Molly

by Brigette ReDavid

EXT. THE WOODS - DAY
Molly points. William SHOOTS. They pick up a DEAD PHEASANT --
LATER
They walk in the field carrying dead pheasants and rabbits.
MOLLY
Can I try it?
WILLIAM
What?
MOLLY
Hunting. I want to shoot.
WILLIAM
Girls don’t shoot the supper. They cook it.
Molly freezes as her smile fades into anger.
MOLLY
All my life I’ve been told what I should and should not do, what I can and can not do.
WILLIAM
Things are how they are.
MOLLY
That is not how I want my life to be. I want to shoot the gun.
WILLIAM
This is our life now. Let's get home so you can cook the pheasant. 
He starts walking but Molly doesn’t budge.
WILLIAM (CONT’D)
I'm hungry. Come, Mary.
She doesn’t move. He stops and paces around his defiant wife.
WILLIAM (CONT’D)
Aye, it’s a strange wife I have. 
MOLLY
Just let me try.
William considers briefly, but he's tired and hungry.
WILLIAM
Maybe another time.
MOLLY
But we're here now.
William uncomfortably looks around the open fields.
WILLIAM
Women do not hunt.
MOLLY
(whispers)
Please, William. Just let me do this.
She moves closer to him, touching his arm.
MOLLY (CONT’D)
No one would know.
It’s obvious she’s not going anywhere. 
WILLIAM
It’s important how you stand.
He lifts the gun as Molly breaks into a broad smile. He positions the gun for Molly.
WILLIAM (CONT’D)
Always aim dead center. If you wound the animal, kill it fast because it’s cruel to make anything suffer.
Molly steadies the gun and squints. He points at a pheasant. She shoots - knocking herself backward.
WILLIAM (CONT’D)
Not bad.
MOLLY
I missed.
He steadies her and takes the gun.
WILLIAM
Not by much. You'd have to practice. Let’s go home.
He puts out his hand but Molly doesn't move.
MOLLY
So you will teach me to shoot?
WILLIAM
I didn’t say that.
MOLLY
You said I needed practice.
Instead of getting angry, William grins at her.
WILLIAM
You could use some practice at a few things, Mary.
It goes over her head. He starts walking.
MOLLY
I'm a good cook!
William LAUGHS heartily at the joke Molly doesn’t understand. 
MOLLY (CONT’D)
You're laughing because I missed.
He stops and walks back to her, giving her the gun.
WILLIAM
At least we found something that makes you happy. 
Molly smiles broadly as she takes the gun --
INT. WILLIAM AND MOLLY'S KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
William and Molly hang the DEAD GAME by a string near the fire. Molly is glowing as she points to a pheasant.
MOLLY
That one is mine!
William's hungry. He smiles at her.
WILLIAM
Then we shall eat that one first. I'll start the fire.
Molly stops him. They are close - face to face.
WILLIAM (CONT’D)
(exasperated)
What now, woman? You have had your way all day. 
MOLLY
Thank you.
She moves closer and they kiss passionately. Then Molly surprises him by taking his hand to lead him to the loft --


Writer's excerpt courtesy NYWIFT (NYWIFT.ORG)