PRIEST OF SALES
|Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1998, Dorian Scott Cole
INT. TRAVIS' APARTMENT - DAY
Travis is pacing the floor, looking at and touching thetelephone,
afraid to call, but inescapably drawn. He finallypicks it up and dials.
Tracy, this is Travis.
INT. FORMAL RESTAURANT - NIGHT
How are you, Travis?
I'm fine, except I miss you.
(Uncertain of him)
I suppose you do, one way or
I'm sorry I let you down. Can we
get together for dinner and talk?
Can I pick the restaurant?
Travis and Tracy are being seated at a nice table. Both
are elegantly dressed. The maitre d appears, bows and exchanges pleasantries
with a formal, stilted accent. He hands them a winelist and leaves. Another
waiter fills their water glasses with bottled spring water. Travis studies
the wine list and offers it to Tracy. She passes and Travis lays it down.
Moments later a wine steward appears to take their order. Travis orders
a Frenchwine, properly pronouncing it with a French accent. The waiter
nods and leaves.
The wine steward returns with a bottle on a tray, approaching
out of Tracy's view.
Do you often order French wines?
Only on business and formal
occasions. I prefer the California
Then why the French wine? I really
Because you're worth it. Call it
Just how much am I worth?
Is that what this expensive
restaurant is about?
I don't know. Is it?
I'm not trying to buy my way into
your heart, if that's what you
Travis looks very embarrassed. The wine steward does an about
face and leaves.
I don't know what to think. What
should I think about a man who screws
everything in a skirt just because
Tracy bows her head, troubled about something.
I suppose you've never done anything
wrong? A pillar of moral rectitude?
Travis takes a deep breath and sits silently. The wine steward
approaches, shows Travis the bottle. Travis nods. The steward opens the
bottle, pours some in a cup on a chain around his neck, tastes, approves,
and pours a small amount in Travis's glass. Travis tastes and nods. The
steward pours both of their glasses and leaves.
Tell me, what can I do to apologize?
To make it up to you? To put us
Maybe you could start by explaining
just what it was you thought you
were doing to me.
I was enjoying your company.
And you didn't enjoy those other
The maitre d approaches the table and stands with the menus
folded before him.
I was falling in love.
We knew each other less than two
weeks. You sweep two or three
women off their feet every week.
From the moment we met, I felt
very comfortable with you.
You seem to get comfortable with
women very easily.
You're not making this easy for me.
Why did you agree to see me again?
I made a mistake once. A big one.
You're NOT going to be another.
INT. MARGO'S SALON - DAY
Tracy is doing a facial on a woman. Travis enters. Tracy
sees him and smiles, pleased but cautious. She directs him to a chair.
He watches her do the finishing touches on the woman. Tracy sees him watching
and they exchange glances.
The woman leaves and Tracy begins to gently clean his
face with a cloth. Their eyes meet, Tracy melts as she cleans, but gets
uncomfortable. She angrily grabs the mud, slaps it on his face and smears
it all over his face and clothes with a vengeance. After a moment she stops,
sees a clean spot on his nose, dabs some on his nose and they laugh.
EXT. BEAU MONDE ENTERPRISES HEADQUARTERS - DAY
Travis waits in his car. Tracy exits the building. She
gets in the car with Travis and he is beaming.
Tracy smiles, but is reserved.
OK, what's up?
I have put together five corporate
accounts in five weeks. And that
got me promoted to Assistant
Travis slumps against the steering wheel.
Is something wrong?
Everyone thinks you're screwing
Gina. You spend more time with
her than you do with me. And
your promotion proves it.
Beat. Tracy sees he is sincere and puts her arms around him.
It isn't fair. Gina is the one who
is putting my life back together!
Without her help.... I'd be lost!
Why are they doing this? I'm going
to end up losing you all over again.
EXT. TRACY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
Travis walks Tracy to her door. They stop by the door
and he kisses her. She takes out her key to unlock the door. He kisses
Tracy grabs him by the sleeve, unlocks the door and pulls
Good night. See you tomorrow?
INT. TRACY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Travis and Tracy are in bed. Travis is holding Tracy,
strokingher lovingly. She cuddles closer to him. He begins kissing her,
covering her body, lingering briefly, tantalizing her. At her lips he kisses
lightly, teasing, until she can take it no longer and pulls him onto her.
They are laying side by side, embraced.
INT. BEAU MONDE OF NICHOLASVILLE - DAY
Gina likes you. I can see it in
the way she looks at you.
There is nothing going on between
us. Gina doesn't want a
You like her.
Not like I like you.
She's going to be your biggest
I think you're just jealous.
I am jealous. You can't have a
close relationship with two women.
You're awfully suspicious.
I'm going to tell you something I
haven't told anyone. I told you I
made a big mistake once.
Half way through my Sophomore year
of college, my father lost his job.
I had no money coming in and my
financial aid was exhausted. There
was a men's college nearby, and
there was a professor who taught at
both campuses. Psychology. He
kept trying to get me to go to work
for him - he had a sex therapy
business, he said. I always said, no.
Then when my Dad lost his job and I
went begging, the professor asked me
to work as a sex surrogate.
There were a lot of professors who
had these problems - premature
ejaculation, and fear of women - all
kinds of weird things. I had to see
several of them once or twice a
Then one day the police came and
arrested me - arrested us all. The
jerk was running a prostitution ring
with college girls. Some of them
knew it. I didn't - I was gullible.
I got a police record, my name was
in the paper - it was so
humiliating. Everyone on campus
knew. I had to go to a different
college my Junior year.
I'll never trust any man. Don't
expect me to trust you with Gina.
Mark is in the modeling studio explaining the program
to a prospect. Travis enters, carrying a book. Mark ignores him and continues
explaining the program. After staring at Mark for a long time, Travis takes
a seat and waits. Mark finally takes papers and has the woman sign them.
Mark shakes her hand and she leaves, with Mark following her up the aisle
past Travis. Mark stops by Travis, is less than friendly.
They begin walking into the atrium toward Mark's office.
Sorry to make you wait. I can't
afford to let a prospect get away.
So what's up, another new promotion,
or another promotion?
Travis gives him the book.
Nothing actually. I saw this book -
a new one on superstrings - I thought
you might like it. I was in town
Travis stops and pulls the book away from Mark.
Is this supposed to make up for
No. I just.... You don't get to do
what you want to do. At least this
thing is good reading - supposed to
Gee thanks. Life by vicarious.
Mark stops walking and looks at Travis.
I didn't mean to insult you, I just
wanted to help.
You're responsible for your own
life, you know. You want to do
something, you do it.
Yeah, Mark the miracle worker. Who
told you that crap anyway?
Mark walks more quickly toward his office. Travis remains.
I guess you should know.
Mark quickly reverses and is back to Travis, assaulting him
We're not doing anything. Nothing
Travis looks shaken.
She likes to meditate a lot. Get
to know a person deep down. Gets
in your soul. Then it's meditation
in the nude, and making love with
the mirrors reflecting. And going
into ecstatic trances in her hot
tub or her living room and ending
up in bed. Or screwing right
there in the hot tub. She likes it
best standing up, doesn't she. You
know what I'm talking about!
Travis gives Mark a sick look and leaves.
No, I don't.
All that spiritual stuff is just
her foreplay. Just a prelude to
sex. Don't mess with me, Travis,
I know how the lady works.
INT. GINA'S KITCHEN - NIGHT
Congratulations on your promotion.
You got it all.
Gina and Travis are seated. Gina rises and begins clearing
dishes from the table.
Travis opens the dishwasher door and begins loading.
I'll wash, you load.
Travis closes the dishwasher door and Gina starts it.
Why do you always wash your dishes
before putting them in the
That's not a dishwasher, that's a
marketing concept. It won't clean.
Then why did you buy it?
The builder who built the house
recommended it. He said since I
was single I probably didn't need
the upgrade model. He failed to
tell me this model was just the
manufacturer's marketing concept,
it doesn't actually wash the dishes.
So what are you going to do with
Exchange it for their competitor's
model. It's the best advertising
their competitor has.
Makes you think about our marketing,
Jordan and I have an understanding.
If it isn't genuine, we don't sell
it. Believe me, a lot comes down
from Kenrick that's gold plated
INT. GINA'S MEDITATION ROOM - NIGHT
How important are your visions?
Do you hear voices from God?
No. They're only my own internal
gropings. My subconscious breaks
through and tells me something, but
it's in symbols, like a puzzle.
It's like looking through a mist -
instead of seeing clearly, I see
C'mon, I'm going to get
comfortable - I'll meet you in the
Gina and Travis are getting seated in the meditation room.
Gina's clothing is sheer, revealing, sensual. Travis is drawn to her, but
at the same time fearful.
Gina starts to leave. Travis stops her.
Are you testing my mettle?
No, does this bother you? I'm
sorry, I'll change.
Gina smiles at him, sits and switches on the computer. She
begins switching through images.
No, don't. You've helped me
understand I don't have to....
taste every sweet temptation.
Gina eyes him suspiciously.
People are talking about us. They
think there is more going on between
us than there is.
People will think what they want.
I can't live my life by other's
If everything you see is so veiled,
why do you do this stuff? It all
sounds like some voodoo ritual
straight from Africa. You know,
those dances where they get ecstatic
and everything ends in an orgy or
(Laughs nervously, sobers)
I just want to understand. This is
really weird for me.
She has the image of a casket projected. She repeats over
and over like a chant.
I did misuse it once, with Mark.
But this is really important to me.
It's driving me crazy.
Dreams are your subconscious
knocking. They're a prod to get
you to start unraveling yourself.
I suppose you're right.
I've had ecstatic visions since I
was a kid. But I've made very
little progress unlocking them.
And it's because I really haven't
grown - matured - very much.
I doubt that.
Visions tell me more than a dream.
They stay in the back of my mind
and one day I understand - I see
life happening and the vision just
makes all the sense in the world.
You have a lot of these visions?
I have ecstatic experiences maybe
once a month, but no vision. I
have a vision maybe on average every
.... five years.
I meditate to try and see within
myself to find the answers.
But this sounds so.... hocus-pocus.
If you're having this dream, and
it's so important, why don't you
Because it's painful. It's telling
me something about myself that I'm
hiding from, so it's telling it to
me in symbols.
If it's painful, why do it?
We're not comfortable with a lot of
things about ourselves. Growth....
stretches us in painful ways. But
if you really try to understand and
help yourself, you unlock yourself
from the chains that hold you back.
Enough! Let's do it.
POV SHOT: Gina looking outward from the casket. Suddenly
Kenrick is standing by the casket holding a candle and looking down at
Why am I afraid to live? Why am I
afraid to live? Why am I afraid to
POV SHOT: Gina sees the faces of other people reflected in
the candlelight. Wells, Margo, and Tracy are among them, but the rest are
unknown. The vision fades as Kenrick continues.
Don't you laugh as the hearse goes
by, for you may be the next to die.
Gina and Travis are staring at the image of the casket in
the mirror. Gina's attention returns to the present.
The undertaker takes you in while
all of your relatives sit and grin.
Gina hits him.
People were at the funeral this
What does that mean?
I have no idea.
How do you solve the mystery?
I love color. Let's work on
that a little. I was wearing a
White wedding gowns are a symbol
I'm definitely not pure.
Were you mourning the death of
Travis puts his hand over hers comfortingly. Gina sits looking
at the casket and the image of her wedding gown appears. Kenrick stands
beside the casket.
Maybe not actual virginity, but
It's important how I feel about
the dream. How I feel about the
There are black colors in the dream.
The casket. Kenrick's clothes.
What does black mean? Emptiness?
Yes, I think so. That feels right.
When I think about the dress,
how do I feel? Like I'm burying
marriage. My chances for having a
husband are going. I'm lonely for
The casket is lowered into the ground. As Gina sits looking
at the image she says:
It's too late, Gina. Too late.
But I'm not dead yet!
Gina and Travis are still sitting and staring at an image,
which is now of a wedding. They are holding hands and sitting close together.
The image changes to a bride and groom kissing. Travis kisses Gina on the
cheek. She kisses him back on the lips. Travis kisses her on the lips and
lingers. She pushes him away and lays down. He lays down next to her. She
smiles knowingly and puts her hand on his chest keeping him away.
She shakes her head no, serious but smiling as if teasing.
Just one more.
She allows him to kiss her, then pushes him away, but he
is still close.
She smiles and gives in. Travis kisses her at length. The
two entwine and stroke each other sensuously. Finally Gina stops them and
pushes them apart.
Not fair, that wasn't long enough.
Gina shakes her head no, but Travis leans into her again
and kisses her again. He begins to push her clothes off. She pulls hem
back on, at first playfully, then helps take them off and begins undressing
him. Soon they are fully disrobed. She leans back, nude, and waves her
finger at him.
Come on, Gina, you're lonely.
What would it hurt. After all, I
know how to satisfy a woman like
she's never been satisfied before.
Travis drags himself to her feet. He kisses her toes then
pulls himself forward and kisses her calves.
No, no, no, we can't do this.
You're learning to resist and I
have vowed to stay chaste.
Travis continues to her knees, then thighs.
Look but don't touch.
Travis kisses to her abdomen until he is laying on top of
her. She begins to ravish him.
You can't seduce me, Travis, I can
They are making love and Gina is nearing a climax.
INT. GINA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Gina sits up in bed, gasping for air.
Gina calms and takes her tape recorder from the stand by
her bed and talks into it.
Nooooo! Damn it, no! Not with
Next: 7 Despair
I am so mad at myself.
I pretended in my dream that I
couldn't resist Travis and I let
him have me.
I am soooo damned self indulgent.
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