PRIEST OF SALES
D. Scott Cole
Based on characters and ideas from
Priest of Sales
By D. Scott Cole
Copyright 1993, 1994, 1998
Dorian Scott Cole
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This is a story that I wrote just for fun, and I haven't tried to market it or make it "visual." It's a bit cerebral, so it's long on dialogue. It developed out of some experimental writing I did to stretch my writing skills. The original story is set in a futuristic world where I could develop some themes with greater freedom. I then took the same characters and their problems and reset them in the world of today. It is Gina's spiritual quest, Travis's sexual struggle, and Mark's quest for fulfillment. Gina's sexual struggle is a symbol of her spiritual growth.
This screenplay is not an example of my writing and should not be used as a demonstration of concepts described on this web site.
This story is not for everyone. It deals with mature sexual themes. It deals with spirituality in ways that some may not feel comfortable with. But the themes are fully developed and worth reading. If you enjoy it, please let me know. Primary Contact.
Note: Temporary ratings are in effect to prevent children from opening, pending formal rating. There is no pornography or X rated material in this story.
The poem recited in this story is remembered from my childhood. Through the Internet, I located the poem recently at the Detroit News Web site, Halloween article. The author is unknown. The poem in its entireity is much more unpleasant than the few lines quoted here, but if you want a jolt, follow this link.
EXT. GRAVE YARD - NIGHT
GINA, a twenty nine year old very attractive woman in a wedding gown, is lying, eyes open, in an open casket over an open grave. KENRICK, the undertaker, wearing a black cape and a black stovepipe hat, and carrying a candle in a metal carrier, comes toward the grave. He stops and looks at her face in the candle light.
He closes the casket and begins to lower it into the ground. As he lowers it he begins to smile and sing.KENRICKI'm so sorry, Gina, no one came to
Gina begins to cry and beat on the inside of the casket. But the undertaker is singing too loudly to notice.Don't you laugh as the hearse goes by
Gina pounds and cries louder.KENRICKThe undertaker takes you in while
The undertaker hears her but the casket has reached the bottom and he begins throwing dirt.GINAPlease, don't leave me here alone.
Gina continues pounding and shouting. Kenrick continues throwingmore dirt on the casket and it is nearly covered.KENRICKIt's your time. You can't come back
Gina wakes, screaming, and sits up in bed, catching her breath. She goes to the bathroom and splashes cold water on her face.GINAI'm not dead! Please don't make me die.
GINAPlease, God, don't destroy me like
ESTABLISH SHOT: BEAU MONDE OF NICHOLASVILLE
INT. MARK'S OFFICE, BEAU MONDE
Gina enters an atrium like area and signs in with theRECEPTIONIST near the entrance. Around the the atrium are arched entrances to various sections, each labeled: DIET, SALON,DANCERCIZE, MODELING, PHOTOGRAPHS. Gina walks toward theDancercize entrance.
INT. DANCERCIZE AREA - DAY
A class is in progress. MARK is watching an instructor, ARABELLA, through the view window.
Mark sighs and turns toward her with a sour expression.GINAHello, love.
MARKHello, Gina. Why can't you just
Part of me still likes you.
No, just watching Arabella. Business
Great, with business declining, IGINA
ESTABLISH SHOT: BEAU MONDE ENTERPRISES
SIGN: WHERE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ARE MADE
INT. MARGO'S EXAMINING ROOM - DAY
Gina is sitting on the examination table and MARGO is listening to her heartbeat.
Your heart sounds OK, Gina. HaveMARGO
Oh, that takes too much time. IGINA
Margo takes off her stethescope and begins putting her physicians tools away.What do you think is happening toGINA
Sometimes the heart skips beats.MARGO
Margo's face shows greater concern. She picks up a lighted tool and looks in Gina's eyes.MARGODepressed?
No, I'm happy. I just can't sleep.GINADating anyone?MARGONo time for that.GINA
So you're still repressing yourMARGO
Margo again begins putting her instruments away.Honey, I don't interpret dreams.MARGO
I never have time to figure my dreamsGINA
Last week. I fell into a trance,GINA
I suspect your endorphin levels areMARGO
Margo studies her very seriously for a moment.Oh, you blame everything on myGINA
Gina shrugs noncommittally.Is that what this is all about?MARGO
Gina, you have to slow down.MARGO
GINA(Laughs)Margo, there is no time. This
They laugh.Hire some good help and spend asMARGO
Gina shrugs.Honey, I can't stand to see myMARGO (Cont.)
I guess I'll keep on keeping on.GINA
INT. GINA'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Gina is sitting on the floor in a meditative position, in a walk-in closet size room with mirrors on the walls, ceiling, and floor. It gives the effect of being suspended in space.
She opens her eyes and turns on a computer screen, which is reflected by mirrors. A screen saver image comes on and is reflected in all the glass surfaces, filling the room, making it appear she is surrounded by a slowly mutating field of brightly colored images. She stares into the mirror at the image.Please God, open my mind so I canGINA
SPFX: KENRICK'S IMAGE, IN THE BLACK HAT AND CAPE, FADES IN AS HE TALKS, APPEARING ON THE MIRRORED SURFACE.GINA(Whisper)Don't you laugh as the hearse goes
I'm sorry, no one came. We have toKENRICK (O.S.)
I'm not really dead, I just lookGINA
It's your time.KENRICK
Gina returns with a start and a gasp.KENRICK(Voice fades)You can't come back to life,
She sighs and turns off the computer.Who won't let me?GINA
She throws a shoe at the mirrored wall and leaves (to the livingroom.)Mirror, mirror, on the wall,GINA
INT. GINA'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Gina walks into the living room and turns on the T.V., then idly flicks to the religious channel. The clock above the TV says one o'clock.
A TELEVANGELIST on TV is dressed in shiny gold clothing
and goldshoes, standing in front of the camera. A mural of a golden stairway
winding upward to a golden throne fills the background. Circus atmosphere.
Gina switches to the public access channel. An atheist, SIR WINSTON, is sitting comfortably in a large leather chair, opposite a MODERATOR. The rear wall is filled with books.And I swear on His Holy Word, GodEVANGELIST
Just what proof do you offer, SirMODERATOR
Gina switches channels. A psychic, MADAM DESTINY appears.My good man, just a brief glance atSIR WINSTON
I feel.... feel this period ofMADAM
What is your dogs birthdate?MADAMWe're not sure. He was a stray.WOMAN CALLER (V.O.)What is your dog's name?MADAMPoochy.WOMAN CALLER (V.O.)
MADAM(Beat)I'm not receiving any vibrations
What makes you think your dog isMADAM
Gina changes stations to the Televangelist.What is your name?MADAMClair.WOMAN CALLER (V.O.)MADAM(Beat)Have no fear. Little Poochy is
Gina changes stations to the Atheist.As I lay there prostrate on theTELEVANGELIST
During these Crusades, the ChurchSIR WINSTON
So, Sir Winston, if you don'tMODERATOR
Gina switches back to the televangelist. A telephone number isflashing at the bottom of the screen.An old serpent worshiping, pygmySIR WINSTON
Gina switches the set off. She puts her hand on the phone and sits for a moment.God has called me to build aTELEVANGELIST
She dials the phone.GINA(Sighs)Oh, what the Hell.
Rev. Ehler.REV. EHLER
Reverend, this is Gina Lastrada.GINA
Ready to put your name on theREV.
Actually I was wondering if youGINA
Did God speak to you?REV
Then I doubt I can help you.REV.
I dream this man is burying me,GINA
Are you afraid of death?REV.
I.... I don't know.GINA
Everyone has an emptiness inside ofREV.
Sure. What denomination are you?GINA
I'm a Priest after the order ofREV.
I'm insulted, you act like youREV.
I think I'll.... just trust myself,GINA
INT. GINA'S OFFICE - DAY
Gina's office is spacious, appropriate to a glamour profession, with several plants around the room and small statuettes, including a tree and a glass desk. Rock music plays softly in the background. Pictures on the wall include people exercising and a mystical picture of an obscure subject. Gina rushes in, late, puts her purse away and slips into her chair behind her desk.
JORDAN WELLS walks in holding pictures of an office complex.
Good morning, Gina. Traffic heavy?JORDAN
Jordan stands them on her desk. Gina flops into her chair, feigning interest, but wearily.Better look lively. Kenrick is onJORDAN
This office complex is typical ofJORDAN
Has Kenrick decided to call it aGINA
I'm too tired to think! Fitness?GINA
We take a suite nearby. PeopleJORDAN
It sounds good on paper. But willGINA
This is it, Gina, corporate beauty,JORDAN
Get your key players, you've gotJORDAN
Kenrick pokes his head in the door. We know him - the undertaker in Gina's dream.Get ahead of him! He's talkingGINA
Beat. They share a smile.Repent, sinner. It will all goKENRICK
Next: 2 TravisHire people from within theKENRICK