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CITY OF TRAPPERS
by LUNEY BANDS (LUNEYBANDS@GMAIL.COM)

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A man fights with greed,corruption, and jealousy in his quest to become the biggest drug dealer in Charleston,South Carolina. He soon realizes the amount of pressure that is placed on his head from obtaining that crown.


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FADE IN:

EXT. CITY SKYLINE - DAY
                                                            
[CAMERA PAN DOWN]We see a few establishing shots of
Charleston's many tourist attractions.We see the Magnolia
Gardens Plantation,the aquarium,as well as the ghost
graveyard.We travel the wealthiest neighborhoods in
Charleston.[CAMERA PAN]
                                                            
[The CAMERA JUMP CUTS FROM SNAPSHOT TO SNAPSHOT OF EACH OF
THE INHABITANTS OF CHARLESTON ACCORDING TO OUR PROTAGONIST,
ZYKELL'S DESCRIPTION OF THEM.]
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
Charleston..This is the city of
trappers,jackers,hustlers,killers,liars,preachers,and
dealers.
                                                            
[CAMERA PAN]We see the value of the houses that we just saw
have changed.We now examine the low income area of
Charleston. The neighborhood differences are highlighted by
the ethnic change of the environment.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
Zykell stares out of the passenger side of the car at a
little boy on the corner. The little boy is playing in the
street bare foot.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
When I was young I use to think
that the America owed me a piece
of the sweet American Dream.I
wanted what I saw successful
people have; expensive
cars,cribs,and beautiful women.
"Now" I know that America is a
dirty bitch that loves the
almighty dollar.
                                                            
Zykell hops out of the car and approaches the little boy.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What's up little man?Where your
shoes?
                                                            
                       LIL TEE
My mama said I can't wear my good
shoes out the house...
                                                            

2.

                       ZYKELL
Here take this...You shouldn't be
running around here barefoot.You
might catch a tapeworm or
something.
      (HANDS LIL TEE A
       FEW DOLLARS)
                                                            
                       LIL TEE
Wow...thanks.How much is this?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Count it little man
                                                            
                       LIL TEE
I don't know how
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
It's 5 twenties and 5 times 20
is....
      (HE URGES ON A
       RESPONSE)
                                                            
                       LIL TEE
25
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
It's 100...stay in school little
man and pay attention in class.
                                                            
Zykell gives the little kid a soulful high five. The little
boy sprints to his house to tell his mother about his newly
received good fortune.
                                                            
[MEDIUM CLOSE-UP/SLOW] We see Zykell walking back to the
car.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
Little Man probably won't get
those new shoes if he tells his
mama.She'll most likely blow his
tennis shoe money on drugs or on a
new dress for the club.
                                                            
Zykell gets back into the car.The driver of the car is Shaq
Robinson,his best friend and a local drug dealer. Shaq talks
recklessly on the phone about drugs. Zykell snatches the
phone from him and throws it out the window.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
What the hell you doing?
                                                            

3.

                       ZYKELL
Are you serious or are you just
that stupid? You're going to get
us all indicted running your mouth
on the phone.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
You too paranoid.Nobody is
checking for us Z,chill.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
The last time you told me to
chill,I did 11 years in prison.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Everything is good out here
Z.You've been institutionalized
for too long.You think like a
nigga who's done a bid.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I am a nigga who did a bid...And
I'm not going back.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Everything is okay Z.
                                                            
We see Zykell daydreaming into space as Shaq continues to
drive.We see the moving buildings reflect in the passenger
window.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You do remember what happened that
night...Right?
                                                            
                       SHAQ
How could I forget?I'm sorry it
happened like it did Z but the
past is the past.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yeah...okay
                                                            
Zykell stares back out of the window at the white lines on
the side of the road.The white lines [SFX] transform into a
blur as Zykell goes into a flashback of when he was an
adolescent.[DREAM SFX]
                                                            
 
EXT. LOLO'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
13 YEARS EARLIER
                                                            

4.

[CAMERA TAILS/LOW LEVEL]We see 3 sets of shoes navigating
through a wooded area. The feet belong to a trio of preteens
11 Zykell, 12 Shaq,and 10 Cain. Cain opens a window with a
crowbar.Cain orchestrates the heist.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Hurry up, and keep quiet.We don't
know if anybody is still in
here....Shaq help Zykell get in
first.
                                                            
 
INT. LOLO'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
We see Zykell and Shaq help pull Cain through the
window.They try to stay quiet as they pillage through the
home.They appear to be amateurs as we see Shaq open the
refrigerator. The light from the refrigerator illuminates
the kitchen.He begins drinking beer from the cooler.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Aye Cain,Zykell yall want a beer?
                                                            
Zykell runs in from the back and barks orders to Shaq in a
military command style.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What yo' fat ass doing? Close the
refrigerator before somebody sees
the lights.Go help Cain in the
bedroom.
                                                            
 
EXT. LOLO'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
We see a car pull up into the driveway. The driver sees that
a light is shining through his kitchen window.
                                                            
                       LOLO
      (ON PHONE)
Hold on,I just saw my refrigerator
light cut on...

I think somebody is in my crib....

Let me call you back yo..
      (ENDS CALL)
                                                            
Lolo cautiously gets out of the car and approaches the
backdoor.
                                                            
 

5.

INT. LOLO'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
We see Zykell snatching jewelry from jewelry boxes and
cigars from cigar boxes.He searches desperately until
hearing Cain's voice from the bedroom.
                                                            
                       CAIN (OS)
Jackpot!
                                                            
We see Cain on his knees in the bedroom by the bed. Zykell
rushes in to see Cain gripping a 45 caliber handgun like a
samurai with his blade. He seems amazed by the gun,as Shaq
stuffs a cartoon character pillow case full of pounds of
marijuana.Zykell joins Shaq and begins grabbing and filling
his pillow case as well.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Man you going to help us or are
you going to keep playing with
your new toy
                                                            
                       CAIN
This toy is going to peel
somebody's cap back.
      (CAIN AIMS THE GUN
       AT THE WALL AND
       PLAY SHOOTS)
"BOW...BOW....BOW"
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Man quit bullshitting and come
help us with this shit!
                                                            
Cain walks over and begins to load up on the bales of
weed.Meanwhile Lolo has now entered the house and making his
way to the bedroom where all 3 boys steal his drugs.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
That's enough...Let's get out of
here
                                                            
                       CAIN
Hell no,there's way more
left.Let's find the money.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
This is enough,let's get out of
here.We got what we came here to
get.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Yeah lets go
                                                            

6.

                       CAIN
Hell no,yall can go.I'm about to
find the rest of the money.
                                                            
Cain nonchalantly walks out into the hallway of the home
where we hear a single gun shot fire.
                                                            
                                         GUNSHOT FX
                                                            
Zykell grabs the gun from the bed and waits stealth like for
the shooter to get closer. LoLo, thinking that he has killed
the only robber,approaches the body of Cain. Before he can
bend over to identify if the boy is dead or living,he is
shot in the back.Zykell stands in the doorway with the gun
in a death clinch.He lowers his aim and hyperventilates as
Shaq checks on Cain.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
      (HELPS A SHOT CAIN
       TO HIS FEET)
We've got to get him,and get out
of here,

Zykell!
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I killed somebody yo...I'm going
to rot in hell yo
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Man get right...

We've got to get out of here and
get Cain to the hospital
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
How are we going to get him to the
hospital with no car??

And we can't call 911,the fucking
police are going to come...

I'm going to go to jail for life
yo...
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Just chill bruh...You not going to
jail.Get his keys and help me
carry this nigga to the car.
                                                            
 

7.

EXT. LOLO'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Police sirens approach in the far distance as the boys hurry
out of the front door of the house and dash to Lolo's
car.Zykell backs the car out of the driveway like a
novice.Shaq tries to keep Cain awake by lightly slapping his
face.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARKING GARAGE - MORNING
                                                            
We see Zykell and Shaq sleeping in Lolo's car in an
abandoned parking garage.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Wake up

We have to get rid of this car.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Where do you want to take it?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
To the boonies....We've got to
torch this bitch.
                                                            
 
EXT. OPEN FIELD - DAY
                                                            
We see a fiery explosion as Lolo's car is set ablaze.
                                                            
 
EXT. DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC LIGHT - DAY
                                                            
We see a [CAMERA TIME ELAPSE] where Zykell and Shaq stand on
the corner selling drugs to cars.They count money and appear
to be happier than ever. Cain has healed and has joined them
selling drugs at this busy intersection.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
Cain didn't die,and we we're at
least making something off of the
lick.Nothing major, but I mean for
a 13 year old kid with no job,
1400 dollars a week wasn't
bad....I mean of course after
costs of expenses and buying more
product,the profit was minimal but
none the less, Our trap was still
moving.
                                                            
[CAMERA PAN BACK] We see the 3 boys walking up the street
smiling and joking playfully.
                                                            
 

8.

EXT. ZYKELL'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
                                         SLOW MELODIC HIP HOP
BACKGROUND SOUND
                                                            
[MEDIUM ANGLE/SLOW MOTION]We see an undercover police car
sitting in front of Zykell's home. An officer walks Zykell
out of his house and places him into the squad car.
                                                            
WE HEAR THE NEWS REPORTER'S VOICE
                                                            
                       NEWS ANCHOR (OS)
And in local news, Charleston P.D
has arrested the 13 year old boy
accused of the murder of 29 year
old Alonzo Lawrence. According to
police reports the boy broke into
Mr. Lawrence's home and stole
money,jewerly,and beer. The boy is
accused of shooting the man with
his own gun. A court date has yet
to been set.
                                                            
 
EXT. JAIL COURTYARD - DAY
                                                            
[JAIL COURTYARD ATMOSPHERE CREATED BY A CEMENT OR BRICK WALL
AND INMATE COSTUMES.]
                                                            
We see a now older Zykell standing in front of a cement wall
with another inmate.They share a cigarette and discuss
future plans once they are free men.
                                                            
                       FONZ
Damn,Ms Tucker know she one fine
ass correctional officer...All I
need is 2 minutes
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (LAUGHS)
That bitch aint shit...I'd fuck,
but she still aint shit.
                                                            
                       FONZ
Yeah she aint fucking with my ol'
lady....
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Word,your shorty bad?You always
talking about her nshit.
                                                            

9.

                       FONZ
I told you she a model.Well video
girl or whatever you call it...She
from South Carolina too
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
She needs to put me down with some
of her model friends when I get
out.
                                                            
                       FONZ
I'll tell her what's up....

So how much longer you got to do?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
2 days...

and when I get out.First thing I'm
going to do is get some pussy,and
the 2nd thing I'm going to do is
get a job.
                                                            
                       FONZ
Job??
      (LAUGHS)
Good luck with that.In case you
haven't noticed...
You are no longer an American my
friend...You're a convict..

No 9 to 5 is going to hire a
convicted felon.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'm going to get money one way or
another.
                                                            
                       FONZ
Now you talking...Because in here
you don't have to pay for
lights,food,gas,hell even a place
to sleep.Out there you do.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Let me tap that one more time
before I slide
                                                            
                       FONZ
Stay cool,be safe bruh
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Fasho,be easy
                                                            

10.

Zykell exits scene while Fonz continues to smoke a
cigarette.
                                                            
 
EXT. CITY BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
We see a freshly released Zykell waiting on a bus.He seems
impatient as he checks his watch.The bus is unusually late
today.Zykell holds his head down as cars pass by.A car pulls
up in front of him as he's been sitting for hours.The window
rolls down on the car and it is Cain.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Who is that ugly ass nigga right
there?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Your mama don't think I'm ugly.
                                                            
Cain hops out the car and greets Zykell with a hug.Zykell
throws his bags in the trunk and hops in passenger side.
                                                            
 
INT. CAIN'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Cain drinks liquor out of the bottle as he drives
recklessly.He pops an extasy pill and offers Zykell one.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Naw, I'm straight.You on it huh?
                                                            
                       CAIN
Rolling Rolling Rolling I aint
slept in weeks
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Where's Shaq?
                                                            
                       CAIN
He probably in the trap clocking
racks....You ready to get back to
this money Z?

What you got planned,I know you
got something up your sleeve?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'm going to look for a job in the
morning.
                                                            

11.

                       CAIN
Job??....
      (LAUGHS)
Nigga,who's going to hire you?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What do you do for a living?
                                                            
                       CAIN
I'm in sales of pharmaceuticals.I
can get you a job.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You don't got to do that...I'm
going to do it on my own.I don't
want any handouts.
                                                            
                       CAIN
If you say so,but you better get
some money fast because these
bitches nowadays don't want no
broke nigga...
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You aint getting no bitches you
ugly ass nigga.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Shiiiiid....

I got these two little buss downs
on the North side.I'm about to
call them up now.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Hell yeah,do that do that
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (ON PHONE)
What's up?....

What yall doing?....

I am trying to see you, what's
good?....

Yeah,my homie with me too so he'll
keep your homegirl busy.....

Cool,we on the way....Later boo
      (ENDS CALL)
Yeah these hoes some sluts...We
just going to slide through and
run dick in these whores mouth
            (MORE)

12.

                       CAIN (cont'd)
right quick
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Bet,that's the mix.
                                                            
                       CAIN
You sure you don't want to hit
this bottle?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Fuck it,let me hit that shit.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Aye!!....Turn up!!
                                                            
                                         MUSIC STARTS
                                                            
The two ride to North Charleston to see the ladies.They
bounce to the thuderous bass playing on the track on the
radio.[[CAMERA SFX/CLOSE-UP]] We see the CAMERA warp to
visualize how intoxicated Zykell is. Cain glances over at
Zykell with a sneaky look as he continues to crush up pills
and put them in the blunts.
                                                            
 
INT. CAIN'S JUMPOFF'S PLACE - DAY
                                                            
We see Cain and Zykell sitting on the couch with two
ladies.They both flirt and tease the ladies before making
out.We then see a brief rough sex scene between Zykell and
one of the ladies. The screams and moans of her friend
causes Cain's girl to want Zykell. Cain tells his girl to go
join her friend as they both have sex with Zykell. Meanwhile
Cain sniffs out of a dollar bill. We see a [EXTREME
CLOSE-UP] of Cain as he appears zoned out from drugs.He
stares at Zykell having sex with the 2 women with a crazed
look.
                                                            
 
EXT. FAST FOOD RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
We see Zykell walk out of a fast food restaurant with his
resume in hand.He is dressed in a tie and
slacks.[CLOSE-UP]He looks down at his resume and balls it
up.He tosses the paper ball in the trash and walks off.
                                                            
 

13.

EXT. HOTEL - DAY
                                                            
We see Zykell leaving from his job interview at the hotel as
a custodian.From his body language,we can clearly see he did
not get the job.He seems more annoyed leaving this interview
than the last.
                                                            
 
EXT. TERRACE ACRES COMMUNITY - DAY
                                                            
We see Zykell,Cain and Shaq sitting at the spades table
during a neighborhood party in Terrace Acres.The grill is
burning and the drinks are flowing as we see grown ups and
children all having a good time. Cain sneaks away to the
side of the house where he sniffs another hit of cocaine.
Zykell and Shaq joke around at the table.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Where's Cain flat ass face
at?Nigga trying to prolong this
ass cutting I'm putting on yall
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You're crazy,I'm just pacing
myself
                                                            
                       SHAQ
      (LAUGHS)
Pacing yourself?Nigga this aint a
race.What you going to practice
breathing exercises too.
                                                            
Cain returns from the side of the house. He drinks from a
bottle of brandy before sitting down.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Hold up,who touched my hand?
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Nobody touched your hand even
though I should of looked through
all them motherfuckers
                                                            
They are interrupted by Hakeem,a local thief who is always
on the prowl for a sucker.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Keem, What's good big money?
                                                            
                       KEEM
You tell me you got it
all...What's good Shaq?
                                                            

14.

                       SHAQ
I can't call it
                                                            
                       KEEM
Is that Zykell?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
In the flesh
                                                            
                       KEEM
When you touchdown?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Bout 2 and a half months ago.
                                                            
                       KEEM
Fasho,My niggas down in G-block
were telling me you were handling
your business in there.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I wasn't in G-Block but I stayed
busy while I did my bid though.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Where you headed to homie?
                                                            
                       KEEM
I got a lick I'm about to hit on
Raizoe bitch ass.This little freak
I fuck with told me this fool just
got a 72 inch flat screen in the
crib yesterday.You know I'm about
to go confiscate that.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Boy you crazy...You got a truck or
something?
                                                            
                       KEEM
I don't need no truck nigga...

I'm going to walk out the front
door with the shit.I hope he's
there so I can get whatever he got
on him too.
                                                            
                       CAIN
You too grown to still be jacking
everybody Keem.Somebody is going
to murk your ass if you keep
fucking around.
                                                            

15.

                       KEEM
I'm bout' this life.I don't give a
fuck about nobody else.I've got my
own problems.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Everybody has problems homies.It's
about how you handle yours though.
                                                            
                       KEEM
It's all about this money out here
nigga.My own mother sold me when I
was born for 100 dollars worth of
crack.You think I give a fuck
about the next man when all my
dreams and childhood were sold for
a fucking high....
                                                            
                       SHAQ
You tell this story everytime I
see you Keem.
                                                            
                       KEEM
And you going to keep hearing as
long as I keep telling it.I'll rob
the preacher,the teacher,the
student,the principal,the
custodian, ANY MOTHERFUCKING
BODY...

Dog eat dog around this
bitch,you'll see pretty soon
Zykell.I give it 2 more months and
you'll be on the same shit that
I'm on.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I doubt it...
                                                            
                       KEEM
You'll see.I'll get at yall
fools,let me go get this
flatscreen.
                                                            
Keem exits the scene as Zykell,Shaq and Cain continue to
play cards.Zykell looks disturbed at what he just heard from
Keem.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I hope yall aint doing business
with Keem.
                                                            

16.

                       CAIN
Naw, that nigga just rob everybody
in the city.He know not to try
that shit with me though.I'll wet
up his momma house.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
That fool hot though.He let them
guns go to his head.He thinks he
is invincible.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Keem good people.He is just trying
to feed his family...

And besides if I need anything
handled he will be first to
volunteer to do it...

Hey if you get your money up maybe
then you too can have a few
shooters like me.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I don't trust him.I don't want him
around me and I don't need no
shooters.I'll do the killing
myself,remember that.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Yeah whatever,how's your job
search coming along?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I've got a couple interviews and a
couple call backs.
                                                            
                       CAIN
It's been 2 months.I thought you
would have one by now.
                                                            
Zykell tries to downplay the obvious shade being thrown from
Cain.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yeah I'm just going to keep
looking until I get one.It'll work
out.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
I told you Z that you need to get
back in the game.We eating,we want
to see you eat too.
                                                            

17.

                       CAIN
Yeah Z, we understand that you're
scared to go back to jail and all
but you need to wake up and smell
the shit....

You keep waiting for the white man
to hand you a minimum wage paying
slave job and you may die of old
age or some shit
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'm not scared to do anything.You
didn't do anytime for the crime
you put us on,I did...And if I
want to work a pie job,let me work
a pie job...I'm doing me.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (SUCKS TEETH AND
       GIVES A SARCASTIC
       LOOK)
                                                            
                       SHAQ
But on the real,Cain has a job for
you.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What's the job?
                                                            
                       CAIN
Only thing you have to do is make
the drop-offs to a few of my high
dollar clientale.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Thanks but no thanks...I'm not a
trapper anymore.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Once a trapper always a
trapper.You can't just get out of
the trap because you did a
bid.That should make you want to
trap more.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Not me,I'm my own man.Being in
jail has taught me to be
patient.The patient man shall
receive.
                                                            

18.

                       CAIN
Whatever...
                                                            
 
EXT. FIELD - DAY
                                                            
ACT 2
                                                            
                                         VOICE OVER BEGINS
                                                            
We see Zykell sweating profusely and digging a hole with a
shovel.The sun beams down on him as he works hard labor.His
boss approaches him while he digs and looks over Zykell's
work.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
I found a job.I was getting paid
under the table for a lawn work
laborer company ran by uncle's
supervisor's son...

I was making pennies but at least
it was an honest living.
                                                            
Bo seems annoyed with Zykell's lack of effort today.He
glances at his watch to show his aggravation.
                                                            
                       BO
You're lagging a little bit today
aren't you Zykeel?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
It's Zykell
                                                            
                       BO
That's what I said.I'm going to
need you to pick it up.If you want
to go home you can go home.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'm a little sore sir.I've been
doing everything that you have
told me to do...I can't move at
superhero speed everyday.
                                                            
                       BO
Let me show you
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
No I don't need you to show me how
to dig a hole.I'm not in the mood
today.
                                                            

19.

                       BO
Hey you don't have to be
here.Nobody's forcing you to stay.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Can I just finish my job?
                                                            
                       BO
Yes but you need to work on your
attitude at the work place.I know
your mother taught you better than
that.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You don't really know me but it
would be in your best interest to
go wayyy over there...

Never mention my mother again
                                                            
                       BO
You know what...You can just go
home.As a matter of fact take the
week off.We'll call you don't call
us.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Alright....Fuck you I quit...Give
me my money for today.
                                                            
                       BO
Okay you'll get half for
completing half the work.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You're going to give "ALL" me my
money.
                                                            
                       BO
Get out of here before I call the
police.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Police?...You got me out here in
this 100 degree weather digging a
hole and you think you're not
going to pay me all my
motherfuckin money?
                                                            
Zykell pulls a switchblade on Bo.He wraps one arm around
Bo's neck and he places the sharp blade to Bo's throat.Bo
freezes in fear,as Zykell goes into Bo's pockets.
                                                            

20.

                       BO
Okay Zykeel,nobody has to get hurt
here friend
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
It's Zykell motherfucker...and I'm
not your friend
                                                            
Zykell takes Bo's money and runs off.Bo stand there furious
yelling for help to no avail.
                                                            
 
INT. BAR - DAY
                                                            
[CAMERA MEDIUM] Shaq and Zykell sit at the bar and drink
beers.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Man you shouldn't have pulled out
the blade on your boss though
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (GIVES ANNOYED
       LOOK AND SIPS
       FROM BEER)
                                                            
                       SHAQ
I mean that was stupid.You're
lucky he aint press charges on
your ass.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Fuck him...

I'm sick of this shit man...I'm
tired of going to interviews and
getting turned around

I'm tired of working bullshit temp
assignments and getting treated
like shit...

All I want to do is provide for
myself,it seems I can't even do
that
                                                            
                       SHAQ
That's why I don't work...I make
more than what any "gig" can pay
me per hour.
                                                            

21.

                       ZYKELL
I'm not settling for these pie ass
jobs and these disrespectful ass
crackers anymore kid...

From here on out,I'm getting it
how I live.No mercy for nobody.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
I'm about to get out of here
bro...You good?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yeah I'm good dog.I'm going to
grab another drink and stick
around for a second.

I'll holler at you
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Cool,I got the tab too...Alright
boe
                                                            
Shaq shakes hands with Zykell and exits the bar.Zykell's
cellphone rings.He answers and we hear the operator say,
"you have a collect call from Fonz."
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (ON PHONE)
Fonz....What's the mix boe?
                                                            
We see a split screen of Fonz from the prison on the
phone.The voiceover begins as they continue their phone
call.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
They say god works in mysterious
ways,just when I thought about
losing my composure....

Somebody in a worse position than
me reminded me that I've got a
whole prison full of niggas who
would love to be in my shoes...

That made me think,I've got to
take advantage of every
opportunity I can...Not just for
me but for every nigga behind them
walls....
                                                            
 

22.

INT. BARBERSHOP - DAY
                                                            
We see Zykell sitting in the barber chair receiving a tape
up.
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Yeah man I use to cut your hair
all the time when you were a lee'
lil boy'.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You tell me this everytime I come
in here and get a tape Joe...

I'm starting to think you
senile...
      (LAUGHS)
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
I'm far from senile...My memory is
real good...

Back in 94 I was in my
prime...Cool Joe would steal yo
hoe, You understand me youngblood.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
94 Joe??
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
94...

Hell from 1987 to 1996,Our
generation was cut from a
different cloth..

See we believed in loyalty brings
money...you understand what I'm
trying to tell ya'
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You not even that much older than
me Joe....You always preaching to
me like I'm still a lil boy

I don't want to hear all that shit
about 87, 92, 94 whatever...
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Boy me and your uncle were the
cocaine cowboys of our day
                                                            

23.

                       ZYKELL
My uncle??...Who?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Your uncle Emanuel....E-Man
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You know my Uncle E-Man?Where's
Uncle E nowadays?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
E-Man been in jail for about 8
years...
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
No...For what?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
You didn't hear about the bust
that took place 8 years ago
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
No dog I told you I been in prison
for 13 years
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
E-Man got stopped by the state
trooper on the way back from
Mexico...

He had 17 keys on him.But when the
police approached him,he shot
him....

They caught 10 miles down the road
after he flipped his truck...

Judge gave him 30 years...
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
30 years???.....Damn!
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Hell yeah,it's fucked up too.I got
his address so you can write him.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yeah let me get that...damn.
                                                            
Zykell looks down at the address on the paper as Barber Joe
brushes him off.
                                                            
 

24.

EXT. TERRACE ACRES COMMUNITY - DAY
                                                            
                                         VOICE OVER BEGINS
                                                            
We see Zykell who is now selling bags of weed to make ends
meet.We see transitioning shots of Zykell running up to
cars,running from police,and counting money.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
I decided to give the trap a try
again...Cain decided to front me a
couple pounds of weed.

It wasn't anywhere near what I
wanted to make but it was better
than the pennies they were paying
me for slaving.
                                                            
 
INT. ZYKELL'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
                                         VOICE OVER CONTINUES
                                                            
We see a [[CLOSE-UP]] of Zykell's hand writing a letter to
his Uncle E in prison.Zykell is shown on the telephone
talking to his uncle.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
Me and my Uncle E exchanged
letters for the next few weeks.I
even got the chance to talk to him
on the phone a couple times.

He told me about how his old
connect still owed him a favor and
he wanted me to go meet him.
                                                            
 
INT. JAMAICAN RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
                                         VOICE OVER CONTINUES
                                                            
We see Zykell sitting at a table watching this older dark
skinned dread headed rastafarian eat his jerk pork. The man
wipes his hands with a moist towelette. He then leans back
in his chair and rubs his hands together.Zykell looks
annoyed and appears impatient.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
This Jamaican motherfucker Tandy
was the connect my uncle put me
on.

To be honest,I don't really trust
            (MORE)

25.

                       ZYKELL (cont'd)
no motherfucker who barely speaks
english...

And to make it worse,this rasta
motherfucker always takes his time
to do everything...
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What's good family?I've got places
to be.
                                                            
                       TANDY
Dem turtle not rush de shell
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What?....Just let me get what I
came here for so I can get up out
of here.
                                                            
Tandy snaps his fingers and a waitress brings him a set of
car keys.
                                                            
                       TANDY
"Your uncle is a good man.Any
ting' dem bwoy need dem bwoy no
need never ask."

He blood,...connected....you take
this,and any ting' you need rude
bwoy, back you come.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What is this a joke or something?
      (LEANS IN TO
       WHISPER)
I was expecting a few keys not
literally though.
                                                            
                       TANDY
Ras Clad, de apples cannot tend to
de oranges
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What?
                                                            
                       TANDY
You cannot plant a tree and expect
de tree to water the other crops.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Wait,huh?.....
                                                            

26.

                       TANDY
The U-haul is in de back.There's
75 kilo's in it,you owe me 640
grand.
                                                            
Zykell gives Tandy a handshake and he heads for the
exit.[[SLOW-MO]] Zykell walks toward the exit with a smirk
on his face.We see him open the back of the U-Haul.His eyes
widen as his smile grows.He hurries and closes the trailer
and hops in the truck. We see the U-Haul pull out of the
parking lot.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
That day was the start of a new
day.I went from being a nobody to
somebody in seconds.

Everything I wanted while I was in
prison was within arms reach of me
getting it.

It was my time.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
We see Shaq driving and Zykell riding passenger.The scene is
set by a duplicate shot of Zykell staring out of the window
daydreaming.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You do remember what happened that
night, right?
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Yeah,I remember but you have to
let that shit go Z the past is the
past.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yeah,...okay
                                                            
                       SHAQ
You're the man now.You've got what
everybody else wants.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I don't want to do this shit
though bruh...

Only reason I'm doing it is so all
of yall can be straight.I can cash
out now and go to the islands or
some shit.I've got millions of
            (MORE)

27.

                       ZYKELL (cont'd)
dollars....

Only reason I still do this shit
is for yall.For the team.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Whatever decision you make,I'm
with you 100 percent.If you don't
want to be in the game any
more,I'm with it.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Naw man yall niggas are
eating.Everybody finally good.If I
do that,I'll let everybody down.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
You just said it,"We good"...If
you want out B get out.

Just take some time to think about
it B...
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'll think about it...
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Aye listen to me....If you want to
get out bruh,get out...
                                                            
 
EXT. BARBERSHOP - DAY
                                                            
We see Zykell and Barber Joe outside of the barbershop.
Zykell hands Barber Joe a thick knot of money as a token of
his appreciation.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
That's you bruh...

Consider it a present from my
uncle.
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Damn boy you are doing it!...When
did you get this fly ass ride?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Oh this old thing....
                                                            

28.

                       BARBER JOE
Old thing huh?....God damn boy you
flexing on them boy, God Damn.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
But hey, I just need a favor from
you.You help me and you can keep
getting knots bigger than that.
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Hell yeah,what's up?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I need you to be my ears to the
streets.This is the barbershop,and
niggas talk.

I need you to put the word out to
a few of the big dogs in the
city.Let them know, I've got it
and I'm the plug.
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Of course big dog I got you.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Word...Word...

Let me get up out of here and let
you go back to cutting some hair.
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Aight,I got you bruh....I got you
                                                            
Zykell hops back into his luxury sports car and speeds
off.Simultaneously Keem comes around the corner to enter the
barbershop.He admires the car speeding off as he stops and
talks with Joe.
                                                            
                       KEEM
Who was that?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Zykell,he doing it B.I.G.!
                                                            
                       KEEM
Where he get the money from to get
that?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Don't tell nobody but I told you
but he just came by and told me to
let niggas know he got it.
                                                            

29.

                       KEEM
Oh is that right?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Hell yeah,nigga even dropped me
off a couple of stacks.
                                                            
                       KEEM
Word?...How many stacks he put you
on?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
I don't know I still have to count
it.But it's a pretty thick knot.
                                                            
                       KEEM
Oh is that right?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Hell yeah,you might want to get at
him and see if he will toss you
something.
                                                            
                       KEEM
Yeah, I know he'll look out.
                                                            
Barber Joe and Keem exchange handshakes before Joe returns
to work.Keem sneaks away with a sly expression on his face.
                                                            
 
INT. LUXURY RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
We see Zykell and his girlfriend, Daesha, sitting at a table
inside a 5 star restaurant having dinner.Zykell proposes a
toast.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
To peace,good health,to luxurious
living,and last but not least to
that dress you have on tonight.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
Boy you are something else...

So where have you been all
week.Don't think you can wine and
dine me into forgiving you.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
No you deserve the best and now
I'm able to give it to you, that's
all.
                                                            

30.

                       DAESHA
I appreciate the dinner and gifts
but I'm still upset with you
Zykell....

What kind of boyfriend goes
missing for 2 weeks?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I had to get my myself together.I
was searching for a piece of
mind,and I found it.I was handling
business so we could live good.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
We were already living good
Zykell...I had no complaints about
the sandwiches and Top Ramen we
were eating before.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
But I do...This is what we
deserve.Look at the way everybody
is treating us.They're treating us
like the king and queen that we
are.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
So what's next?...You're mister
big shot in the city and I'm plain
Jane....You may be too big for me.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Your "MY" plain Jane...I wouldn't
want to share my life with no
other woman in the world.You were
put on this earth for me.I was put
here to be your provider your
everything....

It's me and you against the world.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
If you say so....
                                                            
A waiter approaches the table with a champaigne bottle in
hand.He pops the cork on the bottle and fills both their
glasses.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
Thank you....wait a second, Waiter
there's something in my glass.
                                                            

31.

                       ZYKELL
What is it?
                                                            
                       DAESHA
I don't know....It's a ring
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Daesha,your my world boo.Now I'm
able to give you the world.Will
you marry me??
                                                            
We see Daesha kiss Zykell as she happily accepts his
proposal.
                                                            
 
EXT. LOW INCOME HOUSING PROJECT - DAY
                                                            
We see Zykell giving out books to the local youth out of the
back of his car. As he gives out books,we see a teenage drug
addict looking at him with a weird stare.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (TAPS SHAQ ON THE
       SHOULDER)
Look,...

Aye!
      (WAVES OVER THE
       BOY)
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What's up little G....Take a book
                                                            
                       MARCO
Thank you.....What else yall got?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
All we got is books little
G...What else you looking for?
                                                            
                       MARCO
I'm trying to score some smack.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Smack??...You a little young to be
doing smack?
                                                            
                       MARCO
You only live once.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Check this, what is it going to
take to get you off of that smack?
                                                            

32.

                       MARCO
I don't know...
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
How old are you?
                                                            
                       MARCO
17
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You want a job?
                                                            
                       MARCO
What kind of job?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
A job where you can clean yourself
up.

A job where you can provide for
you and your family.

A job where you can have some
money in your pocket.

And a job where you can move up in
the company.One day you may be the
C.E.O. of your own business.
                                                            
                       MARCO
What do I have to do?
                                                            
 
INT. JAMAICAN RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
                                         OFF SCREEN VOICE
BEGINS
                                                            
We see Marco who now looks clean wearing a bookbag inside of
the Jamaican restaurant.He looks around as if he is lost
before Tandy stops eating for a second. Tandy snaps his
fingers as the waitress bring the UHaul truck keys.
                                                            
ZYKELL'S OFF SCREEN EXPLANATION IS SHOWN THROUGH THE VISUALS
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (OS)
You are going to go meet my
supplier.He is going to give you a
set of keys to a UHaul.You take
the truck to the dropoff and
that's it.

He is going to tell you some
African metaphor type
            (MORE)

33.

                       ZYKELL (cont'd)
bullshit,just act like you
understand with head nods.

And you don't have to worry about
any money.I've got that part
covered.You just drive the truck
to the dropoff....Understand?
                                                            
 
EXT. LOW INCOME HOUSING PROJECT - DAY
                                                            
                       MARCO
Yeah I understand.When do I get
paid?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You'll get paid 500 dollars after
every trip you make.You make 5
trips a week that's 2500
dollars.Your teachers don't make
that much
                                                            
                       MARCO
Yeah I'll do it...When can I
start?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Tomorrow...what's your name?
                                                            
                       MARCO
Marcellus but all my friends call
me Marco
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Cool,I'll get in contact with you
Marco...Be easy my G.
                                                            
Marco runs off in excitement.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Man a good heart is going to be
the death of you Z.You don't know
that nigga and he's a future head.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
He's a junkie by force not by
choice...

If he was getting money then he'd
be too busy to get high...

You know I love the kids
Shaq.Trust me little dude is going
            (MORE)

34.

                       ZYKELL (cont'd)
to be a good runner.

Watch what I tell you.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
If you say so dog...Aye let's ride
I've got to go holler at Cain.
                                                            
 
EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD CORNER - DAY
                                                            
Shaq and Zykell approach a neighborhood corner as we see
Cain with two guns drawn on a half naked man in the middle
of the street.Zykell and Shaq hop out of the car and try to
restrain Cain.
                                                            
                       CAIN
You think I'm something to fucking
play with?

I'll blow your fucking tomatoe off
pussy!

Naw, naw I'm going to kill this
motherfucker Z.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Chill chill bruh,what did he do?
                                                            
                       CAIN
Motherfucker been cheating the
whole time we playing Madden
nshyt...

He lucky I didn't shoot him in his
mouth while we was playing.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Over a video game bruh???
                                                            
                       CAIN
Fuck this nigga...You play me on a
game then you'll play me in real
life.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Just chill bruh
                                                            

35.

                       CAIN
I'mma chill.

Get the fuck out of here before I
kill your ass!
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You need to chill out.You're out
here pulling guns on niggas over a
video game.
                                                            
                       CAIN
I don't give a fuck.

Aint no nigga in the city going to
play me.No nigga.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'm about to stop fucking with
this hot ass nigga.You're going to
get us all locked up.
                                                            
                       CAIN
How Z? What you better than us
now? You forgot how we handle
problems around here.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Yall just need to chill.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Naw fuck that chill shit...

What you a big man now Z?

You think because you've got a
couple keys and you got a little
connect that you can shit on us.I
can see it in your eyes Z.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What the hell you talking about?

Nigga I got your pockets looking
better than they ever
looked.Haven't I Shaq,tell the
truth.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Yall tripping,we are supposed to
be homies and yall are arguing
over a video game.
                                                            

36.

                       CAIN
Fuck a video game and fuck this
nigga.Shaq you cool...

Fuck you Z
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I don't care about your temper
tantrums Cain.Don't forget who I
am.Anything that comes through
this city,I've got my palms on
it...

I'm bigger than the mayor.
                                                            
Cain and Zykell break out into a scuffle after Cain attempts
to punch Zykell.However Zykell dodges the punch and slams
Cain on his back.He grasps Cain's neck.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'mma just leave and give you some
time to cool your head.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (STRUGGLES TO GET
       UP)
The fuck off me nigga
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (TIGHTENS GRIP)
I'll holler at you tomorrow.You
understand?
                                                            
                       CAIN
The fuck off me!
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You understand?...I'll make yo ass
tap out here boy
                                                            
                       CAIN
Shaq you aint going to get this
nigga off me?
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Yall buggin...Zykell let that
nigga go man.
                                                            
Zykell releases his grip.
                                                            

37.

                       ZYKELL
Shaq you can stay or drop me off
to the crib.Give this nigga a
night to breathe.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Fuck you too Shaq!Both of yall get
the fuck around my crib.
                                                            
Shaq reluctantly escorts Zykell to the car.Cain sits on the
ground holding his throat gasping for air.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (TO HIMSELF)
Bitch ass nigga almost killed me
out this bitch.....

Damn....
                                                            
 
EXT. LOW INCOME HOUSING PROJECT - DAY
                                                            
We see Marco showing off for the residents of the project.He
flashes large wads of money and appears more arrogant and
cocky than ever. Cain approaches Marco.
                                                            
                       MARCO
Fuck school nigga...This is the
only teacher I need nigga,Ben
Franklin.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Put your money away B.Let me
holler at you for a second kid.
                                                            
                       MARCO
What's G big homie?
                                                            
                       CAIN
Zykell said he doesn't like the
way you're carrying yourself
around here...

He said your too flashy.He said
you're a liability.
                                                            
                       MARCO
What?...Why he aint' just tell me
that?
                                                            
                       CAIN
Because that's what he sent me out
here to do...

            (MORE)

38.

                       CAIN (cont'd)
Actually he told me to kill you
and he'll pay me 30 stacks.
                                                            
                       MARCO
What?...Zykell put 30 stacks on my
head?
                                                            
                       CAIN
Really it was 25 but he said if I
make it look like an accident then
I can get 30...
                                                            
                       MARCO
Damn,and the whole time I thought
this man fucked with me...
                                                            
                       CAIN
Yeah,now I can play it as if you
skipped town when you heard about
the bounty.Only if you help
me,then in return I can give you
something that you have been
craving for months.
                                                            
                       MARCO
No man,I don't do that shit no
more...
                                                            
                       CAIN
One hit won't hurt you.As a matter
of fact,it will relax you.Calm
your nerves and keep you sane.
                                                            
                       MARCO
Naw man I might get hooked.
                                                            
                       CAIN
That's impossible...You won't
become hooked on one hit of heroin
Marco...Trust me.
                                                            
Marco takes the bag of heroin from Cain and thanks him.He
looks around cautiously as he snorts the heroin.Cain smiles
sadistically as Marco's eyes roll back into his head.
                                                            
                       CAIN
See...Told you that you wouldn't
get hooked.
                                                            
                       MARCO
Wow!....That's some good shit.
                                                            

39.

                       CAIN
The best and there is more where
that came from.All I need from you
is a little assistance.
                                                            
                       MARCO
Cool cool
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE HEADQUARTERS CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY
                                                            
We see 5 to 10 detectives in a police conference room.They
surround the circular table and listen to a newly assigned
rookie detective, Joseph Sparrow's, first investigation
report presentation.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
That's all fine and dandy and
everything but how did you come up
with these guys as trafficking
suspects?

I mean,you have boards and charts
but you still haven't said
anything relevant.Who's your
insider?How reliable and
trustworthy is he?
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
He said that he made runs for the
our target.He told me that the
guys put 50 thousand dollars on
his head.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
He would've been dead tomorrow if
he had a fifty thousand dollar
bounty out on him....
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
I've already spoken to him.He said
he's willing to cooperate.I just
need the recommendation for the
indictment....

Come on' I want to get this
asshole off the streets.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
I say no but by a show of hands if
you agree that this department
authorize the recommendation for
indictment on Zykell Campbell,
            (MORE)

40.

                       DET. ROBBINS (cont'd)
raise your hands....
                                                            
All the other detectives hesistantly raise their hands.We
can see the displeasure in Detective Robbins face as
Detective Sparrow's face lights up.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
Okay authorization will be
requested...You all can leave now.

Detective Sparrow could you stick
around for a second.
                                                            
The rest of the detectives joke around as they exit the
scene.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
Listen here, this will be your
first and last case if you fuck
this up son...

Don't fuck this up,you got me.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
I have it covered sir...I will not
let this department down.I'll stay
up late, wake up early, do
whatever it takes.But I promise
you that I will not screw this up.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
      (SMIRKS AND
       CASUALLY TURNS
       HIS BACK AND
       WALKS OFF)
                                                            
Detective Sparrow stand there dumbfounded before exiting
room.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I can't fuck with Cain anymore
Shaq.He is a liability,I've got
too much to lose.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Just give him a few days,he'll
cool off and start to think level
headed.
                                                            

41.

                       ZYKELL
Do you think I'm trying to shit on
you too Shaq?..

I mean you didn't answer back
there.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
I'm living good.I can't
complain...

But there are a few squares that
wasn't in the circle when we
started.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Everybody can eat,No fortune 500
company is ran without a corporate
and manufacturing
expertise.Everybody in our
neighborhood has a car,clothes,a
house,food....

I don't know what else to do.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
You don't have to do anything.Your
connect,your business.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
My connect is our connect.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Then introduce me to the plug.Just
take me with you to go meet him.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
He doesn't like new faces.But I'll
see what I can do.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
See what's up man...You can fall
back out of the streets like you
wanted and me and Cain can
takeover the business for you.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Hell no,Cain isn't stable bruh.If
I do decide to give you the
connect.You have to put it on the
hood that you won't tell that man.
                                                            

42.

                       SHAQ
Cain is our homeboy Z.I know he is
a little stupid at times.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
A little??
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Hell a lot...But that is the
homie.He would do it for us.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Bullshit,that nigga had a plug for
the past 10 years and he didn't
tell you about his....

Don't tell Cain about the plug or
you're not getting the plug.Simple
as that
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Alright Z
                                                            
Zykell answers his ringing phone.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (ON THE PHONE)
Yo....

What...

Wait a minute Joe,what??

Who??

What the fuck,.Alright I'll handle
it.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Who was that?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Joe from the Barbershop....

He said his shop got robbed last
night...
                                                            
                       SHAQ
He say who did it?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Keem
                                                            

43.

                       SHAQ
Damn,Keem probably did do that
shit...But I doubt he'd rob the
barbershop.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I don't know but I'm going to see
about it though.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
I say you stay out of that...
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Fuck that...Joe is like
family.Niggas can't jack whoever
they want in the city no more.Them
days are over.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Keem a wild nigga dog.One thing I
learned is to not fuck with a
nigga who doesn't give a fuck.He
don't have shit to lose.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
We'll see....
                                                            
 
INT. BARBERSHOP - EVENING
                                                            
We see Barber Joe cleaning the store before closing.2
patrons and still receiving finishing touches on their
haircuts. Joe turns the closed sign on the door around
simultaneously as a man enters the barbershop gun in hand.He
pistol whips Barber Joe to the floor.
                                                            
                       KEEM
Everybody get the fuck down!!
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Ahhh shit man, what the fuck is
going on?
                                                            
                       KEEM
You know what the fuck is going on
nigga!....Where's the safe?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Man we don't have a safe...
                                                            
Keem checks the pockets of the other people in the
barbershop.He aims his gun at young boy who lay face first
on the floor.
                                                            

44.

                       KEEM
Joe look at me.....Don't fucking
play with me man...Where the fuck
is the money?
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
There is no safe man...
                                                            
                       KEEM
I'll kill this little motherfucker
in your barbershop Joe....You
think I'm playing!!
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Here....
                                                            
Barber Joe hands the masked Keem the wad of money that
Zykell gave him earlier in the day.
                                                            
                       KEEM
You lucky I don't kill all of you
motherfuckers.
                                                            
Keem heads for the exit before being interrupted by Joe's
call.
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Keem,...Why man?
                                                            
Infuriated by hearing his real name.Keem snatches off his
mask and turns around to approach Barber Joe who still lay
on the floor.
                                                            
                       KEEM
Get on your knees....Get on your
fucking knees!!!!!
                                                            
                       BARBER JOE
Man,I thought we were better than
this man....I would've gave you
some money Keem,you didn't have to
rob my shop.
                                                            
Keem fires a single shot directly through the middle of
Barber Joe's forehead.He stand with a cold callous look on
his face in the center of the barbershop before hurrying out
of the exit.
                                                            
 

45.

INT. HOTEL SUITE - EVENING
                                                            
We see Zykell getting dressed as his other girlfriend, Karma
lay in bed half naked. Zykell brushes his teeth as Karma
searches through his phone that was left on the dresser.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (OS)
So where do you want to go for
vacation?....Have you decided yet?
                                                            
                       KARMA
No,I haven't had time to think
about it yet.But I was thinking
something tropical or even the
mountains.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Wherever we go,we're staying...
                                                            
                       KARMA
Staying??
                                                            
Zykell turns off the water in the bathroom and heads back to
the bedroom area of the suite.Karma tosses the phone aside
before he catches her.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yeah we staying...I'm thinking
about getting out of the game.
                                                            
                       KARMA
Why?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Because I'm sick of this
shit...Staying in different 5 star
hotels every week,worrying about
jackers trying to kill me or you
or my family...

Shit is old to me now...Besides
I'm straight on paper and we can
start us a little family or
something.
                                                            
                       KARMA
I don't want or need any children
right now Zykell.I don't think you
should stop.You're the man in the
city and a women like me deserves
to be with "The Man."
                                                            

46.

                       ZYKELL
Are you going to pay my lawyer
fees if I get caught?
                                                            
                       KARMA
If you leave me the money.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
If I leave you the money?...Girl
you are lucky you cute.
                                                            
                       KARMA
No you're lucky that you have this
cute girl...
                                                            
She grabs Zykell and pulls him back into bed with a
kiss.[[CAMERA FADES]] during their sex scene.
                                                            
 
EXT. UNDERCOVER POLICE CAR - DAY
                                                            
We see an undercover police car parked in an alley.The car
is still running as the exhaust pipe fumes are seen in the
cold morning air.We see a hoodied man walk from across the
street to jump in the passenger side of the car.
                                                            
 
INT. UNDERCOVER POLICE CAR - DAY
                                                            
We see Detective Sparrow and Marco sitting in the
car.Detective Sparrow offers Marco who now looks in terrible
shape a coffee and donut.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
How it's going?
                                                            
                       MARCO
You know....same ol same ol
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
So who is this your going to meet?
                                                            
                       MARCO
This is Tandy...Some big time
Jamaican motherfucker.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
I thought Zykell had a bounty on
you.Why would he send you to still
make the run?
                                                            

47.

                       MARCO
I don't know.He called me this
morning and said go meet Tandy.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
So there is obviously no bounty on
you.Who told you there was a
bounty anyway?
                                                            
                       MARCO
Cain,he's one of Zykell's right
hand men.He wouldn't have said it
if it wasn't true.
                                                            
Detective Sparrow begins writing down notes on his notepad.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
Where can I find Cain?
                                                            
                       MARCO
He used to stay in Terrace Acres
but now I don't know where he
stays.I know that if you get in
contact with Shaq,then you can get
in contact with Cain.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
Alright this is all I need for you
to do is where this wire and get
Tandy to say Zykell's name....
                                                            
                       MARCO
I'm not wearing no wire
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
You have to.
                                                            
                       MARCO
No I'm not wearing no wire...You
trying to get me killed.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
If you don't wear it then you're
getting yourself killed...Nothing
is going to happen just stay calm
and act normal.
                                                            
                       MARCO
If I get killed I'm going to fuck
you up.
                                                            
Detective Sparrow attaches the wire to Marco's chest with
tape.Marco places the rest of the device in his pocket.
                                                            

48.

                       DET. SPARROW
If you need help just say the word
Sparrow.But just try to stay calm
and do as you normally do.
                                                            
 
INT. JAMAICAN RESTAURANT - EVENING
                                                            
We see Tandy sitting at the same table that he usually eats
at. He snaps his fingers as Marco waits patiently. Marco
appears to be nervous.He fidgets and cautiously looks
around.
                                                            
                       TANDY
You alright bwoy?
                                                            
                       MARCO
Yeah I'm straight.Just feeling a
little sick.
                                                            
                       TANDY
Wha da matter dem bwoy eat some
sour pussy won?
                                                            
                       MARCO
Naw,I just have a little headache
that's all.
                                                            
                       TANDY
Well let me get you dem ting and
let jah be on your way
                                                            
Tandy snaps his fingers as usual...Marco excuses his self
and hurries to the bathroom.Tandy looks at him confused
however he continues to eat his food and wait on Marco to
return.
                                                            
                       TANDY
What the bloodclot doing in de
shitter?
                                                            
Tandy rolls away from the table to reveal that he is in a
wheel chair. He rolls to the bathroom of the restaurant. He
knocks at the door to recieve no answer. He continues to
knock and call for Marco.He rolls back to his table.
                                                            
                       TANDY
What ye bloodclot doing in there
ras clad?
                                                            
                       MARCO
Must've was something I ate.
                                                            

49.

                       TANDY
No man shall eat de sour pussy won
                                                            
                       MARCO
Let me get on through...Appreciate
it Tandy,Zykell gives his
gratitude.
                                                            
                       TANDY
Tell Zykell come see sometime.Dem
rude bwoy too big for ol Tandy.
                                                            
                       MARCO
      (Takes keys from
       Tandy)
                                                            
                       TANDY
Big ups ras clad...Be safe
                                                            
Marco exit the restaurant.
                                                            
 
EXT. JAMAICAN RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
We see Marco hop into the U-Haul and pull out of the parking
lot.
                                                            
 
INT. UHAUL TRUCK - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
We see Marco driving the UHaul truck down a single lane
road.The road is free of traffic until a black undercover
police car resembling the one Detective Sparrow drives pulls
up behind him.He sees the blue lights come on and he pulls
the truck over to the side of the road.
                                                            
                       MARCO
      (TO HIMSELF)
Oh shit,stay cool Marco...Stay
cool.They don't know nothing.
                                                            
Detective Robbins appears at his driver side window with a
gun aimed at his face.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
Get the fuck out asshole!

You have the right to remain
silent anything you say can and
will be used against you in a
court of law.
                                                            

50.

                       MARCO
I aint even do shit!What the fuck
is going on!
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
GUN!...
                                                            
                       MARCO
I don't have a gun...Sparrow,
Sparrow!
                                                            
Detective Robbins unloads a barrage of bullets into the
driver door killing Marco.He opens the door and allows
Marco's lifeless body to fall to the pavement.He hurries
back to his undercover car and tails it to the UHaul.He then
hops into the UHaul and hi-jacks it.
                                                            
 
INT. DETECTIVE SPARROW'S CAR - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
We see Detective Sparrow's somber facial expression after
hearing the whole incident between Detective Robbins and
Marco take place.He puts his hands together and bows his
head and prays.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL SUITE - EVENING
                                                            
We see Zykell getting dressed as two women lay in the king
sized bed in the suite.He answers his ringing phone.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yo..

What.....

Who the fuck?

Meet me at the docks later.
                                                            
                       KARMA
What's going on daddy?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Nothing you should be concerned
about....Yall make have sex until
I get back.
                                                            
We see Zykell's phone ringing again.This time he sees it is
Daesha and he sends the call to the voicemail.
                                                            

51.

                       KARMA
Only if you join us before you
leave.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Naw,I've got to go get my
money...Matter of fact yall get
dressed,yall gotta get the fuck
out too.
                                                            
We see Zykell drop the two women off on a random street
corner.They are obviously overdressed for the occasion.
                                                            
 
EXT. CHARLESTON HARBOR DOCKS - AFTERNOON
                                                            
We see Zykell approach Shaq and Cain who are waiting in
front of the ocean view.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What's up...You heard anything on
who could've did this?
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Aint no tellin who could've did
it.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Marco was my little nigga too
man...Shits fucked up.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Tell all the soldiers to find out
who killed Marco before the
police.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Done
                                                            
                       CAIN
How much work they took?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
That's not important what's
important is that we find out who
did it and we handle it.
                                                            
                       CAIN
What are we going to do about
work.The streets are going to be
dry.
                                                            

52.

                       ZYKELL
I'm going to handle that.Just tell
everybody that prices have went
up.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
But how long you want us to tell
them to wait though.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Not long just give me some time.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIAMI:SOUTH BEACH - DAY
                                                            
We see an aerial CAMERA PAN of the Miami beach skyline.The
light blue water and streets signs as well as palm trees
bring us into the Miami lifestyle.We see huge
buildings,people,nightclubs,prostitutes,graffiti,and low
income housing communities in Miami.
                                                            
 
INT. LATIN NIGHTCLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
We see Zykell navigating his way through a packed nightclub
on South Beach. He heads to a V.I.P table where 2 Colombians
sit with multiple females.Zykell is stopped by security
before being allowed to pass.
                                                            
                       JOSE
Hey you must be Tandy's man.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yes and you must be Jose.
                                                            
                       JOSE
Correct,correct....Sit down what
do you want to drink?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'm alright I'm not really in a
drinking mood.
                                                            
                       JOSE
Come on man,one shot won't hurt.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Naw,I'm here for business.Maybe
another time.
                                                            
                       JOSE
Suit your self....Ladies excuse us
for a minute.
                                                            

53.

                       ZYKELL
Who is this?
                                                            
                       JOSE
Oh that's my amigo Bravo.He's a
trained assassin from Colombia.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
If it isn't too much to ask.I
would only like to do business
with you.I don't really trust
outsiders.
                                                            
                       JOSE
Bravo is no outsider my
friend...He's family,if anyone is
the outsider it is you amigo.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Well lets get to it.As you know
Tandy has retired from the game
and moved to Amsterdam.
                                                            
                       JOSE
Wait a second,did you say
Amsterdam?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yes,...I was getting seventy five
kilos from Tandy every week.Now I
need between 100 to 250 keys a
week.
                                                            
                       JOSE
Sorry amigo but I don't deal petty
orders.If you want two hundred and
fifty keys,I'll sell you the first
250 and front you the other
250.All together that's 5 hundred
kilos.Do you think you can handle
that?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Damn five hundred....Cool,How
much?
                                                            
                       JOSE
three point seven million before
you leave and another three point
two million when you return.
                                                            

54.

                       ZYKELL
How about I give you two point
five million tonight and give you
four point six point five when I
get back.
                                                            
                       JOSE
You give me two point five million
tonight and when you return you
give me five million.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Done....So how am I going to get
the shit back to Charleston?
                                                            
                       JOSE
I've got a couple buddies that own
a trucking school.I'll give them
your contact and they'll guide you
from there.

Bravo will pick up the money
tonight once you all leave from
here.Once he recieves the money
he'll give you the contact to the
stuff.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Cool,Well let me get out of here
and let you get back to partying.
                                                            
                       JOSE
One toast before you go amigo...To
new business and to new money.
                                                            
Zykell grabs a glass and toasts with Jose and Bravo before
leaving the V.I.P table booth.The women return to the booth
where Jose and Bravo begin dancing and kissing all over the
beautiful women.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRUCKSTOP - DAY
                                                            
                                         VOICE OVER BEGINS
                                                            
We see Zykell at the truckstop looking around cautiously.He
salutes a driver of an 18 wheeler big rig truck.The driver
salutes him back.The driver then pulls out of the truckstop
and hits the highway.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (V.O)
The tricky part of the trafficking
was getting the product to your
destination.I knew I couldn't risk
            (MORE)

55.

                       ZYKELL (cont'd)
taking that trip with no CDL
license so I just paid a driver to
make it for me.
                                                            
 
EXT. INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 77 - DAY
                                                            
We see an 18 wheeler on the interstate headed into South
Carolina from Florida.We see the interstate signs and state
monuments as we travel back into South Carolina.
                                                            
 
INT. ZYKELL'S MANSION - DAY
                                                            
We see Daesha inside of Zykell's Mansion.She cooks and
cleans vigorously as Zykell returns home through the
doors.She greets him with a hug and a kiss.She pulls him
into the bedroom for a brief sex scene.
                                                            
 
INT. DETECTIVE ROBBIN'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
We see Detective Robbins sitting in his chair drinking hard
whiskey.He answers his ringing telephone.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
Hello.....

What do you want Sparrow??

What??

How do you know??

Alright,just relax on it tonight
and we'll discuss it in the
morning when you come in.

Bye bye
                                                            
Detective Robbins dials another number on his phone.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
      (ON THE PHONE)
Do you not know that every mistake
you make,I'm busy covering up your
tracks....

How is it that a rookie detective
seems to dig up more and more shit
on you everyday....
                                                            
 

56.

INT. ZYKELL'S MANSION - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (ON THE PHONE)
That's not my problem George...

I pay you so you can handle
that,not me...

I thought yall were supposed to be
protecting and serving...
                                                            
 
INT. DETECTIVE ROBBINS OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
      (ON THE PHONE)
Don't give me that protect and
serve bullshit....

Lay low for a little while.At
least until I can find out what he
knows.
                                                            
 
INT. ZYKELL'S MANSION - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (ON THE PHONE)
While your at it,ask those pork
fat motherfuckers down there why
they haven't found out who killed
little Marco yet...

That's what you can do.
                                                            
 
INT. DETECTIVE ROBBINS OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
      (ON THE PHONE)
I don't give a flying fuck who
killed some nigger from your
neighborhood....

In order for me to continue to
look out for you.I'm going to need
an increase in pay from five
thousand to ten thousand a week.
                                                            
 

57.

INT. ZYKELL'S MANSION - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (ON THE PHONE)
Don't call my phone making
demands.I give you enough money
for doing nothing now.Either you
accept what I've been giving you
or you get nothing.
                                                            
 
INT. DETECTIVE ROBBINS OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
      (ON THE PHONE)
I could have you locked away
forever tonight.I screw assholes
like you daily.You'll just be
another notch on my belt boy.
                                                            
 
INT. ZYKELL'S MANSION - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (ON THE PHONE)
Do what you gotta do.I'm tired of
you dirty ass cops trying to
extort me.I've been paying you
motherfuckers for years and is
this the thanks I get...

Your wife's new car,your
house,your kid's private
school,your mistress's shopping
sprees...Yeah you didn't think I
knew about your mistress.I know
everything in this city.There's a
new law in town.So as a matter of
fact this conversation is
over.Enjoy your day George.
                                                            
 
EXT. ROOFTOP OF PENTHOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
We see Shaq,Cain and Zykell rooftop having a few drinks.Cain
appears to be in a bad mood as he take shot after shot.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Yo Z remember when you said that
you we're going to retire your
jersey from the game?
                                                            

58.

                       ZYKELL
Yeah nigga
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Don't retire it let me get your
number.Lebron and Jordan both wore
twenty three.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You are retarded kid....

Cain you mighty quiet man,what you
thinking about over there?
                                                            
                       CAIN
I'm good...
                                                            
                       SHAQ
I'm serious bruh,we will be known
as the best to ever do it.We're
like the Miami Heat of trappers...

I'm D Wade,you're Lebron, and Cain
you can be Bosh
                                                            
                       CAIN
Shut your fat ass up Shaq!
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Nigga don't wanna be Bosh...
                                                            
                       CAIN
You aint shit Shaq...

Always dickriding the next man,get
your own fuckboy!
                                                            
                       SHAQ
What you mad cause I'm styling on
you?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Yall chill....We on top of the
world baby.Nothing can stop
us.We've got the money,the
women,the power.This is the life.
                                                            
                       CAIN
The life for who??

You must be,because we aint eating
like you.You've got the
connect.We're just selling dope
            (MORE)

59.

                       CAIN (cont'd)
for you.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You're a selfish ass nigga Cain.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
I should've let you dismiss this
nigga a long time ago Z.

Cain you're flaw.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Oh I'm flaw....

How flaw is this?,...huh??
                                                            
Cain pulls out a gun on Shaq.Shaq laughs at Cain not taking
his threat serious.
                                                            
                       SHAQ
Get that shit out of my face
before I kill you.
                                                            
The anger grows inside Cain.He gives Zykell a side eye as he
fires 1 shot into Shaq's chest.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What the fuck!

What the fuck are you doing
man?!?!
                                                            
                       CAIN
He flinched...
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
No the fuck he didn't
nigga....Shaq,Shaq wake up bruh
come on bruh please God.Help me
get this nigga to the hospital
Cain.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (aiming pistol)
No Z....Where's the money?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
What?

You going to do this over
money?You could've asked me for
any amount of money and I would've
gave it to you...
            (MORE)

60.

                       ZYKELL (cont'd)

What's this about C?
                                                            
Cain fires a shot into Zykell's head.Cain panicks and
hurries off from the scene of the crime leaving both Zykell
and Shaq for dead.
                                                            
 
INT. FUNERAL HOME - DAY
                                                            
We see a wake being held for Shaq and Zykell.Cain walks from
the kitchen area with plate in hand.He reacts nonchalantly
to the death of his best friends.
                                                            
                       CAIN
If there is anything you need Ms.
Campbell you let me know.Same for
you Mrs. Robinson.I feel like I
lost 2 brothers.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL'S MOM
You stay strong Cain.I know my son
would've wanted you to stay
strong.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Yes mam,..Word on the street is
that Hakeem was the one who did
this.I've already told everybody
from our neighborhood.So I just
need yall to spread the word so
hopefully justice can be served.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL'S MOM
Oh we will,hopefully the people
who did this get what's coming to
them.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Oh they will if I've got anything
to do with it.You two are like
mothers to me.I would...
                                                            
Cain is interrupted by the sound of his ringing cellphone.He
excuses himself to receive the call.
                                                            
 
EXT. FUNERAL HOME - DAY
                                                            
Cain walks out of the funeral home on the phone.He walks
around to the side of the building.[CLOSE-UP]
                                                            

61.

                       CAIN
      (ON THE PHONE)
Yo...

Yes this is Zykell's man.Yeah
you're going to be doing business
with me from here on out...

I'll be down there in 2 days...

Aight,..one
                                                            
 
EXT. MIAMI RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
We see Cain's car pull up to a 5 star Miami restaurant.He is
greeted by valet and immediately approached by Bravo and
Jose.We see Cain being accepted by the Colombians.
                                                            
 
INT. ZYKELL'S ATLANTA HOME - DAY
                                                            
We see a surburban Atlanta home.We are taken inside where
Zykell lay in the bed still recovering from getting shot by
Cain.We see Daesha bring Zykell a warm towel and breakfast
in bed.He struggles to sit up in the bed as she spoon feeds
him grits.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
How you feel?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I've been better..
                                                            
                       DAESHA
Slow down...You're going to burn
your tongue.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I got shot in the head,...I don't
think these grits are going to
burn more than that.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
Yeah bullets can't change you.I
see you still have a smart ass
mouth.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'm sorry boo..It's just I can't
feed myself,I can't use the
bathroom by myself,I can't even
get up and get a drink of water.
                                                            

62.

                       DAESHA
That's why I'm here bae.You're
lucky I love your big headed self.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I love you too...I've got a couple
moves I've got to make once I get
back to my old self.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
I thought you were done with
making moves.That is why your in
the situation you're in now.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Naw,I'm in the situation I am now
for putting to much trust into
people.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
So what do you plan on doing?
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I've got to go back to Charleston.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
There is no reason for you to go
back there.We can live comfortably
here in Atlanta.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I said "I've got to go back to
Charleston."I want you to stay
here and pursue your music career.
                                                            
                       DAESHA
No,if you're going back to
Charleston,I'm going too.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'm not in a negotiating type of
mood.This is what is going to
happen.I've got you some studio
time with a couple producers
around the city.You're going to be
a star regardless of what happens
to me.But I've got to go back to
Charleston.
                                                            
Daesha gets up from the bed and proceeds to put her coat on.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Where you going?
                                                            

63.

                       DAESHA
Out....
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Daesha wait....Daesha...Daesha!
                                                            
She closes the bedroom door leaving Zykell.He attempts to
try and eat with his spoon but he spills grits all over
himself.Frustrated and confused Zykell sits there with his
head down as he places his hands together to pray.
                                                            
 
INT. NIGHTCLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         VOICE OVER BEGINS
                                                            
We see Cain in a nightclub V.I.P popping bottles of
champaigne.He dances with numerous beautiful women and he
appears more wealthy than previously.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
Crazy how this game
works....Cain's jealous heart was
his gift and his curse.
                                                            
Cain sucks females tities and drinks out of bottles.He makes
3 girls triple kiss as the CAMERA PANS the nightclub
environment. The Dj shouts Cain out on the microphone as
being "The Biggest Nigga in the City."
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (VO)
The more I layed low from the
streets.The easier it was for me
to observe and peep how everybody
else was moving.
                                                            
 
EXT. CHARLESTON NEIGHBORHOOD FISH FRY - AFTERNOON
                                                            
We see Cain pull up to the local fishfry in a luxury
sedan.He hops out draped in jewelry.He is approached by
Karma,who is wearing a highly seductive red dress.He looks
her up and down as she approaches him.
                                                            
                       KARMA
Is this your car?
                                                            
                       CAIN
Who's else would it be?

What's up ma?
                                                            

64.

                       KARMA
Hey boo,you're Cain right?
                                                            
                       CAIN
Yeah,how did you know?
                                                            
                       KARMA
I knew Zykell.Sorry to hear about
what happen to him.We were close
friends.We never messed around or
anything,we were just friends.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Just friends huh?
                                                            
                       KARMA
Yes just friends...

Maybe you and I can become close
friends as well.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Cool,what are you doing later on
tonight?
                                                            
                       KARMA
The question is are you doing me
later on tonight?
                                                            
                       CAIN
Damn right,..I'll pick you up
around 9:30
                                                            
                       KARMA
Okay,don't be late either daddy.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Oh,I won't...
                                                            
Karma turns away and walks off as Cain stares at her
rear.Cain snaps out of his trance and approaches a group of
his peers by a picnic table.
                                                            
                       CAIN
What's gucci?

What's the word?
                                                            
                       SPAM
We aint seen that fool Keem in
weeks.I told all the little
soldiers that you put ten bands on
his head big homie.So he's going
            (MORE)

65.

                       SPAM (cont'd)
to get his tater peeled on sight.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Word...Yall fools taking too
long,it's been 3 months since he
murked yall big homies.Tonight I
need it done.I don't care what
yall have to do.But I need it done
tonight.
                                                            
                       SPAM
Yall heard the man,go get to it.
                                                            
The crowd of thugs disperse and go looking for Keem.
                                                            
                       CAIN
It's important you handle this for
me Spam.I don't feel right knowing
that Zykell and Shaq's killer is
still roaming the streets.
                                                            
                       SPAM
I've got it big homie.That ten
bands is mines.
                                                            
                       CAIN
That's why you're my nigga....
                                                            
 
EXT. CITY BLOCK - DAY
                                                            
We see Keem lured into an alley by Karma.He follows her
unknowingly as Spam whacks him in the back of the head with
a shovel.He continues to pound Keem's head in with the
shovel leaving blood and brain matter everywhere.
                                                            
 
EXT. DUMPSTER - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
Spam walks a XXL black trashbag to a nearby dumpster.He
places the bag into the dumpster and proceeds to dial Cain's
number.
                                                            
                       SPAM
      (ON THE PHONE)
That boy Keem gone big homie.He's
going to be taking a ride down to
the landfill first thing in the
morning....

No face no case....
                                                            
 

66.

INT. DETECTIVE ROBBINS OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
We see Detective Sparrow step into Detective Robbins
Office.Detective Robbins' sits in his chair reading a
newspaper.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
Is there a reason that you decided
to burst into my office
unannounced?
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
I guess it's best for me to give
you the news....

I know what you've been doing
George.I don't know how long
you've been doing it but yet I
know what you have been doing.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
Are you high son?
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
Far from high...
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
Then get the hell out of my office
before I demote your ass back to
parking patrol.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
It's over George,I know that you
have been extorting drug dealers
and basically fueling this big
drug war that's going on.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
Hahaha.....Prove it...and besides
who gives a fuck. You think I'm
going to seize money from these
scum and give it to more scum....

I'm more of the modern day Robin
Hood.Take from the rich and don't
give the poor shit.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
Well I've already told the
Lieutenant and Sergeant about what
has been going on...
                                                            

67.

                       DET. ROBBINS
I'll just deny it.You think
they're going to take your word
over mines.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
You're right,I know that they'll
take your word over mine.That's
exactly why I let them hear this.
                                                            
Detective Sparrow places the audio recorder on Detective
Robbins' desk.He plays the audio from the murder of Marco.
                                                            
                       DET. ROBBINS
You son of a bitch,I'll kill you.
                                                            
                       DET. SPARROW
George Robbins you are under
arrest for the murder of Marco
Johnson.You have the right to
remain silent,anything you say can
and will be used against you in a
court of law.
                                                            
The doors to the office open and 2 uniformed officers enter
the room.Detective Robbins loses his cool and pulls out his
revolver from his desk.He fires a shot hitting Detective
Sparrow in the chest.The other 2 uniformed officers shoot
and kill Detective Robbins.Detective Sparrow lay on the
ground shot but alive as the bullet didn't pierce his
bulletproof vest.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIAMI BEACH - DAY
                                                            
We see Jose and Bravo on the boating docks of Miami
Beach.Jose calls Cain on the phone.
                                                            
                       JOSE
      (ON THE PHONE)
Cain,you must come down to Miami
immediately amigo....

This will be the last shipment I
can supply.I'm headed back to
Colombia in 2 days....
                                                            
 
INT. CAIN'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Cain is seen on the phone while receiving fellatio from
Karma.
                                                            

68.

                       CAIN
What?

I'm going to need double what I
usually get.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIAMI BEACH - DAY
                                                            
                       JOSE
I can have that for you as long as
you bring the money....

Bring everything you got and I'll
front you the other five
hundred....

If you're not here by 8 am friday
morning then you're S.O.L my
friend.
                                                            
 
INT. CAINS CAR - DAY
                                                            
                       CAIN
Hold up....

Aye bitch stop,get out....
                                                            
Cain kicks Karma out of the car and continues his phone
conversation.
                                                            
                       CAIN
I've got 8 million cash,I need all
I can get with that.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIAMI BEACH - DAY
                                                            
                       JOSE
      (ON THE PHONE)
Alright,be here by 8AM or the deal
is a no go.

8 AM Cain....Not a minute later.
                                                            
Jose hangs up the phone.He dials up Zykell's number.
                                                            
 
INT. ATLANTA RECORDING STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
We see Zykell listening to Daesha record her first song in a
professional studio.Zykell appears to be in much better

69.

health as he is walking,with a slight limp however,and he's
joking around.He excuses himself from the studio to answer
his cellphone.He walks outside of the studio.
                                                            
 
EXT. ATLANTA RECORDING STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
Zykell is seen leaving the studio on the phone.He steps to
the side of the building away from the patrons of the
studio.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (ON THE PHONE)
Jose....

Alright,good good
                                                            
 
EXT. MIAMI BEACH - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
                       JOSE
      (ON THE PHONE)
I told the asshole to be here
friday at 8AM...

We are going to give that punta
what he deserves esse.
                                                            
 
EXT. ATLANTA RECORDING STUDIO - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
      (ON THE PHONE)
Damn right,I'll be there...Thanks
again Jose
                                                            
 
INT. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
                                         UP TEMPO HIP HOP
TRACK PLAYS IN THE
BACKGROUND
                                                            
We see a crowded airport as people hurry to their planes as
well as returning to Miami.We see Cain walking through Miami
International Airport carrying luggage.He heads outside to
meet his chauffeur.
                                                            
 
EXT. 17TH STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
We see Cain being chauffeured around Miami.We see the lights
reflect off the glass and Cain's shades in a cinematic

70.

way.Cain looks out the window as he takes a long drag from
his cigar.He gets on his speakerphone as he calls up Jose.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (on the phone)
Jose,I'm in Miami...Where do you
want to meet?

The truckstop?

O.k if you say so,see you at
eight.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRUCKSTOP - MORNING
                                                            
We see Jose and Bravo waiting on Cain's arrival.A SUV pulls
up and Cain hops out of the truck.He approaches Jose who
appear to be getting impatient.
                                                            
                       JOSE
Took you long enough.....
                                                            
                       CAIN
What can I say perfection takes
time...
                                                            
                       JOSE
How much you got?
                                                            
                       CAIN
8 point 5...How much you bring?
                                                            
                       JOSE
It's in one of these 18
wheelers,now what if I told you
the trick is you have to find
which one it's in.
                                                            
                       CAIN
I don't have time for
games....Where's the work?
                                                            
                       JOSE
I'm kidding amigo, what you can't
take a joke?
                                                            
                       CAIN
I aint laughing'.Hurry up and let
me get me so I can bounce up out
of here.
                                                            

71.

                       JOSE
It's not here...It's on the
way,just be patient.
                                                            
They wait a while longer until finally a black hummer pulls
up.
                                                            
                       JOSE
This is who you shall be doing
business with from here on out.
                                                            
                       CAIN
I could care less as long as he
has what I need...
                                                            
We see a black boot step out of the hummer.[CAMERA CUTS]
back to Cain who looks as if he has seen a ghost.He pulls
his gun and takes aim until Bravo snatches his gun from him
and slams him on the ground.Bravo and Jose get in to their
respective vehicles and leave the scene.Zykell and Cain are
left alone to settle the score.
                                                            
                       JOSE
Come on Z,...I know you're not
tripping about that shit that
shooting shit...
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Naw, I'm not tripping.....
                                                            
Zykell rushes Cain and punishes him with a barrage of body
punches followed by a haymaker to the head.Zykell grabs a
hold of a downed Cain's neck,and chokes the life out of him.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I'll strangle the life out of
you....
                                                            
Cain rakes at Zykell's eyes and manages to escape the death
grasp.Cain then gains the upper hand nailing Zykell with a
combination of punches himself.A weakened Zykell goes for
the tackle attempt but comes up short against Cain's
takedown defense.
                                                            
                       CAIN
I should've shot you in the head
again...

This time you can join Shaq in
hell bitch!
                                                            
Zykell breaks free from Cain's sleeper choke and proceeds to
gain the upper hand.Zykell punishes Cain with a barrage of

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blows.Right, left, right, left followed by a vicious
headbutt which breaks Cain's nose.Zykell nails him with a
strong knee and knocks Cain unconscious.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
You're not even worth it....
                                                            
Zykell turns to walk away but not before being attacked from
behind by Cain.They continue their fight sequence until
Zykell connects on 3 right handed hooks knocking Cain
down.Zykell comes back from his car with gun in hand.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
Was all the money worth it?

Was it worth losing your 2 best
friends?
                                                            
                       CAIN
I wouldn't have it any other
way...
                                                            
Zykell fires 17 shots into Cain.He squeezes the trigger
until the he's unloaded all the ammunition.He has a
regretful look on his face as he dwells on what he has just
done.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
                                         VOICE OVER BEGINS
                                                            
We see a young Zykell,Shaq and Cain laughing and joking
around at the park.They appear to be the best of friends.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL
I never thought in a million years
that I would be the only one
living out of me,Shaq,and Cain....

But then again I never thought I
would be able to live out all my
dreams.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRUCKSTOP - MORNING
                                                            
We see Zykell check Cain's pockets and grab his car keys.He
pops the trunk to Cain's car.[[CLOSE-UP]]He opens one of the
8 trashbags to reveal stacks of money.He closes the trunk
and steals the car.
                                                            
 

73.

EXT. MIAMI BOAT DOCKS - DAY
                                                            
We see Zykell driving Cain's car.He pulls up to the boating
docks and delivers the money he stole from Cain to Jose.Jose
gladly accepts and gives Zykell the keys to the 18 wheeler
holding the drugs.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (V.O)
I paid Jose with the 8 million I
took from Cain...

In return he gave me one last
truckload before he returned to
Colombia....
                                                            
 
INT. ZYKELL'S ATLANTA HOME - DAY
                                                            
Zykell sits in his living room of his Atlanta home reading a
newspaper.The newspaper clipping headline reads,"Drug Lord
killed in South America."
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (V.O)
Which turned out to not be such a
good idea...

2 weeks after leaving the U.S.
Jose was gunned down in South
America by members of the Medellin
Cartel.
                                                            
 
INT. ATLANTA RECORDING STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
We see Daesha recording a song in the studio.She looks like
a legitimate popstar.
                                                            
                       ZYKELL (V.O)
Daesha's music career has taken
off.She has been getting offered
record deals left and right...

And the best part is I'm her
manager,so I can use my street
smarts to help her takeover the
music business.
                                                            
 
INT. ZYKELL'S ATLANTA HOME - DAY
                                                            
Zykell sips liquor out of a glass as he reflects on his
life.
                                                            

74.

                       ZYKELL (V.O)
I haven't been back to Charleston
since getting shot.Only because I
promised Daesha I wouldn't...

I guess I'm becoming more of the
man my momma would want me to
be...

I'm thankful for trap and I'm also
thankful to get out of the
trap....

When I return,I'll still be King
in the City Of Trappers.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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