DID YOU BRING IT?
TOM, 31 years old, intelligent, impatient, curious.
HENRY, 29 years old, intelligent, messy, tired-looking, excited
TIME: The past, in August.
PLACE: A small den of an old building.
(As the lights come up, TOM is pacing the den. There is a large, red chair in the room and he decides to sit in it. His leg bounces up and down; he decides to get up and pace again. HENRY enters with a piece of paper in his hands. He looks like he did not get much sleep)
Did you bring it?
Yes! Yes, I did. It took us hours to finally finish, but I think we got it.
That’s great! I could barely sleep last night I was so excited.
(chuckles and mutters)
Yeah, I didn’t get any….
So where is it?
(points to his paper)
(looks at the paper for a while)
Wow. This looks great. All night, huh?
Well, for the past three years. But it was worth it.
Yeah, it really was.
So, do I just sell it to you?
I guess. I don’t really know how this works. I think the witnesses are supposed to be here soon. This is a pretty important patent.
(points to the paper)
Right. Wow, I can’t believe this is going to change the lives of millions of people.
I know! Finally, we can get rid of those obnoxious candles.
Yes. This product is more practical.
Just imagine. In several years, they’ll remember me as an inventor that changed history.
(HENRY coughs intentionally)
And they’ll remember you of course.
So, you’re just going to improve it?
Yeah, I’m just going to take your basic format, but improve it be longer lasting and easier to work with.
Will I have any credit for the work?
Well they’ll probably say, “Henry Woodward invented the light bulb, and Thomas Edison helped”.
(HENRY nods his head in agreement as the lights slowly fade to black)
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