Eris Former New England Cross Country running star: tan, all bones and lean muscle; blonde, hazel eyes; looks like Hilary Clinton and Martha Stewart's lovechild; young professional dress [skirt, stockings]
Harold Park Middle-aged Korean man with a distinct beer belly; round face, very broad build, average height; thick fingers; rumpled suit and tie; bullky winter coat across his lap
Officer M.G. Uniformed police officer; young and very lean black man; less than average height
Late at night, a road runs through a snow-dusted forest on the shore of an iced-over lake. There are less than a handful of cars traveling in either direction.
A police car drives along the road. Eris, face pressed against the passenger window, mouth agape, is apparently passed out. She’s in the driver-side rear seat. The driver’s face is out of frame.
PARK [off panel] Oh-Okay
Inside the car, Harold Park in the passenger side rear seat. His forehead presses against the back of passenger seat. His hands are still cuffed behind his back. A metal grate separates the passengers from the driver.
PARK Call Barbara. Tell her I -
Park stares down at the floor between his feet with his wet, red eyes. He’s quite sweaty.
He turns his head toward the rear passenger side door. His eyes are closed and face is screwed up.
PARK SFX *Exhale*
Park sits up, his face toward the ceiling. His face is relaxed, but his brow is still knotted, eyes still shut.
PARK First. Call Thompson. First. Get Judge Harris. He commits to seal –
Eris is holding a smartphone with screen towards Park. He’s turned towards her.
ERIS You should watch this before you start making plans.
The screen of the smartphone: Park is on an urban sidewalk during a light snowfall. He’s facing a uniformed police officer.
OFFICER Again, it is such an honor
PARK Son, I have a big enough head as it is -
The video is focusing in on Park as he reaches for his coat pocket, clearly flustered.
PARKSorry, let me check this.
In the backseat of the police car, Park stares at himself on screen. His brow is knotted as he pieces together what happened. Eris holds the phone between them.
PARK [off panel] The hell –
OFFICER [off panel] Sir.
The video shows Park staring at the officer, dumbfounded and holding a respectably sized bag of cocaine.
PARK This had to have been planted-
ERIS [off panel] This has already been sent to a third-party-
In the car, Park glares at Eris. Eris gestures one hand toward him as she pockets the phone with the other. Her eyes are closed and eyebrows are raised.
ERIS who will release it to the public when we reach the station.
Eris looks at Park over her tented fingers. He’s practically spitting his response at her.
ERIS So, what’re we going to do to alter this outcome.
Eris presses her index fingers against her lips, as Park stares at the back of the front passenger seat.
PARK You spun your little web, but I’m not about to do you any favors.
Eris makes a sweeping gesture with her right hand, her left arm folded against herself. Park faces the window on his side, his back to her.
ERIS I’m offering a dignified, financially secure retirement -
PARK Inspiring magnanimity, offering a reprieve to the man you framed.
ERIS for you –
Park seethes at his reflection in the window.
ERIS [off panel] and Barb.
Eris stares at Park’s back and hunched shoulders.
Park rests his forehead against the window.
PARK So, you want me to resign.
ERIS [off panel] No. A Senate seat is very valuable.
Eris has her phone back in her hands. Her finger taps the screen.
ERIS There are documents at the station. They’ll let me bleed you dry if you don’t cooperate.
A preamble to a legal document is open on the screen.
ERIS [off panel] You sign them, and all evidence of what happened tonight? Into thin air.
She holds the smartphone in front of Park.
ERIS I’ll only ask you to make a handful of votes -
Park considers the screen as Eris scrolls through the document.
ERIS and ensure certain bills don’t get killed in committee.
Park reads the document. The light from the screen casts his face in stark relief.
PARK Christ… You know, you’re overestimating me quite a bit.
Eris continues scrolling through the document. Her head is tilted and she’s smirking; she’s regards Park with incredulity.
ERIS A chairmanship is pretty powerful.
Eris watches Park read with her eyes narrowed.
ERIS And you play this game well, when motivated.
Park leans back, eyes closed, muttering into his chest.
PARK … jesus. christ.
Eris returns the phone to her purse. An exhausted Park stares at her.
ERIS I take that to mean we have an agreement.