One Page Challenge October 2016

“Write a one page scene where two people want the same thing, but only one of them ends up with it.”

EXT. A TWO LANE ROAD IN EAST TEXAS — AFTER MIDNIGHT

The strobe of the white and blue and red light bar LEDs from the top of the Sheriff’s patrol car reflect off the tree line on either side of the shoulder. In the splashes of light in front of the Sheriff’s car is a black Chevy HHR, the tailgate lifted, showing off various metal fittings and a few soft-sided tool cases. Standing tall in his uniform, the late 50s heavyset white Sheriff squinted at the half-Cajun half-Japanese six-foot-two and 220 lb or so driver who was reluctantly answering questions.

SHERIFF

So, you’re going to be honest with me what’s in here that I already smell, right?

DRIVER

Honest? I’ve told you, I don’t remember if I put anything in any of my stuff. I’ve got lights for the wedding just right there!

SHERIFF

This is the last time I’m going to ask you before I keep you here and get a dog.

DRIVER

(turning his head)

If there was any medicine, it’d be in one of the grey bags.

SHERIFF

(eyeing close)

Medicine eh?

DRIVER

(pleading)

Look, I work, bumps and bruises…

The Sheriff paws through a couple bags and uses his nose to locate the small orange pill bottle with a white cap.

SHERIFF

I appreciate your honesty.

DRIVER

So…can I have it back?

SHERIFF

I hand this back to you, you go to jail. Okay? Yeah, thought so.

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