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Old February 5 2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x13 - "The Case of the Flamping Flurble"

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ACT THREE


FADE IN:


28 INT. HOTEL – BEDROOM

Nog is curled up, half-asleep on one of the beds, still in his party outfit. Eyes closed and semi-conscious, he rolls over and instinctively cuddles up closer to Prynn, who’s sharing the bed with him, wearing her party dress. Mumbling in her sleep, Prynn cuddles up to Nog too. The two of them nuzzle closer together, enjoying each other’s body warmth in their half-asleep states.

After a while, they begin to realize something’s wrong. They slowly open their eyes... and see each other.

NOG / PRYNN
Aah!

They leap apart from each other. Nog leaps back so far that he tumbles off the side of the bed with a crash. Jake, who had been spooned up with Rena, jerks awake at the noise.

JAKE
Wha...? What happened?

Nog’s head appears from behind the bed.

NOG / PRYNN
(awkward)
Nothing.

Prynn struggles to consciousness. She sits up in the bed, looks around the room. It looks just as bad in the dreary daylight as it did in darkness. But the armchair is empty.

PRYNN
Where’s Shar?

In answer, there comes an almighty RETCH from behind the bathroom door, followed by a SPLAT and a HISS – the sounds of something we really don’t want to know about. The noises repeat, worse than the first time... Prynn’s face contorts in mixed sympathy and revulsion.

The bathroom door opens, and Shar crawls out on all fours. Wisps of noxious green gas leak out from the bathroom. The sunglasses dangling off one antenna, strewn with streamers, Shar makes it one lurch at a time, back to his armchair.

JAKE
Okay, so first thing we gotta
do is find some food.

RENA
And some new clothes.

PRYNN
Nog, how much money do you
have left?

NOG
Oh come on! I won that money
fair and square.

SHAR
(background,
half-hearted)
Please stop shouting...

PRYNN
(stern)
Nog...

NOG
(pout)
Fine. Wouldn’t dream of trying to
make a profit out of our misery.

He digs in his pocket and hands a fistful of pegs to Prynn.

PRYNN
You’re too kind. Rena, you
wanna come with me? Let the
boys gripe in private?

RENA
Okay, I guess. Just let me
freshen up a bit first.

Rena heads to the bathroom, opens the door...

RENA
OH!

Rena coughs and chokes as clouds of the bilious green gas billow out of the bathroom. She immediately pulls back and yanks the door to, heaving, horrified at the smell.

RENA (cont)
What happened in there?

Shar is curled up in a ball in his armchair, his blue skin looking distinctly grey. He pulls a thin and ratty blanket up over his shivering body and croaks out a response.

SHAR
Apparently Wadi food and drink does
not agree with Andorian physiology.

Prynn is half amused, half sympathetic. She goes to Shar and lays an affectionate hand on his clammy head.

PRYNN
Well, your world turned my
body inside out. I guess now
the Wadi have returned the
favour on my behalf.
(back to Rena)
Come on. We’ll find somewhere
else. See you in a few, boys.

The girls leave.


29 INT. HOTEL – FOYER

Prynn and Rena creep gradually down the large staircase, making sure to avoid the patches of rotten wood. The steps creak a little as they go. As they reach the bottom, they overhear a voice talking...

LEBIKOW (o.s.)
That’s not what we agreed, and
yer know it.

Curious, Prynn shushes Rena, and they creep closer to the door to Lebikow’s office. They pause at the edge of the doorway, listening in. Prynn pokes her head around the doorway just a bit...


30 INT. HOTEL – OFFICE

Inside the office, Lebikow is sitting at his desk, talking into the grimy old comm screen. His flabby, sweaty back is turned to us, blocking the view of who he’s talking to.

LEBIKOW
I need the money, awright? So
if y’aint gonna pay me what we
agreed, I s’pose I’ll just go
to somebody else.

COMM VOICE
(female, w/ static)
Calm down, Lebikow. We’re on
our way. I’m simply pointing
out that we’re working off
your say-so here. How do we
know the merchandise is what
you say it is?

LEBIKOW
You callin’ me untrustworthy?

COMM VOICE
If you weren’t, we wouldn’t
be having this conversation.


31 INT. HOTEL – FOYER

Where Prynn and Rena are still eavesdropping, and becoming more and more concerned by the word...

LEBIKOW (o.s.)
Look, just get here, awright?
I’ve gotta get rid of these
damn kids as it is. I don’t
need you lot messin’ me about
on top of it, awright?

Prynn and Rena exchange alarmed looks – he’s talking about them. That can’t be good. And then there’s a GROWL. Scared, breath catching, the girls slowly turn and see... the flurble, looming out of the darkness under the stairs, looking right at them with eyes burning and jaws drooling, like some classic horror movie monster. Prynn and Rena squeak in fear, and back away towards the stairs.

LEBIKOW
Who’s there?

Lebikow appears in the doorway, anxious he might have been overheard. He sees the girls cowering from the flurble...

PRYNN
(voice shaking)
Sorry, it’s just us. We were
heading out to get some food.

RENA
And some fresh clothes.

PRYNN
Looks like we disturbed your
friend here.

Lebikow’s chuckle is both relieved and yet sinister.

LEBIKOW
I told yer not to upset him.

PRYNN
Or we’ll get flamped, yes, we
know. We’ll just be on our way.

Prynn and Rena skitter over to the front door, avoiding the snarling flurble, and get out of there quick as they can. Lebikow watches them go, scowling...


32 INT. HOTEL – BEDROOM

Shar is huddled in the armchair, the blanket pulled up over his head. Nog is moving around the room, tidying the beds, opening the curtains, chatting away cheerily.

NOG
I was trying to impress the
older cadets, convince them I
could do anything they could.
So I agreed to go drinking
with them at the 602 Club.
Boy, was that a mistake.

SHAR
Nog...?

NOG
Yes?

SHAR
I appreciate you trying to
take my mind off things, but
please... shut up.

The door opens and Prynn and Rena enter, carrying armfuls of shopping. They also look rather anxious. Jake emerges from the bathroom, having freshened up as best he can.

RENA
Prophets, how could you stand
it in there?

JAKE
Nog went in first to open the window.

NOG
When you work for my uncle,
you get used to bad smells.

Prynn hands packages of clothes to Nog.

PRYNN
I think we have a problem.
Here, put these on.

As they talk, the four of them take the clothes packages and begin to get changed - bland and shapeless sweatsuits like Lebikow wears, only cleaner. They move back and forth to the bathroom as needed. Rena also sets up packages of Wadi fast food and drink on a table, to Nog’s delight.

NOG
Ooh, snacks!

PRYNN
On the way out, we overheard
Lebikow talking to someone. He
was trying to sell them some-
thing over the comm. Something
that sounded like it was worth
a lot of money. He definitely
didn’t want to be overheard.

RENA
We think it’s the runabout.

JAKE
Really? That seems a bit far-
fetched. There must be all
kinds of shady deals going on
in a town like this. But we
just happen to end up in the
hotel of the guy who stole our
ship? I don’t know. You only
need to look at him to see he’s
hardly a criminal mastermind.

NOG
(around food)
Don’t be so sure, Jake. Never
mistake a soft shell for a soft
centre. Rule of Acquisition
number two-oh-seven.

PRYNN
Exactly. Besides, he said he
was going to “get rid” of us.

That certainly gets attention. Even Nog stops chewing.

NOG
“Get rid”? As in... kill?

PRYNN
Don’t know. But it sure didn’t
sound like he was sending us
off with a basket of puppies.

JAKE
(realizing)
We’re in his way. This deal,
whatever it is... it’s going
down soon, and we’re a comp-
lication he doesn’t need.

Prynn and Rena nod anxiously. They agree.

NOG
Okay, so if he’s selling the
runabout, he must be keeping
it somewhere nearby. Maybe
even right here at the hotel.

Prynn turns to Shar, buried under his blanket.

PRYNN
Shar, can you feel anything?
Any massive power signatures
or subspace signals?

SHAR
Prynn, please... I can barely
feel my face.

They sag, disappointed. By now, the four of them have got dressed in their grey sweatsuits.

RENA
So what do we do?

PRYNN
We need help. I think we need
to go back to the police.

NOG
Okay... Good idea. Let’s go.

He shoves in a last mouthful of food...

SHAR
(under blanket)
I’ll just stay here and die.

The other four leave...


33 INT. WADI POLICE STATION

On Inspector Munad, sat at his desk again. Prynn, Jake, Rena and Nog are across from him, in their grey sweatsuits.

MUNAD
Are you serious? That’s your
evidence? That you overheard
a conversation?

PRYNN
He’s clearly up to something
illegal, Inspector.

MUNAD
And you just assume it’s to
do with your missing ship.

JAKE
Don’t you think it’s too much
of a coincidence that he was
trying to sell something so
big and expensive just after
our runabout gets stolen?

MUNAD
I’ve already told you, things
get stolen here all the time.
I also already told you I don’t
have time for this.

NOG
You don’t have time to do your
job? Inspector –

MUNAD
Listen to me. Farns Lebikow is
nothing. He’s a greasy lowlife
who lucked into that hotel on
a bet, and he’s spent every
day since running it into the
ground. He’s not worth my time
or yours, and he’s certainly
not involved in any conspiracy
to steal ships from gullible
foreigners. So please stay out
of what doesn’t concern you.
(beat)
Now if you’ll kindly get out of
my office, I have work to do.

He puts his head down and gets back to work, ignoring them. On the gang’s astonished faces...


34 INT. HOTEL – BEDROOM

Shar remains curled up in his armchair, alone, covered over by the ratty blanket. He groans gently, suffering the universe’s worst hangover. But then his antennae perk up, moving about under the blanket. They turn one way and then the other, as if searching for something.

Concerned, he slowly drags the blanket off his head. And instantly recoils from the not-even-that-bright daylight.

SHAR
Ohhhh... by Uzaveh...

But he’s definitely sensed something. He frowns trying to concentrate, his antennae still searching. He gradually manoeuvres himself to stand, trying to clarify what he’s sensing. After a moment, his eyes widen in alarm.


35 INT. HOTEL – FOYER

Prynn, Rena, Jake and Nog enter the hotel through the main door. They’re disappointed, frustrated, annoyed.

PRYNN
Alright, so that plan’s a bust.

Nog stops, listens.

NOG
You guys hear that?

RENA
I don’t hear anything.

NOG
Exactly. There’s nobody here.
Lebikow must be out. I can’t
even hear that stupid flurble
monster thing.

JAKE
This is our chance.

RENA
Chance to what?

JAKE
Snoop.

He starts creeping towards the office.

NOG
Jake!

But Jake ignores his friend’s warning.


36 INT. HOTEL – OFFICE

Jake creeps into the office, which is deserted. There’s a half-drunk beer and a half-eaten alien burger equivalent on the desk. The flurble’s pile of filthy rags is empty.

JAKE
Come on, guys. There must be
something here that’ll give
us a clue.

He begins hunting through the loose papers. Reluctantly, the others join in.

RENA
I don’t like this, Jake. It
feels wrong.

PRYNN
Not as wrong as being killed.
(re paper)
Hey – here’s something. This
looks like financial records.

NOG
Gimme that.

He takes the pages off Prynn and begins to inspect them.

JAKE
You can’t possibly know how to
read Wadi.

NOG
Financial records are basically
the same the galaxy over. All I
need is the grand total... here!
This shows his account over the
last year. He’s in huge debt...
(checks; realizes)
...to the casino.

PRYNN
He’s a gambler.

NOG
Yup. And not a very good one,
apparently.

JAKE
That explains why he needs the
money so bad.

RENA
Bad enough to kill for it?

And then the GROWL comes again. They tense, turn to the door... and there’s the flurble, filling the doorway, hackles raised and teeth bared.

PRYNN
Ruh-oh.


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT THREE

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