Clean House

INT. HALLWAY/ KITCHEN – DAY

EVE (25) unlocks the front door and walks into the hallway.

EVE
Jake? You here?

She hears some noise coming from the kitchen and walks towards it.

EVE (CONT’D)
Hey mate, just wanted to see how you were going…

Eve’s words trail off as she enters the kitchen to see JAKE (26) under the sink. Around him are piles of kitchen ware, all emptied from the various cupboard and shelves.

EVE (CONT’D)
What’s going on here? Are you moving?

JAKE
No, just cleaning. Everything in this house is so dirty.

EVE
O-kay. Well I just came round to see how you were doing. Are you alright?

JAKE
Yeah, of course. I mean other than living in this constant filth.

EVE
Right, okay. Well what did your doctor have to say? Any news?

JAKE
I don’t know.

EVE
You don’t know? Why don’t you know? Didn’t you have an appointment yesterday?

JAKE
Oh I didn’t go to that.

EVE
What? Jake, why didn’t you go?

JAKE
I already told you, look at this house, it’s filthy! I cleaned it yesterday and it’s already filthy today!

Eve looks worried.

EVE
Okay, well, Jake, do you want to come out from under the sink?

JAKE
I can’t, it’s really dirty back here, I have to clean it.

EVE
Please can you just come out for a second, I’m trying to talk to you.

Jake crawls out from under the sink.

JAKE
What?

EVE
Are you sure everything’s okay?

JAKE
(agitated)
Yes, I told you, I’m just trying to clean. I’m just sick of this house always being dirty.

EVE
It looks pretty clean to me.

JAKE
No, you don’t get it! I clean and I clean but then it always gets dirty again. I have to keep cleaning, I can’t let it get dirty.

EVE
But that’s what houses do, they get dirty.

JAKE
WELL I DON’T WANT IT TO GET DIRTY.

Beat. Jake has tears in his eyes.

EVE
(softly)
Jake, no matter what you do this house will always get dirty. It’s inevitable. It happens to all of us, and no matter what any of us do our homes will never stay clean forever.

JAKE
But my house is still new. It shouldn’t be this dirty.

EVE
I know, and that sucks, big time. But you can’t just clean all day. What kind of living is that? If anything, a dirty house is just proof that you’re still living.

Jake thinks.

JAKE
I just don’t know what to do.

EVE
Well I do. We’re going to go visit your doctor real quick and then go make a mess somewhere. How does that sound?

Jake smiles.

JAKE
It sounds good.

Jake looks around.

JAKE (CONT’D)
What about all this?

EVE
Leave it. I think you’ve cleaned enough for one day.

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