“Oh, thank you. I would love to.” Darith said, walking in and pulling out some papers from his bag. “Now I know you have refused many other directors, trust me I hear all about it. Anyways, I had an amazing idea.” He looked around and when he saw the chairs in front of my office he ushered me into my office and suggested for me to sit. Going along with him I sat down and it felt weird being on this side of the desk.
Darith then sat next to me in the other chair and placed some papers down on my desk.
“What if instead of a movie, we make it Into a TV show. They are way more popular nowadays anyways. And before you refuse I know you ask to see if you can be on set. The answer is yes, dance around the set, leap on tables, I’ll even get you your own chair if you want. You want people to know who you are, I’ll shout your name every time you enter the room. You want to keep it hush hush, my lips are sealed. This is the contract.” Darith said and handed me the stack of papers. No one ever made me this kind of offer, most of the time they say they don’t want me on the set, or that they wanted to turn my book into a movie thinking it was the only option. Even the tv show is a good idea.
“How did you plan to do the tv show? What would be the seasons, how would you do the episodes?” I asked looking at the contract.
“Well,” he adjusted in his chair to turn more towards me. I glanced up at him and couldn’t help but smile by how excited he looked. He reminded me of my dad so much right now. “I was thinking: Every one to two chapters, depending on the length, would be an episode. Then every season would be a book. I figured you would have a hand in writing the script instead of hiring someone to do that. It’d be so much better for the author of the book to do that anyways.” He paused and looked at me. “Unless of course you want someone else to write it and for you to just approve it, it’s all up to you. See,” He pointed at the contract. “That’s what it says.” He nodded his head and I looked back down at the papers in front of me. Turning the front page over, those were the first words, ‘It’s all up to you.’ The rest was just about how I would be allowed on set and how we would set the way I wanted the book to be produced.
“I...” I paused and looked over the words again.
Darith stood from his chair and started passing the room. “Okay, you’re still hesitant. I can understand that, but at least you’re considering it.” He turned his body and looked at me. “The actors.”
“Pardon?” I asked, raising my eyebrows at him.
“The actors, actresses. You get to help decide. If you don’t think someone is right for the part then you can say no.” He shrugged and I gave him a confused look adjusting in my chair to get a better look at him. Was I really hearing what I think I was hearing.
“Really?” I asked leaning back and plopping the contract onto my desk. Raising a knee I tucked my foot under my other leg.
“Really....huh.” He looked out my window.
“What?” I asked leaning forward against my leg to see what he was looking at. I could feel the muscles in my bent leg stretching from how forward I was leaning. The calming burn was the only thing keeping me from thinking this was a dream. Or maybe I was dreaming.
“I’ve never let anyone have this much control over my set.” He said crossing his arms and looking at me. “Okay, okay. I need to think about this... I do need some control over my own set, If I don’t then who knows what will happen....... one.”
“One, what?” I asked, amused. It’s as though he just switched personalities right in front of my eyes. Instead of the willy nilly director doing anything to get me to sign. I now got the thoughtful, planning director.
“One actor or actress, anyone you choose. Yes you can help with the others, but the one you choose will be completely up to you and you have to deal with making them stay.” He shook his head and sat back down with a sigh. “You have no idea how actors and actresses can be. One minute they want to be on set and do everything perfectly, the next thing you know they are heading for the door because of something silly like a makeup malfunction or they get in an argument with another actor.” He ran a hand over his face and for once I could really look at him without him jumping around. He looked tired, he had bags under his eyes and wrinkles covered his face. His hands shook slightly and his back was slowly arching.
There was a small silence between us.
“Yes,” I said suddenly and he looked up at me.
“Yes?” He asked with hope in his eyes.
“Yes, we can do the TV show.” I smiled at him and he stood from his chair quickly. I followed suit and soon found myself in a hug.
“Oh this is so great. Right.” He pulled away shaking my hand quickly. “Sorry,” he laughed lightly and smiled even more. “I should.” He looked around. “The contract. Right.” He started patting his body down looking for a pen.
“I got one,” I said grabbing the black pen in the cup on my desk. I looked through it one more time then signed my name at the bottom. I handed the pen to him and he signed right next to mine.
“Thank you, you will not regret this. When are you available?” He asked and I shrugged my shoulders.
“Anytime really. I don’t leave the house much,” I said and he grabbed a piece of paper from my desk.
“Right, right. Well here’s the address, it’s about a 5 hour drive from here. We can start in three days, if that’s alright with you. I have everyone besides the actors and actresses. All you need is to show up. Dress how you like, it’s not a problem. I’ll get you a chair...” He looked at me and I stood there looking down at him with a small smile on my face. “Do you want people to know?” He asked, whispering like someone would over hear us.
“They can know about the TV show but I would prefer if people didn’t know I was there. I have a hard enough time escaping the press,” I whispered back playing along. He nodded his head and smiled.
“Not a problem. Not a problem, I can send a car even if you would like.”
“I’ll take my own car, thank you for the offer though.” I shook his hand again and he handed me the piece of paper and took the contract.
“Of course, of course. I’ll have a copy of this contract sent to you and my number is on the paper if you need to get a hold of me. I hope you have a great day. A wonderful day.” He started walking to the door and I followed him. “Today is a good day,” he muttered to himself and I grinned. I don’t think I had smiled this much in years.
“Drive back safe,” I said, opening the door and he walked out nodding his head.
“I will, I will. I’ll see you on set. Have a good day.”
“You as well,” I said and he gave me a big wave as he crawled into the back seat of his car. If I knew the driver was out here I would have invited them in so they didn’t have to wait. Darith said something to the driver and then started to pull out. I closed my door and looked up at the ceiling.
breathe, just breathe. Everything will turn out just fine.
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