A Good Person

A short scene I co-wrote with fellow actor Benedict Kennedy. If you would like to watch the scene, you can find it here.

EXT. day. A bench by a lake. HARVEY sat wearing disheveled, somewhat formal attire. JAMES enters in formal attire. HARVEY stands and they shake hands. Both sit down.

JAMES

First of all I’d like to express my condolences.

HARVEY

As would I. How are you feeling about it all?

JAMES

It’s tough, I won’t lie. Particularly for my mother. I’m just glad my father isn’t here to… You?

HARVEY

Yeah. It’s been a rough few weeks.

JAMES

I’m sure you miss her very much. 

HARVEY

Yeah.

JAMES

I don’t blame you. Emma was a wonderful person. Shame about her taste in men. Has there been any news on the bastard who did this? 

HARVEY

Actually, that’s why I’m here. 

JAMES

I had wondered. 

HARVEY

The case has been dropped. 

JAMES

What?

HARVEY

You heard me. They’re not investigating.

JAMES

Why not?

HARVEY

There was DNA all over the body, but DNA is only useful if there are suspects. And no one seems to be willing to talk. After a certain amount of time, other cases take priority.

JAMES

What other cases?

HARVEY

I’m surprised you haven’t heard. You clearly haven’t been into London recently. We can’t cope.

JAMES

I’m sorry about that. Emma deserved better.

HARVEY

I know. But what can we do eh?

JAMES

Stand up.

HARVEY

Excuse me?

JAMES

Stand up.

JAMES begins patting down HARVEY. He finds a USB stick.

HARVEY

You really do due diligence, don’t you?

JAMES

One has to unfortunately. So many bright young minds on the force these days.

The pat down is concluded.

JAMES (cont’d)

I assume everything I need is on here.

HARVEY

There isn’t very much on it. I’m hoping you could help with that too. I’d pay. 

JAMES

I refuse. 

HARVEY

I insist.

JAMES

I refuse. Just leave it with me. 

HARVEY

When will the funeral be, do you think?

JAMES

Probably Friday. You’ll be told in due course.

HARVEY

I understand if you’d rather it were just family.

JAMES.

You are family.

HARVEY

I want you to know that, when this is over, I will still have a job to do.

JAMES

And I will be a big part of that job.

HARVEY.

Precisely.

JAMES

You know, you lot have put a great deal of blood, sweat and tears into putting men like me away. But at least we have a code, honour. We don’t smuggle drugs in the bellies of pregnant women. We don’t put boys on the streets with knives to do our dirty work. 

HARVEY

If I ever miss you, I’ll be sure to send you a postcard.

JAMES

Make it a pretty one. You know my sister… She wasn’t involved in the family business. I want you to know that.

HARVEY

I know. She was a good person.

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