Laundry Teddy Scene 18

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SCENE 18: MEETING CLIFFORD

INT. CLIFFORD’S OFFICE ELEVATOR-DAY

Clifford who’s wearing a gray janitor uniform checks his watch, he was about to press the elevator button to close its door, when suddenly Teddy shows up with ten laundry bags filling the entire elevator up.

TEDDY

Sorry. I know, laundry

overload here. Can you

please help me press

the 5th floor button?

Thank you.

CLIFFORD

Excuse me?

TEDDY

Can you please help me?

Please press the fifth floor

button for me ‘cause I can’t.

(Lips point to the elevator’s

button panel)

CLIFFORD

No.

TEDDY

Are you for real?

You’re not gonna help

me?

CLIFFORD

Nope.

TEDDY

Fine. I really don’t

need your help.

Clifford gave Teddy a teasing smile. Teddy ignores him.

TEDDY

Ok, let me just

say this straight out.

You think you’re

special? You think

you’re above me

because I’m the one

that’s laundry stuck?

All I can say is that

at least, I’m not

the janitor here.

Teddy struggles to press the 5th floor button, finally reaching over it amidst his laundry bags that literally buries him, the elevator door closes as he looks towards Clifford, his stomach growls.

CLIFFORD

Hungry? (Offers his

sandwich in the white

paper bag)

TEDDY

Do I look that cheap

to you? Do you think

I will just grab

somebody else’s

lunch just like that?

How do I know that…

that’s not seasoned

with poison?

Thank you. But no

thank you, I’m fine.

I’m not hungry.

(His stomach

growls again)

Clifford offered the lunch bag again. Teddy’s phone rings, it was Drew. Teddy grabbed the lunch bag and started eating Clifford’s sandwich.

TEDDY

Hi Drew. Sorry, I can’t

talk much.

I’m on this elevator,

stuck with my

laundry, and this

really weird guy.

CLIFFORD

(Looks at Teddy

who’s eating his lunch)

TEDDY

No. He’s ok, he’s just

weird. I don’t think

I will be raped today.

I’ll be ok. I’ll see you

after your class.

Ok, I have to hang

up now. I don’t want

my laundry to be stolen

(Looks at Clifford)

I’m fine really. He seems

harmless, I don’t think he

has plans to rape me

here at the elevator.

CLIFFORD

(Rolls his eyes)

Seriously?

TEDDY

Sorry about that.

Not that we knew each

other. Nor we’re in the

middle of a fun chat

before my boyfriend

called me. (Realized he just

ate Clifford’s sandwich) Sorry.

CLIFFORD

For what?

TEDDY

I think I just ate your

lunch.

CLIFFORD

So you’re really hungry?

TEDDY

I haven’t had anything

since this morning.

If that’s what hungry

means, as you can see

I’m kinda laundry

busy since I woke up

today.

CLIFFORD

You work here?

TEDDY

The laundry department.

CLIFFORD

We have a laundry

department?

TEDDY

Silly, I just made that up.

I’m dropping off these

laundry orders.

I don’t really work

here. Do you mind

if I ask you something?

CLIFFORD

Where’s the ring?

As you’re figuring out

whether I have a man or

not?

TEDDY

You’re joking right?

CLIFFORD

I really suck at jokes.

Five?

TEDDY

(Looks at his watch)

I can’t. I think you’re

a very attractive guy.

I don’t mind that

you’re a janitor

as who am I to

judge when I’m

the laundromat here.

But it’s not about that.

I just can’t.

CLIFFORD

Boyfriend?

TEDDY

Yes, I have a boyfriend.

He’s very cute and mega

athletic. If you saw me

with him, you wouldn’t

believe that we’re a couple.

You’re gonna go like,

seriously, he’s with

that guy.

CLIFFORD

Five?

TEDDY

I’m very flattered.

But I can’t go out with

you at five. I have to

drop this laundry off,

and I have to see

my boyfriend.

CLIFFORD

Who’s very cute

and mega athletic.

TEDDY

Right, he’s very cute

and mega athletic

CLIFFORD

(Lips point to the elevator,

that’s when he realizes

Clifford meant the fifth

floor not date at five)

Teddy blushed. He rushed off the elevator, dragging all his laundry behind him as Clifford silently smiles. Two female executives rushed at the elevator before the door closes down.

FEMALE EXECUTIVE 1

So Mr. Clifford how’s

the janitor uniform?

Are you satisfied road

testing it?

Should I call our

Shanghai office for

full production?

CLIFFORD

Do I really look like

a janitor in this uniform?

FEMALE EXECUTIVE 2

If I don’t know that

you’re our CEO, I would

say you’re this gorgeous model

on his way to his

photo shoot.

CLIFFORD

Can you call the

HR office ‘cause

somebody just

got promoted?