INT. TATTERDEMALION BAR - NIGHT
Arden makes his way into the neon-lit bar that lines one side of the club’s main floor.
Arden looks around, trying to seem casual. No Ebaneen in sight. He sits at the bar facing the stage.
White stage lights make it impossible to see anything. A single, ultra-high guitar chord sounds. Moving out of the light, the Christian Metal group SINNER SUPREMACY appears.
Arden watches the band, not impressed. He takes another look at the bar patrons, then turns back toward the stage.
OSKAR (late 30s), the pale lead singer of Sinner Supremacy, stalks the stage like a Broadway Performer. He swings his luscious golden locks around him like the prop they are.
The band - in flowing white and gold outfits - performs celestial Christian Metal drenched in theatrics.
When I gaze into the sky
I take in all He made on high
So far away my humble gaze
I’ll honor Him for all my days
The audience eats it up.
AT THE BAR
A CUTE WAITRESS (early 20s) approaches Arden’s table.
Are they serious?
Yeah. Serious posers.
The Cute Waitress chuckles. Arden looks up at her. Her hotness isn’t lost on him.
So what can I get for you?
Uh... can I just get a hot tea with lemon and honey?
She smiles, polite but professional.
My voice. I need to keep it in shape - for the show.
Arden looks at her. She’s still smiling but there’s none of the recognition he’s clearly hoping for.
Of course. I’ll be right back.
She walks off. Arden watches her go - and sees Ebaneen at the other end of the bar. She doesn’t notice him.
He stands and walks toward Ebaneen. It’s a long walk - he doesn’t rush.
Just before Arden gets into her line of vision, Ebaneen smiles. He stops and smiles back - until he sees that she’s looking at Trent, who swoops in and gives her a huge kiss.
Not that fuckin’ guy!
Hey babe. I missed the hell out of you.
Arden stops in place, dejected and unseen.
He turns back around and limps off toward his table - but he’s blocked by Paulette and Liza, Ebaneen’s bandmates. They smirk.
Tell Yasmine we said “hi”.
Arden busts through them angrily. They laugh.
Bitches... miserable bitches...
The Cute Waitress sits Arden’s tea down on his table and walks off.
Here ya go.
He grabs the cup and takes a huge swig. Leaning on the table, Arden stares angrily back toward the stage.
Sinner Supremacy finish their song with an insane high note held by Oskar. There’s a huge POP above the stage and a cloud of confetti explodes all over the band and audience.
AT THE BAR
Arden finishes the tea and wipes his mouth. A piece of confetti lands gently on his shoulder.
He grabs the confetti and inspects it. The shred contains part of a Bible verse and ends in “Luke 1:41”.
Bible confetti? That’s fucked up.
Sinner Supremacy steps off and Deen takes the mic once again.
Fuckin’ phenomenal, aren’t they? Oskar’s balls gotta hit the back of his throat on that last note!
On the side of the stage, Oskar gives Deen an angry look.
Oops... ‘scuse my fuckin’ French, Sinner Supremacy. Coming up soon we’ve got Vehement Volition and Dark Divinity, but first, those scoundrels from Scandinavia... The Putrefication Principle!