Friday, January 9, 2015
Cash And Carry
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In Chapter 16 of FILLMORE, now that Fillmore has a giant wad of cash from his new career as a pimp, he gets himself a big Cadillac, a fancy new suit and a luxurious apartment ... then goes down to the bus station to find another girl for his stable ...
INT. USED CAR DEALER - NIGHT
A brightly-lit car showroom
packed with ‘gently used’ Cadillacs
a year or two old.
Slim stands in front of a
mint-condition blue convertible
talking to the DEALER (40’s)
a weary-looking chubby white guy.
You sure this ain’t no repo?
It’s not a repo.
Good. Can’t have no repo.
Don’t want any trouble with the cats
on the street about me taking their car.
I promise you, it’s a trade-in.
Only has thirty-thousand miles on it.
Slim pulls a giant wad
of cash out of his pocket.
I’ll take it.
EXT. USED CAR DEALER - NIGHT
Slim drives the car off the lot.
The dealer watches him go.
INT. BUS STATION - DAY
A swarm of PEOPLE scurry about.
SAILORS waiting on benches.
FAMILIES greeting RELATIVES.
Slim stands in a corner, smoking.
Watching all the girls.
Bus number twenty-five arriving from
Mobile, Alabama at Gate Three.
Bus twenty-five from Mobile, Gate Three.
Slim tosses his cigarette.
Heads for the gate.
EXT. BUS STATION ARRIVAL GATE - DAY
Slim stands near the bus as PASSENGERS get out.
He sees a HOT SOUTHERN GIRL (18) come out.
He walks up to her.
Gestures at her bag.
She smiles, lets him carry it.
They start walking.
He says something to her.
INT. BLUES CLUB - NIGHT
Slim sings a number onstage.
Hot Southern Girl watches from the bar,
a cocktail, stars in her eyes.
INT. BLUES CLUB - NIGHT
Slim sits at the bar with her, chatting her up.
She LAUGHS. He pays their tab.
They get up. Walk out, arm in arm.
EXT. FILLMORE STREET - NIGHT
Slim talks to a SEXY MEXICAN GIRL (18)
carrying a cheap suitcase.
Hands her a flower. Bows.
She smiles shyly.
INT. FANCY CLOTHING STORE - DAY
Slim gets measured by ARTHUR (50’S),
a distinguished-looking white tailor.
He shows Slim a swatch of fabric. Slim nods.
Then shows him an array of ties.
Slim nods again, says something.
White Tailor smiles.
Slim takes them all.
INT. FILLMORE STREET BAR - NIGHT
Slim sits at the bar wearing
a sharp new snakeskin suit,
smoking a cigar and sipping a cocktail.
Hot Southern Girl comes in.
We almost don’t recognize her,
now that she’s in hooker drag.
She sits two stools away from him.
an envelope on the stool between them.
Winks. Slim nods.
Puts his hat on the stool.
She gets up. Leaves.
EXT. FILLMORE STREET - CURB - NIGHT
Slim sits in his used Caddy.
Sexy Mexican Girl walks over to the car.
Drops a roll of money on the passenger side seat.
Blows him a kiss. Sashays away.
Slim looks around, then grabs the roll.
Stuffs it in his pocket.
ON THE CORNER
Chocolate Z and ANOTHER PIMP
watch Sexy Mexican Girl walk by.
Chocolate points at Slim’s parked car.
Says something to him.
INT. SLIM’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
He stuffs a fifty-dollar bill in a red envelope.
Puts a fancy-looking stamp on it.
Smiles. Sticks in his pocket.
EXT. CADILLAC DEALERSHIP - NIGHT
A giant lot filled with brand-new Caddies,
sparkling under the bright lights.
Slim sits behind the wheel of a
giant red convertible with leather upholstery
and giant tail fins.
The DEALER (40’s) a sharp-looking WHITE GUY
in a suit shakes his hand.
Slim nods, and drives the car off the lot.
Reads ‘thirteen miles.’
INT. SHITTY MOTEL ROOM - DAY
Cricket’s mother sifts through her mail.
Sees the red envelope.
Reads who it’s from.
Excitedly RIPS it open.
Pulls out the fifty-dollar bill.
Opens her mouth with surprise.
INT. FANCY APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - DAY
Slim stands next to a REALTOR (30’s)
a hot-looking woman in a business suit.
She hands him a key. He smiles.
Says something to her. She LAUGHS.
Shakes his hand, then leaves.
INT. FANCY APARTMENT - BEDROOM - DAY
Slim walks around, inspecting the fancy digs.
Then pulls a GIANT WAD OF CASH
out of his pocket and THROWS it on the bed.
ROARS with laughter.