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Episode 8 - The Tantrum

                                       

INT.  DRESSING ROOM

RIVER
See Flora.  I told you.  Sienna’s dressing room is the same size as yours.  She is not getting any special treatment over you.

FLORA
Good!

EDWARD
She may not be getting special treatment over Flora, but this is definitely bigger than mine!  How dare you give her a larger dressing room.  I own this company!

RIVER
We ALL own this company Stepfather dearest.

EDWARD
You don’t own anything until your mother and I are dead, and you mother is 11 years older than me so don’t be expecting to much after all you talentless upstart.

RIVER
Excuse me?

FLORA
Yeah. When Ruby is dead daddy is going to make sure we get everything.  Aren’t you daddy?

RIVER
Oh really.  Does OUR mother know this is the plan?

EDWARD
Alright, let’s stop. (pinches Flora)

FLORA
Ouch!

EDWARD
Look River, I am sorry for what I said.  It was rude and unforgivable.  I just feel humiliated to be treated with this level of public disrespect.

FLORA
Don’t apologise to her daddy.

EDWARD
(Gritting his teeth) Be quiet Sweetling.  I was wrong to say that and we all know it.

RIVER
It’s okay Edward.  It is a very stressful week for all of us.  A lot is riding on the success of this theatre company, and the tone of the launch sets the tone of the company.

EDWARD
Exactly my point about the dressing room sizes.

RIVER
As I explained to you earlier, the reason Flora and Sienna have been given the two larger dressing rooms is that they will often be dealing with period gowns and wigs so they will take up more space.

FLORA
I don’t want to wear wigs.  They are smelly and horrible.

EDWARD
Don’t worry, Sweetling, your hair is beautiful.  I won’t let them cover it up.

RIVER
If you don’t think Flora will need the room, perhaps I could switch your dressing room with hers.  That would be most appropriate from the perspective of age and experience.

FLORA
You are not putting me in a smaller room!  Daddy!

EDWARD
(fuming) No, leave things as they are for now.  We can always readdress the situation at a later date.

RIVER
I was told you two are going to go ahead with a closing number for the launch.  Have you decided what songs you will be doing?

EDWARD
Yes.  We are doing ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘Where Is Love’ from ‘Oliver’.  They will suite my English accent and compliment Flora’s youth.

RIVER
Great.  I love that musical.

EDWARD
Yes, yes.  Anyway, perhaps you should run off and get things organised.  I know you have a lot to do today.  Flora and I will just take a moment to discuss our approach and organise our time.

RIVER
Okay.  Find me if you need help with anything.

EDWARD
No, no, no.  You are extremely busy.  We will sort this out ourselves.

RIVER
Well, okay. (leaves)

EDWARD
Well that did not quite go to plan.

FLORA
I am not giving up my dressing room to you Dad.

EDWARD
Hush Sweetling, of course not.  This is the dressing room I will have.  Sienna’s. 

FLORA
Look at this gorgeous dress Emerald made for her.  She was making this stupid cutesy, little girl dress for me.  I kept telling her to fix it, but she just kept making it worse.

EDWARD
It is a little old for you Sweetling.

FLORA
It is not!  I am 15.  I may as well be an adult.  It’s not my fault the law says I’m not.

EDWARD
You are right.  You are very mature for your age. Mmmmm, and quite well developed.  I wonder if you fit in that dress?

FLORA
Ooooh,  could I try it on?  Please, please, please! 

EDWARD
Would I ever deny you anything?  Go ahead, see if it fits.

FLORA
(Puts on dress in ensuite, then comes out)  Oh, it is just stunning Dad.  (does a twirl).

EDWARD
Yes it is.  And it fits you perfectly too.

FLORA
This is the dress I want for the launch.  I am taking it.

EDWARD
Yes, this could be exactly what we need to make things work.  (thinks for a moment)  Take it off – carefully!  Put it back and make sure she won’t be able to tell it was touched.

FLORA
But Dad, I want it!

EDWARD
I know Sweetling, and you will have it.  We just have to be a bit clever about this and not let anyone know.

FLORA
Why?

EDWARD
Trust me on this.  Can you do that?

FLORA
Maybe, but you have to tell me what is going on.

EDWARD
I will.  Later.  Take it off.  I have to go and organise some things.  Oh and don’t forget to be nice to your stepmother! (he leaves)


END.

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