Hard at Work

HARD AT WORK
Written by
J.F. Acosta

Pages: 4

Characters:
Callie, 30’s
Jordan, 20’s

Synopsis:
Callie tries to get some work done, but Jordan would rather tell her about his day.

Copyright © 2018 by J.F. Acosta
All rights reserved. No part of this work may be presented, performed, reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the writer.

 

INT. OFFICE BULLPEN – DAY

CALLIE is working at her cubicle. JORDAN walks up and drapes himself over one of the cube walls.

JORDAN
Hey.

CALLIE
(not looking up from her computer)
Hey.

JORDAN looks up and behind CALLIE.

JORDAN
Hi, Krista!  How’s it … ok.

CALLIE
(still not looking up)
She flip you off?

JORDAN
Yeah. (beat) She’ll get over it.

CALLIE
Will she?

JORDAN
Probably not.

CALLIE
(still typing)
What do you —

JORDAN
I can’t go to Tony’s thing tonight.

CALLIE
(distractedly consulting work on her screen and papers on her desk)
You tell Tony that?

JORDAN
Thought I’d run it by you first.

CALLIE
Why?

JORDAN
‘Cause I was supposed to drive us and I know how you are with the … you know.

CALLIE
(stops working to look at him)
With the what?

JORDAN
You know…
(makes drinking motions with his hand)

They stare at each other.

CALLIE
You calling me an alcoholic?

JORDAN
What? No! Where did you get that?

CALLIE
(goes back to work)
The other 500 times you called me an alcoholic.

JORDAN
I’m just saying, I know you’re not a big fan of driving by yourself especially when —

CALLIE
I can take care of myself.

JORDAN
No, I know that.  I’m just saying…

CALLIE
I’ll be fine. I just won’t drink.

JORDAN
Really?

CALLIE
That much. Let me finish.

JORDAN
Anyway, don’t you wanna know why I’m not going?

CALLIE
You met a girl?

JORDAN
(slightly surprised)
I met a girl. Yes.

CALLIE
Today.

JORDAN
Today. Yes.

CALLIE
Of course you did.

JORDAN
You slut shaming me?

CALLIE
Nobody’s… I’m not slut shaming you.

JORDAN
You are.

CALLIE
I’m not.

JORDAN
You are.

CALLIE
(stops working again)
What’s her name?

JORDAN
(pause)
Elise something? Elaine? Something with an E.

CALLIE
You don’t know her name.

JORDAN
She told me. I just … I got distracted.

CALLIE
By her … “attributes”?

JORDAN
What do you … (CALLIE’S meaning dawns on him) No! Yes. Wait. No! It was the noise. I was distracted by the noise. It was very noisy where we were.

CALLIE
And where was that?

JORDAN
Nowhere. It doesn’t matter. None of your business.

CALLIE
Uh-huh. Go call Tony.

JORDAN
I will.

JORDAN doesn’t leave.

CALLIE
You’re still here.

JORDAN
Are you sure you’re cool with …

CALLIE
Go away.

JORDAN hovers.

JORDAN
‘Cause I could probably reschedule…

CALLIE
Now.

JORDAN leaves.  Then suddenly turns around, both fists in the air.

JORDAN
It’s Lauren! Her name is Lauren!

CALLIE
(already back at work)
That doesn’t even start with an E! (whispering) Idiot.

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