This week’s prompt: Congratulations! Your best selling memoir has just been optioned by a major motion picture studio, and the producers want you advising on the script. Write the opening scene for the movie.
A ROOM IN A NURSING HOME – MID-AFTERNOON
At first glance, the room looks sterile – bare floor, with a hospital bed in the middle, a lone chest of drawers against the wall, blinds but no curtains at the windows. A closer look reveals personal touches – a bulletin board full of family photos and children’s drawings, a handmade afghan at the foot of the bed, a bookcase full of dog-eared novels and DVDs.
JULIE is on the bed, raised almost to a sitting position. KARINA and BEN have pulled chairs close to the sides of the bed, while RIYA is perched at their mother’s feet.
Mom, we brought you some new movies.
I wish you would let us get you the iHologram. Your DVD player barely works, and it would be so much easier –
And you’ll come over every night to help me turn the frickin’ thing on? No, thank you. What did you bring me, Karina?
(hands her a stack of DVD cases)
(runs a trembling hand over the surface of one of the boxes)
Oh, I loved this movie! I haven’t seen it in forever.
You say that about all of them, Mom.
The cover looks just the same! I used to be able to recite it all by heart. That’s changed a bit.
Here she goes.
Shhhhh. It’s the Titanic bit. I actually like this one!
(continues as if they have not spoken)
It was the ship of dreams…
(her voice fades, and she gazes out of the window, distracted)
(flustered and embarrassed)
Oh! Yes, sorry. Did you eat already?
(leans forward and covers her mother’s hands with her own, exchanges a glance with KARINA)
Yes, we ate with you, remember?
“The mashed potatoes were so creamy.”
While You Were Sleeping.
(shakes her head as if to clear it, then continues)
Such a treat to have you all here at the same time. It’s just like when you were little, isn’t it?
Fade to flashback…