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Episode 10 - The Cajoling




INT.  BANNISTER HOME

MICHAEL
Wow.  What a lovely meal.  And the thing which made it lovely is sharing it with my two gorgeous daughters.

SIENNA
It really was the most fun we’ve had together in a long time.

EMERALD
I don’t think I have been this relaxed for weeks.

SIENNA
I know what you mean sis.

MICHAEL
I know.  These last few weeks have been insanely hectic.  Between getting the building finished and preparing for the launch there hasn’t been a moment to ourselves.

EMERALD
Just remember, in two days time you will be as free as I am right now.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to not have to keep reworking Flora’s dress (chuckles)

MICHAEL
Well, not really free girls.

SIENNA
What do you mean dad?

MICHAEL
Once the launch is over we pretty much have to dive into getting our first show up.  We have to maintain the momentum of the launch or else it is really all for nothing.  We have to try and stay in the public eye.  At least for the first year.

SIENNA
Groan.  And I was really looking forward to a six month Caribbean holiday, bronzed muscle men fanning me and catering to my every whim... (all laugh).  Speaking of the public eye, I know you don’t like public events Emerald, but you are coming to the launch, right?

EMERALD
(looking a bit uncomfortable)  No.  I am very happy to leave that sort of thing in the capable hands of both of you.

MICHAEL
Come on, my precious gem.  You have done so much hard work to get us to this point, and you are integral to us moving forward.  You deserve to share in the moment of triumph.

SIENNA
Yes.  Do come sis.  It will be a lovely night and you don’t have to come up on stage with us.  Just enjoy the show and have a free drink or two, or three...

EMERALD
I said no.

SIENNA
But why?

EMERALD
(getting agitated) You know why.

SIENNA
Oh, Em.  The scars are barely even visible anymore.  If you don’t know they’re there, you can’t tell anything happened.

EMERALD
(really upset) I said no!  You are lying to make me feel good, but we all know it’s not true.  These burn scars on my face will be with me for the rest of my life.  7 operations have not been able to remove them and lying to me about it is not going help.

MICHEAL
Emerald, calm down precious.  We know it is hard for you.  We just want you to enjoy life to it’s fullest, and especially to share this moment with the whole family, us and your Aunt’s family.

EMERALD
(calming down a bit, but still upset).  I know dad.  Um, I’m really tired now.  I think I will go to bed.  Thankyou both for a lovely evening.  I will see you tomorrow.  (leaves)

SIENNA
I am sorry I pushed so hard dad.

MICHAEL
It’s okay Si.  It is still very hard for Emerald, but we have to keep trying.

SIENNA
Perhaps I should have reminded her about Easter lunch with Aunt Ruby’s clan next week.  That would have taken her mind off it.

MICHAEL
It certainly would have.  The pain never ends, does it (both laugh)


END.

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