Diamonds By: Nick Thompson
EXT. WOODS DAY
(VIRGO and TAURUS are conversing while setting up a campsite, Taurus is doing most of the talking. LEO is off collecting firewood.) TAURUS Before you become a parent, you think you will have the perfect child and that nothing evil will ever touch them. You think you have the best genes, the best chances for your child to grow up to be a lawyer or a doctor or something. But it doesn’t always turn out like that. My Samantha...has leukemia. But what the fuck do you care? After tomorrow you will never see me again. VIRGO Yeah, you’re right I don’t care. TAURUS Fuck off VIRGO What? Would you rather me sit here and humor you by faking sadness? No, I’m being honest with you. Besides, you don’t seem like the kind of guy to accept pity. TAURUS I’ll take any help I can get. VIRGO Oh yeah? TAURUS You become desperate when you see the only thing you love slipping through your fingers like sand. Yeah I’ll accept even pity right now, I’ll fucking admit it. Years ago before I had a kid, and my wife divorced me, I woulda kicked your teeth in for talking to me like that...What the fuck am I saying? VIRGO Means that much to you, eh?
TAURUS It means everything. You wouldn’t understand, you don’t give a fuck about anything, do you Virgo? VIRGO I care about these diamonds. I care about the things I’m going to buy with them. Get me a new car, probably one of those Corvettes. Ever see one of those go full speed? It’s beautiful. Cops’ll never catch me in one of those. (Taurus looks at Virgo, Virgo doesn’t notice.) TAURUS You know this is enough money you won’t have to do a job like this again. You could get out now, before you get in over your head. VIRGO Are you kidding? I live for this. It’s the rush man. Its better then speeding on a motorcycle with the wind through your hair. I can’t give that up. Not for anything. TAURUS You’re young. You wanna spend the rest of your life behind bars being some guy’s plaything? VIRGO I will never be anyone’s plaything. TAURUS Is that so? VIRGO Yeah it is. TAURUS Why don’t you ask Leo how he liked prison? (Leo walks into the campsite with an arm full of firewood.) LEO Ask Leo what?
3. TAURUS Just telling Virgo here about your little stint in prison. LEO Shut the fuck up about my past. That’s why we have fucking nicknames you stupid shit. Alright so with ARES gone we only have to split the loot three ways--
(Virgo interrupts Leo.) VIRGO Can I see the diamonds? LEO Hell no, you can’t see the diamonds. They are staying with me. VIRGO How do we know you still have them? (Leo walks up and puts his face inches away from Virgo’s.) LEO You came on this job knowing I was running the show. That hasn’t changed... Think your tough shit after robbing a few diamonds? I’ve been doing this for years, let me tell you this ain’t shit. Now, we will rest here for the night and let things cool off a bit. Tomorrow we will all walk together to the drop point and exchange the diamonds for clean money. After that we go our separate ways and then we are ghosts. TAURUS Give the kid a break Leo, I think I’d like to know the diamonds are safe too. LEO Nobody asked you what you thought Taurus. Now get this fucking fire going before Virgo freezes his little nuts off. (Leo and Taurus share a glance, Taurus says nothing and starts building a fire. Leo pulls out a flask and starts taking shots.) (CONTINUED)
VIRGO So why don’t you wanna talk about when you were in prison? LEO You want to know what prison is like? Fine, imagine a place where everything you are given to eat tastes like last year’s thanksgiving dinner seasoned with vomit. You have to be in some sort of gang, usually its based on race, unless you want everyone trying to stab you in the fucking back. You can’t get the pussy you want, and the pussy you can get you don’t want to get close to. The only things you can do to stay entertained are working out, reading, tattooing yourself, and fighting. The guards hate you so they make your life a living hell. You hate the guards because they keep you in that hell. It’s the worst place in the world, and I ain’t never going back. VIRGO Do you believe in hell? (Leo and Virgo share a prolonged glance.) LEO I don’t need to believe when I’ve seen it. VIRGO What I mean is do you believe in God? LEO Are you kidding? If there was a God a person like me wouldn’t be around. I take what I want, when I want it. Now shut the fuck up.