Moving to Los Angeles by Robert Vaughan

Lucy pastes pink post-it notes on her dashboard. She is driving to Los Angeles to complete her Indie screenplay about lovers who eat each other, part by part until there is no ‘other’ left.

Some post-it notes have JOE at the top. Some say LIS for Lisbon which Lucy knows is a place but thinks, well, there are people named Dallas or Madison.

JOE is changing, becoming more and more of an asshole. By the time Lucy reaches the New Mexico state line, JOE is a perfect fuckhead. He’s seeing three other women (all named for European cities, like Sofia) and lies to them all. He’s also a sodomizer, and fronts a band that gets five or ten people to a gig. So, he’s getting fucked, too. JOE figures we all are.

By the time Lucy hits the Mohave desert, LIS decides to stop stripping (or being a dominatrix?) LIS wants to be a bilingual teacher in East LA. Lucy scribbles ‘town?’

JOE and LIS love baseball and attend a Dodger game. They get to the stadium early and tailgate, partying, listening to Los Lobos.

1st inning, they finish their first six-pack.

During the 4th inning, JOE uses the restroom, never returns.

6th inning, LIS catches a Cubs pop fly in her gaping mouth. She is unable to breathe and she suffocates. They serve her as a buffet entrée for a Chinese New Year fundraiser in downtown Los Angeles. JOE’s band is in the entertainment line-up.


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9 responses to “Moving to Los Angeles by Robert Vaughan

  1. Great situation, Robert. I love Lucy and her pink post-its! The interweaving of her geographic progress with the character development is sooo satisfying; the repetition of ‘by the time Lucy __’ is very effective as a morphing refrain, and important structurally – as well as being really funny. I think JOE’s business at the beginning of the third paragraph has to be my favorite (LIS’s decision to stop strip/domina is juicy too, especially with its convergence at the Mohave – something delightful about that pairing), but it is hard to beat a fuckhead, you know how they tend to upstage. So, just what Matt said – I want MORE! More Lucy the Mad Scriptwriter, and NEVER could we have too many post-its (Lily Tomlin’s SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE bears that out), and the choice of milestones along the trek coupled with the next demented inspiration is just way too good, so more, more, more, please! All of it: mOre! (Yeah, I heard about that 250 word thingy, right.) Hey, I’m talking MtLA – the movie! (Or at least the long version. ;-) Such fun, and great energy.

    PS Is Lucy driving a VW bug, perchance? I mean I’m just so curious to know if I guessed right, but I’m totally not invested in mucking about with the higher vision if I got it wrong. Also, could yo let me know when casting will be – only I can’t play JOE or LIS, (for the obvious reason.) But Lucy!

    GOOD Stuff!

  2. Great one, Robert. Not only do you appeal to the writer’s heart in this, it covers a vast diversity of human nature in the running scripts and changes. Love it.

  3. Dear Matt —
    If you try to steal a good story from 52|250 again, the editorial staff will have you riddled with bullets. We’re Americans, and we believe in violence.

  4. Alexandra Pereira

    Very different! Fun to read! Loved the name connections with places. :-)

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  6. Michael Parker

    Love this! Very masterfully engineered and written. Love the imagery and the symbolism and complicated scenarios about the absurdity that life can be. Great!

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