PRIEST OF SALES
|Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1998, Dorian Scott Cole
INT. GINA'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Gina is sitting and morosely moving the food around in
Gina opens the living room door. Margo is there.
Margo and Gina both sit on the sofa.
I just saw Mark. I thought maybe
you could use some company.
Please come in. I don't really
want to talk about it, though.
That's fine. I wanted to talk to
you about some other things anyway.
How is Mark? I haven't been to
Physically, just broken legs. He's
pretty messed up mentally though.
He's complaining because he couldn't
even kill himself right.
Lucky it was only three stories.
Have you ever considered leaving
Beau Monde? For something better,
Not really. I haven't had any real
Beau Monde.... I've seen this year
after year, works the life out of
people then casts them off like
used food wrappers.
I have some money saved up, and
I'm going to start my own beauty
business. Like Beau Monde, but
without the.... inhumanity. I want
you to come work with me.
Oh, Margo. I'm really honored.
But I have a lot of responsibility
at Beau Monde. I'm needed there,
and it's not so bad.
Not so bad? I can't believe you
It's up to me to make it better.
That's my responsibility.
You can't make anything better
with Kenrick running things.
INT. GINA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
I find ways to outmaneuver Kenrick.
But I haven't tried hard enough.
If I had, Mark would be OK. I have
to stay and make sure Kenrick
doesn't kill everyone.
This sounds like the usual Gina
logic. Saving the company. Saving
Travis. Saving the people. Saving
But don't you see, Margo. I took
myself away from Mark in every way.
Sexually. I took away companionship
affection, caring. His last words
were, why don't I rate?! But
Travis did care. He went to Mark
and tried to help. I've grown
callous - I don't try to help
anymore. I have to stay and find
answers for these people.
That's very commendable, Gina. I
admire you for that. But....
What more could you have done to save
Mark? Been a prostitute for him?
married him? You didn't belong
together. It was a selfish love,
Mark wanted to own you, that's all
he ever wanted. You didn't owe Mark
your soul any more than you owe the
company your soul.
You could be right. But.... I just
can't Margo. I don't know why, but
I can't give up Beau Monde.
Well, think about it anyway. A
year from now my offer will still
But if I can't convince you about
that, listen to me about this. I'm
bringing this up because I don't
know when I'll see you again. You
have to slow down a little, have
some fun.... you need a lover - not
just for sex - and God knows you
need that - but for companionship.
Stop going it alone.
It's the wrong time to talk about
I know, Gina. All I ask is you
remember what I said. If it wasn't
really important, I wouldn't bring
Thanks, Margo, for caring.
Gina is asleep.
INT. GINA'S MEDITATION ROOM - NIGHT
Gina, Travis. I just got back into
town. How are you?
I'm in bed at eight o'clock. Does
that tell you anything?
Can I come over.
Yeah, sure. Maybe we could work on
my dream or something. It might
cheer me up.
Travis and Gina are sitting on the floor. Gina is still
in a nightgown.
Gina turns on the computer and a myriad of images from her
dream are displayed.
What have you figured out about
The wedding dress: that's my need
for love and intimacy.
No one came to the service: that's
my aloneness. I have few
Kenrick's black suit and hat: you
were right about that, meaninglessness
The open casket and open grave:
that emphasizes my aloneness. At
the last moment, no one came.
The darkness and candle: The
feeling it's too late for me.
The forced burial when I'm still
alive: I think that's the forced
retirement that seems to come at
thirty at Beau Monde. I'm really
afraid of that even though Kenrick
doesn't seem to want to let me go.
But you saw what he did to Margo.
Then there is Kenrick in my
dream. I know now, he is the one
who is killing me.
It sounds like you have it all
Not really. I don't understand
why the people who finally came in
later dreams couldn't save me.
And I have this nagging feeling I
still don't really understand the
dream. You know, the night Mark
stayed here, the night before he....
jumped, I had a nightmare that I
was escaping from Kenrick and he
raped me and filled me full of his
evil. Kenrick told me I had given
myself to him.
I don't understand that either,
it's sexual, but evil.
OK, let's meditate on it.
Travis stares at her, wide eyed, speechless.
How can sex be evil?
When it's used for the wrong things.
I am aching for sex so badly. But
I can't give in to it. But I've
managed to make relationships a way
to destroy my company. Travis, I
can't do anything right.
What is sex?
Margo says it's a vital biological
function, something we all need to
It's a communion between two souls.
A celebration of life.
That's beautiful. What else?
What do you want? I don't know.
You know, two people come together
and make each other whole.
You mean, like hot and cold come
together and you end up with
something just warm. Like these
two people are made for each other
and when them come together, they
fulfill each other and that's it.
No! That's selfish love....
That's what Mark and I had.
People come together like pieces of
a puzzle. They make each other whole
so they can become what they are
supposed to be.
So, where are you going wrong?
I.... never complete a relationship.
I'm too busy working to let anyone
take that much of me. You know,
Margo is right. I can't go on this
way, I'll just continue tearing up
Travis, sex has been bashing at
us like surging flood waters
battering at a dam. I tore myself
away from Mark - it was wrong. If
you want me, then.... I'm not going
to hide myself from you anymore.
Travis moves quickly out the door. Gina goes after him.
This is.... This is too much. Never
in my wildest dreams.... I only
I.... Gina, I don't know if I
can handle this right now. We're
.... friends. This is like....
stealing something I'm never
supposed to have.
I love you, but ....
give me time to adjust.
She falls just outside the bedroom, hurting her arm. Travis
picks her up and kisses her arm. Suddenly takes her in his arms and kisses
her, jerking her forward into him, squeezing her much too tightly, kissing
her too hard on the lips, hurting her. She pushes him away forcefully and
both stand looking at each other,breathing hard from the exertion, squared
off like fighters holding each other at bay. After a moment, she pulls
him close and they hug gently. He begins to hold her gently and stroke
her hair and back. He pecks her on the lips, then again, then a full tender
kiss that becomes prolonged into a passionate series of encounters. They
part and the bed beckons in the bedroom.
Travis, I'm sorry, I shouldn't have
sprung it on you this way.
They are both hesitant.
Travis walks toward the living room.
I had another dream. There were
several of us at the company in
Margo's salon and we were removing
one of your testicles. We were
fighting over it, like we all
wanted a piece of you. But then
Tracy came in and she began to
cry. She was the only one who
really wanted just you.
If it was me or Tracy, which
one would it be?
Now I see how you destroy your
relationships. Forget Tracy, she
gave up on me. She's gone.
But who would you chose?
You know how I feel about Tracy.
So I'm the wrong puzzle piece. If
I was the right piece, we would be
doing it, not warming up to it.
Travis, are we just going to shake
up the company and hurt ourselves
You know, making love to a woman as
sexy as you would probably kill me
Get out of here, you smooth talking
Casanova, before I realize what a
mistake I'm making.
INT. GINA'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
Travis walks through toward the outside door. Gina is
She kisses him on the cheek. He gives her a hug and leaves.
I had better go visit Mark. God,
what a thing.... Didn't your
father commit suicide?
Yes, he never made it as a
commercial artist. He was like
Mark, he felt like the world had no
place for him.
Oh, no! Travis, don't you see,
he felt like the world didn't have
a place for him. Mark felt like
the world had no place for him - he
felt like he wasn't good enough.
Now look at me, clinging to Beau
Monde like it was the last job on
earth. Travis, that's it. That's
what I didn't understand. That's
why I surrender to Kenrick. That's
why none of those people in my dream
can save me. I won't let them. I
won't turn loose of Beau Monde and
it's destroying me and my
relationships. Travis, I got it!
INT. MARGO'S SALON - DAY
Tracy is finishing with a woman in a beauty chair. Gina
enters. Tracy nods to her courteously, then looks at the woman's hands.
The woman thanks her and leaves.
You need a better softener for your
hands. What are you using on your
A cuticle trimmer.
Only on hang nails. Just soften
them and push them back and you'll
have better luck. See you next
INT. KENRICK'S OFFICE - DAY
Can we talk?
Not about Travis.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
He just turned me down. I threw
myself at him, and he said no.
I asked him who he would choose,
me or you - he said you.
Forget all the rumors and all
the evidence to the contrary,
Tracy, we never even once touched
each other. We were never lovers,
we were only friends.
Kenrick is talking to a business candidate, Paul. As he
is talking, Gina walks in.
Gina walks toward the door. The candidate quickly gets up
and follows her.
Paul, I can give you a real sweet
deal on this. We literally have
no competition and we're going to
have the entire U.S. sewn up before
we have any. I want you to come to
work for us -
What is it, Gina?
Kenrick, you work people to death.
You couldn't care less about
anyone's life, or death, all you
care about is making money. Well,
I quit. In fact, almost everyone
here at headquarters is quitting
today. They all asked to be part
of our organization and we're open
to them all. By the way, it's an
employee owned business so you'll
never get your hands on it.
ESTABLISH SHOT: TRACY CHECKING HER MAIL AT HER APARTMENT
Hey, uh, will you have any openings
in the near future?
INT. APARTMENT BUILDING HALL - DAY
Tracy enters the hall from the elevator. Travis is standing
in front of her door. She hesitates, looks back toward the elevator, but
it is gone. She walks purposefully to her door to unlock it, but Travis
stands in the way.
Travis sits in front of her door, resting on it. Tracy opens
the door and Travis falls in, his feet still extending into the hall. Tracy
goes into the apartment. A moment later she returns with a half gallon
carton of milk and a jar of orange juice and pours them on him. Travis
gets on his knees.
Please talk to me. I know I'm the
world's biggest jerk, but I really
haven't dated or slept with another
woman since I met you.
Get out of the way or I'll call the
I'm not going to give up on us.
Tracy gets hold of Travis' feet and tries to pull him from
herapartment. She jerks him off his knees, he falls and turns over. She
continues to jerk on his leg but he doesn't budge and she loses her balance
and falls on top of him. She begins pommelling his chest with her fists
and finally sits on top of him and punches him in the chest. He doesn'
resist. She looks in his face and softens.
You're the only good thing to
happen to me in thirty years. I
can't do anything to deserve you.
But I love you, Tracy and you're
the only woman I want.
Have it your way.
INT. GINA'S HOT TUB - DAY
Did you know orange juice and milk
are good for your complexion? I
gave you a facial and you didn't
even thank me.
Gina and Margo are enjoying the hot tub. Suddenly Gina
closes her eyes and looks calm. Margo becomes intrigued with her and watches
EXT. A PLEASANT MEADOW - DAY
Gina is standing in a meadow, in chains. A woman, who
is slightly radiant and wears a hint of a nun's habit, appears before her.
Gina pulls the locks apart and discards her chains.
Hi, Sister Abigail.
You have learned well, Gina.
Have I? I feel so confused.
You have acted very responsibly.
Do you still need your chains?
Is this all there is?
Still irrepressible! You were
always so hungry for life.
You have just begun. Enjoy!
ESTABLISH SHOT: BEAU MONDE HEADQUARTERS
INT. HALL AT KENRICK'S OFFICE - DAY
Travis, Gina, Margo, Tracy and several others are in the
hall. Travis removes Kenrick's name from the door and replaces it with
Margo Beauchesne, Presiding Co-owner. They clap.
EXT. CLIFF OVERLOOKING BEACH - SUNSET
Congratulations, Margo, on the coup
of the year.
I couldn't have done it without
I wish I had been there when
Kenrick crawled in and asked you
to buy Beau Monde.
I wish I had seen Kenrick's face
when you quit in front of that
candidate. That's when he caved in.
OK, everyone, it's five o'clock.
Go home. Get lots of rest so you
can hit it hard tomorrow and we can
pay off the loan for this place.
I'm going to the beach. Anyone
want to go?
Isn't it a little cool for the
It's personal. Kind of a
This have anything to do with your
A vision? A real vision?
Tell us, Gina!
You see, I just couldn't get into
this idea that God keeps narrowing
down your life until he squeezes
you out and only He is left. If God
is all, then what am I?
Everything in me kept saying, NO -
this isn't Gina. Life is growth;
not restriction, it's expansion. But
I thought that was selfish, so I
So, in my vision, I was in chains,
and some angel came and I unlocked
them. I faced my responsibilities
and it's freeing - expansive.
Each of us at Beau Monde took
over the company. We took our
responsibility back and we got our
lives back. And we're going to
have more fun than ever.
Gina walks away from her car to the edge of the cliff.
She extends her hands wide.
Here I am God, and I'm ready for
life! But watch out, I'm Gina;
and sometimes I bite!
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