Behind The Scenes (Before) Act 2, Scene 7 (The Honeymoon)

Part two will pick right where we left off: Sarah, Mitch, and Nathan have all agreed to get away from the reception as fast as possible, so they can take care of the business. This scene is Sarah’s, who (by the by) doesn’t know that the boys are already late for the drop-off, and just how dangerous this thing actually is. For all she knows, this is no different than any of the other times they have dealt with drugs before.

The main challenge for Sarah, as the new bride, will be to somehow make everyone happy (especially her step-mom), and figure out the best way to leave early without then pissing everyone off. Meanwhile, Nathan and Mitch are pressuring her to get this figured out (because Mitch really doesn’t care, and Nathan seems awfully nervous about this whole thing).

And to add to that, let’s look at this week’s card:

04 - Not My Job
04 – Not My Job

Card # 04 —Not My Job

Give your hero new responsibilities, including a chance to prove herself.

I’m surprised at just how well some of the cards have been fitting for the scenes they came up. Sarah will have to take on a few things she didn’t do before: cater to a large group of people, be the centre of attention, and become a partner in a drug-deal.

Let your hero become the boss, or the new janitor. It doesn’t have to be a profession. Give him a baby to take care of — or maybe a baby elephant. New obligations mean more options, both for the hero and the story.

I guess, in a way, Sarah might get it into her head to somehow take charge of the situation. Perhaps it’s something she always dreamt of: be part of something dangerous and forbidden, and become something more than a slave behind a stove or vacuum cleaner. So, what she has on her hands now is a lot of drugs, two men that nearly ruined her wedding for it, and a crowd of people she perhaps doesn’t even like so much. She will also have to stand up to her step-mother and her control-freak behaviour. After all, Barb won’t let anything ruin this wedding, especially not the bride and her idiot step-brother.

I have a feeling that this scene could end up more in the comedic side–in the dark, messed up satire kind of way, of course.

A couple of exercises to consider, so let’s check ’em out.

List three interesting jobs in your world, then brainstorm how your hero might fill them.

  • In this particulate setting (world), interesting jobs would include high sheriff, part of the mob, part of the gangs, or fugitive of either one of those (fugitive being a job in the broad sense of “something to do within the context).
    If Sarah was to be part of the law enforcement, she’d try to be the ice-cold, over the top cop, that has her hand on the gun holster when walking up to a parked car past due of the parking meter. But when it came down to it, she’d be too nice and not able to keep being hard-ass cop–mostly due to her upbringing of always being the one everyone needs to clean up after them. Working for the mob would get her the dirty jobs that no one else wants. Again, unless she’s standing up for herself, the mob will shit all over her–but whenever given a chance, she’ll pretend to be one of the big guys, talking the talk and wanted to walk the walk. In a biker gang, she’d be that hot chick on the back of the biker wearing the shirt saying, “If you can read this, the bitch fell off.” And hating it, but it’s a man’s world, right? But if some other girl messes with the guys, she’d be up in front showing that bitch what’s up. If ever given a chance, she knows she could run the gang as well as any of them, but that’ll stay a dream.
    So, what I see here emerging from her character is that she wants to reach high, but doesn’t allow herself. She dreams about success past the next dinner, but doesn’t think she can do it.

Imagine your hero is drafting a resume. What would she list for “career goals”?

  • Leadership positions, but always with word “aspiring” attached–aspiring as in “want to but is not.” She would also write about how she’s good at following orders and taking on responsibility on her own, never afraid of taking on any challenge. Again, admitting she’s willing to work at the bottom, but hinting at the drive to do more. Just hinting.

If your hero were to pretend to have another occupation, what might it be?

  • I mentioned in one of Nathan’s scenes that Sarah likes to hide out in the motel, drinking a few beer and smoking a little. Maybe Sarah wouldn’t mind the trucker lifestyle–lots of women are doing that these days. Just driving across the country, never really home anywhere, but living everywhere. Hanging out in cheap motels with cheap beer and cheep strangers. Something that always comes with stories, and the moment you leave the last town behind, and with it the strangers, it all is not real anymore. Just a story, embellished, and nothing more.

The card itself hasn’t given me a lot of things to think about for the scene, but for the character of Sarah, what she thinks and wishes. I guess the scene will show her trying to juggle all the elements mentioned earlier to maybe use the drug deal, the money, and the honeymoon from it, as a means to live out some of those secret fantasies. Perhaps she sees this as her way out, which makes her grow a little bit more bitter towards the people at the wedding, the town, her life and family. With that comes over-confidence, a desire to really change things up. High ambitions, low impulse control–just like a good Fiasco needs. Could that lead to some magnificent self-destruction?

Any ideas, thoughts, comments? Would you have done anything differently?

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