January 30th, 2013
A group of former prep school friends take their game of 'tag' very seriously, having met up at a reunion and made a pact to spend the month of February each year resuming the game of 'tag' that they started back in school where it left off. The idea is that whoever is 'It' at the end of February remains tagged until the start of February the following year:
One year early on when Mike Konesky was "It," he got confirmation, after midnight, that people were home at the house where two other players lived. He pulled up to their place at around 2 a.m., sneaked into the garage and groped around in the dark for the house door. "It was open," he says. "I'm like, 'Oh, man, I could get arrested.'"
Mr. Konesky tiptoed toward Mr. Dennehy's bedroom, burst through the door and flipped on the light. A bleary-eyed Mr. Dennehy looked up as his now-wife yelled "Run, Brian!" Mr. Konesky recalls. "There was nowhere for Brian to run."
It's an odd, charming story. I'd imagine that even as I type this a few screenwriters are taking the core of the idea and running with it. The only question is, which type of story do they want to tell?
- A dark tale where the encounter described above ends with Mike Konesky shot dead because Brian Dennehy forgot it was February and assumed that his family was the target of a home invasion?
- A politically engaged story about tensions within the group because some members of the group are now senior executives who can have their office managers run interference for them every February and who can use some of their frequent-flier miles to drop in unexpectedly on a friend/target in another state, whilst other members are stuck in their home city or state due to their financial circumstances or work responsibilities?
- A comedy about how the partner of one of the friends has come to terms with the possibility that for one month a year she might find a strange man crouching in a bush surveilling her house?
- A farce about whoever is currently 'It' having their suspicious pattern of inter-state travel noted by Homeland Security and thus finding themselves being followed even as they track their target?
So many possibilities.