She's Not a Lady - Act One

December 13, 2016

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

 

Steven Ethan Cooke:                 A transgender woman who has been living as a woman and goes by the name Aria.       

 

Reginald Lamonte Edmonds:   African American detective assigned to work Steven Cooke’s murder case.

 

Brent Parr:                               Caucasian detective assigned to work Steven Cooke’s murder case.

 

Priscilla Edmonds:                   Reginald’s wife.

 

Gina:                                        Reginald’s side-chick.

 

RJ:                                           Reginald and Priscilla’s son.

 

Mrs. Cooke:                             Steven’s mother.

 

Mr. Cooke:                               Steven’s father.

 

Dr. Ian Cook:                            A pathologist.

 

Lester McKnight:                     Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

 

“SHE’S NOT A LADY”

 

FADE IN.

 

INT. FAST FOOD JOINT, ST. PETERSBURG, FL, 2016 – DAY

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR, handsome Caucasian male, resembles Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, early 30s, is sitting in a corner booth shoveling food into his mouth like he’s starving. His cell phone rings. He stops eating long enough to answer. Seconds later he disconnects  and goes back to eating. He looks up as DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS, good-looking African American male, mid-40s, exits the bathroom and heads towards the table. Detective Edmonds approaches and gets ready to pull back his chair.

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR

(Holds up one finger) I guess you’re going to have to eat that on the go. (Detective Edmonds stops, lifts his brow, and gives him a perplexed look. He waits with a bit of impatience as Detective Parr continues to chew and swallow.) Just got a call about a body found at the Campbell’s Park Community Center.

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

(Grimaces) Damn. We haven’t even been here ten minutes. (Stares down at his hot cakes with regret.) How can I eat hot cakes and drive at the same time? It was just a waste of money. (He grabs the container of food from the table and heads toward the nearest trash can.)

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR

Hey, what are you doing? (Detective Edmonds pauses and turns to look back at him.) All the hungry crack heads loitering around and you’re going to just waste that food?

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

(Brow lifts) What am I supposed to do with it?

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR

You can give it to one of the homeless people loitering outside or save it for when we get back to the precinct.

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

(After viewing a dead body, Edmonds has already surmised he won’t be in the mood to eat hot cakes.) I don’t like to reheat pancakes. They don’t taste the same, and it makes them kind of spongy.

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR

Well, give it to me then. I’ll eat it. Hell, I don’t know about you, but the last time I looked at my paycheck, I didn’t have money to waste.

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

That’s real grand coming from a grown man who collects Star Wars figures and comic books. (He slides  the bag with the container of food across the table toward Parr.)

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR

There’s a difference between wasting money and collecting treasures.

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

Yeah. Whatever.

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR

 (Parr looks inside the plastic bag.) Good. They gave you extra syrup and butter. I hate when they don’t give you enough. (He seems as excited as a kid with a lollipop.)

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

(Shaking his head.) Let’s head on over to the crime scene to see what’s going on.

 

(Parr finishes his breakfast burrito, guzzles down the last of the orange juice he’s been drinking then stands up to go. The two detectives walk towards the door. A few patrons inside the restaurant glance their way in curiosity, but quickly drop their eyes upon realizing they are cops.)

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. FAST FOOD JOINT – DAY

 

The two detectives walk towards a car. Neither speaks for a while.

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

(breaking the silence) So a body was found at Campbell’s Park, huh?

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR

 Yeah. Are you familiar with that area? I know you grew up in St. Petersburg. Other than that, you don’t really talk about your personal life or share much else.

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS (V.O.)

 And I’m going to keep it that way. I don’t need you thinking we’re buddies.

 

(He’s very familiar with Campbell’s Park. As a child, his mother sent him to camp there every summer. At age ten, he’d taken swimming lessons and learned to swim at the pool. He’d played football as a youth for the St. Pete. Lil’ Devils.  He knew most of the staff that worked there, had even attended school with some of them. He still went there from time to time to work out at their Fitness Zone or to play basketball. None of this he shares with his partner.)

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

 Yeah. I know where it’s at.

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR

 (They reach the vehicle) If you want to eat these hot cakes, I can drive. (He extends the bag holding the food towards EDMONDS.)

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

(Shakes his head) I’m good. (He opens the door and slides behind the wheel. Knowing that he will soon be viewing a dead body has his stomach queasy anyway.)

I’ll just grab something out of the vending machine when we get back or we can stop somewhere later.

 

DETECTIVE BRENT PARR

Suit yourself. I won’t force you to eat. Anytime I get free food, I see that as I’m winning. (He grins at his partner who just shakes his head and puts the key in the ignition.)

 

DETECTIVE REGINALD EDMONDS

Let’s get over there. I’m sure it’ll be complete mayhem soon.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. CAMPBELL’S PARK – SAME DAY

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