For Love of Rachel
In this humorous, time-travel romance, letters bridge the gap of time via enchanted stamps. A relationship grows between Jake in modern day London and Rachel in 1887. Using the stamps, would-be-lovers pass each other in the mail. Jake travels back for romance as Rachel adventures off to the future. But Rachel must return to rescue Jake as he searches for his soul mate back in 1887. A screenplay. More
‘For Love of Rachel’ is a humorous, time-travel love story about a relationship that develops between Jake Montgomery in today’s modern day London and Rachel Bloom in Victorian England of 1887.
Their love affair starts when their letters cross the one hundred year gap of time due to the magical effects of some enchanted stamps that have come into Jake's possession by chance.
Their correspondence begins with the submission of Jake’s manuscript to Bloom Publishing in London. It reaches Bloom Publishing in good shape except it arrives there in 1887!
While the publisher, Henry Bloom, is out of town his daughter receives Jake’s manuscript and reads it. Fascinated by the story and intrigued about the author, Rachel Bloom writes a letter to Jake and uses some of his enclosed stamps, the enchanted ones, to post it back to him. Jake receives her letter in 1987!
Jake writes back and they begin a friendly correspondence. Of course, each believes that the other is kidding about being from a different era, one century apart. After a few of these exchanges, one day they agree to meet each other for lunch. Of course, Jake is late to meet Rachel. By one hundred years to be exact.
Jake does some research about Bloom Publishing and starts to put the pieces together. He asks Rachel for some memento from her time and she sends him a photo, an original daguerreotype of herself.
This confirming piece of evidence enflames Jake's passionate resolve to meet Rachel, whom he believes may be his ‘Soul Mate.’ Soul Mates are the subject of his manuscript and that explains his growing obsession with Rachel and her interest in him.
Jake's good friend, Turk, a punk rocker bartender, realizes that if this time travel thing with the stamps is true, they can make a fortune! A plan is hatched. Jake will mail himself back through time in a padded and well-taped cardboard box to meet Rachel. Turk supports this effort with the understanding that Jake will purchase and mail back a small memento from the past to Turk. Like, maybe one of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings!
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Jake and Turk, Rachel and her faithful servant, Babette, are launching a romantic plan of their own. Using more of the previously enclosed enchanted stamps, Rachel secures herself in a very large steamer trunk and Babette posts her into the future of 1987!
Jake and Rachel pass each other in the mail, so to speak.
Imagine Rachel's shock when she meets Turk with his tattoos and pink mohawk. Or Babette's surprise when Jake pops out of the cardboard box in Rachel's Victorian bedroom. Picture Jake's horror when he learns that his true love, his soul mate, is still one hundred years away. And try to imagine Turk's disappointment when he realizes that there is not one single Van Gogh painting in Rachel's trunk!
After Turk gives Rachel a quick tour of the future, her future - his present, Turk insists that they both return to London of 1887 in the trunk together to search for Jake. Of course, Turk has his own agenda.
Jake's arrival in Rachel's world has already caused problems with her father, Henry Bloom, and with her fiancé, Edward.
The story culminates during the Formal Costume Ball that Henry Bloom throws every year for the hundreds of people involved with Bloom Publishing. This is one of Victorian London's most gala events. With Jake dressed as Superman, Rachel as a Playboy Bunny, Babette made up like a punk rocker, and Turk as himself; this will be one memorable occasion for the Victorian Londoners who attend.
Love and ingenuity prevail, as they must in all good romantic comedies, and our all heroes and heroines escape into the times where they rightly belong.