PRELUDE TO A KISS
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.
So where's Elle?
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.
The moment between them lingers.
Word on the street is Vivienne
Word on the street: confirmed.
Elle smiles wide. Emmett nods, looking off.
So... then... I guess today really
was a good day, huh?
Yeah... especially for Vivienne.
Emmett meets her gaze, his smile returning.
Elle, I half-expected to see my
ring on your finger.
Vivienne holds up her ring-less hand.
But I should have known better.
And I wanted to reiterate that you
were amazing today.
Thank you, Vivienne. For everything.
Vivienne smiles, gives Emmett a wink then exits.
She's right, you know. You were
Thanks to you.
You're the one who backed the key
witness into a confession so--
I don't just mean today, Emmett.
Without you, I couldn't have--
He lifts a skeptical brow.
Okay, I wouldn't have done it
without you. Any of it.
Yeah, I know ya are...
If it weren't for you pushing me,
encouraging me...I'd still be...
Without that chip on my shoulder.
Emmett turns slightly away from Elle. Her lines are directed
at him, but his are thoughts, asides.
Maybe I should have told her?
And with the chance we've been given...
But look at her; she's driven as hell.
It'd be crazy to waste it.
I think it's time I faced it. She
got a chip on her shoulder, but...
Guess you never can tell.
I love little Ms. Woods comma--
Emmett turns back to 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?
Yes... it is... interesting.
He smiles, looking deliberately at Elle.
I was wondering. What you said
earlier... about not letting me get
Did you mean that as a mentor... or
as colleague... or a friend...
Or D, none of the above.
Elle's smile is coy. Emmett's is smitten.
For Emmett, the silence is easy, but it's killing Elle. She
lifts her chin and puts on a sweet, encouraging smile.
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.
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.
Elle, from the moment I met you,
your pull has been practically
She scrunches her face, confused.
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
That sounds less like a planet and
more like a black hole.
He looks down at her outfit, then back up.
Yeah, well, I did hear that pink is
the new black.
And now he's speaking fashion.
Elle steps up to him and grabs his collar.
You know, Emmett, if I wasn't
already completely in love with
Elle closes her mouth, her eyes widening. She keeps hold of
his collar. Emmett blinks a few times, shaking his head.
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.
I think I said that I'm in love
(popping up from around the room)
Oh my God. Omigod, you guys.
I think I just realized...
Well, duh, Elle; it's no big
I'm in love with you.
That if there ever was a perfect
couple this one qualifies...
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:
I mean, a crush, sure. That's a
given. You're pretty dreamy in your
own low key way, but...
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
And, whoa, I could go on all night,
but I should let you talk. Is there
something that I missed?
I hope I am making the point that
this is more than just--
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.
What are you doing?
Telling you that I love you, too.
Elle smiles, smitten and still unwilling to put too much
space between herself and Emmett.
But I have. For awhile.
Elle raises her eyebrows.
Probably since your... "Gloria Steinem"
costume. Something about those... ears.
She blushes and buries her head in one of his shoulders
while giving him a light whack on the other..
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
Move to strike that from the record?
Motion denied. You were right. You always are.
Just when I'm with you.
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.