Anticipation

Characater A:  Short, fat and bald male.  This person is extremely attentive, focused, determined and relatively dispassionate.  Judging by the words this person chooses and the way this person carries himself, it is obvious that he is proud of his own education.  The technical terms and strictly informal speech used by this man point towards an upper-class lifestyle.
Character B:  Tall and lanky male.  Lost in thought, trying to concentrate, this guy ultimately has a hard time concentrating.  He desperately wants to write, but keeps getting tripped up on his own thoughts.  Judging by the way this person dresses in old clothes, it seems he is poor, although he does speak with an air of intelligence when he can focus.

B:  Maybe I can have them starting at the end, squaring off on the edge of a cliff, and right before one of them looses footing and drops to the rocky shore below, we can go back in time to see where it all began…
A:  If you don’t mind me saying–and only because it’s my job and I’m trying to save you some trouble, that idea has already been executed.  The cliff scene has been used in a number of films, cartoons, children’s adventure stories and comic books.  The interweaving of time plot device is evident in more recent films.  Most of them popular, yet very poorly reviewed.
B:  Ok, alright.  What about a guy who has an identity crisis…One of his personalities has a corporate job, while the other is a corporate terrorist!
A:  Before you start working your magic and getting all specific, you should probably be aware of the film “Fight Club” starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.  While this movie may be on the top ten favorites list of every college student in America, few can tell you why, and fewer have read more than ten books.
B:  Alright, this guy, a misfit, wanders around a city, and—
A:  The Catcher in the Rye.
B:  A sociopath decides to—
B:  The Stranger.
A:  Two People—
B:  Romeo and Juliet.
A:  What do you want from me!  What are you waiting for?!
B:  Are you quoting the pulp horror classic Scream, or is your question directed at me, sir?
A:  You!  Why can’t you let me write!  Once I get started I know I’ll come up with something original.  If you could just let me finish one idea, I’d be on my way.
B:  Original?  Boy, there is no such thing as original.  I am a trained professional, here to perform my job.
A:  What job?  I thought you were a janitor, talking to your self.  How did you get in here?
B:  Silence, pathetic mortal!  My brain is the world’s most powerful computer, a database filled with every story, movie, poem, and piece of media that can be found on TV, in movie theaters and in all the dusty libraries of the world.  I am so efficient that I can detect a regurgitated idea from only a few brief words.
A:  Is that so?
B:  But of course.
A:  Oh yeah…well, an archaeologist—
B:  Indiana Jones.
A:  Dammit!
B:  Haha.  Yes, nothing can surprise me.  It’s quite safe to say I lead a pleasant life, being free from the stress of pesky surprises and all.

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  1. mallory

    trav,
    half way through you switch up characters A and B. also, i think the line “What do you want from me? What are you waiting for?” is from I Know What You Did Last Summer, when Jennfier Love Hewitt is screaming in the middle of the street, not from Scream.

  2. Jenn

    Tee-hee-hee…




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