Firing Squad Quickie

Scene: A firing range. A man is tied to a stake in the middle. There are three or four soldiers standing to attention holding rifles. The captain, who is moustachioed, approaches the man tied to the stake. Both speak with strong South American accents. The background can be desert scenery, sand, etc.

Captain: ANY LAST REQUESTS, RODRIGUEZ?

Man: SI, ONE LAST CIGARETTE, PLEASE.

(The captain nods solemnly, and reaches for his top pocket, but the man stops him).

Man: NON! (He points to his own top pocket with his chin. The captain takes a cigarette from the manís pocket, lights it, and puts it in his mouth for him).

Man: GRACIAS (cigarette in his mouth).

(The captain walks back to the squad; the man puffs heavily on the cigarette, and a small cloud of smoke issues forth).

Captain: SQUAD, PREPARE TO FIRE.

(The men raise their rifles; the captain is looking away from the man; the cloud thickens).

Captain: TAKE AIM. (He looks around and sees the cloud of smoke has totally engulfed the man. Now it engulfs him and his men. There is coughing and spluttering, and a few unintelligible cries. The captain is heard swearing in Latin. They are all in a dense fog. The camera retreats and shows the man running out of the fog, his hands free, laughing. The coughing and shouting continue).

(The scene fades out).

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