Chase: Found And Lost — Part 5

My pulp fantasy-noir continues with Part 5 of Chase: Found and Lost. If you need to catch up links to the previous parts are below.

PAGE 13 (Four Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON GOON ONE AND GOON TWO – CHASE’S P.O.V.
as Goon One is checking the coin pouch they got off of Chase for its contents. He has emptied a few coins into his palm. Goon Two looks on from behind Goon One’s shoulder.

GOON ONE:
We’ll go ahead and take what you’ve got here for Mr. Weathers and let him know that you’ll pay the rest of your debt posthaste.

2 – ANGLE ON GOON ONE AND GOON TWO
as Goon Two slips out into the hall, Goon One looks back at Chase and readies to close the door behind him as he leaves.

GOON ONE:
Good evening, Mr. Chase.

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he lies on the floor. His face is rather beaten. Blood leaks from his nose and a cut above his eye. He is not a pretty picture.

CHASE:
Hmmm…

CAPTION:
Well, at least the day was coming to an end. Unconsciousness wasn’t far away.

4 – HIGH ANGLE ON CHASE
looking down as he lies unconscious amid the mess of his ransacked office.

PAGE 14 (Four Panels)

1 – BLACK
a panel of complete black.

GUTMAN (O.P.):
Crispin Chase?

2 – ANGLE ON GUTMAN – CHASE’S P.O.V.
as Chase strains to open his eyes he is met with the blurry image of a man standing before him. From what can be determined it is apparent that the man is rather stout, perhaps balding and wringing something in his hands.

GUTMAN:
Are you alive?

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he regains consciousness. While he is a bit battered and bruised – a black eye, a few scrapes, dried blood from his nose and lips – he could be much more worse off. He is propping himself up.

CAPTION:
Actually, I had no idea if I was or not.

4 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND GUTMAN
as Chase is touching his own face to see if it is still together. Gutman stands over him wringing the hat in his hands and looking concerned. Chase winces as he touches his own face.

CHASE:
Ouch?

CAPTION:
Yes. I was alive. I hurt too much to be dead.

PAGE 15 (Six Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND GUTMAN
as Chase gets to his feet and Gutman looks on.

CHASE:
Ugh…

2 – ANGLE ON GUTMAN
as he continues to wring the hat in his hands – still a bit nervous.

GUTMAN:
Are you Crispin Chase?

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND GUTMAN

as Chase looks like he’s about too fall down at any moment. Gutman isn’t sure if he should reach out with a steadying hand.

CHASE:
That depends whose asking.

GUTMAN:
Victor Gutman. I’m in need of your investigation services.

4 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND GUTMAN
as Chase gives Gutman the once-over. He looks a bit skeptical. Gutman still appears a bit nervous.

CHASE:
You paying?

GUTMAN:
But, of course. I wouldn’t think of…

5 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as Chase gently touches one of the newly forming bruises on his face.

CHASE:
Where were you earlier?

GUTMAN (Off Panel):
I’m sorry.

6 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he begins to walk back around his desk.

CHASE:
Never mind. What is it? How can I help you?

Chase: Found and Lost © 2007 Dan Taylor

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