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The Gunman: PART ONE


Written by
Jason Mickey


Based on characters appearing in books published by
DC Comics


Copyright  2013
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INT. HOUSE-LIVING ROOM-NIGHT
A lamp slowly falls to the ground and breaks. A man and woman aggressively argue with each other, but the man loses his temper and hits her. She falls to the ground and is cut by the broken lamp.

INT. HOUSE-FLOYD'S ROOM-NIGHT
A young Floyd(7) is in tears and being embraced in his brother, Edward's(15) arms.

EDWARD
It's okay, Floyd. It should be over soon.

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INT. BLACKGATE-FLOYD'S PRISON CELL-DAY
Floyd(48) is woken up by his cell door opening. A guard walks in and tosses a box to him.

GUARD
Congrats, big guy. You successfully made it through a whole sentence in this shit-hole. Let's go.

Floyd gets up and follows the guard.

MOMENTS LATER
Floyd walks out the prison gates and they close behind him. He is in deep thought.

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INT. BLACKGATE-VISTING BOOTH-FLASHBACK
Floyd and his ex-wife, Susan, are talking.

FLOYD
Suzie, please. I completely understood the divorce but please don't take our daughter to that God-forsaken place.

SUSAN
You don't have the right to decide where we go. Besides, it can't be any worse than Gotham, the paradise for scum like you.

Worry and sadness fill Floyd's eyes as he looks down at the table.

FLOYD
I understand.

He hangs up.

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EXT. GATES OF BLACKGATE-DAY
Floyd comes to his senses as a taxi comes his way. He waves and the taxi stops. He gets in the vehicle.

TAXI DRIVER
Where to?

FLOYD
Starling City, and make it fast.

TAXI DRIVER
Yes, sir.

The taxi drives off.

MOMENTS LATER
As the taxi makes its destination, the driver tries to have a conversation with Floyd.

TAXI DRIVER
So. What's your business in Starling? Job? Love life? Family?

FLOYD
None of your damn business.

TAXI DRIVER
Okay, okay. Sorry, I was trying to have a conversation to speed the trip up.


FLOYD
Well, do me a favor and don't. It's a long drive, so please shut the hell up.

The driver nods in approval. Floyd rests his head back and sleeps.
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INT. HOUSE-LIVING ROOM-NIGHT-FLASHBACK
Floyd and Edward walk into the room where their mother was abused. She is crying and picking glass out of her arm. The father has left.

FLOYD
Mommy, are you alright?

MOTHER
I'm fine baby, now go back to bed.

FLOYD
But-

MOTHER
Now.

Floyd looks at Edward.

EDWARD
It's okay, Floyd. Just do what she says.

He listens to Edward and goes to his bedroom. Edward walks over to his mother.

MOTHER
I need you to do something for me.

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Floyd awakes and sees the taxi has made it's way to Starling City.


TAXI DRIVER
Here we are.

FLOYD
Thanks.

Floyd hands the driver money.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
Here's your pay.

He gets out of the taxi, and it drives off. He briefly examines the city before him, and then heads into Starling.

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INT. HOUSE-FLOYD'S ROOM-NIGHT-FLASHBACK
Edward walks into Floyd's room and checks on him. Sees that he's awake.

EDWARD
Hey, buddy. Why are you up?

FLOYD
Are you going to kill dad?

EDWARD
Don't worry, Floyd, I'm helping. He won't be able to hurt us anymore.
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INT. ZOE'S APARTMENT-DAY
There is knocking at the door, and Zoe(17) is rushing to the door trying to put on her earrings.

ZOE
Just a sec.

She makes it to the door, and opens it. Floyd, her father is on the other side.

ZOE
What the hell are you doing here?

FLOYD
I just came to visit. And to speak to your mother.

She looks down to the ground. She is sad and disgusted.

ZOE
Well, you can't. She's dead.

Floyd is shocked by the news.

FLOYD
What?

ZOE
Yeah. She died about two years ago.

FLOYD
What happened?

ZOE
She was sick, really sick. And where you, huh? You had to throw your life away in some shit-hole in Gotham! And then when she was sick, I was alone! I took care of her!

FLOYD
Zoe, listen-

ZOE
No, dad! You listen! I hate you for leaving us! And as far as I am concerned, I want you as far away from me as possible! Am I understood!

FLOYD
Yes, I understand.

He walks away in shame.

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INT. GOTHAM-UNDERGROUND CRIME ORG.-SIONIS OFFICE
Footsteps approach the door of ROMAN SIONIS' office. A man walks into the office dragging the taxi driver in, who has been ruffed up a bit. Roman is a rich mob boss in an all white, pin-striped suit.
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ROMAN
So, mind telling me why we have this guy in my office.

MAN
This guy gave our friend a ride.

ROMAN
Ah. I see.

Motions his hand to a chair.

ROMAN (CONT'D)
Sit.

The man pushes the driver down in the chair.

ROMAN
Now, I see you know our friend Lawton. Where did you take him?

TAXI DRIVER
He wanted to go to Starling, so I took him there. But when I asked him why, he just blew me off. Other than that I can't help.

Roman chuckles. He picks up a wooden bat.

ROMAN
I know where he's going. You and you(points to his men), follow Lawton until you see something, then contact me. As for our friend here, well, we can't leave any loose ends.

TAXI DRIVER
Wait, no! NO!

Roman raises the bat and swings. Blood splatters on his suit.
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INT. GOTHAM-APARTMENT-FLASHBACK
Floyd walks inside and closes the door behind him. A much younger Zoe(4)runs to him in joy.

ZOE
Daddy!

FLOYD
Hey! How's my favorite girl!

He reaches down and picks her up, embracing her. Then Susan walks in with a smile.

SUSAN
Hey, baby.

FLOYD
Hey, Suzie.

He walks toward Susan with Zoe still in his arms, and reaches in for a group hug. Floyd and Susan kiss. But in that moment, two GPD officers break in and aim their guns at Floyd.

OFFICER #1
Raise your hands!

Floyd hands Zoe to Susan.

OFFICER #2
Raise them , NOW!

Floyd raises his hands, and puts them behind his head. One of the officers slams him directly to the ground. Zoe struggles to free from Susan's arms, as they are both in tears.

ZOE(scream)
Daddy!!!

The officer puts cuffs on Floyd and pulls him up to his feet.

OFFICER #1
Mr. Lawton, your under arrest for murder.

The officers escort him out the door. Floyd look back to he a final glimpse of his family. Outside, Floyd sees a vehicle in the distance, and the passenger watching is no other than Roman Sionis.

END OF PART ONE
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(c) 2013

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