EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET — DAY
A YOUNG WOMAN WAITS AT THE CROSSWALK, FIDDLING WITH HER PURSE, LOST IN THOUGHT. A YOUNG, ATTRACTIVE, AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN APPROACHES HER. HE’S HOLDING A PIECE OF PAPER AND A PENCIL, LIKE HE HAS BEEN INTERRUPTED.
I just saw you in the bookstore, and I wanted to come out here… I never do this… and I don’t mean anything by this, I just had to tell you… you are a beautiful woman.
Oh! Thank you.
SHE TUCKS BACK HER HAIR, LOOKS HIM OVER AND IS SURPRISED AT HOW NORMAL HE LOOKS, AS THIS NEVER HAPPENS TO HER WITH SOBER STRANGERS.
No, really. I just… I had to tell you. Just so, I don’t know why I had to tell you. But I did. I needed to. You needed to know. Not that… I don’t know.
What’s your name?
SHE THINKS: SHOULD HAVE SAID “PAMELA.” SOUNDS MUCH PRETTIER. WHY DOES IT MATTER? IT DOES.
Nice to meet you.
THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN. SHE STEPS ONTO THE CURB.
Uh, hey! Where are you from?
I live around here.
SHE DOESN’T. BUT IT SOUNDS BETTER THAN “I’M MARRIED.”
Have a nice day, Christopher. And thanks.
I live around here too! Maybe I’ll see you.
INT. CROWDED HOLLYWOOD MOVIE THEATER — THAT MORNING
THE YOUNG WOMAN IS WATCHING A TRAILER. THE STRANGER NEXT TO HER NUDGES HER ELBOW.
(GESTURING TO SCREEN)
I worked on that.
THE TRAILER CHANGES TO ONE WITH A SERIOUSLY HOT BRUNETTE WOMAN TAKING OFF HER BRA. THE WOMAN NUDGES THE MAN.
THE STRANGER HOLDS UP HIS FIST FOR HER TO DAP. SHE PUNCHES IT LIGHTLY.
END OF FLASHBACK
INT. CORNER STORE – A FEW MINUTES LATER
THE CASHIER INCORRECTLY RINGS UP THE WOMAN’S PURCHASE. IT SAYS $0.71.
I’ll take it!
Oh, ha-ha! I see you have the money, though.
THEY STARE AT THE CASH IN HER HAND.
Looks like I do.
Tell you what. You keep coming here, and if you ever don’t have enough, I’ll give it to you for seventy-one cents.
I’m serious. Today you have the money, but you might not tomorrow. And that’s when you can just take it. For you. Just promise to come back and see me again.
Well, thank you.
WOMAN WALKS BACK TO HER CAR WONDERING, “WHAT THE HELL? THIS STUFF NEVER HAPPENS TO ME. MARRIAGE SURE DOES MAKE YOU ATTRACTIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE. EITHER THAT, OR I MUST REMEMBER TO WEAR THIS HOT PINK TANK TOP EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.”