TITLE: Warnings of Thunder CATEGORY: Drama/ Romance other/ SHIRLEY AND CARMINE ROMACE SUMMARY: Carmine gets a new girlfriend. (This all takes place in California) @@@ It was a bright sunny Sunday and Shirley was waiting for Laverne to come down stairs so they could go shopping. While she was waiting, Carmine came through the door. Carmine: Hey Shirl! Shirley: Hi sweetheart! Carmine: Look, um, I think we’re gonna have to break our date for tonight. I got something I need to do! Shirley: Oh, well- Carmine: I gotta go Angelface! He ran out before she could say anything. She just stood there and Laverne came down the stairs. Laverne: Hey Shirl, who was that? Shirley: Carmine… he just broke out date! Laverne: Oh, well- Shirley: Can you believe that? He broke our date! What am I gonna do? She plopped down on the couch and her hands flew up. Laverne: Aww, come on Shirl. Don’t let that get ya down! Let’s go have some fun! Shirley: Oh Laverne… how can I have fun when my boyfriend just broke our date? Laverne: Shirl, it’s just a date! There’ll be others! Shirley: Fine… let’s go. Laverne: Uh-uh, not if you’re gonna act this! You better be happy Shirl! I’m not gonna watch you mop around the mall and the house for a week just because Carmine broke a date with you that is probably just like all the other dates you go on! Ya know, food, movie, kiss, goodnight! Shirley: Ok, ok, you’re right anyway! Let’s go. @@@ Laverne and Shirley were driving around town. It was about 7:30 and they were getting hungry so they decided to stop at a Burger King to get some food. When they walked in Laverne spotted Carmine. She almost pointed him out, but stopped when she saw him with another girl. She turned around into Shirley. Shirley: Hey, what are you doing? Laverne: Let’s go somewhere else Shirl! Shirley: Why I thought we decided on Burger King! Laverne: I changed my mind…. See, I read something in the paper about someone putting chemicals in the food at this very one! Shirley: Well I haven’t heard anything about it! You know whatever you read I get around to reading it too! Laverne: Well I really don’t want to take a chance, so can we go somewhere else? I’ll drive… Shirley (rolls her eyes): FINE! They turn around and leave and Laverne gives a big sigh. @@@ It was the next day (Monday) and Shirley went off to work. Laverne told her she would be a little late coming in. This was her opportunity to talk to Carmine about last night. So she ran down to his apartment and burst through the door to see him sitting on the couch watching TV. She walked over and turned it off. He looked at her. Carmine: Hey, why’d you do that? Laverne: We need to talk! Carmine: Ok… so let’s talk! But about what? Laverne: Don’t act like you don’t know! I saw you last night with that, that, that women! That TALL women with bleach blonde hair and breast implants! Well let me tell you something, Shirley Feeney is all real. Real brown hair, real breasts, and real short! And if you wanted another women, than you could have at least found one that was the same size as you or shorter. But, wait, I don’t think anyone gets shorter than you! So I guess you can’t help it can you? Carmine: Laverne, you’re really asking for it! Laverne: What are you gonna do about it? You gonna hit me Carmine? Huh? Go ahead, hit me! Do it! Carmine: Oh come on Laverne! Why are you making a big deal? You’re not even my girlfriend! Laverne: Yeah well my best friend is your girlfriend and you are going behind her back! You broke your date with her so you could go out with some fake dumb blonde! He looked down at his feet. Carmine: Well we have an agreement! Laverne: Well I think your “agreement” stinks! And anyway, I thought you changed it! Carmine: ….oh…well…. Laverne: Oh I guess you forgot right? You forgot that you were going out with the one thing you really love in life! The person you have been closest to ever since high school! The one you almost got married to! Well let me tell you Carmine, you better learn better because I really don’t want you hurt someone else like you are Shirley! You, you player! She started to walk out. Carmine: Shirl doesn’t know Laverne, and did you just call me a player? Laverne: Oh good, so now you’re gonna keep it a secret! Even better! And yes, I did call you a player because that’s what you are and you know it! She jerked her arm back and walked out leaving Carmine to think about all of it and bare the truth. @@@ It was late that night and Shirley was sitting in the living room watching TV in the dark. She decided to go outside and take a walk. She was bored and asked Laverne if she wanted to go with her. She said yes, so the walked They were walked next to each other talking when Shirley thought she saw someone in the distance. Shirley: Hey look over there! I wonder who that is! Laverne: OH it’s probably no one! Shirley: It looks like Carmine. Laverne: Ha! Naw, it’s not him! Laverne knew it was him and his new girlfriend. When they got up closer to them, Shirley noticed he had someone else with him. She looked at her and Carmine knew she was mad. Shirley: Hi Carmine! What are you doing out? Carmine: Hi Shirl, uh, I was just walking her home. Oh, Lara, this is Shirley, Shirley this is Lara. Shirley: Hi, nice to met you. She hesitated to stick her hand out, but she did. Lara shook her hand and smiled. Shirley: Well we have to go! Come one Laverne! Bye Carmine. Shirley grabbed Laverne’s arm and they turned around and walked home really fast. Shirley whipped the tear from her face, hoping Laverne wouldn’t notice. When they walked inside, Shirley was behind Laverne and she slammed the door. Laverne: Shirl- Shirley: No Laverne. Don’t try to talk to me! I know what you’re gonna say and it isn’t gonna help. I mean, you saw that woman, she was tall, she had blonde hair, she had cleavage! Laverne: Well at least your cleavage is real! Shirley: I don’t have any Laverne! I knew this would happen! I knew he would find someone better than me that had everything a girl would want. They perfect body all that! I just don’t know why I didn’t see it coming sooner. They stood there for a second and Shirley raced up the stairs. Laverne looked down at her feet and felt sorry for Shirley. @@@ It was the next day (Tuesday) and Shirley was acting like her old self again, or at least trying to. Laverne was surprised that she recovered so quickly. She was glad though, but disappointed. She thought that Carmine and Shirley were a great couple and now, they’re apart and no one cared but her it seemed. But she could see in Shirley’s eyes the tears she wanted cry right then. They were sitting at the table before they went off to work eating breakfast and there was a knock at the door. Shirley got up to answer it. It was Carmine. Shirley: Hi Carmine! Do you need another woman, well I don’t have one unless you want to take Laverne, but I really don’t think that there is anything else you can do that could hurt me more right now, so you can leave now because whatever you want or say will be useless. She slammed the door in his face and he opened it again and grabbed her arm. Laverne just sat there. Carmine: Shirley- Shirley: Carmine I don’t want to talk to you! No matter what you say it won’t make it better! You betrayed me and I should have known it was coming! So get your hands off of me and go! He held on a little longer and then he let go and turned around slowly and left. Shirley: You ready to go to work Laverne? Now Laverne knew what Shirley was doing. She was trying to avoid the subject. Laverne thought that was ok, but she needed to talk about it. So she spoke up. Laverne: You should have let him say what he needed to! Shirley: I don’t want to talk it! And you knew that if he had said anything it wouldn’t have made it better! So shut up about it and let’s move on now! Laverne had never seen this side of Shirley. It was strange. She followed her orders though and they left. @@@ It was now 9:00 that night and they just walked in. Shirley took off her coat and put it in the closet, as did Laverne. Shirley: Um, I’m gonna go out for a while ok? Laverne: Where ya going? Shirley: Oh, just out for a walk. I’ll be back soon. Laverne: Well, ok… bye. Laverne didn’t ask anymore questions because she knew Shirley wasn’t in the mood. She left. She was still wearing her work clothes (skirt, black pumps, and a Mean while, Carmine was sitting at the window in his apartment. His apartment was on the side, so when he saw Shirley come into sight, he ran out to catch up with her. He saw her walking and started to run after her. Shirley suddenly didn’t just hear her shoes, she heard the hard footsteps of someone familiar. She whipped around and ran into Carmine. They looked at each other for a second. Then Carmine started to talk. Carmine: Well, what are you doing out here this late? Shirley: Just walking. What are you doing? Carmine: I saw you walking and I wanted to catch up with you. Are you going somewhere, you’re kinda dressed up? Shirley: No… I just got back from work and I didn’t have to change. Are you going anywhere? Carmine: No… hey, do you think that maybe we could talk? Shirley: What’s there to say? You have obviously found someone new and you’re moving on. Carmine: No, I didn’t find someone new. I found a substitute. A bad one! Any substitute I find will be a bad one. No one could take your place. Shirley: Well why are going behind my back and breaking our dates for the “substitute?” Carmine: Well, I just wanted to play the field some. But I found out it was wrong. Not only did it hurt you, but it hurt me. I mean, I was in Lara’s apartment sitting with her just like I am now, and I’m tellin’ ya Shirl, I didn’t feel it. Shirley: Feel what? Carmine: That feeling that I get whenever I’m with you. It was weird. I felt… I don’t know what I felt, but it was definitely not love. I thought I could find something different. Shirley: What’s wrong with me? Carmine: Nothing. Shirley: Well you wouldn’t have done this if there weren’t something wrong with me. Carmine: Shirl, you are a romantic person and I admire that. You feel that you should, as you call it, vod-eo-do-do when you’re married. Well, I was talking with all my buddies the other day and everyone had a story to tell about their great sex lives. I didn’t though. But then after I got back from Lara’s house, I realized who wants to know about your private sex life? And how would your girlfriend feet about it if you were going around telling them about how you had sex. I wasn’t right. Shirley: Well- Carmine: Wait. Now someday I would, or course, like to vod-eo-do-do, and I thought that I wanted to then, but I wrong. When I was with Lara, I didn’t have that feeling and I felt that it would be wrong and it just wouldn’t be good enough. I want the only person to be you, and I think that what I did hurt you, but helped me figure out that no one else can take your place. Now I’m sure you won’t buy this, but I’m very sincere, and you know I love you. He looked at her for a minute. Shirley: I don’t know how I’m forgiving you, but I am because I trust you. And I love you for telling me the truth. I mean, I guess we all get that way sometimes. Carmine: Yeah…we always…need a change… They inched closer and closer. Shirley: It’s… always… good… Carmine: Yeah… Their lips touched and they kissed. They both knew now that everything would be ok. As for Lara, well, she’s still picking up twenty-dollars from people’s dressers.