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based on a concept by paden bigelow
© matt shirley 2011
LUCKY’S DINER sal and tony are sitting at a table closer to the corner of the establishment. SAL --so i says to the guy. a fight broke out and he kicked your ass fairly quickly. i was there. taking orders and so forth. again. several of the employees are moving about. not-- (CONTINUED) . everyone got mad. he gets up and leaves the diner while looking around in a mildly nervous fashion. yeah. but here’s what happened."Sanctuary" by miles davis plays on the jukebox. right? SAL yeah. TONY look. SAL what? that’s not what happened-THE HITMAN (from maestro) is shown getting up from a booth ala the star wars scene with han solo and greedo. sal is in his late twenties/ early thirties and tony is in his late 30s/early 40s. FADE IN INT. i was telling the guy to-TONY --to mind his own business. yeah. SAL but did you hear what happened--TONY yeah. and mind you he is there with his whole crew-TONY you do realize that i was there. if you want to put someone down like that. of course i do. talk about their mother. the sounds of a diner can be heard in the background.
conor and micky walk in. TONY (jokingly) what did you micks get lost? SAL (jokingly) i bet they stopped off for a blowjob. TONY what the fuck you talking about? SAL hey. i’m sure that whatever they’re saying. she really knows how to treat a fella-tony and sal’s demeanor changes quickly yet relatively subtly. TONY ha. T. SAL look-as they continue to debate this. Conor is in his late twenties/early thirties and Micky is slightly older. and walk over to the table where sal and tony are seated. they don’t know what it means. MICKY (jokingly) well well. yeah? tony and sal get up to greet micky and conor. yeah.CONTINUED: 2. (CONTINUED) . we stopped off at ole carmella’s place MICKY (jokingly) as it turns out. look around for a second. CONOR (jokingly) fuck yeah. if it isn’t my favourite guidos CONOR fresh from the pork store.
a moment of silence passes. watch it-- 3. CONOR same. we had to beat a guy almost to death to get him to fuck off the other day! (CONTINUED) . amaretto cream SAL black MICKY yeah. mate. cools the whole situation down. boys? this. just before all hell breaks loose. we’re only having a laugh. CONOR i know what you mean. a waitress walks up. lots of cream and sugar. partly due to her stunning good looks. i’ve fucking had it with these "good citizens" down our way. TONY sure. MICKY so i’ve heard some tings about the state of your operations down there-TONY don’t even fucking start. the waitress leaves to get the coffee. MICKY (to sal) boyo can’t take a joke. now can he? SAL hey.CONTINUED: TONY fuck that! what the fuck are you saying? CONOR hey easy there. she is in her twenties and is very attractive WAITRESS coffee.
CONOR i’m serious. 4. TONY fucking right. but there is no sound this time. SAL wait a minute now. MICKY the fuck are you talking about? CONOR it’s supposed to be big-SAL get the fuck out of here. eh? they take a sip from their coffees. TONY what? CONOR it’s gonna change everything for our business and beyond. i hear technology is on the rise though-TONY what are you.CONTINUED: SAL what happened to the good old days when people would mind their fucking business. camera pans away as they discuss a little more of what the new thing is. i keep hearing about this game changer too. now that you mention it. (CONTINUED) . CONOR so i’ve been hearing about this new thing lately. "special"? you think something like this is gonna just come along and fuck everything up? CONOR yeah. i swear-MICKY nothing has changed in the past 50 years and i doubt it will change in the next fifty.
she walks away. this isn’t exactly a bar. WAITRESS did you boys want anything else? they again become distracted by her attractiveness. well then. TONY look. i just don’t see this as-MICKY practical. MICKY do you serve beers? WAITRESS sorry. you can’t expect ’em to serve-CONOR fuck that. yeah? if i want a beer then i should be entitled to one! (CONTINUED) . micky responds. the waitress comes over again. SAL hey. MICKY (disappointed) ah. this is america. MICKY it’s total bullshit! TONY well. yeah i’m with you there tone.CONTINUED: 5. MICKY can you believe they don’t serve beer in this establishment? SAL sorry i should have warned ya. no. fuck you! as the characters start to get up and fight. its fucking fad bullshit. just a refill on the coffee. after a brief moment. mick.
the magic man! (CONTINUED) . 6.CONTINUED: SAL i agree. i didnt have an issue-MICKY (in an attempt to keep conor from pissing sal off) well. this is-TONY the fuck. MICKY so have you boys been following football lately-SAL i don’t wanna even hear about-MICKY hey. CONOR funny enough. SAL i am. but you gotta admit-TONY fuck that! you should be backing me up regardless! SAL (somewhat scared) sorry t. fuck off! what’s your problem-TONY don’t mind him. they each light up cigarettes and begin to smoke them as if to clear the tension. look at you. TONY just don’t let it happen again. he’s a bit behind. sal? SAL what? TONY oh. my mistake. boyo. i thought you were on my side here. that’s all. first timers and all.
the bass lines.. i know it’s no sinatra. TONY look. CONOR what? MICKY (quietly to conor) will you fuck off with all that. it’s got nothing on the music of the old country. but i really enjoy it. the production values-CONOR (still nervous from getting chewed out) i. boy.. agree..CONTINUED: 7. mate? CONOR but i-MICKY mind your tongue. i really like it a lot! (CONTINUED) . MICKY have you boys heard any of this new rock n roll music lately? SAL i don’t care for it myself TONY what? how could you not-SAL i just do not enjoy it very much-MICKY me either. were you born stupid or did you just work at it real hard? CONOR huh? MICKY just shut yer arse! conor looks at the ground discouraged.
(CONTINUED) . TONY you know. a little later. MICKY he thinks he knows his way around music. look at mr. there’s not a lot of difference between us after all. doesnt he? SAL i don’t see the big deal of it all. as it were. MICKY well then. just stops dead in his tracks. i guess we can still concede-MICKY what? to stay living in the past? what’s next. really? the old standards were-TONY no one is trying to bring down the old standards. MICKY what do you mean? TONY irish and italian. we’ve had similar tales of woah. while the rest of us may not have the ovaries that little miss connor has. the new fucking pied piper-TONY what? i don’t follow you there. and they all are smoking a fresh one. SAL look. surprisingly enough. no electricity? micky.CONTINUED: 8. immediately regretting his statement. contemporary. ok? they were called that for a reason-CONOR "o danny boy" still makes me cry every time i hear it! the other three look at conor in a puzzled fashion. no one calls him out on the statement. there are several cigarettes in the ashtray now.
tony and sal get up as sal pays the bill. we’ll be in touch. tony looks out the window and sees a man standing on the corner. the music ends as everything CUTS TO BLACK . TONY it’s been a productive meeting. where there would normally be regret. both had our heritages squashed by america-MICKY you’re right. micky and conor pull out pistols from their coats. MICKY i think i follow. (to sal) pay the bill.CONTINUED: 9. i don’t see why we have to fight so hard over territory and such. the man nods and tony nods back. at the same time tony and sal spin around with their pistols drawn as well. we’re both been discriminated against-TONY both had to fight to keep our heads above water. but i see what you mean. we’re almost brothers-CONOR i dunno about that. after all). SAL yeah. there is nothing (these men are friends to a point. they turn around as if to head out the door. as this happens.
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