Richard turns into one of the restaurants.
INT. RESTAURANT. NIGHT.
The restaurant extends deeply back away from the street.
Richard passes many diners not dissimilar to himself. Some
are talking, many are engrossed in the video entertainment.
At the back he reaches a reception desk where he drops his
A Thai female HOTEL RECEPTIONIST sits behind the desk. She
immediately shows Richard a "menu" of available rooms. The
menu offers a spread of prices for
Richard points to the cheapest combination and hands over
The Receptionist becomes aware that he is being started at.
A worn, disheveled man in his mid-thirties is standing at
the nearby bar, a bottle in his hand, studying Richard. This
Daffy says nothing but continues to stare and takes a drink.
Richard will not be stared down. Neither turns away.
The Receptionist passes over a key and smiles broadly.
Welcome to Thailand.
Richard turns to her.
INT SHOWER. NIGHT
In a small windowless shower room, Richard stands
motionless, eyes closed, facing with pleasure the spray of
INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR. NIGHT
The sound of the shower can be heard through a door marked
with a shower sign.
The sound stops and the door is opened. Richard emerges
with a towel wrapped around his waist, carrying his key and
He walks the short distance to his room. He puts the key in
the door but the lock is stiff and he has to fiddle with it,
bent over and dripping water on the floor.
While he is doing so, the sound of footsteps climbing nearby
stairs can be heard.