Hullo page 1-10

By Followme





EXT. AIRPORT RUNWAY - MIDNIGHT TODAY 1

FEMI and GACHIE watch the planes take off and land from a
distance.

They are too dark to make out.

GACHIE(AFRICAN ACCENT)
I didn’t believe them when they
said you were coming.

FEMI says nothing.

GACHIE
This is not like home. They will
not understand you here.

FEMI says nothing.

GACHIE
They have sold their souls for the
American Dream. You will accomplish
nothing but to scare them...or
perhaps that is what they need.

Their voices fade into the sounds of JET ENGINES.

FADE OUT


CREDITS 2

A montage of images of Americans in the hussle and bussle of
everyday life. Going to work, mowing the grass, driving in
traffic, walking on the street, and eating in diners and or
at the park. Making a point that all of them do this alone
or in small groups and make no real attempt to communicate
with anyone while they make it through their day.

FADE TO BLACK

VOICE ON TELEPHONE
...I know your father was hard on
you. I know why you moved away.
But, Xavier, it’s time to come
home.

FADE IN:









2.


INT. XAVIER’S APARTMENT BEDROOM - 4:52 AM 3

The room is dark and clad in colorless shades from black to
gray to white.

Xavier sits on the edge of his bed silhouetted against the
windows head down cell phone to his ear.

VOICE ON TELEPHONE
Your father has had a
stroke. Since your father never
remarried, legally you have to make
the decision to turn off the life
support machines. Xavier, I didn’t
know if you were married, so I am
sending a courier over this morning
with two plane tickets, just in
case. Xavier, your plane leaves
tonight.

Xavier hangs up the phone.

He looks directly at the camera or so it seems.

REVERSE ANGLE: OTS Xavier - He stares at himself in a LARGE
MIRROR at the end of his bed.


INT. XAVIER’S APARTMENT KITCHEN - 5:00AM 4

An automatic COFFEE MAKER turns on.


INT. XAVIER’S APARTMENT BATHROOM - 5:01AM 5

Xavier brushes his teeth intensely.


INT. XAVIER’S APARTMENT BEDROOM - 5:15AM 6

Xavier packs a CARRY-ON.


INT. XAVIER’S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM - 5:25AM 7

Very Minimalistic.

HARD ANGLED FURNITURE AND ART.

Xavier sits on the couch tying his SHOES.

His shoes are perfect with a new shine to them.

He finds a flaw and quickly polishes it out.




3.



INT. XAVIER’S APARTMENT FOYER - 5:30AM 8

Xavier fidgets with his WATCH clasp. His concentration is on
something other then his watch.

Frustrated, he tosses it back onto the FOYER TABLE.


INT. XAVIER’S APARTMENT KITCHEN - 5:32AM 9

Xavier reaches for his coffee cup.

SOUND: Doorbell


INT. XAVIER’S APARTMENT FOYER - 5:33AM 10

Xavier closes the door.

In his hand is a manila envelope.

He opens it and pulls out TWO PLANE TICKETS.

He pulls on his coat and puts the tickets in his pocket.

He takes one last look at himself in a MIRROR on the wall,
then grabs his keys and carry-on and leaves the apartment.


NT. XAVIER’S APARTMENT BUILDING PARKING GARAGE - 5:45AM 11

Xavier, KEYS in hand, walks across the garage to his car, a
MERCEDES.

He unlocks the doors.

SOUNDS: Car alarm chirp, followed be a series of CAR ALARM
CHIRPS.

Other BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN are leaving for work at the
same time.


INT. MERCEDES BENZ - SAME TIME 12

Xavier closes the car door.

SILENCE

He closes his eyes and takes this moment for himself.

He starts the car.





4.



EXT. PARKING GARAGE - 5:48AM 13

Xavier pulls out of the garage.

SOUND: Bus Horn - HOOOOOOONK!

He slams on his brakes.

A CITY BUS speeds by barely missing him.

SOUND: Car Horn!

The CAR behind him demands him to move!


EXT. TRAFFIC - 6:20AM 14

TRAFFIC is at a dead stop.

Xaviers’s car is caught in the middle parallel to the bus
that almost clipped him earlier.


INT. MERCEDES BENZ - SAME TIME 15

Xavier holds the tickets in front of him.

He parts them like cards then slides them back together
again, as if hoping one would disappear.

A teary eyed LILLY watches him from the front seat of the
bus.


EXT. STREET - 7:25AM 16

Xavier waits for the bus to move.

MEN AND WOMEN in business suits exit the bus.

Xavier pays them no attention.

The last person off of the bus, Lilly, dressed in a faded
pink uniform catches his attention. She is beautiful. He
watches her run across the street towards a small diner.

SOUND: Car Horn - HONK!

The bus has pulled away and Xavier is blocking traffic. He
pulls into the garage.







5.


INT. OFFICE BUILDING PARKING GARAGE SECURITY BOOTH - 7:30AM
17

The booth is un-occupied.

The Security Guard, Jerry, was called off to do something
mid lunch and his sandwich is sitting half eaten on his
desk. The guard’s jacket hangs on a hook.

A HOMELESS MAN sneaks into the booth and helps himself to a
few bites of the sandwich and a few sips of Jerry’s coffee.

Xavier’s car pulls in.

Xavier waves his card without ever looking at the panicking
homeless man in the booth 2 feet from him and pulls into the
lot.


INT. OFFICE BUILDING PARKING GARAGE - 7:31AM 18

Xavier exits his car.

Hesitating, he watches other BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN hurry
past him towards the elevator and stairs.

He decides not to follow them and exits back onto the street
by foot.


INT. OFFICE BUILDING PARKING GARAGE SECURITY BOOTH - 7:30AM
19

As Xavier passes the guard booth, the Homeless man exits the
booth wearing the guard jacket.


EXT. STREET - 7:33AM 20

Xavier loiters on the sidewalk.

Across the street, A SMALL MAN with a CLIP BOARD under his
arm argues with FEMI.

Xavier, watching them, steps into the street without
looking.

SOUND: HOOOOONK!

A car screeches to a halt.

The DRIVER screams vulgar commentary in his direction, but
he doesn’t seem to hear it. The man’s lips are moving but no
sound is coming out.

(CONTINUED)


CONTINUED: 6.



A hand touches his shoulder.

FEMI(IN A HEAVY ACCENT)
Hullo.

An African man in a very colorful dress with a belt of
flowers hanging from his shoulder smiles at him warmly.

FEMI
Are you ok?

Xavier doesn’t answer.

FEMI
Hul-

Xavier backs away from him, disgusted by his intrusion and
crosses the street to the diner.

He looks back just before entering the diner and Femi waves
at him smiling.

He doesn’t wave back.


INT. DINER - 7:40AM 21

SOUND: Jingle Jingle

Xavier enters the diner and looks back at Femi through the
window.

Femi looks back.

ANGEL
G’morning sir. I’ll be right with-

The Lilly exits the lady’s room and quickly dries her eyes.

LILLY
-I got it!...I got it.

She has a single LILLY in her hair.

ANGEL smiles at her.

LILLY
Hi, I’m Lilly, my section is right
over here.

She guides him to his seat, attempting to look happy when
she is obviously upset.


(CONTINUED)


CONTINUED: 7.



Xavier removes his coat, lays it on the seat, then sits next
to it.

LILLY
Would you like to hear the
specials? Or do you already know
what you want to-

He rests his arms on the table quickly pulling them back
off.

CU: There is jelly smeared on the table and now its on his
hands and wrists.

LILLY
-Oh crap, I am so sorry, I thought
this table was clean.

He begins to stand.

Lilly guides him back down with a hand on his shoulder.

LILLY
Just...wait right here...Ill get
you a wet towel.

He sits with his arms in the air, trying not to touch
anything else.

He watches her talk to the other two waitresses, KARMEN and
LUCY, as she prepares a towel for him. They seem to be
either encouraging her or insulting her. It’s hard to tell.

She returns and sits at the table across from him.

LILLY
Hands.

He resists but she insists.

She cleans his hands and wrists with the towel.

He is visually taken by her. No one has taken care of him
like this before. He can’t keep his eyes off of her.

Her lips move as she talks but he doesn’t hear a word.

LILLY
Do I know you? You look familiar.

XAVIER
What?


(CONTINUED)


CONTINUED: 8.



LILLY
Yah, I think I know you.

XAVIER
I work across the street. You might
have seen me outside.

She finishes and sets the towel on the table.

LILLY (LAUGHING)
Yah, your right. Maybe I did. I see
so many people. But, I only
remember the important ones.

She hold his hands up for his inspection.

LILLY
There... all better. Sooo... What
can I do for you today? Other than
the sponge bath of course.

She smiles. He tries to smile.

XAVIER (DIRECTLY)
Coffee...please.

She is visually cheering up and even flirting a little.

LILLY
Black?

He realizes they are still holding hands and he takes his
hands back.

XAVIER(EMBARRASSED)
Please...Yes...Thank you.

LILLY(SMILING)
Sure thing.

She heads to the counter to retrieve his coffee.

She returns with his coffee and sets it on the table in
front of him.

LILLY
Are you sure I don’t know you?

XAVIER
Positive-




(CONTINUED)


CONTINUED: 9.


LILLY
-Ok.

She is called over by Karmen.

Ten minutes later, Lilly returns to refill his cup.

XAVIER
No. No thank you. It’s okay, I’ll
take the check now.

LILLY
Sure thing.

She grabs the wet towel knocking the coffee cup off the
table and spilling coffee all over his coat.

He quickly grabs his coat and shakes it to dry it.

The plane tickets fall out of the pocket and rest at Lilly’s
feet.

Lilly picks them up.

LILLY
What’s this?

Xavier quickly snatches them back.

LILLY
Wait! I remember you! You were
playing with these in your car
earlier today.

XAVIER
In my car- You were spying on me?!
Check. Now!

LILLY
But-

XAVIER
-Now!

Lilly hurries to the register.

He notices the other waitresses and the patrons are watching
the show.

He looks out the window. Femi is talking with the HOMELESS
MAN who is handing a jacket to an angry looking SECURITY
GUARD.

He looks back at Lilly who is in tears.

(CONTINUED)


CONTINUED: 10.



He pulls his wallet out and removes CASH.

Lilly quickly returns with his check.

LILLY
Here. I am so sorr-

He pays her with the cash and she puts the money in her
apron without counting it.

XAVIER(EMBARRASSED)
-Forget it...It’s...it’s ok, just
forget it.

Xavier stuffs the wet plane tickets back into his jacket
pocket and leaves.


EXT. STREET - 8:00AM 22

Xavier exits the diner and stops where the sidewalk meets
the road.

He looks back into the diner. Karmen and Lucy are watching
him in the window. Lucy sticks her tongue out at him.

Femi is talking to a HOMELESS MAN farther down the street.

Xavier looks away from him and begins to cross the street.

He reaches the median and stops.

He looks at Shehzeen in the window of the office building
accross the street.

CU: Office Building Window. SHEHZEEN can be seen working.
She is Bangladeshi and beautiful.

FEMI(IN A HEAVY ACCENT)
Hullo again.

Xavier startled, almost falls into traffic.

SOUND: Car Horn - Hooonk!

Femi gracefully catches him and pulls him back into the
median.

The Homeless Man seems to be having a spaz attack in the
background.




(CONTINUED)


CONTINUED: 11.



FEMI
Much apologies! I did not mean to
scare you...again.

Xavier doesn’t reply.

FEMI
She is a beautiful woman.

Xavier looks at Shehzeen in the window again.

Femi places his hand on Xavier’s shoulder and Xavier
instantly becomes rigid.

Xavier steps away and continues crossing the street.

Silently, Femi watches him go until he enters the office
building. Then, his gaze turns to the beautiful but sad
Shehzeen in the window.

FEMI
Very...very beautiful woman-

The Homeless Man runs up to him excitedly.


INT. OFFICE BUILDING - 8:15AM 23

Xavier joins the cattle call of business men and women
waiting for the elevator.


INT. ELEVATOR - SAME TIME 24

SOUND: Ding!

The doors open and the business men and women pile in as
tight as they can get without actually touching one another.

They seem to be scared of Xavier.

No one speaks. No one even breathes. Only the sound of
elevator mechanics.

SOUND: Ding!

The doors open and the elevator empties.

Xavier is the last to exit.





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