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‘s not
supposed to?

JACKIE
Well, we don’t let that happen, now
do we?

EXT. FILTHY APARTMENT – NIGHT

Max at the front door or Raynelle’s apartment. He pounds
on the door.

Ordell throws open the door.

ORDELL
What the fuck you doin’ knockin on
the door like the goddamn police? You
lookin’ to get shot?

MAX
I thought you might be asleep.

ORDELL
You keep fuckin’ with me, you’re
gonna be asleep forever.

He looks past Max.

MAX
I’m alone.

ORDELL
Git your ass in here.

Max enters, Ordell slams the door.

As Ordell turns away from the door, Maxis reaching into
his coat. Ordell brings his Beretta up at Max.

ORDELL
You better freeze, motherfucker!

Max freezes, his hand in his coat pocket.

MAX
You want your money? Your bond
refund?

He takes his hand out, it’s holding stack of bills
wrapped in a rubber band. He tosses it to Ordell, who
catches it with his free hand.

ORDELL
That’s all?

MAX
I have a bond receipt for you to
sign.

ORDELL
You know what the fuck I’m talkin’
about. You talk to her?

MAX
She wants to give you your money. If
she didn’t, there’d be cops batter-
ramming the door right now.

ORDELL
How’d you find me?

MAX
Winston found you.

ORDELL
How the fuck did he find me?

MAX
That’s what Winston does. He finds
people who don’t want to be found.

ORDELL
Well, bully for that nigga. You say
she wants to give me the money, huh?

MAX
Uh-huh.

ORDELL
Well, give it to me then.

MAX
She wants to give it to you herself
and collect her ten percent. She also
wants to explain why she had to hold
on to it.

ORDELL
I’d like to hear that too. Turn
around and put your hands on your
head.

Max does this, Ordell pats him down.

MAX
Jackie didn’t trust Melanie. She’d
already tried to get Jackie to go in
with her, split the half million
amongst themselves. What she did was
take quite a risk to see you get your
money.

ORDELL
Lift up your pant leg. You help her?

MAX
All I did was walk out with it.

ORDELL
And you did that to protect my
interest?

MAX
In a way, yes.

ORDELL
My ass be dumb, but I’m not a
dumbass. Go sit over there on the
couch.

Max does.

MAX
This place stinks.

ORDELL
You get used to it after a while. Now
tell me where my money’s at.

MAX
My office.

ORDELL
And where’s Jackie?

MAX
She’s been there since Thursday
night.

ORDELL
She wanted to see me, why wasn’t she
home?

MAX
She was afraid.

ORDELL
(laughs)
That I gotta see.

MAX
She still is. She doesn’t want to get
shot before she can tell you what
happened.

ORDELL
Have her bring the money here.

MAX
It’s in the safe. She can’t get at
it.

ORDELL
Call her, tell her the combination.

MAX
I’m telling you, you got her spooked.
She won’t leave there till you have
your money and you’re gone.

ORDELL
You expect me to just walk in there?

MAX
If she wanted to set you up, you’d be
in custody right now. When you said
you’d name her as an accessory she
believed you. That scares her more
than anything.

ORDELL
That’s why she’s givin’ up my money
huh? Not that bullshit about Melanie.
I didn’t trust her ass neither, but I
knew how to handle her. She was my
blonde-headed little surfer gal. I
fuckin’ told Louis he could’ve just
given her a punch in the mouth, he
didn’t need to shoot her. She’s at
your office.

MAX
Uh-huh.

ORDELL
By herself. That big mandingo nigga
Winston ain’t there, is he?

MAX
She’s all alone.

ORDELL
I call your office, she better answer
the phone.

MAX
She will.

INT. CHERRY BAIL BONDS – NIGHT

Jackie on the phone with Ordell, sitting behind Max’s
desk.

JACKIE
I’ll be here. Se ya’ in a bit.

She hangs up the phone. Then starts dialing again…

INT. RAY NICOLET’S APARTMENT – NIGHT

A STEDICAM glides through the apartment, it falls on a
beeper “beeping”, a gun, a wallet and car keys on a
dresser drawer… it leaves that and lands on a TV
screen: Tom Snyder is interviewing a guest on his show
… it leaves that and falls on two empty and one quarter-
filled beer bottles… it leaves that and falls on a
sleeping Ray Nicolet passed out in his reclining chair.
The sound of Tom Snyder and the faint beeping are heard
offscreen.

EXT. FILTHY APARTMENT – NIGHT

They leave the apartment walking to Max’s car.

ORDELL
All the time I’ve known her, I never
heard her sound scared like that.
Ordinarily she’s too cool for school.
I’m driving, gimme the keys.

Max hands him the keys. They climb in.

INT. CHERRY BAIL BONDS – NIGHT

Jackie sitting behind the desk. She opens the drawer to
her right, Max’s .38 sits there. She closes the drawer.

INT. CADILLAC (MOVING) – NIGHT

Ordell behind the wheel, Max the passenger. Ordell plays
the radio, he likes the song and turns it up.

BACK TO JACKIE

Sitting alone in the office, she gets up and turns off
the lights. The office goes dark. No music.

BACK TO ORDELL AND MAX

The song plays LOUD. Ordell moves his head to the music
slightly. Mak sits silently in the passenger seat,
sneaking a look at Ordell every once in a while.

BACK TO JACKIE

Sitting behind Max’s desk in the dark. She takes out her
Davidoffs and lights one up with her Bic. Her face is
illuminated for a moment – then it’s out. She exhales a
drag. No music.

BACK TO ORDELL

CLOSEUP ORDELL

His face is ice, the music is LOUD.

BACK TO JACKIE

CLOSEUP JACKIE

She’s cool as a breeze, smoking her brand. No music.

BACK TO ORDELL AND MAX

Music is LOUD. Ordell’s driving. Max says;

MAX
It’s the next street.

ORDELL
I know where it is.

MAX
Turn left.

ORDELL
I know where to turn.

BACK TO JACKIE

Sitting behind Max’s desk. Headlights shine in the
window. She is lit by them. She puts out her Davidoff and
sits back in the chair. The light source cuts off.

BACK TO ORDELL AND MAX

Sitting in the parked Cadillac. Ordell has just turned
off the lights and turns to Max, Beretta in hand.

ORDELL
My money’s in that office, right?

MAX
Uh-huh.

ORDELL
She starts givin’ me some bullshit
about it ain’t there. It’s somewhere
else and we can go get it.
(he holds up his Beretta)
I’m shootin’ you in the head right
then and there. Then I’m gonna shoot
her in the kneecap, find out where my
godamn money is. I go walkin’ in
there and that nigga Winston or
anybody else is in there, you’re the
first man shot, understand what I’m
sayin’?

MAX
Yeah.

ORDELL
Now, is there anything you want to
tell me before we get out of this
car?

MAX
No.

ORDELL
You sure?

MAX
Yes.

ORDELL
You better be, motherfucker.

EXT. CHERRY BAIL BONDS – NIGHT

They both get out of the Cadillac. Ordell sticks his gun
in his pants.

ORDELL
Get ahead of me and open the door.

Max steps in front of him, puts his keys in the lock and
opens the door.

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