An Extract from Masquerade

Being as tired and bored as I am, I felt the need to update this blog.  Unfortunately I’m far too knackered and lazy right now to do anything brand new, so I’m just going to post something I wrote half a yonk ago.

This is one of my favourite scenes from the screenplay I wrote at part of my MA.  It’s not my absolute favourite scene, because that is much later in the script and you’d really need to have read/seen the rest of it for that to make any sense.

CUT TO:

EXT: STREET – DAY (FLASHBACK SCENE)

A mildly busy suburban street. The road is bordered by posh upper-middle-class houses with ample drive ways, the majority with two cars or more. The car we saw earlier, KENT and MERRICK’S, is driving down this road at a leisurely pace, straight at the camera.

KENT (V.O):

WE WERE COMING BACK FROM THE SURVEILLANCE OP WE WERE ON. SIX HOURS OF BOREDOM AND HOT DOGS. THEN WE GOT LUCKY.

There’s a scream and a woman falls into view, landing on her face in the road in front of the car. Her blouse is torn and her nose bleeding. She tries to get back to her feet but a MAN comes into view, the same MAN with KENT at the station. He looks extremely angry. The car screeches to an abrupt halt.

KENT (V.O):

WE SAW THIS WOMAN COME SCREAMING OUT OF HER HOUSE. CLEARLY IN DISTRESS. SO WE STOPPED TO HELP OUT.

The MAN delivers a hard stamp on the woman’s face, then turns to go back inside. She lays on the floor weeping as the car doors open.

KENT (V.O):

DANIEL WENT TO CHECK THE WOMAN. I WENT AFTER THE MAN.

MERRICK runs over to the woman, checking her injuries as KENT chases after the MAN, flicking out his truncheon as he does so. He finds the MAN sat on the front steps of his house, crying in shock. KENT flashes his badge and the MAN looks up at him. He seems completely compliant and out of it. He stares up at KENT with eyes full of tears.

KENT (V.O):

WHEN I GOT TO HIM HE TURNED VIOLENT. HE WENT FOR ME WITH SUCH ANGER. I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO USE FORCE.

The MAN is still staring up at KENT. The sun goes behind a cloud, casting a shadow down on KENT and the MAN. A dark red mist overrules the colours of the scene, focused heavily on KENT himself. It washes over him like a wave and changes him from a amenable looking police officer into a sinister creature. This is the DARKER KENT. KENT briefly looks over his shoulder to check on MERRICK, swaps the truncheon into his left hand, then cracks the MAN over the head with it, exceptionally hard. The MAN, still sat on the steps, is knocked for six and folds onto the floor. KENT is smiling. He bends down and cuffs the MAN before hoisting him back to his feet. The MAN is clearly very groggy and his head is bleeding from the new gash that KENT has opened. KENT leads the MAN back to the road and puts him in the car, MERRICK still tending to the injured woman as an ambulance pulls up opposite them.

CUT TO:

INT: POLICE STATION CUSTODY DESK – DAY

The SERGEANT finishes scribbling in his notebook and signals for two constables to deal with the MAN. They come and escort him toward the cells.

MAN:

BUT HE’S LYING! THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED!

The MAN is led out of sight. KENT is completely stone-faced to it all, glancing at the SERGEANT who gives him a nod of approval.

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4 thoughts on “An Extract from Masquerade

  1. Seniath says:

    Have I already read this?

  2. stevetheblack says:

    I don’t think so, I don’t think I sent any of the scenes to anyone. At least, I don’t remember doing so.

  3. Seniath says:

    £10 says I have a doc file sat in my received folder at home… I could swear I’ve seen this (and more) before.

  4. stevetheblack says:

    I don’t have £10. Maybe I did send it to you though, it has been quite a while since I wrote it so my memory fails me 🙂

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