BEFORE THE STORM

FADE IN:

EXT. ROCKY BEACH – DAY.

ISAAC, a red-haired sixteen-year-old with freckles and a strong builds, sits in the sand just past the water’ edge while WANDA, Isaac’s age with amber hair, drifts in the foamy water, holding tightly to a black rock rising from the sea.

ISAAC

Day’s lovely, ain’t it?

WANDA

Always, Isaac, when you say it is.

ISAAC

(smiling)

I could say the sky’s dark on a Sunday and you’d still agree.

WANDA

Perhaps.

(a beat; brushing hair from her eyes)

A storm’s coming.

Isaac and Wanda look across the water and silently acknowledge the darkening horizon.

ISAAC

Think it’ll be as bad as last time?

WANDA

Certainly, if not seven times worse.

ISAAC

Only seven?

WANDA

Perhaps six.

Wanda grins and Isaac laughs.

ISAAC

Think I should warn father?

WANDA

Absolutely not. He’ll know in his own time today, or else he won’t know at all. All the better for him, I should think.

Wanda crosses her arms as she leans against the black rock, then quickly grabs onto it as a large swell pushes her to and fro. Isaac smiles again and Wanda laughs at him.

LATER

The wind blows against them, cold and vicious, and small drops of seawater blow into Isaac’s face. He stands as the water rolls in around his feet and up to his knees, yet he’s perfectly content.

WANDA

You should soon head home, Isaac. The storm’s ruthless today, and you’re further to home than I am.

ISAAC

Always.

(a beat)

You’ll leave soon, won’t you, Wanda?

WANDA

As soon as you’re out of sight, so hurry along, boy, or would you rather the waves get me first?

Isaac laughs. AD LIB friendly banter.

The sea churns around them; thunder sounds in the distance.

ISAAC

Be well, Wanda.

Isaac waves at Wanda, then runs off along the shore.

— adapted from Sunday Sails Away

— originally posted in The Scenic Route

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