Nightbus

INT. – NIGHT – TOP DECK OF THE N13 LONDON BUS

JENNA, a tiny, scrappy teenage girl around 15 years old sits on the front seat of the N13. She is unwashed, and wearing an androgenous, dirty blue hooded coat, two sizes too big. Her legs are curled up on the seat, and her head rests on a dirty green sleeping bag. Two carrier bags sit below her on the floor. She is simultaneously trying to sleep and to stay awake. It is a windy, rainy winter night and the street lights catch the rain running down the windows. She is the only person on the top deck.

EXT. – NIGHT – BUS STOP ON OXFORD STREET

SASHA and LAUREN, both pretty girls in late teens stand at a bus stop near Oxford Circus, waiting for the N13. They are dressed up to the nines, clearly just come from a club at closing time. They have short skirts, handbags, and high heels, and have their oversized coats wrapped over their heads and shoulders to protect them from the rain.

The bus pulls up, and they wait for the doors to open before making a run-walk dash to minimize the amount of time they spend unprotected by cover.

Several other passengers sit on the bottom deck. The driver looks bored.

INT. – NIGHT – LOWER DECK OF THE N13

SASHA and LAUREN giggle as they swipe their Oysters.

SASHA

Dat boi was ruuude.

LAUREN

Dat boi was hot, innit?

They giggle more as they take their shoes off to walk up the stairs.

INT. – NIGHT – STAIRS OF THE N13 – HIGH ANGLED SHOT DOWNWARDS

SASHA and LAUREN walk up the stairs.

INT. – NIGHT – TOP DECK OF THE N13

SASHA and LAUREN clock JENNA as they reach the top of the stairs and exchange a look. They sit two rows behind her.

LAUREN

You farted?

SASHA

No.

LAUREN

Well summit smells.

LAUREN and SASHA look towards JENNA. They smirk. LAUREN opens her handbag and pulls out a pack of dry roasted peanuts.

She picks a peanut out and flicks it at JENNA’s head, waking her up momentarily.

LAUREN flicks another peanut and another at JENNA’S head. JENNA looks round at them. She looks tired but not upset. She turns back and tries to sleep.

SASHA

You should wash you know.

SASHA and LAUREN laugh.

SASHA (CONT’D)

I SAID, you should wash you know.

JENNA doesn’t engage.

LAUREN leans over her chair, and flicks another peanut at JENNA.

LAUREN

Are you ignoring her?

No response.

LAUREN (CONT’D)

I said, are you ignoring my friend?

LAUREN gets up, walks over to JENNA, holding her bag of nuts. SASHA follows her.

SASHA

Leave her alone Loz, she looks like she ain’t slept in a month.

(To JENNA)

You hungry, darlin’?

JENNA looks at her, keeping her eyes to the floor and her body language defensive.

SASHA takes the bag of peanuts from LAUREN and holds it out towards JENNA.

SASHA (CONT’D)

Do you want a nut?

JENNA doesn’t respond.

SASHA slowly and deliberately turns the bag upside down, emptying the peanuts onto the bags on JENNA’s chair.

SASHA (CONT’D)

Then get. A fucking. Job. And you can buy some.

LAUREN laughs. JENNA doesn’t respond. She turns away and tries to get back to sleep.

LAUREN

(With faux smiles)

See ya later, babes. It’s our stop.

LAUREN and SASHA go to leave.

EXT. – NIGHT – BUS STOP

The bus pulls over and LAUREN and SASHA exit, laughing. The look up towards the window where JENNA is sitting.

INT. – NIGHT – TOP DECK OF THE N13

JENNA brushes the peanuts off her bag onto the floor, and goes back to sleep.

ENDS

This piece was inspired by the image 31st May [http://elephantwords.co.uk/2015/05/31/31-may-2015/].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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