He is mine(excerpt)

 

EXT.BEACH-DAY

A crowd of merrymakers: singers on a stage, a standing audience, various food stands and others. A girl buys some ice cream along with a couple of her friends. Consequently, they walk among the people chatting.

 

CYNTHIA

So tell us would you be returning to Italy or you would stay here and work?

 

DONNA

Well, it depends on where I get a job, if I find one here then why not I’d stay.

 

CINDY

Is that the main reason why you’d stay? Nothing else?

 

DONNA

Of course, that’s all. Why?

 

Cindy and Cynthia exchange glances and Cynthia clears her throat and speaks.

 

CYNTHIA

What about him?

 

DONNA

(looking at Cynthia)

What do you mean? I…don’t get you.

 

CINDY

Well, Cynthia and I…we saw a message on your phone that read-

 

CYNTHIA

Hi, miss you call me if you can.

 

DONNA

(a bit offended)

You read my phone messages in my absence?

 

CINDY

No, we don’t. It was just once when you were in the bath.

 

CYNTHIA

It was last Friday, June 16, 4.30pm, that’s when the message arrived.

 

Cindy chuckles, Donna also.

 

CINDY

So? Who is he?

 

DONNA

(stares a minute at her and says)

It’s none of your business.

 

Cindy chuckles.

 

INT.LODGE-DONNA’S ROOM-NIGHT

Donna speaks with her mother on the phone. They speak Italian.

 

DONNA

Hi mum, how’re you?

 

CASSANDRA(O.S)

(cheerful)

Fine dear, how are you?

 

DONNA

I’m great I just wanted to check on you. How’s home and father?

 

CASSANDRA

We’re all doing well.

 

DONNA

I’m glad to hear that. Ok, have a nice evening, bye.

 

CASSANDRA

You too, bye.

 

INT.LODGE-BATH-MORNING

It’s 7 o’clock and Donna’s in the bath while the other girls are still sleeping. Moments later, she’s exits the room.

 

INT.BEDROOM-CONTINUE

10 minutes later she returns dressed and picks her bag and leaves the room.

 

INT.LECTURE HALL-DAY

Donna arrives at an almost-full hall and looks round for a seat. Someone cries her name and she looks round and sees an unfamiliar female face. Yet, she goes and sits. The girl introduces herself.

 

COLLEAGUE

(standing)

Hi, I’m Sarah, Cynthia’s friend.

 

DONNA

Cynthia Rogers, you mean?

 

COLLEAGUE

Yes, she told me about you. That you were part of the psychology class.

DONNA

(shakes her hand)

Oh nice, nice to meet you.

 

COLLEAGUE

Nice to meet you too. Have a seat.

 

DONNA

Thanks. Can I ask you something?

 

COLLEAGUE

Sure.

 

DONNA

How did you know I’d be coming to class today? And you recognising me?

 

COLLEAGUE

Oh, good question. I saw you once with her. As for class, I didn’t know. It just happened I saw you quickly.

 

DONNA

I see. Well, the class is packed, where’s the lecturer?

 

COLLEAGUE

May be, parking his car at the car park or descending from it.

 

They both chuckle.

 

EXT.LECTURE HALL-DAY

Donna walks with Sarah after the class is over. They chat.

 

COLLEAGUE

So you’re Italian? From where, Rome?

 

DONNA

(smiles)

Venice but my family resides in Rome.

 

COLLEAGUE

I see. So you plan on going home after school?

 

DONNA

May be. If I get employed here, I’d stay I think.

 

COLLEAGUE

That’s good. By the way, I’m starving, would you like anything?

 

DONNA

Oh, well yes. Is there a restaurant somewhere close by?

 

COLLEAGUE

Yes, with a wide variety of delicacies.

 

DONNA

(chuckles)

You seem to know it well.

 

COLLEAGUE

That’s where I had my first, out-of-home pizza.

 

INT.RESTAURANT-DAY

Donna sits at a table with Sarah eating. Suddenly, Sarah excuses herself to go to the ladies. 5 minutes later, a tall, black man arrives at the place and walks past Donna’s table. He intentionally knocks down her hand bag, apologizes and picks it up for her.

 

STRANGER

(knocks down bag with hand)

Sorry!

DONNA

No, that’s ok.

 

STRANGER

(replaces bag)

No, it’s not ok. I should be more careful.

DONNA

Thanks.

STRANGER

Are you alone?

 

DONNA

No, I came with a friend, she’d be right back.

 

STRANGER

I see. Anyway, I’m Kelvin, nice to meet you.

DONNA

Donna, my pleasure.

 

STRANGER

Good, see you some other time.

 

DONNA

Yes.

 

Stranger walks to an empty table and sits, watching her. Moments later, a waitress goes to him and he makes an order.

 

STRANGER

Rice with some salad.

 

WAITRESS

Drink?

 

STRANGER

Ah, water would do thanks.

 

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