Ladies' things

Queenie cleverly gets Abernathy off her case (or rather, Newt's case)

Extract from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By J.K. Rowling

QUEENIE moves quickly across the lobby floor, trying desperately not to be conspicuous in her haste, but acutely aware of the need to leave. A flustered ABERNATHY emerges from a crowd of wizards.

ABERNATHY
QUEENIE!

QUEENIE, poised at the top of the stairs, turns and composes herself. ABERNATHY moves towards her, straightening his tie, trying to appear calm and authoritative – QUEENIE obviously makes him nervous.

ABERNATHY
(a large smile)
Where are you going?

QUEENIE puts on an alluring innocent expression and holds the case behind her back.

QUEENIE
I’m… I’m sick, Mr Abernathy.

She coughs a little, widening her eyes.

ABERNATHY
Again? Well – what’ve you got there?

A beat.

QUEENIE thinks fast, her face quickly breaking into a breathtaking smile.

QUEENIE
Ladies’ things.

QUEENIE produces the case and innocently trots up the steps towards ABERNATHY.

QUEENIE
You wanna take a look? I don’t mind.

ABERNATHY is overcome with embarrassment.

ABERNATHY
(swallowing hard)
Oh! Good gravy, no! I – you get well now!

QUEENIE
(smiling sweetly and arranging his tie)
Thanks!

QUEENIE immediately turns and hurries down the stairs leaving ABERNATHY – heart racing – staring after her.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By J.K. Rowling