Avon by the Sea © (drama feature script excerpt)

INT. PEARL’S PLACE - AFTERNOON

A few regulars sit at the bar hunched over their shots and

beers.

          MICKEY

   Barkeep!

Mickey’s arm is thrust overhead to indicate he is in need.

In the background, Katie is leaning over the pool table

sizing up her shot.

          KATIE

   Hang on.

Katie pushes the blonde locks out of her face and gracefully

kisses the cue ball into the 8 ball. The ball glides into the

side pocket. A YOUNG GUY, 22, places the twenty bucks onto

the rail as she presses her stick into the stand near the

chalkboard.

          KATIE (CONT'D)

   Pleasure.

She slides the twenty into her back pocket and ducks under

the bar grabbing the empty from in front of the old man.

          MICKEY

   If I had been choking to death--

          KATIE

   --oh your resourceful.

She points to the guy next to Mickey.

          KATIE (CONT'D)

   Eddie here likes to share. Right,

   Eddie?

          EDDIE

   Yeah if you want to draw back a

   bloody stump.

Katie places the cold mug in front of Mickey, careful not to

encroach on Eddie’s space.

Mickey leans in over the bar.

          MICKEY

   See? I would have died.

Katie fashions her hands ala Carol Merrell to illustrate the

full glass of water that has been sitting in front of Mickey

the whole time.

          KATIE

   This here? Also a liquid to

   prevent against choking hazards.

Mickey curls his lip in disgust.

          MICKEY

   Never touch the stuff.

The jukebox kicks on and the old timers MOAN in general

consensus that it is too loud and perhaps too early in the

day for such a racket.

Without addressing the group, Katie reaches under the bar and

adjusts the volume.

          TWENTYSOMETHING WOMAN

   Hey!

The entire bar looks to the co-ed standing in the back room

still making her selections at the jukebox. She wears a

sports uniform top similar to the other women in the group in

the back room.

          TWENTYSOMETHING WOMAN (CONT'D)

   I’d like to hear what I just

   bought.

          MICKEY

   What? Are you deaf?

Katie turns sharply to him.

          KATIE

   Dad!

       (To woman)

   Hey- sorry...I’ll split

   the difference.

The woman notices Katie behind the bar and takes her in for a

moment before nodding an okay.

Mickey looks down the bar at his compadres.

          MICKEY

   What is this? American Bandstand or

   something? Can’t we drink in peace?

          KATIE

   I’m sure there is plenty of peace

   and quiet at your home.

Mickey waves his hand at her and sips from his mug.

The woman approaches the bar and Mickey says something under

his breath. Katie can see for the first time that this woman

is beautiful; Sports Illustrated material.

          TWENTYSOMETHING WOMAN

   Can we get a couple pitchers

   of beer and some darts?

She holds Katie’s stare a little too long and Katie smiles. 

Katie produces an overflowing glass of various darts.

          KATIE

   I’ll bring the beer back in a sec.

The girl leaves and Mickey watches Katie place a pitcher

under the tap.

          MICKEY

   Look at you. You actually can move in a 

   second gear.



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