Friday, January 11, 2019
Four Cats, No Waiting
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In Chapter 8 of RIDGEWAY, Kayla gives Cate a walking tour of Eureka Springs, taking in the sights up and down the mountain in the quaint Victorian village, but the idyll turns nasty when Cate meets Kayla's bitchy coworker ...
INT. CATE’S APARTMENT - KITCHEN - DAY
A large, sunny room with tons of original cabinets.
Big double sink. Old-school stove. Giant fridge.
Big wooden table against the window
with Kayla’s computer in one corner.
The cats stare at Bobby
drinking from his bowl of water.
That’s Mona Lisa -- Henry --
Mingus -- and Ernie.
Four cats, no waiting.
And they’re okay about Bobby?
I told them he was coming.
Bobby’s totally chill with cats.
I have to go to the store
to get my paycheck.
Wanna come with?
Show you around a bit
if you’re not too tired?
Yeah. That’d be great.
A DOG TURD on the hardwood floor.
Bobby took a shit.
EXT. PROSPECT STREET - DAY
Old and cracked, with an amazing
view looking down the mountain.
And the mountains across
the way in the distance.
Kayla, Cate and Bobby
stroll down the street,
taking in the sights,
Cate overwhelmed by all the beauty.
Steven Wright was asked in an
interview why he lived in upstate
New York instead of the city,
and he said ‘my body reacts well to nature.’
My body’s reacting well to nature.
A TROLLEY goes chugging by.
That’s the trolley.
Cate watches it go down the street.
Shakes her head.
A MODEL T FORD drives by.
The OLD MAN (60’s) behind the wheel waves.
Another comes by. The DRIVER (50’s) also waves.
It’s Model T weekend.
In the summer, every weekend has a theme.
Does everybody wave at you?
Yeah. And they also say ‘hi.’
Nice change from the ‘fuck you’ in LA.
They make a turn.
Start walking down a
very steep, narrow road.
Pass by a series of
tiny Victorian cottages.
When’s lesbian weekend?
Oh, that’s year-round.
Actually, we have three
diversity weekends a year.
You mean gay pride?
Yeah. Echo’s very progressive --
but it’s still Arkansas.
They continue down the steep hill.
I’d pay good money to see
drag queens in heels
navigate these hills.
EXT. MAIN STREET - DAY
Kayla, Cate and Bobby walk down the narrow,
picturesque main drag lined with shops.
It’s like out of a movie, with a breathtaking
view of the mountains above the storefronts.
This is amazing.
A SCRUFFY TROUBADOUR (20’s) wearing hippie threads
and a stovepipe hat carrying a guitar walks by. Nods.
INT. DREAMLAND - DAY
Kayla and Cate stand
in the middle of the store.
Vivi sits at a work table sifting
through a tray of jewelry parts.
Clumsily trying to assemble
a cheap plastic necklace.
(looks at the paintings)
Love the colors.
Cate, this is Vivi.
I told you about her.
Oh, yeah. Hey. Nice to meet you.
Be right back.
She heads off to the back office.
I suck at this.
But I guess Kayla told you that.
Yes, she did.
Kidding. I’m kidding.
Ready to go?
Nice meeting you.
They head toward the door.
Vivi watches them go.