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Project Kokoro
Scenes 21-25
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Scenes 21-25

SCENE XXI

At night, around 2:30 A.M. outside the house. Lucas Moreno and Joseph Trussel are at scene.

TRUSSEL

Just throw ‘em in!

(If one is to look closely, Lucas is throwing corpses in a large garbage truck. We will zoom in on the eyes of a woman, dead, with eyes open. This scene may occur somewhat later.)

SCENE XXII

In the morning, 6:30, Wilkes has obviously woken up early. He is making pancakes. Trussel will come down, a bedhead, still in pajamas, quite groggy.

TRUSSEL

(somewhat pleased with himself) I suppose there will be no morning paper today.

WILKES

Yes. Do you prefer pancakes or waffles?

TRUSSEL

As a boy, I ate flapjacks every morning. I read the morning paper every morning, after I awoke, as well. This is the first day in almost thirty years I have NOT had my morning paper.

WILKES

What about yesterday?

TRUSSEL

Yesterday I never did wake up—I was merely awake the whole night.

WILKES

I’ll awaken the others.

(Trussel sits down, enjoying a coffee)

ALAN

Good morning. It must be about seven—

MICHAEL

Ooh, pancakes!

WILKES

The finest quality, hand-made, buttermilk pancakes. Lucas!

(Lucas enters)

LUCAS

Yes, sir?

WILKES

Make us ten strips of bacon, five omelettes, and ten sausages. Danny, does that sound satisfactory? Michael, Alan?

(General murmur of agreement)

WILKES

All right.

***
(eating)

WILKES

After breakfast, we need to go into the living room and talk about what we are going to do about this.

ALAN

I’m finished.

WILKES

Let’s go then, shall we?

SCENE XXIII

(Darkly lit room, as before)

WILKES

Master, why have you called me here?

TRUSSEL

I want to understand your strategy, Mr. Wilkes. It seems rather—dubious.

WILKES

My only intention is to serve you, and I am sure you can understand—

TRUSSEL

Surely you are not lying to me?!

WILKES

(hurredly) No! No, of course not! I simply—

TRUSSEL

Mr. Wilkes, quite frankly, this plan is not going quite as I would like it to. There are six people throughout the world we still cannot kill.

WILKES

But sir, why?

TRUSSEL

Because we need to get information out of them first, except perhaps the boy.

WILKES

But Master—

TRUSSEL

I hate to disappoint you, Mr. Wilkes, but you are too nave to understand. Perhaps this conversation can be adjourned later. But first, I—I want to study your strategy.

WILKES

What do you—

TRUSSEL

You play chess?

WILKES

Yes, sir, I do.

(lights come on, revealing a glorious chessboard. It will apear diagonal the screen.)

TRUSSEL

I shall win, of course. I still want to understand your strategy. I’ll play white.

(The game begins. 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Bc4 Qh4+ 4 Kf1 b5)

TRUSSEL: I see you wish to develop rapidly. You equal my taste.

5. Bxb5 Nf6

6. Nf3 Qh6 (TRUSSEL: Tsk, tsk.)

7. d3 Nh5

8. Nh4 Qg5

9. Nf5 c6

10. g4 Nf6

11. Rg1 exb5

12. h4 Qg6

13. h5 Qg5

14. Qf3 Ng8

15. Bxf4 Qf6

16. Nc3

TRUSSEL

(examines move, simply stunned) With whom did you play chess?

WILKES

My brother, mostly, before he died.

TRUSSEL

And after that?

WILKES

I played in the city, in Old Town. I seldom lost.

TRUSSEL

You’re quite good. This is far more difficult than I had expected. Your move.

16…Bc5

17. Nd5 Qxb2

18. Bd6

(Camera zooms in on Trussel moving the piece.)

18…Bxg1

19. e5 Qxa1+

20. Ke2 Na6

21. Nxg7+ Kd8

22. Qf6+ Nxf6

23. Be7#

(Again, camera zooms in on piece)

TRUSSEL

Mr. Wilkes, I believe that is checkmate.

WILKES

(tips over king) That was utterly brilliant, sir. (extends hand in congratulations, Trussel refuses to shake it.)

TRUSSEL

Get your hand off the table, Mr. Wilkes. As I analyze your position, I see you are quite—well—aggressive. You seem to enjoy action. Some of this is good. Of course, those who are passive will fail. Those who remain uncontrollably aggressive, however—(Trussel bangs on table, chess pieces scatter.) And THAT—THAT, Mr. Wilkes, is what will become of this project if you become lax. You are a skilled player Mr. Wilkes. You have not failed me yet. Whatever you do, do not fail. You’ll be damn sorry if you do. Now good day to you.

SCENE XXIV

(In house, ALAN and MICHAEL are debriefing, WILKES is chatting merrily with them.)

ALAN

Yeah, Mike and I both grew up in Chicago, on the North Side, sort of near Wrigleyville.

WILKES

I assume you’re Cubs fans, then?

MICHAEL

Yeah, we’re diehard fans. We even got tickets for July 10, fifth row. Yeah, you’re missing out, man.

ALAN

What teams do you support in Indiana?

WILKES

Actually the Boston Red Sox.

ALAN

Did you live in Boston?

WILKES

I grew up there, and basically moved here only two years ago to waste away my talent as a servant for that old crab.

ALAN

Yeah, Fenway Park, man, that’s awesome.

MICHAEL

What was the best Bo-Sox game you’ve seen?

WILKES

I would have to say…well, I could easily tell you the worst.

MICHAEL

Which game?

WILKES

In the ’86 Series.

(ALAN and MICHAEL look stunned)

ALAN

You saw the Buckner game?

WILKES

I saw that game.

ALAN

Wow, that musta been heartbreaking.

WILKES

No kidding, man. I saw grown men just bawling their eyes out.

ALAN

Do you still have your ticket stub? That must be priceless.

WILKES

As a matter of fact, I do.

ALAN

Jesus. That was the game that changed Boston and America.

WILKES

Of course! I was—

TRUSSEL

Excuse me, I hate to interrupt this conversation, but I believe there is work to be done. Follow me.

SCENE XXV

(The three are walking down a corridor, following Trussel. Without the slightest clue, they march on, out the door, onto the lawn, and into the town. We see a barren mess of objects strewn about. Trussel leads on, not uttering a word. They eventually pass through a small field and into a small forest [behind my house]. Trussel will guide them into a ditch, and he will turn around.)

TRUSSEL: (To Wilkes) Tie them up. (Then, to the two) Do not move.

(Wilkes ties the two to a tree while Trussel points a revolver in between them.)

MICHAEL

What are you—

TRUSSEL

Shut up!

MICHAEL

You’re surely not—

TRUSSEL

I said shut up!

WILKES

Sir, who is left to kill?

TRUSSEL

My sources say there is a man in the Himalayas who was not affected due to the altitude, however; he will die soon, we needn’t worry. Sydney was foolish enough to save her son from the attack, we may have to kill him ourself if she fails to comply. There is also a young woman in Kansas City, along with her shriveling old mother.

(Camera zooms in on Alan’s face)

ALAN

No!

TRUSSEL

Did I permit you to speak?

ALAN

Please, don’t hurt her!

TRUSSEL

What? You—you know of this woman?

ALAN

Ye—well, no.

TRUSSEL

LIAR! You know who she is and you will tell me!

ALAN

I don’t know what you’re talking about.

(TRUSSEL points revolver directly at ALAN’s face)

TRUSSEL

I’m warning you: if you aren’t being truthful with me, your life will end.

ALAN

As though you wouldn’t kill me anyway.

TRUSSEL

I think a deal is appropriate here. Wilkes!

ALAN

I thought your name was—oh I see, you planned this out! You lured me to your house so you could kill me, along with my brother. But why haven’t you killed me yet? And what’s your name?

TRUSSEL

My name is Joseph Trussel, and this is Aaron Wilkes. Together we have worked together to create the most successful domination in history. We—

ALAN

And where, might I ask, are the people affected by the gas?

TRUSSEL

You are cunning. I see his ability, Aaron, and he can help us. The other, however, shall have to go.

ALAN

What? My brother? No!

TRUSSEL

My young friend, do not play games with me. I can meddle with your mind in ways you cannot imagine. I can attack you psychologically with the mere pressing of a button.

ALAN

At least keep him here.

TRUSSEL

Come with us. Yes, I suppose we can let him stay here. But first, tie him up again!

WILKES

Yes sir.

(Wilkes ties Michael to the tree. He also drops a time bomb on the ground timed for twenty minutes at MICHAEL’s feet. ALAN does not see this.)

TRUSSEL

(To Alan) And you, my friend, will be coming with us.

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