Monday, December 23, 2013

Final Scene

INT.  GREEK RESTAURANT - NIGHT 
The restaurant is a typical Greek diner -- a counter with stools runs from the front door down the right side, ending at the entrance to the rest rooms.  On the left side runs a line of booths -- red plastic seats; formica tops; each booth has one of those mini-jukeboxes with the lists of songs you can flip through.  In the last booth, The Artist and The Dog sit across from one another, engaged in small talk.  The Dog is wearing an Service Dog vest.  The waitress arrives at the table, shoots The Dog a look, and asks The Artist what he'll have.
THE ARTIST
Fries for me.  A side of bacon for the dog.

THE DOG
 Not too hot.

The waitress jots it down and leaves.

THE ARTIST
Dinner last night was fabulous.
THE DOG
Really?  Once I saw the Brussels sprouts I lost interest.
THE ARTIST
   First I diced and cooked some of that really expensive
smoked bacon you get at The Grocery.  
THE DOG
I love bacon, but that place gives me a cramp.
THE ARTIST
Then I blanched some Brussels sprouts, cut them
in half and lay them flat side down in the same
pan.  A couple of minutes later, more olive
oil, then the garlic for a minute, then chunks
of tomato.  Toss in the home-made pappardelle.
A little salt, some shaved cheese.  Unbelievable.

The waitress brings the fries and bacon.  The Artist puts ketchup on his plate, dips a fry and pops it in his mouth.  The Dog starts wolfing down the bacon.  As they turn their attention to their food, a bell rings when the front door opens and Xerxes enters.  He strides quickly down the aisle and directly into the mens' room.  The Artist and The Dog are too occupied to notice.

INT.  MENS' ROOM - NIGHT 
Xerxes feels around behind the toilet tank looking for something.  It's one of those old-fashioned ones with the tank suspended from the wall several feet above the bowl.  At first he can't find what he's looking for and begins to panic slightly.  Then his hand locates the object in question and he pulls it out.  It's a Colt Python with a six inch barrel. 
Hefting the weight of the gun in his hand, he takes a quick look in the mirror then reaches to open the door.

INT.  GREEK RESTAURANT - NIGHT 
The Artist has just punched in a song and the music begins to play.  It's The Rolling Stones.  Sweet Virginia from Exile on Main Street. 
THE DOG 
Let's play a game.
THE ARTIST
Okay.
THE DOG
Best ending of a series, all-time?
THE ARTIST
Bob Newhart waking up with Suzanne Pleshette.
THE DOG
Best ending, Breaking Bad or The Sopranos?
THE ARTIST
The Sopranos.
Xerxes comes out of the mens' room and raises the gun just as The Artist pops another french fry in his mouth.

CUT TO BLACK































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