Thursday, October 31, 2013

Who is Diana?


INT. BILLIARD ROOM, GOVERNOR'S RESIDENCE - NIGHT

DIANA CAMERON, nineteen, very pretty, tomboyish manner, is
about to make what looks like a difficult shot, watched by
two ARMY OFFICERS.

FIRST ARMY OFFICER
Lay you ten to one she does it!

SECOND OFFICER
Of course she'll do it! Always
does. Though how she does it, I'm
damned if I know!

Fellowes enters.

Girl looks up. Fellowes stops still. Their eyes meet.

Girl fluffs shot.

FIRST ARMY OFFICER
Oh, I say! Too bad!

SECOND OFFICER
Damn! I should have taken your bet!

An Army ORDERLY enters.

ORDERLY
'Scuse me, gentlemen.
Embarkation's been brought forward.
All ranks to report soonest, if
you please.

FIRST ARMY OFFICER
Come on then. Let's go. Forgive
us, Diana, for dashing off!
We'll soon have your brother back,
safe and sound. Don't you worry.

DIANA
I know you will. God speed!
(to Fellowes)
Don't you have to go, too?

FELLOWES
Not yet. Allow me to present
myself. Captain Tom Fellowes,
commanding Her Majesty's sloop,
"Dryad".

DIANA
How do you do, Captain. Diana
Cameron, commanding the billiard
room.

FELLOWES
Delighted, Miss Cameron. Did I
overhear that you are Consul
Cameron's sister?

DIANA
I am.

FELLOWES
I'm most desperately sorry for
his plight.

DIANA
Oh, don't be. Stuart was always
getting into scrapes and then
coming out of them, unharmed.
I'm sure he'll do the same again.
He's certain to be back soon, now
there is a rescue expedition.
Are you going to Abyssinia, too?

FELLOWES
Yes. In fact, I'm going to
Magdala. I have been given command
of a Naval Rocket Brigade.

DIANA
How lucky you are! Sometimes I
wish I had been born a man.

FELLOWES
Indeed! Would you care to dance?

DIANA
Not really. Do you play?

FELLOWES
I do.

DIANA
Then let's stay here and have a
game. Ten pounds on it?