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Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

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Published by Abhay Vohra

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Published by: Abhay Vohra on Mar 08, 2011
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Sitting in a bar booth, staring, incredulous.

OSBOURNE
... The Russians?

Across from him, a man of Osbourne’s age.

MAN (HAL)

Uh-huh.

OSBOURNE

The Russians?

HAL
Uh-huh. Russian Embassy, yeah.

Osbourne stares.

OSBOURNE
... You’re sure?

HAL
Hey, the guy was not hard to follow.
As you know.

OSBOURNE
Why the FUCK would they go to the
Russians?!

The man responds only with a shrug and a commiserating head-
shake.

OSBOURNE (CONT’D)

... Why the FUCK...

Osbourne struggles to compose himself.

OSBOURNE (CONT’D)
... I’m sorry. Thank you, Hal.

HAL
Hey. No problemo.

He leans in, voice lowered.

HAL (CONT’D)
... Ozzie, I hate to be the paranoid
old spook, but those two guys seem
very interested in you.

Osbourne looks.

69.

HAL (CONT’D)
...You haven’t gone poofy on me, have
ya Oz?

There are two men with drinks at a booth. At Osbourne’s look
one of them, who has been staring, looks hastily away.

OSBOURNE

(sharply)
Can I help you?

The man meets his look again. He smiles, rises, ambles over.

MAN (PROCESS SERVER)
Sorry to stare, I just couldn’t place
the... You’re Princeton, aren’t you?
My year? ’73?

OSBOURNE

(softening)

Yeah.

PROCESS SERVER
I just didn’t remember your...

Osbourne extends a hand.

OSBOURNE

Osbourne Cox.

PROCESS SERVER

Thought so.

He smiles as he deposits a large manila envelope in
Osbourne’s extended hand.

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