Chase: Found And Lost — Part 3

It’s been awhile since I posted a segment from my “pulp fantasy noir” comic book script Chase: Lost and Found. You can find part one here, and part two here. I’ve sort of been on a fantasy kick lately and have been given this concept, and a few new ones a lot of gray mattering.

PAGE 7 (Three Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he bursts into his office throwing open a plank door. Hanging on the outside of the door is a modest wood engraved placard that reads Chase Investigations. We can see very little of the office at this point, but what we can see shows evidence of a ransacking. Perhaps there’s a knocked over stool or chair near the door and some parchment papers scattered about. Chase looks very concerned.

CHASE:
Lana? You all right?

2 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as more of Chases office is revealed. There are a few lanterns providing light. There are two desks – one Chase’s the other Lana’s, his secretary – with accompanying chairs. There are a few other chairs thrown about, a couple of knocked over tables. Books and scrolls tossed out of bookcases, an open chest with it’s contents strewn and hanging out, knocked over candle stands, etc…

Lana is kneeling in the middle of the room trying to make some order of the mess. She looks up at Chase as he rapidly approaches. She is an attractive human woman – a bit frightened looking, but unhurt.

CHASE:
Lana, did those goons hurt you?

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as Lana stands with her arms full of parchment. Chase places a hand on both of her shoulders. She can’t help but look a bit pleased by Chase’s concern.

LANA:
No. I’m fine, Mr. Chase. They didn’t touch me. Unfortunately I couldn’t stop them from tearing apart the office.

CHASE:
As long as you’re fine. That’s what’s important.

PAGE 8 (Five Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as they both survey the disaster within the office. Chase is scratching his head.

LANA
They were looking for gold. They said that you owned their employer quite a bit.

CHASE:
I probably do.

2 – TIGHT ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as Lana looks at Chase with concern.

LANA:
They said that they’d be back.

CHASE:
Oh… I’m sure they will be.

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he avoids eye contact with Lana.

CHASE:
Look Lana… I want you to take a few days off. In fact, don’t come back until I contact you.

4 – ANGLE ON LANA
who looks legitimately hurt – emotionally.

LANA:
Are you firing me, Mr. Chase?

5 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he looks directly into Lana’s eyes while he reaches for a pouch tucked in his belt in back and underneath his coat.

CHASE:
No. I’m just shutting down the office for a little while. I’ll come find you when we’re ready to re-open.

PAGE 9 (Six Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as Chase takes one of her hands in his and thrust the small pouch of coins into grip with his other hand. Lana looks somewhat taken aback.

CHASE:
Now, take this.

LANA:
I can’t take this, Mr. Chase. It’s all you’ve got.

2 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
as Chase shows her to the door with one hand on the small of her back and the other making sure she has a good grip on the pouch of coins.

CHASE:
Take it. I owe you a lot more than this. Better you have it than those goons that showed up earlier.

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA
who have stopped before reaching the door – about halfway across the room. Lana is pouring some of the coins out of the pouch and into her free hand. Chase cannot help but smile because of Lana’s generosity and concern. Lana is looking down as she pours the coins into her hand.

LANA:
I’ll take half. You’ll need the other half.

CHASE:
Thanks. You’re a good kid.

4 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND LANA

as Lana hands the now half full coin pouch back to Chase and he slides a finger under Lana’s chin lifting it up to look her in the eyes.

LANA:
Promise me you’ll find me when you’re ready to re-open.

CHASE:
I promise.

5 – ANGLE ON LANA
as she stands in the open doorway leading out to the hall. She looks concerned, yet a trace of hopefulness radiates from her eyes. Maybe in the foreground and to the side we can partially see Chase from behind as he watches her leave.

LANA
Good night, Mr. Chase.

6 – ANGLE ON CHASE
after Lana has left and shut the door behind her. He has a somber look. The room appears somewhat darker now in Lana’s absence.

CHASE:
Goodbye, Lana.

Chase: Found and Lost © 2007 Dan Taylor

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One Response to “Chase: Found And Lost — Part 3”

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