Shiv

INT. CAR – NIGHT

Two men drive through the street lamp light night. NATE (32, gangly) dressed in a basketball uniform drives. Beside him sits MARK (34, stocky) dressed in sweat pants and a jacket.

MARK
Nice night tonight.

NATE
Yeah, yeah, it’s pretty nice.

MARK
So I think you should try and shiv one of the oppositions players tonight.

NATE
WHAT? What are you talking about!

MARK
I’m just saying it’s a big game, we’ve got finals in a few weeks, if an opportunity to shiv someone comes up I think you should take it.

NATE
An opportunity to shiv someone?

MARK
Yeah, like when the umpire’s not looking or something. Maybe I’ll give you some sort of signal when it’s a good time. I could make a stabbing motion, no that’s to obvious. How about I lick my top lip like this?

Mark rubs his tongue all over his top lip.

NATE
Coach, I’m not going to shiv someone!

MARK
Why not? This is for the finals Nate.

NATE
Well for one, and I feel like I shouldn’t even have to say this, I don’t own a shiv!

MARK
Well I didn’t really expect you to.

NATE
(sighs)
Good.

MARK
That’s why I brought you one.

Mark pulls a tiny shiv from his sports bag, it’s a piece of guttering that’s been cut and sharpened. Nate nearly loses control of the car as he looks down at it in shock.

NATE
You made that!

MARK
Of course, I’m your coach. I’ve got enough for everyone.

NATE
Coach, this is amateur basketball. D grade amateur basketball. Not prison! Why the hell do you think we’re suddenly going to start just shiving people? And how do you realistically think that would go unnoticed?

MARK
Maybe if we just…Oh! I don’t know! I just really wanted us to win tonight, and, maybe, for a few of the Raven’s guys to get shived.

NATE
The ravens! Coach, is this maybe about your ex-wife?

MARK
Not ex-wife! Not yet. The divorce hasn’t been finalised. I just, I want her back Nate.

NATE
And you think having us shiv some of her players is the way to do that?

MARK
Oh I don’t know what I was thinking.

Beat.

MARK (CONT’D)
I heard she might be seeing one of the guys on her team.

NATE
I see. Well you were wrong to think us shiving people was the answer, but I think you were right that we need to win tonight!

MARK
Yeah?

NATE
Yeah! We’ll show those ravens and, that possibly soon to be ex wife of yours, just what we’re made of!

MARK
YEAH!

NATE
ALRIGHT! Let’s go win a basketball game! And maybe dispose of those shivs on the way.

MARK
Good thinking.

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