Sample scene from HARDBALL by Stephen Schlich
INT - CUBICLE HELL - DAY
A featureless cul-de-sac in drab cubicle suburbia ends at a
plumb corner lot. Outside, two pencils are crossed below a
"TEAM" lapel button. An office skull and crossbones. Inside...
INT - INSIDE THE CUBE - DAY
...Dilbert and a nervous Bobby stand expectantly. The cube's
resident is OSCAR -- an older, hardened Cube Rat. He doesn't
even look up from his computer screen.
Do I need to know you?
I... I want to join the Union.
Get lost. We're not a union shop.
Dilbert silently bolsters Bobby's courage. Oscar finally swivels
his chair and looks Bobby over.
They killed my cube neighbor.
The talk is, you hated each other.
I loved the way we hated each other.
Oscar rolls his eyes, but Dilbert is touched.
You understand, Bobby, that you
join the Union for life.
Oscar SNIFFS and retrieves a worn leather zip case from a cabinet
drawer. He opens it to reveal a high-tech tattoo needle. And a
special bottle of ink.
He swabs the back of Bobby's hand with alcohol.
Join the Underground, kid.
They won't maim you like I will.
Bobby looks Oscar in the eye. Finally, some courage and conviction
I won't turn back. Do me. Take
away that option.
Oscar smiles cruelly. He tells Dilbert:
EXT - OUTSIDE THE CUBE - DAY
Unseen, the tattoo needle BUZZES softly. Bobby SCREAMS.
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