INT. PI OFFICE - NIGHT - BLACK AND WHITE Smoke fills the room. A pair of feet rest on a desk, next to a half drunken bottle of whiskey. The smoke is pouring out of from MATTHEW ROSS (38), a burly man in suspenders. He drinks from a glass. MATTHEW (V.O.) Every detective flick you ever seen, they always say “I shouldn’t never have taken this case.” They’re lying. Matthew refills his glass. MATTHEW (V.O.) You gotta take every case. Being a private eye means you gotta take whatever you can get, or learn to eat newspaper. I still would’ve taken the damn case. Matthew drinks. MATTHEW (V.O.) At least the movies got one part right. It started with a dame. INT. PI OFFICE - EARLIER - DAY The beautiful ELLEN PINE (26) speaks on length to Matthew. She’s worried, and desperate. Matthew listens, practically asleep. MATTHEW (V.O.) It always starts with a dame. She came in, all tears and shakes, talking about her husband. See, he’s this stand up guy all their lives, but lately he’s been running off into the night. Mal tears up, and dabs at her eyes with a hankerchief. MATTHEW (V.O.) She doesn’t know what to do. She don’t want to spy on him, but those mean little thoughts are banging around her head, and she can’t make ‘em shut up. (MORE)
A short script, centering around a detective trapped in an ever changing world.