This seems to be the perfect plot. "Mother scolding son for
being unmannered, father too giving a tip or two on how to behave
in society- son disgusted with shackles of rules." "But
Sir, this seems to be inspired from Mrs. Tazeen's story "The
cool brat"" said Lucy, the secretary. "Is it so?
asked Only original- the writer true to his name. Then wait, let
me think of some other interesting plot. Only original surely did
feel like looking up through the scripts thrown away as "being
inspired" based on Lucy's extensive research on scripts and
Sir, some people say- nothing is original in this world. Moreover,
I have heard that there are only 36 basic plots, based on which
any script of the world is made up. "See, Lucy, I am not going
to give up on originality. Ok, how's this? A keen on joining politics-
forced into army by parents- goes – performs well in the war-however
deliberately messes up- joins politics eventually" I am sure
this will work."
"But Sir, this
again is similar to the content of the script penned by the late
veteran author. He has taken the same plot in his script "Focus
takes care of itself"
Dismayed, Only original informed Lucy that he was having a break
and would have a good walk which would recharge him. He also assigned
Lucy the task of going through some extra scripts he had written
and which were unused. As Only original moved out of his office
"WritePlace", he saw
two friends having a discussion on whether one should follow his
heart or conform to rules while choosing a way of life. He made
a note of this in his mind's treasury of thoughts and continued
ahead. Hardly had he walked ten steps further than he came across
a wonderful couple having romance, arms in arms, eyes set towards
the sky, lips uttering love's promise.
On waiting, he saw
that the girl expressed her concern about her future, to which the
guy said that he was planning to join his dad's business. That seemed
to not go well with her and they chose to part after a heavy war
of words for an hour or so. This too inspired Only original and
he grasped the whole scene, stored in mind to use later on.
"This is Dean-
Project manager of "Imagination Publishers". Sir, when
are we receiving your manuscript? We have already made arrangements
for publicity and other promotional events." – Only original
just said, "Mr. Dean. I am almost ready with it. Shall submit
in a day or two."
"Sir, I went through the extra scripts you had penned."
"How are they? I am sure one or two of them have potential
to be nominated for Oscars"
"Sorry Sir. All of them have some or other resemblance with
some published work. The case of twin brother of an army officer
taking charge of his expired brother has already been used and was
nominated and also won an Oscar."
"See, I told you!"
"But Sir, now it won't! People will only refer to you as someone
who has worked on a remake of the legend."
"Lucy, you know, had I been born at least a hundred years ago,
I would have been read by people of today's generation!"
"Yes, Sir, I know. You have the potential"
As the cell phone of Only original beeped again, he got frustrated
and seemed lost for ideas.
"Lucy, I am sure, no one must have penned a script on a writer's
secretary. Come on, tell me your story. I will give twists and turns,
add spice and make it a great read, and on hand it over to hat silly
Dean, that project manager who feels the world is going to stop
if I submit my manuscript few days late."
"But Sir, a script already features on a struggling writer's
secretary who later on herself becomes a great writer."
"Okay then, we don't make the secretary a writer. We keep her
a secretary. That would work."
"Sir, there would be an absence of a particular plot in that
Only original racked his brains and soon his memory stirred up.
It reminded him of the two plots he had conceived by being inspired
when he was on a walk. "Okay, how's this? Two friends – one
chooses the profession his heart tells him to- the other chooses
what's chosen for him by others- the former succeeds- later repents."
"Sir, it's too cliché and has been used and abused"
"How about this couple in love? Fiancée leaving her fiancé
as he is considered incapable owing to the fact that he was joining
his father in business? Then eventually fiancé does very well with
his father- marries his ex's friend who was far less beautiful-
ex- feels foolish and repents."
"Sir, it's on the same lines as that of Inkling's one-act play
"In love, you don't fear"
With just two hours left for the deadline, Onlyorigial started writing
something. Pages and pages started getting filled. Lucy got juice
for the engrossed writer. HE smiled as he looked up for a moment.
Then started penning the masterpiece again, smiling without reason
in between, moving his hands on his beard, scratching his head to
ensure his was going to be a great script. "Sir, please tell
me what's the script about. No Lucy, I am not going to tell you.
You have disappointed me enough. Let me work on my own."
As Only original approached the fortieth page of his script, he
thought of sharing his script with Lucy.
It was exactly 1.30 p.m. The door bell rang. Lucy went to open the
"Mr. Only original, you have kept us waiting too long now.
I hope you must be through with your script." Dean said
"Sir, please tell me what's the script about?" "Oh,
Lucy! I saw that so many ideas though original went waste as someone
in the past also got inspired by it. Finally, I said- enough is
enough. I thought hard and then settled on a script which I am sure
would have been unheard.
"What is so special about it, Sir?"
"Mr. Only original, please give the script fast"
"Just a minute, Dean. Hey, Lucy, the script is on me, my story
as a writer, a writer who always pens original stuff. "
"Now what? What's the problem?"
"Sir, you remember you were covered by "Diamond in the
"Yes, I do. What about it?
"Sir, the editorial assistant Kim got so impressed by your
stress on being original that he thought of working on a subject
that would have your story. In fact, I helped her towards this and
gave her facts about your life. The book titled "Stay original
– inspire" is already a bestseller!"
"Oh Lucy! Where do I search for an original idea? Tell me what's
original? Someone help me."
"Sorry, Mr. Only original you have failed to meet the deadline.
We withdraw the contract. Have a good day. See you." – said
"Lucy, let's fall in love!"
"I am sure, it will be an original story of ours then. Writer
marries secretary. The duo makes a big hit in the writing world.
"Dear Only original- there is no such script. I am sure it
As Only original and Lucy gave themselves to the hugs and kisses,
Dean approved of this script and came back with the cheque of 25000
USD due to Only original.
"Lucy, being original helps, what say?" "Yes, darling!"
Contributing Story Teller
Saurabh Niranjan Turakhia is a 28 year young poet and has
lately been dabbling in short story writing.