Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Don't Shoot, I'm With The Government
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In Chapter 27 of NOWHERE GIRL, the plot thickens when Homeland Security agent April Street reveals to CIA op Lark Lemon that's she's actually a mole within rogue op cell C-6 for Interpol, and that she desperately needs back up as she races up the Hollywood Hills to the terrorists lair. Meanwhile, 'stripper with a suitcase nuke' Cherry Nation delivers the bomb to the terrorists, with deadly results ...
EXT. QUEENS ROAD - NEARBY - NIGHT - AT THAT MOMENT
April JOGS up the hill, talking on her hands-free.
You can send backup -- I’m not C-6!
INT. CIA HEADQUARTERS - CUBICLE - CONTINUOUS
Lark watches April’s progress on her monitor
as it nears the location of the nuke.
I know that.
Shag said you were Homeland Security.
No, that was the cover C-6 gave me.
I’m a MOLE -- I’m Interpol --
I’m gonna bring down C-6,
the terrorist cell, AND Avi Abbas.
NOW, given how things have progressed,
I’d love a little help at this point.
Why didn’t Interpol ask for our help
in the first place?
Don’t take this personally,
but The Company doesn’t have
the greatest reputation in
the global intelligence community
I mean -- your BOSS told you
not to interfere with C-6.
I -- see what you mean.
C-6 is totally rogue --
their ops are for profit.
They broker arms deals around the world.
Remember the CONTRAS?
They’ll sell to anybody --
rebels in Darfur,
revolutionaries in Somalia,
the Tibetan Army --
state of the art weaponry,
sold to the highest bidder.
Kinda like Ebay.
A MESSAGE BOX
Pops up on Lark’s monitor.
Fingers fly across the keyboard.
April, we’ve got a situation in Israel.
I gotta call you back.
Lark hangs up.
April stops running.
Taps her headpiece.
What? Hello? You there?
What about my BACK-UP?
EXT. HOLLYWOOD HILLS MANSION - NIGHT - AT THAT MOMENT
Cherry and Peeler are at the front door.
Go hide in the bushes over there
by the window and watch.
If something goes wrong, call 911.
Okay. Better hide your gun.
She tucks it in her skirt waistband
in the small of her back.
So, uh -- in case anything -- happens,
I just want you to know that,
despite all this scary shit --
I’ve had the best time
I’ve ever had tonight.
She kisses him on the cheek.
Me, too. Now go, scoot --
we gotta save the world.
And then maybe grab some breakfast.
He nods, limps off into the bushes.
Cherry RINGS the bell.
Here goes nothing.
The door OPENS. It’s Kamal.
He sees the case. Big smile.
Greetings. We’ve been expecting you.
Sorry for the delay.
Not to worry. Please, come in.
INT. MANSION - FOYER - CONTINUOUS
Kamal leads Cherry toward the living room.
This place is -- amazing.
Vulgar American conspicuous consumption.
Can’t wait to blow it up.
INT. MANSION - LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
Kamal leads Cherry into the room,
where Hamad, the guards and Renny
are watching a ball game
on the big screen plasma TV.
Hamad. Our package has arrived.
Hamad looks. Smiles.
Gets up. Walks over to them.
Very good. Excellent.
(gestures at the case)
You have the money?
Sits in his chair watching the game.
Behind his back,
we can see him loosening his ropes.
Cocks an eyebrow.
Nods. Looks at Kamal.
Give her the money.
Kamal nods. Walks over to a table.
Grabs an attache case. Brings it over.
Sets it down on a chair near Cherry and Hamad.
Flips open the lid to reveal it’s STUFFED WITH CASH.
One million dollars.
Cherry’s eyes BUG.
She’s never seen that much money.
In a daze, she hands Hamad
the briefcase. He takes it.
Sets it down. Opens it.
Sees the LCD DISPLAY.
It’s been ACTIVATED.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
The next few moments happen in a BLUR OF SPEED --
Ropes FLY OFF.
He GRABS the guards by their heads
and CRACKS them together.
SNATCHES their weapons.
SMACKS one on the head,
THUMP -- then the other, THWACK.
They GO DOWN.
GRABS the money.
Points his gun at her head. CLICK.
Points his gun at Renny. CLICK.
What THE FUCK is going on here?
Is he with you?
I’m with the government!
She WHIPS out her gun.
Points it at the case.
Let me the fuck go,
or else I’ll blow us
all to kingdom come.
Hamad releases her.
Looks around. What THE FUCK.
That’s really a -- n-nuke?
YES. And it’s going to go off
in NINE MINUTES.
Renny’s eyes dart back and forth.
He licks his lips.
I used to be Special Forces.
I think I can disarm it.
You THINK you can disarm it?
Well, it’s been a few years --