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The Big Day

Film Script by Robin Hawdon

 BILL nips to the bedroom and tip-toes to the bathroom door. Taps on it.
BILL(softly) Hello? Are you there? You must come out now, or I’ll have to force the door.
 There is a click and he steps back. The door opens and the GIRL comes out, white-faced. They stare at each other.
 At last.
GIRLSorry.
 She glances urgently at the connecting door.
 I’ll go now.
 Hurries towards the passage.
BILL(following) What happened…..?
 As she reaches the doorway she almost collides with JULIE, who is bringing in a pile of clean linen.
JULIEAh. Is this the real one?
BILLYes.
JULIEAbout time.
GIRLExcuse me.
 Steps past JULIE and hurries down the passage. BILL tries to follow, but JULIE blocks his way.
JULIEYou ought to be ashamed of yourself.
BILLJulie….
JULIEThe night before your wedding – really!
BILLIt wasn’t like that….
JULIEIt’s always like that.
BILLJulie, I….
 Lost for explanations, he hurries from the room.
 CUT TO:    INT PASSAGE
  
  
  
 The GIRL is heading for the lift. BILL sprints after her. The doors open as she gets there, and the two WEDDING GUESTS emerge. The GIRL enters as BILL arrives.
MALE GUESTBill!
BILL(as the lift doors close) Sorry.
  
CUT TO: 
INT. LIFT. 
The GIRL presses the button to descend.strong> 
  
BILL(collecting his breath) What happened to you? We thought you’d died.
GIRLSorry.
BILLWhy wouldn’t you come out?
GIRLI was hiding.
BILLFrom me?
GIRLNo.
BILLFrom Rachel?
GIRLNo.
BILLThen who?
GIRLFrom Tom.
BILL(puzzled) Tom?
GIRLYes.
BILLWhy?
GIRLI’m his girl-friend.
 BILL stares at her, stunned. The lift doors open.
  
CUT TO: 
INT. FOYER 
  
 The GIRL hurries out. BILL is frozen to the spot in a state of shock. Pulls himself together, and dashes out of the lift after her. Bumps into his MOTHER who is crossing the foyer.
ANGELABill darling, there you are!
BILL(stopping resignedly) Hello, Mother.
ANGELA(stroking his cheek) My poor baby – how are you feeling?
BILL(looking after the GIRL) Fine, Mother, fine.
ANGELAYou don’t look it. Are you quite sure about all this?
BILLIt’s a bit late to ask that now, isn’t it?
ANGELAWell I wish someone had asked me on my wedding day.
BILLYes, well I’m not you. Speaking of which Dad’s looking for you.
ANGELAWhat on earth for?
BILLI think he wants to make up. See you later.
 As he heads for the entrance TAVISTOCK turns from the desk.
TAVISTOCKAh – Mr Martin….
BILLSee you in a moment, Mr Tavistock.
 Dashes past and after the GIRL, leaving a bemused TAVISTOCK and ANGELA behind.
  
CUT TO: 
EXT. HOTEL CAR PARK. 
  
 The GIRL has reached her car. BILL sprints after and catches her up.
BILLTom’s girl-friend’s at home.
 She shakes her head.
 With his parents.
 Another shake.
 Eating corn-flakes.
 Another shake.
  
 Another pair of young WEDDING GUESTS pass by.
  
YOUNG MALE GUESTGUEST (effusive) Ah, Bill! Great day – eh?
BILLYes, er…. see you shortly. (To his GIRL FRIEND) Lovely hat.
 The GIRL is getting into her car. He runs around to the other side. Opens the door and collapses into the passenger seat.
  
INT. CAR. 
  
BILLYou’re Judy?
 A nod.
 Oh my God!
 He sits dazed.
 How did it happen?
JUDYYou don’t remember?
BILLNot a lot.
JUDYOh.
BILLIt was a bit of a dream.
  
 CUT TO:
 INT. BEDROOM. NIGHT (FLASHBACK)
  
 Quick memory flash. They are naked, passionate….
  
 RESUME:
 INT. CAR.
JUDYYes. A kind of dream.
BILL(still bemused) So did George call you?
JUDYI beg your pardon?
BILLYou’re a call-girl, right?
 She slaps his face.
BILLWrong.
JUDYWould Tom invite a call-girl to a wedding?
BILLI’m sorry.
JUDYYou have a genius for making a girl feel good.
BILLSo what were you doing here?
JUDYIt’s a long story. I must get back to Tom’s house.
 Looks at him sadly.
 See you at the wedding.
BILLYou can’t…. We can’t just….
JUDYWe can. We have to.
 He stares at her, distraught….
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