The Right Look

INT. DALE’S BEDROOM – DAY

WILL, 24, dressed in jeans and a shirt with slightly over gelled hair, sits glumly on the edge of a messy bed in the middle of a messy room. Strewn around him are clothes of all shapes and sizes, haphazardly thrown over the room as though a land mine of laundry had exploded at some point.

Will stares forwards at a walk-in-wardrobe, inside which someone is moving around and making a lot of noise.

WILL
Dale, can you hurry up.

DALE calls out from the wardrobe.

DALE (O.S.)
You can’t rush perfection mate. It’s all about finding the perfect combination.

With his final word Dale struts out of the wardrobe in a glamorous jacket under which sits a flamboyant shirt and colourful trousers.

WILL
That’s perfection?

Dale turns and looks in the standing mirror behind him.

DALE
Hmm, maybe your right. Time to try again.

WILL
No, no I take it back, it’s fine, can we just go already.

DALE
No, you were right. I’ll only be a moment.

Dale disappears into the wardrobe again. Will drops his head into his hands.

WILL
Why am I friends with you?

DALE
Trust me it’ll be worth the wait.

Dale presents himself from the wardrobe again, this time decked out in a complete goth outfit complete with eyeliner.

WILL
Are you joking, I can’t be seen walking around with you dressed like that all night.

Dale once again checks his out fit in the mirror.

DALE
No? I thought I had nailed it with this one. Oh well, time to try again.

Dale once more walks into his wardrobe.

WILL
Can’t you just wear normal clothes? Like me, what’s wrong with what I’m wearing?

Dale sticks his head out of the wardrobe.

DALE
Please. If anything you should take a few lessons from me. No one gets anywhere being ordinary.

Dale’s head disappears back into the wardrobe and the noise of him changing outfits returns. After a beat he pops out again, this time dressed as a hipster. He has too tight pants, hair pulled into a top knot and a floral short sleeved shirt tucked in with the top button done up.

WILL
Well I would never wear that so it must be perfect. Let’s go.

Will stands, and Dale checks himself in the mirror.

DALE
Mmm, I’m not sure.

WILL
No, it’s fine, please let’s just go.

DALE
Nope, no good, not the right outfit for tonight.

WILL
No, it’s great, you look fantastic.

DALE
I’ll just be a minute, don’t worry.

Dale enters the wardrobe and Will flops back on the bed again.

WILL
You know what annoys me the most about all this is that you get way more girls than me.

DALE (O.S.)
For good reason, if you paid more attention you’d realise why.

WILL
I know why. You don’t feel shame the way the rest of us do. This of course make you able to dress like an idiot and irresistible to woman.

Dale steps out wearing a pirate outfit, minus the hat.

DALE
I don’t know what your talking about. How do I look?

WILL
That’s a pirate outfit.

DALE
I know. Am I pulling it off?

Beat.

WILL
(annoyed)
Yes. Yes, alright, you look amazing.

DALE
(satisfied)
I know. Should we be going then?

Dale walks towards the door. Will stands and follows him.

WILL
Can you teach me not to have shame?

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