Presto Pest-Go – Scene 9

This scene is part of a pilot episode for a sitcom that I wrote as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the episode.

EXT. ANNIE’S BACKYARD – DAY

Annie stands beside her house, Prabir stands beside her. Steve is on his knees as he unscrews one of the base boards.

ANNIE
I think it might be mice or maybe a possum but it’s been making a lot of noise.

STEVE
Could be a rat.

ANNIE
(panicked)
Oh no, really?

STEVE
Don’t worry Annie, just stand way back, Steve will take care of it. You too Prabir, no rat hunting for you today.

Steve gives Prabir a wink. Prabir winks back. Steve pulls off the base board.

ANNIE
You’re a life saver Steve.

STEVE
Well I am your knight my lady, and this-

Steve holds up a torch.

STEVE (CONT’D)
-is my sword.

Steve poses heroically from his kneeled position then drops himself flat on his chest into the dirt and scurries very un-heroically under the house.

ANNIE
Do you see anything?

STEVE
Not yet, oh hold on I think I heard something. Yes I see movement, OH DAMN.

Bangs and scuffs are heard from under the house as Steve attempts to scurry backwards. His feet pop out from the bottom the hole but he has trouble moving backwards through it.

STEVE (CONT’D)
PRABIR, PULL ME OUT.

PRABIR
What?

STEVE
PULL ME OUT!

Prabir runs over to Steve’s feet and grabs his left leg. He pulls out it and Steve’s boot pops off.

STEVE (CONT’D)
Did you just pull my boot off? Get me out of here!

Prabir grabs his leg again and starts to pull but he’s not strong enough. Annie grabs Steve’s other leg and together they pull him out. Steve rushes back covered in dirt. Annie looks under the house to see a giant ginger cat.

ANNIE
A cat?

STEVE
I’m allergic.

ANNIE
Well my knight, what happens now?

Steve looks over to Prabir. Annie does the same. Prabir looks back in shock and swallows.

Prabir looks under the house, the cat hisses and swipes a claw out at him.

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