A slow harpsichord is playing infused with an electronic organ, The next day has arrived as the white nets blow softly in the cool breeze.
Mathilda and Leon are slowly creating a strong bond and friendship as the days pass, Mathilda is putting the green potted plant back out on the window ledge for some quality sunshine.
A low level thud is heard as the plant touches down on to the concrete ledge, Mathilda crosses her arms as she finds a few moments to contemplate her life and the life of the plant.
Mathilda lifts up her left index finger as she watches the plants leaves swaying in the breeze trying to conceive the same emotions and feelings that Leon has for this plant.
Mathilda smiles as she compares the life of the well cared for plant with her own life force and can see some similarities.
Mathilda then rests her head on her hands as she looks out and down at the bustling streets below. A harpsichord continues to play.
Mathilda is sat down in the living room as she watches Leon from across the way with silence and reflection. She is starting to understand this man that saved her life just a little bit better.
Leon is passionately attending to his plant with a white cloth in his hands. Mathilda say's, You love your plant, don't you?.
Leon replies "It's my best friend," as he carefully wipes one of the leaves.
Leon places the white cloth down on to the tables surface as he uses his hands to check the leaves for imperfections and disease. Leon continues, "Always happy, No questions." Leon begins to lift up leaves too check the condition underneath as he looks at them almost like a scientist would look into a microscope, Leon begins to caress the leaves as he uses both of his hands to imagine he is caring and holding a beautiful woman.
Leon turns his head and looks at Mathilda briefly as he points his left index finger at the plant pot,
Leon lifts up the plant with his left hand as he quickly turns away from Mathilda as say's, "And it's like me, you see?." Leon expresses with his right hand as he wavers his fingers underneath the plant pot,
Leon places the plant pot back down on to the tables surface as a low level thud is heard, Leon turns and looks at Mathilda, Leon say's as he let's out a slight chuckle and smiles broadly, No Roots. Leon is referring to his life having no real commitments except his cleaning responsibilities. (Leon moves from place to place and where ever he lays his hat is his home.)
Mathilda replies, If you really love it, you should plant it in the middle of a park so it can have roots.
Leon moves his eyes away from Mathilda briefly then they return to look at Mathilda as Leon considers what Mathilda has just said.
Leon looks away towards his plant as he nods positively from Mathilda's suggestion thinking it is a good idea. Leon say's Yeah as he continues to look at his prized specimen.
Mathilda continues with a sarcastic reply, I'm the one you should be watering if you want me to grow.
Leon is looking down at his plant in silence and does not respond to Mathilda's words.
Suddenly Leon turns his head and looks at Mathilda still in silence.
Almost instantly Leon springs into action and turns his head back around as he snatches a plastic spray bottle from the table. Leon shouts out, "You're right" as he quickly stands up from the living room chair with the spray gun in his right hand.
Leon rapidly approaches Mathilda who is sat on an armchair, Mathilda screams out loudly with shock and surprise as Leon attempts to spray Mathilda with the gun.
Leon laughs wildly with pleasure as Mathilda screams and tries to defend herself from the cool water spray.
The sound of the spray bottle being squeezed rapidly can be heard as the electronic organ provides the sound score. Leon ha ha's with a sense of fun as Mathilda turns her head away from the water spray.
Mathilda has to think fast or she will be soaked through by Leon's excitable antics.
Mathilda makes her escape as she handstands over the right side armchair in desperation.
Mathilda lands on both feet as she screams out loudly again, Mathilda stands and makes a run for it with Leon in hot pursuit.
Mathilda dashes for the bath room as Leon follows aiming the spray gun directly at her.
Mathilda turns into the left side of the bathroom and disappears from view as Leon closes in.
Suddenly Mathilda returns form the bathroom with something that Leon does not find funny, Leon starts to retreat backwards as he say's No No No.
Mathilda is ecstatically happy as she decides to play Leon at his own game. Leon holds his arms out with despair as Mathilda carries a large plastic green tub that is full of water. Mathilda shouts out loudly, "Yes Yes" to express her desire that Leon is going to get soaked.
Matilda shouts even louder this time, "YES" she shouts to amplify her control as she tips the bucket of water all over Leon's white jumper and face.
Leon becomes drenched from the torrent of water and is not amused in a happy way that is.
Leon tries to defend himself but all is futile.
Leon quickly discards the empty plastic container as a loud thud is heard as the tub hits the floor. Leon quickly chases Mathilda who has run off into the bathroom to escape Leon's revenge.
Mathilda screams loudly as Leon attempts to spray Mathilda again with the spray gun, Mathilda quickly hides behind a green shower curtain to protect herself from the spray gun.
The sound of metal hooks skating on there pole is heard as Mathilda screams then turns her head away from Leons rapid squirts of the gun. The shower curtains violently sway and crease from one side to the other as Leon and Mathilda tussle for control.
The electronic Organ continues to play as Mathilda uses the green shower curtain to her advantage while in fits of laughter.
Leon decides to grab Mathilda with his right hand as he squirts wildly with his left hand. Mathilda screams out loudly "No" as Leon grabs her.
Leon playfully escorts Mathilda back into the living room and softly pushes open one of the two sliding doors to a ward robe.
Mathilda retreats inside the ward robe as Leon continues to spray water at the girl. Mathilda chuckles intensively as Leon attempts to soak Mathilda as much as possible. A loud wooden banging sound is heard as Leon and Matilda tussle at the closet.
Matilda is ecstatic at Leon's spray gun game, He could not beat her at the miming game but is making a better attempt at his own game this time.
Leon slides the open door shut as Mathilda screams out with fun from inside.
Leon reopens the door as Mathilda pushes the door from the other side. Mathilda let's out a loud complaining scream as she pushes the door back open.
Leon bends down and looks in between the short gap in the door as he sprays the gun at Mathilda. Two squirts of the gun are heard.
Suddenly the sliding door comes away from it's hinges as a loud jingling of metal bells are heard. There is a lot of noise and banging as Mathilda and Leon continue to play.
Leon holds the broken sliding door with both hands as Leon and Matilda laugh insanely at each other and the door for falling off. Mathilda reaches up with her hands as she tries to escape from the closet.
The scene changes to Guido's restaurant, The electronic organ continues for the sound score, Tony is in the kitchen demonstrating how to cook scallops correctly. Tony say's to his two chefs, "They gotta be jumping out of the plate, Tony turns to look at his head chef and say's with a passion, "they gotta be alive" as he tips the contents of a hot pan into one of the bowls. A loud metallic crashing sound is heard as Tony places the hot pan down onto the cooker surface. The assistant chef is quickly adding seasoning to the bowls as he rapidly turns and crosses to the other table. The assistant chef begins to wipe his hands with a white cloth.
Tony picks up the two bowls and turns to leave the kitchen area.
The head chef begins to clean the cooker with a white cloth as Tony makes his way into the restaurant.
A scraping sound is heard as the head chef uses a metal spatula to scrape up the loose bits of food.
Mathilda is waiting for Leon outside Guido's restaurant as Leon does some business with Tony the restaurant owner.
A car's horn is heard as Mathilda looks through the glass window at Leon who is sat at the back of the restaurant. Mathilda waves to Leon to let him know that she is waiting for him outside.
Leon quickly waves back at the girl.
Tony comes out of the kitchen with two hot bowls of freshly prepared and cooked scallops. Leon turns to his left as Tony suddenly appears.
A wooden tap sound is heard as Tony places a bowl of food on to the table for Leon.
Tony walks around the table as he say's, It's been a long time, Leon. No sound score exists at this moment.
The elderly man who is a regular customer sits in complete silence with his hands placed on top of one another resting on his walking stick, He has his head down in some kind of thought.
The sound of pottery is heard as Tony places the other bowl of scallops down on to the elderly mans table. Tony then places his left hand over the elderly mans two hands to express his love and kindness for the silent man.
A tapping of wood and feet is heard as Tony returns to Leon's table and sits down. Tony say's "I missed you" as he sits himself down.
Tony relaxes as his weight pushes onto the chair.
A dripping of liquid is heard as Tony fills his glass with some wine from a glass bottle, Tony continues, And ahh, you missed some nice jobs, too. Leon replies as he looks down, Been training,
Tony nods his head in acceptance at Leon's words and say's, Training's good.
Tony continues with sincerity, But don't over do it eh, You know training don't pay as good as working, Leon.
Leon is in a serious mood as he looks down at the table avoiding eye contact with Tony, There seems to be something worrying on Leon's mind as he hesitates before continuing the conversation.
Leon speaks slowly and carefully, Leon say's, All the money I... make... Leon looks back at Tony and say's, "that you keep for me".
Tony is eating as he instantly replies, You need some money?
Leon replies, No just curious. Tony responds with Oh as he nods positively.
Leon continues, Because I've been working a long time and I haven't done anything with my money...
Leon hesitates and then nods slightly at Tony and say's, I thought maybe some day I could... Leon hesitates again then say's, Use it...
Light drums accompanied by a tambourine begin to produce the sound score as Tony replies, You met a woman?
Leon is silent as he nods negatively at Tony.
Tony pulls his head back feeling slightly agitated and worried for Leon, Tony believes Leon really has met a woman and now wants to give him some sound advice. (Such is life).
The electric organ begins to play infused with the drum and tambourine, Tony stares at Leon for a few moments then say's, Leon..
Tony moves his head and shoulder's closer to Leon and sighs loudly. Tony cares for Leon and only wants the best for him as he attempts to make his words sink in. Tony say's, Leon, you gotta be careful with women.
Leon just looks on at Tony with a straight but slightly awkward expression., Tony continues, Remember when you arrived in this country Leon,
Tony continues, When I took you in?
Tony pulls gently on Leon's left ear with his right hand to express his words. Tony say's, "You were still wet behind the fucking ears". Tony continues, And already you were in deep shit because of a woman.
Tony continues, Don't forget that Leon, Leon is in a thoughful mood as he looks down and say's Wish I could, sometimes..
Tony reduces his distance from Leon slightly as he looks down at the table, Tony then raises his glass and drinks some of the wine.
Getting back to the subject of money Leon say's, You know, about my money.
Leon continues, Maybe I... Leon hesitates as he tries to explain his feelings towards his money,
Leon expresses with his hands as he say's, Maybe I could give...A little. Leon hesitates for a few moments more then say's, To someone, you know, to help out.
Two taps are heard from a distance, Tony signals with his left hand as he replies, Hey, It's your money,
Tony nods slightly to express his helpfulness, "I mean I'm just holding it for you, You know Like a bank".
Tony continues, Except ahh you know, Better than a bank. Leon crosses his hands as he listens to Tony's words.
Tony say's, Because you know, banks are always getting knocked off. And you know no one knocks off old Tony.
Tony continues, And besides, with a bank, there's always tons of forms to be filled and all that shit.
Tony continues, But old Tony, nothing to read nothing to write.
Tony places his right index finger to his right temple and then taps once, Tony shrugs his head and say's, "It's all in his head".
Leon replies with sincerity, I know how to read now
Tony say's "That's good Leon" as he nods positively. Tony smirks with satisfaction as he looks down and repeats his words, "Good".
Tony "umms" as he suddenly remembers something.
Tony signals with his right arm and say's, "Your money's here. Tony signals with his index finger as he touches his inside shirt pocket.
Tony say's, Whenever you want it,
you just ask me, Okay?. Tony offers Leon a roll of cash.
Tony say's, Here's a grand,
Leon signals with his left hand to indicate that he does not want any money, Leon feels a little awkward and say's as he looks away from Tony, It's Okay, I don't need it.
Tony responds in a pushy way, He say's, Nah Nah, Come on, come on, Leon folds his hands in a resilient way as he looks at Tony.
Take it, Have some fun, Tony slides the roll of cash across the table towards Leon, Tony say's, Go ahead, Take it.
Leon accepts the $1000 dollars and puts the roll of cash into his jacket pocket.
Leon replies, Thank You.
Tony looks on over at Leon as he accepts the money and say's reassuringly, "All right".
Tony continues, Now let's talk business,
Don't move, I'll go get the file.
Tony stands up and leaves the table as a light wooden sound is heard from Tony's chair.
Leon looks to his right as Tony say's to one of his employee's. Manolo,
Tony continues, A glass of milk for my friend Leon here!.
Tony makes his way up towards the front of the restaurant as Leon watches from a distance.
Tony keeps some of his private and important business client items hidden inside the deep refrigerator for safe keeping.
Tony turns to look back at Leon as he enters the cold storage area.
A loud click is heard as Tony pushes down on the bulky handle that release the lock. The large and bulky silver door swings open as Tony steps inside.
The refrigerator door closes shut revealing Mathilda and a teenage boy wearing a bandanna, They are having a conversation just outside the door. Mathilda is streetwise and is easily approachable so will be friendly with a few of the local boys and girls that hang out in that area. The boy is pulling something out of his top pocket. The sound score becomes silent for now.
The road is very busy outside and many people and motor vehicles pass by including Yellow taxi's and emergency vehicles. The boy pulls out a packet of cigarettes and taps the pack with his hand to loosen the contents.
The boy hands Mathilda a cigarette and she places it into her mouth. Mathilda clasps her hands together so that the wind will not blow out the flame that the boy lights for her,
Leon is watching Mathilda from his table and has a clear view of what she is up too, Suddenly Leon puts his left hand down to the side of his chair as he is becoming a little concerned for Mathilda. The sound of passing vehicles is the only ambient sound.
Mathilda is asking for directions and the boy signals with his left hand as he directs Mathilda in the right direction.
Mathilda and the teenage boy continue to chat as Leon slowly becomes more irritated.
Leon does not want Mathilda to talk to anyone as cleaners keep themselves to themselves. Leon has his eyes glued to the pair now.
Suddenly Leon decides enough is enough as he stands up and leaves the table. The chair produces a wooden sound as Leon moves off.
Leon burst out of the restaurant door with a stern and unhappy expression on his face, The door bounces off the wooden paneling and makes a loud banging sound as it hits the wood then it repels back.
Leon instantly has his eyes fixed on the teenage boy as he stares at him with evil eyes, Leon places his right arm around Mathilda to protect her from the stranger. The boy stands motionless not taking things too seriously.
Leon pulls Mathilda away from the teenager with his left hand as he continues to look back at the boy.
Leon continues to stare at the boy as the boy begins to smoke a cigarette.
Leon has dragged Mathilda sufficiently away and say's, Listen Mathilda, You gotta be careful. You can't just speak to any guy off the street. A large commercial white passenger bus goes by.
Mathilda brushes her hair with her right hand not taking things too seriously as well. A yellow taxi pulls in from across the road.
Beeps of a motor vehicle are heard. Mathilda say's, Leon, get a grip, What's the big fucking deal?.
I was just smoking a butt while I was waiting.
Mathilda looks at Leon sweetly for a brief moment as the busy traffic goes by.
Leon replies, I want you to stop cursing.You can't talk to people like that all the time. A black car and a red van pull out from the right. Leon continues, I want you to make an effort to talk nice. A red car shoots across the road from the left, A man wearing blue jeans and a denim shirt carrying a newspaper in his right hand crosses over the street from the left towards Leon and Mathilda.
Mathilda nods her head positively in agreement with Leon as she say's Okay. A silver van crosses the road from the left, Leon replies, And I want you to stop smoking, It will kill you.
Mathilda holds the cigarette butt in her right hand as she indicates to Leon that she will stop smoking. Several couples and individual people walk by and across the busy road.
Mathilda discards the cigarette butt with her left hand and then say's,
Okay. A harpsichord begins to play to produce the sound score.
Leon say's as he refers to the teenager who gave Mathilda a cigarette, Stay away from him, he looks like a weirdo.
Matilda say's, Okay. Mathilda raises her eyebrows as she agrees to comply with Leon.
Leon say's, I'll be out in five minutes, stand where I can see you.
Matilda nods positively and say's Okay.
Leon leaves Mathilda as he returns to the restaurant to speak with Tony and to check on some important files.
Mathilda watches as Leon returns back into the door he came out off.
A thud is heard as Mathilda flops backwards onto the double bed with arms outstretched, Leon and Mathilda have returned back to Hotel National Room 410 and Mathilda is feeling happy and content with herself. A simple harpsichord tone produces the sound score.
The camera starts to zoom in slowly as Mathilda say's, Leon, I think I'm kind of falling in love with you.
Mathilda's remark causes Leon to nearly choke on his milk as he splutters and sprays milk out all over his face hands and tee shirt.
Leon looks down at his now soaking wet hands and pantaloons and is a little shocked and surprised at Mathilda's words.
Matilda continues, It's the first time for me, you know?.
Leon responds as he rubs his hands of the milk, How do you know it's love if you've never been in love before?.
Mathilda replies, Cos I feel it.
Leon replies, Where?.
Mathilda is motionless momentarily as she thinks about the sensation she is experiencing.
Mathilda slowly brings both of her arms down towards her stomach.
Mathilda places her hands over her stomach region and say's, In my stomach.
Mathilda caresses her stomach with her fingers as she feels the sensation.
Mathilda say's as she continues to caress her stomach, It's all warm... Mathilda hesitates, I always had a knot there, and now... Mathilda hesitates then say's, It's gone. The camera zooms in slowly onto Mathilda.
Leon is watching and listening to Mathilda, He say's, Mathilda, I'm glad you.... don't have a stomach ache anymore. I don't think that means anything.
Leon signals with his right thumb as he point over to the door, Leon say's I'm late for work, I hate being late for work.
Leon pushes up from his chair with both hands as he makes preparations for work
Leon turns and picks up his weapons belt from behind the chair. A loud gyrating wooden sound is head as Leon lifts up the heavy ammunition's kit.
Leon adjusts the straps and prepares it for wearing.
A loud rumbling thud is produced as Leon places his weapons carrying suitcase heavily down on to the floor.
Leon puts on his long black trench coat as he ensures he is securely covered over and that his weapons belt can not be seen.
Leon opens the door to Hotel National 410 as he makes his way out.
Leon steps out silently, No sound score exists at this moment.
Leon closes the door too as a light symphony orchestra begins to play a dark themed sound track. A violin takes the lead as cymbals occasionally crash.
Leon breathes out heavily as he turns to walk along the corridor, Leon does not look too well and is showing signs of fatigue and high stress levels.
Leon takes a couple of steps before placing his suitcase to the floor. A thud is heard as his suitcase hits the ground.
Leon rests his head on to the corridor wall as he contemplates his life and his actions. Another cymbal crash is heard.
Mathilda is still resting on the bed with her arms spread wide, She is breathing in and out very calmly as her chest contracts in and out from the air flow. Mathilda stares at the ceiling in deep thought and contradiction.
Leon is still resting in the corridor, He may be having second thoughts about his job and is also worried for Mathilda.
Leon puts on his trademark glasses from out of his jacket pocket.
Leon is somber and silent as he stands in the corridor.
The hotel receptionist is engrossed in a newspaper as he picks at his nose.
A light tapping is heard as Leon quickly makes his way down the stairs,
Two ceiling fans are spinning as the hotel receptionist breaks from his reading.
The hotel receptionist is happy to see Leon and shouts out, Hey, how's the practicing going?.
Leon is in no talking mood as he completely ignores the hotel receptionist, Leon walks past and straight outside. The clock on the back wall reads 2.40pm, The receptionist watches as Leon leaves.
Leon leaves the hotel in a hurry.
Leon is walking very quickly as he is late for work.
The streets are very busy with motor vehicles and people going about there business.
Leon continues his journey. In New York City, taxicabs come in two varieties: yellow and green; they are widely recognizable symbols of the city. Taxis painted canary yellow (medallion taxis) are able to pick up passengers anywhere in the five boroughs. Those painted apple green (street hail livery vehicles, commonly known as "boro taxis" which began to appear in August 2013, are allowed to pick up passengers in Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, (excluding Laguardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport) and Staten island. Both types have the same fare structure. Taxicabs are operated by private companies and licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). It also oversees over 40,000 other for-hire vehicles, including "black cars", commuter vans and ambulettes. Taxicab vehicles each of which must have a medallion to operate, are driven an average of 180 miles per shift. As of March 14, 2014, there were 51,398 individuals licensed to drive medallion taxicabs. There were 13,605 taxicab medallion licenses in existence. By July 2016, that number had dropped slightly to 13,587 medallions, or 18 lower than the 2014 total. Taxi patronage has declined since 2011 due to competition from rideshare services.
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Yellow cabbies all over New York City have been losing sleep and, in some cases, losing their homes because the medallions they were forced to buy years ago have lost so much value. In 2014 they were valued at $1.3 million, but now the going rate is $150,000 - if you can even find a lender. The medallion system was created in 1937 as a government imposed limitation on the supply of taxicabs, requiring that a "medallion" be purchased for the right to operate a taxi. Thereafter, New York did not sell any medallions until 1996, when it auctioned slightly more than 2,000. The lack of new medallions resulted in such a shortage that by 2014 they were selling for more than $1 million each, with about 14,000 medallions in existence. Since then, the increase in rideshare vehicles, which numbered about 63,000 in 2015 and 100,000 by August 2018, has drastically reduced the market price of medallions.
Mathilda has risen from the bed and is now watching the busy streets below as Leon makes his way along. On October 26, 1993, thousands of taxi drivers used their taxis to block traffic in protest at the number of taxi drivers who had been murdered: 35 taxi drivers had been murdered so far that year, and 45 had been killed the previous year.
The camera begins to pan out as Leon walks at pace. As of September 2012, there are around 7,990 hybrid taxi vehicles, representing almost 59% of the taxis in service—the most in any city in North America. The Nissan NV200 won the city's bid to become the "Taxi of Tomorrow" to replace most of the city's taxi fleet, with its introduction scheduled for October 2012. Nevertheless, this decision has faced several lawsuits and criticism, with the NV200 subject to comparisons with more cost-effective and widely adopted models. As of March 14, 2014, 6,000 Street Hail Livery (SHL) permits have been issued, 20% of which must be used with wheelchair-accessible vehicles, with 4,478 Street Hail Livery vehicles already in use by that time.
Leon can still be seen as he slowly disappears among the people and traffic. The population of New York in 1994 was (7.341 million people.) Medallion (yellow) cabs are concentrated in the borough of Manhattan, but can be hailed anywhere throughout the five boroughs of New York City and may be hailed with a raised hand or by standing at a taxi stand. A maximum of four passengers may be carried in most cabs, although larger minivans may accommodate five passengers, and one child under seven can sit on an adult’s lap in the back seat if the maximum has been reached. Drivers are required to pick up the first or closest passenger they see, and may not refuse a trip to a destination anywhere within the five boroughs,
Leon has blended in with the busy city and is hard to spot. (Can you spot Leon?) Before 2011, a cab's availability was indicated by the lights on the top of the car. When no lights were lit, the cab would be occupied by passengers. When just the center light showing the medallion number was lit, the cab would be empty and available. When the OFF and DUTY inscriptions to either side of the medallion number were lit, with the medallion number off, the cab would be off duty and not accepting passengers. However, when the OFF and DUTY inscriptions were lit and the medallion number was still lit, the cab would be off duty but the driver could choose to pick up passengers heading in the same direction as the driver. In fall 2011, the TLC announced a plan to replace the three-light system with a simple indicator as to whether the taxi is available. In 2012, the TLC simplified the light system further, with a lit roof light indicating that the taxi is available and an unlit light indicating that the taxi is not available, regardless of whether it has passengers or is simply off duty. It also started fining drivers $100 for picking up passengers without the light on, except for if the driver is picking up their last passenger of their shift.
Medallion Taxis make between 300,000 and 400,000 trips a day, while Green Taxis, which hit the road in New York City in 2013, do almost 50,000 daily on average. While the TLC does not regulate specific shifts, the morning shift for a medallion taxi typically begins at 6:30 a.m., and the evening shift often starts at 5:15 p.m.. Trips peak Friday evenings for medallion cabs, and Saturday night for Green Taxis. There were about 143,674 taxis and for-hire vehicles licensed by the TLC in 2015, according to the 2016 Factbook: These include 13,587 Medallion Taxicabs; 7,676 boro taxis; 38,791 black cars; 21,932 livery cars; 288 commuter vans; and 2,206 paratransit vehicles.
A cymbal crash is heard as Leon vanishes into the crowd.
A rattling of keys is heard as the hotel receptionist greets Mathilda, Mathilda is bored having been left alone and has decided to come down to the lobby to speak with the receptionist too pass some time.
The hotel receptionist say's, And How are we today, Miss?. (The sound score is silent at this moment.)
Mathilda is feeling sad as she rubs the surface of the reception desk with her right hand. Mathilda say's with a slightly depressed tone, A little sick of practicing.
The receptionist is feeling sympathetic with Mathilda as he say's, Yeah I understand, But ahh, You're doing all right, I haven't received any complaints at all.
Mathilda plays with a black pen as she spins it around with her right hand, Mathilda say's, Well, I put a cloth over the strings to lesson the noise.
The receptionist nods slightly and replies, Oh? Oh, that's very smart!
Mathilda replies, Not everyone loves music.
The receptionist agrees as he nods slightly and say's, I know. The receptionist looks down slightly as he starts to pry a little, The receptionist say's, What exactly does your father do?. He then looks back at Mathilda for an answer.
Mathilda is busy looking at her right hand as she turns her palm to face her forehand. Mathilda claws her hand and replies, Well, he's a composer.
The receptionist is delighted with Mathilda's reply and say's, Ahh, That's wonderful in a soft voice.
Mathilda speaks softly and say's, "Except he's not really my father" Mathilda and the receptionist are completely silent as Mathilda looks away. Beeps from vehicles can be heard from outside the hotel.
Mathilda suddenly turns to look directly at the receptionist but is still momentarily silent. Mathilda then say's "He's my lover".
The sound score returns and comprises echoing pipes and a deep rumbling sound like a volcano erupting. Suddenly the receptionists face changes from one of being happy and understanding to one of shock suspicion and criminality.
Mathilda lowers her left arm and has become restless,
Mathilda say's softly, "I think I'll go for a walk" as she looks at the receptionist with a naive innocents.
Mathilda bends and tigers her fingers as she say's softly and in synchronization, "BYE". The hotel receptionist is speechless and is as silent as a mouse.
Mathilda is on a secret mission and has not told Leon that she is going back to her old apartment where her parents, older sister, and younger brother had been murdered.
The sound score comprises a concerto of violins accompanied by a middle toned piano score. Matilda stops motionless as the memories of the past come flooding back. Mathilda has a unique urge to return to her old apartment for something. Mathilda turns her head right briefly as she watches a boy on his bike cycling up the steep incline of the road.
Mathilda suddenly moves from her position and runs almost skipping to the concrete stairs that will lead her back inside. Mathilda is careful that no one spots her loitering outside as they might ask questions.
The door squeaks as Matilda softly pushes on the glass front.
Mathilda has arrived on her floor after taking the lift up, A male police officer stands in the corridor talking to one of the residents. The female resident is trying on the police officers hat and is in a very happy mood. The sound of Mathilda's feet tapping on the floor can be heard as she walks slowly along.
The female resident say's to the officer, What are you doing Saturday night?, The police officer replies, What about dinner?.
The female resident starts to play with the hat by lifting it up and down with her right hand as she ponders on the question. The female resident poots her lips and say's, Ahh!.
Almost immediately the police officer notices Mathilda walking past and shouts out to her, He say's, Hey, where you going?
Mathilda stops and turns around, She say's as she points her right hand towards the end of the corridor, "Visiting friends at 6J".
The police officer takes the bait and say's "Okay right" as he waves her along. The female resident has removed the officers hat and say's Umm as she continues to ponder on the officers request.
Mathilda walks on slowly and calmly without giving anything away at this point,
The police officer can still be heard talking to his date and say's, So what about Saturday is that a date, The resident replies, Sounds like you have a programme alright, The police officer replies, You got plans today?.as the female resident sighs with other commitments.
Mathilda walks to the side wall as she looks back up at the police officer and his possible date. She wants to sneak into her old apartment but will have to make sure she is not noticed.
Mathilda continues to watch the police officer as she slowly backs in to the door of her old apartment, The police offiver is completely absorbed with his date and is not taking any notice of Mathilda as she secretly creeps into the apartment complex. Mathilda lifts up her right leg so that she can step over some yellow tape (CRIME SCENE DO NOT ENTER). The police officer opens his arms as he say's "Oh come on" to the resident.
Mathilda turns and takes her chance as she easily pushes the unlocked door open with her right hand and enters. A rustling of yellow tape is heard as Mathilda pushes through.
Mathilda is very brave to return to her old apartment as she slowly steps over a yellow bus that belonged to her younger brother.
Mathilda's feet create a low level thumping sound as she steps over a huge pile of old and dirtied sheets toys and plastic containers among other things. Mathilda is in her younger brothers bedroom and it has been turned into a bomb site by the drugs gang and later by the police forensics.
Mathilda bends down and feels a red and patterned skirt with her right hand.
Underneath the red skirt is a light brown colored teddy bear that belonged to her younger brother, Mathilda picks up the bear as fond and loving memories of her brother come flooding back.
Mathilda brushes the dirt and dust from the teddy with her right hand as she looks down in sadness.
Mathilda suddenly turns the teddy over and begins to brush the backside of the toy with her left hand. She then moves down to it's legs and brushes the dust from them also.
Mathilda holds the teddy upright with both hands as she looks directly at the teddies face. She is reminiscing on her younger brother when he used to play with it and also how she would play with him.
Mathilda hugs the teddy bear tightly as she thinks about her family she has lost.
Mathilda leaves her younger brothers bedroom and makes her way along the corridor carrying the teddy bear in her left hand and a red holdall bag on her right shoulder. Mathilda is solemn and unhappy and the apartment is not the best place to be as it has so many terrible memories for her now.
A scuffling of feet can be heard as Mathilda slowly makes her way along the corridor, Suddenly Mathilda stops and turns her head right.
Mathilda then turns to her left when suddenly a creaking of floorboards are heard.
Mathilda slowly looks down at the floor below as her face retorts from the sight of something.
Mathilda has inadvertently stepped into the outline of her younger brother that has been chalked onto the floor by the police forensic officers. This outline indicates where her younger brother was found having been murdered by Willi the Blood the Rasta Farian gang member. The sound score has changed to a synthesizer sound of deep and low ambiance similar to air being forced down a long tube. Low level sounds of bells are infused with the sound.
Mathilda immediately steps away from the outline as she steps towards her right. Mathilda stares down at the outline with sheer horror and unimaginable feelings of loss and hate.
Mathilda stands motionless for a few moments as she tries to accept her younger brothers passing. Low level and soft piano notes begin to play with the accompanying sound.
Mathilda is feeling very sad as she squeezes and hugs the teddy bear with both hands. Tears are swelling in Mathilda's eyes from the sight and memories she is experiencing. Mathilda ponders for a fleeting moment as she tries to gain some composure and mental stability.
Mathilda breaks from her emotions as she walks to the bottom of the corridor and turns left into the hall. A low level wooden banging sound is heard as Mathilda takes the few steps needed. Mathilda throws down the red holdall that contains clothes and items of Mathilda's that she has now claimed.
Mathilda quickly places the teddy bear down on to the floor as her purpose to the visit is not yet over.
Mathilda is no spring chicken as she suddenly starts to pull at a floor board with her bare hands.
A loud crackling wooden sound is heard as a piece of the floor board suddenly becomes loose.
Mathilda discards the piece of wood just behind the hole as she reaches in and pulls out a plastic bag that has a large stash of cash wrapped inside.
Mathilda unravels the cash from the plastic bag as it falls down and out of the plastic into Mathilda's left hand. Mathilda knew about the secret stash of cash as she spied on her father and knew where he kept all the money from drug deals. Even though her father treated her badly he also treated her like a small child and could not possibly conceive in his world that she knew most of what he did as a drug dealer.
Mathilda holds the large bundle of cash in her left hand as she sorts through the notes with her right counting as she goes.
Suddenly loud footsteps can be heard from a distance and are getting progressively louder. Mathilda snaps out of her cash find and looks to her left as she has now become startled and worried that she might be caught.
Mathilda hides behind the hall way wall column as she bends down and peeps her head out to see who it might be.
The loud sounds are definitely coming towards Mathilda, Mathilda turns to her right and snatches the teddy bear from the floor with her right hand as she grabs the red holdall also. Mathilda is silent but now scared because it might be the drugs gang.
Mathilda stands and looks again down the corridor and now knows for sure the footsteps are coming directly towards her, Mathilda needs to move and act fast or she will be caught for certain. As the sounds become increasingly nearer Mathilda uses the sound to move around the apartment. Mathilda knows the apartment inside out so can use that to her advantage. With cash in her left hand and teddy and red holdall in the other hand Mathilda moves around the side wall escaping being seen by mere seconds. Stansfield has entered the apartment from the right side and is walking at a very fast pace towards the living room area.
Stansfield enters the space that Mathilda was standing in seconds later as he abruptly walks at pace towards the living room space. Stansfield does not have a happy face and shows signs that he is being forced or it's some kind of problem having to come back to Mathilda's apartment.
The DEA investigating detective just behind Stansfield say's, "We know you're a busy man and we'll try to make this as short as possible." Another detective also follows from behind.
The DEA detective continues, Now if you just take us step by step through exactly what happened. Mathilda is hiding behind a wall and is listening to every word the three men will discuss.
Stansfield stands by the window as he begins his lying and dishonest conversation with the two investigating detectives. Stansfield as we know is a cheating and deceiving drug dealer and boss and will lie through his teeth to get away from any charges that could be brought against him if he is found to be guilty of any wrong doing. Stansfield speaks with infuriating irritability as he say's, The guy was here,
Stansfield turns to face the detectives and say's, he went for his gun.
Stansfield mimics holding a gun with his right hand and say's, Bang!
Stansfield continues, We shot him.
Stansfield is a great actor as he mimics Charlie Chaplin, he opens his arms like a penguin to water to impress or maybe to confuse the detectives.
Both detectives look at each other with slight confusion as the bold detective turns to look at his colleague for some kind of sensible feedback or advise as they both try to fathom out Stansfield's John Wayne style explanation of the events of that fateful afternoon.
The bold headed detective is trying to acquire some factual and helpful information for his writing pad but has come up stumped at this moment. The bold headed detective turns back around to face Stansfield, The detective wearing a white shirt and a purple tie with white square patterns tries to improve the situation and get some meaningful answers, He say's oh Where exactly were the kids?. The sound of passing traffic can be head from outside but there is no sound score.