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Margaret Young

Video Screenplay

1. Suburban kitchen, yellow gingham, etc.
She shoulders the phone, one hand floating above the numbers. Looks out the window at curlered neighbor mowing lawn, black dog hurling itself against chain link.

2. Night. She jumps out of the car at a stoplight, dressed for a party. Laughing, runs into the cedar-bark bed of an industrial park.
Close-up of car interior: she holds out a red tulip, petals shut to a point like a fat ink marker. He smiles briefly, face going green in the light change, drives on.

3. She walks outside, rubbing the telephone side of her neck, bends to dog with leash. Smell of cut grass, distant traffic, an artificial lake.

4. Close-up of tulip in a plastic cup on a coffee table. Ashtrays, beer bottles. It is open now, a bowl of black furred stamens.
She checks her lipstick in a pocket mirror, notices him across the crowded room alone, arms folded, looking at nothing. She pauses, then draws a deep breath, a new mouth.

5. The dog leaps at the end of its leash. She is watching the sidewalk, pulled like a puppet. Then lets go, raising arms above her head, turning her face to the April sky.

6. The tulip flat as a plate. Smoke swirling around it.


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