PRECOCIOUS ASSASSIN

Last week I was randomly assigned this character and my directive was to write a scene in which she is meeting with a powerful person who can grant her a wish. The character spoke to me on so many levels. I imagined different scenarios to place her in and I wanted her to be unexpected. She's not a girl trying to eat lunch with the cool kids or crushing on the captain of the football team...She has more important objectives and is willing to cross the line to get what she wants:


“PRECOCIOUS ASSASSIN”

By

Holly Manno


Fade In:

A WISH FOR YOUR LIFE

INTERIOR -High-rise building- Elevator lobby -30th floor 2021

A virile-looking man in his 40’s steps into an elevator from the 30th-floor landing. The walls and floors of the cab are white. He is alone until a red-headed tween wearing glasses rushes through the closing doors at the last chance. Her breath is hitched. Her hands grip the edges of her emerald shawl. The man doesn’t acknowledge her. The doors close.

Her breath is the only sound between them until...


ALLY

You’re Darrin, right?


DARRIN

Right? Do I know you?


ALLY

I’m Ally. Megan’s daughter.


DARRIN

Swallows, but remains silent.


ALLY

Yeah, that’s right. Don’t say a word. What can you say, anyway?


DARRIN

Remains silent.


ALLY

You need to stop seeing her.


DARRIN

Does your mom know you’re here?


ALLY (sarcastic)

Of course. She dropped me off.

DARRIN

You should probably talk to your mother.

ALLY

I’m talking to you and I’m telling you to leave her alone. She’s married and you’re a loser.


DARRIN

I’m sorry you’re upset. How did you find out?


ALLY

I know my mom, that’s how. And I saw your texts and pictures. Gross by the way and not that impressive.


DARRIN

Again, I’m sorry you’re upset.


ALLY

Then stop upsetting me. Leave my mom alone.


DARRIN

That’s not going to happen.


ALLY

Then I’ll tell my dad.


DARRIN (droll)

Someone should.


ALLY

Just leave her alone you pig. What kind of guy goes after a married person anyway?


DARRIN

We didn’t plan it.


ALLY

Oh, gag.


DARRIN

Listen, Ally, you’re just a kid so there’s a lot you can’t understand.


ALLY

Don’t talk down to me­­–especially when you’re the one acting like a kid.


DARRIN

What can I say? Your mom is amazing. I want to be with her.


Something passes the girl's expression as she SLIDES her right hand into her saddlebag purse. The sound of a gun’s trigger cocking fills the space. The purse bulges in Darrin’s direction.


ALLY

I don’t think you get it. This isn’t a request.


The elevator dings signifying their stop at the lobby. As the doors open, Darrin remains glued to the wall. Ally glances over her shoulder before she retreats.


ALLY

I sure hope we have an understanding, Darrin. Don’t contact her–ever again.



Fade Out:

THE END


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