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Screen Play – In His Shadows (1)

FADE IN:
INT. A SITTING ROOM-MORNING

A well furnished sitting room.Big enough with basic requirements for a middle class apartment. Sinach’s All things are possible is playing on the background stereo.

DEOLA
…(dressed in secondary school uniform, she is miming the song)
…Mum where did you keep my school bag?
(shouts at the top of her voice)
ALICE
Have you checked in your room?
( A voice from the bedroom)

DEOLA
No. You said you wanted to check my bag yesterday remember?
(Mother walks into the sitting room and meets her grumbling)
I don’t know why she insists on checking someone’s bag sef. Which kind of mother does that?

ALICE
A mother who cares for a daughter. (walks down to where she is sitting , wearing her socks)

DEOLA
A mother who does not give room for a daughter… I am 16 for God sake! Will be graduating from high school in less than a month.

ALICE
(puts her arms round her) You know how I love you , and want the best for you.
DEOLA
Is this how you will be policing me when I’m in the university?
ALICE
Young woman will you stop talking thrash and listen to me? Whatever you do in the university is your business. But as far as you are under my roof, you must listen to all I ask you to do.
DEOLA
But mum, I wouldn’t disobey you. I just think you don’t trust me.
ALICE
Not after your friend Ngozi was caught smoking after school hours—Only God knows what other things she is involved in –You better get your acts right young lady and come out with good grades, otherwise, you be grounded—get up , you are already running late for school.

EXT. A SECONDARY SCHOOL. MORNING
Deola has just been dropped off by her mother.Ngozi meets her by the corridor of one of the classroom
NGOZI
Hello Deola

DEOLA
Hi Ngo, you look beautiful as always…
Ngozi
See who is talking-any way, how was your night?
DEOLA
My dear, my night was cool
That reminds me, my mother ransacked my room yesterday and checked my bag
NGOZI
Why?
DEOLA
You tell me.. (hands akimbo)
NGOZI
What do you mean?
DEOLA
(pulls her aside away from ear shots)
I heard you were caught smoking? Can you please explain what a daughter of a deacon is doing with such stuff?
NGOZI
Hey, hey… hold your tongue…where did you hear that? (looks around to see if someone is listening?
DEOLA
The walls have ears—Ngo.. I have told you to be careful with that gang of yours
NGOZI
It was just a sniff, besides, I didn’t enjoy…
DEOLA
That is how it starts, from a sniff, to sleeping around… if you have not been doing that already sef..
NGOZI
( not concerned, showing no remorse)
Listen up my dear sister, life is too short o. we must enjoy it before we kpeme..
DEOLA
Where did you learn that from? Peme? (mispronounces) God!!! You have changed…
NGOZI
That is the only consistent thing in life my dear-change
(A class mate, simon runs towards them)
SIMON
Good morning Ngozi and Deola, hope you have done your assignments… (He waves his book at them)

NGOZI
Please take your assignment talk away from here.. before your shadow is severed from your body and your glasses run away from your eyes…
SIMON
Laughs…(they all walk into their class room) My shadow left me yesterday, so it is not strange for it to leave me today

INT. CLASSROOM DAY
DEOLA
Are you serious?
SIMON
If you do not eat, breakfast and lunch, your shadow will definitely look for another person. In fact my spirit began to roam the whole of Lagos in 3D.
NGOZI
(Laughs)
You will not kill one with laughter in this school… (Deola laughs as well)
SIMON
You guys are privileged. You always have food to eat, so you will never experience such. Your parents always have your time, unlike mine that are always busy…
DEOLA
You think so?
SIMON
Yes now, in fact my parents are too busy that if I don’t sleep in the house no one will notice.
DEOLA
That is strange…
SIMON
Just that I am not cut out for bad things… the other day, my sister went for an all-night party, and they did not even ask about her.
NGOZI
I wish I have such parents?
DEOLA
Ngozi? You are unbelievable!!! Your parents give you all you ask of them, and you are still not satisfied?
NGOZI
My parents are dulling me jare…Everytime, church, church, church… no time for fun… Na church we go chop?
Deola
I cannot believe this! (Ngozi walks away into the class and Simon does the same)

To be continued…

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6 thoughts on “Screen Play – In His Shadows (1)” by sambright (@sambrightomo)

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    innoalifa (@innoalifa): Head Wordsmith - 102804 pts

    this seems quite promising. I love this……….. waiting for the next installments……………

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      sambright (@sambrightomo): Head Wordsmith - 92707 pts

      Thanks for reading, you will surely enjoy the next installment(s)…

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    uzywhyte (@uzywhyte): Scribe - 19159 pts

    A captivating intro…write on!

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      sambright (@sambrightomo): Head Wordsmith - 92707 pts

      Expect more..@uzywhyte. thanks for reading

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    mendel martha (@ihenyengladysusile): Junior Writer - 2806 pts

    its being a long while since I read any of your stories, Ididnt know you write plays too,anyways you are doing really great………………………………….
    keep it up!

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      sambright (@sambrightomo): Head Wordsmith - 92707 pts

      It is supposed to be for the screen, i dont know why @ogaoga made it a play—but expect the other installations.thanks for reading.

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