Prisoner’s Dilemma, Pt. 5

CUT TO:

INT. AN EMPTY WAREHOUSE ROOM

YOUNG JIMMY (V.O.)

What happens if we break the rules? Like, on accident?

FRANCISCO (V.O.)

You break the rules, you die.

Jimmy shakes his head.

JIMMY

I’m not talking, alright? I don’t know nothing, and even if I did, I’m not talking. Do your worst, pig.

The Grey Man smiles. He steps off of Robert and walks over to Jimmy.

THE GREY MAN

Oh, kid. You really don’t get it, do you? “Pig?” That’s just so wrong that I don’t even know where to begin. Look around the room, kid. Does this look like a police station to you? Does this look like a holding cell or an interrogation room? Do you really think we’re cops?

Jimmy is silent. The Grey Man waves at the goons and points at Robert on the floor.

THE GREY MAN

Put him in the chair.

The goons pick up Robert under his arms and throw him into the chair. He’s too weak to fight back or attempt to free himself, but even so they hold him in place. They don’t tie him down. The Grey Man puts his hands on Jimmy’s face and directs his gaze over towards Robert.

THE GREY MAN

Okay. I want you to look at him. Open your eyes and really look at him. Does that look like standard police brutality? Does that look like the kind of damage the DA can just wave away with, “The criminal was violently resisting and the arresting officers had to take steps necessary to defend themselves?” I don’t think so.

JIMMY

So what? Who do you roll with?

THE GREY MAN

“Who do I roll with?” Like, what gang am I affiliated with? Kid, come on. Don’t be stupid.

(he forcefully shifts Jimmy’s gaze to the goons)

Forget your buddy, and look at them. Do they look like gangbangers to you? Do they look like homeboys? You think these guys hang out on corners dealing drugs and pounding forties and flashing stolen guns at each other like they’re hot shit? Come on, Jimmy. Use your brain, yeah?

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