Felicity (to Sally): I can't believe it's been 10 years since I left New York and about the same amount of time since I've done this. I'm just so confused and at
32 I should probably know what I'm doing but I really don't. A lot has changed. Noel is still married to Zoe and they have a daughter Casey who is 3 years old. She's gorgeous. Sean and Meghan are still married and have 2 children Mark and Aries. Can you tell who named who? And I did end up marrying Ben which at first couldn't have been more wonderful. We supported each other through
grad school but then once we both started working our relationship just didn't survive it.
Sally I don't even think I know him anymore. To make it worse I've been talking to Noel on the phone almost everyday and when we aren't talking on the phone it's through email. He and Zoe aren't doing so well anymore either. She's slipped back into a depression and he's having a hard time dealing
with it. The only person who's truly been there for me over the years is Noel and it makes me wonder…why did I pick Ben over him?
Felicity is sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee looking out the window. It's a warm May evening and the sky is clear. Felicity puts down the
tape recorder and takes a sip of her coffee. Just then the phone rings.
Felicity: I didn't expect to hear from you tonight.
Noel: Oh I'm sorry, should I go? (sarcastically)
Felicity: (laughs) So what's up?
Noel: Well, we are having a surprise party for Meghan and Sean's 10th anniversary.
Felicity: Wow, can you believe they lasted 10 years?
Noel: Can you believe they have the healthiest relationship of all of us?
Felicity: Speaking of that, has Zoe gotten any better?
Noel: No, unfortunately. It's getting so hard taking care of her, taking care of Casey and running my own web design company.
Felicity: You need a vacation.
Noel: You and I both do. I was hoping you'd come up for the anniversary party and we could both unwind a bit. I haven't seen you in years.
Felicity: That sounds wonderful! I could use a break from here.
Noel: Well, we are having it this weekend so let me know.
Ben comes home around 2:00 am and he was expected home at around 11:oo pm. Felicity knew right away he was with that girl. It's being talked about all over the office and it's humiliating for Felicity. Felicity is lying in bed as Ben
Felicity: Ben, I'm going to New York this weekend.
Ben: Why? (he says while yawning and taking off his shoes)
Felicity: Meghan and Sean are having their 10th anniversary party. It's a surprise.
Ben: I don't think I can take off work.
Felicity: I'd like to go by myself anyway.
Felicity: I need a break Ben. We aren't doing well and I know about you and Sarah. I'm tired of all this.
Ben: So you are running to Noel?
Felicity: No, I'm going to spend time with my friends and Noel is one of them. At this point I don't even know if I care about you and Sarah. I'm just sick of sitting around and not saying anything.
They turn out the lights without saying anymore and go to bed.
It's the next day and Felicity has her bags all packed and she's about to head out the door. She stops and takes a pad of paper and a pen. She writes on
it: Ben, please be moved out of here before I get back. She puts it on the refrigerator and walks out the door.
Felicity is walking off the plane and is walking speedily to get out to look for Noel. Suddenly she sees him ahead waiting for her. She drops her bags
immediately and runs towards him. They immediately embrace each other with such a big hug he picks her up and swings her around. They are both laughing and smiling more than they have in years.
Felicity: I've missed you so much Noel!
Noel: It's so great to have you hear. New York hasn't been the same since you left.
Felicity: You look so good.
Noel: You look as gorgeous as always.
Felicity: (blushing) I can't even believe I'm here! (excitedly)
Noel: Come on (he grabs her bag she dropped) let's go get the rest of your bags.
Felicity: (they start walking) So where is Casey? I want to meet her.
Noel: she's at pre school right now. She and Zoe are actually staying with Zoe's parent's. Zoe didn't want to be around for the party or anything.
Felicity: Oh that's too bad (she feels bad she is a little happy about getting private time with Noel).
Noel: So where are you staying?
Felicity: At the hotel around the corner from Dean & Deluca.
Noel: It's too bad Javier can't come.
Felicity: Yeah, all I know is he's doing some play in London lately.
Noel: Hard to believe huh? (he smiles at her)
Felicity: I can't believe how much has changed.
Noel: So Ben didn't come?
Felicity: (pauses) No…he had to work.
Noel: Oh (a little pleased to have Felicity to himself)
Felicity: I guess it's just you and me.
They smile at each other.
Felicity and Noel walk into the hotel room of Felicity's. She drops down her bags and collapses on the bed. Noel sits in a chair across from her with a
Felicity: (blushing) what?
Noel: It's just so great to just be around you again.
Felicity: yeah it is.
There is a moment of silence between them and they are just kind of looking at each other. You can tell there is so much they want to say but aren't
saying anything. Just then Noel's cell phone rings.
Noel (on phone): Hello…yes Zoe I am picking up Casey at 3…with Felicity…don't act like that (frustrated) we were just talking…did you take your
medication? Well please take it…please Zoe…well I need to go. (he hangs up and has a sad look on his face)
Noel: You don't think I'm a horrible husband do you?
Felicity: No Noel, not at all.
Noel: I really do love Zoe a lot but she's not even trying to get better. It's like she's given up. I just don't have the energy anymore. I'm also afraid of what it's doing to Casey. She's such a strong and smart girl but she at 3 years old is already worrying about her mother.
Felicity: I don't blame you. (takes Noel's hand) It's a lot for you to deal with.
Noel: I can't even talk to anyone about this but you.
Felicity: You can always talk to me.
Noel: Well do you want to come with me to pick up Casey?
Felicity: I'd love to (with a big smile)!
Casey comes walking out of the school along with many other children and immediately she spots Noel. She then starts running towards him with her arms out. She jumps into his arms with the biggest smile ever.
Casey: Hi daddy!
Noel: Hey girl!
Casey: Where's mommy?
Noel: (pauses) She isn't feeling well Case.
Casey: Oh (sadly) Who's this? (referring to Felicity)
Noel: This is my friend Felicity from college. Remember me telling you
Felicity: (smiles) It's nice to meet you.
Casey smiles at her. They all start walking while Noel is still carrying her.
Noel: I packed your bags for grammy and grampy's house. Mommy is already there waiting for you.
Noel puts her back down on the ground and she climbs into the back seat of the car.
Felicity: (sighs) Noel she looks so much like you. She has your eyes and smile. She's beautiful.
Noel: (smiles at Casey) She's the best thing that ever happened to me…after you of course (smiles at Felicity).
Felicity smiles back at him and they have a brief moment. They get in the car and leave.
After they drop off Casey with her grandparents they are driving along listening to the radio.
Noel: So what did you want to do now? The party isn't til tomorrow night.
Felicity: Want to go out for dinner?
Noel: Definitely, I'm starving.
Felicity: Me too.
They are sitting at a fancy resturaunt. Felicity is on her 3rd glass of wine and Noel on his 4th beer. They are laughing hysterically.
Felicity: (laughing) I can't believe we set the room on fire!
Noel: (laughing) Of course everyone had to walk right in.
Felicity: (calming down) I think I had too much wine.
Noel: I think you did too (smiles).
Felicity: Let's get out of here.
Noel: Yeah we don't want to drink too much.
Felicity and Noel come bursting into the hotel room laughing but trying to be quiet. They are both drunk. They have their arms around each other and are trying to walk straight. They both collapse onto the bed.
Felicity: (stops laughing) Water…we need water.
Noel: That we do. (he pulls himself off the of the bed and wanders across the room for water)
Felicity: I haven't drank like this in ages. Should we drink like this at 32.
Noel: Speak for yourself. I'm 33 (laughs).
Felicity: Noel, I don't know what I'd do without you.
Noel: You'd probably be sober (stumbling over to her)
Felicity: Good point.
Noel trips when he gets over to her and the water spills onto her shirt.
Noel: Oh my god! I'm so sorry (laughing)
Felicity: (laughing) It's just water Noel.
Felicity takes her shirt off not even thinking. Noel is kneeling down in front of her and looks up. They both stop laughing and look deep into each
other's eyes. She reaches out her hand and touches his face softly. He closes his eyes like he hasn't been touched in years. His hands touch her thighs and his head leans forward resting on her chest. He moves his body in between her legs.
She leans her head forward resting her head on his head. Noel looks back up at her and they lean forward toward each other. Their eyes are locked in each other's. Their lips are centimeters from kissing and the heat is rising between their body's. Just then Noel wraps his arms around her and they embrace in a hug. Felicity wraps her arms around him as well and pulls him to her.