Excerpt from a More Sensitive Remake of 1996 Action-Thriller The Rock

GOODSPEED

I’ll do my best.

MASON

Your “best”! Losers always whine about their “best”! Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.

GOODSPEED

Carla was the prom queen.

MASON

Really?

GOODSPEED

Yeah.

[GOODSPEED pauses.]

Or, I should say, she was technically the prom queen. If I’m being perfectly honest, though, it was a really small school. Like, 30 kids tops in the graduating class. So the distinction of prom queen was probably less meaningful than at a typical, larger regional high school.

To address the larger point, though, I don’t think it matters whether she was the prom queen or not. She’s a beautiful capable woman who oughtn’t be reduced to a distinction she received as an 18-year-old. Nor does her physical beauty reflect on my own capacities as a chemical weapons specialist.

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