Dream a little dream of me

DRAFT: “Dream a Little Dream of Me”

INT. ROCKWELL MALL, MAKATI CITY – NIGHT

“Revelations: the 3rd Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards”

STEPH moves towards Neil.

STEPH
Hi, Neil!

NEIL turns and smiles warmly at Steph.

NEIL
Hi there! How are you?

STEPH
I am good now that I’m here. How are YOU?

NEIL
I’m good, good, tired, but good.

Neil turns and gets Steph’s comic books. Steph wants to keep the conversation going.

STEPH
Thank you for coming here… blah, blah, blah…

Neil notices that he is holding a copy of Sandaman #1 (The Sleep of the Just) and Sandman Special #1 (“Fables & Reflections – The Song of Orpheus”). Smiles.

NEIL
Are these yours, Stephanie?

Steph, a bit disoriented, thinking—He knows my name?!? Did I introduce myself?—and quickly realized that she wrote her name down (along with the lines that she wanted him to write on her books) on a piece of paper and handed it to one of Neil’s assistants before going up the stage. She wrote down “Steph”, though, and not her full name.

STEPH
Yes!

Neil turns away and starts signing Sandman #1. He dots the eyes of the man on the cover.

STEPH
I got that one when I was 18 (Thought bubble: WRONG. I was 17 going on 18)

Neil chuckles.

NEIL
That was a long way away…

He turns to Steph and grabs at his curls…

NEIL
My hair wasn’t gray back then.

They both laugh, Steph tries not to faint, and Neil goes back to signing the comic books. Steph leans closer (Thought bubble: he’s holding my comic books! MY comic books!). Tries not to drool.

STEPH
Blah, blah, blah. Mutter, mutter.

Neil finishes signing the books.

STEPH
I have something for you.

Neil turns and smiles.

NEIL
Oooohhh… what is it?

Steph hands him a small envelope.

STEPH
It’s… It’s just a… I made you a thank you card… for inspiring me to create. (Thought bubble: CRAP, CRAP, CRAP. Do not get emotional! Do NOT tell him that you’ve always thought of him as your Godfather for creativity. CRAP)

Neil smiles, gets halfway off his seat, plants a kiss on Steph’s cheek and hugs her.

NEIL
Thank you. Steph, you are so sweet. Thank you very much.

Steph is a bit dazed.

STEPH
Thank YOU. Bye.

Steph grabs her comic books and Neil thanks her again.

STEPH
Buen viaje. (Thought bubble: What’s “Buen viaje” in English again? What is it? He didn’t understand you!!! DANG.)

Neil smiles, turns and grabs the next batch of books to sign. Person #275 steps in and introduces herself to Neil. Steph exits clutching her comic books close to her heart.

(Thursday, 18 March 2010, Manila)

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One Response to “Dream a little dream of me”

  1. ashleyC. Says:

    Wow, it’s Neil Galman! Lucky you! :D

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