This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
by Joseph Frost
a play written for The 31 Plays in 31 Days Project
Draft August 22, 2012
© Attic Scripts 4550 Normandy Dr Jackson, MS 39206 firstname.lastname@example.org
Two thugs, Lonny and Victor in a small wooden cabin-like space. They both look out of place. Hate this heat. It’s not so bad. I don’t like to sweat. I got used to it. You sweat a lot. Yeah. I don’t like to sweat. So sit down. I did. LONNY VICTOR LONNY VICTOR LONNY VICTOR LONNY VICTOR
LONNY I’m just sitting here sweating.
Too damn hot.
VICTOR Crying about it won’t help you. I’m not crying. You know what I mean. LONNY VICTOR
LONNY You don’t see any tears over here. No. VICTOR
LONNY If you did, you couldn’t tell them from all the sweat, it’s so damn hot. Lonny looks out the window. Just sit down. VICTOR He’s on his way.
2. LONNY VICTOR LONNY
Said that an hour ago. He’s still on the way. It ain’t that far.
VICTOR It is if you’re coming from the springs. From the springs. Yeah. LONNY VICTOR
LONNY He’s coming from the springs. That’s what I said. You’re lying. VICTOR LONNY
VICTOR I have no motive to lie to you right now. He’s on his way. He’s coming from the springs. He’s really friggin’ pissed off. So you being twitchy all of a sudden’s not gonna help. Damn. Sit down. I can’t, now. LONNY VICTOR LONNY He’s coming from the springs.
VICTOR That ain’t always bad news. It ain’t. No. You’re right. LONNY VICTOR LONNY
3. VICTOR Little Mikey.
You remember Mikey. Connie’s brother.
LONNY Yeah. Yeah, I remember.
VICTOR Good news out of the springs. Little Mikey’s out. I know that. The docks. Yeah. LONNY
VICTOR But it wasn’t the springs. LONNY
VICTOR So stop worryin’.
LONNY I can’t help it, Victor. You gotta sit down. You talk to him. I have. He’s still pissed. VICTOR Sit. LONNY VICTOR LONNY
VICTOR You can’t expect the man not to be pissed. It wasn’t on purpose. LONNY
VICTOR The hell’s it matter, Lonny. On purpose. I know. Sit down. Vic-LONNY VICTOR LONNY
4. VICTOR Lonny sits. VICTOR (CONT’D) There’s only one play here, Lon. You tell it to me. I don’t think I can-This is it. The play. LONNY VICTOR
LONNY She told me not to tell you. She did. VICTOR
LONNY I’m just doing what she told me. You trust her. Always have. VICTOR LONNY
VICTOR But I gotta tell you something, Lonny. And I mean this from the bottom... you’re sitting here, and she’s at home. In bed. With Anthony. That’s her husband. Tell me a story, Lonny. know. LONNY VICTOR I promise you that she won’t ever
LONNY You’ll keep it to yourself. VICTOR I have to tell it to him. If it involves her, you know he has to know. I told her-Lonny. LONNY
VICTOR I told you a hundred times...
VICTOR You leave his girl alone. But she’s not his girl. Anthony. Yeah. LONNY She’s married to Anthony. VICTOR LONNY
VICTOR He calls her his, you believe Anthony has anything to say about it? Husband. When has that meant anything? Vic. LONNY
VICTOR Didn’t mean anything to you. That’s different. LONNY She’s in love with me. You’re the biggest
VICTOR I mean this will all my heart, Lonny. moron I’ve ever seen.
Victor walks away. LONNY I didn’t tell you the story. VICTOR I don’t want to hear nothing I can’t repeat. LONNY Better off not knowing I suppose. That’s right. VICTOR Victor is at the door. LONNY Then I guess knowing where the case went is what you don’t want to hear. Victor stops.
6. VICTOR LONNY First. I’m feeling parched. VICTOR LONNY
Name your price. We’ll get to that. Parched. Yeah. The heat.
VICTOR You could get a glass of water. That would be lovely. LONNY Thank you. Victor waits a moment. He crosses, gets a glass, pours water. Victor carries the glass to Lonny. Lonny puts his lips on the glass. Victor holds the cup up as Lonny drinks. Lonny is done. Much better. Better to tell a story. LONNY (CONT’D) VICTOR
LONNY I have a better idea. You’re going to wait here, with me. And when he shows up... VICTOR You understand how... unwise... that would be for me. LONNY Oh, Vic. I have faith in your wisdom. I’ve never seen it fail you. Wisdom is always... rewarding. VICTOR He’s gonna be here any minute. LONNY And that’s why you’re going to protect me. I have something you want. You can provide me something I want. This is the nature of business.
7. Victor reaches into his pocket. LONNY (CONT’D) I wouldn’t if I were you. Victor slowly pulls out a handkerchief. Wipes his brow. It’s the heat. VICTOR
LONNY I’m told you get used to it. Yeah. VICTOR The noise of a car is heard outside. LONNY Sounds like we have guests. Lonny gets up and passes by Victor on his way to the window. Tell me where it is. The case. VICTOR
LONNY I don’t think I will, just yet.
VICTOR If I don’t leave, it won’t have been worth me staying. LONNY But I know you won’t go. This is the fun part. Lonny. VICTOR
LONNY I know you want the case back, Vic, so shut your mouth and get your gun out and get ready. He’s getting out of the car right now. Victor takes a moment. pistol. He takes out a
Lonny turns back to Victor. Now, when he comes in-LONNY (CONT’D) Victor shoots Lonny in the arm.
8. Lonny falls to the ground. Victor... LONNY (CONT’D) Victor stands directly over Lonny, gun to his head. Tell me. VICTOR
LONNY You still have a chance. I might forgive you. You won’t. VICTOR
LONNY You gotta protect me, Vic. VICTOR We’re both dead men, Lonny. LONNY That’s why I kept you here. Victor pauses. handkerchief. Thanks, Vic. LONNY (CONT’D) Lonny wipes his brow. The heat. Yeah. VICTOR LONNY Lonny hands Victor the handkerchief. Hey, Lon. Yeah. VICTOR LONNY He hands Lonny his
VICTOR Just tell me you didn’t leave it with her. (beat) Lonny... Victor shoots Lonny dead.
9. Victor takes the handkerchief and slowly cleans his pistol. The door opens. RIPLEY is there. This place is hot. Yeah. RIPLEY VICTOR
RIPLEY Like a hundred degrees in here. More. Let’s go. VICTOR RIPLEY Too hot in here. VICTOR Ripley notices Lonny. He’s done already. Yeah. You couldn’t wait. I knew. Sad. RIPLEY VICTOR RIPLEY You knew I was on the way. VICTOR RIPLEY
That won’t help.
VICTOR Too hot to cry, apparently. He talk? Not a peep. Any clue on the case? RIPLEY VICTOR RIPLEY
10. VICTOR RIPLEY VICTOR
He didn’t say a word. Vic. Yeah.
RIPLEY You know something I don’t. He never fit in. I know. VICTOR
RIPLEY Doesn’t mean I won’t miss him. VICTOR Victor finishes cleaning the gun. drops it near Lonny’s body. He
You’re all heart.
I do my best. Let’s get out of here.
RIPLEY VICTOR Victor heads for the door.
RIPLEY Wish we could have heard his story. Yeah. VICTOR Victor exits. Ripley exits after him. Lights down.