I was working on my NaNoNovel today and at one point, I had my heroine comparing her hero to Gene Kelly, which got me thinking about Gene Kelly movies and dances. I’ve never seen Anchors Aweigh, but I know this scene. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been for him to dance with a cartoon character, having to pretend that someone was there with him while doing that dance.
Here’s the scene from my NaNoNovel that inspired this post (after this discussion, they end up back at her apartment, binging on Jessica Jones and then watching Captain America: Winter Soldier):
“So, what do you normally do on a day like today?”
“What do you mean by ‘a day like today’?”
“You know, a day when you don’t have anything to do. When you can do whatever you want and no one can tell you not to.”
“Oh, well. I don’t have many of those days, especially since my job involves a lot of traveling, so even if I’m not actively investigating a case, I’m either in a car or on a plane or a train, but when I do have a day where I don’t have to do anything more strenuous that pick up the remote, I tend to sit around in my pajamas, order some subpar pizza—nothing quite compares to New York City pizza—or Chinese, depending on my mood, and binge something on Netflix.”
“What types of things do you binge? Me, I’m more of a video game marathon guy.”
She laughed. Of course he was.
“Like the food, it depends on my mood. Once, I watched nothing but Gene Kelly musicals—you remind me of him, by the way. Another time, I went for a Buffy-thon.”
“I remind you of an old time song and dance man?”
“Not in looks. He was more compact than you are, but in how athletic he was without actually looking like he was. I don’t know anyone who has your type of stamina, but if I had to guess, I’d say he probably came really close.”
“You own a gym. You were the school’s quarterback all through high school. Plus, some of those moves last night… Of course you’re athletic.”
“I barely use anything in my gym, the quarterback thing was mostly luck, but I’m glad you had fun last night. I’m thinking we could do a replay tonight,” he said, with what sure as hell looked like a twinkle in his eye.
“Hmm. I think we’ll have to see about that.”