INT. POLICE STATION - INTERVIEW ROOM #2 - SAME
I’m Lieutenant Detective Joe Merrit. I’m leading this investigation for the moment. You can call me Joe. Did someone do that to you?
Nose. Nose bleed.
Joe nods - “oh”. The awkward tension in the room gets thicker. Joe clears his throat.
Officer Delgado said he found you passed out near the crime scene. He said you were alone, and that you asked to see me. Is that right? You specifically asked to see me? Do you know something about what happened over there? Did you know either of those men we found?
A long silence passes between them. She watches him closely. Joe glances at the mirror and then turns back to the Girl.
He notices the way she’s staring at him, concentrating. Recognizing that look, although momentarily surprised, he smiles knowingly at her.
Her focus breaks. Confused, surprised, she glances around the small room before looking at him again, suddenly a trapped rabbit. She controls her fear, but knows the game is up.
Seeing this, he softens towards her a bit.
Is there anything you want to ask me?
She really seems to think about jumping before she does it.
Do you know who I am?
Joe considers how to answer the question. There’s only one way.
Yes. I knew it the moment I saw you on the street back there.
She doesn’t know if she can believe him. Joe’s affection for her grows throughout the rest of the scene.
You are so much like your mother. It’s kind of scary, but it’s true. She would make that face at me sometimes - like she wants to believe me, but she doesn’t yet. And then she’d just have to wait and see. But we never lied to each other. Ever. It’s one of the things that made what we had so special.