You gotta help me! He’s killing
EXT. AIRPORT RUNWAY - 9:00PM THE DAY BEFORE 67
Two African men watch the planes take off and land from a
Gachie is dressed in faded but nice, American clothes with
his hat turned backwards. Femi is in bright, vivid, African
GACHIE (MAN #1, AFRICAN ACCENT)
I didn’t believe them when they
said you were coming.
Femi says nothing.
This is not like home. They will
not understand you here.
Femi says nothing.
They have sold their souls for the
American Dream. You will accomplish
nothing but to scare them if you
start spouting your gibberish...or
perhaps that is what they need.
They sit in silence for a moment as the jet passes over
Okay, enough plane watching, time
to go. C’mon, my car is on the
other side of the airport and they
are charging me 5 dollars a half
hour. I guess I will just have to
deduct it from your first pay
Femi looks at him, a slight frown breaking out.
Ha ha, I am joking, cousin. You
have no sense of humor...
INT. GACHIE’S CAR - 9:45PM 68
Rap music playing on the radio.
The roads are mostly empty and the moon is high in the sky.
Look at that moon, cousin. I
haven’t seen a moon like that since
I left home. Did you bring it with
Femi looks up at the moon and smiles.
You know, it is not easy to keep a
roof over your head in America. I
work nearly 80 hours a week and I
can barely keep the lights
on. But, you wouldn’t know
anything about that, huh? No
electricity back home.
Femi watches the street lights whisk by.
You are in luck. I didn’t have a
position for you, but, Raul quit
yesterday so his corner is
INT. GACHIE’S APARTMENT - 10:15PM 69
The apartment is small and there isn’t much furniture, but
it is clean and warm. There is African paraphernalia and
artwork scattered about.
Please, make yourself at home,
cousin, and get some sleep.
Tomorrow we start early.
He hugs Femi.
I am so happy that you are
here. It is a great honor to be in
your presence again after all these
years... Now, sleep. We will talk
more in the morning.
INT. GACHIE’S CAR - 3:30AM 70
Rap music playing on the radio.
Are you hungry, Cousin?
Femi shakes his head.
INT. GACHIE’S CAR DRIVE THRU - 3:35AM 71
Gachie pulls his car into the drive-thru lane.
Their coffee isn’t so bad. You get
used to it.
He pulls up to the speaker.
GACHIE (TO INTERCOM)
A coffee and a hot tea please.
He pulls away from the speaker and reaches for something in
the arm rest.
The food isn’t the best, but I
guess it is better then hunting
like back home, huh?
Femi says nothing.
Anyway, you take a risk eating here
He pulls up to the window.
He pays the cashier who quickly accepts the money and closes
-I got so sick last week and I know
it was these assholes. I never have
time to cook at home so I eat here.
Plus I can’t afford to eat anywhere
The window opens again and a hand shoves his order through
it; then, quickly retracts and the window closes.
INT. GACHIE’S CAR PARKING LOT - 3:50AM 72
Gachie parks his car so that they can drink.
Factory workers pile out of a factory across the street,
resembling zombies more then humans.
I did that kind of work when I
first came to America. Low pay,
but they will give anyone a job.
And in this economy finding a job
is harder than back home.
Lilly’s, husband, Devon is among the crowd of workers.
That reminds me. We have a standing
order to deliver this morning
before I drop you off. It will be
good experience for you.
Interacting with the costumers.
Practicing your communication
INT. GACHIE’S CAR - 4:30AM 73
Traveling in traffic.
I have been waiting to finally get
this delivery off of my books. I
wasn’t sure if I even wanted to
take it. An order from a dead guy.
Femi looks at his cousin for the first time.
See! haha. I knew that would get
your attention. You heard me. Dead
man. He ordered these flowers from
his death bed, because he knew he
would not be around to do it later.
Today would have been their first
EXT. STREET - 7:20AM 74
Gachie parks his car in front of Xavier’s office building.
Okay, first you deliver the flowers
to Mrs. Hussain. Then over there.
He points to the center median.
That’s your spot. See that diner
over there? People go back and
forth from the diner to these
office buildings over here. That’s
when you catch them.
Femi looks at his Gachie.
Don’t worry, I will tell you what
to say and you have to promise me.
Just sell flowers...This is not
back home. If you start spilling
that mumbo jumbo righteous babble,
they will not react well. People
here...they like to be left alone.
Okay. Good. Lets get this over
with. I am already getting creeped
out just sitting here. In and out.
No conversation. In drop off the
flower then out. Got it?
INT. OFFICE BUILDING LOBBY - 7:25AM 75
Femi stands in front of the elevator and business personnel
begin to gather around him.
He holds a large bouquet of flowers.
The doors open and he is literally shoved into the elevator.
INT. OFFICE BUILDING ELEVATOR - 7:30AM 76
The elevator is packed with business men and women. None of
them talk to each other, but many of them check their phones
Femi stands to the back of the elevator.
One of the business women notices the flowers then looks
away when she realizes Femi is smiling at her.
The doors opens and everyone piles out quickly. All except
Femi and a man reading a newspaper.
Finally, the man looks up and sees that the doors are open
and continues out the door head back in his paper.
OTS: Femi watches the man run into a the businesswoman he
smiled at and keep going.
The doors begin to close. Femi panics and reaches for the
opening. His large hand touches the door and it reopens.
OTS: This time, the doors open and in front of him sits
Shehzeen. She is staring directly into his eyes.
He knows exactly who she is.
He feels sad for her.
He exits the elevator.
INT. OFFICE BUILDING - SAME TIME 77
Femi is talking with Shehzeen.
Co-worker #1 and #2 lean so far out of their offices they
have to hold onto each other to keep from falling over.
Ooohh! So beautiful! I wish my
husband would get me flowers!
Yah? You mean he has time to make
that call between scratching
himself and clogging the toilet?
CO-WORKER #2 (cont’d)
And, those are not from her
Oh, shut up and how do you know
that, miss know it all?
Her husband died of cancer last
Oh no! That’s so sad.
You know what is even worse than
Worse then dying?
Yep, he died on their wedding day.
Yep, they had the ceremony in the
hospital and he died before he
could say "I do."
Oh, that’s horrible... So sad. I
had no idea.
Yep, it happened just before you
started here. She hasn’t talked to
anyone but Xavier since. They knew
each other in college or something.
Femi sets the flowers on her desk.
-Blessed be thy day.
Femi bows slightly to her then looks at the co-workers and
Femi waits for the elevator.
POV: OTS - The Co-workers peek around the corner at Shehzeen
and her flowers.
Shehzeen pulls the card from the bouquet.
Shehzeen looks at Femi in the elevator who looks back at her
in an almost loving yet sympathetic manner.
The door shuts.
Shehzeen opens the card, reads it, and throws the card in
the trash; then, grabs the flowers and does the same with
Shehzeen looks at them. She notices that she is being
watched and quickly retreats to the restroom.
The co-workers look at each other.
CU: The desk calender has a wet circle from the vase
circling today’s date on the calender. In red ink it says
EXT. STREET - MORNING 78
Femi exits the office building.
Gachie waits for him on the sidewalk with a bucket of
You was up there so long I was
about to send in a search party.
Femi doesn’t laugh.
You have no sense of humor. Anyway,
here is your product.
He points to the bucket filled with LILIES and ROSES .
These are $10, these are $15 and
singles are $5. Okay? And no
freebees. This is America, cousin,
nothing is free. I have to go. I
am parked illegally...pick you up
tonight. Remember, no mumbo jumbo.
Gachie gets into his car and drives away.
Femi picks up his bucket and walks to the center median.
A city bus pulls into the spot his Gachie just
left. Businessmen and women exit.
Lilly exits last and high tails it across the street.
She grabs the handle to the diner’s door.
Lilly, surprised, screams a little.
INT. DINER - SAME TIME 79
SOUND: Lilly screams outside.
Angel looks up to see Femi holding a pink lily out to Lilly.
Karmen where’s my bat?
This perv is messing with Lilly. I
wanna scare him off.
Who? him? He’s harmless and you
crack me up Angel. Like you could
scare someone away.
What? I’m scary.
Lilly enters the diner in a hurry.
EXT. STREET - MORNING 80
Femi watches her through the window.
Don’t you have somewhere else to
Femi turns to lock eyes with the Small Man wearing a
business suit and holding a clipboard.
You heard me, move it, some of us
have real jobs to do.
Femi stands to the side and the small man enters the diner.
SOUND: Honk! And tires screeching!
INT. PISSED OFF DRIVER’S CAR - SAME TIME 81
The DRIVER slams on the breaks.
Son of a bitch!
The car screeches to a halt.
The Driver opens his window and leans out.
What the fuck are you doing?! you
could have got yourself killed!
Xavier says nothing.
Are you fucking deaf?!
Femi appears almost out of nowhere and places his hand on
Xavier reacts negatively to Femi and hurries across the
street to the diner.
Femi walks towards the driver’s car.
The Driver quickly rolls up the window.
Whatever your selling I don’t want
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