around the corner and over to the turkey leg booth and stands in front of a man, ANTHONY.

ANTHONY
Hey Erica, listen I know I’m late.

ERICA
That’s alright, I’m breaking up with you. Bye.

Erica turns and walks away from him.

ANTHONY
What? Why?

ERICA
(over her shoulder)
Because life’s too short.

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