"Sycamore Hill" is filled with boomers and those who are older but still have plenty of boom left. In today's installment of my screenplay--posted for your enjoyment while I'm away on vacation--things start to take a darker turn.
INT. MAYVENE’S CONDO
MAYVENE IS DOZING IN HER RECLINER, THE TV TUNED TO
AN AFTERNOON SOAP OPERA. THE BLINDS ARE CLOSED, IT’S DARK.
SOUND: KNOCK AT DOOR.
MAYVENE doesn’t wake up.
SOUND: LOUDER KNOCK.
MAYVENE is startled awake and…
CLAPS LOUDLY TWICE.
The light comes on, and she makes her way
to the door.
Who is it?
SHOREH (off camera)
MAYVENE opens door.
Hello, Shoreh, You caught me napping.
SHOREH ENTERS. She is about 60, with jet-black hair, well-dressed and accessorized.
They go to sit down.
I wouldn’t bother you, but something
is going on. Bill’s kids are clearing
out his condo, and Linda wants her
lamp back. Ugliest lamp I’ve ever seen…
clashes with what she calls her Persian rug.
If that rug’s Persian, then I’m Pakistani.
FLASH FORWARD CU COMPUTER SCREEN
MAYVENE IS WRITING AN EMAIL AGAIN. YOU SEE THE WORDS SHE TYPES AS YOU HEAR HER SPEAK THEM IN VOICEOVER.
As you know, my opinion of Linda hasn’t
been the same ever since her dishwasher
above my unit began leaking into my condo
and she insisted that it wasn’t her fault.
But everyone in the complex knew it was.
CU MAYVENE TYPING
She looks displeased. She resumes typing.
(accent kicks in)
I spent a lot of money, money I don’t
have, bringing in someone to fix it.
And I can’t understand a thing that handyman
MacGregor ever tells me. That’s MacGregor,
M-A-C, which I think means he’s Scottish,
not Irish. Don’t they speak English?
FLASHBACK MAYVENE’S KITCHEN
MACGREGOR, THE HANDYMAN, IS POINTING TO A STAIN IN THE CEILING. HE’S ABOUT 40, IN GOOD SHAPE, WITH A THICK SCOTTISH BROGUE. HIS T-SHIRT SAYS “SYCAMORE HILL.”
What ye got here is a leak.
Water is leakin’ in! I’m willin’ to cut into the ceiling to have a look, but I’d rather go up to
Linda’s place and see it from there. Do y’know when she might be back?
Do y’know when she might be back?
She’s in the back?
Is she home? When will she be home?
Oh, she should be back from bingo
in a half hour.
FLASH FORWARD MAYVENE AT COMPUTER
BACK TO WRITING THE EMAIL
The handyman finally got into Linda’s condo and fixed the leak, but she refused
to pay any of the cost. I didn’t want to make too big a fuss, as I don’t like
to make anyone uncomfortable. Pause, she’s disgusted. Then she resumes typing.
But I have never quite thought of her
the same way. As for Bill’s death, you’d
think SHE’D died. It’s “all about her.”
By the way, you’re not going to believe what
happened up there today…
FLASHBACK TO MAYVENE’S CONDO—EARLIER THAT DAY
SHOREH AND MAYVENE SIT ON SOFA.
Bill’s kids don’t like Linda, and when
she went to Bill’s condo this morning,
they were in there clearing everything
out. Even her stuff!
Didn’t she say something?
Of course she did! She was quite upset,
and came to tell me. (pause) I didn’t
think I should get involved, so I told
her I would talk to you.
What makes you think I want to get
I would do it, but you know this condition I have! When I start talking to people I always
begin crying. It’s not getting any better. You are the only person I can talk to without
breaking into tears. Plus, you are the the Homeowners’ President.
No, I am the FORMER Homeowners’ Association
President. Nagmeh is the president now.
Why don’t you go to her?
Because I would cry! And, well, Nagmeh and I are not speaking at the moment.
What do you mean you are not speaking? After all you’ve been through together,
fleeing the Ayatollah, you two were tighter than two genies in one lamp.
It’s not the Arabian Nights anymore! Iran is ruined! Fey (spit) I spit
on the Ayatollah. All that Reza and I went through to leave that hell
hole. I’ll never forget the day Reza died… choking on my fresh
dolmehs…(starts to cry)
Yes, yes, I remember. (to herself) Brave man. Went down on an overstuffed
grape leaf. But what happened between you and Nagmeh?
She…she accused me of cheating at Mahjong!
How could she?
In Iran, they would chop off
your thumb for that now.
Geez, what would they do if you
cheated at Bingo?
(deadpan, in American accent)
You don’t wanna know.
But what do you want me to do now?
YOU must go up there. I didn’t even tell you the worst part. Bills kids have left,
and now the vultures are swooping in. (smiling) But Linda has one thing no one
can find. (leaning in) Bill’s car keys.
What? She can’t keep those!
She put up with that man’s bad breath for two years. She EARNED that car! You
must go there right now! By the way, the police came to Joann’s, I think they want
to talk to that son of hers, Tom, about Bill!
(end of scene)
Up next: Tom confronts Mayvene!
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