The Morningsider (Issue 2 – Act 4)

The Last Sunday in June

 
exterior –
Morningside Park
A bench by 110th Street and Morningside Drive
day

A skinny, older African-American man sits on the bench. He shakes a paper coffee cup at passers-by. A man in Hasidic dress walks by the bench.

Black man
Spare some change for a fellow minority, Rabbi?

The Hasidic man sits down on the bench.

Hasidic man
You don’t drink that change anymore do you, Mr. Broome?
 
Broome
(looking askance at the Hasidic man)
How the hell do you know me?

The Hasidic man pushes his hat up higher on his brow and looks at Broome.  We see that the Morningsider has dyed his beard black and donned this costume.

Morningsider
It’s me.
 
Broome
Red?
 
Morningsider
Yeah.
 
Broome
Shit, you went and got yourself some religion? Heh, I bet you need it to, based on the newspapers I’ve been sleeping on lately.
 
Morningsider
It’s just a disguise. I can’t very well go around looking like me anymore. Not in this neighborhood, at least.
 
Broome
What you want?
 
Morningsider
Just visiting home. I figured you might know something. No one sees more than old Broome.
 
Broome
Got that right. And I see you in a mess of trouble. Swinging that shovel around. You dug up something bad. Might as well dig your grave with that thing.
 
Morningsider
Have you been to the cave?
 
Broome
Yeah I went by there. It’s got crime scene tape all over it now. I heard they want to arrest you for defacing public property. Like they had that cave looking like Grand Central Station before you came and left your mark. Heh.
 
Morningsider
If there’s any of my stuff left there, you can help yourself.
 
Broome
Already did. Nice tin cup. Hot plate. Blanket. Yeah, old Broome swept up.
 
Morningsider
Good. I’m glad. Keep ’em. How have you been eating lately?
 
Broome
Knotweed was good. They passed. Mulberries was good. They’re about to pass. I eat a dandelion every now and then. Thinking about trying squirrel some day. I remember the stuff you showed me. I like change in my cup, but those berries were good too.
 
Morningsider
Did you get any raspberries?
 
Broome
No raspberries. Just daisies or somethin’ now. They ripped ’em up and hauled ’em off.
 
Morningsider
What?
 
Broome
Yeah, one of those volunteer groups came in. I watched ’em. Sad day, I thought. They probably didn’t even know they were taking food out of my mouth — yours too.
 
Morningsider
(somewhat dejected)
Yeah. Sad day. Listen, will you do me a favor?
 
Broome
Sure, I got time.
 
Morningsider
(handing Broome a ziplock bag full of quarters)
Call me if you see that reporter girl in the park again. The number is on the bag. I’m staying with a friend. Just ask for Red.
 
Broome
(looking at the number of quarters)
How many times you expect I’ll need to call you?
 
Morningsider
Just once. You can keep the change.
 
Broome
Heh. Sure. I see anything, I’ll call.

The Morningsider leaves the bench.

Exterior –
5th Avenue
In front of the New York City Public Library
Day

We see Dishy and Ellie in the crowd. They stand at the barricade watching the parade. Dishy waves his hand in the air to get one of the paraders’ attention.

Dishy
Barry! Over here!

Barry ambles over to Dishy and Ellie. He looks somewhat Victorian at first glance, wearing a large purple hat and purple cape. The Victorian image breaks down, however, when we see that under the cape, he only wears a purple speedo.

Barry
Dishy. Look at you. You didn’t have to come. This isn’t work, you know.
 
Dishy
No, it’s fun. I’m glad I actually got to see you.
 
Barry
More than you wanted to, though, I bet. And who is this dish, Dishy?
 
Dishy
Oh, this is Ellie. Elle? Ellie? What do you like to go by?
 
Ellie
(reaching out to shake Barry’s hand)
Ellie is fine.
 
Exterior –
Morningside Park
The high path near 120th Street
Day

The Morningsider travels up the high path to where the raspberry patch used to grow at 120th street. A bed of cultivated flowers covers the spot. The Morningsider hangs his head and starts to turn, but he notices a metal information sign in the flowerbed next to the path. It reads:

Park Beautification Project:
Pulling weeds and planting seeds

Make New York beautiful:
Call the parks department to volunteer today.

Parks Department Commissioner:
Bruce Aarons

Under the metal sign, someone has taped a “wanted” poster. It has a rough composite sketch of a man that looks like a cross between the Morningsider and a wizard. The beard is longer and the hat pointier. Under the picture it reads:

Morningside Vigilante

Call the parks department if you have any information on this dangerous criminal.

Parks Department Commissioner: Bruce Aarons

 
Morningsider
Bruce Aarons, I guess you just became my new worst enemy.
 
Exterior –
5th Avenue
Day
 
Barry
Oh, you’re the sexy new scoop snooper making waves at the Spectator huh? I think you live in my building.
 
Ellie
Oh, you’re a Morningsider, too, huh?
 
Barry
Well I don’t go around hitting people with shovels, but…

Barry starts to fall over.

Barry
Whew. Too many mimosas for breakfast. I better catch up. Nice to meet you, Ellie.
(to Dishy)
Don’t worry, I won’t mention this to Riordan.

Barry rejoins the parade.

Dishy
Well, I actually have to drop by my office to finish up some work. “Hangover Barry” will probably be pretty grumpy tomorrow if I don’t. Can I walk you back to the train?
 
Ellie
Sure

They leave the crowd and walk on 41st Street back toward Times Square.

Ellie
So who’s Riordan?

Dishy remains dumbfounded for a beat while he tries to think of what to say. Ellie’s cell phone rings.

Ellie
(looking at her phone’s caller ID)
Sorry, I should get this.
(on the phone)
Elle Paige.
 
exterior –
Morningside Park
The sidewalk along Morningside Ave
A phone booth
Day

We see a close up view of the number pad on a phone-booth phone.

Man
(off panel)
He’s here.

We see that the man on the phone is Mr. Broome.

Broome
If you hurry, you might can catch him.

A black-clad arm reaches into frame and clicks the receiver while Broome is still on the phone.

Morningsider
(off panel)
There you go waisting my quarters, Broome.
 
End Act

This concludes Issue 2.

 
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