AN EXCERPT FROM "FIRST NIGHT" Danny brings some decorations out back. Meredith, who is also in her early thirties, enters the store very carefully. She wears a big winter coat and a cap. She carries a big bag. She closes the door without making a sound, then steps surreptitiously into the store. When she hears the sound of a door opening in the stockroom out back, she panics, and dives to hide behind the counter. Danny re-enters and steps past the counter to one of the displays. Meredith bites the bullet, rises and speaks. MEREDITH Excuse me. DANNY (startled) Hey! MEREDITH Am I holding you up? DANNY I hope not. MEREDITH I mean, are you about to close or anything? DANNY Uh...no. No, you have plenty of time. Till eleven. It's only ten thirty-five. MEREDITH Thanks. Instantly, she retreats to the movie boxes. Danny addresses the audience. He is astonished, and unnerved. DANNY Do you have any idea who that is? That is Meredith O'Connor! MEREDITH (grabbing a video box) Oh! You have THE QUIET MAN! DANNY Republic Pictures, 1952. MEREDITH I love this movie. DANNY One of the greats. MEREDITH John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. DANNY Terrific couple. MEREDITH One of the greats. DANNY Fighting tooth and nail until all they can do is just let it happen. MEREDITH Just...let it happen. DANNY Yeah. MEREDITH Yeah. DANNY Yeah. They stare at each other a moment, speechless. Meredith then returns to the movie wall, while Danny returns to addressing the audience. DANNY (cont'd) Meredith O'Connor...shouldn't be here. Meredith O'Connor went away to be a nun. Right after grade school at St. Pat's. Didn't even go to high school with the rest of use, just went smack into some...nunestary...someplace in upstate New York and disappeared off the face of the Earth...Well, hey, look at her. She still could be. One of those...New Age nuns. It's hard to tell the way they wear civvies these days instead of those...starched white cardboard pith helmets they used to have. Sure. Look at her. The way she's standing. Look at the fist. Poised to whack knuckle with a wood ruler. And the clothes. The shoes. The hat, even. There's nothing about her that says she's not a nun anymore. MEREDITH (replacing a film box) Oh, shit, I broke a nail! DANNY (to audience) Then again... MEREDITH Pardon my vernacular. DANNY (to Meredith) No problem. MEREDITH (to herself, fascinated) Oh, my God...my first shit!