Raptured

RAPTURED
Screenplay by Eric Christopher Jackson
Complete: 102pgs

LOGLINE
One man’s choice between Heaven and Earth to save the woman he loves.

SYNOPSIS
Terrance Washington plays by the rules, even as the Creative Director of R&R Design Firm in the competitive Advertising Industry in New York City. As a dedicated Christian, he lives by a certain Code of Conduct.

Yet, when Nicole Thompson is brought in to add a new perspective to their campaigns, Terrence finds himself conflicted between following the rules and following his heart.

(EXCERPT)

INT. NEW YORK CITY – RESTAURANT

The restaurant is slightly crowded on a Friday night. Terrence Washington walks by looking from table to table at couples in romantic conversation.

He takes a seat at the bar.

TERRENCE
Coke, please.

The bartender, Tony, eyes Terrence, snatches a glass, and fills it with Coke.

Terrence grabs the glass as he notices the bartender giving him a sad look.

TERRENCE (CONT’D)
I’ve already had a long day, Tony.

TONY
You know what you should do?

Terrence’s eyes widen. Tony ignores him.

TERRENCE
Tony –

TONY
— For starters, you should order something other than a Coke from time to time –

TERRENCE
— You said this –

Tony points at him.

TONY
— Six months ago for the first time and you’re still not listening to me, my friend.

TERRENCE
Tony, this is who I am. Period.

TONY
So go find one of those church-going women.

Terrence holds his glass up and close to his mouth.

TERRENCE
Can I drink this, please?

TONY
Fine. I’m just trying to help you out here.

Tony walks off as another customer at the bar lifts his hand for another drink.

Terrence slips his Coca-Cola as he hears the voice as Nicole Thompson behind him.

NICOLE
Terrence? Is that you?!

TERRENCE
Hey, Nicole –

NICOLE
— Oh my gosh! Nice to see you!

TERRENCE
It’s great to see you, Nicole.

There is an awkward silence for a moment as they look into each other’s eyes.

Terrence breaks the silence.

TERRENCE (CONT’D)
I’m okay…

NICOLE
I’m glad, I’m glad. I just, didn’t expect to see you here, at a bar.

Terrence lowers his head a bit and Nicole touches his shoulder.

NICOLE (CONT’D)
I’m happy to see you.

They both sit casually at the bar.

TERRENCE
How are you?

NICOLE
Great! Here with my girlfriends over there. I thought it was you sitting here, I had to check.

TERRENCE
I know. Tony already gave me the run down.

NICOLE
I’m not going to! I am a bit curious though.

Terrence sits in silence wanting to avoid the question.

Nicole gets up from her chair, taking a look back at her friends staring at her from their table.

NICOLE (CONT’D)
You take care of yourself, alright?

As Nicole begins to walk away, Terrence rises and takes her by the hand.

Nicole begins to pull away.

TERRENCE
Nicole –

NICOLE
— Please, don’t.

Terrence lets go of her hand.

Nicole holds the tears back in her eyes. She turns away for a split second then turns back giving Terrence a brief, light kiss on the cheek.

Terrence breathes in the scent of her perfume, then watches her as she walks back to her table towards the end of the room.

He turns around, puts money on the bar. He and Tony exchange nods and Terrence walks out of the restaurant.

(END EXCERPT)

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