Short Stories

Fragrance Man: A Short Film Script

A young man doesn't understand why people at his University are repelled by him.

body spray

FADE IN:

INT. MEN’S ROOM — DAY

We hear the sound of FOOTSTEPS outside the men’s room door.

The door SWINGS open, and a young man walks in, carrying a backpack.

DWIGHT sets the backpack on the counter and looks in the mirror. He likes what he sees and smiles.

DWIGHT
This year, I’m going to find a
girlfriend.

Dwight opens his backpack and takes out a stick of deodorant.

He reads the label out loud.

CLOSE ON: Since 1979, Tom’s of Maine — Long Lasting

Reaching under his shirt, he applies deodorant to each armpit — for 10 seconds!

Then he pulls his T-shirt forward, stuffs his head inside and LOUDLY SNIFFS his right armpit, then his left.

His head emerges, and he smiles.

DWIGHT (CONT’D)
I love how I smell!

Dwight puts the deodorant in his backpack and takes out a can of body spray.

He reads the label out loud.

CLOSE ON: Old Spice Red Zone Swagger Scent Men’s Body Spray

He opens the can, sprays it into the air, LOUDLY SNIFFS it and smiles.

DWIGHT (CONT’D)
Oh, yeah! That smells like heaven!

He sprays it on the front and back of his neck. Then he reaches up his T-shirt and sprays it on his chest — for 10 seconds!

Dwight puts the body spray in his backpack and takes out a can of hair spray.

He reads the label out loud.

CLOSE ON: Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Let it Loose Hairspray

He runs the tap, cups his hands with water, runs the water through his hair and slicks it straight back.

Then he sprays his hair — for 10 seconds!

He puts the hair spray in his backpack and looks in the mirror. He likes what he sees and smiles.

DWIGHT (CONT’D)
I should be a male model!
(makes a sexy face)
Or maybe even Prime Minister.

Dwight puts his backpack on and walks out of the bathroom.

INT. HALLWAY — CONTINUOUS

Dwight struts down the hall and sees a young man looking at a bulletin board. He approaches him.

DWIGHT
Hey, dude! Do you know where the
cashier is? My tuition was due
yesterday.

The young man, overpowered by the fragrance Dwight is wearing, starts SNEEZING.

YOUNG MAN
It’s on the–
(sneezes)
first floor, across–
(sneezes)
from Student Services.

DWIGHT
Allergies eh? I heard the pollen is
really bad this year.

YOUNG MAN
(frowns)
I’m not allergic to pollen.

The young man abruptly walks away. Dwight shrugs his shoulders.

He walks down the hall and sees a YOUNG WOMAN looking at the bulletin board. He approaches her.

DWIGHT
Excuse me… Do you know where the
bookstore is? I have to buy my
textbooks.

The woman scrunches her face, overpowered by the fragrance Dwight is wearing. She puts one hand on her head.

YOUNG WOMAN
It’s — in the — CAC building.

DWIGHT
(extends his hand)
Thanks. I’m Dwight, by the way.

YOUNG WOMAN
Sorry, I have a headache. I’m very
sensitive–

DWIGHT
(taking off his backpack)
I get headaches all the time. Would
you like some Tylenol and
Ibuprofen? They work great
together.

The woman turns and walks away from him. Taken aback, Dwight stares at her until she is gone.

He puts his backpack on and walks down the hall. An OLDER WOMAN is inserting coins into a Coke machine. He approaches her.

DWIGHT (CONT’D)
Excuse me… Do you know where the
International Building is? I’m late
for class.

The woman, overpowered by Dwight’s fragrance, is having a hard time breathing. She puts one hand on her chest.

OLDER WOMAN
Oh, God! That is just awful.

DWIGHT
Sorry, I fried green onions with my
eggs.

OLDER WOMAN
(angrily)
No, whatever you’re wearing, it’s
too strong! I have Asthma.

She points at a sign on the bulletin board.

Dwight walks up to it and reads it out loud.

CLOSE ON: The University’s Scent Free Policy sign.

DWIGHT
Scent Free Zone… Help us keep the
air we share healthy and fragrance
free… The chemicals used in
scented products can make some
people sick…

The woman walks away from Dwight, trying to catch her breath.

DWIGHT (CONT’D)
(looking down the hall)
Sorry, lady! I had no idea!
(sadly)
I’m unaware of a lot of things.

Dwight takes a deep breath and sighs. Then he walks down the hall, turns right and meets a group of 50 students waiting outside a classroom.

As he walks through the crowd, they all scrunch their faces. Many start sneezing. Others put their hands on their heads and groan in pain. The rest can barely breathe.

Then suddenly, they all fall on the floor as if they are dead!

DWIGHT (CONT’D)
(cringes)
Sorry! It’s my first day here. I
won’t wear this much fragrance
again!

THE END

FADE OUT

3 comments

  1. There was a man at a place where I volunteered, and I’m certain he DOUSED himself in fragrance. It was strong and quite industrial-smelling. Ah well. I’m glad there’s more awareness about fragrance sensitivities, thanks to folks like you…

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  2. Thanks for reading, Abigail.

    There is a third option: “fragrance free” and “unscented” deodorant products: https://www.amazon.ca/Schmidts-Deodorant-Fragrance-Free-3-25/dp/B018K3RMUY/

    You don’t need chemical fragrance to take away body odour. I don’t use any products in my house with fragrance, and I have never been accused of smelling bad.

    On weekends I just use fragrance free soap and a 1/2 teaspoon baking soda as a substitute for deodorant.

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  3. At least Dwight succeeded in making a memorable first impression among his fellow students and with the other university members. Plus, he has learned from his mistake. Now one must wonder what is more preferable: au naturale body odor or excessive fragrance application?

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