Dream of Gloom (excerpt)

INT. RECORDING STUDIO-DAY

Joanne sings before a microphone while a man (music producer) sits watching her:

VERSE 1

Life is not a wall to lean on, or is it a bed to lie on,

‘Cos just like a rose though classy it seems like hell it feels on the skin,

But when it pricks you, though you may bleed,

You wouldn’t die if you’re truly human.

 

VERSE 2

Trouble may be closing on you; and pain a step beside you,

But a glance before you though brief it may be, can save your soul from the pit,

‘Cos when you look up, though you may blink,

You wouldn’t cry if you have faith.

 

MUSIC PRODUCER

(clapping hands)

Excellent, simply exquisite.

 

JOANNE

Thanks I like it too. I had it while bathing yester night.

 

 

MUSIC PRODUCER

That’s interesting. Justina would be happy to hear it.

 

JOANNE

What? You mean Justina Miller would be singing this song?

 

MUSIC PRODUCER

Of course, it’s a hit and that’s what every singer needs.

 

JOANNE

(giggles)

Oh God, I can’t believe this. When did you meet her?

 

MUSIC PRODUCER

Long before I met you.

 

MUSIC PRODUCER

You want to meet her before the launch?

 

JOANNE

(smiling at him while standing at the exit)

No but thanks. I’m leaving now.

 

MUSIC PRODUCER

Alright see you later.

 

JOANNE

(exits room)

Bye.

 

 

EXT.STREET-CONTINUE

Joanne stops a taxi and enters it, sitting beside the driver. On the way she chats with him about his faith.

 

CAB DRIVER

Where to?

 

JOANNE

Harvey street.

 

CAB DRIVER

(says and puts in a Reggae music CD)

Okay.

 

JOANNE

Reggae music.

 

CAB DRIVER

(glances at her)

You like it?

 

JOANNE

Well a bit because, it mostly talks wisdom. But I prefer to listen to sometime Christian.

 

JOANNE

I’m Joanne. What about you?

 

CAB DRIVER

Timothy but call me Timo. My dad’s a pastor, he gave me the name. However, I no longer visit church. My business takes all the time.

 

JOANNE

Oh. But you acknowledge the fact that God protects you don’t you?

 

CAB DRIVER

I do. But times are hard sister, I can’t spend all day at church I need to eat.

 

JOANNE

So how do you thank God for his unparalleled care?

 

CAB DRIVER

(chuckles)

I pray sometimes in the mornings. I forget during the evenings and afternoons.

 

JOANNE

Timo I think you should show more appreciation towards God. What if in your haste to make money something happens and you end up in hospital for years? I bet you’d be crying for his healing all day.

 

CAB DRIVER

I know. I’d change.

 

JOANNE

When?

CAB DRIVER

Where do you church? You could invite me coming Sunday.

 

JOANNE

What about your father’s church?

 

CAB DRIVER

I don’t know if he would be happy to see me. I’m more of an outcast there.

 

JOANNE

Don’t say that please. I’d go there with you on Sunday. Pick me up here at 7.

 

CAB DRIVER

(looking at her, smiles softly)

Okay. I’ll.

 

JOANNE

(steps down from car)

God be with you Timo bye.

 

CAB DRIVER

You too bye.

 

 

INT. JOANNE’S HOME-KITCHEN-CONTINUE

It’s 5pm. Joanne picks some food from the fridge and warms it on the stove then sits at the dinning table there and eats. 10 minutes later, her phone rings and she answers after a minute.

 

JOANNE

Hello Jessica!

 

JESSICA(O.S)

Hi angel. Are you busy at the moment?

 

JOANNE

Yes, I’m eating. I just returned from the studio.

 

JESSICA

Oh I see. Then let’s meet tomorrow for lunch at the restaurant I have some news for you.

 

JOANNE

Our own restaurant you mean?

 

JESSICA

Yes!

 

JOANNE

Okay. Brief me up.

 

JESSICA

(ends call)

Tomorrow at midday, you’d know be patient. Bye.

 

JOANNE

(smiles)

Bye.

 

 

INT. BATH-CONTINUE

Some minutes later Joanne washes down at the bath.

 

INT.BEDROOM-CONTINUE

Minutes afterwards she sits before a study table looking through a document to translate. On the table are a large Spanish dictionary and a writing pad plus a pen. She works till it’s late and she leaves the room.

 

INT.LIVING ROOM-CONTINUE

Joanne checks the front door and shuts the windows and leaves the room.

 

INT.BEDROOM-CONTINUE

She retires to bed after a short prayer: Dear God I pray you keep me safe tonight along with my family, friends and all your children, Amen.

 

INT.JOANNE’S HOME-BEDROOM-DAY

Joanne reads her Bible on the study table when suddenly, her phone rings. She immediately picks it up and answers gaily.

 

JOANNE

Hello mum!

 

MERCY

(happy tone)

Hi darling, how’s everything?

 

JOANNE

Fine. How’s home? I wanted to pass by during the weekend but I had so much doing: writing a song and of course my job, translating documents.

 

 

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