Mitosis – Act 1, Scene 9

This scene is part of the first draft of a screenplay I’ve written as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the story. Happy reading.

INT. PLANE – DAY (LATER)

The plane now sails smoothly through the sky. The obese woman pulls out a book and begins to read. Next to Daniel the old man is already asleep.

Daniel ungrips his hand from the arm rest and pushes a button above him to bring over the stewardess.

She approaches him and bends down to talk to him.

Daniel leans over the sleeping old man and whispers.

DANIEL
Did you find me another seat?

STEWARDESS
I’m sorry sir the plane is fully booked and all passengers have bordered. You’ll have to stay in that seat.

DANIEL
Is there nothing you can do? It was bad enough when I had the stinky porker behind me, but now I have this…walking corpse as well. He looks like he could die at any minute. What am I supposed to do if that happens?

STEWARDESS
I understand but I’m afraid there’s really nothing I can do, you’ll just have to sit tight for the next 17 hours.

The stewardess walks on and Daniel sits back in his seat. To his left the obese woman repositions her self in her seat to get more comfortable, jolting Daniel with every movement as she does so. To Daniels right the old man lets out a loud sucking snore.

Daniel looks at the old man, waiting for his exhale. He is very pale and could well be a corpse.

Beat.

Beat.

Beat.

With a groan the old man finally lets out his breath.

Daniel sighs in relief and sits forward with a look like he’s about to cry.

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