Tears on the train

INT. TRAIN – DAY

JARROD (35, slightly overweight, cheerful) sits and looks out the window of the mostly empty train as it weaves through the suburbs dressed in a slightly baggy business suit, his tie loosened. Across from him sits a YOUNG MAN, mid 20’s, dressed in the supermarket uniform.

The young man begins to cry.

Jarrod eyes him askew, then quickly looks away. He looks back concerned as the man sobs down into his lap. Jarrod goes to say something then hesitates, finally he does.

JARROD
Hey, ah, mate. Are you alright?

The young man looks up at him, eyes red.

YOUNG MAN
Do I look alright?

JARROD
Right, no, I guess not.

The man continues to cry.

JARROD (CONT’D)
Do you, do you want to talk about it?

YOUNG MAN
Look dude, I know we’re on the train together and all but just don’t worry about it alright?

JARROD
Oh, right. Thing is though, I am worrying about it. Also my station isn’t for like another eight stops.

This gets a small smile from the man. He quickly hides it.

JARROD (CONT’D)
Can I at least give you a tissue? You’re really snotting everywhere there.

YOUNG MAN
You’re not very good at this are you?

JARROD
I don’t know, I got you talking.

Jarrod hands the young man a tissue, he looks at it for a beat then takes it.

YOUNG MAN
Thanks.

JARROD
So what is it that’s got you so upset when riding public transport? Other than the fact that you’re riding public transport.

YOUNG MAN
I don’t think I want to be the guy you tells his sob story to a complete stranger.

JARROD
Of course not, of course. I’m Jarrod.

YOUNG MAN
Ha, that wasn’t really the point.

JARROD
Sure but now we’re practically best friends.

YOUNG MAN
I don’t really tell my best friends about my problems either.

JARROD
Do you have a drink with them?

YOUNG MAN
Course.

JARROD
Good, because there’s a great pub at the next stop and we’re going to get a drink.

YOUNG MAN
That’s very kind but you don’t have to do that for me.

JARROD
For you? No, this is just a weak excuse for me to feed my alcoholism.

YOUNG MAN
I don’t know.

JARROD
C’mon, we don’t even have to talk, you just have to drink.

YOUNG MAN
I guess I can agree to that.

JARROD
Good, you’re buying.

The train stops and Jarrod and the young man step off.

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