The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 18

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PANEL 1
Pull back to see the two of them once again. Angel removes the cape. Paul looks in the mirror.

PAUL
I guess you can’t expect things to stay the same forever.

PAUL (CONT’D)
Hey, that looks great. Exactly what I wanted. How’d you know that?

ANGEL
It’s my own little gift.

PANEL 2
Paul stands up and reaches for his wallet in the back pocket. Angel gives a shy smile.

PAUL
Let me tell you. You are a gifted practitioner of your craft.

PANEL 3
Paul places several bills in her open palm.

PAUL
This is for you, tip included. I’ll be sure to come back from now on. Send my daughter over, too.

PAUL (CONT’D)
You just got yourself two new customers.

PANEL 4
Paul is about to leave. He turns back to her. Desiree is reentering.

PAUL
And if you find yourself in need of a book, come by 1312 Juarez St.

PAUL (CONT’D)
My new bookstore’ll be open in just a couple of days.

PANEL 5
Similar. Paul exits. Desiree and Angel stare at each other in shock.

DESIREE
1312 Juarez!

ANGEL
So that’s who bought Augustin’s building.

PANEL 6
Angel turns back towards the chair. She pooches her lips out and gives a nonchalant shrug.

ANGEL
Eh…

ANGEL (CONT’D)
Could be worse. He could be a bad tipper.

END.

The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 17

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PANEL 1
A silhouette of Paul getting his hair cut.

PAUL
A real sense of community. You don’t get that too often these days.

PAUL (CONT’D)
At least not out in the suburbs. That’s where I’m from, originally.

PAUL (CONT’D)
And you save a bundle living out here.

PANEL 2
Paul and Angel.

PAUL
Of course, that’s not why I came out here.

PAUL (CONT’D)
To be honest, I think I really came out here for the pastries from Paneria del Sol.

PAUL (CONT’D)
You know that place, right by… what is it? Patricio’s Bodega!

PANEL 3
Angel.

ANGEL
Mm-hmm.

ANGEL (CONT’D)
It’s closed now.

PANEL 4
Paul has turned around in his chair to look at Angel.

PAUL
You’re kidding?

PAUL (CONT’D)
Oh! I hadn’t even been over there yet. I didn’t know.

ANGEL
Yeah. About three months ago. Big video rental store moved in. A real shame. I grew up with those cookies.

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The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 16

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PANEL 1
Paul is sitting down. Angel is tying the cape behind his neck.

ANGEL
Tell me what you want.

PAUL
Hmm… well, I guess a bit off the sides, but not too much. Not that there’s that much to take off! Ha ha.

PAUL (CONT’D)
Can you make it look like that fella on TV? The lawyer, you know? But shorter around the ears. Does that make any sense?

ANGEL
I know exactly what you mean.

PANEL 2
The two of them. Angel has started to cut.

PAUL
You from around here?

ANGEL
Ragbox. Born and raised.

PANEL 3
Paul.

PAUL
Just bought a place here myself. I love it, so far.

PAUL (CONT’D)
Gorgeous architecture. All this wonderful detailing. Shame so much of it has been let go.

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The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 15

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PANEL 1
Desiree goes over to Angel. They are both still laughing.

ANGEL
Well, I…

ANGEL (CONT’D)
HA HA

ANGEL (CONT’D)
I guess I just talked myself out of that promotion.

DESIREE
I guess so.

PANEL 2
Closer. Angel and Desiree both still laugh.

ANGEL
And all that about “I’ll buy you out.” That was great. That will shut him up.

DESIREE
I can’t wait!

PANEL 3
They go to the counter, each standing on different side. Both are more serious.

ANGEL
What?

DESIREE
It’s true. I do want my own salon. And I want you with me.

PANEL 4
Angel looks away.

ANGEL
Oh, Desiree…

ANGEL (CONT’D)
I don’t know. Antony and I are making all these plans….

PANEL 5
Close up of their hands on the counter. Desiree puts her hands over Angel’s.

DESIREE
(off above)
Just think about it, will you?

DESIREE (CONT’D)
No promises now. Just think about it.

ANGEL
Okay.

PANEL 6
Wider shot. PAUL, the book store owner, enters. He is a good-spirited white man in his early 50s. He’s balding, but what little hair he has hangs ragged over his ears. Desiree walks away from the counter, past Paul, on her way outside.

DESIREE
¡Ai! Lo tomas. Necesito un cigarrillo.

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The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 14

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PANEL 1
All four of them. Desiree helps the Old Woman into the seat.

AUGUSTIN
I’ve heard it a hundred times before.

PANEL 2
Desiree has lowered the helmet onto the Old Woman’s head, and pushes the button to turn the dryer on.

SOUND EFFECT
clkk

AUGUSTIN
It takes more than big words to –

SOUND EFFECT
(starts small, then gets much louder)
WHHHRRRR

PANEL 3
Angel and Augustin. Angel cups a hand to her ear, smiling, making an “I can’t hear you” look.

ANGEL
What?

AUGUSTIN
I said it takes more than big words –

SOUND EFFECT
(very loud)
WHHHRRRR

PANEL 4
Desiree and Angel look at each other, both raising their arms in an “I don’t know” look.

SOUND EFFECT
(very loud)
WHHHRRRR

PANEL 5
Augustin begins to exit angrily, grabbing the bundle of receipts from the counter as he goes.

PANEL 6
Augustin exits through the door. Both Angel and Desiree fall into hysterics of laughter.

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The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 13

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PANEL 1
Pull back and to the side so we can see more of Augustin. She turns on Augustin again, but she’s starting to lose her ferocity.

ANGEL
And fourth…

ANGEL (CONT’D)
I already said you’re fat… and I don’t like you. So I guess I don’t have a fourth point.

PANEL 2
All three of them. Angel walks away, trying to collect her thoughts. Desiree sits with her arms crossed. The entrance is visible on the right. The tip of a cane pokes through the door.

AUGUSTIN
Fine! I –

PANEL 3
Angel has positioned herself against the far wall. The Old Woman who walked out in the beginning has returned. She is tiny, and hunched with age, and still wears the curlers. She takes no notice of anybody, and passes directly between them.

AUGUSTIN
I…

PANEL 4
Same. The Old woman continues towards the seats with the hair dryers.

AUGUSTIN
I can see where this argument is going.

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The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 12

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PANEL 1
Augustin moves in close to Angel. Desiree stands beside her, furious.

AUGUSTIN
But you, hermosa…

AUGUSTIN (CONT’D)
You should be warned against the foolishness of an old maid.

PANEL 2
Augustin and Angel face each other in profile. He raises a hand to her chin. Angel stares at him coldly.

AUGUSTIN
You still have a few years to cash in on your assets.

AUGUSTIN (CONT’D)
If you came with me, I promise… you’d never have to look at this dump again.

PANEL 3
Same. Augustin turns his head to look at Desiree, now visible between their profiles. Desiree looks up and away, trying very hard not to feel the sting of the insult.

PANEL 4
Angel pushes Augustin’s hand away from her.

ANGEL
Two things you should know:

ANGEL (CONT’D)
First: Just cause I work in a hair salon, doesn’t mean you or anybody else can put their fat, little fingers anywhere near me.

PANEL 5
Angel advances on Augustin. He takes a step backward.

ANGEL
Second: I am proud of where I’m from and who I associate with.

PANEL 6
Angel continues to advance. This time, angle over Augustin’s shoulder.

ANGEL
Third: You better get ready to hand over those keys, because Desiree is going to buy you out.

ANGEL (CONT’D)
And she and I…

PANEL 7
Same. Angel does a half-turn towards Desiree, unseen behind her.

ANGEL
Wait… How did you say it…? We both buy it… or you buy it and I work here…?

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The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 11

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PANEL 1
Desiree, lashing out against being ignored, throws her arms in the air and walks towards Angel.

DESIREE
Fine. Leave us here. Like you left Silvia out in the cold. Homeless and alone.

PANEL 2
Desiree throws her arm around Angel proudly. Angel’s reaction should register that she’s never heard the following idea before.

DESIREE
We don’t need you here. Angel and I got big plans…

DESIREE (CONT’D)
We’re opening our own salon. How do you like that? And we’re taking all the customers with us.

PANEL 3
Close up of Augustin. He looks quite serious as he considers this.

PANEL 4
He bursts out laughing.

AUGUSTIN
Your own place? Fine! Go ahead!

PANEL 5
Pull back. Augustin pulls at a piece of pleather tearing away from one of the barber’s chairs. Desiree has let go of Angel and crosses her arms.

AUGUSTIN
Tell you what? You get the money together and I’ll sell you this place as is.

AUGUSTIN (CONT’D)
Let’s see you get by on $15 perms and horsehair extensions.

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The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 10

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PANEL 1
Back inside the salon. Augustin is walking in, heading for the register. Desiree is quick on his heels.

DESIREE
How much extra do I get for that? Making me lie to a friend?

AUGUSTIN
Nothing. For one: it was merely a part of your regular duties. Submitting to a simple order from management.

PANEL 2
Augustin stands behind the counter and punches some numbers into the cash register. Desiree puts both arms on the counter and leans forward very slightly.

AUGUSTIN
And two: Silvia is not a friend of yours.

DESIREE
That’s true.

AUGUSTIN
She’s a pest!

PANEL 3
Augustin begins sorting through the receipts from the cash register.

AUGUSTIN
The woman won’t leave me alone. I tell her I have nothing to do with that building anymore, thank god.

AUGUSTIN (CONT’D)
A few more buildings sold and I may never have to step foot in the Ragbox again.

PANEL 4
Augustin’s POV. Medium close up of Desiree. She leans forward more, exposing some cleavage.

DESIREE
And what about us, Augustin? Won’t you take anything with you when you go?

PANEL 5
Augustin slams the register drawer shut with his belly.

AUGUSTIN
I have, on occasion, entertained the thought of opening an upscale salon.

AUGUSTIN (CONT’D)
And for that touch of class, I might have to take some of the eye candy with me.

PANEL 6
He leers at Angel. Angel has taken a broom to sweep up some of the hair. She looks up at him with barely contained disgust.

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The Ragbox, Chapter 5, Page 9

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PANEL 1
Medium of the two of them. Angel is getting quite worked up now. Her body is posed as if she were about to slam home an argument, but is caught in mid-motion as she notices something down the street.

ANGEL
You can’t possibly believe that –

ANGEL (CONT’D)
Uh-oh.

PANEL 2
Angel and Desiree on the left. We see their view down the block as Augustin hustles his porcine body as best he can. Desiree has turned around to see what Angel is looking at.

DESIREE
What?

DESIREE (CONT’D)
Oh! Quick, look busy!

ANGEL
Why is he moving so fast?

PANEL 3
Augustin has reached the door to the salon and is about to rush in. Angel and Desiree react with confusion.

AUGUSTIN
I’m not here, understand?

ANGEL
Sure.

PANEL 4
Around the corner, in hot pursuit of Augustin, comes Silvia. Desiree and Angel watch her approach.

DESIREE
Jesús christo… here we go.

PANEL 5
Silvia comes upon them. We are behind her. Angel avoids eye contact. Desiree appears bored.

SILVIA
Has Senor Valverde been by here today?

DESIREE
Augustin? I haven’t seen him.

ANGEL
I – I don’t think so.

PANEL 6
Reversal. We look up at Silvia. She is suspicious.

SILVIA
If you see him –

DESIREE
(off panel)
We will, of course, tell him you were looking for him. And that the matter is most pressing.

SILVIA
Alright then.

PANEL 7
Silvia marches away. Desiree and Angel watch her. Augustin peers his head out through the door.

SILVIA
Buenos dias.

DESIREE
Si.

ANGEL
Buenos dias, Silvia.

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