Thursday, December 8, 2011
Fast, Cheap And Out Of Control
Happy Thursday, crime slicksters. It's time once again to take a trip to the dark side, where the girls are hot, the drinks are cold, and the hardboiled-pulp-noir action is non-stop, right here, at the coolest crime joint in cyberspace ... at That Killing Feeling.
In Chapter 4 of LITTLE GIRL BLUE, Blue reveals to Carrie that she's really at the strip club to investigate the murder of her sister who was a dancer there. Just when Carrie agrees to help her with the case, club manager Tolly Chill invites Blue to a 'special holiday party' in the Hollywood Hills ...
INT. FANTASY ISLAND STRIP CLUB - NIGHT
Blue sits at far end of the bar with Carrie.
She’s now wearing jeans and a belly shirt.
They sip bottles of beer.
I’m so embarrassed.
Don’t be. You were great.
But I fucking FELL.
Adds to your charm.
They’re gonna offer you a job.
Just you wait.
So -- you’re a private detective.
I am. But keep it under your hat.
I come here to do a Garbo.
(pulls out her card)
Here. Just in case --
(takes it, reads)
'Fast, Cheap & Out of Control?'
(takes a swig)
And it gives Joe Average a hard-on.
How much do you charge?
Are you in some kind of trouble?
It’s -- about my sister.
Is she in trouble?
She -- died.
I’m sorry. What happened?
Blue looks around.
Makes sure no one is listening.
They said she committed suicide.
But that’s not true.
She’d never do that. Never.
Jonna would NEVER do that. No way.
She was a dancer here.
Jonna was trying to make it as an actress,
said this was just temporary,
that the money was great,
the people were nice,
and that she was making
some great contacts.
(sips her beer)
She wrote me once a week.
Then the letters stopped.
My parents were contacted by the police,
they said she’d killed herself.
But she DIDN’T. I KNOW she didn’t.
Someone KILLED her.
I’m -- sorry.
I was wondering what a nice girl like you
was doing here on Christmas Eve.
I’m on break from college.
My parents think I’m on campus studying.
They’re really upset with me.
(eyes tearing up)
I’m gonna find out who KILLED her.
Carrie stares at her.
I’ll do it.
But you said you were too expense --
I am. But I made a bundle on my last case.
Time for me to pay it forward.
You know, karma.
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.
Ho, ho, ho.
MALE VOICE (O.C.)
There she is. The lovely Miss Blue.
Appears before them. Suave.
Eyes crinkled with satisfaction.
I’m Tolly. I run this joint.
OH. Nice to meet you.
I’m so embarrassed --
He raises her hand to his lips.
Kisses it. Smiles.
Nonsense. You were wonderful.
In fact, I’d like to offer you a job. Dancing.
See? What did I tell you?
(ignores Carrie, to Blue)
I’m going to a little holiday soirée
in the Hollywood Hills tonight --
and I’d love for you to accompany me.
A party? In the Hollywood Hills?
Should be fun. Nice mix of people.
Movie stars, pro athletes, rock stars, politicians.
I’d be honored.
Sure. I’d be honored.
Terrific. I have to go take care of
some business in the back office.
Stay here, have a drink on me,
and I’ll be back in a few minutes.
He bows. Turns, walks away. Carrie watches him.
Holy SHIT. A party in the Hollywood Hills.
There’s something -- off about him.
Don’t be silly. He’s cute.
Just be careful.
He seems like a complete gentlemen.
Sure. All guys who run strip clubs
are 'complete gentlemen.'
If I didn’t know better, I’d say you’re jealous.
If you’re going to hire my services,
you’re going to have to trust my judgment.
(off her stare)
Look. I’ve been around the block.
There’s a lot of sharks in this town
that can make a meal out of a gal like you.
Just be careful, okay? Keep your eyes open.
Okay. And don’t be afraid to call me
if anything gets -- weird.
Any time of the day or night.
Think of me like a big sister.
I like that --
Appears. All smiles. Eyes flashing.
Are you ready to go?
I need to go to the ladies room.
Be back in a sec.
She slides off her stool.
Grabs her purse. Heads for the loo.
Tolly and Carrie appraise each other.
(turns, looks at Carrie)
So what’s your story?
(hands him her card)
Carrie Love, PI. A friend.
(reads the card)
It’s nice to see the young lady has --
people watching out for her.
Can’t be too careful these days.
PUSH IN Carrie. Finishing her drink.
Gotta watch out for those sharks.
(sips her beer)
Especially when you’re living in a fishbowl --