Morning Departure

Synopsis: Follows two strangers who share a brief connection while on a layover at a remote airport.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Short
21 min

Call all hands, call all hands

call all hands, call all hands.

Wakey, wakey, rise and shine.

The morning's fine, get up, it's time.




Wonderful child, isn't he?

I willed him to stop.

Incredible. Now will yourself back to sleep,

Mrs. Armstrong.

Oh, no. Rules for dutiful naval wives

numbers one and two.

First soothe the fractious child,

then get up at impossible hours

and cook your husband's breakfast

with a pleasant smile.

Rules for gallant submarine commanders.

Be able to do everything that your men

can do, and that includes frying eggs.

I'll cook my own.

Go shave that beard off, it scratches.

- How long have we got?

- The boat leaves at 7:30.

I can never understand

why the Navy always insists

on doing everything at the crack of dawn.

- The sea's there all day.

- It impresses the taxpayers.

You know, you're wrong about that beard,

I'd look pretty sensational.

- Don't shout.

- What was that?

Don't make such a noise,

you'll wake the sprog again.

I'm sorry, darling.

- Peter?

- Mmm-hmm?

You know that letter I had

from Daddy yesterday?

Oh, yes, yes,

I meant to ask you about that.

How's the great big world of commerce?

Is he still making millions?

He's opening a new factory.

Good for him.

I always said I'd marry an heiress.

He's looking for a man to run it.

Nice job for someone.

He suggested you might like it.

Good heavens, I don't know

anything about vacuum cleaners.

He said you could pick up

all the essentials in six months.

I'm sure I could, darling,

but just at the moment,

I'm perfectly happy where I am.

- You can't stay in the Navy forever.

- Well, it has been known.

It's also been known

for people to be thrown out

when it's too late for them

to start anything else,

so they have to take up jobs as golf club

secretaries and running chicken farms.

Oh, that's not a bad idea.

I wouldn't mind a chicken farm.

Well, I would.

I'm sorry, darling.

I didn't mean it seriously.

I think chickens are absolutely idiotic.

Oh, Peter, why are you so obstinate?

Surely you've had enough of submarines?

All through the war,

ever since we were married.

Why don't you retire now?

You know Daddy wants you to join him.

Would it make you

very much happier if I did?

Of course it would.

It's not just a question

of the career and money,

I want a home, Peter.

Something that'll be ours for always.

I want us to belong somewhere

instead of always moving around

from one place to another.

Oh, darling,

I'm not being impossible, am I?

Only, I do love you and

I'm so sick of sharing you

with a lot of damned submarines.

All right, darling.

We'll talk about it this afternoon.

I should be back by teatime.

- What's so funny?

- Your face.

Just look at it. You're all lopsided.

Pass the marge, Nobby.

Come out of the clouds, pass the marge.

Sorry, mate.

I was thinking about something.

Oh, you don't want to worry. It'll happen

when it's ready, and not before.

That's right, Nobby.

When we had our third, it was a week late,

and none the worse for that.

Blimey, have you had three?

Start young in Ireland, don't they?

She always wanted a nipper, the old girl,

but we left it a bit late, see,

and, that's why I'm worried like her.

- Are you going already, Andy?

- Yes, I feel like a bit of air.

He's got a hangover, if you ask me.

Out on the town, he was, last night.

What? Andy?

And you engaged to be married?

Don't know what

the younger generation's coming to.

As a matter of fact,

I went to the ballet in Weymouth.

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William Savage

William Savage (1720 – 27 July 1789) was an English composer, organist, and singer of the 18th century. He sang as a boy treble and alto, a countertenor, and as a bass. He is best remembered for his association with the composer George Frideric Handel, in whose oratorios Savage sang. more…

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