Scene 33 (Long-Age but Froody)

STREET – NEAR COFFEE SHOP 

[ELLIE stands near the coffee shop, looking around in a confused way. Passers-by walk to and from shops, carrying bags etc.] 

ELLIE

I feel funny…

[pause]

I guess I should find Kate. I’ve a feeling something important is going to happen. Something big – something dramatic. I wonder, does she know what it is?

[pause. ELLIE scratches her head and looks puzzled]

For the life of me I don’t know. What’s wrong with me? I feel so … odd.

[as ELLIE ponders life, the universe and everything, an asteroid crashes down in the middle of the road. She stares at it, swaying on her feet. Passers-by scream and run away, all except for a few. A YOUNG GUY (about sixteen) runs over to Ellie.] 

 YOUNG GUY

Are you alright?

ELLIE

What?

YOUNG GUY

You were really close when that thing hit! Are you hurt? You look really pale.

ELLIE

I’m fine … I think …

YOUNG GUY

You honestly don’t look too good. I should get you home, or to a hospital or something.

ELLIE

That really won’t be necessary. Please, I’ll be okay …

[ELLIE faints] 

YOUNG GUY

Oh my gosh! Are you okay?

[YOUNG GUY shakes ELLIE. She opens her eyes and looks at him] 

ELLIE

What just happened? Did I black out or something?

YOUNG GUY

You fainted, but it’s okay now. Do you need anything – water, or something?

ELLIE

I think I’m okay.

[pause]

How did I get here? I don’t remember anything! There’s just a blank phase in my mind…I don’t know how I got here, why I’m here…

[ELLIE starts to panic]

What’s happening?!

YOUNG GUY

It’s okay, everything’s okay. Temporary loss of memory is perfectly normal. You’re in shock.

ELLIE

Why am I in shock? What happened? Was there a crash or something? 

YOUNG GUY

You really don’t remember? That’s not good…

ELLIE

What happened?! Tell me!

YOUNG GUY

See for yourself. An asteroid just crashed in the middle of the high street. You were right next to it.

[YOUNG GUY points to asteroid] 

ELLIE

This is really not my day, is it?

YOUNG GUY

Bad day?

ELLIE

It’s Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

[YOUNG GUY looks at ELLIE curiously for a second] 

YOUNG GUY

You like the Hitchhiker’s Guide?

ELLIE

Yeah. You?

YOUNG GUY

Do I ever! ‘Course I do. I wouldn’t have recognised it otherwise, would I?

ELLIE

Point taken, frood.

YOUNG GUY

Hey, that’s froody!

[ELLIE and the YOUNG GUY look at each other and burst out laughing. They laugh hysterically for a minute or so. When they’re about to stop ELLIE starts to choke] 

ELLIE

Froody…. [choking with laughter]

[this sets them both off again…they continue to laugh. Eventually they stop] 

ELLIE

Ahem. Back to…uh…normal.

YOUNG GUY

Normality in three…two…one…Repeat, normality in two…one… Normality in one… Announcement, we have normality…

ELLIE

Stop it!

[laughs but grows serious]

Still, I wish I knew why I was here… To be honest, the last few weeks are just a complete blur. I can’t remember any one thing that I’ve done. I mean, they definitely happened. I remember time passing and doing something in it. I just don’t know what I did. I don’t know what’s been happening…

YOUNG GUY

That doesn’t sound too good. Perhaps we should get you to a hospital?

[throughout conversation people are arriving, staring at the asteroid, taping it off with police tape, etcetera… ]

ELLIE

No! No … I’m fine. There was a reason why I should never go to a hospital…and I can’t remember what it was. What’s happening?

YOUNG GUY

This doesn’t just sound like shock to me. Perhaps we should get you out of here?

ELLIE

Good idea. I need to find my friend.

YOUNG GUY

You remember that, at least?

ELLIE

Yeah, I guess so. Cay—no, Kat—no, Katie, no… I’ve forgotten her name!

YOUNG GUY

Katherine? Cathryn? Kate?

ELLIE

Kate – that’s it! Thanks.

YOUNG GUY

No problem. Always willing to help a fellow hitch-hiker, eh?

ELLIE

Yeah. Thanks. Please, would you help me home? People are staring at me.

YOUNG GUY

I think actually they’re staring at the asteroid…

ELLIE

Oh, right. Good point. Hey, I'm not an asteroid, am I? 

YOUNG GUY

No… Come on, let’s get you home. And don’t worry about the memories. They’ll come back.

ELLIE

Will they? I have this horrid feeling they won’t…like I’ll be left with a space in my head for ever and ever and ever.

YOUNG GUY

Don’t panic. Please.

[ELLIE smiles sweetly]

ELLIE

Don’t worry, I won’t. I’m too froody for that.

[BLACKOUT]

The End

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