One Night

Synopsis: Lasting friendship between two girls is put to the test when one of the girls is preparing to move abroad.
Genre: Drama, Short
16 min

Time is a funny thing.

One day you're a little

girl running fast

toward an unknowable future.

And then suddenly you're an

adult not sure of who you are

and what you're doing.

You want to go back to a

time when things were simple.

What if you could?

Maybe we go back to see

ourselves as younger people.

Still us, but different.

I've discovered that

the clock in here

is more important than

the clock out there.

The clock that stops when

a moment is beautiful.

As if the universe understands

you're trying to hold on.

What if I told you

that you could go back,

but it wouldn't

change the future?

Maybe we go back anyway

just to remember.

To try and hold

onto those moments.

What if you could?

Would you?

- Hey, do you guys

want a yearbook photo?

Just, uh.

- You gotta take the shot, man.

They always say no unless you

give them a reason to say yes.

- Okay, uh, I don't know you.

- I know that you are using

an internal light meter.

You can't trust those,

they're just not as reliable.

- No one else in

yearbook really cares

about the quality except me.

- Can I see that?

- Yeah.

It's a starter camera,

I'm gonna swap it out

for a better body.

- How's your prom?

Good, great, awful?

- It's over.

- Come on.

- Everything okay?

- I'm all good.

- No, you're not.

Looks like you're going nuclear.

- Are you someone's mom?

- That would mean that

I had a kid at like 12.

- I guess not.

- I take it that was your prom?

- Yeah, Arabian nights.

- I think our theme was

something like under the sea.

- We're either mermaids

or belly dancers.

Some grade-a sexist

bullshit in my opinion.

- You know, it doesn't

really matter what year it is

or who attends,

this prom is every prom.

- Except this prom

is supremely worse

because I got dumped at prom.

- You're dateless on prom.

There's gotta be a girl.

Maybe she said no, maybe she

came with some other guy.

- She didn't say no.

- Because you didn't ask.

- I'm not talking about her.

- What, am I gonna tell

my old-ass friends?

- There's nothing to

say, she's not into me.

She's with some other hack.

- You know, it only gets

worse from here, much worse.

This, you know, what

you're feeling now,

it gets multiplied

by 10 when you're 34

and you're not the hot

young thing anymore.

But that's not you.

You don't have to

worry about that yet.

Have a good night.

- You too.

- So you're the nice

guy in this story.

- You say that like

it's a bad thing.

- No, no, it's not a bad thing.

- Yeah, but what

you're trying to say

is that it's not a good thing.

- No I'm not, you're just

overthinking the whole thing.

They, women and girls,

they don't want nice.

They want someone extraordinary.

They don't want a hug,

they want a punch in the

frickin' heart, you got that?

You got it.

There's my friend, I'll see you.


I'll get the same, and hers

too, just put it on mine.

Does your husband know

that you're here alone?

Did you see the kids?

- Yeah, I just saw her.

- Yeah, I saw him too.

- Remember what it was

like to be that young?

- My memory's a little hazy,

you'll have to remind me.

- So there was this guy that

I dated once in high school.

And he turned out to be

a colossal jerk, but,

there was this allure about him.

A kind of quality that just

drew you in against your will.

- I mean he sounds perfect,

but I know that this story

doesn't have a good ending.

- Mmm, as I discovered,

we were entirely incompatible.

- And so you looked at

him and you saw a future

that you didn't want.

- He could have grown up

and turned out to be amazing

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