|Caroline and the Painting
Author: notPrinceHamlet PM
In an alternative timeline where Caroline and Richard begin dating in the winter of 1997, Caroline goes to see Titanic and wants Richard to paint her naked.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 4 - Words: 2,723 - Favs: 1 - Published: 04-11-09 - Status: Complete - id: 4986210
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[Scene: Caroline's apartment. Enter Richard. Caroline is standing in her robe.]
CAROLINE: You're back.
RICHARD: [nervously] I see you have the curtains pulled.
CAROLINE: Get everything ready.
RICHARD: You have everything set up. I just need to open these canisters and I'm ready.
[She walks to the door and locks it and turns the lights down]
CAROLINE: What are you thinking right now, Richard?
RICHARD: Just how drunk I'm going to have to get in order to do this without messing it up.
[He pulls a bottle of wine out of the bag, opens it, and drinks it]
RICHARD: That should do.
[Caroline lights some candles]
CAROLINE: You're always on the defensive, Richard. Tonight, just let your guard down.
[Caroline takes off her robe and kisses Richard]
RICHARD: [hesitating] Caroline, this is going to be the most difficult and pleasurous thing I've ever done.
CAROLINE: Richard you're the most difficult and pleasurous person I've ever met.
[He begins painting her]
RICHARD: So did you ever get your Christmas pictures from Wisconsin developed?
CAROLINE: Oh yeah, it was a really great time. But it was so much colder than I remember. I've been thinking of taking trips there in the summer instead when it will be nice.
RICHARD: Is your brother still dating that law student?
CAROLINE: No, they broke it off.
RICHARD: Oh that's too bad. He could have had someone to defend him if his work ever got too sloppy.
CAROLINE: No, Chris hasn't lost a patient yet.
RICHARD: Are we still going to that thing next month?
CAROLINE: Oh, yeah. Del got tickets to Cyrano de Bergerac for Christmas but he has no interest in going so he said I could have them.
RICHARD: Oh, good then. It's really a great play.
CAROLINE: I thought that it would be. Richard, when you were in Paris, what did you do?
RICHARD: Paris? Oh, in the summer of '96?
RICHARD: Well after arriving at the Paris airport I found the cheapest apartment in the city and spent almost three months trying to sell my paintings on the Seine.
CAROLINE: And no one in the whole city would buy anything?
RICHARD: I sold a few, but only for a few thousand dollars altogether. I guess I was lucky to get that.
CAROLINE: Did you do any painting there?
RICHARD: Of course.
CAROLINE: Did you think of me when you were painting?
RICHARD: Well, yeah. I thought of you everyday.
[He continued painting her nude, trying to stay on focus and talk to her at the same time]
CAROLINE: Did you do any paintings of me there?
RICHARD: Now that you mention it, at least three.
CAROLINE: What were they about?
RICHARD: Well there was Caroline In Love With Someone Else, Caroline Engaged To Someone Else, and Caroline Marries Someone Else.
CAROLINE: That's so sweet. What ever happened to them?
RICHARD: I was going to sell a couple of them to this old French guy but he disappeared after making an offer. At first I thought he just ran off but it turns out he fell into the Seine.
CAROLINE: Not that I'm glad he was hurt, but I'm glad you had to come back to New York.
[Scene: Caroline's apartment. Later. Richard has finished painting.]
RICHARD: Ok, just let that dry. I hope you like it.
CAROLINE: I'm sure I'll love it. Richard, next week has to be our first time.
CAROLINE: Saturday night. I'll find a hotel somewhere.
RICHARD: Aren't you going to put your clothes back on?
CAROLINE: Not yet.