Super!!

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When I’m not pouring out my feelings on this blog, I write other things. Seriously. I do. Really. Lately, I’ve been missing the creative writing side of everything. I love writing stories. I’ve even tried my hand at scriptwriting. To break up a little monotony here’s an excerpt from something I’ve been working on called “Super!!”

It’s the story of Layla Burkhart, a late 20-something who can’t seem to get her shit together when another layer of complication arises…

 

FADE IN:

EXT. CITY CROSSWALK – DAY

LAYLA BURKHART and CHRISTIAN ANDERSON talk while waiting for the light to change.

Christian is an upbeat, slightly feminine guy with a clean shave and a trendy haircut. He’s boyishly cute and dressed fashionably. He looks to be in his late 20’s.

CHRISTIAN

I just sent out a bunch of my designs today and who knows! Maybe I’ll hear something, maybe I won’t. You know how these things go.

Layla is dressed in a pencil skirt and blouse that are nice, but mismatched just slightly in color like she got them from a thrift shop. She’s ethnically ambiguous and also in her late 20’s.

LAYLA

(beat)

What? Sorry.

CHRISTIAN

I get it, Christian’s super boring. You don’t have to say it.

Layla gives Christian a look that says “really”.

LAYLA

Oh yes, Christian, hearing about my best friend’s life bores me to tears. How dare you.

CHRISTIAN

You just seem distracted today.

LAYLA

I’m just tired. Also, why does it take this particular light so long to change every time that we’re here?

A car drives by slowly and a MAN leans out the window.

MAN

Nice ass, sweetheart.

LAYLA

(Yelling)

Get fucked, asshole!

CHRISTIAN

Whoa! You’re extra spicy today! Are you sure you’re just tired?

LAYLA

I… (she hesitates before leaning closer and speaking quietly) My contract ended with that law firm.

CHRISTIAN

Oh, no! I thought they wanted you!

LAYLA

Yeah, me too! It was going really well, but I bet it was that bitchy personal assistant. She was always overly nice, but her eyes were filled with evil.

CHRISTIAN

You mean her bottom half was smiling–

LAYLA

–But her eyes radiate evil like Satan incarnated? Yes.

CHRISTIAN

I’m so sorry.

LAYLA

It’s not like it’s your fault. It’s me. It’s always me, isn’t it?

CHRISTIAN

No no no, you are amazing. It’s just that these old, uptight assholes you somehow keep temping for can’t see how great you are!

LAYLA

Now you sound like my mom.

CHRISTIAN

I mean it, though! You’re smart, you’re super capable. You’re one of the hardest working people I know.

LAYLA

I’m just so tired of feeling like I’m getting ahead and then I get knocked right back where I started, you know? It’s like I’m doing the job cha-cha. I keep thinking, ‘maybe this time, maybe this time’ each time. I mean, look at me! I’m nearing thirty, I don’t have a stable job, my finances are completely in shambles, I’m hopelessly single…

CHRISTIAN

If it makes you feel any better, you’re not alone. Some of the greatest people in history didn’t really flourish until their thirties! Think about it! You could be Vera Wang. You could be JK Rowling!

LAYLA

Yeah, well, it’s really hard to think of any kind of greatness when you don’t know if you’ll make rent on time.

Layla looks both ways. The CROSSWALK is clear and the crossing sign is still red. Layla frowns deeply at the light.

LAYLA (CONT’D)

Fuck it. I’m going. Fuck this light.

Layla does a quick glance both ways one last time before she starts walking across when a LUXURY VEHICLE speeds seemingly out of nowhere toward Layla.

CHRISTIAN

Layla!

Layla’s eyes widen considerably at the sight of her oncoming doom. As the car lays on its horn and the brakes screech, Christian looks away and so does Layla, who quickly outstretches her arms to defend her herself as a knee-jerk reaction. The sound of metal crunching against something is heard audibly and everything blacks out for a moment.

Layla very slowly, hesitantly opens her eyes, relieved that she’s okay, all things considered. She looks over at Christian who is staring at her looking absolutely shocked.

A CROWD OF ONLOOKERS have stopped, also looking as shocked, murmuring and whispering to each other.

Layla looks confused until she glances over at the car. There’s a giant dent in the perfect shape of her fist crushing the hood. White smoke pours from underneath. Layla looks at her still-extended fist hovering a few inches away from the car. She quickly pulls her hand back when she realizes she’s been frozen in place for far too long. She squeaks in surprise and slowly, dramatically falls away from the car, sprawling on her back. She stares at the sky with a look of complete and total shock on her face as sirens sound in the distance, smoke continues to billow overhead.

LAYLA

Oh no.

END TEASER

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