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Episode 1 - The Toast

                                               

INT.  RUBY'S OFFICE. 
RUBY
Well Mikey, here we are. (opens bottle of champagne and pours two glasses).

MICHAEL
Yeah Sis.  It’s really happening.

RUBY
I called you a bit early so we could take a moment and celebrate our achievement quietly before the rest of the hungry hoards join us.

MICHAEL
That is no way to speak of family Ruby.

RUBY
Family!  I get treated by strangers better than I do my own children.

MICHAEL
I am sure that will all change now that Dramaticus is up and running.  They will begin to appreciate your love and support for them and their careers, just as I do.  You know I will never be able to repay you for what you are doing for me and my daughters.  I never imagined I would ever get near a stage again, and as for Sienna and Emerald...well.

RUBY
Oh Michael.  You are my brother and they are my nieces.  I would do anything for you.  I always have and always will.  I will never forget the way you helped Brick through the hard times when Tony died.  I just didn’t have the strength to be there for him, and Edward...well, you know how things have turned out with him.

MICHAEL
Yes.  I wish you could have found the love and caring I had with April.  Instead you end up with a no good, lazy, gold digging playboy who is making it his life goal to make you miserable and spend all your money.

RUBY
Enough!  This is supposed to be a happy time.  We are celebrating an amazing achievement, and one which will possibly make us all come together as a family.  This venture, this theatre company, this could be the spark that brings us all together in love and achievement and success.  Raise your glass Michael and make a toast.

MICHAEL
Alright.   Here it is.  To Dramaticus.  May it be the pride and joy and redemption of the Bannister clan –
(Edward enters)

EDWARD
What is this?  The Bannister clan?  You forget yourself Michael.  The theatre company is the initiative and sole property of the Drummond ‘clan’.  You are merely an employee.

RUBY
Edward!  That is uncalled for and untrue.

EDWARD
What exactly is untrue about it my dearest wife?  (pours himself a champagne).  And what are you doing celebrating without me?  This is our money paying for this remember.

RUBY
Our money?  You have not contributed a cent to this venture, or our lives at all so far.  This is Tony’s money paying for this, not yours.

EDWARD
Tony, Tony, Tony.  When are you going to stop using him against me.  He is dead and has been for almost two decades.  You married me and what is mine is yours and what is yours is mine.  It is true you brought in the money, but I have been paying for it every day since then.

MICHAEL
Stop, both of you.  This is supposed to be a day of celebration.  For just this one moment let us forget our animosities and toast the success of Dramaticus.

RUBY

(Hesitating) Dramaticus.  

END 

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