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Episode 30 - The Preparations


















INT.  BOARDROOM.  ALL THE DRUMMONDS AND BARRISTERS ARE PRESENT EXCEPT EMERALD AND EDWARD.
RUBY
We really need to start now.  Is everyone here?

MICHAEL
Emerald sends her apologies.  She still has work to do on Sienna’s costume so she can’t spare the time.

SIENNA
I will be popping in for a final fitting straight after this meeting, so I will catch her up on anything important.

RIVER
Thanks Si.  That will help me because I still have a lot of preparations to complete.

RUBY
Okay.  That will work.  Let’s get started then.

FLORA
Excuse me, but I think you have forgotten the one of the most important people here.

BRICK
No Flora.  We did notice you were here and we thank you for gracing us with your exalted presence.

RUBY
Brick!

FLORA
I didn’t mean me, Brother.  Daddy is not here yet.  We can’t start without him.  He owns the company.

MICHAEL
Flora, your father co-owns the company, but your mother runs it, and everyone here is on the board.  That means everyone in this room, plus Emerald and your Father are equally important and we can make decisions without him present if most of us are in attendance.

FLORA
It’s Daddy’s money that’s paying for this company.

BRICK
Actually, it is my father’s money that is paying for this.

RUBY
Brick, stop!  Flora, our family is underwriting this company, but that does not mean anyone is more important than anyone else.  This is a family venture, and in families everyone is important.  Now, to bring things back on track, does anyone know where Edward is?

RIVER
I didn’t see him this morning at breakfast.  Did he sleep in?

RUBY
Errr... He didn’t come home last night.

MICHAEL
Oh, Rubes.

RUBY
Oh, no, it’s nothing like that.  He was working late on his performance tonight, so he probably spent the night at a hotel to save time on the commute and get some sleep.

BRICK
Sure Mum.  Because that is so like him.

RIVER
Brick, leave her alone.  Mum, I can give him a call if you like.

RUBY
No River, that is okay.  We don’t really need him here for this.  Flora, do you have a rehearsal scheduled this afternoon?

FLORA
Yeah.  Right after this meeting...if it ever ends.

RUBY
River, can you please check that Edward and Kirana are here for the rehearsal after the meeting, and make sure they all have what they need for tonight please.

RIVER
Definitely.  I guess that means the meeting is officially open now.  Shall I start minuting?

RUBY
Thank you.  Alright.  Now for the first item on the agenda.


END.






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