Reader (Or, A Tale of Two Gagnes)

MATT READ stands in the Flyers locker room talking to ILYA BRYZGALOV about the movie Looper.

ILYA BRYZGALOV

So the Bruce Willy he heff to fight himself but he also different guy?

 MATT READ

Well, Joseph Gordon Levitt plays the younger version of Willis’ character.

BRYZ

Then why they fight? Can’t they fight bad guys together like Turner and Hooch?

READ

You’re missing the point Bryz, the thing is….


Read sees the newly acquired SIMON GAGNE walk into the room.

 

 READ

Who the hell is that?

 BRYZ

I think that old you with cool hair. You fight to the death now?

READ

I-I guess we have to…

 

Read runs away to formulate a plan before he can hear SCOTT HARTNELL warmly welcome Gagne back to the team.

Read spends the rest of the day tracking Gagne’s every move. Practice, lunch, hair gel shopping. He eventually tracks Gagne down to the Melrose Diner. He sits down at a table across from Gagne.

 

READ

I never thought I’d see this day.

SIMON GAGNE

Do I know you?

READ

Am I really going to get that accent?

GAGNE

What’s going on?

READ

Look, I’m sorry, but I have to kill you.  That’s my job in this brutal world. It’s just survival of the fittest. This is my life now, you’ve had yours already.

GAGNE

Hey, aren’t you one of my new teammates?

READ

By one of your new teammates don’t you mean the younger you?

GAGNE

I don’t actually think we’re the same person…

READ

So you’re not my future self that I’m supposed to kill as a part of a sci-fi tragedy?

GAGNE

I just got here from LA man.

 

Read sighs and throws a five dollar bill down on the table.

 

READ

This is the LAST time that I listen to Ilya Bryzgalov.