(This is a third scene from the screenplay of the movie version of ‘Nicole Kidman stars in: The Astronaut Dropped’, starring Nicole Kidman (as her delectable self) and Julianne Moore (a Kidman lookey-likey who opens supermarkets here and there and occasionally strips off at staggies) as the remarkable, indefatigable Stephanie Fey. This scene is dedicated to Mr Indigo Wrath at, uh, well, IndigoWrath. Why? Because he keeps bugging me to get off my lazy ass and keep writing! Grr!)
THREE. EXTERIOR - OUTSIDE MORDAN HOUSE. NIGHT.
It's cold and there's the lightest peppering of snow descending from the night sky above Mordan House. Stephanie Fey stands at the edge of the wood that surrounds the house. She is holding an open bottle of wine in her hand. She is unaware of this - it has been in her hand since she left Mordan House earlier that evening. Two bright headlights from a car situated on the gravel at the front of the house are trained on Stephanie. As she catches her breath from running through the wood, she also squints into the lights, trying to see Mrs Ormsley, the driver of the car, who is completely in shadow, standing at her car door.
What are you doing here?
(Only her voice heard)
What are you doing there?
What? Me? Hold on, I live here - I can be wherever I damn well like!
And you choose to be running out of the woods?
Yes, as it so happens! Today I decided to be in the woods!
And are the woods where you keep your wine cellar?
StephSteph slowly raises her arm and looks incredulously at the bottle of wine still in her hand.
StephThere is no reply from Mrs Ormsley.
(Looks confused and mutters to herself)
Running, falling, leaping about - and the damn bottle's still in my hand?
(She slowly drops the bottle to the ground as if it's not there)
Did you see them? The dead spacemen? Did you?
StephMrs Ormsley steps forward into the light. She is wearing a long, dark coat and a woolen hat.
Goddamn it, will you come out from behind the headlights? I can't see you!
Did you? Did you see them?
No doubt if I'd consumed as much wine as you, then yes, I'd be seeing dead spacemen.
No, dammit, for real! Did you see them for real? In the woods. Glowing. Flying, for Christ's sake! Did you?
Not since the Seventies, dear. Look, maybe we should continue this conversation another time.
What conversation? I wasn't aware we'd started one yet. Why are you here anyway? At this time of night. That's the conversation I want to have.
(Glances at her watch)
It's 10.30. I'm sorry if it's too late. I just closed the library at 10.
10.30? Oh. I thought it was later.
I'm sorry I cut our conversation short the other day at the library. When I got back you were gone and I've been looking out for you ever since. I wondered if there was anything else that you wanted to ask about the history of the house, that was all.
(Rubs her forehead)
I can't think. I have too many questions. I don't know where to start. All I can think about is the dead spacement, you see. That's what I've got in my head. You know, it all seemed so real a moment ago. And now I'm not so sure.
You should go to bed. I'm sorry I disturbed you. Come back into the library or come over to the house. We can talk some more then.
StephMrs Ormsley walks back into shadow and begins to get back into her car.
I'm suspicious when you're nice. Why are you being nice? I much prefer you bitchy. Kidman prefers you bitchy too.
Wait! Will you wait until I'm back in the house before you drive away? Please?
Mrs OrmsleySteph walks back to the front door of Mordan House. Mrs Ormsley climbs into the car, starts the engine and rolls the window down.
Uh. Yes, of course. On you go.
Stop by the library again sometime soon. How does that sound?
Are you sure you didn't see the dead spacemen?
Mrs OrmsleySteph's expression changes and she stares at her, not sure if Mrs Ormsley's humouring her or not.
(Beginning to close the window)
I'm sure. Well, not tonight anyway.
Mrs OrmsleyMrs Ormsley drives away. Steph remains standing at the front door and continues to stare after her.
I've only ever seen them in town. Never out here.
StephWe see Steph from a distance, standing at the door and calling into the darkness.
Did she say what I thought she just said? Did she really? Kidman! Kidman? Where the hell are you, Kidman?
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