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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Santa In Training

And the winners are:
Tie between Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet
(28%) as Laurie
Tom Hanks (42%) as Simon
Thank you for voting!

FADE IN:

INT. LIVING ROOM. HOME - CHRISTMAS EVE

Sitting on a recliner in a sparsely decorated living room, a middle-aged MAN is on the telephone.

MAN
Josh will be here at two o'clock tomorrow?
Okay, then. See you tomorrow, mom. Night.

After hanging up the phone, he rests his head on the back of the recliner and closes his eyes. A CRASHING noise from the unlit fireplace causes him to sit up. A clump of red, fringed with dirt, lands onto the floor.

MAN
Who's there?

Brushing herself off, a WOMAN dressed in a Santa suit glances at him.

WOMAN
I'm so sorry. I'm new at this.

MAN
Stay where you are or I'll call...

WOMAN
Please don't call Santa.

The man stares at her.

WOMAN
You see, I'm a Santa in training. And I might lose my job if...

MAN
You're a Santa in training?

WOMAN
Santa is so busy. He needs all the help he can get.
(self-consciously)
I have your present.
(looking up the chimney)
It seems it's still on your roof.

MAN
I'll get help.

WOMAN
Oh no, no, no. It's my job to deliver it myself.

MAN
What's your name?

Seeing him as an attractive man for the first time,

WOMAN
It's Laurie.

MAN
A pleasure, Laurie. Mine is Simon.

LAURIE
Hi.

SIMON
Sit down. Make yourself comfortable.
Would you care for a glass of wine?

The grandfather clock STRIKES twelve midnight.

LAURIE
I can't. I'm late as it is. I have so many presents to deliver.

SIMON
C'mon, Laurie. We both know there's no such thing as Santa.

LAURIE
(aghast)
No such thing as Santa? I'm getting your present right now.
Maybe then you'll believe me.

Simon shakes his head as the front door SLAMS shut. He hears mumbled CONVERSATION outside his house.

EXT. HOUSE - CHRISTMAS DAY

LAURIE
(to neighbor)
My reindeer are gone! I need to get to the roof!

Simon's NEIGHBOR looks at her queerly.

NEIGHBOR
I'll get a ladder.

When he returns, the neighbor sets a ladder onto the side of the house allowing Laurie to climb to the roof. She searches her sack for Simon's present, then climbs down.

LAURIE
Thank you so very much for your help. Merry Christmas!

As the neighbor walks away with the ladder in bewilderment,

NEIGHBOR
Merry Christmas.

Laurie rushes back into Simon's house.

INT. LIVING ROOM - CHRISTMAS DAY

As she hands him his present,

LAURIE
Merry Christmas, Simon.

As Simon gropes for it, Laurie understands.

LAURIE
(gently)
I'll read it.
(reading its contents aloud)
Merry Christmas, Simon. Enclosed is a check for
the eye surgery. I know it will be a success. Santa.

Digesting the words, he buries his head in his hands. Laurie kneels before him.

LAURIE
If you'd like, I'll go with you.

Simon finds and clasps Laurie's hand.

FADE TO BLACK

**written by petra michelle**

http://petramichelle.blogspot.com/

16 comments:

LarryG said...

there are some beautiful gifts this season.
yours is one of those sort of gifts Petra.
This is a Christmas blessing!

Anonymous said...

Very nice parable! You hit the nail on the head. We need to keep this spirit of Chrismas in our hearts FOREVER.

Buttercream Cottage said...

What a beautiful Christmas story. You have really been out doing yourself. Bravo!

Borut said...

A true Christmas eye opener!:)

Mama Zen said...

Oh, wow! The ending was totally unexpected!

Mama Zen said...

I almost forgot! I have something for you!

lmerie said...

I like it . . .Did not see that ending coming (seriously, no pun intended :))

Tipper said...

Oh the hope in this one makes me weepy! Nice Petra!

bulletholes said...

Laurie= Mama Cass
Jake= Stevie Wonder...or Jose Feliciano

Rowena said...

A surprise ending Petra...I didn't see the part coming where it reveals Simon as a blind person.

Thank you for the e-greetings but I can't seem to view them! I think the site is just too darn busy, but it's the thought that counts -- Buon Natale!

Tammy said...

What a sweet story! Merry Christmas my friend!

eric1313 said...

Jennifer Aniston and Johnny Depp

That would make this one magic.

I too was surprised by the ending. But it all made sense once it all unfolded.

And thanks for your comment at my blog. George Harrison is the most under rated guitar player in rock history. An excellent talent who will be missed.

And I play guitar so the compliment was a fitting one. Thank you!

PV said...

Merry Christmas Petra! I hope a santa in training brings you something nice.

i beati said...

and where does Gwen Verdon get that bulimic waist in White Christmas - sickening??hahaha

I watche dLittle Manhatttan last night. forgot how much I truly love that movie!!! It's on 3 times the next couple nights

Poetikat said...

Hey, Petra! I see John Cusack in this, but the Santa-lady is more of a Diane Wiest for me. Ha ha.

Lovely tale.

Kat

archiearchive said...

Awww - I want Claudette Colbert and William Holden - I'm just an old fashioned guy (In honour of Eartha Kit)