SCREEN: Black letters on white background. "April 3, 1992" SETTING: Lights cross fade to spot on DSR parking lot. AT RISE: David enters in a raincoat, carrying his briefcase and his umbrella at his side. He seems tired and introspective as he digs his keys out of his pocket. Neil enters.
NEIL Hello, there! (David stops and faces him.) I'm glad I ran into you. Could I trouble you for a ride home? My regular ride cancelled at the last minute.
DAVID The last time someone asked me for a ride, I said no. Days later, he was taken into custody for slaying three hundred forty two Honda owners. I don't know you very well. Where do you live?
NEIL Point Breeze during the week. Weekends, I go up to my parents' cabin in the mountains. They don't use it anymore. It's nice up there. Peaceful. You'd like it. Not that I know what you like, but, I'm willing to do the research. How about it? Why don't you come up this weekend?
DAVID I thought April Fool's Day was Wednesday. Unless this is April Fool's Day observed.
NEIL It's beautiful. Peaceful. You can relax. Or not. It's up to you.
DAVID What is this, some Fire Island for underpaid literary academics? Neil, listen. It's a very appealing offer. I'm flattered you asked. But, I can't accept. I'm not sure if you know
NEIL I do.
DAVID Good. Then you know this isn't personal. I hope you understand and respect that.
NEIL I respect you very much. I want you to know, although we haven't had much exposure to each other, what I do see of you is very attractive to me. If we can't go to the mountains this weekend, maybe we can do dinner. Sometime.
DAVID That's certainly possible. At any rate, since this came up, I'm not sure it would be appropriate to give you a ride. I don't want to send the wrong signal. I'll see you. (Neil stands back and watches David as he exits.) (END OF SCENE)