Screenplay by Eric Christopher Jackson
INT. NEW YORK CITY – RESTAURANT
The restaurant is slightly crowded on a Friday night. Terrence Washington walks by looking from table to table at couples in romantic conversation.
He takes a seat at the bar.
The bartender, Tony, eyes Terrence, snatches a glass, and fills it with Coke.
Terrence grabs the glass as he notices the bartender giving him a sad look.
I’ve already had a long day, Tony.
You know what you should do?
Terrence’s eyes widen. Tony ignores him.
— For starters, you should order something other than a Coke from time to time –
— You said this –
Tony points at him.
— Six months ago for the first time and you’re still not listening to me, my friend.
Tony, this is who I am. Period.
So go find one of those church-going women.
Terrence holds his glass up and close to his mouth.
Can I drink this, please?
Fine. I’m just trying to help you out here.
Tony walks off as another customer at the bar lifts his hand for another drink.
Terrence slips his Coca-Cola as he hears the voice as Nicole Thompson behind him.
Terrence? Is that you?!
Hey, Nicole –
— Oh my gosh! Nice to see you!
It’s great to see you, Nicole.
There is an awkward silence for a moment as they look into each other’s eyes.
Terrence breaks the silence.
I’m glad, I’m glad. I just, didn’t expect to see you here, at a bar.
Terrence lowers his head a bit and Nicole touches his shoulder.
I’m happy to see you.
They both sit casually at the bar.
How are you?
Great! Here with my girlfriends over there. I thought it was you sitting here, I had to check.
I know. Tony already gave me the run down.
I’m not going to! I am a bit curious though.
Terrence sits in silence wanting to avoid the question.
Nicole gets up from her chair, taking a look back at her friends staring at her from their table.
You take care of yourself, alright?
As Nicole begins to walk away, Terrence rises and takes her by the hand.
Nicole begins to pull away.
— Please, don’t.
Terrence lets go of her hand.
Nicole holds the tears back in her eyes. She turns away for a split second then turns back giving Terrence a brief, light kiss on the cheek.
Terrence breathes in the scent of her perfume, then watches her as she walks back to her table towards the end of the room.
He turns around, puts money on the bar. He and Tony exchange nods and Terrence walks out of the restaurant.(END EXCERPT)