The Gambler

Character List

George Shaw: A short and stubborn man in his 20s. He is a very poor man.

Vasco Espino: An overweight drug dealer. He is of Mexican origin.

Jaden Hammith: George's good friend. He is tall, skinny, and worrisome.

Antonio: One of Vasco's bodyguards. He is skilled in combat.

Big Joe: One of Vasco's bodyguards. A heavyset man in his thirty's.

The Gambler

Scene One

(Scene starts in an old blue pickup truck driving down the road in a small, run down village area. It is snowing outside. JADEN HAMMITH is driving the car. GEORGE SHAW is in the passenger seat. They are both wearing ripped and dirty clothing. JADEN pulls the car up next to a small one story building.)

JADEN HAMMITH

Before you do this, let me ask you one question… Why?

GEORGE SHAW

I already told you why.

JADEN HAMMITH

You told me what you were going to do. Not why.

GEORGE SHAW

You know why.

(GEORGE looks at JADEN.)

I ruined my life. I dropped out of high school. Because of that I can't get a job. And on top of that, my wife is pregnant. You know I don't have money to raise a child!

JADEN HAMMITH

I know you're going through hard times, but we can figure out how to get the money another way.

GEORGE SHAW

I don't know man.

(GEORGE slowly looks away from JADEN)

This seems like the only option.

JADEN HAMMITH

(JADEN has raised his voice and starts using hand motions.)

This is a terrible option! This guy you want to see…What's his name? Vasco Espino... is a criminal! You could be killed man! What would your family do without you!

GEORGE SHAW

I know it's not the best idea, but I've heard this guy can get me money.

JADEN HAMMITH

Maybe he can get you the money, but at what price?

GEORGE SHAW

I don't know what this guy will ask for, but if it gets me the money for my family, I have to do it.

JADEN HAMMITH

(JADEN loudly sighs)

Let's just make a deal ok.

GEORGE SHAW

Let me hear it first.

JADEN HAMMITH

If he asks to do anything bad, like really bad, back out.

GEORGE SHAW

What could he possibly ask me to do?

(GEORGE chuckles a little.)

JADEN HAMMITH

Like ending a person's life, or testing out drugs for him.

(JADEN looks GEORGE in the eyes)

Just don't do anything that can be dangerous for you. I don't want to lose my friend.

GEORGE SHAW

(GEORGE stares very seriously at JADEN.)

You won't lose me.

(GEORGE looks to outside at the building.)

And I accept your deal.

JADEN HAMMITH

(JADEN nods his head in satisfaction.)

Good.

GEORGE SHAW

Well I guess I should probably get going.

JADEN HAMMITH

(JADEN is silent for a few seconds. When JADEN responds, he sounds kind of sad.)

Yeah man, of course. Good luck with whatever happens.

GEORGE SHAW

(GEORGE exhales loudly)

Look man, I know I said I'd be safe, but if anything does happen I want you to do a few things.

JADEN HAMMITH

Anything you want.

GEORGE SHAW

(GEORGE looks towards the building again.)

First, anonymously tell the cops the address of this building.

JADEN HAMMITH

Wouldn't the cops have some sort of system to see who called them though?

GEORGE SHAW

I don't know how you'll do it, but you will.

(GEORGE pulls out his wallet and looks at a picture of his wife in it)

Second, I want you to protect my wife and take care of her.

GEORGE SHAW

(GEORGE looks at picture a little longer and then puts it away)

Make sure she doesn't name the kid anything strange. She wants to name it Wilfred for some reason.

JADEN HAMMITH

(JADEN smiles and laughs)

Ok man. I can do that.

GEORGE SHAW

(GEORGE laughs and slowly turns very serious.)

And finally, if I die I want to have a nice small funeral. At the funeral, I want this given to her.

(GEORGE pulls out a small box)

In this box is the first gift she ever gave me. I want her to keep it to remember me.

JADEN HAMMITH

(JADEN looks down in sadness and speaks very quietly.)

I'll make sure it gets to her.

GEORGE SHAW

Remember, this is only if my life is taken from me. You'll probably have no need to give it to her.

JADEN HAMMITH

Of course.

GEORGE SHAW

Well I better get going. Vasco's probably wondering why this truck is parked in front of his building.

JADEN HAMMITH

I'll see you in an hour or so.

JADEN HAMMITH

(JADEN and GEORGE HUG)

(JADEN whispers in GEORGE's ear.)

Be safe my friend. Be safe.

GEORGE SHAW

Alright, see ya.

(GEORGE gets out of the pickup truck and starts to walk towards the buildings door. JADEN stays in his car watching to make sure GEORGE makes it in ok. As George walks up, he has tears in his eyes. He knows this could be the last time he sees the outside world.)

End Scene One