Beers in the Bath

INT. BATHROOM – DAY

JIM (22, looks like he would be a really good badminton player) walks into his bathroom. He sees something off screen and screams.

It’s revealed what he sees is his roommate TOM (23, hairy enough to be part ape) as he sits in the bathtub, with excessive amounts of bubbles covering him, as he drinks a beer.

JIM
What are you doing?

TOM
What are you doing? It’s called knocking Jim, maybe you’ve heard of it?

JIM
I didn’t know that you were…why are you having a bath?

TOM
I like baths.

JIM
You’re joking me, I’ve never known you to have a bath before.

TOM
(indignant)
I usually have them when you’re not home. I knew you’d give me that judgmental little hamster face you have right now.

Tom looks confused, looks at himself in the mirror, then flattens his features.

JIM
And you’re drinking a Tooheys extra dry?

TOM
It’s my favourite beer.

JIM
Well it is a bit weird Tom. You’re a fully grown man having a bubble bath.

TOM
It’s no weirder than they way you play with children’s toys.

JIM
They’re called lego, and I collect them.

TOM
Do you put them together the way kids do on the boxes?

JIM
Yes.

TOM
Have I caught you acting out little scenes using the lego?

JIM
Okay, that was to entertain my niece.

TOM
Really? Because I noticed when she went home you kept going.

JIM
Well the princess had yet to be saved. But don’t change the topic, I’m not the one currently naked and surrounded by bubbles!

TOM
You want me to clear some of the bubbles away.

Tom winks jokingly at Jim.

JIM
I’ll pass.

TOM
Have you ever had a bath before Jim?

JIM
Not since I was am kid.

TOM
That’s what I thought. Let me explain to you what a bath is like. As you lower yourself in warmth seeps its way into every part of you. You can smell the clean, soapy scent of the bubbles as your whole body almost involuntarily relaxes. Your mind goes blank and you forget every stress you have as you seem to melt away. It’s the closest you’ll ever get to being back in the womb.

Tom’s words stop and Jim is silent for a beat. He almost whispers with reverence when he finally responds.

JIM
That, that actually sounds really good. But why are the beer?

TOM
I like taking baths and I like drinking beer. The two together is practically heaven.

Tom picks a bottle up from the six pack on the ground and offers it to Jim. He stares at it, indecisive, for a beat.

CUT TO:

Tom and Jim now both sit in the bath together, surrounded by bubbles, and drink beer.

JIM
You were right, I take it all back, this is amazing.

TOM
It’d be more amazing if I couldn’t feel your balls on my leg.

Jim repositions himself.

JIM
Sorry.

Tom holds up his bottle of beer.

TOM
To beers in the bath.

Jim hold up his.

JIM
Tooheys in the tub.

TOM
Good one.

They chink their bottles together.

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