So we had to write an opening about two people leaving each other. Immediately I thought like most people would, of a relationship ending. But then I thought, what if the leaving was only temporary, who would hurt the most? I came up with this…
INT. KITCHEN- TABLE -MORNING
A young girl, MACY, 6, sits at the dining table, her head in her hands, elbows resting on the table, while her legs swing faster and faster as her dad talks to her. The radio is on in the background.
I have to go to work
but I don’t want you to!
Her father PETE, bends down at the table, sitting on his heels, he moves her cereal bowl away, and copies her actions, head in his hand, elbows on the table.
darling, I really don’t want to travel either
Macy doesn’t move, she refuses to look at him
Pete sticks out his tongue at her. She moves her head to face the other way, but peeks through her fingers at him.
Pete pulls a funny face, Macy lets a small giggle escape, then pulls herself tighter. Pete is not giving up, he checks his watch then catch’s a tune on the radio.
He starts to dance around the kitchen table, arms wafting in the air, he scoops the mop up in his arms continuing to dance with his new mop partner. He dips and waltzes on, he keeps watching his daughter for a reaction.
Still not ‘watching’ she moves around the table, peering through her fingers. Her legs swing slower.
Pete starts to jive, then dancing like Beyonce her reaches for Macy’s hand.
She pulls it away, but drops her hands now to watch him. A smile sneaking up on her face. Her legs have stopped swinging.
Pete puts the mop down, spins like Michael Jackson, and goes in for her chair. Struggling he picks up Macy still in the chair, and lifts in on to the table.
She is now giggling at him.
he rubs his back, this makes her laugh out.
Pete stands up straight, he holds his hand out for her again
My princess Macy, would you care to dance?
Macy giggles, her eyes already dancing, accepts his hand.
Yes, silly daddy
She jumps off the table into his arms as he whirls her around the kitchen table. He pretends to trip over the mop, and apologises to ‘her’. Father and daughter continue their waltz.
After the song has finished Pete puts Macy down standing, and kneels in front of her.
I know you don’t like it princess, but it’s only two nights this time
I know daddy, it’s just I miss you when you’re gone
how about next time, you come with me, and we can dance on the beach?
Macy nods again, tears and snot falling, she wipes them all away with her sleeve.
Pete gives her a hug, she wipes more snot and tears on his shoulder
c’mon, then let’s get you ready for school then
Holding hands they leave together.