Movie role brings a father & daughter closer together

It was an early Saturday morning. Once I heard Courtney park in the driveway, I opened the front door. There was my 31 year old daughter who recently co-starred in her first theatrical play, which was hopefully her first step into her lifelong dream of having a full-time acting career. I stepped outside to greet her, and to help carry her things. She smiled once she saw me, and I smiled back. She was wearing a simple, yet fashionable outfit consisting of a tshirt, scarf, jeans, and flip flops on her feet.

“Morning dad,” she said with her usual beaming smile.

“Morning. How was the drive?”

“Same old. I love the view out here.”

I nodded. “So do I. It beats living in the city.”

“It’s not that good,” she teased back.

When she opened her trunk, I helped carry her things.

“You’re only staying here for the weekend, right?” I asked jokingly, as I lifted her heavy luggage. “Do you have any plans to move back in here with me?”

“Only for the weekend. I like coming prepared.”

I struggled carrying her luggage into my house. “I can tell.”

***

The rest of the day was nice. We did leisurely things together. During the morning, we laid by the pool on the lounge chairs. I made us freshly squeezed juice. We talked, mostly small things. It was good to know that she was doing alright. And she was glad to know that I was also doing okay. I grilled us some lunch that afternoon. She rested after. I could tell she was tired from what must have been a hectic week. She took a nap in the late-afternoon. In the evening, I cooked us dinner and we shared a few laughs.

Once dinner was finished, I made us some coffee, and brought out dessert which I had kept in the refrigerator.

“So…” I said, after serving the food. “You usually don’t sleep over unless you have something important on your mind. Mind telling me what it is?”

She smiled at me and gave a torturous long pause. “Take a guess.”

“Are you moving?”

“No,” she said, shaking her head.

“Are you engaged?”

“No.”

“Are you pregnant?”

Courtney gave me a stern look. “No, I’m not pregnant. It’s work related.”

“Are you starring in your own stage show?”

“Not exactly. But close.”

“You’re better off just telling me,” I said in defeat. “We’ll be here all night if I have to guess.”

Her face beamed with excitement. “I got my first part in a movie.”

I was completely taken aback, and temporarily at a loss for words. She looked happy. Her eyes said it all. In all honesty, it didn’t really matter to me if she was in a movie or not. I didn’t care about trivial things like that. I just wanted her to be happy. She was doing what she loved, and that made me proud.

“That’s wonderful,” I said. “I’m so proud of you. I’m sure you’ll be great.”

“Can you believe it?”

“Of course I can. You’re a uniquely talented young woman.”

“Aren’t you going to ask who’s directing it?” she said.

It didn’t really matter to me, but she wanted me to ask, so I did.

“Who?”

“Francesco Grainier Pierre.”

I had no clue who that was. Nor did I care. If she was happy working with him, then I was happy to hear about it.

“Oh, that’s interesting,” I replied.

“You have no idea who he is, do you?” she asked. “Your eyes almost glazed over for a second.”

“I’ve never heard of the man.”

“He makes independent movies,” Courtney explained. “His films are critically praised, and are universally beloved in the art community. I can’t believe I’m actually going to be involved in an upcoming project of his. I’m so excited!”

“That’s wonderful. Are you going to be the main star?”

She shook her head. “No, but that’s okay. I have a moderate sized part as the co-lead, which I love. I can totally relate to the character I’m playing, besides, it’s freaking Pierre’s next movie. If I was in it for just two seconds, I would still be thrilled.”

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