INT. RESTAURANT – SUNSET
Swarthy confident David and a glowing but nervous Clarissa are having candle-lit dinner at a restaurant. Sunset can be seen from the window.
David: So how come you said yes?
Clarissa: I had a lot less on this week.
David: I’m curious as to why.
David: And how’s that curiosity coming along?
Clarissa: Coming along.
David: Are you being evasive?
Clarissa: An accusation or a question?
David: Do you enjoy being with me?
Clarissa: Let’s skip the interrogation.
David: I’m enjoying the asparagus.
Clarissa: Finely tipped long shoots always work well.
David: And the artichoke?
Clarissa: Great once you get to the heart of it.
David: The heart is where it’s at.
Clarissa: If it tastes great, it’s probably great.
David: Same time next week.
Clarissa: Sounds like dinner every week.
David: That good?
Clarissa: You only live once.
David: Unless you believe in reincarnation.
Clarissa: I’m in this life now.
David: Looks good from where I am sitting.
Clarissa: I want to blow out the candle and make a wish.
Clarissa: I’m ready.
David: Next dating candidate please. A great eg of how to avoid the sticky four letter commitment. Feel free to come back anytime Melissa.
Clarissa: I’ve got a funny feeling I won’t need any more courses on getting out of being with Ed. By the way, my name is Clarissa and I just committed.
Today’s prompt: A characters says “I love you”… without using the words “I love you”.
There are tens of thousands of words in the English language. Explore them in a scene where one character expresses his/her love for another without the old tried and true expression.
Then take that as a jumping off point: Why does the character not use the words “I love you”? Are they afraid of making that type of commitment? Are they trying to be clever? Have they rehearsed a speech? Stumbling over ILY, then suddenly jump to some other way of conveying their feelings?
And by the way, they don’t have to say anything, it’s possible they could get across their love through a gesture. Movies are a visual medium. Perhaps explore that possibility.
But whatever you do, don’t let the character say, “I love you.”