Black Coffee

A short film script

By Karlos Wayne

 

 

 

 

INT LUNA´S ROOM MORNING

Luna sleeps. The morning light enters the room through the window. On the wall there are a couple of romantic movie posters. She still looks like a teenager, but she is her early twenties. On the bed side table there are a pair of scissors and a bunch of printed pictures of Luna with Scott, all of them with the boy’s head cut out. On the floor, next to the bed, a pair of blue jeans and a red T-shirt with a bull, rouged away. Luna opens her eyes and when she picks up the phone to check the time, the alarm goes off. She gets up, takes the clothes off the floor, smells them and she notices the ring she is wearing. She throws the dirty clothes in a basket and goes to the shower.

 

 EXT LUNA´S DOOR MORNING

Luna leaves her home, she wears a nice summer dress, it’s a beautiful day, she looks happy. On the street there is a homeless person, packing up his stuff into a shopping trolley. He looks at her and she smiles at him, she gives him some coins and continues walking. The man looks at the coins with disgust and throws them angrily. The coins roll down the street until they fall into a sewer.

 

 INT    LUNA´S  CAR   DAY

Luna is driving and tapping the wheel with her fingertips, following the rhythm of the music from the car’s radio.

 

 EXT PUB´S DOOR    DAY

Luna keeps driving and she passes a nightclub that it is now closed.

 

FADE INTO 

EXT PUB´S DOOR NIGHT

The door´s club is now open and lots of people waits patiently to be let inside, there is a very long queue. Inside the club the DJ plays the same song Luna heard in the car but the disco version.

 

 INT BAR NIGHT

Luna is at the bar, with a cigarette in her hand and a drink in front of her. She is wearing the blue jeans and the red t-shirt with the bull on it. She looks very sad. She puts down the cigarette inside the drink.

DANNY

That’s a mistake and you know it.

LUNA

Excuse me?

DANNY

What you´re thinking. It’s  a mistake and you know it.

LUNA

The fuck you know what I’m thinking?

Leave me alone…

DANNY

I assumed that the cigarette was you …

 

Luna looks at the cigarette drowned in the glass.

 

LUNA

Yeah, well… Piss off…

 

A waitress, Elaine, stands in front of Danny, smiles at him.

 

ELEINE

What are you having?

 

Danny looks at her with a shy smile and Elaine feels a bit awkward …

 

ELEINE

Do I… know you from somewhere?

DANNY

From another life? Maybe?

ELEINE

Sure …

 

Elaine walks away, awkwardly. Danny turns back to Luna, but she is gone. Danny looks at the cigarette drowned in Luna´s drink.

 

 EXT BUS STOP NIGHT

Luna is sitting at a bus stop. Over her red t-shirt with a bull, she wears a leather jacket. She has been crying. Carefully with the side of her finger tries to fix her mascara in her eyes and she notices the ring in her finger. At that moment a homeless person passes by pushing a supermarket trolley full of stuff, clearing his throat to grab her attention. Luna sees him, looks back at her ringl and walks over to him. She gives him the ring and walks away. The homeless sees her leaving and smiles, he takes a leather pouch from his old and dirty coat and opens it. Inside the little pouch there are dozens of different rings. He is about to put the new ring inside when Danny appears behind him pushes him and the man fells over. Danny takes the ring, spits in his face and runs away.

 

 EXT PALACE PIER NIGHT

Luna is leaning on the railing, looking down at the raging sea in fear.

 

DANNY

Hi, remember me?

 

Luna jumps. She didn’t even hear him come over. She has to hold on hard to the rail, afraid to fall down.

LUNA

Fuck! Fuck! Are you insane? I

 told you to leave me alone.

You’re not getting this, are you? 

I’m not looking for company.

DANNY

I guess not, but maybe you want someone to talk to …

LUNA

To talk to? Talk about what?

DANNY

I don’t know. You to tell me. Life? The cigarette in your drink

LUNA

Ok, listen… I don’t know who you are, Ok? I don’t like you

Do you understand that? And I want to be alone. So?

DANNY

My name is Danny, the last thing I want

here is to make you like me and you´re going

to keep feeling alone whether I’m here or not…

LUNA

Are you drunk?

DANNY

Nooo, I can’t drink …

LUNA

Right … Ok, let’s talk.

DANNY

Why did you put out the cigarette in your drink?

LUNA

 Tobacco seriously damages your health, did you know that?

DANNY

Your health you mean…

LUNA

My health, yes. And if something hurts me, I stop it. Period.

DANNY

And if what hurts you is … everything?

LUNA

Ok, we talked.

 

Luna starts to walks away, but Danny grabs her gently by her arm. They both face each other. Luna tries to hold back her tears.

DANNY

Talk to me! You have nothing to lose…

 

Luna cries.

 

LUNA

I know I have nothing to lose because

I have nothing! Happy? I’ve got nothing…

 

EXT SEAFRONT NIGHT

Luna and Danny are sitting on the floor, by the seafront. She is calmer now and he is the one looking worried.

 

LUNA

So, you are one of those people who

believes that we are all energy,

the reincarnation and all this shit?

DANNY

Yes, but don’t worry, this is not

what I came to talk to you about …

LUNA

Stop that! What do you mean you came?

To talk to me? You don’t know me! Oh, of course.

Fuck! Listen, you can tell Scott to go fuck himself…

I’m such an idiot!

 

Luna is about to get up and leave, but Danny stops her.

 

DANNY

I don’t know any Scott!

I don’t know you either,

You are right about that,

but you’re about to lose something

that you will never get back

and I need to warn you…

LUNA

Warn me about what?

I’m not comfortable with this

conversation. I told you that

I want to be alone …

DANNY

Listen to me please.

I don’t have much time …

Disappointments, suffering, misfortunes,

all this is part of this game.

Look at it as your training.

And in the future, you will look

back and you’ll be thankful.

LUNA

Sure. And I’ll be thankful to who? To Scott?

DANNY

To God.

LUNA

Right-o, and here I go.

 

Luna gets up this time and walks away, laughing.

 

DANNY

Please wait! Listen to what I have to say and then you can leave and do what you want, but first listen to me, please! I’m begging you …

LUNA

You’ve got two minutes.

DANNY

Thank you.

 

Suddenly Danny feels a strong pain in his stomach and he falls to his knees.

 

LUNA

Are you ok?

DANNY

Yes, I have to go, I …

 

Danny collapses and Luna looks around for help, but there is no one to be seen. She gets down to him, tries to wake him up, but he is unconscious. Luna grabs him by his armpits and pulls him back to where they were sitting minutes ago. She leans his back against a wall and sits with him, lighting a cigarette. Danny wakes up dazed.

 

LUNA

Feeling better? Are you sure you haven’t drink anything?

 

Danny is shaking. Luna takes off her jacket and she covers him with it.

 

DANNY

Am I still here? I have to go, no … no, I need to talk to you

LUNA

You don’t have to talk to me. You don’t have to tell me anything because you don’t know me, you have no idea of what I’m going through. And even if I explained that to you, you wouldn’t understand.

DANNY

No, you don’t understand. Whatever he does, this Scott of yours, his name is Scott, right? He will continue to live his life… Leaving all this behind is not going to help you, not now let alone in your next life.

LUNA

Will you stop talking about my next life? Can’t you see how crazy you sound? Besides, I don’t believe in that and even if  I do, it won’t change a thing. My life is horrendous pile of shit.

DANNY

Well, guess what? You have chosen it! You have put your friends where they are, your enemies .. You have put Scott in your life to make this happen to you. Your parents … Everything!

LUNA

My parents? So, did I choose my parents?

DANNY

That’s right.

LUNA

Well, surprise, surprise… I screwed it there, too …

DANNY

Ok, try to see it this way, all this is nothing but a test. Before you were born, you prepared everything to take this test, this test that you have assigned to yourself and you also decided everything that will help you to get through it.

LUNA

So, before birth, you know everything that is going to happen to you.

DANNY

Not exactly. You know what the test is about, you know what the outcome needs to be. Then you put obstacles along the way to learn from them and use the new knowledge to get the test right.

LUNA

Well, that’s bullshit.

DANNY

It’s not bullshit, because if you don’t pass the test, you repeat the same life again and again.

LUNA

Well, I hope you don’t mind if I don’t believe you …

DANNY

You don’t have to, that’s not important. The important thing is that you need to be aware that life is nothing more than a game! And whether you win or lose, the prize is the same.

LUNA

And the prize is …

DANNY

That depends on your beliefs. For you it would be to die and that’s it. But you are going to come back, again and again. And if you keep doing the same mistakes, if don’t learn from them and keep going, the game will start a vicious circle for all the Eternity.

 

Danny starts throwing stones at a bottle on the ground without actually hitting it.

 

LUNA

Well, I don’t like that game …

DANNY

You have no choice, you decided to play.

LUNA

No, I didn’t. If my parents hadn’t kicked me out … Oh, wait, I chose them, right?

DANNY

When you die it is because you have passed the test successfully and you go to the next one or because you can no longer do anything to pass it and you need to repeat the same life all over again.

LUNA

Ok, what if you decide not to play?

DANNY

You have no choice, you´re already playing!

LUNA

You can … kill yourself.

 

At that moment Danny hits the bottle with a stone and breaks it into a thousand pieces. Awkward silence. Danny gets up.

 

DANNY

I have to go.

LUNA

You’re leaving now?

DANNY

Yes, I live quite far away and I don’t feel very well …

 

Danny loses consciousness again.

 

INT LUNA´S CAR NIGHT

Danny wakes up, confused. He is sitting in Luna´s car.

 

DANNY

Am I still here?

LUNA

Yes, are you sure you haven’t drink anything?

DANNY

I have to go, I can’t be out when the sun rises …

LUNA

Who are you, Lestat, the vampire?

DANNY

Seriously, I have to go…

 

Danny tries to get out of the car but he feels too dizzy. He seems really scared.

 

LUNA

Where do you live? I’ll give you a lift.

DANNY

Far away from here…

LUNA

It’s ok, I’ll take you…

 

EXT DANNY FRONT DOOR HOUSE NIGHT

Luna and Danny arrive at the street where he lives. Danny is feeling very poorly, his face is pale, he seems very weak and he finds very hard to get out of the car by himself. Luna gets out of the car and helps him. They both walk to a house, Danny opens the door without a key, he looks at her with love and tries to smile.

LUNA

Who are you?

DANNY

My name is Danny and I really have to go …

LUNA

My name is Luna.

DANNY

Look, life is like coffee, it’s dark and it’s bitter. But just by putting a little sugar and a little bit of milk, it becomes sweet and clear.

LUNA

You are so weird …

DANNY

Please remember, this it is just a game.

 

Danny takes her hands, kisses her on the cheek and walks inside his home with difficulty. Luna looks at her hands and realizes that Danny has put in her finger the ring she gave to the homeless man earlier in the night. Luna walks to the car and feels a light breeze, then she notices that she is not wearing her jacket. She looks back at Danny’s house and see a light inside switch off. Luna smiles, returns to the car, starts it and looks again at the ring in her finger as she grabs the wheel. She then drives away.

 

EXT DANNY FRONT DOOR HOUSE DAY

Luna stops the car in front of Danny´s house, she gets out and walks to the door of Danny’s house. She uses the palm of her hands to smooth her dress, nervously. She knocks and seconds later a lady in her sixties opens the door, smiling.

MOTHER

Hello, Can I help you?

LUNA

(Nervously, in Spanish)

Good morning, last night I was with your son and since he was not feeling well he borrowed my jacket and I came to pick it up. Is he feeling any better?

MOTHER

I’m sorry darling, but I don’t understand a word …

LUNA

No … Do you speak Spanish?

MOTHER

No, I’m afraid not. But if you keep speaking in English …

LUNA

Oh, I’m sorry, I… I’m Danny’s friend.

MOTHER

Oh dear! Hello! I thought you were selling something … Please, please come on in!

 

Danny’s mother walks into the house and Luna has no choice but to follow her.

 

INT DANNY´S LIVING ROOM DAY

Danny´s mother arrives at the living room followed by Luna, she points at a small armchair.

MOTHER

Sit down, please, I just made

some coffee. Will you join me?

 

Luna sits in an armchair. She looks around and see a huge amount of framed photos on a dresser. He gets up and goes closer to see them. All of them are from Danny, at all different ages. She grabs one where Danny and Elaine are in a bar with some friends behind.

MOTHER

Here we are! Sorry, what was your name, again? I’m terrible with names.

LUNA

Luna, my name is Luna. That means Moon.

Eh … where? Where is …

MOTHER

Is very strange, he never told me about any

Spanish friend, you are Spanish, right?

LUNA

I am, yes. But I wouldn’t say we are really close friends, you know? So, is he feeling better?

MOTHER

Who? Me?

LUNA

No, I mean, Danny, Is he…

MOTHER

My Daniel? Oh God! You didn’t know?

Oh darling! I thought you were here for the anniversary…

LUNA

I … I don’t understand … Where is Danny?

What … What anniversary? Danny is not here?

 

Danny’s mother gets up, takes one of the photos from the dresser where she and Danny are smiling in front of the Brighton Pier and sits in front of Luna.

 

MOTHER

I have to admit that I never believed

in love, well, at least not like in the movies.

Maybe because I have never been in love,

I don’t know… The thing is that my Daniel did.

And he fell like that, just like in the movies. But not her.

Anyway, is not fair to put all this on her.

They were so young, what would they know?

 

EXT SEAFRONT DAY

While we hear the mother, we see Danny with a bottle in his hand walking in a zig zag and crying along the seafront. The homeless man is sitting on the pavement. Danny approaches him, takes a last drink from the bottle and hands it to the man. He takes off the ring he has on his finger, gives it to him, and walks away. The homeless man empties the bottle on the floor and puts it between his things. From the inside of his old and rusty coat he takes out a small leather pouch, opens it and we see that it is full of rings. He puts Danny’s inside and puts the pouch back smiling, satisfied.

 

EXT BEACH DAY

Danny walks into the sea. Gradually we lose sight of him. Moments later Danny’s shirt washes ashore.

 

INT DANNY´S LIVING ROOM DAY

 Danny’s mother puts the photo back in its place and start crying. Luna, crying too, hold her hands.

LUNA

Where is he?

 

EXT CEMETERY DAY

Luna is walking and looking around from side to side, she is very upset. Suddenly something in front of her makes her to stop abruptly. She starts to cry and her ring falls down from her hand. In front of her, among other gravestones, is Danny’s, with the jacket she lent him on top of it.

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