PRELUDE TO A KISS

by Estee

Author's Note: I've been watching and listening to Legally Blonde the Musical quite a lot lately, and a few ideas for some "deleted scenes" popped into my head. This is probably the last one chronologically in the story, but the first one that I wrote so... I'm sharing it now. Screenplay format is just my usual thing so I apologize to those who prefer prose or would rather see this written like a stageplay. Also, I have no idea how musicals are really supposed to work, but since this is just a fluffy, fun little fic, I figured I'd just do what felt right. It will help if you're fairly familiar with the big songs in the show as all the lyrics go with pre-existing tunes. Also, within dialogue, I just italicized anything that is supposed to be sung.

Feedback is welcome... maybe I can learn a few things for my next attempt. Thank you for reading!

INT. BROOKE'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

The place is fancy and huge. Brooke's after (court) party is
in full swing. The legal team, the girls of Delta Nu and
even the judge get in on the fun.

EMMETT chats with ENID.

ENID
So where's Elle?

EMMETT
I think she and Warner--

Enid arches a big eyebrow toward the door.

Enter ELLE, gorgeous as ever in her pink suit.

Enid joins the crowd that forms around her, but Emmett stays
where he is, watching her from a distance with a tilted head
and half a grin, a man in love.

Elle smiles politely at all the accolades coming her way,
but each glance around the room always seems to land on
Emmett. She slowly makes her way to him.

The crowd disperses around the room.

ELLE
Hi.

EMMETT
Hey.

The moment between them lingers.

EMMETT (CONT'D)
Word on the street is Vivienne
dumped Warner.

ELLE
Word on the street: confirmed.

Elle smiles wide. Emmett nods, looking off.

EMMETT
So... then... I guess today really
was a good day, huh?

ELLE
Yeah... especially for Vivienne.

Emmett meets her gaze, his smile returning.

Vivienne approaches.

VIVIENNE
Elle, I half-expected to see my
ring on your finger.

Vivienne holds up her ring-less hand.

VIVIENNE (CONT'D)
But I should have known better.

Elle grins.

VIVIENNE (CONT'D)
And I wanted to reiterate that you
were amazing today.

ELLE
Thank you, Vivienne. For everything.

Vivienne smiles, gives Emmett a wink then exits.

EMMETT
She's right, you know. You were
amazing today.

ELLE
Thanks to you.

EMMETT
You're the one who backed the key
witness into a confession so--

ELLE
I don't just mean today, Emmett.
Without you, I couldn't have--

He lifts a skeptical brow.

ELLE
Okay, I wouldn't have done it
without you. Any of it.

EMMETT
Elle...

ELLE
I'm serious.

EMMETT
Yeah, I know ya are...

ELLE
If it weren't for you pushing me,
encouraging me...I'd still be...
(singing)
Without that chip on my shoulder.

Emmett turns slightly away from Elle. Her lines are directed
at him, but his are thoughts, asides.

EMMETT
Maybe I should have told her?

ELLE
And with the chance we've been given...

EMMETT
But look at her; she's driven as hell.

ELLE
It'd be crazy to waste it.

EMMETT
I think it's time I faced it. She
got a chip on her shoulder, but...

ELLE
Guess you never can tell.

EMMETT
I love little Ms. Woods comma--

Emmett turns back to Elle.

EMMETT (CONT'D)
Elle--

ELLE
Don't ya think it's interesting how
your priorities--how what you want
most--can change so completely in
just a year's time?

EMMETT
Yes... it is... interesting.

He smiles, looking deliberately at Elle.

ELLE
I was wondering. What you said
earlier... about not letting me get
away--

EMMETT
Mmm hmm?

ELLE
Did you mean that as a mentor... or
as colleague... or a friend...
or... ?

EMMETT
Or D, none of the above.

Elle's smile is coy. Emmett's is smitten.

ELLE
Oh.

For Emmett, the silence is easy, but it's killing Elle. She
lifts her chin and puts on a sweet, encouraging smile.

ELLE
Oh?

EMMETT
O... kay. Look. Elle, if I'm going
to say this, I'm going to say it so
either get ready... or object.

He waits. She shrugs, trying to force away a smile.

ELLE
You may proceed, Mr. Forrest.

He turns his back on her for a brief moment, composing
himself. When he turns around, his look is intense.

EMMETT
Elle, from the moment I met you,
your pull has been practically
planetary.

She scrunches her face, confused.

EMMETT
I mean, there I was traveling along
my pre-determined course when you
popped up at Harvard Law and just
sucked me right into to your orbit.

Emmett takes a few steps toward Elle, putting them just a
foot apart.

ELLE
That sounds less like a planet and
more like a black hole.

He looks down at her outfit, then back up.

EMMETT
(soft)
Yeah, well, I did hear that pink is
the new black.

ELLE
(excited)
And now he's speaking fashion.

Elle steps up to him and grabs his collar.

ELLE (CONT'D)
You know, Emmett, if I wasn't
already completely in love with
you--

Elle closes her mouth, her eyes widening. She keeps hold of
his collar. Emmett blinks a few times, shaking his head.

EMMETT
I'm sorry, I just hallucinated.
What did you say?

They stare at each other--Emmett in disbelief, Elle in a
moment of epiphany. She drops her arms to her sides.

ELLE
I think I said that I'm in love
with you.

GREEK CHORUS
(popping up from around the room)
Oh my God. Omigod, you guys.

ELLE
I think I just realized...

GREEK CHORUS
Well, duh, Elle; it's no big
surprise...

ELLE
I'm in love with you.

GREEK CHORUS
That if there ever was a perfect
couple this one qualifie
s...

ELLE
Please, guys!

The Greek chorus, now back in their roles as the sisters of
Delta Nu look around innocently, but give winks, waves and
kisses to the audience when Elle turns back to Emmett,
Emmett swallows, still quiet, still in shock. Elle paces
around. She's on a roll now:

ELLE (CONT'D)
I mean, a crush, sure. That's a
given. You're pretty dreamy in your
own low key way, but...
(singing)
love? Is this the feel of love? I'm
thinking that it's so... but I know
that I've never felt this. A warm
and brilliant bliss. A shining
inner glow.

EMMETT
Oh, Elle.

ELLE
And, whoa, I could go on all night,
but I should let you talk. Is there
something that I missed?

EMMETT
I--

ELLE
I hope I am making the point that
this is more than just--

EMMETT
The prelude to a kiss... ?

Elle freezes, a few feet away from him--too far. She nods as
they drift closer together. They enjoy a long look into each
other's eyes before... they kiss. It starts out slow and
uncertain, but quickly intensifies as Elle wraps her arms
around Emmett's neck.

When Emmett tries to pull back, Elle doesn't let it happen.
Emmett grins through the kiss, sliding his hands to her
hips. He pushes her back gently. She blinks.

ELLE
What are you doing?

EMMETT
Telling you that I love you, too.

Elle smiles, smitten and still unwilling to put too much
space between herself and Emmett.

EMMETT (CONT'D)
But I have. For awhile.

Elle raises her eyebrows.

EMMETT (CONT'D)
Probably since your... "Gloria Steinem"
costume. Something about those... ears.

ELLE
Emmett...

She blushes and buries her head in one of his shoulders
while giving him a light whack on the other..

EMMETT
But, hey, don't worry, I was in
denial up until you called me a butthead.

She picks her head up off his shoulder and puts her nose up
to his.

ELLE
Move to strike that from the record?

EMMETT
Motion denied. You were right. You always are.

Elle smiles.

ELLE
Just when I'm with you.

EMMETT
Exactly

Emmett pushes a few strands of hair out of Elle's face then
goes in for another kiss. This time, neither of them have
any interest in stopping anytime soon.

FADE TO BLACK.