Fighting Shape

by Meghan Scibona

10. Round 4: Card guy carries a sign in the ring

11. INT. BOXING GYM - DAY
Isabel and Sandra hit bags next to each other.
LEX
Isabel, come here and punch.

Isabel looks up, crosses past Sandra. Sandra punches Isabel right in the eye. The timer buzzes.

12. INT. ISABEL’S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Isabel sits on her couch working, surrounded by wads of paper and her computer. Sandra enters with bags of stuff.

SANDRA
Come on! We are on a deadline.
ISABEL
I'm on a deadline too. Work. Give me 15.

SANDRA
Will you just come here for a minute?

Isabel looks up to reveal her black eye. She walks over to Sandra. Sandra looks at her eye, feels bad.

SANDRA
Look. I got you a corset, some beautiful spanx. Ooo. Fake
eyelashes. Lacy bra. Let’s get you all dolled up.

ISABEL
You want me to look like a drag queen?

Sandra motions for Isabel to go. Isabel throws up her hands.
Sandra steers Isabel towards the bathroom, as they walk, Sandra hands Isabel a stack of 3x5 notecards.

ISABEL
What’s this?

SANDRA
Acceptable topics of conversation.

ISABEL
I’m better at conversation than you are.

SANDRA
Keep telling yourself that.

Sandra shoves Isabel in her bedroom.

CUT TO:
13. Round 5: Card guy carries a sign in the ring


Writer's excerpt courtesy NYWIFT (NYWIFT.ORG)