INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
WILLA sits on the edge of the couch. CHARLIE flips through channels, landing on Fox News.
A kitchenette connects to the living room, separated by a bar. There, SHIRLEY fries up some sausages -- CIGARETTE in hand.
Shirley, 55, is a once-attractive blonde whose unhealthy habits make her look at least 10 years older.
Shirley lets the food cook, gulps her rum & coke, and takes a puff. All while reading a trashy paperback thriller, "Permanent Fix".
Willa watches, disgusted.
I don't want any cigarette in my dinner, Stepmother.
Don't mind the dangler. Shirley is a gourmet chef. Trust me.
The best in the West.
On the TV, flashing news coverage of the war entrances Charlie. But it makes Willa nervous.
Today in Afghanistan 60 civilians were killed by US Forces when they received false intelligence from rival tribes. The government is investigating.
That happened to us.
Well, that's war. At least they were just...
Women and children.
Well, what about my baby boys? They were there to liberate. But those camel cowboys murdered em'.
It's complicated. I went there to honor my brothers. And you.
You're lucky you survived, young lady. They shouldn't let women on the battlefield.
Willa contains her anger. Slouches deeper onto the couch in the glow of the TV.
Charlie pays no attention. But Shirley sees Willa is in a SILENT PANIC.
You need a drink. Come here darlin'. What's your pleasure?
You got Bourbon?
What kind of a question is that?
Shirley puts a bottle of Bourbon and a glass on the bar.
Willa pours herself a large glass and takes a sip. It calms her down.
That's better. But this doesn't mean I condone your drinking, Stepmother.
How long have you been with daddy now?
Charlie and I just celebrated our 10 year anniversary.
I lost track. Probably because you eloped! Would have been nice to be at the wedding.
Stop picking on your mother!
Willa scratches Shirley's head lovingly.
Shirley smiles, puffs, and gets back to her book.
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