2018 Scene-Writing Challenge: Day 10
Scott Myers
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Scene #4

EXT. PENTHOUSE PATIO — NIGHT

Stars everywhere, no clouds. The moon is bright. The protective railing is decked with strands of tiny lights. Many happy GUESTS stand inside, drinks in hand, smiling and talking their voices unheard through the glass walls and doors.

LAURA (early 30's) and ZANE (early 30’s) are seated in an outdoor loveseat facing the vista of downtown from a height. Zane gently takes LAURA’s face in his hands and kisses her. She closes her eyes and lets his lips caress hers, pressing, pulling. The kiss goes deeper and LAURA’s back arches into his muscled arms. She BREATHES, hitched, hot. Now his lips are on her neck and she exposes more to him as his hand caresses her breast, her nipple visibly excited behind her lacy bra.

LAURA

Oh, my god, I want you so bad.

ZANE

Laura, let’s go upstairs.

Laura grabs Zane by the hand and they head towards the glass doors to the party.

INT. PENTHOUSE STAIRS — MOMENTS LATER

Laura leads Zane to the upstairs hallway, excited.

LAURA

Which one?

ZANE

Last door on the left.

INT. PENTHOUSE BEDROOM — NIGHT

The door is open and Laura and Zane enter LAUGHING and kissing, with Zane closing the door behind him.

Laura RIPS Zane’s shirt off, buttons flying all over the room. Zane finishes the deed quickly revealing his chiseled physique. They kiss again. Zane playfully pushes Laura on the bed, but not before she grabs his belt, undoes it and then pulls it off in one swoop. Laura then grabs her shirt and pulls it over her head, leaving just her lingerie.

Zane leaps into bed with Laura and pulls her on top of him, kissing her deeply. She MOANS with the pleasure of his touch and the anticipation.

Laura sits up, straddling Zane. She leans back while Zane runs his hands over her breasts and down her toned stomach. Just as Laura reaches back to undo her bra -

ZANE

Wait.

LAURA

What?

ZANE

I have to do this right.

LAURA

Do what?

ZANE

You’ll see.

LAURA

Do it faster. I’m ready.

ZANE

You’re fired.

LAURA

(beat)

What?

ZANE

We’re too hot. Everyone is going to know.

Laura comes down off her high. She climbs off of Zane and glares at him.

LAURA

Well, thanks for telling me BEFORE you fucked me.

ZANE

C’mon LAURA, you know it’s more than fucking, right?

LAURA

I thought so.

ZANE

I can’t stand not seeing you in the morning, saying ‘goodnight’ to you and watching you leave my office to go home.

LAURA

So, you’re firing me?

ZANE

Yes.

LAURA

Wow. My car payment. My student loans. My apartment. My bills. My career.

ZANE

You’ll never have to worry about those again. Ever.

LAURA

It’s not about worry, Zane. It’s about pride. It’s about accomplishment.

ZANE

It’s about someone wanting to take care of you for the rest of your life.

LAURA

What the hell do you want from me?

ZANE

Dinner. Babies. Parties. Gardening.

Laura blinks twice. Now she disconnects from the conversation and looks for her shirt.

ZANE

What are you doing?

Laura pulls her shirt down over herself and straightens up.

Zane reaches into his pocket and pulls out a DIAMOND RING.

ZANE

Laura, marry me!

Laura, ready to go, stands at the foot of the bed and looks at the ring glistening in the dim light.

LAURA

How much severance are you giving me?

ZANE

Three months.

Laura climbs back onto Zane’s lap, straddling him. She takes the ring and places it on her finger.

LAURA

Here’s what I propose. What’s your exit package as CEO?

ZANE

Millions in cash and stock.

LAURA

Perfect. You give me my job back. You resign as CEO effective immediately. And I’ll marry you afterwards.

ZANE

I spent years building-

Laura smiles.

Zane GROANS.

ZANE (CONT’D)

Okay. I get it.

LAURA

So, who’s losing their job?

ZANE

I would be honored if you kept the ring. Would you hand me my cellphone?

Laura grabs if off the side table and hands it to him. He TAPS out a number.

ZANE (CONT”D)

Jake, it’s Zane. I have some news for you.