Down a Dark Path 06

DOWN A DARK PATH 

©Zig Bingham

A Work in Progress.  First Draft Released as Written Every Wednesday.

Part Six

(Read from the Beginning)

EXT. THE WAREHOUSE PARTY – LATER.

Tommy and Gillan lies sweaty and exhausted by the canal. Not saying much.
Occasionally taking swigs of water and passing it between themselves.

TOMMY
I think I might be done.

GILLAN
What?

TOMMY
Can’t do this anymore.

GILLAN
Do what? Chilling by the Canal?

TOMMY
No all the drugs.

GILLAN
Mate. we haven’t done all the drugs.

TOMMY
You know what I mean.

GILLAN
Well maybe.

Gillan looks at his watch. It’s early. Too early to bail.

GILLAN
So we’re going to dance off this funk or go for another tiki tour?

Tommy looks at his mate.

TOMMY
Tiki tour?

GILLAN
What can I say? that Kiwi chick rubbed off on me.

Tommy smiles. Gillan smiles. All is good.

TOMMY
I gotta go.

GILLAN
What?

TOMMY
Yeah now.

GILLAN
Give it a another half an hour and see how you’re feeling… Get your second wind.

TOMMY
No I gotta go. You stay.

GILLAN
Uh uh. Where you go, I go.

TOMMY
I got to find her.

GILLAN
Really?

TOMMY
Really.

Gillan thinks about putting up a fight demanding Tommy stay, but his mate has that look and Gillan can only pull rank once a night.

GILLAN
I’ll go with you.

TOMMY
No I need to sort this. Do this myself.

GILLAN
Mañana Mate!

TOMMY
It’s fucking with my head. And it’s only going to get worse. I gotta go.

Gillan offers Tommy a pill.

GILLAN
Come on. One more solo?

TOMMY
Nah.

Tommy gets up feeling the air and wobbles.

GILLAN
Mate you are proper fucked. Just chill out.

TOMMY
I’m alright.

Gillan looks at his friend – You sure?

TOMMY (CONT’D)
I’m alright.

Tommy walks off and gets about two feet and trips up over a bench.

Silence.

Gillan stumbles up to check on his friend.

He’s fine. Big stupid grin on his face.

TOMMY (CONT’D)
Maybe, If you could. And I wouldn’t want to put you out. But yeah…I might need a hand.

Gillan obliges.

TOMMY (CONT’D)
I’m fucked mate.

GILLAN
I know.

TOMMY
No. I’m fucked.

Gillan pulls on his mate. He doesn’t move from the floor

TOMMY (CONT’D)
I mean it. What am I going do?

GILLAN
I know what you mean. Now help me, help you, get you up.

TOMMY
Fucking hell.

Tommy is heavy but Gillan eventually manages to pull Tommy up.

Tommy stands teeters and wobbles again then regains his balance.

TOMMY (CONT’D)
I’m going to find her.

GILLAN
Now? In your state?

TOMMY
Yeah.

Gillan looks at his friend and shakes his head.

GILLAN
I don’t fucking know. Where the fuck is she? Where do we look? She ain’t here. You ever been to her place?

TOMMY
Once.

GILLAN
You remember where it is?

Tommy thinks hard.

TOMMY
Maybe you’re right.

GILLAN
Look It’s up to you. Home’s looking like the right decision for you now in my professional opinion.

Tommy thinks about it for a while.

TOMMY
How come I am so fucked and you’re so fine?

GILLAN
Genetics mate. Gypsy blood.

Gillan lets his mate go and the man stands up all by himself.
Just about.

Tommy turns to Gillan with a question on his face, a question that Gillan doesn’t recognise.

Tommy looks at his friend a little longer and makes a decision.

TOMMY
Let’s go home.

EXT. THE CANAL – LATER.

The two friends stumble home along the canal. Tommy leading the way, Gillan trailing behind.

TOMMY
Where are we going?

GILLAN
I thought you had the map?

TOMMY
What?

GILLAN
I don’t know… ignore me.

TOMMY
Are we going home?

GILLAN
Yes mate.

Tommy squints past Gillan and behind him down the path.

Gillan turns to see what his friend is looking at and he sees someone, two someone’s coming up the path.

TOMMY
We’re being followed.

GILLAN
Mate. Just people going home.

TOMMY
We going home?

Gillan realises this is going to be a very, very long walk home.

The followers are a couple (Yuppie Man and Little Black Dress Girl) laughing and drinking.

They walk up past Gillan and Tommy not in any great hurry mostly due to the dawdle that Tommy is on but also for the occasional grope the Yuppie puts on his girl

The couple walk past Tommy tying to ignore his weird stare at them.

But it’s difficult with Tommy looking the way he does.

In hushed whispers The girl tells her man something about the weird kid and it isn’t nice.

The yuppie stops for a moment and eyeballs Tommy. The two men hold their stares as men do, both not wanting to back down.

There’s a moment where it could kick off…

But the Yuppie laughs and walks off.

Gillan looks behind and pushes his friend down the path a little more.

Then something gets his attention.

Behind him down the path. Paused. Hidden in the darkness a shape. Something with horns?

Gillan stares back.

The shape hangs there.

Gillan squints but can’t be sure what he’s looking at.

GILLAN
Come on mate. Nearly home.

Tommy stops and looks down at his feet.

TOMMY
Where’s my shoes?

GILLAN
What?

Tommy stands there staring at his feet.

Gillan sees Tommy wiggling his bare feet on the cold pavement.

GILLAN (CONT’D)
Geezer! Where the fuck are your shoes?

Tommy doesn’t know.

Gillan looks around doubling back a little and trying to ignore the fact that Tommy is no help in this.

Gillan’s a couple of metres from Tommy and looks down the path again to the dark shadow.

That thing is still there in the shadows and it’s creeping Gillan out.

Gillan looks back at Tommy who seems to be having a conversation with thin air.

Gillan decides that it’s time to get moving and is almost at his friend when he decides to look one more time at their follower.

Gillan stares down the canal and the the figure that seems to be following them is gone.

TOMMY
Found em!

Gillan sees that Tommy’s standing back in his shoes.

GILLAN
Tommy. Let’s go.

The two walk on not a hundred metres and Tommy stops again.

Gillan is loosing it with his friend.

Tommy is looking left.

To his left is the alley. Deep and long and fairly dark. Illuminated by a solitary yellow lamp it looks like the mouth of a creature. Far off at the other end where the path leads to the lane against an old stone wall an old red phone box.

Gillan looks down the alley. This dark path.

GILLAN (CONT’D)
What?

TOMMY
There. Down there. I know how to get to her place. To May’s flat. Just down there.

Gillan shows Tommy the path ahead up the road away from the alley.

GILLAN
Home is that way. Bed, spliff tea and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order… but there.

Gillan points down the alley.

GILLAN (CONT’D)
Down there? Who knows what. Total head fuck guaranteed…

Tommy walks down the alley leaving his friend behind.

TOMMY
(to himself)
I know where she is.

And he’s off down the alley and Gillan is forced to follow into the darkness.

EXT. THE DARK ALLEY – CONTINUOUS.

Gillan tries to catch up with Tommy who is now marching down the alley and is almost all the way through before slowing down.

Tommy has stopped almost completely.

He stares out of the alley transfixed.

Gillan catches up and sees what has now stopped his mate.

Someone is in the phone box fucking. The man stands upright. Bare female legs wrap around his back or fight against him – it doesn’t look comfortable.

Tommy’s staring at the couple fucking and is unsure what to make of it but he watches nonetheless.

He can’t make out the woman or girl – could it be the yuppie couple?

Gillan catches up.

It is the yuppie couple.

TOMMY
Is this…

GILLAN
Yep.

TOMMY
Are they?

GILLAN
Yep.

It’s rough sex.

Very rough.

The woman looks over at the lads and we see something we didn’t see before.

Fear.

In her eyes, there is fear.

The man looks back and grins

This isn’t sex.

This is rape.

TOMMY
Hey!

The two approach the couple and The yuppie turns ready for a fight and she drops to the floor. Holding her neck. Obviously in pain.

The yuppie folds his dick back into his trousers and that enough time for Gillan to close the distance and get the first punch in.

And Gillan punches hard!

The Yuppie ain’t a pushover and he takes a few punches before getting a couple in on Gillan but that’s enough time for Tommy to kick him several times in the ribs sending him to the floor.

Once down the two lads kick the shit out of the yuppie scum.

LBD GIRL
Leave him alone!

She attacks the lads Stabbing Tommy in the arm with her stiletto. It isn’t in deep but it draws blood and Tommy’s instinctively slaps her back hard genuinely shocked at his own actions.

For a moment nothing happens all look at each other the Yuppie bleeding out.

The girl screams.

The pair back off from the yuppie.

LBD GIRL (CONT’D)
Fuck off! Leave us alone.

Gillan and Tommy are stunned.

LBD GIRL (CONT’D)
He just got carried away.

GILLAN
He was raping you! Jesus!

LBD GIRL
He got carried away.

Tommy and Gillan back up into the alley.

LBD GIRL (CONT’D)
Oh my god! What have you done? What have you done!

The man is a bloody mess and continues to bleed. He wheezes through blood spittle and cracked ribs.

TOMMY
I am so sorry! We thought!

GILLAN
Don’t fucking apologise the cunt was raping her. At the very least he was roughing her up.

LBD GIRL
GET AWAY FROM ME! HELP! SOMEBODY HELP ME!

Gillan grabs his mate as the woman keeps screaming.

GILLAN
We gotta go.

TOMMY
But these people.

GILLAN
We are fucked up man. I got a record. You are a fucking vagrant We both have a huge amount of illegal chemicals in our veins.

Gillan pulls the bag out of his pocket and goes to throw the bag away then thinks the better of it.

TOMMY
But…

GILLAN
We go and deal with this tomorrow. We stay here and we’re done. Finished. Understand?

Tommy is in his own world of guilt and confusion.

TOMMY
But…

Gillan pulls his friend back into the alley. Tommy pulls back. The woman continues to scream for help. Down the road people start to appear.

GILLAN
TOMMY! LET’S GO!

This snaps Tommy out of it.

TOMMY
No. We go to May’s.

Gillan looks at his friend – No-way!

TOMMY (CONT’D)
We go to May’s

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