Friday, March 10, 2017
They Shoot Yuppies, Don't They?
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In Chapter 7 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, conservative captain of industry Carling Kapp introduces his daughter Jool to Tate Canyon, his hand-picked husband for her, who she angrily rejects ...
INT. CARLING’S MANSION - BALLROOM - NIGHT
The crowd has thinned out.
Carling stands chatting with TATE CANYON (21).
Natty in cool threads. Oozing charisma.
Great with the ladies. And a real mench.
I don’t know where she is, Tate.
I haven’t seen her all night.
That’s a shame.
I’ve been dying to meet her.
Maybe another time --
Would you please excuse me a moment?
I’ll be right back.
Carling walks over to the bar
where Nin is getting a drink.
Have you seen Jool?
I’ve been looking for her all evening.
No, I haven’t.
You’re lying, Nin.
I can always tell.
Out with it.
She -- went out.
Where did she go?
To a -- street fair.
A street fair? Where on EARTH
is there a street fair tonight?
Uh -- downtown.
DOWNTOWN? She went DOWNTOWN?
Why on EARTH would she want to go THERE?
Carling, she’s young. Curious.
It’s only natural that she’d want
to see how other people live.
Think of it like -- anthropology.
But it’s not SAFE down there.
Nonsense. She took a cab. And her gun.
Jool. There you are --
IN THE DOORWAY
Carrying her shoes in her hand.
Trying to sneak in quietly. Busted.
Come over here.
There’s someone I want you to meet.
Jool walks over.
Looks at Tate. Smiles blandly.
I present to you my niece, Juliet.
You said she was a goddess --
(takes her hand, kisses it)
Did my heart love 'til now?
Forswear its sight -- for I never
saw true beauty until this night.
She pulls her hand away.
I’m like, so sure.
Gag me with Bartlett's Quotations.
I’m sure the two of you are
going to be quite happy together.
My dear, this is the man
you’re going to marry.
I don’t understand.
Tate is the heir
to the Canyon dynasty.
You should be honored.
The Times named him one of
the 'ten most eligible
bachelors in the republic.'
Nothing but the best for my niece --
Jool stares at Carling. Then Tate.
Speechless. Then at Nin. Who gives
her a ‘it’s news to me’ look.
My dear, are you feeling alright?
You look pale.
On what planet do you expect me
to marry THAT yuppie gas-bag?
She turns on her heel, and quickly
MARCHES out of the room.
What the -- ?
(calls after her)
You come back here THIS INSTANT,
Calm down. I’ll go talk to her.
Nin nods. Rushes off.
Carling looks at Tate. Sighs.
I’m dreadfully sorry.
I guess I should have briefed her.
PUSH IN on Tate’s face.
His look of disappointment.
Was it something I said?