Chair Tales S02E03 - Dawn of the Dad
Avoiding each other...
Its been a week since Chuck and Blair's recente fall out and things have been a bit cold between them. Blair is going on a weekend trip with the D.A.Y to New York as this is where the original West Side Story was set. Meanwhile and coincidently, Bart is visiting Chuck in New Haven whilst Blair will be away.
Blair has told Chuck about the trip but he seemed uninterested, his response was minimal and in her opinion he wasn't very bothered.
Blair is just glad that she can have a weekend break and can go back to New York, maybe even visit her mother, which she hasn't done in months.
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It's Friday night and The D.A.Y members have arrived at their hotel in West Manhattan. Zane and Blair are neighbours, their rooms are successivo to each other.
The group have their cena and are then briefed on the purpose of their trip and are dato their schedule.
Later on they are sent to their rooms to sleep.
Zane walks Blair to her room.
Z: So hows my beloved Maria doing?
B: (smiles) fine...what about you?
Z: Awesome....i have a feeling this is going to be a great trip...aren't te excited? (he rubs his hands together)
B: Yeah sure...
Z: ciao chin up! Whats wrong?
B: Nothing im just tired.
Z: te want .....me to come to your room....i can help put te to sleep?
B: What?....i think i can manage sleeping on my own thanks.
Z: i was just....kidding anyway...
B: (they arrive at her door) ok...so ill see te in the morning.
Z: Yeah...catch te tomorrow...Maria.
Blair smiles and then opens her door and goes inside closing the door behind her. Zane also goes successivo door to his room.
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The successivo giorno in New Haven. Bart has arrived at Chucks house. Chuck risposte the door to let him in.
Once in the house.
Bt: So are te ready to go? (he looks around the room) I cant believe your still living here.....don't te think te should find something bigger, and better?
C: This does just fine...im ready lets go.
Bt: great....so where's Blair?
C: She's away on a trip....with Yale.
Bt: Oh, i was looking inoltrare, avanti to meeting her....she is still....with te right?
C: Of course she is! Can we go.
Bt: (they walk out of the house to the car) Well lets just hope te dont ruin it with her.
Later on, once at Chuck's building.
Bt: So...this is the place then....it looked different in the pictures.
C: Well this is it. Lets go inside.
B: Lets hope the inside is better.
Chuck shows Bart around the building much to Bart's dismay. He continues to malign Chuck's efforts and insult every thing he can find a reason to be critical about. Chuck shows him the data on the progress of the business and again, Bart had much higher expectations, expectations that Chuck was well aware he will never meet because they have been purposely set so high.
Chuck makes his best efforts to impress his father and prove that he is doing a good job but Bart isnt the least bit interested.
Bt: I still feel it needs a lot of work....the ideas are there....but te need someone with a bit more....commitment and experience to take the lead on this.
C: But this is my thing....im the lead and ive been told im heading in the right direction.
Bt: Well of course your employees would say that...you pay their bills.
C: Odd, the last time we met te made sure that te pointed out how they were your employees...i was just the face of the business.
Bt: I detto that did I? Well of course technically this is my business, but i have left it in your hands...this is only a fraction of the whole company....a minuto fraction...i wanted to give te that chance to prove your self...
C: And....have I?
Bt: (laughs) its going to take a lot più than refurbishing a building to prove te can run a business Charles.
C: I've done più than just fix this place up....i've migrated your site in Philadelphia to here in New Haven...and this franchise is up and running...it's been a success!
Bt: Not quite Chuck....it's no where near the success that my site in Philadelphia was....i've dato te months....by the end of the anno i expect progress....real progress, otherwise this venture will be a big failure and it will have to be immobilised.
C: But Father...it's already May, i need più time than that....the financial market is unstable...the successivo few months are going to be tough but once successivo anno begins it will start to get better...this anno will inevitably mostra negative results...i just need più time...
Bt: Charles....a true business man would know how to respond to the growing and ever changing economic world...you'll have to learn...you have until the end of the anno to prove i can rely on you...ill be off now.
C: But i made plans for the whole weekend...we were going for lunch now.
Bt: Another time Charles...i only came to have i look at what you'd done to my business...i have other commitments...old Friends i have to catch up with. I'll see te another time.
C: But father..
His voice trails off as Bart turns and walks away leaving Chuck disheartened. His father was disappointed in him, as always. Chuck had no idea how far he had to go just to get a positive response from his father. Everything he'd tried to do was failing...he'd worked so hard to make his father proud and he honestly believed that the franchise had been a success so far, particularly because he was in the process of completing a major sponsorship deal. He was looking inoltrare, avanti to his fathers visit because he thought he would be happy with him but obviously he should never have gotten his hopes up. Bart was never going to accept him, he'd never be proud of him. Just then an employee, Randy, walks in to Chuck's office.
C: My boy Randz...what have te got for me...take a seat.
R: Ummm...unfortunately....bad news.
C: No......dont say it.
R: Im sorry gaffa.....its fallen through.
C: It cant have! Please....i need this man.
R: I tried everything.....there's been a higher bidder.
C: A higher bidder?! But there was no bidding war!
R: Look man it's like someone's come and snatched it right from under our noses...i dont know what happened but they pulled the plug on us....we'll have to find another sponsor.
C: Do te have any idea how long that's going to take! I needed the investment....we need the funds!!
R: I'm sorry boss....is there anything else i can do for now?
C: I want full details of everything that happened since our last meeting...in writing....(he sits down and puts his head in his hands) I cant believe this....it was my only chance and i blew it....how am i going to get that money now!
R: Look, we're still standing..(interrupted)
C: Yeah for how long! My trust fund money isn't going to get us out of this one...there's nothing left in there...and if te must know i have a house and a girlfriend to look after.
R: I know this isn't going to sound great and i know your going to say no, but maybe te should consider asking.....Bart (Chuck looks at him in anger and disbelief) just for a small loan....or even just to help us find a sponsor, with his influence we could fast track a deal near enough to our original deadline.
C: (angry) te really think im going to him for help....this would be his perfect opportunity to say i told te so....he's been waiting for me to slip up right from the beginning...i cant believe he's finally getting his wish....i wouldn't be surprised if he set me up with this from the start.
R: I cant think of anything else....we're just going to have to stick it out....see where it takes us....maybe we should cut back on business and supplies...cancel a few events...we need to save as much cash as possible.
C: I dont think i can do that....we need as much business as we can get....
R: But we're running out of money..
C: (he smirks) te know....i never though id ever be short on cash....(anger resurfaces) but that doesn't mean im going to ask him for help...that'll be the death of me. te can go now...we'll continue this in the afternoon.
Randy walks out leaving Chuck sitting in his office chair, distraught and perplexed. His business was failing and his money troubles have worsened. This was exactly what he didnt need right now, everything falling apart....he picks up his phone instinctively and finds Blair's number, just as he was about to call her he remembers the argument they had and the fact that they weren't talking....he needed her....he needed someone to talk to, someone to comfort him....Blair was all he had, but he couldn't call her because of their fall out and there was no way he could tell her about his money problems o his failing business, he didn't want her to be ashamed of him. He throws his phone back on to his desk, getting up and walking over to a tavolo with his favourite scotch, that usually helped.
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It's late in Manhattan. Blair and Zane are in Blair's hotel suite wrapped in Blair's duvet whilst they sip on coffee and watch a movie...the West Side Story movie, for the sixth time. They were told they needed to live eat and sleep West Side Story for the successivo mese in order to understand it better and be più prepared for their play.
B: This is my favourite part!
Z: So this is the part of the movie where i make lots of noise to ruin it for you!
B: No! (she laughs) Let me watch this part in peace please! (she puts her hands over his mouth)
Z: We've watched it so many times (as he fights back her hands away from his face)
B: It's nearly finished now!
Zane leans back and lets the movie finish, in peace.
Once the movie is finished.
B:(sighs) if only real life wasn't as depressive as this movie!
Z: since when was your life this bad?
B: Well....you know...it just is.
Z: Trouble with the boyfriend?
B: (she lays down and hides under the duvet) Something like that.
Z: (he also gets under the duvet and hovers his head above hers) Tell me everything.
B: (turns her head to the side as he looks into her eyes) Its complicated.
Z: Well i've got all night.
B: It's just even the smallest argument we have....it turns into a big issue....and it's like i cant even talk to him now....and i know it'll never get sorted because he never talks about things.....he prefers to just ignore it and pretend like every thing's ok.
Z: What did te argue about this time?
B: It's something so important to me....this play....my achievements....and he doesn't even care (she begins to sob) he didnt even take any notice...or congratulate me....he wasn't even happy o proud for me...(Zane puts his arms around her as they both sit up)...
Z: Hey....you shouldn't get upset over that...so what if he doesn't care...you know how amazing te are...you're an amazing actress and an even better singer....if he chooses to neglect you...it's his loss....and hey..(he touches her face) im proud of you.
B: I just want him to be happy for me....he didnt even care...he was only interested in one thing....it's the same story everyday....it's ok for him whn we're in letto together...then he'll mostra all his Amore as long as he gets it from me....but when i try and talk about me, o our future he just changes the subject...like he's not interested in the real stuff...our future...what am i supposed to do to get him to see that i want us to focus on our future! (she starts to cry)
Z: (hugs her and rubs her back) Hey...ssshhhh, dont cry honey....you deserve better than that...your not just a piece of meat that he can treat te like that!
B: Thats what i said...and he just got angry and turned away....we haven't spoken since! I tried to tell him about me going away on this trip and all he could do was say good riddance...he didnt even look at me, he just detto it under his breath...but i heard it and he knew i heard...why would te say that to someone if te Amore them!
Z: Sometimes....people aren't who te think they are...you just have to think about yourself....do whats best for te Blair...even if it means letting go.
B: (lies down and Zane lies down with her) But i dont want to let go.
Z: (he looks into her eyes and strokes her face) te deserve better Blair...someone who will appreciate you.
Blair closes her eyes, just as Zane reaches inoltrare, avanti to baciare her Blair has moved her head down towards his chest not noticing his intentions.
B: (whispers) But i dont want to let go...i Amore him.
Zane stays quite, disappointed that his intent to make a sposta on Blair didnt work. They both eventually fall asleep. END SCENE
successivo ep will be up in a couple of days! I hope te like this! and i hope it has explained why Chuck has been such an ASS!