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Bransby edited dialogue in "This is your first scene." on 09/23/2008. Bransby made 102 other changes.
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Sarah
Well you're a soldier, can't you go for a promotion or something?
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Sarah
It’s ok, I’ll stop over in Oxford at a Travelodge or something, we’ll get you to your mate’s wedding.
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Mike
Sorry Sarah.
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Mike snatches it back and immediately points it back at her. She stares ahead, he looks from the gun to Sarah, then to the traffic in front. He pulls back the chamber and takes out the bullet, pushes a switch on the side and releases the magazine. He puts the parts into the inside pocket of his jacket and zips it closed.
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Sarah
Just put the bloody thing away.
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Sarah sits with the gun pointed resolutely at Mike. She looks from the gun to Mike, then out at the traffic in front which is still gridlocked as far as the eye can see. She sighs and hands the gun back.
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Mike attempts to unzip the inside pocket of his jacket, searching for the invite, but can't manage with the gun in his hand. He absent-mindedly puts it into the cubby hole beneath the car stereo and tries to unzip the pocket. Sarah grabs the gun and points it at Mike.
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Mike
Sarah! No! It's loaded!
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Mike attempts to unzip the inside pocket of his jacket, searching for the invite, but can't manage with the gun in his hand. He absent-mindedly puts it into the cubby hole beneath the car stereo and tries to unzip the pocket. Sarah grabs the gun.
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Mike
Jase is my mate; we served together in Croatia and in Afghanistan. He got his life sorted though. Quit the army before he had to go to Iraq, but he learned a trade while he was signed up. He’s a plumber now, got his own business and everything, and he’s getting married tomorrow. I’ve got the invite in here, it’s somewhere near Oxford.
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Sarah
Who's Jase?
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Mike
I’m not even going home though. I don’t even have a home. My mum and dad died years ago, I’ve got a sister up in Scotland that I haven’t spoken to since, and I’ve always lived in barracks. The army’s been my life. That’s why I’m going to Oxford; Jase is getting married there tomorrow.
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Sarah
Aww, now come on soldier, it’s ok, there there, it’ll be alright, we’ll get you to Oxford, then you’ll be home and everything’ll be alright.
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Mike catches himself, as tears well up in his eyes.
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Mike
Well, I fancied myself as a mercenary right? but to be a mercenary you've got to like, either be in, or have a private army, or at least have a bunch of guns and stuff. But I'm a prat right? When I snuck off the base, I felt guilty about taking my rifle and kit and stuff, coz, well, it's taxpayer's money isn't it? So I left it all behind. I started my mercenary career with nothing more than a fairly good knowledge of how to use a shooter. Course, the thing about Iraq is that the average 9 year old is pretty good with a shooter. So my life as a mercenary pretty much ended there and then. I mean, I went into town, bought this, but then it suddenly dawned on me. I'm carrying a British passport, I've got an American sidearm and not much else, and I'm about to rock up at the front door of Blackwater HQ and ask for a job? Suddenly I felt a bit of a tit. By that time it was too late to go back to base so I made my way back here over land. It's taken me weeks. And now I've got no money, it's pissing down with rain. I've thrown away the one thing I had that looked like a career, and now I've kidnapped a perfectly nice girl at gunpoint, and I've just made a total balls up of everything.
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Sarah
So what happened then?
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They are both laughing now, but when the laughter dies down Mike is staring out of the window.
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Mike
Oh bugger off!
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Sarah
So can you like, do a roundhouse kick, and the splits and everything?
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Mike
I love that film.
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Sarah
Oh god yeah! God that was crap wasn't it?
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Mike
AWOL! The film was called AWOL!
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Sarah
Yeah he goes AWOL and goes off roundhouse kicking his way to vengance! What was it called?
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Mike
AWOL
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Sarah
AWOL?! Like Jean-Claude Van Damme in that awful film with the foreign legion and he goes off to avenge his brother or something. What was that called?
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Mike
Yeah, there's loads of 'em out there, private contractors, don't have to worry about only shooting in defence or any of that crap. Law unto themselves basically, but they get paid a fortune, and they've got all the best gear, you know, some really cool toys. Basically there's laods of people out there making a mint in private security or whatever, and then there's me, in the army, definitely not making a mint. Cut a long story short, I went AWOL.
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Sarah
In Iraq? They're like a security firm or something aren't they?
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Mike
No, well yeah obviously, but no. I mean, I was out in Iraq right and I've never been promoted. I suppose because I never really bothered trying. I've been in the army 8 years now and I've pretty much just dicked about the whole time. Then I'm out in Iraq and still getting paid peanuts, but now I'm like, in a life-threatening situation, and, well, you heard of Blackwater?
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Sarah
Well can't you go for a promotion or something?
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Mike
Oh Christ! It wasn't meant to happen like this, it really wasn't. I'm just so tired, and I've messed everything up so badly. I just wanted a bit more cash.
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Sarah
So what's going on? Why are you doing this?
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Mike
No, no I can't. Can't really do any of those things. Well walking or hitch-hiking maybe...
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Sarah
Well couldn't you get a lift off another soldier or something? Can't you go and see those blokes with the horses up near Whitehall? Again, lots of options other than kidnapping me!
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Mike
I'm a soldier, was a soldier anyway.
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Sarah
What?!
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Mike
This? Oh, I got it off some raghead in Basra.
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Sarah
Hitch-hike, call a friend, get a job, walk - all things you could do rather than carjacking an innocent young woman on her way home from uni. Where did you get the gun anyway?
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Mike
No, really, that is my name. Look, Sarah, I'm sorry about all this. I just- I really need to get to Oxford, I've only just got back in the country, I've got no money, I didn't know what else to do.
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Sarah
Really? Is that really your name or have you just made that up?
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Mike
Mike. Err, yeah, my name's Mike.
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Sarah
I'm Sarah by the way.
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Mike
Eh? Sorry?
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Sarah
So what's your story then?
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Fade up on same scene, Sarah still talking.
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Sarah
So what's your story then
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Sarah continues talking, Mike sighs and rolls his eyes. Fade to black.
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Sarah
I want to stay in research, it’d be nice to stay at UCL. The department’s really nice, the head’s a really good guy, you know, he’s well into research and everything, they’ve got a really good programme running, so it’d be a great place to stay, but not many positions come up each year, and there are some really bright cookies working there so I don’t think it’s likely that I’ll be in with much of a chance. I mean there are other places, I could move back up North, be nearer mum and dad, but I like it down here, I like city life, and London’s really different from everywhere else, you know, there’s so much going on, mind you everyone always says that about London don’t they, but then how many people actually go out and do things? I mean, I’ve been saying for ages that I want to go to the theatre but I still haven’t seen anything, and yeah, I’ve been to the Tate Modern, but then who hasn’t, right? But then there are so many other galleries, never been to the portrait gallery, or the Tate Britain, still haven’t been to the V&A, really would love to go the The Globe, that’s almost like the problem though eh? There’s so much to do that it’s hard to know where to start, I mean on the rare occasion when you’ve got a weekend free, how do you decide what to go out and see, I mean, a lot of it’s free but-
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Mike
But, what sort of job would you get, if you could get one?
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Sarah
Not if I can't get a bloody job, no!
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Mike
So, is there, you know, much money in that?
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