Bowling Bitches

INT. BOWLING ALLEY – DAY

CHARLIE (15, “cool” teenager) stands in front of a bowling lane. She holds a technicolour bowling ball in one hand and with the other holds her phone out in front of her. She uses it to take a photo of herself doing the typical pouty selfie face.

GEORGE (O.S.)
What wrong with your face?

GEORGE (65, old fashioned), her grandfather, sits in the seats at the end of the lane.

CHARLIE
Nothing, I’m just taking a selfie.

Charlie starts to play with her phone.

GEORGE
You typically don’t need a phone to bowl. Should I be worried about this?

CHARLIE
No, it’s a photo Grandpa. Look.

George stands and looks over Charlie’s shoulder to the phone. On it is her twitter page to which she has posted the photo. Underneath it is typed ‘Total bowling bitch #bowlingbitch #letssplit #bowlergurl’.

GEORGE
What’s with all the number signs?

CHARLIE
They’re not number signs, they’re hashtags. They’re used as links for people talking about the same thing.

GEORGE
Are many people talking about ‘bowling bitch’?

CHARLIE
I don’t know, I never actually click on a hashtag.

GEORGE
Hmm, well I like the term bowling bitch, but why are you selfieing? We’re meant to be bowling.

CHARLIE
It’s not selfieing, the photo’s called a selfie, and I’m just putting it on twitter, and I snapchatted it, instagramed it, and put it as my status on facebook.

GEORGE
Those words aren’t words. Can we bowl now?

Charlie sits in one of the seats and continues to play with her phone, she doesn’t take her eyes off it.

CHARLIE
Oh that’s alright, I don’t feel like bowling. You go ahead.

GEORGE
Excuse me? I didn’t bring you here so you could twitter on your phone. We’re here to bowl.

CHARLIE
Yeah but I don’t really like bowling.

GEORGE
How would you know, you haven’t even bowled yet!

CHARLIE
Yeah, naugh, I’m just going to play with my phone.

George snatches the phone off Charlie and puts a bowling ball into her lap.

CHARLIE (CONT’D)
Hey!

GEORGE
Today is your Grandpa day which means you have to do what Grandpa wants to do, and Grandpa wants to bowl. You can have this back after we finish a game, I’ll even let you take a selfie of me.

CHARLIE
Ughh, fine.

GEORGE
Good, you’re first up.

Charlie grumpily walks over to stand in front of the lane. She positions herself in front of it and starts to swing the ball back and forth in both hands.

GEORGE (CONT’D)
What are you doing?

CHARLIE
I’m bowling, like you wanted me to.

GEORGE
I don’t know what you’re doing but it’s not bowling. Here, let me show you. See these holes?

CHARLIE
Yes.

GEORGE
They’re to put your fingers in.

George guides Charlie’s fingers into the holes and brings her other hand up to hold the ball underneath.

CHARLIE
Oh, I thought I just got a defective ball or something.

GEORGE
So you know how to selfie but you don’t know how to hold a bowling ball? Now what you want to do is take a few steps forward, swing your arm back and then guide the ball forward onto the lane.

He shows her the motions.

CHARLIE
It seems hard, I can’t do that.

GEORGE
I thought you were a bowling bitch?

CHARLIE
Ugh, alright.

Charlie repeats George’s movements and throws the ball down the lane. It rolls well and knocks over eight pins. Charlie jumps up and down, elated.

CHARLIE (CONT’D)
I did it, look how many I knocked over! I almost got all of them! Do I get another go?

MONTAGE: George and Charlie take turns bowling. George gets a spare and does a funny little dance much to Charlie’s amusement. Charlie really focuses on her turn and gets a strike. Charlie yells as George swings his ball, it shocks him and he throws it into the adjacent lane. Charlie picks up a spare and they high five.

Charlie once again holds out her phone to take a selfie, this time with George included in the photo.

GEORGE AND CHARLIE
(drawn out in the way people say cheese)
Bowling bitches!

The flash goes off.

Close up of Charlie’s phone, once again on her twitter page, the new photo has replaced the last one. Underneath is typed ‘Me and my Grandpa #bowlingbitches’.

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