Friday, September 17, 2010
Open Invitation For Dangerous Criminals
It's time once again to take a trip to the dark side, where your darkest fantasies become sins of the flesh, right here, where the hardboiled action is non-stop, at the coolest crime joint in cyberspace ... at That Killing Feeling.
In Chapter 4 of NOWHERE GIRL, exotic dancer Cherry Nation and hipster Peeler Mardo are hiding out at his joint, when black ops spook Token Ware -- the thug that chained a briefcase to Cherry's wrist back at the airport -- arrives, mad as hell that she hasn't delivered it. But just as he raises his gun to shoot, Homeland Security agent April Street arrives on the scene to save the day ...
INT. TAXI CAB - MOVING - NIGHT
April drives down city streets.
Talks into her hands-free.
I TOLD you.
Someone got there before I did.
INT. INTELLIGENCE OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
SLEDGE CRAFTON (50), beefy ex-Marine,
now gone to seed, leans toward
the speakerphone on his desk.
Strokes the ugly scar that crisscrosses his face.
You really fucked this up, Street. GODDAMIT.
Hey! The traffic was FUCKED on the 405.
And I was ON TIME. The fucker was EARLY,
and he gave the package to SOMEONE ELSE.
Another heartbreaker? Like yourself?
Look, chief. We did it one time.
It was a mistake. I was grieving --
Didn’t you ever wonder why I took you on?
(BANGS on the desk)
A fucking STUNT WOMAN with no experience?
But you said I --
I fucking said what you wanted to hear.
I wanted to get in your pants from day one.
And against all odds, I molded you
into one of our top operatives.
For your information, BOSS,
I’m right now approaching the house
of the person who has the package.
I WAS calling in for back up.
But never mind. I’ll handle it myself.
You can go FUCK your rules of procedure.
Now THAT’S the feisty lass
I groomed for greatness.
You get that case,
AND make the delivery,
I MIGHT JUST consider keeping you on.
PUSH IN ON April. Royally pissed.
Wow. Does that mean I can still
come to the company picnic?
EXT. SILVERLAKE STREET - BUNGALOW - NIGHT
A decrepit pre-war bungalow on a street
with similar small houses.
Classic cars and bicycles dot the landscape.
Peeler opens the front door, ushers Cherry in.
It’s not much, but I call it hovel.
INT. MARDO’S JOINT - CONTINUOUS
Classic hipster combination of Ikea,
found threadbare furniture. Ironic art.
Plants. Pizza boxes. Giant plasma screen, though.
And a decent stereo.
Cherry walks around. Inspecting.
Not bad for a guy. Not filthy.
(stops, looks at him)
I’m not fucking you, you know.
I wasn’t -- thinking you --
You want me to fix you a chai latte?
Gag me. You got a beer?
Peeler wanders into the kitchen.
Cherry goes to the couch. Plops down.
Puts the briefcase next to her.
Pulls out the envelope. RIPS it open.
Pulls out the instructions. Reads.
Peeler comes in with two large bottles of beer.
(hands one to her)
Here you go --
(takes it, looks)
What the hell kinda beer IS this?
Flat tire. Microbrew.
I bet you listen to a lot of Beck.
(holds up the piece of paper)
We gotta take the briefcase to this address.
But I don’t where it is.
Let me see.
She hands it over. Peeler reads it.
Where is it?
Dude. That’s in the Hollywood hills.
A FIGURE IN BLACK appears in the window.
Will you go with me?
I don’t -- have a car.
It’s in the shop.
MALE VOICE (O.C.)
That’s okay. I do.
Walks into the room.
Holding a sawed-off shotgun.
You should lock your front door.
Open invitation for dangerous criminals.
That’s the guy who -- ?
I gave you an address to take the case to.
And instead, you come to this rat-trap
to fuck this LOSER?
I’m gonna go, I’m gonna go.
We got shot at, at the airport, and, and --
We were -- just leaving.
Please don’t shoot us.
Did I say you could take
SOMEONE WITH YOU?
This isn’t a DATE.
We’re dealing with TERRORISTS here.
There’s a TIME-TABLE.
And now you’re LATE.
You think an AL QAEDA SLEEPER CELL
is just gonna HANG AROUND ALL DAY and WAIT?
Appears next to Token’s head.
The safety CLICKS.
WOMAN’S VOICE (O.C.)
Put the gun down, slowly.
Stands in the doorway.
Token lowers the gun.
You gave the case
to the wrong chick, doll.
(looks at Cherry)
Jesus Christ. You could be my sister.