Before they become lovers, Mimi and Michael chat on the phone late one evening.
8 INT. MICHAEL'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 8 Michael, dressed in T-shirt and jeans, sits up on his bed, talking on the TELEPHONE. It's late at night, and the conversation is quiet and intimate. MICHAEL She's very nice. She's always nice. 9 INT. MIMI'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 9 Mimi lies on her stomach on the bed, in her nightclothes, kicking her heels slowly in the air, drawn into the conversation, in a dreamy mood. We go back and forth between the two locations during the conversation. MIMI Well - that counts for something. MICHAEL Yeah, I guess it does. She does a lot of things for other people. She's always making something for a friend, or buying presents, or trying to cheer someone up. Michael is thinking aloud. He is comfortable sharing his concerns with Mimi. MIMI She sounds like a very nice person. MICHAEL (laughing) You're not supposed to talk me into it. MIMI Oh. MICHAEL I just don't think I have enough in common with her. Our conversations tend to run out of steam. MIMI Hmmm. Mimi rolls onto her back, puts her hand into her panties, and starts masturbating, slowly and aimlessly, while she is talking. You couldn't tell from listening to the conversation. MICHAEL She doesn't really have a lot of interests, or goals. MIMI Does that bother you? MICHAEL Um - yes, it does. I think I'd like someone a little more.... He pauses. MIMI Ambitious? MICHAEL Yeah, in a way. More directed. You don't agree with that, do you? MIMI It's not a matter of what I want. It's what you're looking for. MICHAEL I think I'd like someone more independent-minded. Ideally. MIMI Oh, well. Too bad for her. I bet she likes you. There is a pause in the conversation. MICHAEL I have this problem - that I compare everyone to you, and I don't like them as much. Michael is cool and possessed as he says this. Mimi stops masturbating, and rolls onto her stomach, smelling her fingers. MIMI I wish I were more like her. MICHAEL Really? MIMI She sounds like a saint. I wish I could do all those things for other people. MICHAEL She's not a tenth as interesting as you. Mimi pauses over this datum. MIMI (abstractedly) Laura told me the other day that she always thought that you and I would make a great couple. MICHAEL I've heard that before. Several times. Haven't you? MIMI No. MICHAEL I think it's a generally held opinion among the people who know us. MIMI Hmmm. MICHAEL Are you thinking about it, by any chance? MIMI About you and me....? MICHAEL Uh-huh. MIMI I don't know.... Maybe I ought to. Michael waits. MIMI (cont.) I'm just - I'm really a strange person, Michael, emotionally strange. There are things I ought to want to do, but.... MICHAEL (comforting) Yeah. MIMI I'm sorry to be so.... Michael isn't too fazed. MICHAEL That's okay. Don't upset yourself about it. MIMI I'm not upset. MICHAEL (amused) I bring it up every so often, just in case. I hope I don't freak you out when I talk like that. MIMI No, I - I wish I.... MICHAEL That's okay. (pause; he stretches) Ohhh. What time is it? Mimi rolls over and looks at a CLOCK. MIMI Two-thirty-seven. MICHAEL Wow. MIMI I don't care. I don't have to get up anymore. MICHAEL I'm getting sleepy. MIMI Oh, well - go to bed then. MICHAEL Okay. See you Sunday? MIMI Yes. Good night. MICHAEL Good night. Mimi hangs up and lies there, still a bit spacey, thinking.
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