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Just This Room

Script By: Mathew Nicolson
Fantasy


There is nothing but the room. A man and a woman live inside the room, and have never left it, because outside there is nothing. Except the truth is far more sinister than that.


Submitted:Jul 22, 2011    Reads: 33    Comments: 3    Likes: 1   


A room. The walls are defined by a row of tables
(or chairs), forming a square. The tables at the
back are standing upright, tall enough to hide a
person.

Within the room are two people, a man and a woman,
sitting on armchairs (or similar). They seem
older than they are.

There are a few decorative items scattered about,
and appliances, but none which require contact
outside the room.

Most importantly, road cones are in the centre of
the room, forming a circle, with something
important in the centre...

*************************************************

They sit in a bored silence. They have been like
this for some time.

After several moments...

MAN
Do you remember... ?

WOMAN
What?

MAN
Oh, just a thought... I... No, nothing.

WOMAN
Please tell me.

MAN
I remember when... when... I opened that can of tinned
pears with the can opener.

This provokes a reaction from the woman.

WOMAN
So do I!

This is the most excited they've been in years.

MAN
Do you remember eating them?

WOMAN
Yes.

MAN
So sweet. So juicy. What I'd do for...

He looks down, returning to bored despair.

WOMAN
Yes...

Silence.

The woman looks at her watch.

WOMAN
It's time! The little hand is directly facing the 7!

MAN
That's when you walk 5 laps around the chairs, isn't
it?

WOMAN
Better!

She takes a BOOK from under her chair.

MAN
Ah...

WOMAN
Today's paragraph... Let's see...

She finds her place, and then begins reading.

WOMAN
"Despite this discordant and destitute conveyance, a
veil shalt be pulled from the wings, and the cones of
matter will signify the passing of-

MAN
What was that last bit?

WOMAN
Don't interrupt me! I only have 2 lines left until the
paragraph ends - I want to savour them!

MAN
The cones of matter?

She glares at him, and continues reading silently.

MAN
The cones of matter...

His head slowly turns to the road cones in the
centre of the room.

MAN
Cones...

After another few moments, the man pulls himself
up with a walking stick.

WOMAN
Be careful - what do you think you're doing?

He hobbles over to the centre, behind the cones,
and looks into them, thoughtfully.

WOMAN
What do you see?

The man drops his walking stick.

MAN
Do you ever wonder if there is anything else?

WOMAN
Oh no, don't start this again...

MAN
Start what?

WOMAN
You said something similar several weeks ago. Or
months. About how you thought something... or-

She chuckles to herself.

WOMAN
-Someone... created us. Created this.

MAN
No, this is different. I was wondering what these
cones are for...

The woman looks at them. Properly. For the first
time.

She gets to her feet, and runs over to join him.

WOMAN
I've never thought of that before!

She's ecstatic.

WOMAN
I've NEVER thought of that before!

She realises something important, but keeps it to
herself for now.

MAN
They have no purpose. The can opened opens cans... Or
did, when we had one. The chairs are sat on... The
book provides entertainment - to an extent - but these?

WOMAN
Hm, you're right.

She tries to pick one up. It won't move.

WOMAN
It's stuck. Maybe-

MAN
But then, what was the point of the can?

WOMAN
We ate the food.

MAN
But why? We don't have to eat food - we've survived
for... for... a great deal of time without it!

WOMAN
Well...

They think.

WOMAN
It tasted... good.

MAN
How do you know what good is?

WOMAN
I...

Their thoughts return to the cones. The man
begins circling them.

MAN
Have you ever been inside them?

MAN
No. I've never noticed them before.

WOMAN
Me neither.

MAN
Should I try it?

WOMAN
Perhaps we weren't supposed to notice them.

MAN
Not supposed? That implies there's something here to
tell us what to do. Look around you! What do you see?

WOMAN
Chairs...

MAN
And?

WOMAN
A desk, and that book, and...

MAN
Yes, and?

WOMAN
Us.

MAN
Exactly. Just us. We make the rules here.

WOMAN
I think you're right.

She laughs, half nervously.

WOMAN
We can do what we like!

Slowly, man begins moving over the cone.

The woman watches him intensely.

He enters inside.

MAN
This is amazing! A new place! A new place I've never
ever been to!

WOMAN
What's it like?

MAN
It's magnificent. The ground is... soft. There's this
furry stuff I'm standing on.

WOMAN
That's the same as out here.

MAN
Yes, but this isn't out there! It's in here! Oh, but
what's this?

He bends over. He picks up a bowl of fruit.

WOMAN
No...

MAN
Yes! YES!!

He jumps from the cones and into the room, taking
the bowl with him.

They both crowd around a table, where the man
places the bowl.

MAN
(as if he's learning the names as he
says them)
Apples! Bananas! Oranges! Cherries!

WOMAN
(catching on)
And pears!

MAN
I wonder what they taste like?

WOMAN
Let's eat them!

MAN
Yes! Let's!

They dive into the fruit. The woman picks up a
banana, and tries eating it.

The man grabs an apple, and looks at it with
curiosity.

WOMAN
This tastes disgusting!

MAN
Let me see?

She gives him the banana.

He holds it, and carefully, snaps it in half.

MAN
Look, see. The centre is softer. Try eating that.

WOMAN
Let's eat our fruit at the same time.

They both take a bite-

Knock. Knock. Knock. Knock. Knock-
(continuing)

They drop their fruit in shock.

Neither can speak.

The knocking is coming from outside the room!

MAN
But-

WOMAN
How-

MAN
That noise-

WOMAN
It's coming from outside-

MAN
There is no outside! Just this room! This is it.

WOMAN
But I can hear it!

MAN
This room is all there's ever been, and all there ever
will be. There is NOTHING else!

The back tables begin shaking.

They both cry out in fear.

MAN
What is this?

WOMAN
The world is ending. We ate the fruit. There was a
reason it was hidden within those cones!! We should
have left them!!!

Two of the upright tables begin moving
backwards. Once they are far back enough to be
past the tables' legs next to them, they begin
moving sideways, creating an opening into the
room.

Neither of them can speak.

Something walks out of the opening...

They huddle together...

A person wearing a white mask/veil walks out. It
isn't detailed, but a plain, white mask. The
thing is clothed in only white, preferable wearing
a while cloak.

It stands there. Judging them.

Then, it holds up its hands and covers their
faces.

It then lets go.

They flop backwards to their respective chairs,
and then fall into them, before stiffening up.

The creature reveals a can of TINNED PEARS, and
places them on the desk.

It then picks up the bowl of fruit and places it
inside the cones.

The creature then walks backwards out of the room,
as the table close in front of it.

The WOMAN and MAN wake up, and go back to a bored
daze.

MAN
You were saying?

WOMAN
Um... Something about a banana?

MAN
What's a banana?

WOMAN
I don't know.

They sit in more silence.

THE END.





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