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Dark Game
by Daniel Rodriguez (devild2005@msn.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Film Noir   User Review:
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Background: A ruling Don is doomed to die, with his death, the city will be at a standstill until the contents of his will as well as his personal legacy are found. The setting is a corrupt city infested with the worst sides of humanity. This is the stage of our game. It is here the five players will compete using all they can to win. The objective is to claim the contents of a simple breifcase which, in it's contents may or may not fullfill each individuals motivations as well as give said player the power to effect the world around them. One by one the players will be established, they will use the gifts that have been given to them and try to win, but more importantly to survive. Some may live, some may die. This is my first Screenplay and was written mostly for fun. I apologize if it is hard to understand or comes off the wrong way, I started writing it two years ago, took a break, then finished it in the same style I started it with. It has been told to me it is hard to understand, hard to read, and the writing style is not very conventional. For that I apologize. My advice, if you review this script, read it from start to finish, dont stop just because you dont like it or how it flows, before writing a review otherwise it is kinda unfair. However I had fun writing it and hope you have fun reading it.


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EXT. ROOF - NIGHT
                                                            
BLACK AND WHITE.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (V.O.)
      (Man Falling CU)
Falling, Hearing nothing but the
howl of the wind. Coat flapping,
watching slowly as certain death
came closer. Is their tranquility.
No regrets? or Is it all in vain.
The thoughts that go through the
fellow man as they stare death
strait in the eye. The real
question is, was it all worth it?
All the digging and searching for
truth. Tomorrow there will be a
headline. Detective Falls To His
Doom. They will tell stories.
Mostly good ones. About the cases
that got solved and the criminals
that were put in jail. He will be
missed. He was my partner. And his
Murder will forever remain a
mystery to the media as to who
dunnit. He was a good cop and a
family man at that. Tomorrow I
will be at thier house explaining
how we wont be coming home this
time. It's the least I can do for
throwing him over the building. He
just got to close thats all.
Nothing personal. In fact he was
my favorite. It was a shame but
orders are orders. My fourth
partner will be assigned next
week. I wonder how long this one
will last.
                                                            
                                         OPENING CREDITS
                                                            
                                         FADE TO BLACK
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
                       RACHEL
No! Oh god, no! Wake up. Please be
alive.
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            

2.

RACHEL STANDS WITH A SMOKING GUN AND A DEAD BODY INFRONT
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
It was no good. I knew from the
wounds that he was dead. The gun
was still hot. The now question on
my mind was who would do this to
him?
                                                            
Drops gun, huddles in corner.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Weakly)
Someone help me.
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
No one could. There was no
brigning him back from this. He
was dead. I would have to face
facts. Some one killed him. And...
I have no idea how I got here. I
must have seen the whole thing.
The lamp is knocked over and a
window shattered. I watched like a
baby as my husband got manhandled
and did nothing. That bastard must
have taken pity on me. Why couldnt
he have taken me as well. He just
lied there, dead
                                                            
                                         CUT TO BLACK
                                                            
 
INT. SOME ROOM. - DAY
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
Dead. They were all dead. I stood
there for god knows how long.
Looking over the two bodies that
were once my wife, and my son.
Slaughtered like cattle.
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Axel enters his home.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Honey!
                                                            
Pause, no answer.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Honey? Jeff?
                                                            

3.

Moves to another room. Stops in horror as he faces the
camera.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
And there they were. Not
breathing, not moving. The windows
were smashed. Glass on the floor.
And the room torn to a hell
version of itself.
                                                            
Stands there motionless, and almost expresionless.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
What to do?
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (a slight wimper.)
                                                            
He twists and contorts his body as if being overwhelmed.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
      (Emotionlessly)
Burn it. Burn it all. Look away.
                                                            
tires to follow his own advice, but cant completely look
away. Scaredly breathing.
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (In Vain)
Get up. I cant live like this!
                                                            
He doesnt realize that his hand has lifted a lighter from
his pocket. He stares in horror at it from the corner of his
eye. He flickers it on.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
Burn it all, and just walk away.
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (Trying to not do
       it)
I love you.
                                                            
Sirens are heard in the distance getting closer.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO BLACK
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
Flashback sequence. Painted photos of the moments, like a
visual comic book with matching sounds to the situation.
                                                            

4.

An Ambulance's sirens are heard. They flicker there lights.
As they jet across the street.
                                                            
 
INT. AMBULANCE - NIGHT
                                                            
Young Rachel, a girl of twelve years, is on a stretcher. She
is covered up and attached to medical stuff. Accompanying
her are people, medics and the like. They surround her for
natural reasons.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
She is only twelve years old. At
this point no one knows if she is
going to live to see another day.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT
                                                            
The people are taking Young Jessica on the stretcher across
the place.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
Nurse, we need you on this one!
                                                            
COMOTION AMONGST THE STAFF.
                                                            
                       NURSE
Will she be alright.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
I doubt it.
                                                            
 
INT. HOPSITAL ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
YOUNG JESSICA IS SITUATED ON THE BED, NOT MOVING.
                                                            
SILLOUTES ON THE DOOR WINDOW.
                                                            
Doctor sillouete is talking to two silouetes, likely her
parents.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
Im sorry to tell you this. But,
your daughter is in a comma. There
is little chance she may ever wake
from it...I am sorry
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
She was only twelve years old. She
had her whole life ahead of her.
She wont be going to school
anymore. She wont find a boy she
            (MORE)

5.

                       JESSICA (cont'd)
likes, and she will never see her
family ever again. I wished the
doctor was right.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO BLACK
                                                            
 
INT. UNKNOWN LOCATION - NIGHT
                                                            
                       VICTIM
So is this how it ends?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
How did you expect it to end?
                                                            
                       VICTIM
Not like this. So, I guess your
here to kill me.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Yes
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
VICTIM IS SITTING ON A CHAIR, NERVOUSE. EDWARD IS STANDING
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
His name was Charles Mathers. Just
an average guy who screwed over
the wrong man.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
Can I ask why?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
"Why?" I do not understand.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
Why me? Why must I die. Why do you
do this job?
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
It was alot of "why's" to ask.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You know what you did. And for
that, I am sorry.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
Sorry? Your sorry?
                                                            

6.

                       EDWARD
Second of all, in this world,
people only get one chance and
when the cross the line, there is
no going back.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
But...
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I agree. It is not right at all.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
And as to why you do this?
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
      (explaining))
Why I do this...
                                                            
                       EDWARD
If not me, then who?
                                                            
Victim looks around, then tries to escape and make a run.
Edward grabs a gun and points it directly, point blank into
Victim's skull.
                                                            
Pause
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Please do not try that again.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
Why dont you pull the trigger?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
      (Commanding)
Sit.
                                                            
Victim sits.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
If you're an assassin, why am I
still alive?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You sure ask alot of questions.
                                                            
Edwards walks over to the table and sits.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
I dont want to die.
                                                            

7.

                       EDWARD
Sounds reasonable. Neither do most
people I meet.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
Just take it. Its yours. Please, I
will do anything.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
In a normal situation, I would be
more then happy to let you live.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
Then whats stopping you?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
My orders are to kill you.
Regardless. You really turned
yourself into an enemy of my
client.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
And there is no way I can bribe
you not to do it?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
None.
                                                            
Vixtim breathes heavily. A panic attack is coming.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
It will be okay. Just calm down.
Anything else you want me to do
for you?
                                                            
                       VICTIM
For me?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I have your note right here and
your family will be alright, trust
me, there will be no one coming
after them.
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
He started to calm down.
                                                            
                       VICTIM
      (In a calm defeat)
Just let her know that I love her.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You have my word.
                                                            

8.

                       VICTIM
I am ready.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
      (Rising.)
Okay then.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
May God watch over you.
                                                            
A gunshot is heard, and a flash is seen in the house.
                                                            
 
INT. SAME PLACE - NIGHT
                                                            
Edward walks over to the corps and bends down for a short
prayer. He then gets up and takes an shiney object with him
as he leaves.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO BLACK
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL, NOW - DAY
                                                            
MACHINE THAT DOES BRAIN ACTIVITY IS STARTING TO BEEP FASTER
                                                            
JESSICA IS IN THE BED, THE ROOM NOW LOOKS LONELY.
                                                            
Nerse walks in, with papers.
                                                            
She freezes upon observing the machine.
                                                            
                       NURSE
Oh my god!
                                                            
Nurse runs off screen
                                                            
                       NURSE (OS)
DOCTOR! DOCTOR COME QUICK!
                                                            
The machine goes faster.
                                                            
Jessica slightly moves.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL LOBBY - DAY
                                                            
BUSY PLACE. PEOPLE WORKING ALL OVER, DUE TO THEIR PROFESSION
                                                            
Nurse runs in.
                                                            

9.

                       NURSE
Doctor!
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
      (annoyed)
What is it?
                                                            
pause
                                                            
                       NURSE
It's a miracle.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
Huh?
                                                            
                       NURSE
She's awaking.
                                                            
Pause.
                                                            
Doctor Drops what he is holding and breaks into a jog. Nurse
follows.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. HOPSITAL, OUTSIDE JESSICA'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
CROWD COMOTION FOLLOWING THE DOCTOR AND THE NURSE
                                                            
Doctor pauses, then opens the door.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL JESSICA'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
JESSICA IS SLIGHTLY SHOWING ACTIVITY IN BED.
                                                            
Door opens, people enter.
                                                            
Noise, from machine, then silence.
                                                            
pause.
                                                            
Jessica groans. Then slowly wakes up as if from a nap.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
      (Ackwardly)
Hello, Jessica.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (Disoriented)
Where, am I? Wheres my mom and
dad!?
                                                            

10.

the mood becomes sad, morely expressed by the nurse.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
I am sorry to tell you this but,
you have been in a comma for 15
years.
                                                            
Jessica becomes shocked, looks at her body. She raises
herself to the wall of her bed, as if untrusting of anyone.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
I WANT MY MOM NOW!
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
In that time, your mom and dad,
passed away.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
And here I was, about to turn
Thirteen in two months.
                                                            
 
INT. PRECINCT - DAY
                                                            
PHONE RINGS.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (Picking up phone)
Indigo here, homicide. Uh, huh.
Sorry to hear that. I'll write
that down.
                                                            
gets pencil and paper out and starts doing something to it.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
Another witness, needs comforting
I guess. They call this place all
the time to see how the
investigations are going. I know
this case. A revenge kill it was.
Made to look like a simple hit and
run accident. The case will never
be solved of course. Two cops
doped up the suspect till he
confessed. Theuy went overboard
and two minutes later, he
overdosed.
                                                            
With a free hand, lifts out his partners file.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
      (Pulling out pages
       and such.)
Odd, he has recorded this incident
            (MORE)

11.

                       INDIGO (cont'd)
well. Evidence linking the drugs
to syndicates all over the city
that were used. A copy of the
confession. I thought they burned
them all. He was good, Ill give
him that. He even has...
                                                            
Pulsl out a picture of the Police chief in the file.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
      (Light laughter.)
Well I'll be...He truly was the
best. This is why I'll probably be
missing him. I noticed it first
when I came in the door. No cup of
coffe waiting for me. No "Hey
Terrence, they at it again. Let's
ride!" Its lonely in this place.
sure you have the same cast of
characters, but something is
missing. If I wasnt me, we could
have been good freinds.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (on phone)
Okay, thanks, I'll give this info
to them. Dont worry.
                                                            
The paper is a childish scribble of a man being splattered
on the floor, Obviously his partner.
                                                            
Hangs up phone. He sighs.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
      (Godly)
TERRENCE!
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (slightly startled)
Yes?
                                                            
The Cheif points his fingers for him to come "here"
                                                            
Indigo comes.
                                                            
 
INT. CHEIFS OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
                       CHEIF
Close that door behind you.
                                                            

12.

                       INDIGO
Yes.
                                                            
Closes door.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
Take a seat.
                                                            
Indigo sits.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Whats this about?
                                                            
                       CHEIF
They found your partners body.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Took 'em long enough.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
I'm suprised you killed him so...
                                                            
                       INDIGO
You told me to deal with him if he
got close.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
That's in the past. You will get a
new partner in two days. We are
getting new recruits, try to break
them in.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
So how shall we procede?
                                                            
                       CHEIF
I'll talk to the boys in
forencics. Then send some poor
rookie to investigate the case
alone. After a week, Bryant will
"take" the case from him and just
let it grow cold. You contact his
family?
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
Ah, Trisha and Little Erica.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
No, not yet. I was going to do
that at lunch.
                                                            

13.

                       CHEIF
Just be careful Terrence, You can
get careless sometimes.
                                                            
Indigo gets ready to leave and near the door.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
      (mockingly)
Me?
                                                            
shakes his head "no."
                                                            
                                         FADE TO BLACK
                                                            

14.

A MAP APEARS WITH GRAPHIC DETAILS GIVEN BY THE NARRATOR.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
Ville de Noir. Black City. Its the
place between what the Mayor says
it is, and what the cops know it
is. Its a cesspool. The worst
kind. The type with the yakuza's
living in the northern section and
a cross city gang war between the
ittalian families of the east,
facing off with those in the west.
That was the deal, back then out
of seven mafia families, two of
them had most of the city in its
pockets. Then one day, an edict
was made and the wars ceased. It
was announced by this man, Tony
Rodrigo. Born of an Ittialian
father, whose father happened to
be spanish. Now he rules this
town. Even the Yakuza families,
who united under one clan bow to
him more then their own ruler.
However, he doesnt have absolute
power. Every family and sub group
act indipendantly from the higher
ups. And it gets better. As a
result of the unchecked uprising
of criminals, half the city
officials are crooked. It has
become an unwriten rule, never
expose the curroption in the city,
even as a mudslinging tool for
office. Such tactics or attempted
reporting can lead to...death. So
now there is a standstill in the
middle of everything. And outside
of that standstill, are the
everyday rapes, murders, robberies
and kidnappings. This is the city
people live in. This is the city
people die in.
                                                            
 
INT. PRECINT INTEROGATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
RACHEL IS BEING GRILLED BY TWO COPS.
                                                            
                       COP 1
Matches on the gun. Matches on the
bullet. No matter how you look at
it, you killed him.
                                                            

15.

                       RACHEL
What?
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
The thought never entered my mind.
The cops came through the door not
too long after and with one look
at me, they hauled me out. I
thought they were there to help
me.
                                                            
                       COP 1
Look! There were signs of a
struggle. Bullet holes everywhere!
You wanna know what I think
happened?
                                                            
                       COP 2
Easy! Chill for a second and take
a breath man. Your scaring her.
                                                            
                       COP 2
You chased him around the house
with that thing. He ran for his
dear life.
                                                            
Cop 1 continues to talk, but the words are inaudible.
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
      (slightlu
       disorented)
I remember, I heard a gunshot and
we ran upstairs. I could have been
killed.
                                                            
                       COP 2
Slow down. Jeez, look at her.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (barely audible)
I wish I was dead.
                                                            
                       COP 2
What?
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Sad)
I wish I died too.
                                                            
                       COP 2
Don't say that.
                                                            

16.

                       COP 1
What the hell is she pulling?
                                                            
                       COP 2
Look what you did to her! He told
us not to push her.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
You!
                                                            
                       COP 1
Eh?
                                                            
                       COP 2
I would back off, your cornering
her.
                                                            
                       COP 1
Then we are almost done. Shes is
about to confess.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
You sick fat, filthy, pig of a
cop.
                                                            
                       COP 1
WHY DID YOU KILL HIM!? I know you
did it, confess. If you don't.
                                                            
Rachel loses her cool. She attacs scratching.
                                                            
                       COP 2
Oh CRAP!
                                                            
Cop 2 holds her back.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Why are you doing this to me!?
                                                            
                       COP 2
Just calm down.
                                                            
She gets her hands on Cop 1, instead of attacking she backs
off and into a crying state, holding on to him.
                                                            
                       COP 2
Still think she's guilty?
                                                            
Escorts her to her seat.
                                                            
                       COP 2
Now, tell me, one last time what
you remember.
                                                            

17.

                       RACHEL
I remember... He came home late in
the afternoon. I ran to him to
welcome him. Then there was this
gun and... his face changed.
                                                            
Gunshots are heard, only she hears them.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
we ran up the stairs. Then...
                                                            
                       COP 2
      (To his partner)
The back door was open, the so
called perp could have ran out
that way. It is also likely that
she blacked out during most of the
event.
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
Why arent you here with me? Why
are you so far away. They look at
me, and for the first time in my
life, i have to fend for myself.
God, I miss you.
                                                            
 
EXT. FUNERAL - DAY
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
Many people did not know him like
I did. He was a good man. An
honest man. And a hardworking man.
That was his story. I recognize
some of the faces here. And I am
slightly disapointed that some
people did not show up here this
day. His death was a true tragedy
to this world. Born and raised on
a farm. Some could easily have
called him a hick, or a hillbilly
but he wanted to be better then
that. In some ways he truly was.
Moved here when he was twenty. It
was then he started to realize
that life wasnt all that big, in
the big city. He had bad luck.
That was his only crime in this
world. But he fought on. He even
fell in love with a woman, whome I
can truly say is beautiful. And he
will never see that look on her
face when he tells her, he loved
her. He wanted to be there for her
            (MORE)

18.

                       EDWARD (cont'd)
when her boyfriend cheated on her.
He wanted to let her cry on his
shoulder, but he could never tell
her his feelings for her. Why,
because he had his whole life
ahead of him. Those who knew him,
found him a comedic fellow. Women,
saw him as a gentleman. Yet he had
bad luck with both. A few days
ago, he wanted something.
Something he needed. And he
decided to stand up for himself.
And that was when fate decided to
end his life. I am sorry he had to
die. He is one of the few victims
I would have enjoyed to call
freind, were the circumstances
different. However, this day is a
day of hope. A day when he gets
his last word out from beyond the
grave.
                                                            
People are conversing.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Why, what did he do to deserve
this sort of punishment.
                                                            
                       FATHER
Its okay. Eveything will be
alright.
                                                            
                       NICE LADY
I am sorry for your loss.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
      (smiling)
It's you. He would be so happy you
came here.
                                                            
                       NICE LADY
Excuse me?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Ma'am, I am sorry you had to
experience such a terrible momment
in your life. Your son, spoke well
of you.
                                                            
                       FATHER
And who are you.
                                                            

19.

                       EDWARD
You can call me Edward. I was one
of the last people to see him.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Oh, you seem like such a nice
fellow. Hope some of those manners
rubbed off on him.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
He spoke of you two well. Know
that he loved you and was
greatfull and sorry he left you.
Now if you both will be so kind to
excuse me, I have to leave.
                                                            
As Edward leaves, he slips a note and whispers in Nice
Lady's ear.
                                                            
As Edward leaves, he slips a note and whispers in Nice
Lady's ear.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
He left this for you.
                                                            
She reads the paper. She starts to cry and smiles. Then she
notices another page. It says "The Cheater will be dealt
with, free of charge -Ice"
                                                            
                       EDWARD (Vo)
In two days, a paper will read the
headline, "man found in hospital,
his lower extremities removed."
                                                            
 
INT. BAR - DAY
                                                            
                       AXEL
I WANT ANOTHER BEER NOW!
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
I dont think you want one.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
Do I?
                                                            
                       AXEL
No, I want one.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Look, guy. You aint fit for one.
And frankly, you're trying to push
yourself. In the long run, you
will do something you are going to
            (MORE)

20.

                       BARTENDER (cont'd)
regret. Now I am asking you to lay
off.
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Hey bartender, lay off the kid.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Kid?
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Get the boy his drink.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
I dont want know trouble.
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Then best buy the kid a drink.
                                                            
Gets Axel a drink. Axel's face twists.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
I was so asking for it.
                                                            
He starts to drink.
                                                            
                       THUG 1
      (Intimidatingly)
Now how about you buy me and my
buddies a drink.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Sure, Why not! BARTENDER, ANOTHER
DRINK!
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Excuse me pal, but there are three
of us.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
It was a trap. All I had to do
was...
                                                            
                       AXEL
MORE DRINKS THEN!
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
Anything but that.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
      (To himself)
Poor guy.
                                                            

21.

Bartender takes out three drinks.
                                                            
Thug 1 purposefully spills his.
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Oops, buy me another...boy.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
Their plan was this, I pay again,
they beat me, and rob me. I don't
those four will use that cue stick
to make me a puppet.
                                                            
Before the other three come, Axel grabs one mug and tries to
dramaticly hit Thug 1 in the face. Thug 1 pushes him on the
floor.
                                                            
                       THUG 2
A lively one eh?
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Now why you gone do that for.
                                                            
Thug 1 poors another thing of beer on Axel.
                                                            
Axel grabs for the cue stick. Thug 3 catches him. Pushes him
to the floor
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
The door was right there. I could
run away scott free. I wasnt
fooling anyone.
                                                            
Stands up.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Come on!
                                                            
The thugs realize he's shaking and they pause.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. BAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Axel is thrown out, onto the streets.
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (Nervousely)
Is...that all you got?
                                                            
Tries to stand out.
                                                            

22.

Thug crew walk out. Thug 1 knockes the wind out of Axel as
he falls back down.
                                                            
                       THUG 2
Look who thinks hes the number 1!
                                                            
They laugh
                                                            
Axel's face is trying to hide the fear that is overcomeing
him.
                                                            
                       THUG 3
Just take the money man, this is
too sad.
                                                            
Thug 1 punches Axel as we.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO BLACK
                                                            
 
EXT. HOTEL - NIGHT
                                                            
ITS RAINING
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
They let me out. Doctor knew
someone who owed them a favor. Now
Im here.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
JESSICA IS CRYING ON THE BED.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (Vo)
Alone, so alone. It shouldnt be
this way. I keep thinking I will
wake up, and tomorrow will be my
birthday. But then I feel the
coldness and know this is not a
dream.
                                                            
Phone Rings. She picks it up.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Hello?
                                                            
Pause
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
Great, its the families lawyer.
                                                            

23.

                       JESSICA
Do I have to?
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
He wants me to meet with him
tommorrow to discuss my
inheritance.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Fine, I'll do it.
                                                            
She hangs up the phone
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
He was still talking when I hang
up the phone. My mom once told me
to beware of lawyers, for the
first time, I understand why. They
are annoying as heck.
                                                            
She lies down. Huddles up under the cover and looks for the
light to be turned off. Nothing.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
Mom...
                                                            
                                         CHENGE TO FLASHBACK.
                                                            
 
INT. JESSICA'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
Mom, I dont want to go to bed yet.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
But...
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
Dad, can I stay up longer?
                                                            
                       FATHER
Ask your mother.
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
But...
                                                            
                       MOTHER
I think its time for you to go to
bed Honey.
                                                            
 

24.

INT. JESSICA'S ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
But Im not tired.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Just lay down.
                                                            
Young Jessica lays down, Mother tucks her into bed.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Just hold onto your bear and
you'll get sleepy.
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
      (Getting sleepy)
But I dont want to be sleepy
                                                            
                       MOTHER
That feel better?
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
Mom?
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Yes Honey?
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
Do you love me?
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Of course, what kind of question
is that?
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
Can you make sure nothing happens
to me, and never leave me.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
I would be a bad mother if I
couldnt.
                                                            
                                         END FLASHBACK
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
JESSICA IS HUDDLED UP SIMILAR TO THE YOUNG VERISION.
                                                            
She is hugging the pillow as if it was a bear.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
Why did you lie to me?
                                                            
 

25.

INT. MEETING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
MAFIA OFFICIALS ARE GATHERED IN A MEETING.
                                                            
                       SPEAKER
Members of the Cosa Nostra,
welcome.
                                                            
Continues to talk
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
It has been dictated by the great
Don that every month, select
officials should meet and hold a
state of the city meeting. The man
speaking, is not a don but rather
a liutenant of the once rival
family. Fact is, Don Rodrigo wont
be here to attend this meeting,
neither will he have a
representitive save this man.
                                                            
                       REPRESENTITIVE
      (Rsising)
Wait just one moment.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
Outclassed and out gunned.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
Rodrigo talks alot, but we have
yet to see any big bussiness
shifts. We are starting to lose
money to the legal bussiness. What
does he plan on?
                                                            
                       REPRESENTITIVE
Uh...
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
Thats the problem. He isnt here
today.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
Truth be told, this meeting wasnt
to his knowledge.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
Even those stupid negros on the
streets are peddling more money
then we are. And how many times
have I been told by my don, not to
move because Mr. Rodrigo wants to
            (MORE)

26.

                       MOB BOSS 1 (cont'd)
prevent a street war.
                                                            
                       REPRESENTITIVE
He has his plans.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 2
Could have fooled me.
                                                            
                       REPRESENTITIVE
What is the main problem here?
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
Fact is, my family is losing
money.
                                                            
                       REPRESENTITIVE
Well...
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
Dont Interupt me.
                                                            
                       REPRESENTITIVE
I...
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
      (Commanding)
SIT!
                                                            
he sits.
                                                            
                       SPEAKER
Can we get back to the original
agenda please.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 3
Agreed.
                                                            
                       REPRESENTITIVE
      (coldly)
Do you know what you do?
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 4
There will be no hiding this
meeting.
                                                            
Mob Boss 1 smiles.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREETS - NIGHT
                                                            
TIME SLIGHTLY SHIFTS.
                                                            
 

27.

EXT. STREET ALLEYWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
MOB BOSS 1 IS WAITING ALONE.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
      (To himself)
Freakin' cold out here.
                                                            
Starts to walk back and forth. Mumbling. Anxious.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Sorry, I am late.
                                                            
Enters.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
Beggining to think you wouldnt
show up.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Have I ever let you down before?
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
No. Not that I can think of.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Have I ever been known to let
anyone down?
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
My bad. I apologize.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
Just a simple transaction job.
                                                            
                                         CUE FLASHBACK
                                                            
 
INT. CHEIFS OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
CHEIF IS STANDING WITH SOME DOCUMENTS.
                                                            
Indigo comes in.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
You wanted to see me?
                                                            
                       CHEIF
Yes, close the door.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Oh, sure.
                                                            

28.

                       CHEIF
Sit down.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Lemme guess. You want me to run an
errand right?
                                                            
                       CHEIF
One of the families wishes to
renew their contract with us.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Of course.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
You are to meet him outside "O'l
Lucky's."
                                                            
Pause.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
I dont pay you to keep idle. Move.
                                                            
                                         END FLASHBACK
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET ALLEYWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
                       INDIGO
So this is it?
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
All of it should be there.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Here, keep this for yourself.
                                                            
Hands him back some money.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
Whats this?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Consider it the interest of your
investment. And my personal
friendship.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
What?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Congratulations, you and the
family will continue to live under
the wings of law enforcement.
            (MORE)

29.

                       INDIGO (cont'd)
Pleasure doing bussiness with you.
                                                            
Starts to leave.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
Detective.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Yes?
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
What was the cheif asking for?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (smiling)
Full price.
                                                            
Walks away.
                                                            
                       MOB BOSS 1
The pleasure is all mine.
                                                            
Indigo, waves back while walking away.
                                                            
 
INT. DARK PLACE - NIGHT
                                                            
DON RODRIGUE IS IN A CHAIR GETTING BEAT ON BY TOUGH GUYS.
                                                            
                       TOUGH GUY 1
Look at the great Don Rodrigo.
                                                            
Punches him.
                                                            
                       RODRIGO
Why... Are you doing this?
                                                            
Gets punched.
                                                            
                       TOUGH GUY 2
Whats wrong, I thought you were
untouchable.
                                                            
Another one.
                                                            
                       TOUGH GUY 1
      (laughing.)
The most powerful guy in the city
                                                            
Knocks the wind out of him.
                                                            

30.

Someone speaking off screan, cannot be heard, translated to
subtitles.
                                                            
                       UNKNOWN
Stop.
                                                            
                       RODRIGO
      (Knows the
       identity)
You. Please let me go.
                                                            
                       UNKNOWN
I cannot do that.
                                                            
                       RODRIGO
I am a bussiness man. We can make
a deal.
                                                            
                       UNKNOWN
There are no deals for you Don
Rodrigo.
                                                            
                       RODRIGO
Does he know about this?
                                                            
Pause. Don Rodrigo slightly chuckles.
                                                            
                       UNKNOWN
Tomorrow morning you body will be
found. Then I will have your will.
Farewell Don Rodrigo.
                                                            
A gun is silloueted by the backround.
                                                            
The end of the barrel lights with the sound.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO BLACK
                                                            
Pause
                                                            
                                         FADE SLOWLY IN
                                                            
Sillouette story. The actions of the sillouetes are matched
by the narration.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
      (Telling a story)
Josephine once asked Napoleon...
                                                            
                       SHADOW 2
      (Syncing)
How much do you love me.
                                                            

31.

                       JESSICA (VO)
He held her hand and softly
replied...
                                                            
                       SHADOW 1
I would conquer this world ten
times over just to see you smile.
I would give it all to you for a
suprise gift at the drop of a hat.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
She looked at him again and
quitely asked...
                                                            
                       SHADOW 2
Prove it.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
It was a simple request. And
through his times and on his
conquests, he would send her pure
poetry and together they were in
love. The wars and conquests made
it hard however. Then came the
magic.
                                                            
                       SHADOW 3
We have won the battle my friend.
                                                            
                       SHADOW 1
Another victory, it feels good.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
He replied. Then there was a
silence.
                                                            
                       SHADOW 1
What's on your mind?
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
The gaurd stopped and was silent.
Debating on what he should do.
                                                            
                       SHADOW 3
      (Handing a
       beautiful Gem)
We found this.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
It was beautifull. It was more
then beautifull. It was perfect.
Flawless in it's design and one of
two gems Napoleon would take
possesion of. It was a bright blue
            (MORE)

32.

                       JESSICA (cont'd)
diamond. When he held it in his
hand, he felt a famillair
presence.
                                                            
Shadow 2 of Josephine is shadowed onto the sillouete then
gone.
                                                            
                       SHADOW 1
This... It is everything.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
France's greatest Emperor was
humbled to the point of being
speechless. Many men died that
day, and this was the reward. Love
made real into an object whose
value could not be surpassed by
money or tender. He went home with
this jewel and the next day he
walked up to her, and said...
                                                            
                       SHADOW 1
This, I present to you. More
valued then a pharohs army and all
of europe. And this, I give to
you, not me. I love you.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
But all would not remain so
peaceful for long. Europe would be
torn into a big war. And with the
battles came the affairs and
eventually, Napoleon was forced
into arrest. After their deaths,
though they seperated, the jewel
went missing and was stricken from
the history as a peice of legend.
                                                            
A soldier sees the dead Shadow 2 and a jewel keeps it.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
Upon his return home that very
day, he used that very jewel to
propose to his girlfriend.
                                                            
                       SHADOW 4
It's the most beautifull thing I
have ever seen.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
She replied. And they had a child.
A girl infact. And when she grew
up, she too used that diamond to
            (MORE)

33.

                       JESSICA (cont'd)
propose to the man she loved. And
together, they were prosperious.
Time went on. And the the first
born was given this jewel to send
thier proof of love and total
trust to their soul mate...
                                                            
                       MOTHER
      (ending the story)
And one day, your father gave it
to me the day we got engaged.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO
                                                            
 
INT. FLASHBACK (YOUNG JESSICAS ROOM) - NIGHT
                                                            
                       MOTHER
      (continuing)
And someday, you will grow old and
fall in love. And this gift will
be the sign of your love for
whomever he may be. And hopefully
he will accept it, and you too of
course. And maybe you can pass it
on to your children.
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
Its pretty mommy.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Of course it is dear.
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
I dont get it?
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Whats that?
                                                            
                       YOUNG JESSICA
Why would he give it to you?
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Because he loves me. And the value
of this jewel is something he was
willing to risk to tell me he
loved me. I could easily have
stolen it, or sold it. But he
trust me and that is the power of
love.
                                                            

34.

                       YOUNG JESSICA
Ew!
                                                            
                       MOTHER
And one day, this will be all
yours.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
But there was one slight flaw.
                                                            
                                         END FLASHBACK.
                                                            
MONTAGE OF EVENTS, REFLECTED BY NARRATIVE.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
Apparently my dad wasnt the
smartest person when it came to
money. He managed to acquire a
certain amount of debt and while
he never flaunted his true wealth,
this gave a local crime boss
enough reason to look up on him.
They found the jewel. They made
threats and such demanding to know
where it was. Its value was worth
way high into the millions. Then
the worst thing possible happened.
My mom was killed by a drunk
driver. So the reports say. My
father, having lost his whole
family, add the pressure of the
whole city on his back, drank
himself into a bottle and died two
years later. Before he died, he
parted with the jewel that was now
in their hands. The symbol that
once stood for love, now a playing
card for the gangsters. And, that
jewel, that one thing, my
rightfull heirloom, it's all I got
left of them in this world. And
"they" have it.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. NEWS STUDIO - DAY
                                                            

35.

PERSON DOING NEWS SHOW.
                                                            
                       HOST
Good Morning and welcome to, the
twelve O'clock news. The mayor
gave an important speech
yesterday. For those in attendance
we got this exclusive press
release from the mayor himself.
                                                            
Picks up a paper.
                                                            
                       HOST
      (Reading)
We have new leads within the
alleged corruption among the city
officials as well as the police
and be assured that many arrests
shall be made within what remains
of this year.
                                                            
Puts the paper done.
                                                            
                       HOST
In other news, a body was found on
the streets early this morning. We
can now confirm the reports that
it is indeed the body of Tony
Rodrigo. Tony Rodrigo, to many
known as Don Rodrigo or simply
"The Don." At a young age founded
the Rodrigo family and quickly
worked his way to being allegedly
the most powerful crime lord the
city has ever seen. The police are
sending many units to investigate
however the chief of police has
had this to say.
                                                            
Pics up paper.
                                                            
                       HOST
      (Reading)
The only real information I can
make public is that he was shot
down. We have many leads but the
evidence points to that this was
likely an incident of gang
retaliation and is a sign of
things to come. We urge citizens
to stay calm and we will garentee
that we (the police force) will
stop this before it escalates into
a full scale war. And we vow that
            (MORE)

36.

                       HOST (cont'd)
the guy who did this will be
caught as well as his associates.
This I promise the people.
                                                            
Puts it down.
                                                            
                       HOST
      (Smiles as
       changing topic.)
On another note...
                                                            
Voice becomes inaudible mumbles trhat cannot be
destinguished.
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
Don Rodrigo was dead.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
And the great power of the mafia
with him. The world was clueless.
And soon after, news articles, all
of them, headlined this as if the
president of the United States had
fallen. No one saw it coming. How
could they? The man was a god, no
one saw him as weak or could even
get close enough to him to simply
point a gun at him. Yet the news
said he was dead. I have seen the
photos myself.
                                                            
MONTAGE OF PICTURES MATCHING EVENTS.
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
His body was foudn at 11 Pm. They
hauled his body as quickly as they
could to the coroner for an
autopsy to get an estimated time
of death. He died only two hours
before that. The cause, a bullet
that was lodged into his heart.
About an hour after, a tip was
called unanimously to the police.
                                                            
                       COP 1
      (Asnwering a phone)
A dead body, we are on our way.
                                                            

37.

                       EDWARD (VO)
Yet for mysterious circumatsances
the police were delayed to leave
for the crime scene until some
time.
                                                            
                       COP 2
      (To his partner)
Is, that who I think it is?
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
And then came the eventual fall
out. Shortly after word started
spreading, there started
infighting with the yakuza. Two
mob spies were ousted and murdered
on the spot. Other sympathizers
for the once great Don went into
hiding. A few crooked judges were
mowed down as well. The many
families were beggining to get
paranoid, as no one knew who
should take over. Any attempt by
any one individual could easily be
seen as an act of war upon the
empire Don Rodrigo thrived to
build. Understand that Don Rodrigo
was never gifted with a child, or
any form of an heir. Every man in
his ranks could easily have a
claim to his throne. Which is why,
he wrote a will. This will was
personally gaurded by himself and
locked within a breifcase, with
none of its information disclosed
to protect any and all people
mentioned in it and to also save
the system from a civil war over
its contents. As of last night,
his breifcase that included his
will among other things and the
future of the cities biggest
empire, went missing. See the
mafia delt with alot of shady
bussiness. All of them are on the
records. Whome they had murdered,
by whome. Whome they had stolen
from, and who was being paid by
which branch of the family. It had
everything, up to the Dons
personal life and even a
confession should he ever need to
speak to the world from beyond the
grave. With this case, as well as
            (MORE)

38.

                       EDWARD (cont'd)
this information, any one
individual who were to get their
hands on these documents and such
could easily lay claim to being
the rightful heir to the throne.
There was however another item
that was crucial...
                                                            
 
INT. OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
                       EDWARD
A gem? You want me to retreive the
Don's Lost Testament because of a
gem?
                                                            
                       EMPLOYER
Not to long after aquiring it, he
hid it among his personal
possesions.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
He ran protection for many jewelry
stores. Why is this gem so
important?
                                                            
                       EMPLOYER
Yes, you see this is no ordinary
peice of jewelry. Way back when,
we had some of our boys take it
from some pathetic chump. This
jewel, is worth...well lets just
say something alot more then mere
millions. I want those things
found as soon as possible.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
But why would you require a jewel
if you had the Don's will?
                                                            
                       EMPLOYER
I thought you were the smart one.
Anyone can lay claim as a
succesor. However this jewel can
fund an army. If some pathetic
drug dealer pushing out locally
grown materials he made at home
found this, he could become the
city's richest fiend and have an
army of goons to back him up that
would make us look bad.
                                                            

39.

                       EDWARD
So you are telling me that if any
person where to acquire this, they
could finance their own empire?
                                                            
                       EMPLOYER
And then some.
                                                            
                       EMPLOYER
So what is more important the
will, or the gem?
                                                            
                       EMPLOYER
My boss wants both. You are
supposed to be the best. I can
only imagine that the others are
hiring as many hitman on this as
possible. However we want only
you.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You sure you should be trusting me
with these specific details? How
will you know that should I find
the gem, I will not run with it?
                                                            
                       EMPLOYER
Because I am trusting you. And
that is why I am not hiring some
other goons to get the job done.
You never failed, so I expect you
will find it. If i ordered some
men on the job, their personal
interests could collide with yours
and we would risk losing the jewel
altogether.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Very well then, I will take this
assignment. I will not ask for a
higher price then my usual this
time.
                                                            
                       EMPLOYER
Why?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
      (Rising to leave.)
If I asked for more money, could
you honestly trust me that I will
not be getting greedy?
                                                            

40.

                       EMPLOYER
Point well taken, good luck. Find
that case!
                                                            
Leaves, as he opens the door...
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
FLASHBACK SEQUENCE.
                                                            
 
INT. YOUNGER AXELS HOME - NIGHT
                                                            
Door opens, Axel and Girlfreind walk in.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Im just... So sorry about that.
                                                            
                       GIRL FRIEND
It's alright. Not everyone is a
good dancer.
                                                            
                       AXEL
I'm such an idiot. I am...sorry.
                                                            
                       GIRL FRIEND
Its nothing... I had a great time.
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (disbeleif)
You...did?
                                                            
                       GIRL FRIEND
I had a perfect time.
                                                            
Grabs his hand.
                                                            
Axel Smiles.
                                                            
                       AXEL
It really could have gone better.
                                                            
                       GIRL FRIEND
Look, the hardest part is over. We
had our date. You have no need to
impress me at this point.
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (No longer nervous)
You are beautifull. You do know
that. Right?
                                                            

41.

                       GIRL FRIEND
      (Sarcasticly)
Last I checked in the mirror.
                                                            
                       AXEL
You know what? To hell with it.
Lets start our date over right
now.
                                                            
                       GIRL FRIEND
Okay. What do you have in mind?
                                                            
                       AXEL
You, me, and a telivision set
while I fix us up something to
eat.
                                                            
                       GIRL FRIEND
      (sarcastic)
Thats hardly romantic.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
That was the night.
                                                            
Girlfriend is now alone in room for brief moment. Axel comes
back with food. Inaudible conversation ensues.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
That was the night when she
said...
                                                            
                       GIRL FRIEND
      (On Cue)
I love you.
                                                            
                       AXEL
I love you too.
                                                            
                                         THE MEMORY FADES.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
It was the best night of my life.
                                                            
 
EXT. GRAVEYARD - DAY
                                                            
People Standing at a funeral.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
That's all thats left of her now.
Her and my own son.
                                                            

42.

Some people are crying. Axel is alone in the back. Wearing
Shades, hiding a bruise.
                                                            
                       PRIEST
A person once asked me, what kind
of God would take a wife and kid.
A simple mother and child. Cut
down and murdered in such a
fashion. I say to them, as I say
to you. We live in a dark time.
And our lord watches over those of
innocence. These two, were such
inoocent people. God does not
take. God gives. He will continue
to give this world, people that
challenge the essence of their
surrroundings. It is this and
people of these caliber that are
constantly challenged by those who
seek to do evil's work. You want
to know what kind of God took
them, none. We took them. We take
them when we lie, cheat steal. And
we take them when we suffer with
pride and jealousy.
                                                            
People agreeing from the audiance.
                                                            
                       PRIEST
I baptized this child. I was the
preist at the mothers wedding. I
knew them both. She would always
worry about doing the right thing.
Her son, worried more about candy
and simple kids stuff. Both were
two of the most purist people I
have ever met. Rest in peace. I
beleive the Mother would now like
to say a few words.
                                                            
Mother walks to the podium.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
No one should have to burry their
daughter. Even worse to burry both
their daughter and their grandson.
What shocks me more, is that at a
time like this... My son in law is
no where to be found.
                                                            
Sounds more angry. Talks on as audiance murmers.
                                                            

43.

                       PERSON 1
I cant beleive he didnt even show
to his wife and son's funeral.
                                                            
                       PERSON 2
What a jerk. He always was an
oddball.
                                                            
Axel is behind them, still incognito.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
You once told me you love.
                                                            
A tear slides down. He imidiately picks up on it and with
speed brushes it off. Straitens back up.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
Then I have no doubt you will
forgive me.
                                                            
Starts to walk away.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
I love you two.
                                                            
 
INT. PRECINCT CELL - DAY
                                                            
Rachel is alone, not crying but contemplating on the events
up to now.
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
So, your husband is dead. The
police think you killed him.
However... the back door was left
open. The place was also torn
apart.
                                                            
                                         TRANSITION SCENE TO
                                                            
 
INT. CRIME SCENE, RACHELS HOUSE. - DAY
                                                            
Rachel looks over.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
There is no way I had the muscle
or the strength to cause this much
damage. So, either they came in
from the front, or they came in
from the back door. You told me to
hide upstairs. They gave chase.
You stood your ground. And a fight
            (MORE)

44.

                       RACHEL (cont'd)
ensued. The bullet holes.
                                                            
She notices the bullet holes on the wall.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
You wrestled them for the gun
didnt you. There must have been
another, so you ran upstairs. You
had no choice.
                                                            
Three silouets run upstairs.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
And then...
                                                            
Gun shot sparks are seen and heard.
                                                            
 
INT. CRIME SCENE, RACHELS HOUSE. SECOND FLOOR - DAY
                                                            
Rachel Bends down to pick up the smoking gun. The Two
sillouetes leave down the stairs.
                                                            
She sits down,
                                                            
                                         SCENERY FADES BACK
TO
                                                            
 
INT. PRECINCT CELL - DAY
                                                            
She sitting back on the seat. Lost in thought.
                                                            
                                         ZOOM OUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. PRECINCT OUTSIDE ROOM. - DAY
                                                            
                       CHEIF
      (To himself,
       eroticly at
       Rachel)
Why do nice girls like you have to
be so evil?
                                                            
Rachel tries to get some of the hair out of her eyes. Cheif
notices and drools over it.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
      (Hearing Footsteps)
Oh, Hello Indigo. Nice of you to
finally show up.
                                                            

45.

                       INDIGO
      (sarcastic)
Well forgive me for not coming in
leaps and bounds.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
Will you look at that?
                                                            
They both look at Rachel.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
God was really crafty when he made
the female. Giving them some
really great curves.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (Looking at a file)
Um, you do realize she is a widow.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
Your point?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Im just saying that its not really
in good taste to oogle a widow.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
And?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Its not wise to drool over a dame
that killed her own man. She is a
black widow plain and simple.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
Dont you know anything. Girls like
that, when they lose someone, they
get all tense and can be so easy
to use. Give her the right pickup
line and soon she will be on her
back.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
Pig.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
So, what do you have on the
Rodrigo Case?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Nothing. We havent made any
acusations.
                                                            

46.

                       CHEIF
Have we been contacted by any of
the offices?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
A few, the missing will is on
every thugs mind. Even have
reports of small time crooks
trying to by info on it.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
      (as if one word)
Good good good.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Anything else?
                                                            
                       CHEIF
We are going to have to play our
next move carefully. Try and
distract the publics attention on
other cases. Focus on breakthrough
of those ones. Every player in
this game will come to us.
                                                            
Chief leaves.
                                                            
Indigo starts to walk to walk away.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
"Look at her." He says. I heard
the tapes. Everyone in the station
has heard the tapes. Her eyes say
it all though. She really beleives
she is innocent. Despite the
evidence, she may be telling the
truth. But that pig is right.
Girls like this are easy to
minipulate. More ways then one.
                                                            
He smiles.
                                                            
 
INT. INTEROGATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
The door opens. Indigo enters the room with coffe in his
hands. Rachel is sitting at the table. Indigo looks
friendly.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Do you mind if I come in?
                                                            

47.

                       RACHEL
      (Huffy)
Be my guest.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Thank you.
                                                            
Walks to his side of the table, then swicthes off a button.
                                                            
 
INT. INTEROGATION LISTENING ROOM. - DAY
                                                            
The recorders stop.
                                                            
 
INT. INTEROGATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
                       INDIGO
I thought I should be the one to
tell you, that there has been a
new lead in the case.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
What!?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Evidence suggests that this may
have been a mob hit.
                                                            
Rachel takes a deep breath.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
We beleive the motive, was
robbery.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Who did it?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
I am not at liberty to say who.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Tearfull,
       possibly acting)
Please, you got to tell me who
killed my husband.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Look I know your stressed and...
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Turning
       Authoritive)
Stressed! You think I am stressed?
            (MORE)

48.

                       RACHEL (cont'd)
My Husband is dead you moron! And
do you have any idea how long I
have been locked up simply because
you and your men have overlooked
some new evidence.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
My apologies.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Looking
       sympathetic)
Please, I have no one in this
world. Just give me some serenity.
Its nothing much.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (Lookign nervous)
Um... I dont know... Fine. Three
days ago, our boys picked up a
transmission. It was an
assasination plot from one of
Rodrigo's boys.
                                                            
Silence.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
You do know who Don Rodrigo is?
                                                            
She shakes her head "no"
                                                            
Indigo goes off to mutter to himself. Comes back.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (Explaining)
Rodrigo was the big guy of the
mob. Now, his boys were planning
on killing one of his rivals. But
Rodrigo got murdered not that long
ago. And it is likely that
whomever he was planning on
killing him found out and had them
killed instead.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Whats the point of this?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
We beleive your husband was a
informant to one of the groups and
had hidden evidence at your house.
Rodrigo's boys went over to your
place to conclude their
            (MORE)

49.

                       INDIGO (cont'd)
beussiness. You understand?
                                                            
He gets up. Silence.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Confused at his
       standing and
       silence)
What?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
We no longer have a reason to keep
you here. With this evidence,
there is no way we can convict you
or have the right to hold you. You
are free.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
I can go?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Yes, our time with you seems to be
at an end. You are free to start a
new life,
                                                            
                       RACHEL
What the hell is that supposed to
mean?
                                                            
Indigo smiles.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Just leave.
                                                            
She gets up to go.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (stops)
I have one question.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (looking back)
Whats that?
                                                            
                       RACHEL
What are the odds of you
convicting those who did this
crime.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (Secretely smiling)
Little to none. I am sorry.
                                                            

50.

                       RACHEL
      (To herslelf and
       possibly to her
       dead Husband)
I'm sorry too.
                                                            
She leaves.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE PRECINCT, OUTSIDE ROOM. - DAY
                                                            
Rachel is heading outside.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
So long, till we meet again, that
is if course you dont get yourself
killed.
                                                            
Rachel is gone.
                                                            
FLASHBACK SEQUENCE.
                                                            
 
INT. DINER - NIGHT
                                                            
A music group is playing some songs. Rachel and Husband are
eating food listening to music.
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
Life was great back then. Just
you, and me. The whole world could
have gone to hell for all we
cared.
                                                            
                       BAND
      (singing)
I will give you a kiss, strait
from my heart. I will give you the
world. Just ask me to. And maybe
we will be lovers forever more. Mi
amor.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Whats wrong. You look tense.
Unwind.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
Unwind?
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Quick to correct
       herself)
Im sorry.
                                                            

51.

                       HUSBAND
You might be right. Waiter!
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
      (As husband talks
       inaudibly to
       waiter.)
He was my best freind in this
life. The way he talked. The way
he moved. His stare was hypnotic.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
      (Staring into her
       eyes)
And what will you have?
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Whatever is fine dear.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
She will just have the burger
then.
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
The music sounded so good. It was
like our life was defined at this
one moment.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Would you like to dance with me.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
      (Thinking)
...Sure. I think it will be fun.
But just one song.
                                                            
They get up and dance. She leans in close to him.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
I love you.
                                                            
He pats her.
                                                            
                                         END FLASHBACK
SEQUENCE
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. SIDEWALK - DAY
                                                            
She is walking, lost in thought.
                                                            

52.

The wind suddenly picks up. She huddles herself.
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
      (Tears start
       falling, face
       expresionless)
I love you, and they took me away
from you. You now lie in the dirt
probably decaying or something.
They showed no mercy for you.
                                                            
Clenches harder on her outfit.
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
And I shall see to it that they
get none from me. The cops are
useless. They have fear. But not
me. I will see them dead, or it
shall be me rotting right next to
you. I love you.
                                                            
 
INT. LAWYERS ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jessica walks in. Lawyer is looking over will.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Sit down Ms. Schwartz.
                                                            
She sits down.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
      (Uninterested)
I hope your trip here was
uneventful?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
You called me. Lets talk.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Um, are you ready?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
I just found out my parents died,
now I want to get this over as
quickly as possible. Please.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Very well. I regret to inform you
however your parents retracted
their previous will and never
wrote a new one.
                                                            

53.

                       JESSICA
What did the last will say?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
As their lawyer, I am bound by law
to not disclose that information.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Huh?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
In other words, I would break the
law to tell you the contents of
the previous will. Besides, the
last will was destroyed. Its
policy that wills become burned
when they are replaced or
outdated.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Really?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Would I lie?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (Not sure)
I dont know.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
My job is to handle the families
bussiness I have nothing to gain
from lying to you.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (Almost crying)
So my family has no final words to
say to me?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
They did however have in position,
this list of items that are
automaticly released to your name.
                                                            
Hands her a list.
                                                            
She reads.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
      (Stops Reading)
Something was wrong.
                                                            

54.

                       JESSICA
It isnt here, must be a misprint.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Whats a missprint?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
When something is printed wrong.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
I know what a misprint means Ms.
Schwartz. I meant, what in the
list is misprinted?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
My moms Jewel, It wasnt on her
body. And she told me she would
give it to me. The rest of these
items are nothing but figures and
other things.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
There is no Gem.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
You're telling me My mom's gem
isnt here?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Correct.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Was it in the last will?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
I am not at liberty to say.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (LOUD)
You're a real sick peice of work
you know that? I have a house,
that was taken from the
government. I have a car, that was
impunded and sold in an auctuin.
And You lost the last thing that
my mother and father had and the
one thing that is rightfully
mine?!
                                                            

55.

                       LAWYER
I am just a messenger dealing with
bussiness. I am sorry that you do
not get to inheret a gem, but that
is the truth.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (Scary)
I WANT IT NOW!
                                                            
She starts crying and seems to huddle up against nothingness
as the backround fades out.
                                                            
 
EXT. ROOF - NIGHT
                                                            
Its raining hard. A storm in the horizon, Jessica is still
huddled up as the backround fades out to this scenario.
                                                            
She gets up, her crying is now silent.
                                                            
Slowly begins to walk towards the edge. After a beat, looks
down. She is high up.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (Vo)
I could end it all, right now.
                                                            
The scenery changes around Jessica to the illusion that she
is falling down, yet she is still on the roof.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (Vo)
What left is there to live for?
                                                            
She pauses, the imagery fades.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (To herself)
No. Not like that. I wont let it
end this way. Mom, dad, please...
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
Its too dark inside, I am scared.
                                                            
She stands up, trying to hide her own fear, and perhaps
giving in to her own darkness.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (Cursing the
       heavens and the
       world.)
I WANT MY LIFE BACK!
                                                            
Flash of lightning brightens across as we
                                                            

56.

                                         CUT TO BLACK
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Wake up...Johnny Boy.
                                                            
                                         SLOWLY FADE INTO.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET CORNER. - DAY
                                                            
Axel is against a wall, trying to get himself up. His hands
gripping the brick wall. Five Thugs surround him.
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Seriously, what is your damage?
                                                            
                       THUG 2
Why you shaking?
                                                            
                       THUG 1
      (baby wanna cry
       voice)
Awww. Poor Johnny is afraid?
                                                            
                       THUG 3
What now?
                                                            
                       AXEL
You going to let me go now?
                                                            
The Thugs laugh.
                                                            
                       AXEL (Vo)
Crap.
                                                            
                       THUG 2
Do we kill him?
                                                            
                       THUG 4
Slit his throat?
                                                            
                       THUG 3
Take a few fingers?
                                                            
                       THUG 5
Break all his bones?
                                                            
Thug 1 walks up to Axel, takes his glasses and smashes them
to the floor.
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Whats it going to be, little man?
                                                            

57.

                       AXEL
Please...
                                                            
                       THUG 1
No.
                                                            
                       AXEL
But...
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Tell me where the dope dealer is.
And then...
                                                            
Gives him a look to indicate that there may be some mercy.
                                                            
                       AXEL (Vo)
I knew he was a dealer, I saw him
running towards me moments earlier
and for the heck of it, told him I
would delay them.
                                                            
He gets knocked down.
                                                            
                       THUG 2
Your begining to hurt my hand.
                                                            
He gets up. A one sided fight ensues between four thugs and
Axel who is merely making himself look bad.
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Are you just crazy, or stupid.
                                                            
                       AXEL
I beg you, stop.
                                                            
He is thrown back to the floor.
                                                            
                       THUG 1
Ease of boys.
                                                            
                       THUG 4
Shucks.
                                                            
                       AXEL (Vo)
I see an exit.
                                                            
Acts as if nothing is the matter then runs for it.
                                                            
                       THUG 2
STOP HIM QUICK!
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
Almost...
                                                            

58.

Thug 3 catches him.
                                                            
                       THUG 3
Gotcha
                                                            
Axel foolishly tries to move out.
                                                            
Thug 3 uses the momentum and smashes him against the wall.
Face first.
                                                            
Using the recoil Axel gets up. He walks out of the alley
way.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET WAY - DAY
                                                            
A Passerby is walking by. Axel plops out and grabs her.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Get me out of here.
                                                            
                       PASSER
      (Screams!)
HELP ME!
                                                            
The Thugs catch up.
                                                            
                       THUG 5
Dont even think of moving!
                                                            
Passer out of fear goes for a small gun in her purse. Axel
notices and out of instinct grabs it.
                                                            
The thugs run closer.
                                                            
Axel pushes Passerby and takes her gun.
                                                            
Thugs stop.
                                                            
Axel points a small gun at them.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
What the hell am I doing?
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (Laughing manialcy)
Dont move!
                                                            
Sirens are getting closer. Axel is making some calculations
in his head.
                                                            
Passer sneaks up and sprays him with mace.
                                                            

59.

Axel drops gun.
                                                            
                       AXEL
What the hell. It burns!
                                                            
The thugs rush when the police finally come.
                                                            
                       COP 1
ALL OF YOU DOWN WITH YOUR HANDS
UP!
                                                            
Axel weakly raises his hands.
                                                            
                       PASSER
      (Pointing Axel out
       to the cops.)
He...that man there...Hes crazy.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. JAIL CELL - DAY
                                                            
The Cell door closes.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
Where did I go wrong?
                                                            
He looks around. its a crazy scene, locked with other thugs,
drugies and some crazy folk and gangsters.
                                                            
Takes a deep breath.
                                                            
The thugs from last scene are escorted to an oposing cell.
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (Lets out a...)
Oh dear god no.
                                                            
Goes to a corner and sits.
                                                            
                       JAIL GUY 1
Don Rodrigo...Dead? You're joking.
                                                            
Axel raises his head.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
Don't listen.
                                                            
                       JAIL GUY 2
Heard he got whacked.
                                                            

60.

                       JAIL GUY 3
Aint that somethin'.
                                                            
                       JAIL GUY 2
On the news and everything.
                                                            
                       JAIL GUY 1
Wow, so, who gets the big peice of
the pie now?
                                                            
                       JAIL GUY 2
Aparently the Don kept his will in
a breifcase. So no one knows.
                                                            
                       JAIL GUY 3
What ya mean?
                                                            
                       JAIL GUY 2
Its disapeared. No one can find
it. Allegedly, whoever finds it
can easily proclaim themself the
new head. Also I heard that
Rodrigo kept some of the gangs
most valued possesions in case of
a rainy day. Meaning that if
someone like you or me found it,
we could start our own gang, and
strong enough financially to go
head to head with the current
families.
                                                            
                       AXEL (Vo)
This was it! The ultimate
adventure, the big risk. No coward
would dare embark on this...
                                                            
He moves in closer.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
All I needed now was all the
details.
                                                            
Jail Guy 2 continues on as Axel has stealthily hidden
himself behind them, hearing their words.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREETS - DAY
                                                            
Edward is walking down the street. Its busy.
                                                            
                       EDWARD (Vo)
The gem, the will, hidden in a
briefcase, that was hidden inside
a vault, kept their incase all
            (MORE)

61.

                       EDWARD (cont'd)
hell broke loose. It did, and when
they went to find it, the case
disapeared from the open vault. My
employers boss, a canidate for
successor and one of the prime
suspects. He finds the will, he
will dictate his own name to it
and take power. He will keep the
gem to hide it from those who
would use it. And the documents,
he could continue to bribe
officials as well as know who is
on the inside and just how
trustowrthy they are. I can only
come up with one lead. If my
employers don did steal it, he
would be a fool to hire me and
rather would have made his move
for power by now. There was
another on the list of suspects. A
man who uses scare tactics. Known
for using assasinations more then
any person previous. And he
lives...here.
                                                            
Stops infront of a house.
                                                            
Takes a breath, walks in.
                                                            
 
INT. MOB BOSS HOUSE. - DAY
                                                            
Don is sitting, smoking a cigar, listening to the radio.
                                                            
Knock on the door.
                                                            
                       DON
      (Jerk-like)
Betty! Who is it?!
                                                            
Betty nervously opens the door and sticks her body half in.
                                                            
                       BETTY
Its....a...um...Mr. Lamont. He
says he is a "Retrieval Expert?"
                                                            
                       DON
Is he a hitman?
                                                            
Betty looks behind her, hears something then comes back.
                                                            

62.

                       BETTY
He says, "yes" if that is what it
takes to talk to you.
                                                            
                       DON
What the hell is a hitman doing,
talking to me?
                                                            
                       BETTY
He says its about bussiness.
                                                            
                       DON
Did you check to see if he has any
weapons?
                                                            
                       EDWARD (OS)
If it makes you feel any better.
My name is Edward Lamont, you may
have heard of me by reputation.
The bussiness is the breifcase. I
beleive you know what I am talking
about.
                                                            
                       DON
Dont just stand there like a ditz,
let him in.
                                                            
Betty motions for Edward to enter.
                                                            
Edward politely walks in, stops looks at Betty.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
      (Curtiously at
       Betty)
Thank you ma'am. I am sorry for
any inconviniance.
                                                            
Don motions her out.
                                                            
                       BETTY
      (As if she did
       something wrong)
Yes sir, Im on it.
                                                            
Don motions Edward to sit. He does.
                                                            
                       DON
So... "Ice" Lamont? Thee Ice
Lamont I presume.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Ice, only by reputation, but I am
him.
                                                            

63.

                       DON
You are not an assassin here to
kill me?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Not at this moment. My payment is
purely in the recovery of Mr.
Rodrigo's lost goods.
                                                            
                       DON
So, what does a missing breifcase
have to do with you being here?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
We, my employers, have reason to
beleive that you might have some
information as to the wherebouts
of this item. You wish to
elaborate?
                                                            
                       DON
No, infact, I dont. Who is your
boss?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Unfortunately, I cannot give that
information out at this point in
time. I am sure you can understand
the importance of confedentiality
in such situations.
                                                            
                       DON
      (Gets out a gun.)
Whats to stop me from shooting you
right now?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Betty for one, she is a civilian
in all this and a witness. Second,
this is a public office, you could
not easily cover up a murder here
as you could in your main
headquarters.
                                                            
Don puts gun on table.
                                                            
                       DON
What can you tell me about your
boss? I mean if you are coming
here, and by your reputation,
perhaps he is of some importance
to the current set of families?
                                                            

64.

                       EDWARD
You have such a fascination on
this subject. Why?
                                                            
                       DON
I want to know who my acusor is.
Wouldnt you?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I am not here for idle chatter.
You have told me everything I
needed to know. And maybe if you
paid attention, you would know
everything that may save your hide
in the days to come.
                                                            
                       DON
      (Insulted)
What?
                                                            
Getting reay to leave.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Stop me if I am wrong. You are
preparing for what may be a war,
and have placed your faith in a
competitor. For your sake, you
better hope your man wins the
race. If not, then you have it.
Good day. Should you have it,
expect my return.
                                                            
About to leave. Pause.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
If I ever find out you touch your
assistant in an abusive manner
again. I shall return as well.
                                                            
Leaves.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREETS - DAY
                                                            
Edward is walking.
                                                            
He stops.
                                                            
                       EDWARD (VO)
They have been following me for
the past two blocks. Perfect.
                                                            
Turns a corner.
                                                            
 

65.

EXT. ALLEYWAYS - DAY
                                                            
Edward walks down casually.
                                                            
A beat later, a group of hitmen walk down.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
So, you finally came. Whats the
order? Kill or give me a lesson I
wont forget?
                                                            
                       HITMAN 1
He told us to make a missing
person out of you.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
      (Turning around)
You do realize who you are dealing
with?
                                                            
They charge him. He doesnt even put up a fight.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 2
      (mockingly)
So your'e Ice?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You still cannot kill me. Not
here.
                                                            
                       PERSON 1
What?
                                                            
He points. The alleyways has its share of hobos who slightly
unhid themselves at the commotion.
                                                            
They look at eachother.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 1
      (to the other.)
Find a small corner, we will kill
him there.
                                                            
Hitman 2 walks up to him, pushes a gun to Edwards back.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 2
Lets take a walk.
                                                            
 
EXT. DEAD END - DAY
                                                            
They enter.
                                                            

66.

                       HITMAN 1
Start walking.
                                                            
He walks to the end.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 1
Waste him.
                                                            
Nothing.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 1
I told you...
                                                            
Edward smiles.
                                                            
Behind the hitmen, are the hobos, with guns in their hands,
shoved to the back of the perspective head of the person
infront of them.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Thank you for showing up.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 2
How?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You think that I can speak to a
Don like that and get away scotch
free? It was all a matter of
drawing you to the right alleyway
and waiting for my associates to
cover me. Now Gentlemen, disarm,
if you will.
                                                            
The hitmen slowly drop their guns.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
      (to his hired hobo
       army)
Now, did you have enough to
purchase the ropes I asked.
                                                            
They nodd.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Then please, tie them up and I
will give you the rest of the
money soon after.
                                                            
 
EXT. SAME PLACE, LATER - DAY
                                                            
Don walks with entourage.
                                                            

67.

                       DON
Whats this you wanted to show me?
                                                            
Stops, in horror.
                                                            
Infront of him are his hired goons, tied up with a sign on
them.
                                                            
He takes it off of one of them. It reads "I will let you off
this time. But I will be watching. Don't try that again.
-Ice"
                                                            
                       GUY
Boss? You dont look so hot. You
alright?
                                                            
                       DON
Ill..I will be fine. Lets get
back. Send someone to pick them
up.
                                                            
A phone call is heard.
                                                            
 
INT. PRECINCT. - DAY
                                                            
A hand picks up the phone.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Indigo here.
                                                            
                       DON (OS)
Its me.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (Descretely)
Are you sure you should be calling
here?
                                                            
                       DON (OS)
We have a situation.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (calmer)
Okay, lay it on me.
                                                            
                       DON (OS)
I require some extra services.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Ah, hell. What happened?
                                                            

68.

                       DON (OS)
Can you meet me?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Sure, I'll punch out now.
                                                            
 
INT. SOME LOCATION - DAY
                                                            
Indigo enters. Don is sitting on a chair, his men are there,
with weapons.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Okay, this looks serious. You said
you wanted to see me?
                                                            
                       DON
You're here. Good.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Whats on your mind?
                                                            
                       DON
Someone is threatening me. Someone
who has quite the reputation. Now
I am backing you up. So I need you
to help me.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Whose this person?
                                                            
                       DON
Ice Lamont.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (Laughing)
Ed?
                                                            
                       DON
Whats so funny?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
So, he is looking for the will
also. What did he tell you?
                                                            
                       DON
Practicly nothing, he tied up some
of my hitmen and threatened action
if I went after him as well as
some other personal demands.
                                                            

69.

                       DON
Practicly nothing, he tied up some
of my hitmen and threatened action
if I went after him as well as
some other personal demands.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
What did you tell him.
                                                            
                       DON
Nothing.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
You're lying. Either way, dont
worry. He will be dealt with, but
for your sake. Lay off. I will
take over. I'll do everything I
can to find out who hired him, you
continue to do your thing. Just do
your best not to cross him.
                                                            
                       DON
Is he really this dangerous.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
He is the best. All the rumors you
hear, true.
                                                            
                       DON
Just one question.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Shoot.
                                                            
                       DON
How do you plan on getting the
case?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
I have my people on it as we speak
and unlike Edward here, we have
our leads. I must go for now.
Thank you for the heads up and
Edward will be dealt with.
                                                            
He walks away.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (Talking back)
When I return, you can greet the
city as your personal playground.
                                                            
 

70.

INT. EDWARD'S HOUSE. - DAY
                                                            
Edward is on the couch, listening to Motzart and sipping on
some fancy wine.
                                                            
Door bell rings.
                                                            
Gets up, turns off the record player. Walks to door.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
May I ask whose there?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Police.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
      (Opening door)
Welcome, Detective Indigo.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
We need to talk.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
On the record or off the record?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Off.
                                                            
Invites him in.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Then by all means, come in.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Thanks Edward.
                                                            
Walks in, takes a seat.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
So I take it that your the race
horse he is betting on. No?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Beleive it or not, the police
department has alot at stake over
whats happening. Its our job to
make sure the city doesnt fall to
a widespread mob war.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Question is, if you find it? Will
you really just hand it over so
simply?
                                                            

71.

                       INDIGO
Off the record?
                                                            
Edward nodds.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
I am not a fool. I find this case,
the city is mine.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You are planning total anarchy
arent you?
                                                            
Indigo just smiles.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You better be careful. You may
just wind up getting yourself in
too deep.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Already taken care of. At this
moment, I am too valuable.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
And after?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
After? Everyone in the city will
be in submission.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You do know that as of last night,
I have a stake in this as well.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Of course.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I therefore have an obligation to
fulfill.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
And I am well aware of your
batting average on the field.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You therefore know...I cannot let
you succede.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
And I, you.
                                                            

72.

                       EDWARD
Then it apears we are in
agreement.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
I will like to state, that should
it come down to it, and I'm almost
certain it will. I will have to
kill you.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
How do you plan on that
accomplishment?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Simple, I stack the odds. Thats
how.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I will have to take your word on
that. Now, I am sure, it is time
for you to go, or perhaps you
enjoy setting suspicion on
yourself?
                                                            
Indigo looks at his watch.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
I guess you are right. Till we
meet yet again.
                                                            
Gets ready to leave.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
One more thing Detective.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Whats that?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
It is not propper ettiquete to
threaten someone in their own home
unless it is absolutely warrented.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Very well, I will not threaten
your life now, but I leave with
this warning. This is the one job
that will cost you your life
should you procede. Understand?
                                                            

73.

                       EDWARD
I have my obligations as I am sure
you have your own. Good day.
                                                            
Indigo leaves.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Indigo walking away.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
And so the peices are in play.
                                                            
 
INT. SOME ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
MONTAGE SEQUENCE OF STORY.
                                                            
                       CC
      (Closed Captions.)
Dear Journal, My daughter is in a
coma....
                                                            
Father stands next to Young Jessica
                                                            
                       CC
I started hanging with the wrong
crowds.
                                                            
                       FATHER
Please...
                                                            
                       UNKNOWN
You got to pay what you owe.
                                                            
Father is seen in a bad situation.
                                                            
                       CC
My wife is dead. I have nohing to
live for...
                                                            
                       FATHER
My god...What am I going to do.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
There is one way out. Give them
the jewel.
                                                            
Lawyer acts as a comforter.
                                                            
                       FATHER
How do you know about it?
                                                            

74.

                       LAWYER
My boss would like it. Now if you
want everything to go to normal...
                                                            
                       FATHER
Never!
                                                            
                       CC
Even my own Lawyer?
                                                            
The word Lawyer is in caps.
                                                            
 
INT. JESSICAS ROOM - DAY
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (To herself)
Lawyer? That lying, evil...
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (Nice and Polite,
       On phone.)
Excuse me, I think we have one
last item to discuss. Can I come
over?
                                                            
 
INT. LAWYERS OFFICE - NIGHT
                                                            
Knock on door.
                                                            
Lawyer on chair.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Come in Ms. Schwartz.
                                                            
She walks in.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Where is it.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Where is what?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
I think you know what I am talking
about. Now I am going to ask
nicely one last time. Where is it?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
And that thing is?
                                                            

75.

She snaps. In a quick movement goes up to him and grasps him
by his colar. He could take her in a fight, but he is in
shock by being caught off guard.
                                                            
A slight laugh as if to calm herself down. She then
straitens up and sits on his table.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
My jewel. Aparently my dad owed
people some money. And you
harrassed him for my mothers
jewelry.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
I dont know what you are talking
about.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Also, I may have been out for
several years, but give me some
credit. That stuff you pulled with
the will, I checked up on it. You
lied to me. Do you think I am
stupid because I woke up almost
yesterday?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Well, for instance, did you know I
read my dads diary? And guess
what? Apparently my dad got
scared. So scared of you infact
that guess what?
                                                            
She pulls out a small revolver.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
He bought himself a gun for
protection.
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Hey be carefull with that. Dont
make me call the cops.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Cops? You cant call the cops. Your
my lawyer, what happens here stays
here. Now...
                                                            
Looking almost insane, and pointing a gun to him.
                                                            

76.

                       JESSICA
Where is it?! Who did you give it
to?!
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Some guy named Vince took it. He
worked for Don Rodrigo. Now
please...
                                                            
beat.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
      (confused)
Who?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
You never heard of Don Rodrigo?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Where can I find him?
                                                            
                       LAWYER
Um... He's dead. Died not too long
ago.
                                                            
She drops the gun and stumbles herself int a corner.
                                                            
The lawyer starts talking or saying something but is
inaudible.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
      (Hopeless)
Now what?
                                                            
She gets up and walks out. Closes the door behind her.
                                                            
 
EXT. OUTSIDE LAW OFFICES - NIGHT
                                                            
She walks outside, looking nautious.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
My god, what have I just done?
                                                            
Tiwsts and slighty cringes. She bends over.
                                                            
A galnce at her hands. Tears fall on them.
                                                            
She starts gagging. She vomits.
                                                            
                       JESSICA (VO)
What have I done, I just pointed a
gun at someone. I wanted him dead.
                                                            

77.

Sees her scared reflection is a puddle. She is sickened by
her own face. She splashes it and starts to run.
                                                            
 
EXT. BAR - NIGHT
                                                            
There are lights on and some noises coming from within.
                                                            
 
INT. BAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Rachel is sitting in the stool. She looks almost as if she
lost all her will to live.
                                                            
                       RACHEL (VO)
A whole day gone by and nothing.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Please, another drink.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Are you sure?
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Please, just one last one?
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Conming right up.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Thanks.
                                                            
The bartender goes through the motions then seconds later,
gives her another glass.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Be careful. Okay?
                                                            
Meanwhile. Across the bar. Two Jerks are seeing her as eye
candy.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
Would ya look at that.
                                                            
                       JERK 2
Drunk and easy for the pickin'.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
That outfit is yelling for
attention.
                                                            

78.

                       JERK 2
What angle you going for this
time.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
I'm thinking I should go with the
"yo baby, yo baby, yo."
                                                            
                       JERK 2
You seriously think that will
work.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
She should be so honored.
                                                            
                       JERK 2
If that dont work, I call dibs.
                                                            
They walk over. Jerk 1 struts more then the other.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
      (thinking himself
       charming.)
So, hows a peice of...I mean hows
a woman like you in a place like
this
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (distant)
I dont want to talk to you.
                                                            
                       JERK 2
Wow, less then a second, a new
record.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
      (To his partner.)
She hasnt turned me down yet.
                                                            
Puts his hand on her shoulder.
                                                            
She doesnt move, or even react.
                                                            
Extra beat. He cant beleive she isnt moving a muscle as he
moves his hands beleiving he is seducing her.
                                                            
Chase, a good guy/undercover cop is watching.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
So, uh, whats your name?
                                                            

79.

                       CHASE
      (not threatening.)
Hey, I think you shouldnt do that
                                                            
                       JERK 1
Mind your bussiness. She is coming
home with me tonight.
                                                            
                       JERK 2
      (Howling)
You tell him.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Please...Leave me alone.
                                                            
                       JERK 2
You just got dissed by a drunk
hottie in a dress.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
I think you two had too much to
drink as well. Please sit down at
a table.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
      (Heading
       back...for now)
Okay, but I will be back for you
sweetness. Soon.
                                                            
                       JERK 2
Maybe we will show ya how its done
down here.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
Heck, when I'm done getting a
peice of that, I may go for the
whole thing.
                                                            
Rachel is being tormented by the calls. Her eyes look awake
and annoyed as hell.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Beyond a low
       whisper, to her
       dead husband)
Make them stop.
                                                            
                       JERK 2
AWOOOOO!
                                                            

80.

                       JERK 1
I know she want this, the question
is how long are you going to deny
it honey.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Louder and
       quicker)
Make them stop.
                                                            
                       CHASE
      (To himself)
Poor girl.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
I'm the best you will ever get.
                                                            
                       JERK 2
When I'm done with you, you wont
ever be able to pull yourself off
of me.
                                                            
She trembles to keep whatever it is, in. Then come the cat
calls from out of focus.
                                                            
No longer human (in nature) but an animal, she yells a
battlecry and attacks without any form or grace as they
moved closer. She merely scratches and claws. Its a
drunk/blind rage.
                                                            
                       JERK 1
GET THIS PSYCHO OFF OF ME!
                                                            
                       CHASE
Oh my god!
                                                            
Scenery becomes blurry. She claws at Jerk 1 some more.
                                                            
World slows down, then she stops.
                                                            
Jerk 2 comes in her direction, he looks mad. Possibly to
attack her.
                                                            
She cant the person come to rescue her, he stops Jerk 2.
                                                            
Jerk 1 gets up.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
I wont let you lay a finger on
her.
                                                            
Jerk 1 is defeated as well.
                                                            

81.

He turns to her and smiles.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
Are you alright?
                                                            
She stares blainkly at whome she beleives to be her husband
risen from the grave so to speak. It is really just Chase.
                                                            
                       CHASE
      (Vague in sound
       reception)
I said, are you alright?
                                                            
She faints.
                                                            
Her eyes open.
                                                            
 
INT. WHEREVER/WHATEVER - NIGHT
                                                            
Could be the inside of a car, could be roof, dimly light
room etc. Not important and too vague to tell.
                                                            
Rachel gets up.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
Hello darling.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
You're alive!
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
No...No I am not alive. I am dead
darling.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Am I dead too?
                                                            
Looks around a bit for where she is.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
You're not dead yet.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Then...Where am I?
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
You made a vow to me remember?
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Yes.
                                                            

82.

                       HUSBAND
Please, I want you to keep that
vow.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
But I dont want to talk about such
things. I am finally here with you
again. Please. Dont make me leave.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
You made a promise to me, I wont
rest until you keep it. They
killed me. I can rest because they
killed me and they are still free.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Whose they?
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
You know who they are. And what
you need to do...you may have to
cross certain lines.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
I dont know if I am ready.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
The mob took my life, find them,
and hurt them like they hurt you.
Avenge me. Kill if you have to.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
But?
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
Please, do it for me?
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Okay. I love you.
                                                            
                       HUSBAND
I love you too.
                                                            
 
INT. MOTEL ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Rachel watches as the halucination disapears. Chase is in
the corner, keeping an eye out the window.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Where am I?
                                                            

83.

                       CHASE
You are awake!Good, how's your
head feeling?
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Like Hell...WHO ARE YOU!?
                                                            
                       CHASE
      (Shwoing his badge)
Name's Chase. I'm currently
working undercover. You are
Rachel, are you not?
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Confused)
Ya. So?
                                                            
                       CHASE
There is reason to beleive your
life is in danger. We were tailed
on our way here. You were passed
out though.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Why am I in danger?
                                                            
                       CHASE
Word is, you know something. They
think you know where the location
is to Rodrigo's will and
testament.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
Name seems to ring a bell.
                                                            
                       CHASE
If enough people suspect you, you
are as good as a missing person in
tomorrows paper.
                                                            
                       RACHEL
      (Getting defensive
       shy)
So what now?
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
Two hitmen are parked outisde the motel.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 1
So when do they want us to move
in?
                                                            

84.

                       HITMAN 2
The boss said he would call. For
now we wait.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 1
Getting tired of waiting. It was
bad enough being at that bar last
night with those losers trying to
hit on her.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 2
Tell me about it.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 1
Are you sure he is a cop?
                                                            
                       HITMAN 2
Ran the plates myself at the
prrecinct. They confirmed him as
Chase Douglas. Nobody special, but
still will make quite a fuss if he
should disapear.
                                                            
                       HITMAN 1
Her information better be
valuable.
                                                            
 
INT. PRECINCT. - DAY
                                                            
Indigo picks up the phone.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Indigo here.
                                                            
                       DON 2
      (On Phone)
My boys tracked her to a hotel.
Aparently some cop name Chase is
with her.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Chase? That may complicate things.
I have every reason to beleive
that she holds information to the
items you seek. Be careful.
                                                            
                       DON 2
Why should I be careful, she knows
something I am certian she
shouldn't.
                                                            

85.

                       INDIGO
Look, we have a situation, I am
sure other people will want to see
her first.
                                                            
                       DON 2
No offense officer, but she is
already with a cop.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
If you want her to keep quite, try
to scare her. She is no good dead.
                                                            
                       DON 2
Scare her?
                                                            
Indigo notices his boss is coming. Starts talking
secretively.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
C'mon, we have had three
assasinations in this week alone.
My eyes are full. Please, as a
favor?
                                                            
                       DON 2
What are you talking about.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
I am saying that, if I get
assigned this case in particular,
there will be hell to pay. Do you
understand me?
                                                            
Slight hostility towards the end of the last sentance. The
Don understands.
                                                            
                       DON 2
I think so.
                                                            
                       INDIGO
Good. As I said, watch her
closely, keep me informed and I
assure you everything will work
out. Goodbye.
                                                            
Hangs up the phone.
                                                            
                       INDIGO (VO)
What a moron.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
Terrence.
                                                            

86.

                       INDIGO
      (Inocently)
Yes sir?
                                                            
                       CHEIF
Who were you talking to?
                                                            
                       INDIGO
      (slightly showing
       his true colors)
No one, just some official police
bussiness for a case.
                                                            
                       CHEIF
I will see you later then.
                                                            
Cheif leaves.
                                                            
 
INT. DON 2'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Puts the phone down and sits for a moment.
                                                            
Bodyguard enters.
                                                            
                       BODY GUARD
So, whats the deal?
                                                            
                       DON 2
I guess we just wait for now.
                                                            
                       BODY GUARD
Don't mean to overstep my
boundries here, but this is not a
situation where we should wait.
WHat would the others think of
you?
                                                            
                       DON 2
You say yu don't mean to ovestep,
but you should watch your mouth in
my presence!
                                                            
                       BODY GUARD
Sorry boss.
                                                            
                       DON 2
Right now, we played all the cards
we can. The rest is up to him. He
says we wait, I will wait. I dont
much like it, but dammit, we have
no choice.
                                                            

87.

                       BODY GUARD
Just be careful with this cop.
                                                            
                       DON 2
With Indigo? He is a smart man and
all that, but I doubt is that
smart, or frankly that stupid to
cross us. We are the ones in
charge.
                                                            
The boss is starting to get ants looking.
                                                            
                       BODY GUARD
You look okay?
                                                            
                       DON 2
I...uhm, just need a smoke.
                                                            
He motions the guard away.
                                                            
Don 2 walks out the back for a walk.
                                                            
                                         ZOOM OUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. OUTSIDE, SOMEWHERE. - DAY
                                                            
Axel is watching, takes a deep breath, moves.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
Don 2 is walking.
                                                            
                       DON 2
      (Muttering)
This case is going to give me a
heart attack, I swear.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
The body guard left...Showtime.
                                                            
Axel with shades, queitly walks up to him.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Nice day, isn't it?
                                                            
                       DON
      (Getting paranoid)
Who the hell are you?
                                                            
Axel puts something against Don 2's back. Apears to be a
gun.
                                                            

88.

                       AXEL
I say we keep this conversation to
a low tone.
                                                            
                       DON 2
Who sent you?
                                                            
                       AXEL
Tell me, what do you know about
the location of the will?
                                                            
                       DON 2
I take it you havent thought this
one through.
                                                            
                       AXEL
What?
                                                            
                       DON 2
Who hired you?
                                                            
                       AXEL
I'm going solo on this deal. Now
tell me what I want to know.
                                                            
Shakyness of Axels breath, no one else can hear it. Axels
arms is trying not to twitch.
                                                            
                       DON 2
You really havent thought this
through. You plan on searching for
the case, but what then should you
find it.
                                                            
 
INT. SNIPER RIFLE POV - DAY
                                                            
Axel is seen holding up Don 2.
                                                            
 
EXT. DON 2 HOUSE ROOF - DAY
                                                            
Sniper is in position watching the events. He smiles.
                                                            
 
INT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
                       DON 2
      (Smiling)
My guard will be back any second.
                                                            
                       AXEL
And?
                                                            

89.

                       DON 2
You have no chance of surivival.
No one holds up someone like me
and lives.
                                                            
Axel notices a path with no people.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
My getaway, If I can just...
                                                            
 
EXT. ROOF - DAY
                                                            
Sniper pulls trigger.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
A bang is heard. Axel gets shot in the arm.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Dammit!
                                                            
Don 2 turns around.
                                                            
A body guard comes.
                                                            
Axel turns to run, holding his arm.
                                                            
                       BODY GUARD
What did I miss?
                                                            
Don 2 already has his gun out.
                                                            
                       DON 2
      (Ordering)
Shoot him!
                                                            
Axel is alrrady a good deal of distance. He his huffing and
puffing.
                                                            
Gunshots are made, but they miss as he either ducks behind
trees or they flat out miss.
                                                            
                       DON 2
Dont just sit there, follow him.
                                                            
Axel is now near the crowds.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK, CROWDED AREA. - DAY
                                                            
Body guard walks around, he cant see him.
                                                            
 

90.

INT. MOTEL ROOM, BATHROOM - DAY
                                                            
Axel is breathing really loudly. infront of a mirror.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
What have I gotten myself into? I
got shot?
                                                            
Moves his hand from his arm, blood.
                                                            
He takes off his shades, his eyes are really wide eyed with
suprise and fear.
                                                            
                       AXEL (Vo)
This wasnt supposed to happen.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Oh, god it hurts!
                                                            
Starts sitting on the floor.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Dead... I am so dead.
                                                            
he looks at the mirror from the floor. The woman who was
once his wife is there as if looking at a picture of her.
                                                            
                       AXEL
What have I done? I am sorry.
Please forgive me, honey.
                                                            
                       AXEL (VO)
NO! Dont look, it was a past life.
                                                            
The picture fades of her.
                                                            
Knock on motel door.
                                                            
Axel does the best he can to pick up his own gun.
                                                            
 
INT. DOOR HOLE POV - DAY
                                                            
Edward is looking on, unmoving.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Who is it?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
My name is Edward Lamont, I
beleive we have something to
discuss.
                                                            
 

91.

EXT. MOTEL - DAY
                                                            
Door opens. Edward looks on, undauntedly and even without
curiosity that there he cant see who is in there.
                                                            
 
INT. MOTEL ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Edward walks in. Axel has hidden himself behind the door,
pulls out his gun.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Who sent you?
                                                            
In less then a blur, Edward disarms Axel, while arming
himself and points Axel's onw gun against him without
throwing Axel off balance.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I came to see you. Not kill you.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Could you please put the gun down.
                                                            
Edward looks him over one final time to make sure he has not
other tricks up his sleeve.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Very well.
                                                            
As easily as he disarmed Axel, he disasembles the gun before
his eyes.
                                                            
Axel calms down. Then Edward takes out his own gun, but does
not point it at him.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Are you one of his goons?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
No.
                                                            
Axel is sighing in releif.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Then who are you, really?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I should be asking you that.
                                                            
                       AXEL
What?
                                                            

92.

                       EDWARD
I heard what you did, holding up a
mob boss in hopes of getting
information in broad daylight.
                                                            
                       AXEL
And?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I want to know what you found out.
                                                            
                       AXEL
I didnt find out anything, I got
shot, in my arm.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I know.
                                                            
                       AXEL
So your a hitman I take it?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I perfer the term retreival expert
myself.
                                                            
                       AXEL
What?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Anyone can be a hitman, I am above
that.
                                                            
                       AXEL
So no one sent you to me?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I just followed the trail till you
decided to go gung ho and point a
gun at one of the big boys.
                                                            
                       AXEL
You...you're looking for it too
arent you?
                                                            
He nodds.
                                                            
                       AXEL
Perhaps I should be the one asking
you some questions.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I dont think you want to. You are
out of your league.
                                                            

93.

                       AXEL
      (truthfully)
I don't care.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
You do understand that if you keep
going like this, you will die very
quickly?
                                                            
                       AXEL
So?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I see. What do you plan on
gaining?
                                                            
Pause.
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (Sadly)
A purpose.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Thats not a healthy lifestyle.
                                                            
                       AXEL
      (sarcastic.)
This coming from a hitman.
                                                            
                       EDWARD
I think you have me pegged
slightly wrong. I am not your
average hitman. I don't enjoy
killing people or do it for the
money.
                                                            
                       AXEL
So, if you're not here to kill me,
and you know I don't have any
information, then why are you
still here?
                                                            
                       EDWARD
Because I think you have no idea
what backlash can come from your
actions.
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