PART THREE - RALPH BUILDS A MODEL SAILBOAT FOR LLOYD INTERIOR. WOODSHOP. LATE NIGHT. WINTER.

A SHOPKEEPER is working alone carving a duck decoy. The form is tangible but it is unfinished. RALPH enters the woodshop and blustery snow comes in causing the SHOPKEEPER to look up from his work. RALPH enters with snow covering him and a block of wood in his hands. The same block he took from Overton. Hi, how are you? SHOPKEEP (stopping to gauge his sight) Hello, what can I do for you? RALPH (still holding the block of wood) Well, I’m hoping you can help me out with something. SHOPKEEP (suspiciously) Well, that depends on what it is, now doesn’t it? RALPH (trying not to drop the block of wood) Well, I was hoping you wouldn’t mind if I left this block of wood here for awhile. SHOPKEEP (begins to approach Ralph) Sure, you can put it in the woodpile and I promise, it’ll be the last piece I burn this winter. RALPH (looking horrified)

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No, I think you misunderstood me, I’m hoping I can spend a little bit of time here with this here block of wood, I’d like to make something of it. SHOPKEEP (coyly now) Well, you could make yourself a pretty good size goose decoy with a block of pine that size, why don’t you put it down and let’s see what your options are? RALPH showing relief, the block falls close to his toes, so he reacts by jumping up and down, howling. The SHOPKEEP is horrified and begins to act, when Ralph stops and smiles broadly. RALPH I’m Ralph. You like to duck hunt? CLOSE SCENE There are intermittent scenes of the model sailboat slowly emerging. Ralph even heats up some lead and builds a keel for the boat. He is helped by the SHOPKEEP.

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