Daria Fanfiction – An Early Morning Reading

Ext View: A large movie studio with many, many soundstages. The sun is just coming up and there is little movement on the lot. The view is from overhead and it is in real life, not a cartoon. After a second or 2, the camera view begins to zoom thru the property. We zoom past sets and props, actors actresses, and extras, under a truck or 2, etc. We finally settle on an older soundstage at the far back of the lot past all the storage buildings. The camera stops on a view of the back corner of the building where there is a small concrete staircase leading up to a metal door. Next to the door is a cartoon sign with the Daria logo. Underneath the logo is the word “Darla”. It’s crossed out with red spray paint and the name “Daria” is spray painted over it. (1) After a second the headlights of a car are seen flashing over the sign as we hear a car in the background. As the camera pulls back a bit, a modest looking blue cartoon car pulls into a parking space. The driver’s side door opens and we see a very much awake Trent turning off the car. He’s dressed in a white dress shirt with black slacks, his hair is combed and he’s holding what looks like a bunch of scripts. He shuts the door, bounces up the stairs, and pulls at the door. It’s locked. Trent: I guess we’re the first ones here again…   He turns around and discovers there’s no one behind him. He gives his laugh/ cough thingie, bounces back down the stairs, and walks back over to the car. He knocks on one of the back door, opens it and sticks his head in. After a second or 2, he pulls a very sleepy looking Jane out and props her up against the side of the car. She’s wearing a “I survived the Too Many Choices Epic Saga, Damn Saga” gray tee shirt and gray sweat pants. (2) She stands there breathing in the fumes from a cup of coffee as Trent closes the door, jogs around to the other side of the car, opens the door and pulls out a sleepy looking Daria. As he guides Daria over to stand near Jane, we see she’s dressed in “Opus ‘n Bill for the White House” (3) sweatshirt, gray sweat pants and holding another cup of coffee. Trent steps back to look at the pair and they sleepily look back at him. Trent: And I’m the one who plays the narcoleptic brother. Jane: mmph mmoph um blem. Daria covers her mouth with her coffee cup as she starts a big yawn. Trent: Its not my fault you two went out last night clubbing. You two knew we had to be here early this morning. Daria: (finishing) It’s only a reading this morning. You would think they could schedule it later in the day. Jane: We can do a reading in our sleep. Daria: (to Jane) We have. Remember? That’s how Depth Takes a Holiday got past us. If we had been awake, we would have never done it. Jane: (grumbling) You know how it is. We’re cartoon actors. We get all the bad slots, the bad crews, the bad catering, the bad… Daria: (interrupting) Didn’t get a good contract renewal again? Jane gives Daria a evil look and goes back to drinking her coffee. We hear another car pulling up as the three turn to look at it. It’s Lynn’s Silver Mercedes convertible and she’s got...

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