Quarter Life Crisis
by Robin Fusco
INT. LINDSEY’S APARTMENT, KITCHEN, HOBOKEN - NIGHT
Lindsey closes the photos and pulls up her contacts list. She
CLICKS on Amy Curtis, who was featured in most of the college
A video call opens. AMY answers, her face filling the
Amy puts on earrings and finishes her makeup.
Was using my camera as a mirror and
saw you pop up. How’s it goin’?
I miss you! Haven’t seen you since
your wedding, almost --
Almost a year! Can you believe it?
We used to call each other every
day over college breaks. I wanted
to talk about your trip!
I have the spare room all set up.
Did you tell her?
STEVE squishes next to Amy. Neither face fits completely on
the screen, leaving them jostling for position.
We’ve decided -
- after careful thought and
- that it’s time to grow our family
AMY AND STEVE
- we’re going to have a baby!
Amy and Steve SHRIEK and rub their noses in Eskimo kisses.
That’s great. Uh, hello? Amy!
They finally stop.
I’m not pregnant yet.
But she can’t visit.
I can’t visit.
We’ve been planning this!
But I’m going to have a baby.
And there are certain things people
need to do in order to have a baby.
Steve squeezes Amy.
We have names to look at -
- a nursery to decorate -
- and we have to make the baby!
Taking a vacation isn’t an option
I could take off. Come to you? Help
Amy and Steve glance at each other.
Lindsey, college was, it was great.
But I have my own life now. I’m
sure you do too.
We’ll send you a Christmas card -
- and a photo of the baby!
It’s getting late.
We’re going out to celebrate our
They end the call.
Lindsey stares at the computer.
Lindsey opens her search engine and inputs “ways to meet
Her eyes grow wide as she reads the suggestions.
Writer's excerpt courtesy NYWIFT (NYWIFT.ORG)