It’s Not Gonna Write Itself: Shoe Check

I started a screenplay a few years ago. I don’t know if anything will ever come of it but here’s what I have so far.

INT. SHOE STORE – DAY

A young man, aged 25, carefully removes shoes from the front store window. He’s careful to try to line them up so that he can place them back the way he encountered them; he had already painstakingly set the new display window earlier in the week when the new instructions came in from home office.

WILLIAM
Hey Jeff! Can you find me the right for this white 608?

JEFF
What size is it?

WILLIAM
A 10.5 4E!

William continues to take shoes out of the display window, bottle of Windex and a squeegee next to him on the floor. He puts the last of the shoe displays on the floor when Jeff appears beside him.

JEFF
Can’t find it.

WILLIAM
What do you mean you can’t find it?

JEFF
There’s only one 10.5 4E left and it’s not there. Just the left.

WILLIAM
That’s our third mis-mate this week. What the hell are they doing when we’re not here?

JEFF
Obviously not paying attention.

Jeff takes the half empty shoe box and places it on the back of the counter where the cash registers are located. Two other empty shoe boxes sit there as well.

WILLIAM
I need a refill, you want to come?

JEFF
I’m always down for a refill brother.

The two coworkers head to the back of the store to retrieve their Chicken Globe cups. In a small room behind a counter with a microwave, their boss and store manager AUDREY is pecking away at a barely functioning laptop, making the next schedule. Her assistant store manager, JOYCE has the back door propped open, taking drags off a cigarette. She’s not supposed to be doing this.

JOYCE
Where are you two bozos off to now?

WILLIAM
(picks up cups and hands one to Jeff)
Getting refills.

JOYCE
(stubs cigarette and comes back inside)
Oooh, you know mama needs her sweet tea.

Joyce hands her cup off to Jeff and the two head back for the sales floor.

JEFF
Need anything Audrey?

AUDREY
(muttering)
Yeah, a new fucking job.

William and Jeff head for the front of the store. A customer comes in and when they pass through one of the entrances, a loud bell rings.

WILLIAM and JEFF
Hello! Welcome to Kicks Castle!

They failed to notice a visibly upset customer standing in front of the cash register.

CUSTOMER
Excuse me! I have been waiting up here for 15 minutes to be rung up!

He had only been at the register for maybe a minute or so. Since William and Jeff had left the sales floor, they were unaware that he was ready to make his purchase. Jeff keeps walking but William slows down, debating on whether to grab the customer. Joyce then emerges from the back.

WILLIAM
(continues walking away)
I’m truly sorry about that sir, Joyce will be right with you to ring you up.

JOYCE
(while coughing from her cigarette)
I’m sorry about that. Did anyone help you find these shoes today?

CUSTOMER
(livid)
Help me? I haven’t seen anyone since I walked in! That one tall guy asked me if I needed any help, I said no, and then I didn’t see anyone until those two headed out door! I can’t stand this store! Who do I need to contact…

CUT TO:
INT. FOOD COURT, CHICKEN GLOBAL – DAY

William and Jeff are standing in line waiting for free refills.

JEFF
You know dude, you probably should have helped that guy.

WILLIAM
Says the guy who was halfway to the food court by the time I caught up with him. Fuck that. Fuck him. Fuck this mall.

CHICKEN GLOBAL CASHIER
It’s a great day at Chicken Global, serving the best chicken worldwide 6 days a week! How may I be of service?

SHOE CHECK

INT. KICKS CASTLE – DAY

William is helping an elderly lady find a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Several boxes of shoes are strewn across the aisle. William stands with his hands on his hips as he watches the elderly lady try another pair of shoes.

ELDERLY LADY
I don’t know. These are still hurting my feet. I’m just not sure I’ll ever have a good pair of shoes again. I don’t know why you no longer carry those Right Strides anymore. I loved those shoes…

WILLIAM
I know, I’m not sure either. I called both of our other stores and they don’t have any in stock either. We could always try to special order them.

ELDERLY LADY
(waves her hand)
Oh, no need to bother with all that for little old me. I think I’ll just try the other store across the mall. You’ve been very…

The elderly lady is bent over lacing her shoes she came in with. She passes gas very loudly. William’s eyes go wide.

ELDERLY LADY
(continues as if nothing happened)
…helpful with everything though. What was your name again?

WILLIAM
(eyes still wide but smiling)
William.

The elderly lady extends her hand, which William shakes warmly.

ELDERLY LADY
Well, William, it was a pleasure dealing with you today, even if you didn’t help me find a new pair of shoes today. You have a nice day young man.

She picks up her purse and heads for an exit. William still stands there, shocked at how she acted like her audible fart wasn’t a big deal. Audrey comes around the corner.

AUDREY
(to William)
What are you doing lazy ass?

WILLIAM
That woman just farted in front of me and didn’t say excuse me or anything. She acted like it didn’t happen!

AUDREY
When you get that old, who cares?

WILLIAM
She could have said something.

AUDREY
(rolls eyes)
How’s rolling coming?

WILLIAM
It’s coming. I was helping her for about 20 minutes or…

AUDREY
You need to get to it now. Our next shipment is tomorrow and this has been on the floor all weekend.

WILLIAM
You do realize this is Joyce’s section…

AUDREY
You do realize I don’t really give a shit. Yannis hasn’t been here in a few weeks and the last thing we need is him to come in again and we have shipment on the floor!

The phone rings.

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