James Delgado 20’s, marathoner, wavy brown hair, large green eyes
August Nylikos - 40’s, greying at temples, vulpine, hirsute, very groomed, thick black suspenders, tan
1.1 James, completely soaked, sits on a bench outside a heavy wooden door, office plant on the side opposite. His messenger bag sits in a garbage bag next to him. He’s looking down at the floor as water drips down from his hair.
1.2 James expectantly lifts his head, watching Nylikos exit his office and puts on his fedora, already wearing his coat with a large umbrella on his arm.
James Mr. Nylikos?
1.3 James stands and extends his hand to Nylikos, blocking the briskly moving gentleman’s path.
James Mr. Nylikos, James Delgado. I arranged an appointment with your secretary for today.
1.4 Nylikos sets his tongue in his cheek as he checks his luxury watch.
1.5 James’s POV: Nylikos, eyes narrowed, stares down at the young man.
Nylikos Son, you’ve got 5 minutes.
2.1 Nylikos’ POV: Nylikos is looking over JAMES’s repayment proposal papers at his desk, as JAMES sits on a wide circular ottoman, pleading his case. The wall behind JAMES is composed of floor to ceiling bookcases.
James … the upshot of which is an additional net 5% on the principal for you-
2.2 Nylikos sets down the papers to regard James. They are in front of a large bay window overlooking a rainy contemporary metropolis. Nylikos’ high-backed leather chair exacerbates the height difference.
Nylikos Kiddo, your generation has been besotted -
2.3 James’ POV: Nylikos dispassionately states the facts, gesturing with his hands, palms up, as if he were physically presenting each of the maladies. Behind Nylikos is a floor to ceiling aquarium filled with coral and exotic fish.
Nylikos by the twin delusions: “the world is fair” and “life is easy” -
2.4 James’ POV: Nylikos waves his hand as if swatting an insect.
Nylikos allow me to disabuse you.
2.5 Overhead: Nylikos rubs his right temple with one hand, waving the other over the proposal papers on his desk.
Nylikos I don’t see you pulling off a third job, and getting a PhD in a hard science.
2.6 Nylikos points two fingers at James to further punctuate his statement.
Nylikos Take a year or two off, pay down your principal, and move from there.
3.1 James, rolls his shoulders back, making himself as tall as possible. His hands are loosely curled fists on his knees.
James Respectfully, sir, I need to stay in school. Going backwards is not an option.
3.2 Nylikos has risen and is on his way to the door; he speaks with his back to James.
Nylikos ‘Respectfully,’ boy, it's 'want', not 'need'. I said 5 minutes. You’ve taken 6.
3.3 Nylikos holds the door open and gestures toward it with his free hand. The darkness of the office becomes apparent as the light from the hallway spills in and falls over James.
3.4 James stands, ramrod straight, no intention of leaving without a deal.
James Sir, I'll go to school, and you'll get your money. Tell me how it happens.
3.5 Nylikos smirks and cocks his head, the door swinging shut behind him.
4.1 A contract with sits on Nylikos desk. Every word is redacted. Only the signature lines remain.
Nylikos [OP] Sign these, and your debt is paid.
4.2 James holds the contract in his hands as he looks flabbergasted at Nylikos. Outside the bay window, the storm clouds have begun to clear, revealing the sunset.
4.3 Nylikos offers him a pen, eyebrows arched.
4.4 James stares wide-eyed at the document.
4.5 Overhead: outside the door, back in the hallway, Nylikos, once again clad in his rain gear, hands a milk carton-sized package to James.
Nylikos An associate will retrieve this by week's end. Be available.
5.1 James comes through his apartment door, cellphone pressed to his ear. The floor is strewn with textbooks, and a couple pairs of shows sit on the floor by the entrance.
James Ma, it’ll be fine.
5.2 James shucks off his clothes onto the floor as he makes his way to the through the ‘living room’ to ‘the bedroom’ [the only two walled off areas are the bathroom and the kitchen, everything else just blends together.]
James I can spot you the money for a babysitter, its not a problem.
5.3 James flops down on his bed; another one on the wall opposite indicates a roommate. A few empty bowls sit by the bed with a laptop and sundry clutter.
James I'm not saying suspension isn't a big deal -
5.4 James’ POV: he holds the package away from his face. It’s a nondescript, brown paper affair.
James but it's manageable.
5.5 He turns the box on its side to reveal that something has chewed its way out of the corner. The size suggests it was some kind of small rodent.
5.6 James looks back to the trail of clothes as an man-sized insectoid silhouette comes up behind him.