The Morningsider (Issue 3 – Act 1)

Tired of Running

exterior –
Morningside Park
The sidewalk along Morningside Ave
A phone booth
day

Mr. Broome stands at the phone booth, holding the phone receiver in one hand and holding his other hand up in a pleading gesture. He has turned away from the phone booth to face the Morningsider who stood behind him at the end of the last issue. The Morningsider’s hand still holds the hook on the phone.

Broome
It’s not what you think, Red.
Morningsider
So you weren’t calling the reporter to tell her I’m in the park?
Broome
I … well, yeah, I was, but not like you’re thinkin’.
Morningsider
So enlighten me.
Broome
She ain’t helpful like you. She don’t hand me a bag of quarters, she just gives me this phone card and says she’ll pay me real money when I give her some information. So with you, I can wet my whistle, but with her, I gotta work the system a little.
Morningsider
By ratting me out?
Broome
Yeah, but not with the real goods. I was gonna tell her that…
Morningsider
You told her I’m here right now, and that if she hurries she can catch me.
Broome
Yeah, but I ain’t told her how you went and found religion.
(forces a smile)

The Morningsider looks around nervously, seeing a cab turning onto Morningside Avenue, he grabs Broome by the collar and drags him into the park, headed toward the Witch’s Castle which still has “crime scene” tape wrapped across it.  The phone receiver dangles where it slipped from Broome’s hand when the Morningsider pulled him away.

exterior –
42nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues
day

Dishy follows Ellie through the crowd as she heads toward 6th Avenue. He sees her in the distance, with her hand up, trying to hail a cab.

Dishy
(to himself)
Think, stupid! What are you going to do?

Dishy realized that he’s standing next to the train entrance right where Bryant Park meets the back of the Library. He rushes down the stairs.

interior –
A car on the Uptown D train

We see Dishy sitting on a seat on the D train. The car has very few people in it. Dishy taps his foot nervously, thinking out loud.

Dishy
Traffic has to be bad in Midtown, right now. She’ll have to get up to Morningside, and I bet the whole West Side has even more traffic, since the parade is on the East Side.

The train stops at 59th Street.

Train Conductor
(over the speakers)
Next stop: One Twenty-fifth. Stand clear of the closing doors.

An older African-American lady boards the train and sits one seat away from Dishy.

Dishy
(looking panicky)
I just have to run from St. Nicholas to Morningside, and down to 123rd. And then find Riordan. And then warn him. Before she gets there.

We see a close up of Dishy’s face.

Dishy
(to the lady)
Why won’t he just get a fucking cell phone?
Lady
Wouldn’t matter. I got my boy a phone and he never answers.
Dishy
(to himself)
I think I’m going to throw up.

The lady gives him a disapproving look and moves to another seat.

exterior –
6th Avenue at 4nd Street
day

We see Ellie climbing into a cab. Cut to inside the cab, Ellie talks to the driver.

Ellie
Morningside Drive and 116th. Take Amsterdam. And hurry.
Cabbie
Hurry? You realize the parade is moving all the other traffic to this side of town?

Ellie throws two twenties through the partition, sighs, slumps back into the seat, and looks out the window pensively.

Ellie
Just go.  I’ll double that if you impress me.
exterior –
Morningside Park
The path next to the Witch’s Castle
day

The Morningsider and Broome stand on the path. Broome stands pleading with the Morningsider.

Broome
You gotta understand where I’m comin’ from, Red. It ain’t personal. It’s just business. And in order to keep milking her for money, I would have to not turn you in, right? So, you see, I’ll keep her busy, and you get to —
Morningsider
I get it, Broome. I get it. And I’m not mad. I just gotta figure out what to do now.
Broome
Get your ass out of this park is what you got to do. What’s to figure out?
Morningsider
I’m tired of running.
exterior –
The corner of 125th and St. Nicholas Avenue
day

We see Dishy running across the intersection, pushing people out of his way. He gets across the street to the McDonalds and leans against the window, panting and exhausted. He watches someone go into the store. In the next frame, we see him walking out, sucking the straw of a soda. He tosses the soda in a trashcan on the street and takes off again.

exterior –
The corner of Morningside Drive and 116th
day

We see Ellie getting out of the cab and throwing some more money in the front window as she turns and walks into the park. She descends the huge staircase at 116th, and we can see Dishy running into the park from the opposite side on Morningside Avenue.

The Morningsider sees Dishy running into the park. He looks around and sees Ellie coming down the stairs from the other direction.

Morningsider
Shit.

The Morningsider opens the gate to the Witch’s Castle, breaking the crime scene tape and pushes Broome in. Our perspective remains outside, looking at the closed gate of the Witch’s Castle with the tape dangling down.

Broome
(off panel)
Running sounds pretty good right now.  Don’t it?
Morningsider
(off panel)
Shut up, Broome.
end act
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