Near Death Experience

EXT. CAMPSITE – NIGHT

DANNY (26) camps out under the stars in Australian bush land. He sits around a small fire, drink in hand, tents visible in the background.

His best friend BEN (26) runs into the campsite.

BEN
Danny, Danny, I think a snake just bit me.

DANNY
What? Are you joking?

BEN
Joking? How is that a joke! No I was having a piss and a snake bit my ankle.

DANNY
Okay, okay, let me look at it.

Ben lies down, Danny sits next to him and looks at his ankle. On the side of Ben’s boot is indeed a bite mark.

DANNY (CONT’D)
Oh wow, holy shit, you really did get bit.

BEN
Oh I knew it, I’m going to die, I’m dying Danny.

Danny takes off Ben’s boot and sock to show the unbroken skin of his ankle.

DANNY
Ben I think it’s alright, you don’t have any puncture marks. I think the snake only bit your boot.

BEN
Suck the venom out Danny. You need to put your mouth on my ankle right now.

DANNY
What? No.

BEN
SUCK THE VENOM OUT DANNY.

DANNY
Dude I’m telling you you’re fine. I’m not sucking your ankle.

BEN
Oh this is it isn’t it? I’m done for. I always knew I was going to die young.

DANNY
Ben, really, you’re fine.

BEN
Danny, I have to tell you something before I die.

DANNY
Is it that you love me? Because you tell me that all the time. Probably to much actually.

BEN
No, well yes I do love you, but no that’s not it. Danny, Margaret and I have been seeing each other.

DANNY
What? My Margaret, as in my younger sister?

BEN
Yes. I’m sorry Danny.

DANNY
Wait, is this why you’ve been acting so weird lately?

BEN
Yeah, I know how over protective you can be of her. But you should know that I love her Danny, and I treat her with respect.

DANNY
Dude, that’s awesome.

BEN
What?

DANNY
That’s awesome. Yes I’m over protective of her, but that’s because I’m worried she’s going to date some douchebag. I don’t care if she dates you, I mean you’re an idiot, but you’re a good guy.

BEN
Are you serious?

DANNY
Yeah of course. My best friend and my sister, I think that’s great.

BEN
Oh buddy, you don’t know how happy that makes me. I love her man, she’s such a wonderful girl.

DANNY
That’s great man.

BEN
She’s so funny and so smart.

DANNY
Yeah she’s something special.

BEN
And that body.

DANNY
Okay, well don’t push it.

BEN
So now everything’s great but I’m dying. Of course this is when I die. Damn you snake, I bet you don’t even know what love is.

DANNY
Dude, for the last time you’re not dying. The snake didn’t make it through your boot.

BEN
What? Really?

DANNY
Yes, look at your ankle.

Ben looks at his ankle. He touches it tentatively and smiles widely.

BEN
I’m not dying! I’m not dying.

Ben hugs Danny who returns the hug then helps him to his feet.

BEN (CONT’D)
Oh wow, I really thought I was dying. I do love you you know.

DANNY
Apparently you love my whole family. Come on, let’s get you a drink.

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