HJA 437 Scenes 11-13

For new readers. Read the previous HJA 437 posts starting Feb 5 before reading this.

11.   EXT.   OUTSIDE THE HORSEFIELD’S HOUSE.   DAY.


ROSE IS WAITING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DRIVE. GARY EASES THE ZEPHYR ZODIAC OUT OF THE GARAGE, PULLS UP AT ROSE, LEANS OVER TO UNLOCK THE PASSENGER DOOR. ROSE GETS IN.

12.   INT.   CAR.   DAY.


ROSE SETTLES IN THE PASSENGER SEAT. WHEN GEOFF MAKES NO MOVE TO SET THE CAR IN MOTION SHE TURNS TO HIM.

ROSE:

Shall we be off then?

GEOFF:

(NOT ENTIRELY ENTHUSIASTIC) Where do you want to go then?

ROSE:

How about Hayfield?

GEOFF:

(NOT AT ALL KEEN) Hayfield?

ROSE:

There aren’t any monkeys there.

 

GEOFF:

There’s no need to be sarcastic, Rose. The last thing you want when you’ve polished your car is monkeys climbing all over it.

ROSE:

Well we’ll be all right then because there aren’t any monkeys at Hayfield. At least I don’t remember ever seeing any when we used to go there. One or two of the hikers were a bit ape-like but……We can maybe walk part way up Kinder Scout, like we used to. All right then?

GEOFF:

Well, I’d rather not if you don’t mind. The roads up there are a bit narrow for a Zephyr Zodiac.

ROSE:

Geoff we used to go on the bus. They drive buses on the roads in Hayfield so you can drive a car.

GEOFF:

Not on the road up to Kinder they don’t, it’s far too narrow.

ROSE:
We’ll leave the car in Hayfield then and walk. All right?

GEOFF:

Leave it?

ROSE:

Yes. In the Royal car park.

GEOFF:
What if it gets pinched?

ROSE:

Geoff it’s Hayfield where we’re going, not Moss Side or Collyhurst, they pinch sheep there not cars. All right?

GEOFF;

(VERY RELUCTANTLY) Yes, all right then.

HE PUTS THE CAR INTO MOTION AND DRIVES IT SLOWLY FORWARD.

GEOFF’S POV. BEFORE HE MAKES THE ROAD RAINDROPS START FALLING ONTO THE WINDSCREEN.

RESUME ON GEOFF AND ROSE. GEOFF SLAMS THE BRAKES ON.

ROSE:

What are you doing?

GEOFF:

It’s raining.

ROSE:

Well we’ve got windscreen wipers. (POINTS THE WIPERS) There see.

GEOFF STARTS TO REVERSE THE CAR, GOING MUCH QUICKER BACKWARDS THAN HE DID FORWARDS.

ROSE:

(PROTESTS) Geoff!

THE CAR IS NOW BACK IN THE GARAGE.

ROSE:

What do you think you’re doing?

GEOFF:

There’s not much point in going out if it’s raining is there.

ROSE:

What? We don’t have to get out. We can sit in the car and watch the rain.

GEOFF:

We can do that here.

ROSE:

Sit in the garage?

GEOFF:

I am not taking the Zephyr Zodiac out in the rain, Rose. (POINTS OUT OF THE WINDOW) Look it’s doing big dobs now, it’ll spoil all the polish.

ROSE:

I thought the polish protected it from the rain?

GEOFF:

Not big dobs like that.

ROSE SHAKES HER HEAD SADLY AND GETS OUT OF THE CAR.

FADE

13.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S LIVING ROOM   DAY.


ROSE AND JANET ARE SAT HAVING COFFEE.

JANET:

So you still haven’t been out in the car?

ROSE:

It never comes out to go out in. Well it does, on Sunday to be polished, then it goes straight back in again.

JANET:

And how long have you had it now?

ROSE:

Four weeks. I mean what’s the point in having a car Janet if you can’t go anywhere in it. He says he’s waiting for the better weather.

JANET:

It was lovely last Sunday. It said it was eighty in the paper.

ROSE:

He said it was too hot, it might melt the wax.

JANET FEELS THE BABY KICK AND WINCES.

JANET:

It’s certainly letting me know its here today.

ROSE:

Both mine kicked a lot just before I had them.

GEOFF COMES IN.

GEOFF:

Oh hello Janet, I didn’t know you were here.

ROSE:

She was asking if we’d been out anywhere in the car yet. I told her we’re waiting for  cows to fly. Then we’ll drive round looking for them if it’s not raining or too hot.

GEOFF:

Well if you’re going to be like that.

GEOFF GOES OUT.

FADE