He knocked against her with his shoulder, moving gently enough, but she pulled out of his way apologetically all the same. No one on the sidewalk noticed the exchange but the brief contact sparked something. A flinch of a glance passed between the two. The look caught and held them fast as they stared at each other. Trapped, his pulse quickened. Enlightened, her eyes widened with a soft inhale. Then he leaned —
“CUT. Stop. Stop it.”
The extras sighed with relief, rolling their shoulders. Holding their places frozen as the world faded away around the lovers left cricks and aches. The director was already stalking into the set to confront her leads.
“Do you hate this?” She demanded snapping her fingers in front of Clifton Welch’s perfectly chiseled nose. “Because you look like you hate this. And her, you look like you hate her. You are supposed to be enthralled Jason, you look like someone is holding a gun to your head.” Clifton winced at the sound of his character’s name, but sent his co-star an ugly look. There wasn’t a gun, just a twenty million dollar contract.
Lorena Cruz pursed her lips into the shape of a smile. “I know you weren’t the first pick for this role, but you could at least look a little excited at the leftovers”
Clifton’s lip curled. The two caught each other’s eyes in another very different staring contest.
The director snapped her fingers between their noses and they both started, turning affronted frowns on her. “Kiss dammit. And maybe act like you are looking forward to it. That is your job after all, to act.” She clapped her hands, motioning to the extras who’d begun edging off set. “Trying again.”
Lorena and Clifton went back to their marks, took deep breathes, and both tried to look like they weren’t imagining the other getting squashed by a falling electrical lights.
Not sure what I am stealing from, or who else is joining in on my little heist, but here it is. This first line is (probably) from Apprentice, Never Master and is part of the Legal Theft Project.