From A to Z 3rd Draft 12-10-12 By Dylan Diveley
Based on an idea by Dylan Diveley and Emiliya Uzunova
Dylan Diveley firstname.lastname@example.org 448 Raintree Ct. Unit 3D Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (630)-793-9808
FADE IN: INT. LIVING ROOM/FORT - NIGHT The room is decorated for Valentineâ€™s day. Streamers, balloons, and banners. Thereâ€™s a fort in the corner. A lamp shines from within, casting an outline of little ARIANA, 6. Behind her a silhouetted figure slowly approaches, a small woman. A QUEEN. INSIDE - the two stand still. Ariana faces away from the queen, actually a simple 3-string marionette. It animates itself. Ariana smiles, the queen just over her shoulder. She turns. They face each other. The queen stares back unimpressed. Ariana looks away, let down. Nothing to give. She gives out her hand and reaches for the queen. The lamp fades out as the queen drifts backwards into darkness. INT. LIVING ROOM/FORT - DAY INSIDE the fort - Ariana sits on the floor. She plays with the queen, and a king - just regular marionettes. Ariana is in control. She emits charming little chuckles to voice the queen, and a weak growl for the king. She animates them in an innocent romantic tryst - holding hands, skipping along. Planting little kisses and whimpers of giddy love. The queen in particular is quite flirty and flamboyant. The king is drab and boring. Ariana loses interest. A doorbell rings. Ariana perks up and drops the puppets. (CONTINUED)
She crawls to a crack in the fort. She listens. Footsteps approach. The door opens. JOAN (O.S.) (voice plain and hoarse) Oh hi Zoe, yeah she’s in there. (the door shuts) So we’ll be back in a bit, thanks so much. The footsteps walk off. JOAN (O.S.) Ben! It’s the same plan every year, how-are-you-NOT ready?! Ariana peeks out a slit. There stands ZOE, 30, slightly resembling the queen puppet. A knockout. Truly gorgeous but unfussy. She approaches the fort. Ariana smirks and bites her lips. She blinks hard. Through the slit Ariana particularly notices Zoe’s arms, legs, and torso. All in great shape. Ariana crawls back and sits. ZOE (O.S.) (soft and irresistible) Knock knock. The large door opens. Zoe peeks in and smiles. ZOE Ah, my little princess. Two pairs of footsteps hurry to the door. JOAN (O.S.) Alright we’re off. BEN (O.S.) Thanks again! The door shuts. Ariana slouches and looks off.
ARIANA Bye. Zoe enters the fort and crawls to Ariana. ZOE So what you up to kiddo? Capture the heart of anyone special today? Got your Valentine? Ariana bashfully grins. ARIANA Yeah right, no, no. ZOE Well what ya got there? She points to a craftfully decorated shoebox, adorned with a Valentine’s theme. ARIANA Buncha nothings. Zoe grabs it and reaches in, she pulls out some Valentine cards. She glances through them. ZOE Buncha awfully cute ’n sweet nothings. ARIANA They don’t mean anything. Zoe smirks and puts the cards back. ZOE Well it is just Valentine’s day after all. ARIANA Why’re you here? ZOE For you of course! ARIANA No plans? No Valentine?
ZOE For me? Nah, no thanks. She puts on a cool face and brushes off her shoulder. ARIANA Well there’s nothing to do. ZOE There’s plenty! See. She reaches for the King. Ariana rolls her eyes as Zoe animates it towards her. ARIANA He’s boring. Zoe slumps it down. ZOE And just why is that? ARIANA He’s a, he’s, a, a man. Zoe laughs. ZOE Good point. Smarter than me. Off to a good start kid. She nudges her chin. Ariana smiles big and looks off, embarrassed. Zoe reaches for the Queen. She dances it about. ZOE Us girlfriends got each other, right? Ariana nods along. ARIANA Right! She sets the Queen down. ZOE Well Happy Valentine’s Day regardless. (CONTINUED)
She reaches to her back pocket and pulls out a small sampler box of chocolates. Ariana brightens up and takes them, but slouches immediately. ARIANA I don’t have anything for you. ZOE I don’t mind. Surprise me next year. Ariana thinks then winks at Zoe. They open the small box and take a chocolate each. They clink them like glasses and take a bite. FADE OUT: INT. LIVING ROOM/FORT - DAY Ariana settles for bed, the queen at her side. Various footsteps scuffle about. The door opens. JOAN (O.S.) And here ya go, thanks so much again Zoe. ZOE (O.S.) For sure. Always, whenever! Ariana smiles and hugs the queen closer. JOAN (O.S.) Night. The door shuts. JOAN (O.S.) The fort comes down tomorrow Ariana, good night. She walks on. Ariana looks displeased but shakes it off. She cuddles with the queen, playing with its hair. She tries to form it like Zoe’s. (CONTINUED)
She rests her head on its face and shuts her eyes. FADE OUT: INT. LIVING ROOM/FORT - NIGHT The first scene carries on: The silhouettes. The Queen approaches. Ariana turns. The Queen is unimpressed. Ariana reaches out, a small box in her hand. The queen takes it and opens it. Inside are four chocolates and a rose flower bud. The queen is impressed, and comes closer. It lifts its arms and hugs Ariana. Ariana smiles. They separate and face each other. The Queen leans in and plants a kiss on Arianaâ€™s cheek, leaving behind a red lip stain. Ariana falls back into a pile of pillows and blankets, clutching the Queen. She lands softly, the Queen close and at her side. The lipstick on her face. She closes her eyes and smiles. FADE OUT: INT. LIVING ROOM/FORT - DAY SUPER: 1 YEAR LATER The fort is back, rebuilt and improved. Inside the fort, Ariana organizes through a new Valentineâ€™s shoebox. Footsteps approach and settle just outside the fort. (CONTINUED)
Ariana listens to them giggle and laugh. From the sounds of it, they’re exchanging gifts. JOAN (O.S.) (forced gratitude) Ah, classic. Every year. A quick kiss can be heard. The sound of clinking wine glasses. They get up and walk off. Ariana lights up as she listens. She crawls to a crack and peeks out. On the couch is box of chocolates and a dozen roses. INSERT: Ariana’s hands snatch four chocolates from the box. She plucks a rose bud from the stem. The doorbell rings. INT. LIVING ROOM/FORT - DAY The sound of a car speeding off from outside. The door shuts and Zoe walks to the fort. She opens the main flap. Inside is fake candlelit and romantic. She’s taken aback. Ariana sits off in a corner. ZOE Wow, you sure went all out. ARIANA It’s a special occasion. ZOE And what’s on the schedule? Ariana stands up skips softly to Zoe.
ARIANA You’ll see! She grabs Zoe’s hand and pulls her inside. The settle in the middle and sit. Zoe looks at the shoebox. ZOE Any keepers this year? ARIANA The candy. Zoe laughs. ZOE No luck? ARIANA Didn’t really try. ZOE Eh, it’s OK, too soon for you anyways. ARIANA But us girlfriends got each other, right? Zoe nods along. ZOE Right! With no warning Ariana jumps to Zoe, wrapping her arms into a bear hug. Zoe is startled but adjusts and smiles it off. Ariana lets go, but quickly plants a kiss on Zoe’s cheek and sits back, leaving Zoe confused but charmed. Ariana is overwhelmed and fights to keep her head down. She jolts up and gives Zoe a small smile. She reaches around and comes back with a small box. Zoe stays still a moment, but takes it. On top is small card: From A to Z. (CONTINUED)
She opens it and sees the candy and the flower. She chuckles awkwardly and shakes her head, amused. She’s flattered. Ariana admires her reaction. Zoe picks out a chocolate. As does Ariana. They clink, take a bite, and chew. Ariana sits back, satisfied with her plan. Zoe slowly chews and enjoys the chocolate. She swallows... ARIANA I loZoe gags. The chocolate lodges in her throat and she slowly realizes she’s choking. Her breathing is cut off and she silently panics, not able to make a noise. She drops the box. Ariana perks up with confusion. Zoe falls to her knees, grabbing at her throat. She takes a gasp and falls forward at Ariana. Her face is close and Zoe’s lips hit Ariana’s cheek, smearing chocolate. Ariana gasps. Zoe falls to the ground, face into the box. The rose petals explode and fly about. ARIANA (into space) -ove you. END.