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THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MORNING AFTER

By
Philip Giles
COPYRIGHT.©.philgiles2013
FADE IN.
INT. DAVE’S FRONT ROOM - EARLY MORNING
We move through the almost pristine room. A woman’s
high-heeled shoe is left just inside the door, it’s matching
partner rests a few feet away on a white rug. A gray blazer
is crumpled on the floor by the side of the leather sofa.
The sound of a ringing mobile phone can be heard coming from
another room.
We move over a pair of brown loathers and a brown leather
belt towards a partly opened door. The ringing mobile gets
louder the closer we get to the door.
The door swings open and we enter...
INT. DAVE’S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
A screwed up blue shirt prevents the door opening fully.
Draped over the metal footer of a double bed is a green
dress. A pair of jeans hang off a small armchair, a brown
sock is rolled up underneath the chair. The other brown sock
is on the foot that pokes out from under the duvet.
On a small bedside cabinet is the source of the ringing, the
phone’s LED flashes on and off.
DAVE (20’s) sits up, a black bra is somehow balanced on his
head with the strap covering his eyes. DAVE slides the bra
off of his forehead and rubs the sleep from his eyes. He
reaches for the phone and as he picks it up, it stops
ringing. He drops it on the floor and lays back down pulling
the duvet over his head.
The movement of the duvet reveals the blond hair of A WOMAN
laid next to him.
Title Card:
"THE NIGHT BEFORE"
INT. CLAIRE’S KITCHEN - EARLY EVENING
CLOSE ON: A Framed photograph of DAVE and a BLOND GIRL stood
underneath a palm tree in a loving clinch.
They look like the perfect couple.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 2.
NANCY (O.S)
Why are you letting it bother you
so much?
SARAH (O.S)
What? You think that’s a normal
reaction? Of course she should be
upset!
The BLOND GIRL from the photograph, CLAIRE (22), sits at a
wooden table idly picking at the label of an empty wine
bottle. She is wearing a dressing gown, a lock of blond hair
dangles down from under the towel wrapped around her head.
CLAIRE stares forwards, oblivious to NANCY (21) and SARAH
(24) who sit either side of her. NANCY and SARAH are both
dressed casually and are talking at her. Each of the women
has a glass of wine in front of them.
NANCY
So the guy’s got some insecurity
issues, show me a guy who hasn’t.
SARAH
So that excuses his reaction?
NANCY
I’m not saying that, but he’s a
bloke. He’s meant to be immature.
The door bell sounds and snaps CLAIRE out of her trance.
INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
NIGEL (21), a pizza delivery man, stands at a front door
dressed in a uniform; a cap and a polo shirt adorned with
matching logo’s.
The door opens and NANCY sticks her head out, looks NIGEL up
and down and then glances left and right before grabbing him
by his polo shirt and pulling him through the doorway.
The door slams shut behind NIGEL.
INT. PUB - EVENING
CLOSE ON: DAVE is so transfixed with something beyond the
screen that he hasn’t noticed that the sleeve of his blazer
is resting in a small puddle of beer.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.
CHRIS (O.S)
I can’t believe your going all
bunny boiler over some girl. You
should be out there spraying your
baby gravy about.
LEE (O.S)
What, like you? When’s the last
time you got laid? (Beat) Exactly!
DAVE’S POV: A YOUNG MAN and YOUNG WOMAN are sat, deep in
conversation, as a BARMAN arrives carrying a bottle of
something sparkling in a metal ice bucket. He clumsily puts
it on their table, knocking an open ring box on to the floor
which the YOUNG MAN bends down and picks up.
CHRIS (O.S)
I’m sorry, I forgot you’re happily
married. For all of five fucking
minutes.
The BARMAN pops the cork on the faux champagne, spraying the
YOUNG WOMAN with froth.
LEE (O.S)
I’ve been married six months and
yeah, I’m happy. What’s so wrong
with that?
The BARMAN frantically wipes at the YOUNG WOMAN’S white
dress with a dirty cloth.
CHRIS (O.S)
One bit of skirt for the rest of
your life. No way. I could not deal
with that shit.
The YOUNG MAN stands up and waves the BARMAN away.
DAVE lifts his pint glass and takes large swig. Sat either
side of him are CHRIS (21) and LEE (24)
DAVE
I could.
CHRIS is not impressed.
4.
INT. CLAIRE’S KITCHEN - EARLY EVENING
CLAIRE swirls the contents of her glass round. SARAH is
digging around in the fridge behind her.
NANCY (O.S)
Mine came with a free helping of
dessert.
SARAH looks up from the fridge, she is holding a jar of
mayo. She glances at CLAIRE who returns the favour and then
they both look to the kitchen doorway.
NIGEL stumbles into the kitchen swiftly followed by NANCY,
now wearing NIGEL’S cap.
NIGEL
Hello ladies I’m...
NANCY
... Girl’s meet my new friend
Nudger...
NIGEL
... Nigel. My name’s Nigel.
NANCY
Yeah, course it is sweetheart. Sit
yourself down.
NANCY pulls out a chair from the table and pushes NIGEL on
to it.
SARAH
What the...
CLAIRE cuts SARAH off with a look.
INT. CLAIRE’S KITCHEN - LATER
CLOSE ON: NIGEL’S thumbs typing out his mobile number in to
a ’blinged-up’ smart phone.
CLAIRE nurses her wine glass.
SARAH lifts a slice of pizza out of the box, inspects it,
and then glares at NANCY whilst picking of the olives.
NANCY sits on NIGEL’S lap whispering in to his ear.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 5.
NIGEL
Here you go.
NANCY takes the smart phone from NIGEL.
NANCY
Maybe I’ll call you later.
NIGEL
You should, I’ll make it worth your
while.
SARAH
What with? A free meat feast?
CLAIRE laughs, choking on her wine before spitting it on to
the table.
SARAH
Oh God, I didn’t mean it like that.
NANCY winks at SARAH.
NANCY
As long as it’s a twelve inch.
NIGEL
I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
CLOSE ON: NANCY’S hand as it slides up NIGEL’S inner thigh.
NANCY (CONT’D)
No? (Beat) And the dough balls
aren’t bad either.
SARAH looks away as NANCY licks her lips.
NIGEL
I best be off. I’ll see you later.
NANCY reluctantly gets up off of his lap.
A blushing NIGEL takes his hat from NANCY’S head,
strategically placing it over his crotch and leaves the room
in a hurry. NANCY’S eyes follow him all the way.
NANCY
A thing of beauty.
SARAH
Is there no-one you won’t hit on?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 6.
NANCY
Course, but not if they’ve got an
ass like that. And you can be sure
I ain’t gonna give a toss how he
feels about me in the morning.
CLAIRE puts her glass on the table and walks over to the
fridge.
NANCY
What? I’m not sorry, I’m out for
some harmless fun and besides
I’m... (To Claire)
... Actually we’re both too young
to get hung up on some bloke.
SARAH glares at NANCY.
NANCY (CONT’D)
What?
INT. PUB - EVENING
More empty glasses have accumulated on the table in front
DAVE, LEE and CHRIS.
CHRIS
You can say that stuff to your
misses, you’ve been together
forever? That’s not something you
need to be saying after a few
months though.
LEE
(To Chris)
You’re stuck in the dark ages.
CHRIS laughs.
LEE (CONT’D)
(To Dave)
If that’s the way you feel you
should tell her.
CHRIS
That’s some weak ass shit, forget
about her and let’s get on it.
Tonight we’ll find you someone a
little more, up for it.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 7.
LEE
It ain’t all about getting notches
on your bedpost, some of us have to
feel something for the girl before
we can jump in the sack.
CHRIS
Bullshit, you got a pulse and a
dick?
LEE glances at DAVE, then back to CHRIS.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
Then you’re built for one thing,
and that’s going balls deep my
friend.
CHRIS stands and thrust his pelvis back and forth in front
on LEE’S face.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
You’re just too loved up to see it.
A BARMAN puts a tray of glasses on the table and hands out
the glasses so they each have a pint and a shot in front of
them.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
Get this down you and later on
you’ll be wading through so much
fanny, you’ll need your wellies.
CHRIS holds up his hand for a high five, both DAVE and LEE
ignore him. The BARMAN high fives CHRIS. All three of them
look up at the smiling BARMAN.
BARMAN
Sorry, I didn’t want to leave you
hanging.
CHRIS
Well you can jog on now mate.
DAVE
Excuse our friend...
LEE
... He’s sexually frustrated!
BARMAN
Not surprising really.
The BARMAN laughs as places the empty glasses on the tray
and walks away.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 8.
DAVE’S gaze returns to the YOUNG MAN and YOUNG WOMAN. LEE
notices DAVE’S attention is elsewhere and turns to look at
what DAVE is staring at.
CHRIS
What’d he mean by that?
LEE’S POV: The YOUNG MAN and YOUNG WOMAN are so transfixed
with each other, it’s as though they are the only people in
the room.
CHRIS (O.S) (CONT’D)
Cheeky bastard, I ain’t got no
problems with the ladies.
Neither DAVE or LEE acknowledge CHRIS as they both stare at
the YOUNG COUPLE.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
Twat! The only person he’s pulling
is himself.
CHRIS turns to see what the they are staring at.
CHRIS’S POV: The YOUNG MAN and YOUNG are holding hands in
the centre of the table.
CHRIS (O.S)
Oh fuck me.
INT. CLAIRE’S KITCHEN - EVENING
There are now two empty wine bottles on the table in front
of the girls and NANCY is looking pretty flushed.
SARAH
(To Nancy)
Have you never had feelings for any
of the men you’ve been with?
NANCY
Firstly, you said that as if I’ve
been with loads of blokes. For the
record, I haven’t. And second, the
only feeling I want when I’m with a
guy is the kind the starts between
your legs and sends a tingling
sensation through the rest of your
body. (Beat) Mind you, that hasn’t
happened with a guy since Gary
Knight finger banged me at Amy
Walters’ sixteenth.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 9.
SARAH
Oh Jesus.
NANCY
(To herself)
That boy had some stunning finger
skills. Somewhere out there is one
happy lady with a permanent smile
etched on her face.
CLAIRE
Seriously?
SARAH
Seriously!
NANCY
Not me though. Naught, nada, zip.
Just anti-climax after... Well you
get the point. In my experience
drunken shags generally end
disappointingly, two pumps and a
squirt followed by the tramp walk
in the morning.
SARAH
And we’re back on to you again.
NANCY
You asked me the question, I’m
just... What d’ya mean back on to
me?
CLAIRE downs her glass of wine.
SARAH
We’re supposed to be here to
support Claire and somehow the
conversation has...
CLAIRE
... Leave it, it’s fine...
SARAH
... No, she needs to realise the
world doesn’t revolve around her.
CLAIRE’S gaze returns to the framed photo.
10.
INT. PUB - NIGHT
More empty glass are on the table.
CHRIS
Now I know you guys are aware that
only ten percent of woman cum
during sex...
LEE
... Not sure that’s true but go on
oh wise one, enlighten us.
CHRIS
Thank you I will.
CHRIS leans over the table.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
I have never failed to pleasure a
woman, never, one hundred percent
success rate.
DAVE and LEE break into laughter.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
Laugh all you want, but I’ve got my
technique down and it works.
DAVE
Come on then Colonel Saunders,
what’s the secret ingredient?
Laughter ensues.
The BARMAN returns to the table to collect the empty
glasses.
BARMAN
What’s so funny guys?
LEE
Our friend here is just about to
impart some ancient sexual
techniques that would make
Casanova’s eyes water.
CHRIS
Fuck you, you don’t need to hear
this. You’re married, your sex
life’s all but over.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 11.
DAVE
Come on, I’m dying to get a load of
this.
CUT TO.
INT. PUB - A FEW MOMENTS LATER.
DAVE, LEE and the BARMAN share a look of astonishment.
DAVE
That works?
CHRIS
Hell yeah, they go bat-crap crazy
for it.
LEE AND BARMAN
Bullshit...
LEE
... Logistically that’s gotta be...
BARMAN
... Impossible.
CHRIS
No. Seriously, this one girl was so
into it she starts grunting like
that Russian bird, you know the
tennis player.
LEE
You’re so full of it.
INT. CLAIRE’S KITCHEN - NIGHT
SARAH fills CLAIRE’S empty glass and then her own before
placing the bottle on the table. NANCY picks up the wine
bottle and fills her empty glass.
CLAIRE
(To Nancy)
That was a bit much.
NANCY
Me, what about her? (Beat) So
because I didn’t meet the man of my
dreams in freshers week, what? I’m
now some pathetic desperate slapper
looking for any bloke that’ll have
me.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 12.
SARAH
No, the fact you’re treating every
weekend like you’re still a fresher
smacks of desperation. You’re
kidding yourself if think you’re
happy doing what...
A ringing phone cuts SARAH off.
CLAIRE answers the phone.
CLAIRE
(Phone)
Hello... Oh, what do’ya want?
SARAH and NANCY stare up at CLAIRE as she stands.
CLAIRE (CONT’D)
(Phone)
No, now’s not a good time, why are
you calling me anyway?
CLAIRE places her hand over the mobile’s microphone, mouths
the word ’Dan’ and exits the kitchen.
NANCY and SARAH share a look of concern.
INT. PUB - NIGHT
There is a row of empty shot glasses in the centre of the
table. DAVE and CHRIS watch LEE idly stack them up to form a
small pyramid.
CHRIS
What’s wrong with you? Sex is sex
is sex. It doesn’t have to be
complicated.
LEE
Love isn’t complicated.
CHRIS shakes his head.
DAVE
No, he’s right. There’s nothing as
complex as love.
CHRIS
Oh don’t you start as well. I’m not
talking about love, marriage and
the whole two point four children
rubbish. Put that white picket
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(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 13.
CHRIS (cont’d)
fence bullshit out of your head for
minute and just let the concept of
meaningless sex wash over you.
CHRIS stares at DAVE.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
Yes, you get it.
DAVE
I don’t really have a problem with
meaningless sex, it’s just...
CHRIS
... What? Don’t give me any of that
guilty conscience bollocks, girls
do it as well you know. In fact I
reckon they’re at that shit more
than us.
Something off screen grabs CHRIS’S attention.
LEE
Everyone’s at it more than you ’Don
Juan’.
CHRIS
Fine, whatever. But you can’t tell
me that when you go to sleep
tonight you won’t be thinking
about...
A beautiful BLOND WOMAN (19) walks past the table.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
... What she looks like naked, if
only for a minute.
LEE places a shot glass on top of the pyramid, knocking them
all over as his gaze turns to the BLOND WOMAN.
The eyes of all three men are firmly locked on the BLOND
WOMAN as she saunters past the table wearing a green dress.
CHRIS stands up, and straightens his shirt collar.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
Here beginneth the lesson.
14.
INT. CLAIRE’S BEDROOM - NIGHT
CLAIRE is laid on her bed holding her mobile phone to her
ear.
CLAIRE
You can’t really expect me to just
forget what happened?
She pulls the phone away from her ear and shakes her head. A
muffled male voice can be heard.
CLAIRE
That was then Dan, and thanks to
you things are different now.
SPLIT SCREEN: DAN, 20’s, stands at a sink in a restaurant
gents toilet. he’s smartly dressed but he has tomato sauce
on his shirt collar.
DAN
Things are different. I’m
different.
CLAIRE
It’s been ages. I’ve moved on. I’m
not interested.
DAN
I haven’t.
CLAIRE
You seemed to be doing okay when I
walked in on you and your boss.
DAN
It never meant anything. (Beat)
Meet me for a drink later, no
strings, just a chat.
DAN runs his hand through his hair, pulling a string of
spaghetti from his locks, examining it for a beat and then
flicking it away.
CLAIRE
I can’t, I’m out with the girls
tonight.
DAN
Just one drink.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 15.
CLAIRE
I don’t know.
DAN turns on the tap, wetting some tissue and dabs at the
tomato sauce stain on his collar.
DAN
I heard you and Dave split up so...
CLAIRE
... That’s got nothing to do with
you. Wait, is that what this is?
You think I’m vulnerable. A soft
touch. I’m not gonna be some kinda
booty call. There’s no way you’re
gonna weasel you way back into my
bed Dan.
The stain on his collar is getting worse the more dabs at
it. He throws the tissue into the sink.
DAN
I know. I’m not expecting anything
like that. I just want to tell you
I’m sorry and try and make it up to
you.
Claire sits up.
DAN (CONT’D)
Baby, I was a dick before but I
want to put it right.
INT. PUB - NIGHT
DAVE and LEE sit at the table staring over at CHRIS talking
to JADE.
LEE
You know you should ignore this guy
right? I’m so glad I don’t have to
play the games anymore. All that
thrill of the chase rubbish. I’ve
found someone I love and...
CUT TO.
16.
INT. CLAIRE’S KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
NANCY and SARAH sit at the table.
SARAH
... Who loves me. It’s like we were
meant to be together and I can’t
imagine being with anyone else. I
wish you’d be honest with yourself
and admit that deep down you
want...
CUT TO.
INT. PUB - CONTINUOUS
DAVE and LEE same.
LEE
... What we’ve got. Maybe she’s the
one, maybe she’s not, but going out
every weekend searching for
meaningless sex isn’t going to...
CUT TO.
INT. CLAIRE’S KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
NANCY and SARAH same.
SARAH
... Help you find that special
someone.
INT. CLAIRE’S BEDROOM - LATER
CLAIRE sits on her bed, she’s still on the phone.
CLAIRE
I’ll see, I can’t just abandon
them.
The bedroom door swings open, SARAH and NANCY enter.
NANCY
Hang up now!
SARAH takes the phone from CLAIRE and hangs up the call.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 17.
SARAH
It’s for your own good, the guy was
a...
NANCY
... Complete and utter bell end!
INT. PUB - NIGHT
DAVE and LEE are alone at the table.
DAVE
Are we really going to sit in here
all night?
LEE
Maybe we should drink these and
head on somewhere else.
DAVE
Amen to that.
CHRIS joins them.
LEE
We’re thinking of heading on
somewhere else after these.
CHRIS
There’s no point hitting the clubs
yet, it’s too early. (Beat) You not
going to ask me how I got on?
LEE
How about we go to a pub that’s a
bit livelier? It’s like a morgue in
here.
DAVE
Plus there’d be some ’skirt’ for
you to look at. You could show us
some of your Mac Daddy moves.
CHRIS
Boys, boys, boys. Pubs are where
the ladies go to drink away their
inhibitions, so when we see them
later in the clubs they’re a lot
more receptive to our charms.
Besides, who says I haven’t already
sorted out a partner for tonights
no pants dance?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 18.
DAVE
She didn’t even wait to hear your
name before she rejected you.
LEE
No amount of alcohol is going make
any girl, especially one that hot,
excited at the prospect of hoping
into bed with you.
INT. CLAIRE’S BEDROOM - NIGHT
CLAIRE sits at a dressing table, still wearing her dressing
gown, straightening her hair. NANCY stands in front of a
mirrored wardrobe door adjusting her black dress and
drinking from her wine glass. SARAH, now wearing a white
dress, sits on the bed flicking through a magazine.
NANCY
You seriously telling me that
you’ve never had a one night stand?
SARAH
No of course not.
NANCY
(To Sarah)
Of course you haven’t.
SARAH turns a page in the magazine a bit too violently and
tears it out.
NANCY (CONT’D)
(To Claire)
I bet you have though?
CLAIRE
Yeah, kind of. But...
NANCY
... But what? You can’t tell me you
didn’t feel just the smallest tinge
of excitement?
CLAIRE
Well it was kind of...
SARAH tosses the magazine on the bed, stands up and walks
out of the room.
19.
INT. CLAIRE’S FRONT ROOM - CONTINUOUS
SARAH stands listening at the bedroom door.
CLAIRE (O.S)
... A disaster from start to
finish. When we were at uni, I went
out with some friends, got very
drunk and I met this guy and...
NANCY (O.S)
... Was he fit?
CLAIRE (O.S)
Yeah, I think so, I pretty
hammered. Anyway, we ended up back
at his place and we were kissing
and stuff and then...
NANCY (O.S)
... You dirty bitch. Was he any
good?
SARAH’S head drops.
INT. CLAIRE’S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
CLAIRE sits at the dressing table straightening her hair.
NANCY stands behind her staring at CLAIRE’S reflection in
the mirror.
CLAIRE
That’s just it, I wasn’t really
into it.
NANCY
Really?
CLAIRE puts the straighteners down and turns to face NANCY.
CLAIRE
No, not that it mattered. About
quarter of an hour after we got to
his place this girl turns up, she’s
wasted, big time. Before I know
what’s happening we’re in the back
of a taxi with the girl and some
her friends going to some house
party. To cut a long story short,
he goes off with drunk girl and I’m
left talking to a couple of art
students about how Tracy Emin’s ’My
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(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 20.
CLAIRE (cont’d)
Bed’ illustrates how she’s as
insecure and imperfect as the rest
of us.
NANCY
That’s the skanky bed with the
dirty knickers and period stains?
CLAIRE nods and turns back to face the mirror.
NANCY
Oh that’s so wrong.
CLAIRE
It was a lucky escape. I’d have
only woke in the morning and
regretted it.
NANCY
No I meant the the Emin thing
but... Maybe we should give
’Nudger’ a call and see if he can
put a smile on your face.
INT. PUB - NIGHT
DAVE leans against the bar, two full shot glasses in front
of him. The portly BARMAN is pouring a third shot.
DAVE
How soon is too early though?
BARMAN
That, fella, is the age old
question that has plagued men since
the dawning of time. But, there is
an answer.
DAVE
What’s that then?
The BARMAN places the bottle down next to the shot glasses
and leans over the bar, closer to DAVE.
BARMAN
You’ve just gotta go with your gut.
If it’s right, then it’s right, but
you’ll never know unless you try.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 21.
DAVE
Great, you’re a real fountain of
knowledge. (Beat) It’s too late
now, besides...
The GIRL in the green dress walks over to the bar and stands
near DAVE.
GIRL
...What’s too late?
DAVE glances at the GIRL and quickly turns away.
BARMAN
The gentleman was asking when’s the
right time...
DAVE glares at the BARMAN.
BARMAN
... I’ll let him explain.
The BARMAN places the full shot glasses on a tray next to
three pints of lager.
DAVE
It’s nothing really. (Beat) You
here alone?
GIRL
Yeah, a couple of friends were
going to meet me her but they’ve
been held up at another bar.
DAVE
Listen I’m sorry about my friend
earlier, no doubt he said something
completely inappropriate?
GIRL
He was original, I’ll give him
that, but to be honest I’ve heard
better.
DAVE
What did he say then?
GIRL
Well it started with the usual
hello, my name’s blah blah. Oh,
Jade by the way, my name.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 22.
DAVE
Hi, I’m Dave.
CUT TO.
INT. PUB - EARLIER
The BARMAN wipes beer spillage from the bar with a cloth.
JADE (O.S)
I have a boyfriend.
The BARMAN rings the cloth out into a bucket.
CHRIS (O.S)
I went to the zoo on a school trip
when I was twelve.
The BARMAN neatly places a towel beer mat down on the bar.
JADE (O.S)
Excuse me?
CHRIS (O.S)
Sorry, I thought we were sharing
pointless shit.
The BARMAN throws the cloth into the bucket.
CUT TO.
INT. PUB - LATER
DAVE and JADE are stood at the bar.
DAVE
He’s a total plank.
JADE
That’s two I’ve met tonight.
DAVE picks up the tray of drinks.
JADE (CONT’D)
Sorry I didn’t mean you. I had
dinner with some lecherous jerk
earlier on.
DAVE
Sounds like fun.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 23.
JADE
It was when I threw my plate of
spaghetti in his face. Anyway I
better go rescue my friends before
they do something stupid. We’re off
to Reflex later. Maybe I’ll see you
there?
LEE comes up behind DAVE and slaps him on the shoulder,
startling him.
CHRIS
Hurry up with the drinks soppy
bollocks.
The smash of a glass hitting the floor sounds from behind
CHRIS. He turns, the YOUNG WOMAN is on her feet, her glass
is broken next to her feet. The YOUNG MAN is still in his
seat; he is looking up at her.
YOUNG WOMAN
I can’t do this. I’ve only just
graduated from uni. I want to go
traveling and see the world and
then I want to concentrate on a
career. You talk about marriage and
starting a family but we’re both
far too young for that, I certainly
am. Don’t you want to try new
things? See new places? Before you
settle, I do. I love you but I
can’t do this.
The YOUNG MAN opens his mouth to respond but no words come
out.
YOUNG WOMAN removes the ring from her finger and places it
on the table next to the ring box.
YOUNG WOMAN
Here’s your ring back. I’ve... I
need to go.
The YOUNG WOMAN runs to the exit, glances over her shoulder
long enough to the YOUNG MAN’S head drop, and then walks out
of the door.
CHRIS
The game is afoot.
As CHRIS makes for the door DAVE grabs his arm.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 24.
DAVE
What d’ya you’re doing?
CHRIS
You heard her, she wants to try new
things.
CHRIS shrugs himself loose from DAVE’S grip and rushes out
of the pub as DAVE and JADE watch on open mouthed.
JADE
Does that guy have no boundaries?
DAVE
Afraid not.
The BARMAN walks past DAVE carrying a dustpan and brush.
BARMAN
(To Dave)
I reckon that was too early.
The BARMAN sweeps up the broken glass avoiding eye contact
with the YOUNG MAN.
CHRIS enters the bar and walks over to DAVE and JADE. He has
a fresh hand print on his cheek, it’s glowing red.
JADE
(To Chris)
I guess she wasn’t as ready as you
thought.
CHRIS rubs his cheek.
JADE (CONT’D)
(To Dave)
Maybe I’ll see you later?
As JADE walks past DAVE their eyes meet.
CLOSE ON: Alternating between DAVE’S and the GIRL’S eyes.
CHRIS (V.O)
Wow, the way she looked at you man,
that’s ’maf’ mate.
CUT TO.
25.
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
DAVE, LEE and CHRIS walk down the quiet street, strutting as
though are in a Tarantino movie.
LEE
What the hell does algebra have to
do with chatting up a girl.
CHRIS
Not maths, ’maf’. M. A. F.
LEE
What the hell is maf?
CHRIS
It’s a ’mutually assured fuck’.
DAVE
Now you’re talking shit.
LEE
Wait. This is the point in which
you’ve decided, that he is actually
talking shit.
CHRIS
She gave you that look, and she
sure as fuck won’t care if you love
her in the morning.
CHRIS puts his around DAVE’S shoulder.
DAVE
She was just being friendly.
CHRIS
Keep telling yourself that.
Seriously you need to forget
about... God I can’t even remember
her name that’s how forgotten about
she is.
LEE
It’s Claire.
CHRIS
Shut up. When we get to the club,
hopefully that girl will be there.
If not, follow my lead and we’ll
see if we can hook you up with
someone who won’t be expecting a
second date.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 26.
DAVE shrugs CHRIS’ arm from his shoulder.
DAVE
I told her I loved her, she didn’t
say it back.
CHRIS throws his arm round DAVE’S shoulder again.
CHRIS
What, the girl at the bar?
LEE wipes the smile of CHRIS’ face with a look.
CHRIS (CONT’D)
We’ve got to get you laid.
The three men walk up the street.
INT. CLAIRE’S BEDROOM - NIGHT
NANCY adjusts her cleavage in the mirror. SARAH is reading
the magazine on the bed. CLAIRE, still in her dressing gown,
stands holding up two dresses, one blue and one red.
CLAIRE
So which one do you think?
NANCY
The red one looks quite slutty, I
approve.
CLAIRE
It’s too slutty, the blue one.
NANCY
No way, she’s not going to midnight
mass. Let’s see what else you got.
SARAH’S mobile beeps out an annoying tune, she looks at the
screen.
SARAH
It’s Lee, he says they’re off to
Reflex.
NANCY
We’ll be giving that place a wide
birth then.
NANCY fingers her way through the hangers in the wardrobe,
her hand stopping on a green dress.
Title Card:
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 27.
"THE MORNING AFTER"
INT. CLAIRE’S FRONT ROOM - EARLY MORNING
SARAH sleeps on the sofa. Sex noises can be heard from
another room.
SARAH sits up, awoken by a loud groan.
SARAH
On my God.
The groans are getting quicker and louder.
SARAH
Please let it stop.
SARAH lies back down and puts a pillow over her head. SARAH
takes the pillow away from her ears and looks up to the
ceiling.
SARAH
Thank you.
Heavy footsteps can be heard coming from the other room,
each step getting louder.
The sound of a door opening echoes around the silent room.
SARAH’S POV as she closes her eyes. The footsteps get louder
and then quieter again which is followed by the sound of a
door closing.
Still from SARAH’S POV as she opens her eyes and creeps to a
door that is ajar. The sound of urinating can faintly be
heard in the background.
Looking through the gap between door and door frame a black
dress is draped over the end of the Claire’s bed. A blond
haired WOMAN is laid in the bed facing away us. The sound of
the toilet flushing snaps us out of SARAH’S POV.
SARAH swiftly tiptoes across to the sofa, diving on it and
pulling the duvet over her as the bathroom door opens.
SARAH sits up just before the toilet-goer reaches the door
and braves a look over the back the sofa. NIGEL enters the
bedroom.
SARAH
Holy Shit.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 28.
SARAH fumbles under the sofa and pulls out her mobile phone
and swiftly thumbs through her contact list, finding NANCY’S
name as she lays back on the sofa. Her thumb hovers over the
call button for a beat.
NANCY appears over the back of the sofa and startles SARAH.
NANCY’S messed up hair makes her look as though she has
literally been drag through a hedge backwards.
NANCY
Morning nosy.
SARAH
Morning noisy. Shit, for a minute
there I thought that was Claire in
there. (Beat) Really? The pizza
boy?
NANCY
What?
SARAH
Are you going to see him again?
NANCY
Hell no he delivers pizzas for a
living, although he has restored my
faith in men-kind...
SARAH
...So I heard...
NANCY
...Twice.
SARAH
Hang on, if you’re in there...
SARAH AND NANCY
... Where’s Claire?
INT. DAVE’S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
The blond WOMAN and DAVE are in bed where we left them.
DAVE’S mobile is ringing again. DAVE’S arm emerges from the
duvet and picks up his phone, hitting the answer button
simultaneously.
DAVE
(Muffled by the pillow)
What?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 29.
CHRIS (O.S)
You ain’t gonna believe this.
DAVE
Can’t it wait?
CHRIS (O.S)
Not really. I’m sending you a
picture, call me back in five.
DAVE drops the phone onto the duvet.
The WOMAN roles over to face DAVE, it’s CLAIRE.
CLAIRE
Who keeps calling you?
DAVE
It’s just Chris he wants to show
me...
DAVE’S phone beeps, picture message received, he picks it up
and opens the message.
DAVE
What the...? How?
CLAIRE sits up and looks at DAVE’S phone.
CLAIRE
Who’s that?
DAVE
Chris.
CLAIRE
I know that. I meant who’s the
girl?
CLAIRE snatches the phone from DAVE.
CLAIRE (CONT’D)
She’s cute!
DAVE
(To himself)
I guess she was ready to try
something new.
Beat.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 30.
DAVE (CONT’D)
I wonder how much he had to pay
her.
They both laugh.
DAVE
I’m sorry I overreacted, it’s just,
I didn’t know...
CLAIRE puts her finger to DAVE’S lips.
CLAIRE
... Shut up.
CLAIRE kisses DAVE tenderly and then pulls away slightly.
CLAIRE (CONT’D)
I love you.
CLAIRE kisses DAVE, this time with more passion.
FADE OUT.

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