In honor of the Christmas season (and my love of holiday movies), I thought I would share this scene I wrote in In Over Her Head Lights, Camera, Anxiety. It's a funny scene where Cecily and Andrew joke about those cutesy Christmas movies she loves to watch each year. Hope you enjoy the scene! (It's in chapter 6).
“What do you watch—besides mystery shows that were canceled almost two decades ago about old ladies who solve mysteries?” Andrew asked.
“I like those cutesy TV movies. My favorite storyline is the big city girl who winds up in small town, finds love with an unlikely match.”
“My mom watches those. There’s always some girl who has given up because her last relationship was terrible or she's a workaholic with big city ways. She meets some, like, sheepherder or Christmas tree farmer, he saves her. The end.”
“I seriously think I saw that one,” I said. He laughed. “And there's a kid who tries to show her the true meaning of Christmas. She also needs to tell a co-worker for no good reason why she hates Christmas,” I said.
“Oh yeah, she has to hate Christmas and then learn the true meaning of it, which always upset my grandpa because they never get into the religious side of it—oh, my grandpa’s a preacher—not the one who’s been married a ton—my other grandpa.”
I almost said, “I know,” but managed to stop from revealing I had watched his bio at least a million times. I’d be mortified if he ever found that out. “Don’t forget that all cars must break down in small towns where they don't like big city values,” I said.
“Okay, don’t laugh, but that scenario is super close to a plotline in a movie my manager wanted me to do,” he said. “But I passed on it since I’m not looking to act right now.”
It was at that moment I realized exactly how different our lives were: I was talking about the movies I watch to escape, and he was being recruited to act in them.
“Oh wow,” was the best I could manage. Then I tried to act like it was no big deal and play it off. “And here I was writing one of those movies for you. Guess I’ll have to throw out my script.”
“Well, that’s different. I’d do yours,” he said giving me that slow smile that melted me every time—only this time I wasn’t seeing it on my laptop and it was actually directed at me.
I cleared my throat and tried to focus and not swoon. “Do you mind traveling to a small town? That’s where it’s set.”
“Not at all, but they better shut up about my big city attitude.”
“Remember to tell random strangers how much you hate Christmas and be closed off to love because you’ve been hurt,” I said.
“Just be myself then?”
“You hate Christmas?” I asked.
“Yeah, because I’m always traveling and there’s a lot of divorce on one side of my family so it’s always awkward. But you’re fine with the fact I’m closed off to relationships?”
My face felt warm. “Oh? Um…”
“But you’re winning me over with your super original screenplay,” he said smiling.
“Too bad I don’t own a Christmas tree farm—then we’d have the perfect TV movie relationship.”
“You always do that.” He shook his head.
What did I do wrong? “What do you mean?”
“You change the subject when things get serious. In fact, your whole movie thing was to distract me from the fact you were obviously crying when I called.”
“It’s not a big deal.”
“Would you have told me if I were some guy from your high school?”
“If you were some guy from my high school you wouldn’t have noticed I was upset and if you did, you definitely wouldn’t have asked me about it,” I said.
“Unless you were trying to get my guard down and then you’d try to get out of the friend zone.”
“So that’s the real side of high school dating?”
“Then I’ll be original. Tell me what’s bothering you. Maybe it’ll give me song inspiration. You can be my muse.” He winked and my heart flipped.
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