INT. HOME OFFICE - DAY
A MIDDLE-AGED MAN is on the telephone gleaning a sheet of paper in his other hand.
Hold on just a second.
He gathers up another sheet of paper.
I'll call you right back.
His WIFE rushes in.
Must you shout so, Albie?
It's the bill for the flowers.
Five thousand dollars? And this?
That's it! One more week of this and we'll be
in the poor house!
Albie irately collects the invoices, rises, then paces.
I can understand a ten thousand dollar wedding
gown. But a coach? Why can't she have a limousine
like every other bride? Who do I look like? Walt Disney?
A young WOMAN rushes into the office CRYING hysterically.
There you are, Mother!
What's wrong, Christine?
You and Rob broke up?
Wonderful news. I mean...
Mary glares at him as she guides Christine to a chair.
He wants to elope. Can you believe it?
It's cheaper, that's for sure.
You know your mother and I eloped. And look
how long we've been happily married.
You did, didn't you? It's romantic, isn't it?
ROB rushes in.
Excuse me for barging in like this.
I have nothing to say. If you knew better, I
never want to see you again.
Albie skulks out of the office, then rushes through the house into the yard.
EXT. YARD - DAY
As he approaches the GARDENER,
Grab the ladder and place it at that window.
Then bring the car around.
The gardener winks.
Then turns back into the house.
INT. OFFICE - DAY
Albie returns to find Rob kneeling before Christine.
I'll do whatever it takes to make you happy, my love.
Albie notices the ladder swaying to and fro at the window.
Look. A ladder.
What's it doing there?
Albie grins coyly as he walks seductively towards Mary.
Don't you remember? How about we renew our vows.
Quite the romantic, you are.
Entranced, Christine watches on as Albie extends his arm, Mary wrapping hers around it. She jumps up and graps Rob's hand.
If it was good enough for my parents, it's
good enough for me!
Yes, now! The four of us!
LAUGHING, they crawl through the window and step carefully onto the ladder. From the garden,
Where are the suitcases?
The four step back up the ladder and crawl back into the office. All rush out but Albie who sits at his desk, reflecting.
Upon their return,
I packed for you, dear.
Albie rises, then stands before them.
Rob, a happy wife is a happy life.
My angel, I won't put a price on your
happiness. You have your wedding...with
all the bells and whistles. And you'll make
me the proudest father in the world.
(buries herself in his arms)
Daddy, you're the best!
FADE TO BLACK
**written by petra michelle**
AND HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!