Screenplay, Part Two
At this point, our main character has graduated. She is now sitting at a round table—probably at a Mexican food restaurant with an older man (dad), younger man (brother), and older woman (mom). Both men are wearing ties. The woman is dressed conservatively. There is general activity while people dip chips, put marinated carrots on plates, and sip their drinks.
Mom: So, Katy, what are your friends doing after graduation?
Katy: Well, Cat and Jackie are going to law school, Emma’s gotten a job with that company in New Orleans, Jennifer’s going to grad school, and Alexa getting her PhD at Vanderbilt.
Dad: And what about you, Katy? Are you going to start studying for your LSATs anytime soon?
Brother: Yeah, sis, when are you going join the family business? He straightens his tie.
Katy: Actually, I thought I’d try teaching for a while.
There is a general silence at the table. After great pause, Dad clears his throat.
Dad: You know, Katy, I don’t think you’re going to make a lot of money doing that.
Katy: I know that, but I just don’t feel ready to go to law school.
Mom: Do you have a job already?
Katy: I’ve accepted a position at Central.
Mom (concerned look on her face): Central? Are you sure you don’t want to try to get a job at a private school?
Katy: It’s very hard to get a job at a private school, and the pay is so low I’d probably have to keep living at home. I know that working at Central will be difficult, but I really think I can do it.
Dad: Well, Katy, we’re behind you whatever you decide.
Mom (concerned look still there): And if it’s horrible, don’t think you have to keep doing it. We’re here for you, sweetie.
Katy: I’m sure it’ll be just fine.
PS: I think it’s important to note that this is NOT a true story. It’s like my life, but it’s very condensed. My parents really are great–they just thought I was going to be lawyer.