Danny’s Way

INT. MELANIE’S BEDROOM – DAY

MELANIE (26, overdramatic) sits crying on her bed. SASHA (26, sentimental) sits beside her comforting her. Sasha’s boyfriend DANNY (27, forthright) sits uncomfortably on a beanbag amongst a number of cushions.

MELANIE
I just don’t know why he left!

SASHA
He doesn’t deserve you anyway. If he can’t see you for the beautiful person that you are well then he’s crazy.

MELANIE
I really thought he was the one you know. I mean we had been together for six months and I never even insulted his mother or made him chose between me or his dog like I have with other guys. We were perfect, I don’t get it.

SASHA
Hey it’s not about you, this is about him. He’s the one with the problem.

MELANIE
I just, I just wish he had given me a reason you know.

DANNY
Alright, enough of this.

Danny tries to stand but is trapped in the mass of cushions and beanbag. He struggles overly long then finally wrenches himself free and stands.

DANNY (CONT’D)
You really want to know why he left you?

MELANIE
Yes.

DANNY
He stopped loving you.

SASHA
DANNY!

DANNY
There’s only one reason anybody every leaves anybody else, and that’s because they stopped loving them.

SASHA
Danny, stay out of this you don’t know what your talking about.

MELANIE
No I want to hear him.

DANNY
Nobody ever gets a good reason why the other person broke up with them right? It’s always something like ‘I need to figure out who I am’ or ‘I feel like we’ve been drifting apart’, or ‘It doesn’t feel the same anymore’. No one ever wants to tell you the truth, which is at some point they stopped being in love with you.

SASHA
That’s ridiculous, people break up for all sorts of different reasons. Love is complicated.

DANNY
No it isn’t. Either you love someone or you don’t. But no one wants to tell someone that they no longer love them, it’s horrible. So they try to be nice and say it without actually saying it. But all it does is leave the other person confused and unable to get closure. It would be better if people were just honest and said I’m not in love with you, I think we should break up.

SASHA
You can’t really believe that. It’s also the last thing Melanie needs to hear.

MELANIE
No, it actually helps. He doesn’t love me. I mean it still hurts but at least I know it was nothing I did or that there’s anything I could do to get him back. I mean I could threaten his grandfather like I did with Dean, but that was only because I thought there was still a chance for us. If he doesn’t love me anymore I can just let him go. Thank you Danny.

SASHA
Well I think it’s bullshit. It’s not that simple. What if someone’s not sure if they’re in love? Or loves someone but isn’t sure if they want to be with them?

DANNY
That’s not how love works. If you love someone you’re willing to do anything not to give them up. End of story. That’s how I feel about you.

Sasha sits stunned.

MELANIE
Danny, that was beautiful.

Sasha walks over to Danny and gives him a big hug.

DANNY
I take that to mean you feel the same way. Great, now if you want to keep doing things the Danny way I suggest we got to the pub and drink away that hurt like normal people do.

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