The Conductor - Part 5

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

What’s wrong with Pete Wicks? Pete is a train conductor on the “A” line in N.Y.C. His wife, Millie, who’s in the realty business, thinks he’s a joke, and her promiscuous behavior confirms that. However, Pete meets Joe Rivera during an incident on the train and his thinking process is altered.

Copyright © by Allen Henriquez

Continued:

 

The train suddenly stutter stops, lurching to the right and beginning a long and brutal crash.
 

SERIES OF SHOTS:
 

INT. TRAIN - DAY
The passengers of various cars are violently yanked forward and thrown to the floor.
 

EXT. TRAIN - DAY
The train rocks with its metal outer shell ripping open like a jagged can.
 

INT. SEVERAL OF THE TRAIN'S CARS - DAY
The lights blink on and off and then go out.  The emergency lights flash on.
 

EXT. TRAIN - DAY
The train, a twisted wreck, finally comes to a stop in the tunnel.
 

INT. ST. GEORGE'S HOSPITAL/185TH STREET, MANHATTAN - DAY
Millie is sitting in a waiting room drinking coffee, and reading the newspaper.
 

CUT TO:
 

SHOT OF NEWSPAPER.
The newspaper's headline reads: "A-train Derails, Three Including Motorman Killed"
 

Millie calmly drinks her coffee.  She finishes it and stands.  Throwing the cup away she closes and folds the newspaper, and leaves the waiting area.
 

INT. ST. GEORGE'S HOSPITAL/PETE AND JOE'S HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
 

Millie enters the room.  DR. DEACOM is standing in the middle of the room.  The two patients, Pete near the window, and Joe near the door, are battered with their heads wrapped in bandages, but resting quietly.
 

MILLIE
So what's the prognosis, Dr. Deacom?
 

DR. DEACOM
A concussion for your husband and his friend.  That along

with a few bruises, and scrapes…They're all right.
 

MILLIE
That's good news.
 

DR. DEACOM
By the end of the week we'll let them out.
 

Millie nods her head yes.
 

The doctor smiles and leaves the room.
 

Millie looks over at Joe, who is staring at a wall.  She then looks at Pete, who has his eyes closed.  Millie walks towards Pete and stands at the foot of his bed.
 

Pete opens his eyes.
 

MILLIE
It looks like you're going to live.
 

PETE
Don't look so depressed about it.
 

Millie smiles.
 

Sam Phillips walks into the room.
 

SAM
Joe, Joe.
 

Joe looks up as Sam stands over him.
 

SAM
Are you all right?
 

MILLIE
A concussion.
 

Sam looks over at Millie.
 

SAM
It could've been a lot worse.
 

MILLIE
Three people were killed, including my husband's

partner for years, Jeff Ross.  He was the motorman.
 

SAM
Yes, I'm sorry to hear that.
 

The room is then silent. Sam looks over at Pete but is lost for words beyond what he has just said.
 

Millie calmly observes Sam then Pete.
 

Sam turns to Joe:
 

SAM
Well, Joe, you take it easy for a while.

You're still managing both stores.
 

Joe offers no response.
 

SAM
I have the head cashiers of each store overseeing

things for now.  And I'll be there, at the stores, to

make sure everything is all right.
 

Joe nods his head yes.
 

Sam looks awkwardly at Joe, then Millie and Pete, and then back at Joe.
 

SAM
Do you need anything?
 

JOE
How about a candy bar?
 

Sam smiles.
 

SAM
Are you serious?
 

JOE
Yeah, one with peanuts.
 

Sam smiles in confusion and looks over at Millie and Pete.
 

MILLIE
There’s a vending machine down the hall.
 

SAM
Which way, to the right or left?
 

MILLIE
Turn left, and go down and around the corner,

past the nurse's station on the right.
 

Sam looks at Pete.
 

SAM
Do you need anything?
 

PETE
No, thank you.  I'm all right.
 

Sam walks out of the room.
 

Millie watches him for a moment.
 

Pete and Joe become lost in thought, in-depth thought that shows in their eyes.
 

Millie seeing it considers a few thoughts of her own.  After a few moments she feels drained and decides to sit in a chair.
 

The room in its silence is screaming with their thoughts.
 

 

 

 


Submitted: June 19, 2014

© Copyright 2022 Allen Henriquez. All rights reserved.

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