A Partner's Trepidation
INT. HOWARDS' OFFICE - DAY
Howards is sitting at his desk, while Patrick and Barrett stand on the other side.
He disobeyed a direct order sir.
Well, I did stay in the car, like you asked.
You recklessly abandoned your post and endangered the initiative.
And I believe the key was in catching the perp, if I read the reports correctly. Or did I misread them?
Patrick falls silent.
I was top of my class and department, plus I beat your record in the training room, so you should pay me some respect.
Respect?! You little-
Hey! You'd better start liking each other. You're partners now.
PATRICK AND BARRETT
What?! But sir- (etc)
Howards raises a hand and they fall silent.
Special Agent Fuzzoni, could I ask you to wait in the hall for a moment?
Barrett nods and leaves. There is SHOUTING from the other side of the door. Finally it opens and Patrick storms out. Howards follows, laying a hand on Barrett's shoulder.
Give him time. He'll come around. Come. I'll show you to your desk.
He leads Barrett through a maze of DESKS and people. Finally he reaches two DESKS that face each other, one bare, the other cluttered. Howards gestures to the empty DESK.
This is yours. Patrick's is here. Better find him and figure things out.
He pulls a BUSINESS CARD from his pocket, handing it to Barrett.
Here. Call Elyse. She can get you a place by tonight, no questions asked.
Howards walks back to his office, leaving Barrett standing alone. He pockets the BUSINESS CARD, then walks through the DESKS, towards the door.
EXT. BOSTON HEADQUARTERS - DAY
Barrett steps out into the street and sees Patrick a ways away, SMOKING. He walks over to him.
Do you want to go grab something to eat?
Shut the hell up.
Jesus man, give me a little credit. I was a top student and top of my division. I think I've earned a little respect.
Do you really think they give a fuck about your grades? Someone is about to kill you, but stop when they realize you were top of your class? No. They won't give a shit about that and neither do I. I've booked more men than anyone else in this department has, and I graduated with the lowest scores possible. But I've built myself a life here. You're soft. You won't last too long out here. You'll be crying back to the French Quarter before the week is out. I don't need a partner. Never have, never will.
Did it ever occur to you to give me a chance? I don't know what the hell happened to you before, or why the hell you're so hard on me, but I sure as hell know I can handle it up here. You may not think you need a partner, but when that moment comes when you do need someone, you're going to thank whoever you believe in that I was there.
Patrick's PHONE RINGS. He pulls it out of his pocket.
Jameson. Yes sir. Right away. And the rookie? Of course sir.
He starts walking towards the CAR as he puts his PHONE away.
What's going on?
Patrick stops walking and grabs Barrett's arm.
Listen up Rookie, and listen good because I'm only going to say this once. You don't have my respect. Never have. You're an insolent cur who only thinks of himself. But right now we have a major bomb threat here in Boston. One time. This one time we will be partners. We'll go and clean up this problem, then when we're back, we're no longer partners. I'll go back to being on my own, you can do whatever the hell you want to do. Got it?
Good. Now let's go. Wait, have you been cleared to be armed?
Son of a bitch. Okay, I guess we'll have to make do. Come on.
They runs back into the building.
EXT. BOSTON STREET - DAY
Patrick and Barrett run out of a building, arriving at the Finish Line of the Boston Marathon. AUDIENCE CHEERS as RUNNERS cross the finish line. As many runners cross the line, a BOMB EXPLODES. SMOKE and DUST fills the air. PEOPLE SCREAM and CRY, trying to find their loved ones in the terror. Many wounded stumble past them. Patrick and Barrett look around for anyone suspicious. Barrett points at MANZINI (M, 28, bald, black, very buff) starring at them from across the street.
Manzini disappears into the crowd and they try to make their way through the people to get across the street. Two MEDICS arrive run past them into the fray, as well as a BOSTON AMBULANCE. Barrett sees a lone CAR on the side of the street, when all others have been moved.
A second EXPLOSION knocks Barrett and Patrick off their feet. The Ambulance is knocked onto it's side. Patrick and Barrett get up as fast as they can, running to the medic's aid. A large amount of one medic is simply gone, while a torn bloody JACKET is all that remains of the other. Far off to their left, several GUNSHOTS are heard. Barrett and Patrick go running towards the sound, moving through the crowded street with difficulty.