Scene

Bubble

Flight


Brett Walpole

Millionaires Anonymous

INT. COFFEE HOUSE – DAY


They order their coffees and sit down.  A little time passes, they are in the middle of a conversation.


JANE

... Well I just find it hard taking advice from men.


CHAD

Some of us have a few good things to say.


JANE

I’m an independent woman, I can think for myself, I’m the sort of person who can do things on my own.


CHAD

Everyone needs a little help from someone else every now and then, from time to time.


JANE

I don’t think I do, honestly.


CHAD

I might be able to help.


JANE

What could you possibly have to say that would help me? You’re just a bum.


Chad goes quiet and sips his coffee.


JANE

Sorry, that was out of line.  Its just I’ve had a weird one this week and I’m a bit highly strung.  Sorry, I wasn’t thinking.  Forgive me.


CHAD

Sometimes we speak the truth when we’re not thinking.


JANE

No, you’re much more now than who you were.


CHAD

I’m not so sure about that myself.  You don’t know the half of it.  Living on the street has a way of eating into your soul permanently.


JANE

Yes, but you’re not there anymore.


CHAD

I don’t know where I am at the moment.


JANE

You’re right here, here with me. You know it’s funny.  I had everything and lost it all and you had nothing and won it all.  Yet we end up in the same place with similar problems.


CHAD

You do realise, you’re an imposter in the group, what with you being broke and everything.  I could expose you in front of everyone.


JANE

You’re joking right?


CHAD

I’m just kidding. Look, seriously are you alright for money, for food and things?


JANE

To be honest, I could really use a small amount.


CHAD

Interesting, a small amount, its kind of relative isn’t it.


JANE

Whatever you can spare.


CHAD

Here, there’s two hundred, don’t feel you have to pay it back.


Chad takes his wallet out and removes most of the cash in it.


JANE

You’re very kind Chad, I will pay it back to you, in some way.


CHAD

I could think of a number of ways...


JANE

Hold it right there Romeo, you forget I’m in a relationship.


CHAD

Ah yes, I was forgetting that, maybe you can ask him for cash next time.


Jane freezes and just stares at Chad across the table.


CHAD

I’m sorry, that was low, forgive me I’m just a love-hungry fool with too much money and no manners.


JANE

No, you’re quite right.  I really need to sort my life out with regards to Bruce.  Been putting it off really... due to financial considerations.


CHAD

Do what you need to do and do it in your own good time.


JANE

Thanks Chad, I won’t forget this.



INT. RANDAL’S CAR - DAY


Randal’s, chauffeur is driving Randal and Fiffi through the city.  They are having a drink from the mini-bar.


FIFFI

So what’s the deal with you and that replica gun?  Do you have a real one too?


RANDAL

What you’ve got to understand about me is that I’ve been mixed up in this damn business since I was a kid and yes, I do own a real gun, several in fact, and I’ve had one since I was 14.  It’s against the odds that I’m still here to talk about it.


FIFFI

Why don’t you leave it all behind?


RANDAL

I’d love to, but it’s not so easy, I have commitments, responsibilities.


FIFFI

You know it’s never too late to change.  Don’t you ever feel the need for a relationship?  You’re not going to be able to get close to someone in any meaningful way with all that baggage you carry around.


RANDAL

That’s what I want, but I don’t have time.  I really wouldn’t know where to start.


FIFFI

That’s nonsense and you know it, you made the decision to go to the group, you’ve just got to take the next step.


RANDAL

Which is what exactly?


FIFFI

Well you’ve got to reach out to someone, someone you’d like to be in your future.


RANDAL

Like who?


FIFFI

How about me?



EXT. STREET – DAY


Ron on his bike and Figgis on his skateboard are tearing along the sidewalk until they arrive at Figgis’ place.  Ron locks his bike to the railings and they go through the front door.



INT. FIGGIS’ PLACE – DAY


There is a huge living room full of much hi-tech equipment.  There are speakers everywhere, lots of hi-fi, arcade games and some modern sculptures.  A Harley Davidson is parked in one corner.


RON

Wow, where did you get all this neat stuff?


FIGGIS

Oh, you have to be in the business.


RON

What business is that?


FIGGIS

The only business, movies, dumb dumb.  Check it out...


Figgis flicks a few switches on the wall and a projector and screen appears and sound erupts throughout the room.


FIGGIS

Take a seat.


Figgis motions to a large leather chair.  Ron sits back and reclines as he lets the music and visuals sweep over hi.


RON

Coool... The business!


FIGGIS

Yeah, I used to be stunt co-ordinator.


RON

Used to be?


FIGGIS

After the accident, I kind of lost my mojo.  Haven’t been back on a bike since.


Flashback.  Figgis’ motorbike accident.  Coming round a corner a car on the wrong side of the road slams into him.  It all happens very quickly, Figgis’ eyes widen in close up then a flash, black and being rushed into the emergency department of a hospital from an ambulance.


RON

So when are you going to get back on a bike?


FIGGIS

I don’t know if that day will ever come.


RON

Are you scared?


FIGGIS

Damn right I’m scared, two tonnes of metal hurtling towards you at sixty miles an hour.  I don’t want a repeat of that.


RON

You could go somewhere there’s not much traffic.


FIGGIS

Maybe, I’m not sure, it’s all still a little bit too fresh in my mind at the moment.  Can we leave it for now?


RON

Sure, consider it on ice.



INT. DICK AND JULIE’S APARTMENT – EVENING


Dick and Julie are preparing dinner.  Their kitchen and living area are pristine in perfect interior design and cleanliness.  Their life is like a television commercial for a range of products; food stuffs, cleaning materials, furniture and kitchen ware are on display, some still with tags on.  The revolutionary orange squeezer sits on a surface in prime place in the kitchen.  Dick enters through the front door with a bag of groceries.  Julie is sitting down looking through a magazine called “You and Your Money”.


JULIE

Hi honey did you get everything?


Dick starts unloading the groceries in the kitchen, naming them as he removes them from the bag.


DICK

I got the lower your cholesterol Mighty Oat Flakes, the high in antioxidants Better Berries, Kick Start organic coffee and the hypoallergenic friendly bacteria yogurt.


JULIE

How about the Miracle Foam McTuff Stuff stain remover?


DICK

They’d sold out, I guess it’s pretty popular.


JULIE

Oh that’s a shame.


DICK

But I did get the Shiny-As-You-Like toothpaste.


JULIE

Brilliant.


Julie smiles and we see a starlit glint from her teeth.  She then walks over to the kitchen and picks up the Miracle Foam McTuff Stuff stain remover.


JULIE

Juanita is going to love this.  Juanita.


JUANITA, (mid-twenties) comes in from another room carrying the baby who is dressed in designer clothes.  Dick takes the baby from her.


JULIE

Did you have a chance to clean the bathroom today?


JUANITA

Yes but there are some nasty stains around the plug hole in the bath that I just can’t seem to shift.


JULIE

Well try this, they say there’s nothing it can’t beat!


JUANITA

It’s just what I’ve been looking for, thank you.


Juanita takes the cleaning product, turns and walks away, shaking her head and rolling her eyes as she does so.