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(Continued from Scenes 11-17.)

 

18.  EXT.  HACIENDA HOTEL BEACH  -  DAY

 

Pepper, clad in a bikini, breasts barely restrained by a tiny bra, hair hanging loosely down her back, struts her stuff westerly along the water's edge.  MEN on the beach gape.  Their FEMALE COMPANIONS try to ignore her. 

As Pepper approaches the section of beach adjacent to the Gold Dolphin, she slyly eyes the yacht.

 

19.  EXT.  GOLD DOLPHIN  -  FLYING BRIDGE AFT

 

Roberto watches Pepper through binoculars.

 

20.  INT.  GOLD DOLPHIN  -  MAIN DECK AFT

 

TOMAS (35), RICARDO (30), and Enrique, all dressed in tight T-shirts, white trousers, and white deck shoes, watch Pepper with happy grins.  Tomas peers through binoculars.

 

                                           TOMAS

                                  (urgently)

                          “Mira.  Mira las piernas.” 

 

Ricardo grabs the binoculars from Tomas.

                                          

                                            RICARDO

                                  (in awe)

                          “Mira los pechos.”

 

Enrique seizes the binoculars.

 

                                           ENRIQUE

                                  (salaciously)

                          “Ayee, mira las nalgas.”

 

The three crewmen LAUGH evilly.

 

21.  EXT. GOLD DOLPHIN  -  FLYING BRIDGE AFT

 

Roberto picks up a microphone. 

 

                                           ROBERTO (loud speaker voice)

                          “Cuidado, putañeros.”

 

22.  EXT.  BEACH

 

Pepper pretends to ignore the Gold Dolphin.  She grins, raises the binoculars concealed at her right side, turns toward the motor yacht.

 

23.  EXT.  FLYING BRIDGE AFT  -  BEACH  -  P.O.V. ROBERTO BINOCULARS

 

Pepper, binoculars to her eyes, faces the yacht.

 

24.  EXT.  BEACH.  P.O.V. PEPPER BINOCULARS

 

Tomas, Ricardo, and Enrique BREAK UP LAUGHING.  Roberto's sad face cracks into a wistful smile.

 

25.  INT.  GOLD DOLPHIN  -  FLYING BRIDGE AFT

 

Roberto raises his microphone.

 

                                           ROBERTO (loud speaker voice)

                          Tomas, take the tender ashore and invite the

                          young lady to visit us. And mind your manners.

 

26.  INT.  GOLD DOLPHIN  -  MAIN DECK AFT.

 

Tomas, Ricardo and Enrique scramble for the control panel, bump into each other in their haste. Tomas raises his hand commandingly, touches a button.

 

27.  EXT.  GOLD DOLPHIN STERN  -  PEPPER P.O.V.

 

Gold Dolphin’s transom swings upward and slides beneath the main deck.  A sleek grey and white inflatable boat with an inboard jet drive engine emerges from the hold, slides into the water.

 

28.  EXT.  BEACH

 

Tomas, Ricardo, Enrique and Pepper stand by the tender.  They check each other out with admiring looks, happy grins.                         

 

                                           TOMAS

                          “Señorita,” our “Capitan” invites

                          you to visit our “Delfin de Oro.”

 

                                           PEPPER

                          I thought he'd never ask.

 

They all BREAK UP LAUGHING, turn to dragging the tender back into the surf.  Pepper holds up her quarter of the heavy inflatable as effortlessly as the men.

 

 

  

(Photo courtesy Gentry Eagle.)

 

(Photo courtesy Gentry Eagle.)

 

29.  INT.  GOLD DOLPHIN  -  SALON

 

Roberto waits near the top of the steps from the landing platform.  As Pepper reaches the main deck, Roberto holds open a silk dressing gown. 

 

                                           ROBERTO

                          “Buenos dias, señorita.”  I am Roberto

                          Delafina and these, your impetuous

                          admirers, are my loyal comrades,

                          Tomas, Ricardo, and Enrique.  Enrique,

                          I believe, has already introduced himself.

 

Enrique hangs his head, shuffles his feet.

 

                                           ROBERTO (continues)

                           We welcome you aboard our Dolphin.

 

                                           PEPPER

                          Thank you Captain. I’m Ramona Deering,

                          skipper of the sailing cutter Rocking Chair.

 

Mona motions to the east where many sailboats are moored.

                     

                                           ROBERTO

                          But you are so young to command

                          a sailing vessel.

 

                                           PEPPER

                          Why, Captain, if that’s a compliment,

                          I thank you.  But if you want to know

                          how old I am, just remember, a woman

                          who will tell you her age, will tell you

                          anything.

 

                                           ROBERTO

                          Very good.  I shall remember that.

 

                                           PEPPER

                          Rocking Chair is owned by Doctor

                          George Selkirk, a retired psychiatrist,

                          and his wife Susan.  They just returned

                          to California for the holidays.  In truth,

                          Doctor Selkirk runs the yacht when

                          he’s aboard.

 

Pepper takes a quick look around the salon. 

 

                                           PEPPER (continues)

                          “Delfin de Oro es muy magnifico.  Es

                          muy grande.  Se mira que es veloz.”

 

Roberto glances at Enrique, smiles slightly.  Enrique hangs his head again.  Tomas and Ricardo LAUGH.

 

                                           ROBERTO

                          Ah.  You speak Spanish.

 

                                           PEPPER

                          “Muy poquito!”

                                                 

                                           ROBERTO

                          More than a little, it would seem.  

                          Come, let me show you our Gold

                          Dolphin, if I can pry you away

                          from these young stallions.

 

Roberto looks to his crewmen.

 

                                           ROBERTO (continues)

                          I am sure they have much to do.

 

The disappointed crewmen return to the boat deck.  Roberto takes Pepper’s arm.  As they walk forward through the salon to the control bridge, their bodies seem to say, “We’re going to get along just fine.”

 

30.  EXT.  SAN LUCAS BAY, EAST ANCHORAGE  -  ROCKING CHAIR

 

The small dinghy, Pepper at the controls, slides up to the stern of a sleek 55 foot sailing yacht.  On the transom is lettered:

 

(SHOT)     LOST HORIZONS     Jack London Square    Oakland, CA.

 

Pepper ties off the dinghy, grabs a line and pulls down a boarding ladder, scrambles up on deck, unlocks the main hatch, and disappears below. The yacht’s exterior is immaculate.

 

Pepper emerges from the main hatch struggling with a large, tightly stuffed black canvas bag.  She wrestles the bag into the dinghy and zooms off. The yacht’s hatch and ports are open, the boarding ladder still hangs in the water.

 

31.  EXT.  CABO ISLE MARINA

 

Pepper ties the dinghy off behind a small sailing yacht upon which Fred, wearing only shorts, is on his knees scrubbing the teak deck.  Fred struggles to his feet, rubs his knees.

 

                                           FRED

                          If God had only given me another inch

                          of fat on my knees and another - -

 

                                           PEPPER

                          Yeah, yeah, Fred.  I’ve heard it all before. 

 

                                           FRED

                          How ya' doing, Pepper?

 

                                          PEPPER

                          I'm goin' sailing on the Dolphin.  

                          They're picking me up at the Las

                          Glorias dock.  You gotta baby-sit

                          Rocking Chair for me.  I left it open.

                          Promise you'll stay aboard?  And,

                          please, keep it clean.

 

                                           FRED

                          “No problema.”  Hold on, I'll drive

                          you to Las Glorias.

 

Fred goes below, emerges dressed in shirt, slacks, and sandals. He hands a cigarette carton to Pepper.

                        

                                           FRED (continues)

                          Here, stow this in your bag.  First

                          chance you get, hide it.

 

Pepper hefts the carton.

 

                                           PEPPER

                          What’s this, a fucking bomb?

 

                                           FRED

                          Nah.  Just a transponder, a special

                          frequency transmitter. We’ve got

                          orders to keep close tabs on “El

                          Capitano.”

                        

                                           PEPPER

                          Why?  Is he dirty?   Remember, if this

                          is DEA business, I get my usual cut. 

    

                                           FRED

                          Sure, sure, Mona.   Don't worry.  First

                          port you hit, take a plane back here.  

                          Your five grand will be waiting for you.

 

                                           PEPPER

                          Hey, all right.  My kids sure can use it.

 

Pepper crams the package into her bag.

 

32.  EXT.  LAS GLORIAS HOTEL DOCK

 

The dinghy draws dockside.  Pepperscrambles out.  Fred tosses her bag onto the dock.

                                           

                                            FRED

                          Bye, bye, baby.

 

33.  INT.  HOTEL LOBBY PUBLIC TELEPHONE

 

Pepper, phone to her ear, checks a piece of paper as she dials, stuffs coins in the slot.  Waits.  And waits. Hangs up.  Nervously dials another number.

 

34.  INT.  SAN DIEGO  -  DEERING HOME DINETTE  -  DAY

 

KEVIN DEERING (35), tall, balding, blue-joweled, his current wife, Janet (30), and his two sons -– KEVIN JUNIOR, a husky 10-year-old, and BEETLE, a small skinny 6-year-old -- are eating. 

 

The TELEPHONE RINGS. Beetle jumps up and rushes to the phone in the living room beside a Christmas tree.

                        

                                           BEETLE

                                  (importantly)

                          Kevin Deering residence.

 

35.  INT.  HOTEL LOBBY  -  PUBLIC TELEPHONE

 

Pepper's face lights up with joy.

 

                                           PEPPER

                          Hi there, Beetle honey.

 

INTERCUT AS NEEDED

                        

                                           BEETLE

                          Mommy!  Mommy!

 

Kevin angrily jumps to his feet, upsetting his chair.

                                          

                                          KEVIN

                          Give me that phone, Beetle.  Right

                          now!  Dammit.

 

Kevin grabs the phone.  Beetle cringes, starts crying.

 

                                           KEVIN

                          I told you, no more talking to the kids

                          until you pay up your back support.

 

Tears well in Pepper's eyes.

 

                                           PEPPER

                          Kevin, please let me talk to the boys,

                          just for a minute. You'll get your

                          money in a few days, I promise.

 

                                           KEVIN

                          Yeah, sure.  Show me the money, and

                          then maybe we’ll talk.

 

Kevin slams down the phone.  Kevin Junior smirks at Beetle.  Janet looks at Kevin approvingly.  Tears roll down Pepper’s cheeks.  She hangs up the phone.  Dabs at her eyes.  Squares her shoulders.  Walks to dock.

 

END INTERCUT

 

36.  EXT.  LAS GLORIAS HOTEL ESPLANADE, MONA’S P.O.V.

 

The Gold Dolphin tender, Tomas at the helm, RUMBLES as it slowly approaches the dock.  Pepper waves energetically, runs to meet the tender.  Tosses in her bag.

 

                                           PEPPER

                                  (forced gaiety)

                          All right.  Let's get it on.

 

                                                        (Continue to Scenes 37-48.)

 

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