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“This Is Everybody’s Air, Sir!”

 

FADE IN

DUDE

Mam, can you put your cigarette in your left hand?

LADY

What?

DUDE

The wind is blowing the smoke this way, getting it all in my nose.

LADY

Why don’t you stand on the left of me, then?

DUDE

Because the sidewalk is clear here. There’s still a lot of ice on that side. I don’t wanna *simultaneously pretends to slip while saying dialogue* whoa whoa whoaaaaaa!

LADY

*takes puff of cigarette and blows kiss that leaves smoke circle in air* Are you gonna catch it?

DUDE

What, the kiss or the lung cancer? No, thank you, to both. It doesn’t matter. Here comes the bus!

The LADY flicks the cigarette. The two board the bus. As they head to the back, DUDE accidentally steps on a passenger’s shoes. 

DUDE

My bad!

BOYFRIEND

It’s okay.

GIRLFRIEND

Your feet too big, baby.

BOYFRIEND

And your head too big to be laying on my bad shoulder.

GIRLFRIEND

No, no, stop, let me lay my head down. You know I need my power nap before work, now.

BOYFRIEND

Nope, nope, nope.

GIRLFRIEND

You know, I can’t lay my head in your lap. How would that look?

BOYFRIEND

Ughhh! Heeahh *bounces shoulder*

GIRLFRIEND

You love your Gina!

GIRLFRIEND lays head on BOYFRIEND’s shoulder and closes her eyes. A man wearing a hoodie boards the bus with a backpack. He sits backpack down and pays fare.

BOYFRIEND

*thinks to self* Did he forget he left his backpack right there? Why would he sit his backpack at the front and go to the back? He gone have to move it if somebody come on with bags of groceries. Why is he standing up? Plenty of seats.

The mystery man pulls the cord. 

BOYFRIEND

*thinks to self* He getting off already? He could have walked here!

The mystery man gets off the bus where he was standing, at the back doors. The BOYFRIEND looks in the front, at the backpack. 

BOYFRIEND

*thinks to self* He left his …

The BOYFRIEND turns around, looks out window and sees the mystery man running. 

BOYFRIEND

Whoa, bus-driver, this our stop, too!

GIRLFRIEND

*opens eyes* We here, already?

BOYFRIEND

Come on, baby!

GIRLFRIEND

This not our stop!

BOYFRIEND

Baby, come on!

GIRLFRIEND

What you doing?

BOYFRIEND

We getting off! Come on!

GIRLFRIEND

I gotta be at work in 20 minutes!

BOYFRIEND

You not going today.

GIRLFRIEND

What you mean I’m not going? I can’t miss no more days or be late for the next 8 weeks or I’m gone be fired!

BUS DRIVER

Is this y’all stop?

BOYFRIEND

Yeah, I’m sorry! Come on, baby!

GIRLFRIEND

I’m not coming nowhere!

The BOYFRIEND grabs her by the waist and carries her off on his shoulder. He holds her in a hugging position as the bus takes off. 

GIRLFRIEND

Wait! Let me go, Sean! Stop! You gone make me late! Stop! You gone get me fired!

She accidentally sticks him in the eye with a nail while she is hitting him upside the head. The BOYFRIEND hunches over in pain, rubbing his eye. As she is running after the bus, it explodes. She falls to her knees and breaks down crying. The BOYFRIEND runs to her, falls to his knees and hugs her. 

FADE TO BLACK

Why you think the BOYFRIEND didn’t wanna alert everyone on the bus something might be wrong?

 

  

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The Parking Lot Cheater

Reading Guide:

  • Narration (descriptive actions) is align left, italicized, and written in present tense.
  • Dialogue is centered; Character NAMES are always CAPITALIZED.
  • Slug line: Occurs at start of every new scene. Consists of three parts: INT/EXT is short for interior and exterior; Part two consists of location. And three, time of day. Example: INT. HARNEW MANSION – AFTERNOON
  • Sometimes I use *asterisks or [brackets] to describe specific character actions.
  • Unlike the other 3 concepts, I never include photos with Episodes because the action and dialogue will help visualize what’s taking place.
  • Words in parenthesis underneath character names is the way the person delivered the dialogue.

 

FADE IN

EXT. STORE PARKING LOT – NIGHT

Car comes to screeching halt at storefront. Man jumps out car, sprints towards entrance and jerks handle on door. It’s locked. Employee inside store does a cross hand motion, signaling they are closed for the day. From the entrance, the man talks to someone in the car he hopped out of.

ZACK

They’re closed.

CARL

I thought they close at 7 on Sundays?

As ZACK walks back toward the car, something in the parking lot catches his attention.

CARL

What’s wrong?

ZACK

That, that looks like my wife’s car.

CARL

You know how many black Jeep Cherokees there are in the city? You just miss your wife, dude! She’ll be back from vacation in a few days.

EXT. STORE PARKING LOT – NIGHT

Car comes to screeching halt in parking space. Aerial camera view shows ZACK and CARL sprinting toward store, however, The CUT only shows CARL entering.

INT. STORE – NIGHT

ANNOUNCER

Good evening customers! This is just a special announcement to let you know the store will be closing in approximately 20 minutes.

CARL

You hear that, Zack? *turns around* Zack?

EXT. STORE PARKING LOT – NIGHT

CARL exits the store to find ZACK still in the parking lot, staring at some vehicle.

CARL

Zack! Zack … what are you doing?

ZACK

This car looks just like Jenny’s car.

CARL

She’s out of town!

INT. STORE – NIGHT

CLERK

Will that be all for you, sir?

CARL

No mam, my friend has the rest of the stuff. *mumbles* Where is he?

CLERK

Is that him?

CARL

Zack, where is the rest of the stuff, man?

ZACK

I knew I was forgetting something!

CARL

What have you been doing? The store is closing in 80 seconds!

ZACK

I have been outgoing, talking to the other 3 customers in the store. Don’t you know neither of them drive a black Jeep Cherokee? I even asked the employees.

CLERK

You haven’t asked me.

ZACK

Do …

CLERK

No!

ZACK

CLERK

30 seconds.

EXT. STORE PARKING LOT – NIGHT

Car comes to screeching halt in parking space. As ZACK and CARL are sprinting toward the store, ZACK stops dead in his tracks and stares at some vehicle. CARL catches him this time.

CARL

Not again, man!

ZACK

Gimme the keys!

CARL

Why? The store is closing in 10 minutes!

ZACK

We can get it somewhere else! Gimme the keys! I’m driving!

CARL

Where are we going?

ZACK drives to the first parking lot they were at 2 days ago.

ZACK

See!

CARL

See, what?

ZACK

The black Jeep Cherokee is not here.

CARL

Fool, don’t you think whoeverrrrrr, and I do mean to put extra R’s on it, car that was they wouldn’t have left it in this parking lot?

ZACK

Because they moved it to the other parking lot!

ZACK drives to the second parking lot.

ZACK

No black Jeep Cherokee, again!

CARL

Gimme my keys, Zackary!

ZACK

The same black Jeep Cherokee, 3 different parking lots, all stores were closing, what are the odds?

CARL

I’m calling your wife on you, and telling her how much you miss her, and to tell her to hurry up and bring her ass home ’cause her husband is driving his best friend crazy with all these damn conspiracy theories!

ZACK

Call her? That’s a good idea! Gimme your phone!

CARL

My phone?!

ZACK

Yeah, because if I call on mines that gives her a reason not to pick up. Plus, I wanna see if she answers the phone with a pet name. *gives CARL weird look*

CARL

*shocked face* I been with …

ZACK

Shh… shh… it’s ringing.

JENNY

Hello.

ZACK

Heyyyy Jenny!

JENNY

Who is this?

ZACK

You don’t know the voice of the man who you have been married to for 8 years?

JENNY

Zack?

ZACK

Is that a question?

JENNY

Whose number are you calling from?

ZACK

*whispers to CARL* She’s not sleeping with you. *puts hand up to high-five CARL*

CARL

*puts up high-five hand, but as his was about to clap ZACK’s, he turns his palm around and puts up  middle finger*

JENNY

Hello.

ZACK

Hey, honey. Why is this asshole just sitting here? The light is green, moron! Honk your horn, honey.

JENNY

Me or you?

ZACK

You, silly.

JENNY

What are you talking about?

ZACK

Honk your horn.

JENNY

Why would I do that? Besides it’s a cop in front of me. I’m not honking anything.

ZACK

*frustrated look* I got it. *sings* Aye! Aye! Aye! Ya don’t like! Aye! Aye! Aye! Ya don’t like!

JENNY

Hello.

ZACK

Is that Santigold I hear in your background? Turn that up, baby!

JENNY

I’m not listening to the radio. Besides how would I hear you if I turn up.

ZACK

*whispers to CARL* This girl good.

ZACK (CONT’D)

I’ll just see you when you get home, sweetie.

JENNY

I love you!

ZACK

I love YouTube!

INT. ZACK AND JENNY’S HOME – DAY

The next day JENNY comes home.

JENNY

Honey, I’m home!

ZACK comes from out the kitchen and quickly approaches JENNY. She holds out her arms in anticipation of hug. But as ZACK gets near, he snatches the keys out her hand.

ZACK

I need to use your car, sweetie. Mines is orange and stuff. Nice tan!

JENNY

EXT. DRIVEWAY – DAY

MAILMAN

Pardon me, sir. This is my first time delivering mail in this neighborhood, and I’m confused. Is your address 2357?

ZACK

Yeah, of course! *points at house* Doesn’t that say 2357?

MAILMAN

Yeah, of course! *points at neighbor’s house* Doesn’t that say 2357?

ZACK

What the … ?

Zack walks over to his NEIGHBOR house and rings doorbell. The MAILMAN follows closely behind.

NEIGHBOR

Zack, buddy.

ZACK

What happened to your address?

NEIGHBOR

*laughs* Did I get you?

ZACK

NEIGHBOR

I’m sorry. I knew we was getting a new mailman and just wanted to play a prank on him.

NEIGHBOR steps on porch.

NEIGHBOR

These are cut-outs.

NEIGHBOR peels the numbers off revealing his real address. ZACK walks off in disapproval of the prank, gets in his wife’s car, and looks at the odometer.

ZACK

75, 315. She wasn’t … she wasn’t cheating on me.

INT. ZACK AND JENNY’S HOME – DAY

Zack walks in, sees Jenny unpacking, hugs her from behind, and whispers in her ear …

ZACK

Let me help you with that!

JENNY

I thought you needed to borrow the car.

ZACK

It can wait.

JENNY

[smiles]

ZACK

[smiles] How was your trip?

3 MONTHS LATER

A black Jeep Cherokee pulls up in driveway. Horn honks. People come outside. Driver sticks head out window.

OLD WOMAN

Boy, who you car-jack?

GUY

Nobody, grandma! I just bought it from this nice lady.

OLD WOMAN

Boy, how much you pay for that thang?

GUY

Eighteen-hundred, grandma.

OLD WOMAN

I bet that car got over a hundred thousand miles on it. *laughs*

GUY

Oh, that’s the best part!

GUY shows OLD WOMAN the odometer. Camera zooms in. It reads 2,357.

FADE TO BLACK

Wal-Mart Opens First Store in New York (The Refrigerator Basket): Friday, the 13th

The Leaf People (Comic): Next Saturday, Valentines

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Mannequins

Semi-biographical

FADE IN

EXT. AVENUE – NIGHT

A man steps off the bus, wearing glasses, hoodie over his head, backpack on his chest. As he is getting closer to his destination, he sees 3 white men wearing yellow shirts with ‘Event Staff’ on the back. A couple of feet away from them, he sees a black guy trying to get their attention. The man steps off the sidewalk when he crosses paths with the Event Staffers, as they were obstructing his path.

EVENT STAFFER 1

How you doing, sir?

THE MAN

EVENT STAFFER 2

(whispering)

His hand.

EVENT STAFFER 3

(whispering)

See.

He steps back on the sidewalk and crosses the black guy.

BLACK GUY

You got your glasses on, don’t it?

THE MAN

BLACK GUY

Aye, one of them white boys called you a Ni**er! You heard it? I know you heard it, bruh.

THE MAN

The man stops walking and looks up at the high-rise building to his left and sees someone peeking out their blinds. They exchange glares for 5 seconds then the man continues walking.

DISSOLVE 

The black guy wanders aimlessly in a nearby park. He hears leaves crunching behind him. He turns around and sees 3 people jogging along the track. He notices they are wearing bright yellow shirts. He thinks they chose that color to help them be seen, as the park doesn’t have light poles. As they get closer, the black guy steps to the side to clear the trail. But when they cross his path, they stop and beat him within an inch of his life. Before they vanish, they place a cellphone in his palm.When the man regains consciousness a few minutes later, he calls 911. 

An aerial camera view shows 3 police cars pull up to the house where the 3 white men were doing event staffing. As the 3 white guys are getting arrested, an ambulance speeds by, presumably on their way to the park or rushing the black guy to the hospital. 

The aerial camera view turns out to be the POV from a balcony of a high-rise apartment building nearby. A man is sitting on a bench with a mannequin on his left and right side. All 3 are wearing yellow shirts. He holds a pair of binoculars to each mannequins eyes so they can see the events going on below. He pretends one of the mannequins says something to him.

THE MAN

I don’t need binoculars. I got glasses, don’t it? Bob, hand me that wet towel so I can get this shit off my face, will you? Gimme that! And Tom, why do you still have your hands on my hips? Get off!

He disconnects something that conjoined them. The man grabs the towel from the mannequin’s hands and takes a swipe at his forehead, revealing darker skin. He was wearing white make-up. He then throws the towel on the camera lens.

FADE TO BLACK

Publishing my first comic since June 2012 on Valentines.

Taxi Driver Collateral

Based on true story

FADE IN

INT. TRAVIS APARTMENT – MORNING

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:15AM

TRAVIS

(phone rings) Hello.

FRIEND

Hey Travis! My car won’t start.

TRAVIS

[sighs]

Okay, well, I can’t afford to miss another day of work, so I’ll call a cab.

FRIEND

I still should be able to pick you up. I’m getting a boost off at 9.

TRAVIS

Cool.

40 minutes later …

INT. COMPANY’S HEADQUARTERS/CAB  – MORNING

CAB DISPATCHER

(phone rings) Hello.

TAXI DRIVER

Hey, Miss Carol, I got a problem with a customer …

CAB DISPATCHER

[giggles] Why are you wasting your time arguing with him?

TAXI DRIVER

We passed that. He’s paying with debit. When he tries to get his receipt the monitor in the back says “Printer not connected”  but the monitor up front says it is. He already swiped his card twice. I don’t wanna make him do it again.

CAB DISPATCHER

[indistinct chatter]

TAXI DRIVER

She said just call up there around 9 when the cashier is there and she can email you a receipt.

TRAVIS

[sighs] Aight.

CAB DRIVER

Sure you don’t want me to drop you off?

TRAVIS

Nah, I’ll walk the rest of the way.

Travis gets out the cab and starts walking.

CAB DISPATCHER

You didn’t drop him off at work?

CAB DRIVER

Nah, he told me to just stop the car and let him out.

CAB DISPATCHER

 He mad or nah? [giggles]

CAB DRIVER

Hey, don’t put me in for no calls for the next 30 minutes. I need to run an errand.

Scene ends with Travis walking.

INT. FRIEND’S CAR – AFTERNOON

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 3:30PM

TRAVIS

Let me see your phone.

FRIEND

[passes phone]

BANK OF AMERICA

[automate system]

As of December 2nd 2014, your available balance is $125.07.

FRIEND

Why you looking like that for?

TRAVIS

I got $125.07 on my card.

FRIEND

So?

TRAVIS

I suppose to have $315. That taxi company overcharged $38 five times. And he … did it on purpose!

FRIEND

He? On purpose?

TRAVIS

The cab driver … for our argument and for him not getting more money. I gave him the address to Taco Bell.

FRIEND

I thought you was going to work?

TRAVIS

The McDonald’s next to it. I wanted to eat breakfast first.

TRAVIS

When I got in the car, I said we gone hit the express way. He said, “Where you think I was going?” His tone made me feel like he thought I was being condescending. He had a bad attitude. We was already driving at this point and I didn’t want to be late trying to catch another cab. I noticed he had his phone in his lap so I assumed he was on Google Maps. When we missed my exit, I said, “Where you going?” He got loud and said, “Look! I can’t read your mind!” and start accusing me of creating an argument because I didn’t wanna pay.

FRIEND

Whet?!

TRAVIS

I just told him to stop the car and let me out. Luckily, at this point, I was 20 minutes from my job walking. Then the cherry on the cake was when the printer wouldn’t give me my receipt. I swiped twice so I don’t understand how I got charged 5 times. The fare was actually 42 dollars but he said I only had to pay 38. But a 190 dollars is off my fucking card. He got me!

INT. COMPANY’S HEADQUARTERS/TRAVIS APARTMENT – DAY

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7:30AM

RUTHIE

[phone rings] Hello

TRAVIS

Hey, I talked to you yesterday about an overcharge.

RUTHIE

I remember your voice.

TRAVIS

You said the system charged me twice. But I was charged 5 times. 190 dollars.

RUTHIE

We only show two transactions.

TRAVIS

And I show 5. I had $315 in my account before this. My bank can fax y’all the screenshot!

RUTHIE

They can do that, but we can’t refund money that we don’t see on our end. The system only shows 2 transactions. We refunded one of them back to you and only charged you for the $38 you was suppose to pay.

TRAVIS

I need my money back! That’s my rent money! That’s all I have!

RUTHIE

Our system only shows 2 transactions. One in which you were suppose to pay and one in which was refunded back to you. I don’t see these other 3 charges. Did you give the driver your card?

TRAVIS

No, I had it in my hand the whole time. I swiped it both times.

RUTHIE

I don’t know what to tell you. Call your bank.

INT. TRAVIS APARTMENT – MORNING

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8:00AM

BOA

We can’t do nothing about pending charges. You gotta let them post or fall off.

TRAVIS

The charges have been pending since Tuesday!!!

BOA

If they post, we can then file a dispute claim. It usually take 3 business days for them to fall off. But there is a way you can get your money back same day.

TRAVIS

How???

BOA

Have them fax us a letter head with your name, card number, the total cost of the transactions and that they are gonna release them. And have them sign it.

TRAVIS

[sighs]

They’re not gonna do that! They only see 2 charges on their system. Okay, this happened on Tuesday. The charges are still pending. Look! My rent is due tomorrow! That’s all the money I have! If I don’t get my refund soon I will be evicted. When will they post or fall off?!?!

BOA

3 business days. This happened on Tuesday, so, Friday.

TRAVIS

Tomorrow.

INT. TRAVIS APARTMENT – MORNING

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:37AM

TRAVIS

[dials numbers]

BOA

[automate system]

As of December 5, 2014, your available balance is $163.07

TRAVIS

Whet?! [hangs up]

INT. FRIEND’S CAR – MORNING

FRIEND

What’s wrong?

TRAVIS

Do you have $152 I can borrow until next week?

FRIEND

I’m broke my self, but I’ll see what I can do. Try not letting this affect your work.

INT. TACO BELL – NOON

Travis stares at his Frito Burrito and thinks about being evicted and moving back in with his mom.

CO-WORKER

You’ve been quiet all day today. I thought when we got to lunch I would at least hear some lip smacking but you’re not even eating. What’s wrong, dear?

TRAVIS

… nothing!

INT. FRIEND’S CAR – EVENING

TRAVIS

So?

FRIEND

No luck! I’m sorry!

TRAVIS

[sighs] Let me see your phone. Mines dead. Wish me luck! [dials numbers]

FRIEND

Who you calling?

BOA

As of December 5, 2014 your available balance is $315.07

TRAVIS

YESSSS!

INT. RIVERVIEW DRIVE – EVENING

The taxi driver walks up to his apartment unit and sees eviction notice on his door.

INT. 308 EVES PLACE LEASING OFFICE – EVENING

ADRIAN

Hi Travis. What can I do for you?

TRAVIS

Pay rent …

ADRIAN

Here’s your receipt. Anything else I can do for you?

TRAVIS

Yeah, and this is for next month’s rent.

ADRIAN

I see they paying you well. Maybe I should come work over there? [giggles]

Travis smirks and the scene transitions into what happened December 2nd after the taxi driver and Travis departed. 18 minutes into Travis walk he spots the taxi driver getting back into his cab and pulling off a lot (remember that errand he had to run?). Travis walks on the lot, pulls out a key and unlocks the door. The door to the leasing office in the apartment complex where the taxi driver lives. Travis works there. The scene ends with Travis picking up the money order the taxi driver slipped under the door.

FADE TO BLACK