And the winners are:
Tie between Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet
(28%) as Laurie
Tom Hanks (42%) as Simon
Thank you for voting!
INT. LIVING ROOM. HOME - CHRISTMAS EVE
Sitting on a recliner in a sparsely decorated living room, a middle-aged MAN is on the telephone.
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.
Brushing herself off, a WOMAN dressed in a Santa suit glances at him.
I'm so sorry. I'm new at this.
Stay where you are or I'll call...
Please don't call Santa.
The man stares at her.
You see, I'm a Santa in training. And I might lose my job if...
You're a Santa in training?
Santa is so busy. He needs all the help he can get.
I have your present.
(looking up the chimney)
It seems it's still on your roof.
I'll get help.
Oh no, no, no. It's my job to deliver it myself.
What's your name?
Seeing him as an attractive man for the first time,
A pleasure, Laurie. Mine is Simon.
Sit down. Make yourself comfortable.
Would you care for a glass of wine?
The grandfather clock STRIKES twelve midnight.
I can't. I'm late as it is. I have so many presents to deliver.
C'mon, Laurie. We both know there's no such thing as Santa.
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
My reindeer are gone! I need to get to the roof!
Simon's NEIGHBOR looks at her queerly.
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.
Thank you so very much for your help. Merry Christmas!
As the neighbor walks away with the ladder in bewilderment,
Laurie rushes back into Simon's house.
INT. LIVING ROOM - CHRISTMAS DAY
As she hands him his present,
Merry Christmas, Simon.
As Simon gropes for it, Laurie understands.
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.
If you'd like, I'll go with you.
Simon finds and clasps Laurie's hand.
FADE TO BLACK
**written by petra michelle**