Wake up

 

Scene:† (Bill is in bed)

 

-- a hand shakes him awake, then camera pans out to see the back of Martin.

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Wake up, Bill

††††††††††† Quick

 

BILL (GROGGY)

††††††††††† Huh?

††††††††††† What do you want, Martin?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† I need you to wake up

††††††††††† ITíS IMPORTANT

 

BILL:

††††††††††† What time is it?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† About 4 oíclock

 

BILL

††††††††††† IN THE MORNING!!!

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Yeah,

††††††††††† But donít worry about it.

††††††††††† You can go back to sleep in a minute

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Itís 4 oíclock in the fucking morning.

††††††††††† Nobodyís supposed to get up this time of day.

††††††††††† Why donít you go and talk to the birds or something.

††††††††††† Let me go back to sleep.

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† I need your help

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Right now?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† It canít wait

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Not even until morning.

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† This is morning

 

BILL:

††††††††††† You know what I mean.

††††††††††† Come back at a more reasonable hour

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† I wonít be here.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Why?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† The police are looking for me.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† This must be a dream

††††††††††† (closes his eyes)

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† I mean it, Bill.

††††††††††† The cops will be here soon

††††††††††† Looking for me

††††††††††† And for you.

 

BILL: † (eyes pop open)

††††††††††† Why me?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† They think you helped me with a jewelry store heist earlier today.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Why would they think that?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† I used your name to get an appointment with the store manager.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Why my name?

 

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Youíre respectable.†††††

††††††††††† I didnít think anybody would suspect you of anything.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† But now they do?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† The copsíll be here any minute.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Thanks for the warning.

††††††††††† Now what do you want?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† I need to borrow some cash so I can get out of town

 

BILL:

††††††††††† But you just robbed a store.

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Tried to.

††††††††††† The manager didnít cooperate.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Which means what?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† The manís dead

††††††††††† Theyíll catch me if you donít give me some money.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† If I help you, Iíll be an accessory to murder.

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† If you donít help me, Iím a dead man

††††††††††† They still hang people like me in this state.

 

BILL

††††††††††† But you killed somebody, Martin.

I help you, the cops will put me in jail, too as an accomplice.

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Not if I put a gun to your head.

††††††††††† You can tell them I robbed you, too.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Weíre buddies.

††††††††††† No oneís going to believe a story like that.

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Youíd better hope somebody believes it

(Martin pulls out a gun and put it against Billís temple)

††††††††††† Whereís the money, Bill?

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Stop kidding, Martin

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Iím not kidding, Bill.

††††††††††† If you donít tell me where you keep your cash, youíll end up like the clerk did, my buddy or not.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Youíre crazy!

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Iím desperate

 

BILL:

††††††††††† This isnít like you at all.

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† This is not like the Martin you know.

††††††††††† But itís me all right.

††††††††††† Youíve just never seen this side of me before.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† You mean youíve killed and robbed people before?

 

†††††††††††

MARTIN:

††††††††††† And worse.

 

 

BILL:

††††††††††† My God!

††††††††††† And I call you my friend?

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Just give me the money and you wonít have to see me again.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† And if I donít

 

MARTIN:

††††††††††† Then our friendship comes to a bloody end.

 

(Sirens sound)

††††††††††† Hurry up and make up your mind.

 

BILL:

††††††††††† All right, all right.

††††††††††† Iíll give you whatever I have in my wallet.

 

(Bill rises, crosses over to the closet, pulls out his pants and hands Martin his wallet.)

 

MARTIN (Leaving)

††††††††††† Thanks for the memories.

 

(Bill closes the door and goes back to the bed, lies down, closes his eyes, and seems to drift off the sleep again Ė until pounding on the door jerks his eyes open again. He rises, glances out the window Ė POV shot shows a whole fleet of police cars and an army of police officers at the curb. The pounding comes on the door again and Bill moves to it, and opens it where he finds a pack of police)

 

OFFICER #1:

††††††††††† William Lane?

 

BILL:††

††††††††††† He just left here, officer

††††††††††† If you hurry you can still catch him.

 

OFFICER #2:

††††††††††† Catch who?

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Martin Quackenbush, of course.

††††††††††† Heís the one youíre looking for, isnít he?

 

OFFICER #1

††††††††††† Weíre here looking for you, Mr. Lane

††††††††††† To charge you with the murder of Mr. Quackenbush..

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Murder?

††††††††††† How can I have murdered him when he was just here.

††††††††††† He even† held a gun to my head and took my wallet.

 

OFFICER #2

††††††††††† This wallet?

(the officer olds up Billís wallet)

 

OFFICER #1:

††††††††††† And this gun?

(holds up Martinís pistol)

 

BILL:

††††††††††† Yes, thank God!

††††††††††† Where did you find them?

 

OFFICER #2

††††††††††† On Mr. Quackenbushís body.

††††††††††† Come alone

 

BILL:

††††††††††† But Iím telling you, he was here, not ten minutes ago.

 

OFFICER: #1

††††††††††† If you saw Mr. Quackenbush here ten minutes ago, then you saw a ghost.

††††††††††† He was killed several hours ago, and witnesses say you did it.

††††††††††† Youíre under arrest.

 

 

 


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