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(the scene goes directly from BILL’s troubled face into the next song, to be as much of a crash from the lighthearted “Dr. John” as possible. We have a gentle dissolve to the office of the divorce arbiter, a shot of the door as it’s opened from the other side. In walks BILL and APRIL, beckoned in by an assistant. As the piano begins, we see them both shake hands with the man presiding over the divorce, then head to separate chairs in front of a desk. Their eyes meet for a moment: BILL’s plead, but APRIL’s are hard and expressionless. It’s just been too much, too long. They move to sit and the office seems to cool, being covered in varied hues of blue. Ghostly, spiritual projections of themselves, more or less, sprout from their backs and stand behind the two chairs, glaring each other down. BILL’s spirit begins the song.)

BILL: (pleading, desperate for reconciliation)

I’m standing across from you
And dreaming of the things i do
I don’t speak you don’t know me at all


APRIL: (giving her reasons for pushing ahead)

For fear of what you might do
I say nothing but stare at you
And i’m dreaming
I’m trippin’ over you

(BILL finally breaks the glare and his spirit walks away to the other side of the office. As this is happening, we can see the entire proceedings going on behind them in realtime, but silent.)

BILL:

Truth be told
My problems solved
You mean the world to be but you’ll never know
You could be cruel to me
While we’re risking the way that i see you

(he turns to APRIL, tears in his eyes)

That i see you (3x)
That i see…

(APRIL picks up the song, still cold and trying not to get involved, but suffering in spite of herself. She turns away this time)

Conversations
Not me at all
I’m hesitating
Only to fall
And i’m waiting i’m hating everyone

BILL; (with a great deal of hope)

Could it be you fell for me?
And any possible similarity
If its all how would i know?

APRIL: (she rounds on him, a little vindictive, arms crossed)

You never knew me at all but i see you

UNISON:

But i see you (4x)

(At this point, BILL continues with the “I see you’s” while APRIL takes the melody lines. The two spirits walk closer to each other, one tiny little step on each beat, their hands outstretched.)

I’m standing across from you (but i see you)
I’ve dreamt alone now the dreams won’t do (but i see you)
I’m standing across from you (but i see you)
I’ve dreamt alone now the dreams won’t do (but i see you)

(Just as they are about to touch, we see, in real life, the arbiter slam a book shut. The meeting is over. BILL’s spirit explodes in a blast of vapor, broken. We can see, though still silent, the BILL in real life break down and start to cry. APRIL’s spirit, still standing behind her, sings quietly, softly.)

APRIL:

Truth be told my problem solved
You mean the world to me
But you’ll never know
You could be cruel to me
While we’re risking the way that i see you
But i see you (4x)

(She begins the melody lines again, and we see, just a glimpse of it, some of the vapor from BILL shimmer into being again…except this time… it’s in the form of the young lady who had conducted the choir during “We Are Golden.” Black jeans, red flannel shirt, blonde ponytail. APRIL’s spirit regards her with a mix of horror, curiosity and wonder.)

I’m standing across from you (but i see you)
I’ve dreamt alone now the dreams won’t do (but i see you)
(4x)

APRIL:

But i see you

BLONDE:
But i see you

APRIL:

But i see you…

(spoken)

Who are you?

(But the moment she speaks to the blonde, it too vanishes. The blue filter that has been cast over the entire proceedings fades as we cut back to BILL, still hunched over in the chair. APRIL leaves without an extra word, and the arbiter is doing his best to console him. Was it a dream? Was it what they were really thinking, really feeling? I guess we’ll have to see.)

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