S4, Ep 8, Sc 2: The Mood

Peter arrived on the Antigone set later that afternoon in a decidedly bad mood. He looked around for Holly and as soon as he caught sight of her, he felt the tension in his shoulders begins to relax.

She saw him as well and waved him over towards the coffee dispenser.

“Here, you want some?”

“No thank you.” As she poured herself one, he took in the fancy, glittery evening gown she was dressed in. “You look nice.”

“I’m about to be killed.”


“We’re about to film my assassination scene.”

“Ah. Well it least it’s going to happen in style.”

She grinned. “Yes. You should always die well dressed.” Holly noticed something over his shoulder and waved. Peter glanced around.

A man was heading in their direction with a video camera in hand.

“Luke, hi,” said Holly. “I don’t think you’ve met Peter. Peter this is Luke.”

“Hey.” Peter was aware his tone was somewhat hostile but whatever the camera was for, he wasn’t in the mood.

“Good to meet you,” said Luke.

“Luke here has got a channel  online about movies,” said Holly. “He’s going to do some videos for Antigone.”

“As well as an interview with Holly here next weekend.”

Holly nodded. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

“Sounds great,” said Peter. The tone was still there. Holly noticed it too this time and she glanced at him curiously.

“Luke, have you had a chance to meet our costume designer yet?” she asked abruptly. “Matilda?”

“No yet.”

“You should. She and I also worked together on Homestead. She’s great and she’s on set today. I believe she’s over talking to makeup if you’d like to catch her.”

“Thanks! I’ll do that.”

Holly waited until Luke was out of earshot before turning to Peter. He expected her to be ticked off but instead she merely looked concerned.

“Is everything alright?”

He sighed and ran a hand through his hair. “I’m sorry. I should have put on a better face. I know PR is important for this movie.”

“Hey, forget about Luke. You’re not in the movie. He’s hardly going to hold you against it. I’m just concerned about you. Has something happened?”

“No. Not really. I’m just railing against what can’t be changed, which at this point of my life you’d think I’d know better than to do. I found out a couple of days ago that I have to do PR for the Crocodiles sequel, with Henry no less. And then this morning I got a call from the network and I have to go to some network party next Saturday. There’ll be photographers for part of it so they’ve decided it counts as a PR event.”

“I’m sorry.”


“But you never know.  A party? Maybe it’ll be fun.”

He laughed dryly. “I doubt it.”

“Don’t be such a pessimist.”

“A party with no one to talk to is never going to be a lot of fun.”

“Maybe there will be someone you can talk to.”

“Yes, Henry and I could swap stories about how much we disagree on practically everything. And that will be the best conversation option there.”

“You could always bring someone along to talk to. That’s what I do. Or used to.”

“Yeah, right. Who would want to come? You?” He shook his head.

“Sure, why not?”

There was a beat. “Really?”

Holly laughed. “You came with me to one of my events to be my talking buddy. I can be yours.”

“You don’t have to.”

“But I’d like to. I think we’d have fun.”

“We really won’t. But I’m going to have more fun with you there than I would without so I’m taking you up on your offer before common sense kicks its way into your head.”

Holly grinned. “What time will it be?”


“Great. I’ll definitely be done with Luke’s interview by then. What kind of party is it? Cocktail? Dinner?”

“Cocktails and dancing I believe.”


“We will not dance.”

“Oh really?” Holly crossed her arms and gave a mischievous smile. “Why not?”

“When I could still dictate terms in my contracts, every one of them said very clearly that any dancing done would have to be performed by a stunt double.”

“Not a Fred Astaire huh?”

“I blame prom. I have vivid memories of tripping over my date’s feet and knocking over the punch bowl. I still flashback to it when I have to dance.”

Holly raised an eyebrow. “You went to prom?”

“Yes. I went to prom.”

“Seriously? You?”

Peter laughed. “Yes. Why not me? Think I couldn’t get a date.”

“No, I didn’t mean that. I just can’t picture you in high school.”

“It was sophomore prom. The only prom I ever went to. My date and I only went together because the people we actually wanted to go with, went with each other. And they won prom queen and king. You know, just to rub salt in the wound.”

“Doesn’t sound like a great evening.”

“Actually Helen and I ended up having a lot of fun.”

“And whatever happened to Helen?”

“She joined the Peace Core eventually. Last I heard she married a Burkinabé.”

Holly chuckled again. “I’m finding it so hard to picture you at a prom.”

“I was a teenager once you know.”

“I’m not sure I believe that.”

“There are photos to prove it.”

“I think you’re going to have to show them. I’ll only believe they exist if I can see them with my own eyes.”

A voice called out from across the room: “Holly!”

She set down her coffee. “That will be Walsh. We’re about to film. How about afterwards we go grab a bite to eat? I’m starving.”

“Sounds good.”

“Alright then.” She ran off across the set.

Watching her go, Peter realized that his bad mood had completely vanished.

This entry was posted in Episode Eight, Holly Woods, Peter Glades, Season Four. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to S4, Ep 8, Sc 2: The Mood

  1. Keith says:

    Not a typo:
    “I’m about to be shot.”
    No one on a film set would respond with “What?” because that means that the person in costume is in the next scene. You know, the scene about to be shot. It is an interesting contextual ambiguity. You may wish to rework this to get the effect you want.

    Maybe a typo:
    “Ah. I was beginning to worry Grant might have finally lost all connection to reality.”
    Instead of Grant, do you mean McCall or Walsh? And why would either of them have lost touch with reality? If you did mean Grant, then more explanation is needed since he has no connection to the film. This made me so confused.

    Actual typo:
    . But I’m going to have more fun than without you
    . But I’m going to have more fun WITH YOU THERE than without you
    or you need some other phrase before “than” for “without you” to contrast with.

    Think I couldn’t get a date.”
    Think I couldn’t get a date?”

    Yet another non-typo:
    “There are films to prove it.”
    How old is Peter? I mean home films were replaced by home video a long time ago. Even when I was young (so so long ago in the previous century) film was on its way out and video (no matter how clunky) was on its way in. Just thinking about it I am blinded by the bright lights that video needed in those days. Even I would say “videos” whether or not they were actually film or video. It’s more likely that there are pictures to prove it and that the pictures are more accessible.

    Holly attending the party with Peter will make Henry so happy and so much more pleasant. Note the implied [heavy sarcasm] tags around that sentence.

    • Holly(Woods) says:

      Thanks! You’re right. There was definitely confusion during that whole exchange regarding her dress. I’ve amended it. Also changed the ‘films to prove’ it line. Changed it to pictures as you suggested. The original intent was he was supposed to be referencing the movies he made (hence the use of the word film) when he was a teenager (as it’s mentioned *way* back that he made his first movie at 18) but since they’re talking about high school, it does make more sense for him to be referencing photos taken in that specific time. So I changed it 🙂 And Peter is…oh dear, how old is Peter…if memory serves he was 32 when the story first started. Since a couple of years has passed, he’d be in the 34 range about now.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s