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The Craw Fish's Burrow

I decided to write about Theodore the Poet from the Spoon River Anthology. The first few lines of the poem is where I drew the most inspiration from, seeing as the poem spanned Theodore's entire life. This helped me cut the story down into something smaller and more manageable. I didn't know how to upload my project (I wrote this in CeltX which automatically formats the script) so I'm sorry if it's not completely in the right format.

UPDATE:
You can read the newest version here.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_TibL9wrddUN3AyUXdsM1J0eG8/edit?usp=sharing

EXT. SPOON RIVER BEACH. SUNSET.

Theodore is sitting on the shore of the Spoon River, watching a craw fish's burrow. Minerva approaches from his right and stops next to him, she looks from him to the river.

MINERVA

What are you looking at?

THEODORE

The craw fish's burrow.

MINERVA

Why?

THEODORE

Why not?

Minerva thinks about it and sits down next to Theodore.

MINERVA

Won't your parents be angry that you're out so late?

THEODORE

I don't think they'll notice, they usually don't.

MINERVA

Oh. Has he come out yet?

THEODORE

Who?

MINERVA

The craw fish?

THEODORE

No, he doesn't come out that often.

MINERVA

Are you trying to catch him?

THEODORE

No.

MINERVA

Then why stare at his burrow?

THEODORE

(beat)

Won't your parents miss you?

MINERVA

Probably.

Theodore looks at Minerva and contemplates her.

THEODORE

I thought you were mad at me.

MINERVA

What?

THEODORE

Well... It's just, the last time we talked you seemed mad at me.

MINERVA

I wasn't.

THEODORE

Are you sure? Because last time it kind of seemed like I'd done something wrong.

MINERVA

No, Theo. You didn't make me mad.

THEODORE

Oh, okay good.

The two look back at the craw fish's burrow.

THEODORE

Why did you come out here?

MINERVA

I saw you and wondered what you were doing.

THEODORE

Oh. This bores most other people, doesn't this bore you?

MINERVA

No.

THEODORE

Why not?

MINERVA

I don't know. It just doesn't.

THEODORE

(beat)

What do you think he's thinking?

MINERVA

Who?

THEODORE

The craw fish.

MINERVA

I don't know. What do you think he's thinking?

THEODORE

I think he's thinking that he's lonely.

MINERVA

Why do you think that?

THEODORE

Because he has his whole burrow to himself.

MINERVA

I don't know, I think that'd be kind of nice. Wouldn't you like that?

THEODORE

No. It'd be lonely.

MINERVA

But he'd be able to do whatever he wanted, whenever. He has no one to please, no one to bother.

THEODORE

No one to talk to either. Except to himself, I suppose.

The two watch the burrow as it gets darker, thinking about what the other one had said.

MINERVA

Have you ever thought of running away?

THEODORE

Yes. Have you?

MINERVA

Yes. Would you ever do it?

THEODORE

I don't know, would you?

MINERVA

Yes.

(beat)

How do you know he still lives there?

THEODORE

I don't.

MINERVA

(beat)

Would you want to build a burrow?

THEODORE

In the river?

MINERVA

No, next to it.

THEODORE

Sure.

The two get up and and gather sticks and make the frame of a crude burrow in the remaining light, they then get brush and leaves to cover it. The two stand back to and admire their burrow. They enter and sit down inside of it. After a few seconds Minerva rests her head on Theodore's shoulder.

MINERVA

(beat)

Are you going to go home soon?

THEODORE

Are you?

Minerva shakes her head no. The two watch the craw fish's burrow from their own, the craw fish finally emerges. Minerva raises her head and points.

MINERVA

Hey look! There he is!

The two laugh and then look at each other, after a moment they kiss for only a second. Theodore takes Minerva's hand.

THEODORE

(beat)

Were you serious?

MINERVA

About what?

THEODORE

Running away?

MINERVA

Yes.

Theodore looks down the river.

THEODORE

Where do you think the river leads?

MINERVA

The Ocean.

THEODORE

Makes sense. Would you want to go find it?

MINERVA

What? The ocean?

THEODORE

Yeah.

MINERVA

Sure.

THEODORE

How about tomorrow?

MINERVA

Okay.

The two watch the craw fish in silence.

EXT. SPOON RIVER BEACH. MORNING.

The two are sleeping in their burrow, the Town Marshall approaches it and looks inside to see the two sleeping next to each other.

INT. MARSHALL'S CAR. MORNING.

The Marshall is driving towards town with Theodore and Minerva in the back.

MARSHALL

You gave your parents quite a scare, staying out all night like that.

MINERVA

Good.

The Marshall looks at her in the rear view mirror.

MARSHALL

(to himself)

Fucking kids.

MINERVA

What?

MARSHALL

Nothing.

MINERVA

I thought I heard you say fuck.

MARSHALL

Now you watch your mouth, young lady!

MINERVA

You're the one that said it.

MARSHALL

That's beside the point-

MINERVA

In front of two kids, in fact.

The Marshall brings the car to a stop and turns around to face Minerva.

MARSHALL

Now you listen here. I spent a good amount of time last night trying to track your ass down. Now I apologize if I seem a little rude or inconsiderate, but I am very tired and in a very bad mood. Do you got that?

Minerva scowls and the Marshall turns around. Minerva taps Theodore's hand and tilts her head toward the door. Theodore nods and the two rest their hands on the door handles. When the Marshall slows to a stop the two open the doors and bolt into the street.

MARSHALL

Hey! Goddammit.

The Marshall swings the car around to chase the two but the kids run through the woods where he can't chase them in the car. The Marshall slams his fist into his steering wheel.

MARSHALL

Shit!

EXT. SPOON RIVER BEACH. MORNING.

Theodore and Minerva emerge from the woods to find the Spoon River, the two stop to catch their breath. They look upstream where they can see their makeshift burrow in the far distance. Theodore takes Minerva's hand and the two walk down stream.

END

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