INT. GREG'S OFFICE - DAY
GREG, late 20's, sits in half-lotus position on his cluttered
desk. He is wearing a button-up shirt and tie. His shoes are
His eyes are closed. His thumbs and middle fingers, touching.
He is meditating.
We can hear the sounds of a bustling corporate world outside
Door opens. Enter LOUIS, pre-teen, overweight, nerdy. He is
holding a cardboard drink carrier in which are four tall
mochas. Balanced on top of this is a small paper bag.
Louis closes the door behind him.
Greg does not respond to Louis' entry; continues meditating.
Louis stands still and watches Greg.
Some time passes.
(eyes stay closed)
They were out of bagels.
They did have cream cheese though,
so I got you the cream cheese. And
they were out of plastic knives so
I got you extra napkins and a
couple straws. I thought maybe you
could use the straws instead of a
Do you think I'm attractive?
Everyone says I'm handsome but I
think I'm ugly. Of course, I know
what's on the inside of me.
Do you want me to set this on your
Greg opens his eyes and looks at Louis.
He gestures for Louis to hand him the goods.
He takes one of the beverages and drinks it all gone.
Letting out a huge sigh after finishing the drink, he hands
Louis the empty cup.
Sorry about the bagels.
Not your fault.
It kinda is. My Dad's the baker.
Then it's your Dad's fault, not
Greg begins to drink second beverage.
Yeah. He's been pretty stressed out
Yeah. That's why I'm gloomy all the
Knock on the door.
LENA, an attractive young executive, pops her head in.
Hey Greg? Oh hey, Louis.
How's your Dad doing?
Oh, he's all stressed out.
Aw. Well tell him I said hello.
Hey Greg? I'm still waiting for a
few things from Mark C, but I'll go
ahead and bring you the recent
batch and by the time you finish
going over it I'm sure Mark'll have
the rest of it in to me.
Nice to see you, Louis. Be good.
Lena closes door.
Greg stands on top of his desk and bends down to touch his
How old are you, Louis?
I'll be fourteen on February 8. I'm
Greg exhales dramatically and jumps off his desk.
Knock on the door.
Enter an eight foot tall LIZARD.
Both Greg and Louis are astonished.
(deep, gruff voice)
My name's Amy.
I'm the new secretary sent over
Amy Rex, yes. Hi.
Uh, why don't you have a seat and
I'll go over a few things with you.
Would you like something to drink?
Oh, thank you. Coffee would be
Okay. Louis? Would you get Amy a
Do you like cream or sugar or both?
They also have honey.
I like a lot of cream, please.
Anything to eat? A bagel?
No, Greg, they're out of bagels,
Oh. Right. Can we get you anything
I wouldn't mind having...
I'm sorry, what was your name?
My name's Louis.
Hi. I wouldn't mind having Louis
here. Since I'm a great big lizard
creature I love eating little boys.
Looks to Louis and shrugs as if to say "Is that alright?"
Oh. Is it gonna hurt?
Yeah. It'll hurt really bad at
first until you're dead. Then it
Is that scary to you?
How about a cookie? Louis' Dad is a
baker and he makes the best cookies
I've ever had.
Oo, that sounds good. But I think
I'll just stick with Louis. I'm on
one of those tacky protein diets.
Greg, I don't think my Dad would be
okay with me being eaten.
Tell you what, Amy. Why don't I get
you someone else to eat?
Louis? Go see if Jan is busy.
Louis exits quickly.
Sorry about all the...
Oh no, I'm sorry. I wish my order
wasn't so complicated.
So, you're gonna be with us...
Eight months, that's right. You'll
be one of the family. That's great.
I saw your resume. It's impressive.
Oh. Thank you.
I'm sure you're gonna work out
great. Today's actually the perfect
day for you to start because
tomorrow's the third of the month
and that's the day we...
Knock on the door.
Enter JAN, mid 30's. Nondescript and uncharismatic.
You needed me?
Yes. Hi Jan. Jan? This is Amy.
Hello. Nice to meet you.
They shake hands.
Amy's over from Varsity. She's
gonna be here a while and I was
hoping you would let her eat you.
Lizard eats Jan.
INT. BAKERY - LATER
Louis enters the front door of the bakery, which is empty.
Louis goes behind the counter and grabs a Napoleon, which he
begins to eat.
He walks into the back room.
His father, GARY, is huddled in a dark corner of the room.
His face is tear stained and anguished.
Are you okay Dad?
Gary shudders and begins to cry. He holds out his arms to
Louis goes to him and Gary embraces him, sobbing anew.
What's wrong Dad?
Nothing. I'm just... I'm... I'm
just so scared... all the time...
I'm scared all the time...
Louis rubs his arm.
SLOW FADE TO
Sound of bell on front door opening.
Hello? Are you open?