Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.
The Producer asks for a pilot script about a bipolar woman and a woman with Asperger’s syndrome who team up to solve crimes as part of a top-secret government operation. Both are gorgeous, brilliant and misunderstood. Homeland meets The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is how it’s being pitched.
Karina speaks in an uninterruptible flow of sentences that incoherently drift apart. She talks rapidly, and for hours on end. When others attempt to speak, instead of listening, she merely reduces the volume of her own speech, however briefly. Sometimes, she ‘communicates’ by way of a bizarre invented language that she insists is French, but bears no similarity to that tongue beyond a few sounds.
Clare is interested in two subjects: The Battle of Hampton Roads, a Civil War clash between armored ships, The Merrimac and The Monitor, which happened on March 9th, 1862; and The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, a highly controversial book about intelligence testing that she has evidently memorized, and will quote at length with even the vaguest provocation. This leads to awkward situations in restaurants. These eating establishments, she points out, do not serve fried clams, which leads to other problems.
The Writers instead create a script about a man and woman who fall in love after they are booked to fight one another in an MMA tournament. The Producer thinks it’s great.