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She’s beautiful and her hair is raven-dark. She’s 18 years
old and her face is a picture of rigid concentration.
She is walking in a glamorous summer dress down the central
staircase into the atrium of a large modernist house in
Madrid. The atrium is packed full of Madrid’s high-life and
international jet-setters. ROPER is there, JED is there,
SANDY LANGBOURNE is there, with wife CAROLINE, CORKORAN is
there flirting with a SPANISH BOY, the Lebanese OMAR BARGHATI
is there, there are a hundred or so guests and in the middle
of the room is the man himself JUAN APOSTOL, the diminutive
but highly theatrical Spanish lawyer we have seen before. He
is standing by a simply huge birthday cake and the 18 year
old girl, ELENA APOSTOL is walking towards it as music plays.
Champagne bottles pop as she blows out the 18 candles.
APOSTOL leads cheering, wild applause, he soaks up the
attention, cameras flash, but there is something of the
frightened deer about this girl and we just sense something
Then APOSTOL, all gesture and gleam, his young MISTRESS at
his side, brings out a wrapped present, hands it to her.
To the most beautiful daughter in
It’s a box. Small. Wrapped with a bow. She takes it, opens
it, stares in a kind of numbed shock.
The crowd go wild, as APOSTOL gleams a smile.
It’s a stunning necklace, all diamonds and emeralds, gold
Gems for a gem! From the finest
jeweller in Paris!
A roar goes up.
Put it on. Put it on.
But her hands seem to be shaking. APOSTOL quickly covers,
grabs it, turns her like a mannequin and puts it on her neck.
A roar of applause. He whispers to her.
What the hell is wrong with you.
She stands there with her father by her side in the glare of
modern international living.
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But JED can see that her eyes are like dark hollows in her
2 INT. MADRID. APOSTOL’S HOUSE. ATRIUM. NIGHT. 2
Later that night, the party has gone wild, the dancing swirls
around them. There is champagne everywhere. People are taking
coke in one corner. Sex in the air. CORKORAN is in the midst
of pulling the SPANISH BOY.
ROPER is dancing with JED. Their bodies move together.
Apo holds quite a party.
Yes he’s not done badly. Of course
if it wasn’t for me he’d be just
another greasy little lawyer
pushing wills and ambulance-chasing
in the back streets of Malaga.
And what would I be?
She smiles at him. Nestles close.
Across the floor JUAN APOSTOL is talking to SANDY LANGBOURNE.
He gestures quietly to OMAR BARGHATI, an Arab across the
floor, who is dancing with a very beautiful European woman.
They pass close by ROPER and JED.
My friend is concerned you can’t
deliver the agricultural material
Don’t worry about that.
That’s what I said to him. It’s
Roper. He is my patron saint. When
he speaks, he delivers.
Well we’ll meet him tomorrow. And
allay his concerns.
Suddenly there is a furore. One of the MAIDS is running, pale-
faced and screaming through the room.
MAID (IN SPANISH)
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APOSTOL (IN SPANISH)
Stop making such a noise!
But she just grabs his hand. Some dancers notice, some don’t,
as APOSTOL is pulled through his own paradise towards the
JED watches APO walk fast across the floor.