This is an excerpt (first 20 pages) of a completed screenplay.

       "Night Surfer" - screenplay by Derek Paterson.


       FADE IN:


       EXT. EAST CHINA SEA - NIGHT

       Deathly still.  The outline of several small islands on the
       horizon.  A darker, more solid smudge of mainland faces the
       islands.

       Title:  EAST CHINA SEA, PRESENT DAY.

       A MODERN WARSHIP speeds through the night, her bow wake a
       splash of white.  No bridge lights or running lights, she's
       totally blacked out.  No flag, either.  Small and compact,
       she carries a 4-inch forward gun.

       BEHIND THE WARSHIP

       Three patrol boats of the People's Navy in hot pursuit.
       Their searchlights sweep the seas ahead, finally hitting

       THE WARSHIP

       stands out starkly in the searchlight beams.  She swerves
       wildly but the beams stay with her.

       UP AHEAD

       Two more People's Navy patrol boats move to intercept.

       PATROL BOAT BRIDGE

       The CHINESE CAPTAIN raises his binoculars and looks ahead.

                             CAPTAIN
                      (in Cantonese)
                 Man the deck gun.

       PATROL BOAT GUN DECK

       The GUN CREW man their stations and aim the cannon.

       PATROL BOAT BRIDGE

       The Captain lifts a radio mike and speaks perfect English.

                             CAPTAIN (CONT'D)
                      (into mike)
                 American warship.  Check your global
                 navigation system.  I think you will
                 find you are in Chinese waters.
                 Stop your engines and stand by to be
                 boarded.

       THE WARSHIP

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                                                                 2.


       Flares positioned along her length create a thick oily cloud
       of smoke that lies heavy on the water.

       THE PATROL BOAT

                             CAPTAIN (CONT'D)
                      (into mike)
                 We have you on radar.  This is the
                 last warning you will receive.  Cut
                 your engines and heave to.

       THE WARSHIP

       makes no attempt to cut her engines.

       THE PATROL BOAT

       opens fire!  A thunderous BANG shakes the night.

       THE WARSHIP

       is drenched in the wave from the EXPLOSION that erupts
       perilously close to her bows.  The water strips away her
       smoke cover, exposing her.

       HER FORWARD GUN

       blazes as she returns fire!  A defiant KA-BOOM.

       A patrol boat EXPLODES, showering flame and debris.

       PATROL BOAT BRIDGE

       The explosion illuminates the bridge interior.  The windows
       SHATTER, flying glass strikes the Captain.  He puts a hand
       to his face, covering one eye.  Blood seeps through his
       fingers.  A CREWMAN is also wounded and has to be helped off
       the bridge.

                             CAPTAIN (CONT'D)
                      (in Cantonese)
                 All patrol boats open fire!

       THE PATROL BOATS

       open up with everything they've got, lighting up the night.

       THE WARSHIP

       is caught in the middle of a withering barrage.  EXPLOSIONS
       rip her stern housing apart.  Flames spread rapidly, the
       smoke adding to the smoke from the flares.

       PATROL BOAT BRIDGE

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                                                                 3.


                             CAPTAIN (CONT'D)
                      (in Cantonese)
                 All patrol boats are ordered to pursue
                 and destroy!

       THE WARSHIP

       burning furiously, she makes for open sea, trailing a curtain
       of smoke behind her.  EXPLOSIONS continue to bracket her,
       narrowly missing their target.

                             COMMAND NET (FILTERED)
                      (in Cantonese)
                 We are moving into international
                 waters.

       PATROL BOAT BRIDGE

                             CAPTAIN
                      (in Cantonese)
                 Continue pursuit!

       THE WARSHIP

       is swallowed by the smoke screen.  The fires raging along
       her stern burn angry red through the smoke.

                             COMMAND NET (FILTERED)
                      (in Cantonese)
                 We have left territorial waters.

       The Captain opens his mouth to speak into his radio mike...
       then pauses... and lowers the mike.

       THE WARSHIP

       disappears into the night.

       PATROL BOAT BRIDGE

                             CAPTAIN
                      (in Cantonese)
                 Break off pursuit.  All boats break
                 off pursuit.

       AN ANGRY VOICE takes over the Radio Command Net.

                             COMMAND NET (FILTERED)
                 You will lose your rank for this,
                 Captain Liu!

       The Captain, LIU, half-blinded, stares out to sea after the
       American warship, hatred twisting his face.

                                                     FADE TO BLACK:

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                                                                 4.


       FADE IN:


       EXT. U.S. NAVAL SUPPLY BASE, MANILA, PHILLIPINES - DAY

       Ships of all shapes and sizes.  Personnel numbered in
       thousands.


       EXT. HOSPITAL - DAY

       Among the many visitors, LT. JANE "LACE" LACEY, wearing her
       whites.  She possesses a Marilyn Monroe beauty that turns
       heads and a depth of intelligence that frightens most men
       away.  Lacey salutes the Marine SENTRY on her way in.


       INT. HOSPITAL RECEPTION - DAY

       Lacey shows her ID badge.

                             LACEY
                 Admiral William Lacey.

       The DESK NURSE consults her computer.

                             DESK NURSE
                 Second floor, follow the signs to
                 North Ward.  He's in Room Ten.


       INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY

       Lacey marches around the corridor, oblivious to MEDICAL STAFF
       and PATIENTS all around her.

       She stops outside a door numbered "10."  Takes a deep breath--


       INT. ADMIRAL LACEY'S HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

       A SILVER-HAIRED MAN lies in bed unconscious and hooked up to
       softly beeping life monitors.  One of his hands is bandaged.
       A NURSE scribbles on her clipboard and notes the time.  She
       looks up as Lacey knocks gently on the door and enters.

                             NURSE
                 Can I help you?

       Lacey takes off her hat.  She stares at the man on the bed.

                             LACEY
                 I'm Jane Lacey.  That's my Dad.

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                                                                 5.


                             NURSE
                 Oh, I didn't know the Admiral had
                 any family.  Would you like to speak
                 to the doctor?

                             LACEY
                 Mmm.

       The Nurse exits.  Lacey moves to the bedside.  She touches
       the Man's unbandaged hand, watches his face.  No reaction.
       She drops her hat on the bed and takes his hand gently in
       both her hands.

                             LACEY (CONT'D)
                 Sorry I'm late, Dad.  As always.

       Tears stream down her face.  She wipes them away, then pulls
       up a chair using her foot and sits down, not letting go of
       his hand.  She studies the monitors and stuff wired up to
       the frail-looking human being.

       A white-coated mature DOCTOR enters.  He does a double-take
       at Lacey's profile and sucks in his gut.

                             DOCTOR
                 I understand you're Admiral Lacey's
                 daughter.

       Lacey gets up.

                             LACEY
                 Yes sir.  Lieutenant Jane Lacey.

                             DOCTOR
                 Sit down, Lieutenant.  Let's drop
                 the formalities.  I'm Dick Harper.
                 I've been looking after your father
                 since he arrived.

                             LACEY
                 I'm scared to ask how he is.

                             DOCTOR
                 His condition hasn't worsened.  He's
                 comfortable.

                             LACEY
                 But he hasn't woken up.

                             DOCTOR
                 He's in a coma, yes, but scans are
                 clear.  Wouldn't surprise me if he
                 opened his eyes and asked for his
                 clothes.

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                                                                 6.


                             LACEY
                 But he hasn't.

                             DOCTOR
                 Not so far but I'm a long way from
                 giving up hope.

                             LACEY
                 Is it okay if I talk to him?

                             DOCTOR
                 Sure.  There's every possibility he
                 can hear you.  If anything happens...
                 press that button on the hand control.

                             LACEY
                 You mean if he responds to my voice?

                             DOCTOR
                 Why not?  Look me up if you want to
                 talk more.  I'm on until midnight.

       He exits.  Lacey sits down.

                             LACEY
                 I'm sorry I didn't come sooner, I...

       She stops.  Tries to find the words.  Can't.  She sits
       silently holding his hand, and wipes the tears cascading
       down her face.


       INT. HOSPITAL LADIES ROOM - NIGHT

       Lacey washes her face at the sink.  The same Nurse enters.

                             NURSE
                 We thought you'd gone.

                             LACEY
                 When do you give up on him?

                             NURSE
                 Never.  If you leave your contact
                 details with the desk we'll let you
                 know.

                             LACEY
                 Thanks.

       Lacey towels herself dry while the Nurse hangs up her hat
       and unfastens her belt.

                             NURSE
                 Did you see the two officers?

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                                                                 7.


                             LACEY
                 What officers?

                             NURSE
                 They were asking which room your
                 father's in.


       INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY

       Lacey exits the Ladies Room and comes face to face with
       COMMANDER HALYARD "HAL" WILLIAMSON and LT. TED "BIFFO" MAINE.
       Both late 20s, fighting fit and handsome with it.

                             WILLIAMSON
                 Officer on deck.

       They come to attention and salute Lacey.  She grins at them,
       then stands on her toes and kisses both men on the cheek.
       Throughout their conversation she stands close and touches
       their sleeves.  They're old friends.

                             LACEY
                 Another minute and we'd have missed
                 each other.  I'm so happy to see you
                 both.

                             MAINE
                 We're sorry about your Dad.

                             LACEY
                 I know.  You're in dock, or passing
                 through?

                             WILLIAMSON
                 We ship out tomorrow.  Thought we'd
                 stop by and pay our respects to the
                 Old Man.  Are you staying on base?

                             LACEY
                 The Hyatt Regency.  Just for once I
                 wanted a mattress that doesn't leave
                 holes in my spine.  A shameful
                 extravagance, I know.

                             WILLIAMSON
                 Maybe we can meet for cocktails?
                 How does seven sound?

                             LACEY
                 'Slong as we can get something to
                 eat, deal.

                             MAINE
                 Somewhere cheap.

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                                                                 8.


                             LACEY
                 My treat.  I owe you guys a hundred
                 good meals.

                             MAINE
                 Somewhere expensive.

                             LACEY
                 Seven it is.  I have to report to
                 the Base Commander.  I'll see you
                 guys later, okay?  And thanks for
                 stopping by to see my Dad.  That
                 means a lot to me.

                             WILLIAMSON
                 He means a lot to us.

       Lacey exits.  Williamson and Maine watch her leave.

                             MAINE
                 It's a dirty trick we're playing on
                 her.  I'd like to register a formal
                 protest here and now, Commander.

                             WILLIAMSON
                 So noted, Lieutenant.

       They turn and head along the corridor.


       INT. ADMIRAL LACEY'S HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

       Williamson and Maine enter.  They move to stand on either
       side of the bed, and gaze down at the sleeping man.

                             WILLIAMSON
                 What we discussed has become manifest,
                 sir.  We shall not permit them to
                 disgrace your good name any longer.
                 Those responsible will be exposed.

                             MAINE
                 Amen.

       They come to attention and salute the sleeping man.


       INT. BASE COMMANDER'S OFFICE - DAY

       ADMIRAL RODERICK looks up from his paperwork as an ORDERLY
       shows Lacey in.  He comes around his desk to embrace Lacey.
       The Orderly is astonished.

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                                                                 9.


                             LACEY
                 Lieutenant Jane Lacey reporting for
                 duty, Uncle Rod.

       She kisses him on the cheek.  He holds her at arm's length.

                             RODERICK
                 Sight for sore eyes, Lace.  Take a
                 seat.  Get you something?

                             LACEY
                 I'm fine.

       Roderick shoos the Orderly out.  They sit down.

                             LACEY (CONT'D)
                 You're looking well.

                             RODERICK
                 This weather suits me.  Not so many
                 aches and pains in the morning.  I
                 was over seeing your Dad yesterday.

                             LACEY
                 The way the doctor spoke, you'd think
                 he'd stubbed his toe.

                             RODERICK
                 Did he give you his "I haven't given
                 up hope" speech?

                             LACEY
                 Almost word for word.

                             RODERICK
                 He means it.  He could wake up at
                 any moment.  Sure he took a knock
                 but there's no visible damage and
                 that's a big plus.

                             LACEY
                 What happened, Uncle Rod?  No one
                 could tell me a damned thing.

                             RODERICK
                 It's classified, Lace, and I'm not
                 kidding.

       Lacey turns her face away and looks out the window.

                             LACEY
                 Can you tell me what my assignment
                 is, or is that classified too?

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                                                                10.


       Roderick presses a buzzer on his desk.  The Orderly enters,
       places a file folder on the desk, then exits.  Roderick opens
       the folder and reads.

                             RODERICK
                 The powers-that-be think the best
                 way to utilize your skills is to
                 stick you aboard a survey boat bound
                 for the Antarctic.

                             LACEY
                 You have got to be kiddin' me.

                             RODERICK
                 New computer system needs a shakedown.
                 Your file says you're the best geek
                 in the business.  Do you agree?

                             LACEY
                 Modesty prevents me from admitting
                 that is the case, sir.

                             RODERICK
                 I could tell them to send someone
                 else.

                             LACEY
                 I can't ask for special consideration
                 just because I'm the Admiral's
                 daughter.  I learned that a long
                 time ago.

                             RODERICK
                 Your boat weighs anchor tomorrow
                 midnight.  You'll report for duty no
                 later than sixteen hundred hours.
                 Doesn't give you a lot of time with
                 your Dad.  I'll see you receive daily
                 updates on his condition once you're
                 at sea.

                             LACEY
                 Thanks Uncle Rod.  I don't want to
                 keep you back...

       She gets up.  Roderick gets up with her.

                             RODERICK
                 Are you free tonight?

                             LACEY
                 I bumped into a couple of friends at
                 the hospital.  We said we'd meet for
                 drinks and dinner but I can give
                 them a call, take a rain check.

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                                                                11.


                             RODERICK
                 How about breakfast tomorrow?  Katy
                 will be mad with me if you don't
                 drop by and say hello before you
                 ship out.

                             LACEY
                 Breakfast sounds good.

                             RODERICK
                 Let's say oh-nine-thirty, God willing
                 and hangover permitting.

       He opens the door for her.  She kisses him on the cheek.

                             LACEY
                 Oh-nine-thirty it is.


       INT. ORDERLY'S OFFICE - DAY

       The Orderly looks up as Lacey walks by, and twists his neck
       to follow her out the door.


       INT. HOTEL BAR - NIGHT

       Lacey enters and looks around.  She's ditched her uniform
       and wears a Cantonese style silk dress with diamond earrings.
       She draws admiring looks from several CUSTOMERS.

       She takes a stool at the bar.  The Barman comes over.

                             LACEY
                 Mai Tai please, Benny.

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 Let me buy that.

       He's 30s, confident, bronzed.  He slides a twenty across the
       counter.  Lacey slides it back to him.

                             LACEY
                 Thanks but I'm a big girl, I pay my
                 own way.

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 The day comes when I can't buy a
                 beautiful woman a drink, I don't
                 want to live on this planet any more.

                             LACEY
                 I hear NASA's looking for recruits.

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                                                                12.


                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 Now I regard our meeting like this
                 as fate.  If Bogart were still alive
                 they'd cast him in my role.

                             LACEY
                 Of all the gin joints, right?

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 It's a crime to see you sitting here
                 alone, that's all.  What say you and
                 me grab a table?  An intimate corner
                 table with soft lights.  Then you
                 can tell me all about yourself.

                             LACEY
                 I'm waiting for a couple of friends.

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 Who haven't shown up, which is beyond
                 understanding.  Tell you what, why
                 don't I keep you company until they
                 get here?  And if they don't, well,
                 that's my good fortune.

                             LACEY
                 Okay, plain English.  I'm waiting on
                 a couple of foreign guests who pay
                 very well for the kind of services I
                 provide.  Frankly, I don't think
                 your wallet will stretch that far.

       Customer One, and his twenty dollar bill, disappear.  The
       Barman brings Lacey her drink.

                             BARMAN
                 That's a mean trick.

                             LACEY
                 Sometimes it's the only one that
                 works.

       Lacey sips her drink, looks around the bar, and becomes a
       target for CUSTOMER TWO, 40s, James Bond suave.

                             CUSTOMER TWO
                 Is this a gay bar?  That's the only
                 reason I can think of to explain why
                 you're on your own.

                             LACEY
                 Actually it is a gay bar.  I came
                 here to get some cosmetic surgery
                 done, if you know what I mean.

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                                                                13.


                             CUSTOMER TWO
                 You're kidding me, right?

                             LACEY
                 I'd like your honest opinion.  I'm
                 not sure if the breasts are big
                 enough.  Doctor Mawapa said I could
                 come back and he'd enlarge then if
                 that was what I wanted--

       But Customer Two is a blip on the horizon, heading out.

                             BARMAN
                 You gonna chase all my customers
                 away, Lieutenant?

                             LACEY
                 I'll be a good girl, I promise.

                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

       FOUR empty glasses are lined up on the bar.  Lacey's on her
       fifth M.T.  She slugs it back like a pro and bangs the glass
       down.  The Barman stares at the empty glasses.

                             LACEY (CONT'D)
                 Leave 'em.  I'm gonna build a pyramid.
                 Keep 'em coming, sport.

       CUSTOMER THREE makes his move as the Barman brings Lacey
       another drink.

                             CUSTOMER THREE
                 Quite a coincidence.

                             LACEY
                 You're building a pyramid too?

                             CUSTOMER THREE
                 Meeting you here.  You don't remember
                 me, do you?

                             LACEY
                 Don't think so.  Where did we...?

                             CUSTOMER THREE
                 In my dreams, last night.

                             LACEY
                 I get around, don't I?  Take a ticket,
                 you're Number 14.  I'll call you
                 when it's your turn.

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                                                                14.


                             CUSTOMER THREE
                 There must be some way I can get to
                 the head of the queue.

                             LACEY
                 Sure.  Offer me some sage advice.

                             CUSTOMER THREE
                 Well, I'll try my best--

                             LACEY
                 Explain how come I'm sitting here
                 getting plastered while my Dad's in
                 hospital with wires coming out his
                 head.  Explain that and you're at
                 the head of the queue, guaranteed.

       She blitzes the Mai Tai in one, puts the empty glass with
       the others.  Customer Three takes the hint and exits.

       The PHONE rings.  The Barman answers.  He listens, looks at
       Lacey, listens some more, then nods "Okay" and hangs up.

                             BARMAN
                 Lieutenant Maine called.  Sends his
                 apologies.  Says he can't make it.

                             LACEY
                 He give a reason?

                             BARMAN
                 Sorry.  You want another?

                             LACEY
                 Forget it.  Wha'd'I owe ya?

       CUSTOMER ONE

       watches Lacey pay the Barman and exit.


       INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE LACEY'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

       Lacey unlocks her door, steps inside.  She closes the door
       behind her.  A beat, then Customer One appears at the end of
       the hallway.


       INT. LACEY'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

       She throws her purse on the bed, kicks off her shoes, takes
       off her earrings and puts them on the bedside table.  She
       walks to the balcony and opens the sliding door.  (She doesn't
       turn on the lights; there's light from outside.)

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       EXT. LACEY'S BALCONY - NIGHT

       An impressive view over Manila Bay, ablaze with lights.
       Lacey leans against the rail, closes her eyes and takes a
       deep breath.


       INT. LACEY'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

       A MAN DRESSED IN BLACK and wearing a hooded mask exits the
       adjoining bathroom.  He looks at the balcony.  Lacey has her
       back to the room.  The Man In Black creeps to the door.


       INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE LACEY'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

       Customer One looks up and down the hallway, then knocks on
       the door.


       INT. LACEY'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

       The Man In Black stops and backtracks to the bathroom.


       EXT. LACEY'S BALCONY - NIGHT

       Lacey doesn't react.  She hasn't heard the knock.


       INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE LACEY'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

       Customer One knocks louder.


       EXT. LACEY'S BALCONY - NIGHT

       This time Lacey hears the knock.  She goes back inside.


       INT. LACEY'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

       Halfway to the door, Lacey glances at the bedside table.  No
       earrings.  She bends down and scoops up one of her shoes
       without breaking step.  She opens the door.

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 You're not a hooker.

                             LACEY
                 I failed the exam.

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 Why'd you tell me you were?

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                                                                16.


                             LACEY
                 I was waiting for some friends.

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 But they didn't show.

                             LACEY
                 Must've had a reason.

       He holds up a bottle.

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 Night's not over yet.

                             LACEY
                 I'd like to get some sleep.  Big day
                 tomorrow.

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 Ah come on, I had you down for a
                 party girl.

                             LACEY
                 Bad timing.  City's full of pretty
                 girls.  Go find one.

                             CUSTOMER ONE
                 Thought I had.

       He shakes his head with disappointment and exits.

       Lacey closes the door--

       --And spins as the Man In Black exits the bathroom and tries
       to push past her.  WHAP, she cracks him on the head with her
       shoe heel.  He collapses like a rotten tree and lies there,
       stunned.

       Lacey picks up a BAG the thief dropped.  She fishes out her
       earrings, a gold watch, pair of panties, silk stockings.

                             LACEY
                 You stole my panties!?

       She kicks him in the gut.  Man In Black MOANS and curls up.

       CLUNK!  Customer One's bottle makes fleeting contact with
       her head.  She sprawls over Man In Black, senseless.  Customer
       One rolls her over, pulls Man In Black to his feet.  Man In
       Black sways and holds his head, MOANING.

                             MAN IN BLACK
                 Bitch hit me--

       Customer One hussles him outside.

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       INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE LACEY'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

       They run and limp down the hallway.

                                                       DISSOLVE TO:


       INT. LACEY'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

       Lacey sits on the bed, attended by a DOCTOR and the hotel
       MANAGER.  The Doctor parts her hair and examines her head
       while the Manager looks around the room.

                             HOTEL DOCTOR
                 There's contusion and swelling, but
                 the skin is unbroken.

                             MANAGER
                 You're sure you didn't fall?

       A LOUD KNOCK at the door.  The Manager opens it.  Four SPs
       in uniform led by a fresh-faced LIEUTENANT.

                             MANAGER (CONT'D)
                 There's really no need for this--

                             LIEUTENANT
                 Are you all right Miss Lacey?

                             LACEY
                 Nothing a bottle of Aspirin won't
                 cure.

                             LIEUTENANT
                 Did you see your assailant?

                             LACEY
                 Yes and no.  The guy who broke in
                 was wearing a mask.  Not your Lone
                 Ranger mask.  More like Zorro, a
                 cloth square with eye holes.

                             LIEUTENANT
                 Local or American?

                             LACEY
                 He had a suntan but so does everyone
                 else around here.  The guy who
                 actually hit me, from behind, was
                 American.  He came to my door looking
                 for a good time, I sent him away.

       The Lieutenant takes a moment to take this in.

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                                                                18.


                             LIEUTENANT
                 And you struck the masked man.

                             LACEY
                 Clobbered him with my shoe.  He went
                 down.

       She dips her hand, making the motions of a crashing plane.
       A sudden pain makes her wince.  She touches the back of her
       head.

                             LACEY (CONT'D)
                 Didn't know he had backup.  Dirty
                 trick.

                             LIEUTENANT
                      (to Doctor)
                 How is Miss Lacey?

                             LACEY
                 Miss Lacey is fine, although she
                 really ought to be addressed by her
                 rank.

                             LIEUTENANT
                 I beg your pardon.  Doctor, how is
                 Lieutenant Lacey?

                             HOTEL DOCTOR
                 Her skull must be X-rayed.

                             LACEY
                 Ah come on, I'm okay.

                             LIEUTENANT
                 Sorry Lieutenant, you have an
                 appointment at the base hospital.
                      (to Manager)
                 I'll want to speak to all staff
                 members on duty tonight plus the
                 guests on this floor.

                             MANAGER
                 You should know that she was drinking
                 in the bar this evening.  Alone.

       The Lieutenant looks at Lacey.  Is this true?

                             LACEY
                 I had my fair share, but I'm a long
                 way from drunk.

       She stands up, balances on one foot, closes her eyes and
       touches her nose with her fingertips.

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                                                                19.


                             LACEY (CONT'D)
                 Draw a chalk line on the floor, gimme
                 six oranges and stand back.

                             MANAGER
                      (to Lieutenant)
                 She is clearly intoxicated.

                             LACEY
                 I wish.

       The Lieutenant indicates the bag and stuff on the floor.

                             LIEUTENANT
                 This is what they tried to steal?

                             LACEY
                 Yeah, my panties, fer cripe's sake.
                 Lay a hand on them, I swear you'll
                 be looking for a new arm.

                             LIEUTENANT
                 Wouldn't dream of it, Lieutenant.
                 Nice watch.  Diamonds look real.

                             LACEY
                 They should.  Gift from an ex.  He
                 asked for them back when we split.
                 As if.

       The Lieutenant signals to one of the SHORE PATROLs who steps
       forward with a camera.  He takes snaps of the loot, then
       moves around the room.  The Manager watches warily.

                             LIEUTENANT
                      (to Manager)
                 I'd appreciate if you didn't discuss
                 this with anyone else.  You'll receive
                 a formal request in writing from the
                 Base Commander's office first thing
                 in the morning.  If you have the
                 bill ready, we'll take care of it.

                             LACEY
                 Hey I can pay my own bills.

                             LIEUTENANT
                 My men will pack your suitcase,
                 Lieutenant.  Maybe you'd like to
                 pick up your panties yourself?

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                                                                20.


       INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

       The same Doctor as before shines a flashlight into Lacey's
       eyes.  The Lieutenant waits by the door, arms folded.

                             LACEY
                 There's really no need for this.
                 You're wasting your time.

                             DOCTOR
                 I'm a doctor, it's my job.

                             LACEY
                 I thought you got off at midnight?

                             DOCTOR
                 Lucky me, someone called in sick.

                             LACEY
                 Oh the irony.

                             DOCTOR
                 Say "ah."

                             LACEY
                 I have a sore head, not a sore throat.

                             DOCTOR
                 I just want you to stop talking for
                 a moment so I can think.

       A NURSE enters with X-rays.  The Doctor pins 'em up on the
       light board and examines them.

                             LACEY
                 Just give it to me straight, Doc.
                 Will I ever play the piano again?

                             DOCTOR
                 There's no evidence of fracture but
                 you have a lump the size of a
                 baseball.

                             LACEY
                 No kidding.  How about some pain
                 killers?

                             DOCTOR
                 I think we can arrange that.  I'd
                 like you to stay in overnight so I
                 can keep an eye on you.

                             LACEY
                 Take a ticket, you're Number Fifteen.
                 I'll call you when it's your turn.

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                                                                21.


                             DOCTOR
                 How much have you had to drink?

                             LACEY
                 Somewhere in between too much and
                 not nearly enough.  How's my Dad?

                             DOCTOR
                 Resting peacefully.
                      (to Lieutenant)
                 Can your business wait until morning,
                 Lieutenant?

                             LIEUTENANT
                 Yes sir.  Just wanted to make sure
                 the Lieutenant was okay.
                      (to Lacey)
                 Goodnight, Lieutenant.

                             LACEY
                 G'night 'tenant to you too.

       The Lieutenant exits.

                             LACEY (CONT'D)
                 He's a nice boy but he worries too
                 much.

                             DOCTOR
                 I'm going to ask a nurse to find you
                 a bed.  She'll give you something
                 for the pain.

                             LACEY
                 I was supposed to meet some friends.
                 They didn't turn up.  I felt lonely.

                             DOCTOR
                 If that's a problem I can ask the
                 psychiatric counsellor to pay you a
                 visit.

                             LACEY
                 Does he like Mai Tais too?

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