It’s day 8 of the #TopsyTurvyTVTour over on Instagram! Yesterday Emily Swift needed a little cheering up. Today Emily tries on the role of Agent Dana Scully – and gets a big surprise! Here we go…
(This is a derivative work based on the TV program The X-Files – episode Small Potatoes.)
Emily skimmed the script.
She was thrilled to play the role of Agent Dana Scully, but was unfamiliar with the episode. Didn’t she watch all the reruns? She tossed the papers on the dressing room table. Pushing a lock of hair behind her ear, she adjusted her grey V-neck cardigan.
The crew made final lighting adjustments. From the other side of the set, Templeton brooded over his script copy in an old tee shirt and black jacket. He didn’t make eye contact with Emily.
“Alright, let’s try to get this in as few takes as possible,” a voice called out from beyond the lights. “I have to take my kid to football practice. Let’s start with Scully letting Mulder into her apartment.”
Fade out, Fade in.
Emily answered the door to find Templeton holding a bottle of wine.
“Thought we might celebrate,” he mumbled, eyeballing her sweater.
“Um, sure.” Emily took the wine as Templeton slunk past and parked himself on her couch. “Let me get a corkscrew.”
She returned and poured two glasses. She handed one to the moon-eyed Salesman.
“You know, Emily, we don’t really talk,” he began.
“Scully!” she hissed. No one noticed the slip-up.
“I think it’s time we get some things out in the open.” He leaned closer, his attention suddenly fixed on her lips.
“Okay.” Emily wished she’d read the entire script. What were her lines? This was awkward.
“Maybe, even…” Templeton tilted his head and leaned in, his fingers touching her cheek.
(Holy crap, is he going to kiss me? Inside Emily cringed. Is this in my contract? Do I have a contract?)
The door leading into the fake apartment burst open. Templeton stood in the doorway, horrified.
“What the?” Emily slammed her palms against the fake Templeton’s chest, sending him off the couch. The shapeshifter morphed and they stared at a stranger.
“Were you going to…?” Templeton began.
“Good grief, Templeton, no!” Emily climbed off the couch and pointed to the actor on the floor. “You are a bad man!”
She stormed back to her dressing room.
… Tune in tomorrow we shake things up a bit. Who’s got The X Factor? (Find out here!)
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What I’ll be doing: I’ll be dropping Emily Swift and crew into a story, a scene, a situation, etc. matching the “TV show of the day” prompt from this challenge. In those posts you can read about Door to Door Paranormal Mystery Characters trying to make it through shows like: The X-Files, Scooby Doo, Bewitched, Stranger Things, Friends, The Twilight Zone, The Office, Law and Order, Miami Vice, Game of Thrones, The X-Factor – and many more!
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