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SHARK – Stories From Baystreet: Frankie G and Mickey

SHARK – Stories From Baystreet: Frankie G and Mickey

This is my first attempt at writing a screenplay.  It’s a skill I’ve always wanted to learn and have found a couple of mentors that are willing to help me learn the craft.  As a writer I find feedback to be one of the best ways to improve and would love to hear what you think.  This is one piece of a larger selection of stories.  The stories were inspired by a photo shoot by an amazing photographer and his impressive model – I might reveal all later but for now, I hope you enjoy my first efforts!

FADE IN:

INT. A MURKY NIGHTCLUB.  A PRETTY GIRL, FRANKIE G (FRANCES GIOVANNI), FINISHES HER SET AND MAKES HER WAY OFF STAGE.  SHE IS STOPPED BY DANNY SHARKOWSKI (SHARK) AS SHE HEADS TOWARD THE DRESSING ROOM.  A MAN, MICKEY O’TOOLE, SITS AT THE BAR BEHIND THEM.  HE STIFFENS AND WATCHES THREATENINGLY BUT DOESN’T INTERFERE.

 

FRANKIE

LET GO OF MY ARM!

SHARK

YOU NEED TO GET AWAY FROM MICKEY, HE’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK.

FRANKIE

(ROLLS EYES AND PULLS ARM OUT OF SHARK’S GRASP, LAUGHING)

WHAT’S WRONG, SHARK.  YOU MISSING THE FRANKIE G-SPOT? I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT MICKEY IS. EXACTLY THE SAME AS HOW YOU USED TO BE.

SHARK

(LOOKS ASHAMED)

IT’S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT, I’M WORRIED ABOUT YOU.  MICKEY’S LOSING IT.

FRANKIE

WELL THAT’S A FIRST! YOU DIDN’T MUCH CARE WHEN I CAME TO YOU BEFORE. IN FACT, AS I RECALL, YOU HAD A LOT OF FUN PASSING ME AROUND TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS UNTIL MICKEY TOOK ME.

SHARK

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I REGRET EVERYTHING WE DID TO YOU. I’M SO SORRY.  BUT YOU’VE GOT TO LISTEN TO ME.  MICKEY’S GETTING WORSE AND I THINK HE MAY GET VIOLENT.

FRANKIE

(TEARS UP FOR A MINUTE BUT PULLS HERSELF TOGETHER, STIFFENING)

GET VIOLENT?  HAVE YOU BEEN ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL AGAIN?  (SHE GLANCES AT THE BRUISES ON HER ARM). THE WORLD KEEPS GOING AROUND, EVEN IF YOU DON’T.  MICKEY IS GOING TO TAKE ME PLACES…PLACES NOBODY ELSE CAN.

SHARK

HE’LL TAKE YOU PLACES, FRANKIE, BUT NOT PLACES YOU WANT TO GO.  LOOK AT YOU, YOU’RE FALLING APART.  YOU THINK I DON’T NOTICE THE TEETH GRINDING OR THE CONSTANT CASE OF THE SNIFFLES?  I THOUGHT YOU WERE STAYING AWAY FROM THAT STUFF. YOU’RE STILL A GOOD KID, FRANKIE.

FRANKIE

(LAUGHS MIRTHLESSLY)

YOU THINK I’M FALLING APART?  I JUST SHED THAT LOSER OF A “GOOD KID” YOU SEEM TO REMEMBER.  THERE IS NO GOING BACK FROM WHERE I’VE BEEN.  BESIDES, HAVE YOU LOOKED AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR LATELY?  YOU LOOK LIKE A MORMON MISSIONARY OR SOMETHING.  THE ONLY THING THAT’S CHANGED AROUND HERE IS YOU, DANNY! I’M WARNING YOU, STAY OUT OF MY BUSINESS!

 

SHE PUSHES PAST HIM AND MICKEY APPROACHES.

MICKEY

WHAT ARE YOU DOING, SHARK?  YOU DON’T BELONG AROUND HERE ANY MORE.  NOBODY WANTS YOU HERE, LEAST OF ALL FRANKIE!  YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THE LORDS OF PARTY, MY FRIEND!  YOU NEED TO GET INTO ANOTHER CAR ACCIDENT, IT MIGHT FIX WHATEVER BROKE.

SHARK

MICKEY, YOU GOTTA GET OFF THE DRUGS, MAN!  YOU’RE KILLING YOURSELF AND YOU’RE HURTING FRANKIE!

MICKEY

DON’T WORRY ABOUT FRANKIE, SHE’S MY BUSINESS NOT YOURS!  AND THE ONLY THING DEAD AROUND HERE IS YOU!  LOOK AROUND DANNY BOY, THE PARTY’S STILL GOING AND WILL BE WHENEVER YOU DECIDE TO COME BACK AND JOIN US

SHARK

LET FRANKIE GO.

MICKEY

WELL IF YOU WANTED ANOTHER GO AT HER ALL YOU HAD TO DO IS SAY.  SHE ALWAYS LIKED YOU. I THINK IT’S BECAUSE YOU COME FROM THE SAME NEIGHBOURHOOD.  SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE WORSHIPPED THE GROUND YOU WALKED ON.  YOU AS A KID. DANNY SHARKOWSKI, STAR BASEBALL PLAYER AND ALL-AROUND FUN GUY.  WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?

SHARK

I STOPPED BEING AN ASSHOLE.

MICKEY

OH, IS THAT WHAT YOU CALL IT?  I THOUGHT YOU BECAME ONE. FUCK OFF SHARK, FUCKING SHARK…YOU DON’T REALLY LIVE UP TO THAT ANYMORE DO YA?  MORE OF A MINOW NOW!

SHARK

I’VE STILL GOT TEETH, MICKEY, SO WATCH YOURSELF.

MICKEY

OH, I’M SO SCARED! (LAUGHS AS SHARK TURNS AND LEAVES) I’LL TELL FRANKIE SHE CAN BE THINKING OF YOU WHEN I’M GIVING IT TO HER TONIGHT!  MAYBE I’LL INVITE A FEW OF THE OLD GANG AND WE’LL TAKE TURNS, JUST LIKE THE GOOD OLD DAYS!

SHARK PAUSES AT THE DOOR BUT DOESN’T TURN AROUND, HE PUSHES IT OPEN AND SUNLIGHT POORS INTO THE ROOM.

MICKEY

IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND, FRANKIE COSTS TOP DOLLAR NOW, BUSINESS IS REAL GOOD!

(SHARK HESITATES BUT DOESN’T LOOK BACK.  MICKEY SMILES BROADLY AND THE BAR DARKENS AS THE DOOR CLOSES BEHIND SHARK)

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