In the house on the beach

JOEL: I really need to go. I should catch my ride.
CLEMENTINE: So go.
JOEL: I did. I walked out the door. I was too nervous. I thought, maybe you were a nut. But you were exciting. I felt like I was a scared little kid.
CLEMENTINE: You were scared?
JOEL: Yeah. I thought you knew that about me. I ran back to the bonfire, trying to outrun my humiliation.
CLEMENTINE: Was it something I said?
JOEL: Yeah, you said so go. Said it with such disdain you know?
CLEMENTINE: Oh I’m sorry.
JOEL: It’s ok.
CLEMENTINE: I wish you had stayed.
JOEL: I wish I had stayed too. I swear to god I wish I had stayed. I wish I had done a lot of things. I wish… I wish I had stayed.
[Walking out]
CLEMENTINE: Joel? What if you stayed this time?
JOEL: I walked out.
CLEMENTINE: Come back and make up a good-bye at least. Pretend we had one.

Apartment Hallway

JOEL: Wait!
She stops and turns.
CLEMENTINE: What, Joel? What do you want?
JOEL: (at a loss) I don’t know. (pause) Just wait. I just want you to wait for a while.
They lock eyes for a long moment: Clementine stone-faced, Joel with a worried, knit brow. Clementine cracks up.
CLEMENTINE: Okay.
JOEL: Really?
CLEMENTINE: I’m not a concept, Joel. I’m just a f’d up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. I’m not perfect.
JOEL: I can’t think of anything I don’t like about you right now.
CLEMENTINE: But you will. You will think on things. All I’ll get bored with you and feel trapped because that’s what happens with me.
JOEL: Okay.
CLEMENTINE: Okay.

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