Script: Every Breath You Take
INTERNAL AMY 1 (I.A.1) – RATIONAL VOICE
INTERNAL AMY 2 (I.A.2) – ANXIETY
EXTERNAL AMY (E.A.)
A small souvenir shop with a few tourists around and CASHIER stocking shelves.
EXTERNAL AMY enters through the front door with her headphones in, wearing a floral dress, a jean jacket over it and a camera hanging from her neck.
INTERNAL AMY 1 (V.O.)
INTERNAL AMY 2 (V.O.)
Huge place. How am I gonna find the mugs now? I definitely need to buy a mug for my dad’s collection this time, or he’s gonna kill me.
(E.A. Looks around)
I can ask someone.
(E.A. approaches CASHIER)
I.A.1, wearing a blue jumpsuit, and I.A.2, wearing an orange jumpsuit, appear as miniature versions of Amy on each side of E.A.
Nope. I can’t.
(Turns back and keeps looking around.)
(15 minutes later…)
People will think I’m mad, going around the shop.
(OTHER CUSTOMER gets closer. He opens his mouth as if he was going to say something. E.A. hastily grabs the nearest item.)
Okay. I should look like this notebook attracted my attention.
But it’s just a notebook…
Is he looking at me?
(OTHER CUSTOMER leaves the shop. E.A. exhales, puts the notebook back, keeps looking.)
I.A.2 (with a shaky voice)
But… They’re behind the counter.
(Camera focuses on the shelf the mugs are on, then on CASHIER [now behind the counter], lastly on E.A.’s sweating face.)
I’ll need to ask the guy for the mug.
(E.A. joins the queue of 2 people, takes her headphones off.)
Alright, what am I gonna say?
I gotta be polite.
Yes, polite with ‘May’ and ‘Please’.
‘May I have a mug, please.’
(I.A.2 repeats three times until other customers have paid.)
(Sound of a rapid heartbeat in the background.)
Hello. How are-
Please. Mug. May I?
That was rude. That was totally rude. Should I apologise?
No, that’s weird.
Ugh, which one, rude or weird? Should I? No?
Probably he just assumed my English is not good, anyway, which is fine.
I.A.2 (protesting childishly)
Fine? Not fine! I’m an English student!
He doesn’t know that.
CASHIER (still smiling)
Sorry, we have nothing to wrap it for you.
E.A. (awkwardly smiling)
It’s (her voice cracks) fine.
Am I blushing? Please, no.
(E.A Grabs the mug, rushes out.)
He must’ve thought I was some kind of freak.
It’s a shame, he was cute.
Damn it. What would happen if…
Hello. How are you?
You do look fine. Can I, by any chance, have your number?
(Back to reality)
Of course not.
But what if…
I’m alright. Thank you.
Can I have a mug and your number, please?
ALL AMYS (shaking their heads)
No. No. No. HELL NO.
CASHIER (comes from their back)
No. Don’t talk to me. (starts moving away with quick steps)
You forgot your wallet.
(E.A. comes back with her head bent. Grabs the wallet from his hands and starts to run.)
Embarrassing. Embarrassing. That was absolutely…
(E.A opens her eyes)
AMY’s bedroom. She is in her bed.
… embarrassing. It’s been a year! Why am I thinking about this at… (checks her phone) fucking 4 am, instead of sleeping!
Sleeping? But the night is long! Now, let’s think about one of those moments from last month…
…in which you couldn’t even talk to your own best friend properly.
(E.A. pulls the pillow and presses it to her face.)
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