Scene opens to a man sitting silently in the corner of a local bar. Chairs are set on tables, the light is dim. It’s closing time. The bartender is cleaning glasses and putting them away. The door opens and in walks a man in a gray suit. His name is Elliot Kaufman. He is dirty and looks tired. He walks over to the bartender and the scene goes on.
Bartender: We’re closed, son.
Elliot: I know, but I’m looking for a Mr. Daniel Crown.
Bartender: [points to man sitting in corner] That’d be him.
Elliot walks over to the other end of the bar. He stares intently at the man in the corner. The man doesn’t move, only sits back and watches as Elliot walks toward him. Daniel Crown is wearing a brown leather jacket and has a newspaper sprawled out in front of him on the table. Date says, June 6, 1944.
Elliot: You, Crown?
Daniel Crown: What’s it to you?
Elliot: [Sits down] I received a letter saying to come here and ask for you.
Crown: [Whispers] How many days are there in an hour?
Elliot: Only as many as your heart can desire.
Crown: [Smiles] It’s a pleasure to meet you, Elliot.
Elliot: Cut the crap and just tell me what you did to me.
Crown: What do you mean?
Elliot: You know goddamn well what I mean! [Bursts out of chair] Everything I know is gone! My wife, my kids, everything! Damn it, Crown, just tell me what you did with them!
Crown: You should have thought about this when you decided to get involved with us. You knew very well what you were getting into.
Elliot: I didn’t know you’d tear my life apart!
Crown: It was part of the deal, wasn’t it?
Elliot: What deal? Nobody told me about a deal. The only thing I wanted in on was this operation your lackey told me about.
Crown: He’s not a lackey. He’s my brother.
Bartender appears behind Elliot and takes him by the arms and pulls them behind Elliot’s back. Crown smiles and stands up to speak.
Crown: Now, Elliot. [Pauses] You will be properly punished for the crimes you have committed on our great nation.
Elliot: What crimes? All I did was--
[Crown smacks Elliot with back of hand]
Crown: Please, Elliot, don’t interrupt me. [To Bartender] Take him outside.
Bartender drags Elliot to back door of bar and into the alley behind. Crown follows.
Crown: [Pulls gun out of jacket pocket] You are being relieved of your duties. You are no longer a citizen of the United States of America. In the Government’s eyes, you were never born.
Elliot: You’re all insane!
Crown cocks back the gun (Colt .45) as Bartender drops Elliot to his knees. Crown walks behind him, holds the gun to the back of Elliot’s head and pulls the trigger. Bartender picks up Elliot’s body and dumps it into the trunk of a vehicle parked a few feet away. A Black Chevrolet. Crown walks up to the driver-side window and knocks on the window. The window’s rolled down and a woman’s face is revealed. Cassandra Hackett.
Crown: Take him away, Cass.
Cass: You got it, Crown.
Crown steps away from vehicle and window is rolled back up. The car lurches forward and pulls out of alley to disappear around the corner.
Crown: [To Bartender] Thanks, Charlie.
Bartender: No problem, Crown. It’s what I’m here for.
Both men return inside bar and scene fades with the sound of traffic lingering.