Dialogue 5 minute story expanded.
Rachel exited the lift and walked towards her apartment. Fumbling in her handbag she finds her keys and is just about to insert the key into the lock when she becomes aware someone is standing behind her. Startled she drops the bunch of keys.
‘Rachel, Rachel I’m so sorry,’ Ben mumbled apologetically. ‘I, um didn’t want to make you jump. Here let me get your keys.’
Simultaneously they both bent over to pick up the keys and their heads momentarily clashed. Totally embarrassed Ben jumped back hands gesticulating apologetically as he mumbled his apologies.
Rachel, keys in hand looked at him disapprovingly.
’ Ben! ’ she began in a harsh tone but seeing her friend’s embarrassed demeanour her voice softened.
‘Its alright Ben, its alright.’
‘Rachel,’ he began. ‘Can we talk?’
‘Sure Ben, but not out here in the hallway. Come into my apartment.’
They both entered the apartment, Ben following Rachel like an excited but awkward puppy dog.
‘Can I get you a drink?’ Rachel casually enquired.
‘No, no I’m okay Rach,’ Ben looked rather uncomfortable unable to look Rachel in the eye.
‘I, I have to say something Rach… get it off my chest… I, um.’
‘Spit it out Ben, I have to meet the girls in an hour and I need a shower so hurry up, spit it out.’
Finally summoning the courage Ben started to talk. ‘Rachel… I.’
Just then the ringtone of Rachel’s phone rang out in that annoying alien bar scene from one of the Star Wars movies. The sort of clarinet sounding one.
Rachel picked up the phone and looked at Ben seeking permission to answer it. With no response from Ben she answered it anyway.
‘Yes, oh hello Sandra… yes, yes I’ll see you in an hour. Ben’s here.’ Whatever Sandra said caused Rachel to look over to Ben.
'Oh, right I see, okay, okay… bye.
’ So, Ben.’ Rachel began.’ You’ve been talking to Sandra?’
At this Ben appeared to squirm a little. Finally in a state of panic he said
’ Rachel, Rachel… I, um… I um… I love you and I don’t want you to take that job in Scotland!’
Relieved to have finally revealed his feelings for his long time friend he waited and looked pleadingly into her eyes for any flicker of hope that she would have feelings for him.
Rachel looked at him. Ben gripped by panic and fear stood rooted to the spot.
‘Ben, Ben… I.’