Friday, January 6, 2012
Tis The Season
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In Chapter 24 of LITTLE GIRL BLUE, as private eye Carrie Love and her ex-husband, homicide detective Bernie Keko head down the secret underground tunnel to escape from Tolly Chill and his goons, they share a tender, if confusing, moment together ...
INT. MARGO'S MANSION - BASEMENT - NIGHT
Carrie looks at a door at the end of the bar.
Where does this go?
Into the regular basement.
But you can’t see it from the other side.
Gotcha. And the tunnels?
Go to the fireplace.
Pull on the first poker on the left.
Carrie walks over. Grabs the poker,
pulls it like a lever.
The fireplace SLIDES TO THE LEFT,
revealing a pair of tunnels
that split off at forty-five degree angles.
Hey, if it was good enough for Capone.
Where do they go?
God, I can’t remember -- it’s been so long.
I think one goes to the pool house,
and the other to the back end of the property --
Are they safe?
Hell if I know. I’ve never gone in them.
I say we break up into two groups and check them out.
Bernie and I will check out the one on the left,
and Seth and Blue can check out the one on the right.
Sound like a plan?
(looks at Blue)
Fine with me.
(looks at Seth)
What about me?
You stay and protect Margo.
Somebody kill me now,
because I’m already in hell.
EXT. GERO’S LIMO - NIGHT
Tip sits between Strange-Looking and Ugly,
Muscled in the back seat.
Strange has a gun on him.
I’m not telling you.
Strange CRACKS him on the head with the gun.
So you wanna PLAY, huh? Alright, let’s play.
WHAT’S THE ADDRESS?
He WHACKS him again.
1600 Sunset Boulevard!
Please don’t HIT ME again!
See? That wasn’t so hard.
And I don’t have to hit you no more.
Gero picks up the walkie. Speaks into it.
Tolly, you there?
Yeah, pop. What’s up?
We got the address, found ourselves a rent-a-cop.
Got him in the car, for insurance.
Nice. Hurry on over.
Come in the front door, it’s open.
INT. BASEMENT - STAIRS - CONTINUOUS
Tolly’s at the top of the stairs with Mick.
(on his walkie)
We’ll be down in the basement.
Think we got ‘em trapped down there.
IN THE LIMO
Gero turns to Strange-Looking.
Fish, you put on Bozo’s uniform and drive his car.
Put him in the trunk. This way we’ve got someone
on the outside to watch out for us.
Hey, wait a minute --
Ugly, Muscled PUNCHES Tip in the face, CRUNCH.
He goes out.
Thanks, Mad Dog.
Don’t mention it. Tis the season.
IN THE BASEMENT
Tolly puts the walkie in his pocket.
Starts down the steps.
They’re on their way.
C’mon, let’s check it out.
INT. TUNNEL - CONTINUOUS
Carrie and Bernie walk down the corridor.
Wood panelling. Linoleum tiles.
They both wave flashlights.
Check out the craftsmanship,
must of cost a fortune.
So listen, can I -- ask you something?
I guess cause it’s Christmas,
you know -- gets a guy thinking --
Now that you’ve stopped drinking,
I was wondering if you’d like to --
have coffee or something?
I’m sorry, Bernie.
It was over A LONG time ago.
We had a lot of fun, though --
Oh, yeah. A lot of fun. Too much fun.
We’ll always be friends. You know that.
Friends that call you on Christmas Eve
and ask for help?
Something like that.
So are you still into girls,
or was that because you were --
Drunk most of the time?
(off his look)
I’m still into girls.
But now I’m just a little more -- picky.
But I still like guys.
Not too confusing.
Welcome to my life.