I’m a fan of the new Hawaii Five-0. I was looking for a way to break writer’s block one day, and decided to try my hand at a bit of fan fiction to see if that would help. The cool thing about fanfic is that the characters are already established, and you actually have a visual model of how they act/react and what they sound like. Being a library school graduate, I naturally decided to set my scene in the Hawai’i State Library. As it has been a while since I’ve written in script format, I’m pretty sure this ISN’T correct styling, but I figure the heart is there, and as I’m not submitting it for anything it doesn’t really matter.
So here you go. My Five-0 Scene. Enjoy!
(Steve and Danny are jogging up the front steps of the Hawaii State Library in downtown Honolulu.)
DANNY: Ok, tell me again why we’re at the library.
STEVE: Because the Government Documents repository for the state is in the basement of the State library.
DANNY: But isn’t the state archives like right next door?
STEVE: (pauses on the front lanai in front of the main doors) Yes, but the information we’re looking for is going to be part of the government documents archive located here. Why, do you hate the library?
DANNY: No, I don’t hate the library. Who hates the library?
STEVE: I don’t know. Then again, you’re the only person I know that hates the beach. I just thought I’d ask.
DANNY: You know, that’s funny. But see, there’s no sand in a library. Libraries are centers of knowledge and learning. Both of which are important parts of polished society.
STEVE: I see. So you come to the library often then.
DANNY: Well no. See, I don’t generally have time.
STEVE: You don’t have time.
DANNY: No, I don’t have time. Usually because I’m too busy working. With you. Trying not to get shot.
STEVE: We don’t get shot at that often.
DANNY: We don’t get shot at… ok. (walks to the door and opens it) Let’s just go in and get what we’re here for, shall we?
STEVE: (holding up his hands) Ok, fine. Watch out for librarians with guns.
DANNY: Ha ha
(They walk into the library and look around)
DANNY: So now what?
STEVE: I don’t know. Why would I know?
DANNY: This was your idea, I just figured you would know where to go, that’s all.
PASSING PATRON: Shhh! (holds finger to lips) You’re in a library!
DANNY: (whispers) Right, sorry.
STEVE: (points to the left. Whispers) We go that way.
DANNY: (looks. whispers) Why? Did you all of a sudden remember something?
STEVE: (whispering) No. That sign says “information”. (he grins at Danny and walks to the desk. Still whispering) Excuse me, I need to find some government documents.
LIBRARIAN: (looks at him strangely) Sir, why are you whispering?
(Danny and Steve look at each other. Danny shrugs and grins)
STEVE: Hi, we’re with Five-0. We’re looking for some government documents. I understand they’re in the basement archives?
LIBRARIAN: Yes they are. If you’ll have a seat, I’ll have the government documents librarian come up to help you.
STEVE: Thank you.
(Steve and Danny walk away from the desk, and the librarian picks up the phone to make the call)
DANNY: There’s a specific librarian for documents?
STEVE: I guess. You know, it kind of makes sense. You’d want someone who knows about those particular documents and whatnot to handle them. You know, someone who understands the mumbo jumbo that comes out of government offices that no one else can understand.
SARAH: (from behind him with arms crossed over her chest) Or, someone who wanted to work in the library system and this was the only position available at the time. (Steve turns around) What with all the budget cuts so that the Governor can have his own task force. Hello, McGarrett.
STEVE: (tensing up) Sarah. (they stare at each other)
DANNY: (clears his throat. Sarah looks at him) Hi, I’m Detective Danny Williams (he holds out his hand)
SARAH: (looks at his outstretched hand and then at his face) I know who you are, Detective. What do you want? (She looks at McGarrett again)
STEVE: (still tense. Just as cold as Sarah) We’re looking for some Information. We were under the impression it would be here in the government documents archive.
SARAH: Oh, well… if that’s your impression, it must be true. This way. (She turns on her heel and walks away. She doesn’t turn to see if they’re following her. She leads them through the children’s department and down the stairs).
DANNY: That sign on the door says employees only. Are we supposed to be down here?
SARAH: Patrons aren’t usually allowed down here. (She stops in front of the government documents room door) But you’re not patrons, are you? (she smiles and opens the door). The documents you’re looking for are in here. (She points at the computer on her desk) The catalog is accessible there. Good luck. (She turns back towards the door).
STEVE: Wait, aren’t you going to help us?
SARAH: (pausing in the open door) I’m on my lunch break. Besides, you’re a smart man. I’m sure you’ll figure it out. (She smiles again and leaves)
DANNY: (Let’s out a large breath) Wow.
DANNY: What? Are you kidding me? What. The arctic winds just hit Hawaii, and you’re asking me what?
STEVE: (sits down at the computer and brings up the catalog) It’s a long story.
DANNY: That’s it? That’s all you’re going to say?
STEVE: (Looks at Danny) Sarah and I… we used to be close. Things… ended badly, OK? (looks back at the screen) It’s not important. We need to find these documents.
DANNY: Ended badly. That sounds like an understatement.
STEVE: Are you going to help me or not?
DANNY: Yeah, how hard can it be, right?