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Sonny goes to Marlena for advice regarding Will. (As always, C&C welcome and appreciated! I think a Sonny and Marlena scene is overdue.)

EXT. SALEM PLAZA - DAY
MARLENA sits at a coffee table reading a novel, a cup of coffee before her.

SONNY enters. His pace is leisurely but his stroll is unfocused. He has a lot on his mind.

Sonny notices Marlena. He stops and starts turning away from her.

For a moment, he thinks. After looking back at Marlena and solidifying his resolve, he walks towards her.

SONNY
Dr. Evans?

Marlena looks up to greet Sonny as he rounds the table.

MARLENA
Sonny! I’m surprised to see you out and about; I thought you’d be working. How are you?

SONNY
I’m well. Very well, actually. I took the day off. I figured, I’ve got a full staff now. I don’t need to micromanage every detail anymore.

MARLENA
That’s great news. I congratulate you!

SONNY
Thanks!

Marlena indicates the empty chair opposite her.

MARLENA
Would you like to sit? Chat for a bit?

SONNY
Oh, well, I didn’t want to intrude. I just thought I’d say hi...

MARLENA
It’s no intrusion. I’d be happy to have company unless you have somewhere else you need to be.

Sonny hesitates by the chair.

EXT. SALEM PLAZA
Sonny is sitting across from Marlena.

SONNY
-- so, thankfully, at the very last second, we were able to find another opener.

MARLENA
Wow. What luck!

SONNY
Yeah, it was. The whole thing was a lot of work. Way more work than I was expecting, but -- it paid off. The turnout was great, the acts were fantastic, and we exceeded our fundraising goal by almost twenty percent.

MARLENA
Oh, fantastic! So, what does Salem Elementary plan to do for its arts department with such a boost?

SONNY
I believe they’re going to get all new art equipment and supplies, and finish renovating their auditorium, but there still might even be some funds left over after that.

Marlena smiles warmly.

MARLENA
I bet your parents are so proud.

SONNY
(blushing slightly)
They are. They’ve always stood by me, always supported me and my crazy endeavors. I just hope I can continue giving them reasons to be proud of me.

MARLENA
Mm. I’ve heard there’s somebody trying to make that difficult for you.

Sonny shrugs.

SONNY
Yeah, but these kinds of things come up every now and then. It’s nothing I can’t handle.

MARLENA
A wise attitude. But even with experience, we all usually benefit from some help every now and then.

A pregnant pause. Sonny takes a deep breath.

SONNY
Speaking of help... I’m not usually one to skirt around the bush. I think this is a bad idea, but, I’m gonna try it anyway.

MARLENA
Oh?

SONNY
I -- wanted to talk to you. About Will.

EXT. SALEM PLAZA
Marlena takes a sip of her coffee.

MARLENA
I hope you know that Will speaks to me in confidence, so I won’t be able to divulge anything we might have talked about.

SONNY
Oh, I know. I understand that; I appreciate it, really. I’m glad that he has someone trustworthy that he can confide in. I’m not here to pry. I’m just...

MARLENA
You’re concerned for Will.

SONNY
Yeah.

MARLENA
That’s something that I can appreciate as well. Tell me -- what’s troubling you?

SONNY
Well, he’s -- obviously been going through a lot, but, I’m more troubled by a few decisions I’ve made regarding him.

MARLENA
Decisions? What kind of decisions?

Sonny forces a laugh.

SONNY
I know I can’t ask what he’s told you, and I don’t want to betray Will either, but...

MARLENA
But?

Sonny hesitates.

SONNY
(exasperated)
I’m going crazy! And I think you’re the only person who could even come close to understanding Will.

EXT. SALEM PLAZA
Sonny leans in towards Marlena.

SONNY
I thought that I’d be able to relate to Will in a -- specific way, but now I’m not so sure. I’m trying so hard to help him, and I thought I was doing right by him, but I can’t shake this feeling that I’m just making things worse for him.

MARLENA
I’m sorry, Sonny. I’m not sure that I’m following you entirely.

Sonny laughs.

SONNY
Yeah. This -- is an awkward pickle.

Marlena grins for a moment.

MARLENA
Will has had a complicated history. He’s had to grow up -- very fast. But, I think we could make this a much less awkward pickle if you just went ahead and told me your concerns for Will.

SONNY
Well, you know I’m gay, right?

MARLENA
I do.

Sonny exhales.

SONNY
My concern for Will is -- is that he might be gay, too, and he’s having one hell of a time coming to terms with that. And I am just ...mucking everything up.

EXT. SALEM PLAZA
Marlena nods.

MARLENA
May I just say that I have always been so -- pleased that you’ve been Will’s friend?

SONNY
(smiling)
Is that a way to say that you’ve always suspected?

MARLENA
Oh, well, I won’t go that far. Why are you afraid that you’re “mucking” everything up with Will?

SONNY
Because Will has made it known to me that he has. . .extremely strong feelings for me. I’ve realized I have really strong feelings for him, too, but one of the decisions I’ve made was to simply remain his friend and nothing more -- so far.

MARLENA
I see. Are you saying that Will wants more than friendship?

SONNY
I think so. At least in a -- physical way.

Marlena is surprised.

EXT. SALEM PLAZA
Sonny pulls back.

SONNY
I apologize. I don’t mean to make you uncomfortable.

MARLENA
No, no, I’m not uncomfortable. I’m merely surprised.

SONNY
I was, too. Believe me. But, you know, I’ve been there. When you spend so much of your life suppressing those feelings, they just boil over, and eventually, they can make you really desperate.

Marlena thinks for a moment.

MARLENA
So that is your dilemma: you empathize with Will, and you want to be there for him, but at the same time, you know the strength of such passion can lead you to regret.

SONNY
(nodding solemnly)
Exactly. On one hand, I want to help Will in every way that I can. I wanna take care of him. I find myself caring about him very much, and I can only see those feelings deepening, not waning.

MARLENA
Are you concerned you might be more in touch with your feelings than Will might be with his?

SONNY
Well, not to say that I think I’m better than him or anything like that, but he’s going through so much right now. I remember what I was like at that time, and I worry... Will might think, or even be convinced, he knows what he wants, but when it comes to me... I can’t face the chance that he might...

When Sonny cannot finish, Marlena squeezes his hand across the coffee table.

MARLENA
You’re protecting yourself. You’re not simply looking out for your own interests, but for Will’s as well. Sonny, I can’t begin to tell you how much that warms my heart.

WILL enters the plaza.

HE SPOTS SONNY AND MARLENA AT THE COFFEE TABLE.

Sonny smiles.

SONNY
Even with experience, we all could benefit from help every now and then.

Marlena smiles back.

SONNY (CONT’D)
Dr. Evans -- I just have to ask: do you think I’m doing the right thing here?

Before she can answer, Marlena sees Will approach.

MARLENA
Will!

As Sonny jumps in his seat, Will approaches the table in amused disbelief.

WILL
Grandma, Sonny. Funny seeing you two together!

SONNY AND MARLENA EXCHANGE GUILTY GLANCES.

Date: 2012-04-02 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_alicesprings/
Haha! Love a guilty exchange on a soap! Good stuff!

Date: 2012-04-03 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sixtieshairdo.livejournal.com
Oh boy.

I like how you write these boys andi love how Malena is portrayed too. You're like, just wonderful.

*happy sigh*

Last episode was hot by the way. I kept re-reading the bit where Will's unbuttoning Sonny's shirt and Sonny's all like Will put your shirt on or else I can't think straight...ugh, delicious.

Sonny and Marlena are a good pair to put together when it concerns Will and I'm glad you did that. I'm curious to know how Will takes it though ;)

As always, I cannot wait for more :D

Date: 2012-04-03 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agenda43.livejournal.com
man these things are a good read.. although I find some of the lines you give sonny are a bit out of character from the actual show ( not in a bad way), but aside from that i would swear i was reading a script. and i LOVE the little notations on the side letting me know when they are doing physically lets my imagination run. look forward to the next reed

Date: 2012-04-03 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maxj224.livejournal.com
I'm loving your story! You're writing is great and the storyline has me hooked! : )

Date: 2012-04-04 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ltklo.livejournal.com
I like that you have a Marlena and Sonny scene.

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