Local ITALIAN RESTAURANT- INT. NIGHT
WINSLOW, 20s with a relaxed posture and serious demeanor, sits across from TARA, 20s no-nonsense Type-A woman.
TARA
What was so important that you needed me to come during my lunch break?
Winslow
Do you remember our first date? Six months ago when I walked you home afterward-
TARA
And I slipped on the step to my house. Winslow, I didn't even fall. Why is this so important?
Winslow
When you lost balance, I was there to catch you and we kissed, remember that?
TARA
Did I forget an anniversary? What is this about?
Winslow
What if I told you that wasn't an accident.
(contemplates)
Watch this.
As a WAITER comes out with a tray of cocktails, WINSLOW waves his fingers and the cocktail tray drops to the ground with a shatter.
Tara
What?
WAiter
Woof! Quite a way to make an impression. I'm Troy, I'll be your server tonight, can I start you off with some drinks that aren't already on the floor?
TARA
Sure, can you give us a few minutes to decide?
WAiter
Absolutely.
WAITER turns around and starts collecting the broken class.
Winslow
Now you see, I've had this ability for years: the power to make people trip a little bit if I concentrate on them.
Tara
Okay, you got me I guess! Winslow, I have to get back to work-
Winslow
You need more proof?!
WINSLOW casts his finger out into the crowd at the restaurant and flicks at an ELDERLY WOMAN coming back from the bathroom. She stumbles and falls before a group of patrons rushes over to help her.
TARA
Did you do that?!
Winslow
Only to show you I was serious! Tara, am the closest thing the world has to a superpower!
TARA
Winslow, you're scaring me.
Winslow
Think of all I could do! Police could have me concentrate on criminals and stumble right into the jail cell?
Tara
And you can't make people totally fall?
Winslow
No, I think it had something to do when I fell asleep on the G-Force coaster at Six Flags. Ever since they found me in the morning, I've been able to change people's gravitates.
Tara
Why didn't you tell me this before?
Winslow
I had my own concerns. Remember Rodger: the old boss who assigned me his office after he-
TARA
(piecing this together)
Fell into incoming traffic.
Winslow
I hadn't honed my ability back then. I only meant for him to get hit in the cycling lane.
TARA
That's a crime. How many people have you told?
Winslow
Only you.
TARA
We can talk about this at home, Winslow, I need to get back to work.
Winslow
Tara, I wouldn't get up if I were you.
WINSLOW waves his finger again and Tara stumbles back into her seat.
TARA
I swear to God, every man I date has some repressed issues.
Winslow
Like Andy Silverman?
TARA
How did you know about Andy, I never told anyone we dated before he-
Winslow
Fell onto his knife at home.
TARA is in hysterics now, questioning everything.
Tara
I thought it was a suicide!
WINSLOW remains eerily calm.
Winslow
No, I made him trip a little bit. You should be more grateful. I felt bad about that, so how do you think Hannah got that wrist injury at work right before the September issue was due?
TARA
She told me her Peloton was slippery! You've controlled my whole life!
Winslow
(calm as ever)
Hardly. I needed you as much as you needed me. Now that you're the Chief Editor, I wanted to ask you to write my tell-all book. I'm calling it, "You must be Tripping: Stories from my Childhood".
Tara
You want to write a "Tell All" about how you murdered Alan, sabotaged my life, and injured these people?
Winslow
Tara, I only make people trip a little. Like when you stand up after taking a nap.
Tara
I used to love you.
Winslow
And I still do. Tara, stand up.
WINSLOW makes a dramatic sweep to present Tara with an ENGAGEMENT RING. TARA stands to run away, but Winslow flicks his finger and Tara STUMBLES forward to accept the ring onto her finger.
Winslow
Tara, I want to confide in you as you have in me, for as long as we both shall live.
TARA
Never sweep me off my feet again.
The entire restaurant APPLAUDS, including the WAITER, who now is BLEEDING from the glass in his hands and the OLD WOMAN who is pressing her LifeAlert.

Roman V. Smith © 2020
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